A Look Inside Second Spin Cycles’ Vintage MTB Collection

To call Martin from Second Spin Cycles a “collector” doesn’t do his operation justice. When I think of bicycle collectors, I picture hoarders stacking NOS parts for the sake of their own enjoyment, often shutting off their acquisitions from the real world, while only allowing members of various online forums the sneak peek inside, via photos. Maybe that’s an exaggeration but personally, I feel a great amount of indifference to people who hoard bicycles and components. Unless they’re riding them…

A Look Inside Second Spin Cycles' Vintage MTB Collection

Martin is not a collector. He’s a restorer, a curator of what many would argue to be a rather awkward, yet unique time in mountain bike design. While vintage road bikes carry a certain sex appeal still to this day, some vintage mountain bikes just look awkward. Unfortunately, for many of those bikes, the looks imply a lot about the ride, yet sometimes you’d be surprised. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the mountain bike industry was figuring itself out, resulting in a lot of experimentation, at both the companies’ and consumer’s cost. Undoubtedly, this is still happening to some extent today. Maybe this is painting a bleak picture for the cycling industry, and that’s not my intent here. Let’s just say the idiosyncratic evolution of bicycle design was heightened in the late 80’s and early 90’s due to the fact that the brands and builders had an open playground, with their only limitations being their imaginations, materials and construction techniques.

A Look Inside Second Spin Cycles' Vintage MTB Collection

Take a look around Martin’s bike shed, where his operation is distinguishable through the somewhat visual cacophony. On one wall are the bikes in rideable condition. Every complete bike at Second Spin Cycles has pedals installed. Something I found interesting as many “collectors” have bikes hanging sans pedals for either display or storage reasons – pedals can scratch frames and components if stored or stacked tightly. Wheels and frames are hanging from the rafters, waiting to be paired. Components are clearly labeled and tires, stacked. Martin’s guilty of buying as many of the modern brand Onza’s 26″ tires while they were still being made. While the vintage casings and treads may look great on a wall-hanger, all it takes is a single ride to make them deteriorate.

A Look Inside Second Spin Cycles' Vintage MTB Collection

Martin rides each of his bikes. Well, aside from those which his customers have ordered and minus his grail: a 1985 Cunningham Indian #10. While we’ll look at a few of these bikes tomorrow in a gallery, today I wanted to focus on Martin’s space. Including both in the same post would result in neuron overload.

A Look Inside Second Spin Cycles' Vintage MTB Collection

When Martin isn’t working remotely for his “real” job, he’s actively searching for components and frames to restore for either his own stable, or a client’s. Most people contact him looking to build up the dream bike from their formidable years to ride, or simply hang on a wall. The thing with vintage mountain bikes is, just because they look flashy, doesn’t mean the ride will equal the aesthetics. Take Campy Euclid for instance… sheesh! Each frame hanging from the rafters has a story, both in its own history and how Martin acquired it. Take his catalog of Manitou frames. He easily owns more than 10% of all the frames built over the years.

Juli Furtado's Yeti ARC

From Yeti, to Fat Chance, Klein, Cunningham and Grove Innovations, the frame materials, build kits, colors and stance of these bikes are all unique in some way. It just takes a dedicated soul to bring these classics from the era of canti and v-brakes back to life. We’ve seen a few of Second Spin Cycles’ projects here on the site over the past several months, and it was a great honor to see Martin’s operations yesterday. If you’d like a wall hanger or a ride down memory lane, holler at Martin. He works with clients from all over the globe on re-creating their dream bike.

  • Ray Juncal

    Now you’re famous Martin…what’s next Oprah? Nice work John.

  • nice report! I wonder if MTB collecting will ever take off. Attractivity of technical features is quite high with comparing to road cycling.

    • MTB collecting is HUGE. Maybe not as big as road, but it’s a massive market.

      • good that you guys call into places like Second Spin Cycles. We are looking forward to more posts like this

    • floody

      That spaceship has flown my friend! It’s almost splitting into sub-genres now.

    • AdamBike99

      It’s quite big actually. I am fortunate to work with a couple of collectors in Seattle. I am getting ready to do a paint restoration on an ’82 Ritchey and recently completed this Yo Eddy aqua fade.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5accdc11fac30039dae43540e4659f02c0bd8986a7d68bd5fb15c79d89aca9a.jpg

  • Sean Talkington

    Holy cow…One of the coolest posts ever!

  • Scott Brown

    Slide number 9 is fire!

  • Tony Clifton

    Pure bike pornography.

  • Angelo Medina

    … Those tees are AMAZING …

    • Will

      I had one of those Yeti “faster and faster…” tee’s, but it was turquoise and had the DH6 on it, so must have been a few years later. I thought I’d be able to afford a Yeti by now, but they keep getting more and more expensive…

      • Angelo Medina

        haha ! had the exact same thought yesterday … One day I’ll have one, is what I keep writing on my notes to self. But everything remains the same = ( // Do you have a picture of the turquoise one? I assume it looks way better than red.

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    Can’t wait to see shots of the ‘Ham!

  • Jason Tanzman

    ehh.

  • Dylan Buffington

    Is that a titanium WTB Phoenix?! The nostalgia that is running through my veins hurts so good.

    • Yep!

      • Adrian Menzies Knowles

        With Cunningham upgrades? Please tell me there is a photo set of the Phoenix John

        • Martin Kozaczek

          Check on my blog next week, I’ll do a write up on the Phoenix. I’ve been too busy riding it to do a proper photo shoot.

    • Dylan Buffington

      Sweet sweet nectar…

  • Martin Kozaczek

    Great shots John, you made my little space look like a professional shop. Thank you!!!

  • Norman

    Cool write up John – i asked me since long time ago, when he’ll go to Martin ??
    Hope to see you next month at the Exhibition ‘Fahrradschau’ here in Berlin. Maybe you wants to visit also our stand with a lot of classic MTBs !?
    Watch out in Hall 1…see you !

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