Category Archives: vintage
Benedict’s Trek 970 650b Shred Sled

The 970, one of the last made in the USA, lugged MTB frames ever produced by Trek. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in interest for these bikes. Especially seeing as how a XO-1 can set you back a pretty penny. They’re Wisconsin-made, rugged and actually pretty lightweight, considering. Frames can be found on eBay for around $200.

These bikes are, one of the best options out there for those looking for to convert a 26″ MTB to a full-bore 650b Shred Sled. Which is exactly what Benedict began doing a few years back. After procuring the frame, he immediately stripped it, then acquired new decals and treated it with shellac.

Next up: the fork. He wanted to keep the frameset Wisconsin-made but needed an upgrade to replace the stock unicrown. Clockwork did the job for around $200 – a Pacenti crown, with a nice, classic bend to the blades. From there, it was pretty straight forward: Suntour Cyclone rear derailleur, XT front, XTR cranks, Suntour power thumb shifters, Nitto post, Brooks saddle, Tektro cantis, Bullmoose bars and some older 650b wheels a friend gave him. Oh and a Campy Record 10 speed chain, drizzled with garlic-infused, extra virgin cold press olive oil, because what else do you lube a Campy chain with?

Benedict’s added numerous personal touches to this bike. The Sackville bag carries his stealth camping gear, pipe and tools. Newbaum’s cloth bartape provides ample grip, protection against chain slap and an additional wrap on the brake lever ensures proper skids.

With all those details, most people would scoff at the thought of riding in Austin on it, with its rocky and technical trails, but little do they know, the captain of this shred sled is a master at roosting. Besides, he’s got a lucky penny on the fork crown!

I don’t really know what else to say about this bike, especially since the photos do the talking! See more in the Gallery!

Jan 24, 2014 47 comments
10 Skids a Day

… for healthy living. I hope you’re ready for this one! Here’s a little warm weather skid action for all you shredders still stuck in snow. Spring’s coming, it just never left Texas.

Jan 21, 2014 10 comments
FYXO: Black Campagnolo Croce D’Aune Deltas

Talk about a brake with an evil reputation. Incompetent people claim they don’t work. Lovers of vintage Campagnolo worship them but few have had their cycling mitts on a set of Croce D’Aune Delta brakes. FYXO has a set of these in his web shop for sale. They’re so evil, I had to crucify them upside down.

Cast your $666.00 at FYXO.

Jan 16, 2014 5 comments
On Domestic Production and Frame Building in 1989

Yesterday I posted two entries to the blog that are tied into this documentary on Bicycles from 1989. The first being Norman Foster’s design and the second, Shinola’s video on their bicycles.

Shot mostly in Great Britain, this film follows the Taylor brothers from Jack Taylor, Condor Cycles, Norman Foster, even Cinelli, Campagnolo and Columbus.

There are a lot of interesting moments: “it’s not fashionable to make things in this country” – Norman Foster on why domestic production in Great Britain has declined. Reynolds used to make bicycle chains, but Shimano cornered the market and production ceased.

One factoid: Campagnolo’s component value to weight matches aircraft components. It shows how a production factory assembles lugged frames by machines in the Raleigh facilities and talks about how the Brits and the Italians prefer different tubing mixtures.

This film is worth the watch. It tackles a lot of issues in the cycling industry today, within the context of 1989.

“Like all modern products, bicycles have become victims of fashion”

Jan 8, 2014 2 comments
Hrrundel: Melted Cinelli Laser

I love the vintage Cinelli Laser track bike. The low pros and pursuits are nice, but the lines of the true track model never get old. Hrrundel has been playing with some studio photos of this bike and I found this one in particular worth the share. See more at the Hrrundel Flickr.

Dec 8, 2013 1 comment
The Iditabike 1988 MTB Race in Alaska

Still continuing the snowy tradition since 1987, Iditabike has now evolved to a fatbike race. Before fatbikes however, brave souls ventured out on rigid MTBs with touring bits to compete. Here’s a documentary covering the 1988 event.

Personally, I’m sure the fatbike is a better suited machine, but this looks fucking rad!

Dec 6, 2013 3 comments
Trackosaurus Rex: Custom Eddy Merckx Track

Photos by Kyle Kelley

Woah! I’ve never seen a Merckx track bike with those custom details, only a Merckx SLX road. Usually an extended head tube lug and a downtube cluster webbing was strictly for the big boy racers. These details came custom out of the Eddy Merckx factory in Belgium and are still, to this day, a rare find.

Check out more at the Tracko Flickr!

Nov 11, 2013 2 comments
Team Raleigh Track
Beautiful Bicycle: Team Raleigh Track

“Red and yellow, kill a fellow…”

Maybe that’s why I love these old Team Raleigh track bikes? There’s something venomous about them. Like some predatory beast, I loved looking at the old photos of British steel eating their competition alive on the boards. The last time I was in Melbourne, I shot another Northside Wheelers in-store display, classic racing track machine, that bright red Cecil Walker. They’re both the same owner, with an impeccable taste for steel race machines.

This one’s a keeper! See more for yourself in the Gallery!

Nov 4, 2013 11 comments