1991 Bridgestone MB-Zip

1991 Bridgestone MB-Zip

Here's a real gem, a 1991 MB-0 in almost full catalog spec. The one local legend Gene Oberpriller rode in the catalog.  I bought this at an estate auction along with an equally pristine and original MB-1. When I got it a white Turbo was mounted, which was incorrect. Luckily I was able to source an off-white suede Turbo from New Zealand. This saddle has a 1986 date code, but it appears to be exactly the same saddle as the "Bridgestone exclusive off-white Turbo." I haven't been able to fully confirm that this is indeed the same spec, but it sure looks the part.  The other pieces on my bike that are not correct spec are the pedals and grips....

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American Breezer

American Breezer

Just finished this one up this week. American Breezer handmade right here in Minnesota. This was a joint venture between Joe Breeze of Breezer bikes and American Bicycle Manufacturing in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  It was quite filthy and the finish needed a lot of help. As I have a bunch of other projects going right now I elected to leave it exactly as I found it with the exception of hours and hours of cleaning and polishing. It looks to me like it hasn't been touched since the 80's. All parts are period correct with the exception of the tires, which I did replace. The cranks and some other parts still need some cleaning, but after about 6 hours spent...

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Mountain Biking History: 1980 Pearl Pass Tour by Kevin Montgomery

Mountain Biking History: 1980 Pearl Pass Tour by Kevin Montgomery

We're stoked to share these amazing photos from the 1980 Pearl Pass Tour featuring so many of the famous early mountain bike pioneers. These are far and away the best relatively unknown vintage mountain bike photos we've ever seen. Last week we brought you photos from the 1981 edition and a bus tour organized by Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly of MountainBikes* fame, and this week we bring you some absolutely stunning images from the 1980 edition shot by Kevin Montgomery.  We couldn’t be happier to help shine a light on these images of an era past. An era whose spirit is seeing a modern resurgence as more folks than ever are realizing it’s not the results, but the people...

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Mountain Biking History: 1981 Pearl Pass Tour by Mike Jarschke

Mountain Biking History: 1981 Pearl Pass Tour by Mike Jarschke

In 1981 Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly chartered a bus to take them and their friends to Crested Butte for the Pearl Pass. According to Charlie "The driver was insane, the bus barely ran, and the trip was...a trip." These photos are from one of the participants, Mike Jarschke, who was kind enough to give me permission to share them.  This is a peek at an incredible moment and time in mountain bike history, as the culture was really starting to take off. The bikes, the smiles, the fashion. It's all so wonderful and inspiring. 

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Mountain Biking History: The First Purpose Built MTB? 1976 Andy Gilmour Cycle Truck

Mountain Biking History: The First Purpose Built MTB? 1976 Andy Gilmour Cycle Truck

Recently on one of the vintage MTB Facebook groups I frequent I came across a stunning bicycle and claim.... That a bike was a 1976 Andy Gilmour made mountain bike. We've all heard the story about how Joe Breeze created the first purpose built mtb's in the late 70's with his Breezer Series I's. From the Marin Mountain Bike Museum website: "His Breezers were the first all-new bikes built with rugged frames specifically for mountain biking (1977 and 1978)." And here was a road racing frame maker in Tucson, Arizona beating the Marin boys to the punch by over a year. What's the deal? Well first, let's decide what makes something a purpose built mountain bike. The best delineator I've heard yet...

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1995 Croll Mountain Bike

1995 Croll Mountain Bike

And here is the truly stunning 1995 Croll as I passed it on to it's next caretaker.  For those not familiar, Croll was founded by Walter Croll and was a manufacturer of high end steel frames in Minneapolis throughout the 90's. I am unclear as to when Croll formally shuttered their business. Early Croll's were often lugged, but mid and later Croll's were Tig Welded by Erik Noren of Peacock Groove fame.  I estimate this to be a 1995 based on the parts present, but am unsure of the accuracy of the date. The build features a full XT parts kit, however the owner opted to upgrade to M950 shifters in order to obtain the remote bar end shifter.  This...

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Chel's Surly 1x1 Wildflower

Chel's Surly 1x1 Wildflower

My partner loves it when we match, so in that spirit we built her up this sweet 16" Surly 1x1 which is a perfect compliment to my black 1x1 Thunderbolt (names derived from our cross bar pads which were taken from some kids bikes).  Being that she's the Otso Sales Manager which is the sister company to Wolftooth of course she elected to bling it out with some sweet gold accents.  After searching for years for a lockup / winter bike that she's comfortable on and trying a couple different vintage mtb setups, it looks like this one is going to stick.  I think it's a real gem...  

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1995 Croll Mountain Bike Time Capsule

1995 Croll Mountain Bike Time Capsule

I recently took in this stunning mid-90's Croll mtb and I just had to document it's condition as I decide what to do with it. Bikes like these are always a challenge as it's an absolutely perfect time capsule of the time it was built and is in essentially new condition. The owner literally only rode it eight times on pavement before hanging it up, this is evidenced in the brake track and cassette which show absolutely no signs of use. The frame itself is scratchless as is the painted to match fork, and therein lies the quandry for me.  Now, I need to make my money back on this thing, and the original plan (before I knew it had...

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Jim Merz Portland to Denver 1964

Jim Merz Portland to Denver 1964

Way back in 2017 I received permission to share this gallery from Jim Merz of a cross country bicycle tour from Portland to Denver that he and a companion undertook in 1964. As that blog has been lost to time, I thought it was a good idea to once more make sure these amazing photos were viewable.  I find them incredibly romantic and charming...

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Mike Rust Built Klunker

Mike Rust Built Klunker

Friends, this is one of the coolest bikes I have ever seen, I ran into it and Wakeman at a bike swap in Denver earlier this Spring, and it’s my absolute joy and pleasure to bring it to your attention. As I am way out of my depth when it comes to the early stuff I’ve asked Wakeman to explain why this bike is so cool and all the interesting mods it possesses. Words by Wakeman Massie: This machine hails from the very earliest days of the activity that we now call mountain biking. At the time, there weren’t any mtb-specific parts to buy, and there wasn’t any one way to build a bike; Pieces and parts from vintage American...

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