This Spring I had the fortunate instance of being able to acquire the Yo Eddy! I’ve been long seeking. Well, almost (more on that later).
For those not familiar, Fat Chance was the brainchild of Chris Chance who started building in the early ’80’s as a custom builder and later evolved into a small production operation. They were based in Sommerville, MA during their heyday and developed a cult following large enough to impact a small town kid in Northern Wisconsin. I can still recall going to the WORS (Wisconsin Off Road Series) races and geeking out on the folks in the colorful Fat Chance jerseys with rad steel bikes. Coincidentally, the gentleman I acquired it from was a WORS racer from that time period so it’s possible that a teenage me drooled over this exact same bicycle.
This is the third Fat Chance that I’ve owned, having previously danced with an ‘85 Competition and a Titanium size Medium. Unfortunately neither were great fits for me, both being a wee too small. Of the Fat Chance’s the Yo Eddy! was the flagship and most well known model having pioneered the steep “East Coast” geo that became synonymous with the North East scene.
Of the Yo’s, this later period model which was produced after the merger with Serotta is the one I’ve been long seeking. Not as popular with most collectors, I value it because unlike earlier Yo Eddy’s it takes a standard English bottom bracket and doesn’t have a canti cable stop on the rear. Both things I’m into.
Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that this size L isn’t ideal for me. I can ride it, but a size M/L is what I really need. Which is why I’m looking to trade it for that size. So if you know of someone who has a M/L but really wants a Large, get at me.
But back to the build…. At acquisition it looked like this:
Very nice, and very period correct to 1998
Now I’m aware that what I did to this bike may be controversial, blasphemous to some, but to me it’s the best it’s ever been. I don’t intend to hang it, I don’t intend to keep it as a museum piece. I intend to ride it, and modern 1X drivetrains are the shiz.
Yes I’m running it mullet. Why, because disc brakes are simply better on the dirt than canti’s. I’m fine with it. Get over it.
XT rear type II derailleur, Lizard Skin there to make sure my stays stay minty
Thomson post and butt ugly, but oh so comfy, saddle
XTR rear brake original to this bike.
Had to keep the Rasta King
Reba and recently cobbled together Salsa Rasta skewer
Mismatched Race Face cranks with WolfTooth ring mounted
“The Glory Not the Prey”
Pretty stoked, we’ll see if a smaller size turns up.
Check out this rad video about the 3 Peaks cyclocross race, the largest cross event in the United Kingdom, which for me at least is absolutely on my bucket list. It’s got a bit of Bandit Cross flavor and I’m way into it. Maybe next year? Who’s with me?
Today’s BMX Monday post is a bit different in that it’s an interview with the amazing Nigel Sylvester where he discusses a number of topics including the contest scene. Totally worth a watch.
because you just have to every once in a while…
This past week my good buddy Josh from Avery County Cycles was in town, and as he’s the person who first taught me to ride a motorcycle and thus greatly kindled my interest in the subject, it seemed only right that we make a trek out to Sport Wheels in Jordan, Minnesota.
I had visited once before in order to take the opportunity to sit on a wide number of makes in order to figure out what I wanted to buy, as well as do some shopping of their inventory. Unfortunately on that visit I neglected to bring my camera with me, which is a mistake I won’t make again.
This place is simply amazing, whether or not you plan on hunting moto parts, if you’re into anything gas and oil or even just vintage aesthetic and textures it’s a must see to believe type of experience. I have attempted to capture some of the size and scope of the place, but truthfully have come no where near doing it remote justice.
Below are some of my favorite shots from the day, though if you want a more complete story explore the Flickr Album here.
Super stoked on this portrait of Beth from Jingle Cross