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94 S Works - This is the default bike. Who knows how many 1,000's of miles? Its 1" steerer is still sporting the stock Specialized Ti stem. From the original 96 XTR group only the front hub, front derailleur, and Left shifter/brake lever are still trucking. The right shifter/brake lever is an 8 speed XT/XTR frankenlever. Cranks are compact with bash-ring. Marzocchi Bomber MX Comp Air is a great value. RockShox post takes off the edge since the hemi-laminectomy/discectomy in Jan 03. See it in action.
Check out the cicada metamorphism after a dawn ride.
99 Schwinn Homegrown 4 Banger - $200 Ebay frame only deal. Total cost=$650 after some new part purchases, parts swapping and, hand-me-downs. Used front Bomber Z3 100mm and rear SID Dual Air makes the stupidest lines smart. An experiment in disc braking with front Avid mechanical and rear Hayes Hydraulic. Braking is top notch and mismatched levers are wily. Floats over anything I ask it to (I wouldn't feel comfortable asking for more travel without body armor anyway). The super slack seat tube angle bends seat posts quickly, but LBS parts bin is full of junk 26.8 posts so who cares? Now that Schwinn is owned by Pacific(?) or whoever I worry more about the linkage failing. It says Lawill on the chainstay so if anything happens I guess I'll email email@example.com
The EYE is always watching!
The EYE is dead. It was poked out by a rock in a wreck.
1992? Trek 7000 - The commuter. Gets me from point A to point B (sometimes even C & D). Good reliable winter transportation...when I'm not too lazy to ride to work. Another Ebay find. Came with Shimano push-push DX Shifter/Lever combos. Cheapo V brakes have replaced the original stoppers. Lights and fenders complete the package. Great for passing cars in traffic on the left or the right. Snow tires have not yet been mounted.
95 Supergo Access ALU - Wife's default bike. She can get it over 3 foot log jams with just a little dab at the top. Made the $ go far back in 1996. XT/LX 8 speed mix. Manitou EFC was their first to combine elastomer and cartridge damping. Sawed off cable hanger from fork brace shaves dozens of grams. Handbuilt laced-over Mavic Crossland hub with Sun SubIV rim. Selle Italia Bassano Terry saddle is so cushy-sweet. I wish it was on my fixed gear.