I built this sweet little honey for my own collection to act as a “friend” bike. You know, the one you don’t mind lending out when a pal is in town. Having something of a reputation for having cool bikes, I of course wanted to make sure that the homies would be riding in style.
I’ve always loved a Wisconsin built Trek and have long wanted a 970 or 990 for myself. Preferably lugged.
But things, being things, I wouldn’t mind freeing up some space for other bikes and other projects.
Trek 970 1989
Made in Wisconsin
True Temper Tubing
Specialized “IV” bars (1985 or so)
Deore thumb shifters and cranks
Deore DX: derailleurs, hubs, cassette
Let me know if you’d like to own it.
The disease is spreading….
hope to race one of these someday!
I am super stoked to present these photos of the Trek Y-Five O owned by MOMBAT, the Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology.
I had originally picked it up off the Twin Cities Bicycle Trading Post from a fellow who said it belonged to his mother, his father was an engineer for Park Tool and both of them owned a fleet of bikes, so this one never really got ridden. Take a look at the cranks, almost no wear, which is really rare on a M950 crankset. The whole thing was just mint.
I originally bought it to part it out as I wanted the groupset for a build of my own, but it seemed a shame to tear apart this bike after it had been together for so long and was in such good condition. With this in mind I contact Jeff at MOMBAT and to my surprise he said he’s always wanted a Five-O. This was Trek’s highest end offering in 1997 and has a ton of really rad parts, as you’ll see.
After some haggling, we struck a deal and I sent it off to the Carolinas. Jeff found the correct bar, seat post, and tires for it, cleaned it up, and it is now as you see it. A real museum piece, even if the beauty might be in the eye of the beholder on this one.
Titanium Ibis bar and stem, the lockout lever is actually a repurposed Suntour XC Pro shifter (yeah, that was stock!)
The Stratos shock works great, the damping is still active as is the lockout
So incredibly proud to have helped put a bike into such a great home.
The other day a reader emailed me asking about winter foot wear. As always while I’m uncomfortable telling anyone what might work for them, l’m happy to share what has worked well for me.
I’ve been riding through Minnesota Winters for 10 years now, and what you see above is my current system.
Basically there are two options, the winter boots if it’s below 20, or my regular riding shoes if it’s above. Whenever possible I prefer to wear my standard shoes as they are much faster and stiffer.
First let me say that without a doubt, I highly recommend them. They’re pretty darn spectacular boots. A big investment, but worth it for winter riding comfort.
I decided to upgrade to the new ones because they have a much simpler system for lacing up, and are significantly lighter. However I do believe that they have lost a bit of stiffness in the sole and the toe box is noticeably colder. If you don’t own Wolvhammers of any stripe, you totally should, however if you already own the older ones, unless the complex cinching system bums you out, I wouldn’t necessarily feel compelled to own the newest.
These beauties were a new addition this year, Seal Skinz wind and waterproof socks. If it’s been below zero I’ve been using them in place of mid weight wool in the Wolvhammers or with my regular riding shoes to widen their temperature range. I’ve been loving them and think you would too. Especially if you ride in the wet often.
This is the complete system I use to ride in my Sidis in cold weather. I know it’s a lot of stuff, but I still prefer to ride this setup if I can get away with it. Seal Skinz, shoes, and then an over bootie.
The issue with overbooties is that you have to know that they will get messed up and ruined. That’s just the nature of the beast, they are a consumable. You’re doing real well if you can get two winters out of a set.
And there you have it, keep your tootsies warm folks!
Or if you have any other suggestions for winter footwear systems, leave it in the comments.
When the sun sets at 4:30 you either embrace the darkness, or tuck your tail and head indoors for the trainer. Of course you know that we at Bike Jerks do not condone trainer usage of any kind. That shit just plain sucks.
Hopefully this image from 17 miles of glorious single track last Friday after work will help get you stoked to stay on the pedals. Winter is hard, but the change in behavior, ritual, and activity keeps life interesting. Persevere, get out there.