I’m loving all these vintage MTB-related interviews the Pro’s Closet has been conducting. Here’s the latest, featuring Ned Overend were he talks about the early days of professional mountain bike racing, dueling with John Tomac, and the tension disc.
Maybe there’s a reason ‘cross is so big in Portland…
Dermy’s got it down. He wanted a mountain bike to cruise around the neighborhood on and hit hobo trails throughout this urban sprawl we call LA. The bike itself is fairly “stock” with new bars and a modern Thomson stem added to keep it nice and wide up front. Other than that, Shimano Deore and a set of decent wheels keep this thing rolling. There’s not much that can be done about the clapped out fork but hey, what can ya do?
See ya on the hobo trail, homie!
River City Bicycles takes us into the studio to get an in-depth look at one of their many vintage steeds. This video showcases the Ritchey Team Comp mountain bike.
Oh man… this is too good! Watch as Corey Bohan, Mike ‘Hucker’ Clark and Leanna Curtis take it back to the 80’s in this bit of rad atavism.
Artist Chris McNally, like many of us have a long withstanding love for Eddy Merckx, his legacy and his bicycles. Maybe not his modern machines, but rather the years of classic racing. Specically, Faema and Molteni.
As part of a giant undertaking, Chris is working on a new watercolor painting project: a bike shop of life experiences both fiction and non-fiction. Inside this gem of a idea will be bikes he’s owned and bikes he’s yet to own. Case in point: a Molteni Merckx…
There’s more to come from this unique undertaking, but for now let’s just appreciate the detail he put into this classic race steed.
River City Bicycles has more than a couple beautifully unique bikes in their shop. Here’s just one of many in their new Bike Collection video series, a Waterford CX…
French artist, sculpture and frame builder Atelier Des Vélos engraves classic componentry. We’ve seen his work before on a Tomassini, but this gruppo is going on his own frame. A Campagnolo Record Pista crank and post, along with a Alter stem got the treatment this round. Here are a few teasers before ADV completes the project, which I think we’re all gonna be pretty stoked on.
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Joe Breeze is regarded as the maker of the first purpose-built mountain bike and in this episode of the Pro’s Closet Museum Series, Joe discusses the evolution of the mountain bike. Beginning with the inspiration of his Schwinn Excelsior klunker to the nickel-plated Breezer Series 3.
While many collectors would take a vintage road frame and spend hours upon hours sourcing parts to complete the perfect “period correct” build, others simply take a perfectly good mix of components and turn a bike with a bit of beausage into a commuter.
That’s what a recent customer at Golden Saddle Cyclery did with this Eddy Merckx road bike. There are at least a dozen different brands that are currently making this bike roll. From Modolo to Mavic, it’s got a good mix of components adding to what I would consider a very sensible build.
One last part is in queue: a Wald basket…
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