Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lugged Fork crowns

I was digging around recently trying to see who still makes lugged fork crowns for mountain bikes. I guess what I found was that it's not very many! From what I found just on the web there's Pacenti:

And there's this kinda unicrown thing that Long Shen makes (not sure they still make this):

Which is kinda like the crown on many old mtbs like the Stumpjumper:
I'm not a frame builder, just a frame admirer, so I could be wrong about what's out there. I do know that many of the lug suppliers don't have full catalogs online, so there may be a whole world of this stuff out there, but somehow I doubt it.

Lugged forks aside, here's a little eye candy for your sweet tooth:

This is a 1986 Colnago I recently saw on craigslist.

And a truely far-out Puch Scout I saw on a forum.

Monday, January 17, 2011


I was lucky enough this weekend to make it out in beautiful weather for a little ride in the mud. We stopped for a sec at some bathrooms and ran into another nice guy on on old stumpy modded and upgraded into a really smart ride. Here's half of Eric (?) and his bike:

Gabe's bike post ride. Gabe's build on this old probably '85 stumpy was a real inspiration for me to get off my butt and get a vintage mtb. Sometime in the future I'll try to get some nice pics of the bike, where you can actually see the drive side and some details, but suffice it to say that it's a killer set up.
My rig, post ride, beer timeThe bikes weren't too soiled, but there's some gook in there.

These are Tomaselli grips that came off Nate's new cockpit set up. Not too sure what to do about these. I thought about ebay, but I think it may be too much hassle. Same thing with the original slingshot stem and X 1+2 bars.Here's that bike with new tires, a Kalloy dirt drop stem, VO bars, and VO grips. Eventually he's gonna change the levers too for something more graceful.