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WANTED:   American Bicycle Manufacturing posted by: Stephen on 2/28/2002 at 4:02:50 AM
Hello friends,
I wanted to ask if anyone out there has information
as to when "American Bicycle Manufacturing" in St. Cloud ,MN
started making bikes?
I realize they quit making bikes somewhere around '95.
Also I would be interested in buying articles, decals,
pictures, or brochures having to do with their bike they
called the "Montaneus" which was made around the mid eighties.
If you or someone you know has anything you think I would be interested in,
please feel free to write me at

I will be grateful for anything you can help me with.
Thank You,

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MISC:   Yeti from Agoura Hills, California posted by: Michael Staab on 2/25/2002 at 11:34:23 PM
Hi,

just found this page today through google when I searched for "classic" Bikes. I made an german website about Classic Mountain Bikes from the 80's and early 90's about two years ago and was always wondering about an collector scene in the USA.

I started mountainbiking in 1987, which is pretty early for germany. Mountain Bikes began to get into the showrooms of german dealers in about 1985 and they go my attention right from the start. Since I was in school back then I could not afford one till January 1987.

My main interest are Yeti Bikes from the late 80's. I know that Yeti started business in 1985 and there are some collectors in Germany who had the luck to get Bikes from the 80's with the 1" BMX Headset. I could by my first Yeti FRO ( 1 1/4" Headset ) from late 1990 back last year and restored it to original Spec. Pics can be found on my page www.mtb-classic.de. But I dream of an 1989 or earlier FRO, preferably in 17,5" size. Are this bikes very rare in the states? Did they reach an collectable status right now and how much are the asking prices?

Best Regards,

Michael

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MISC:   Suzuki posted by: Ken on 2/23/2002 at 7:39:05 PM
Does anyone remember a mid 1970s SUZUKI made BMX style bicycle that had both front and rear shock absorbers??

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           RE:MISC:   Suzuki posted by PaulO on 2/27/2002 at 3:40:28 PM
I'm aware of Kawaski (aluminum) and Yamaha full suspesion BMX. Not sure about Suzuki.




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MISC:   Raleigh Scout Mountain Bike posted by: Margot on 2/17/2002 at 4:22:59 PM
I'm thinking about purchasing a Raleigh Scout Mountain Bike....don't know the year of the bike. I haven't bought a bike in 20 years. Anyway.....it's got 24" Femo Aluminum Rims, Quick Shift Grips, Shimano SIS gears (6 front, 3 rear), Power Triangle Low Pro Body - Black. Sticker made in China. It's lightly used...needs a tune up. What do you think a fair price would be.

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              Raleigh Scout Mountain Bike posted by John E on 2/20/2002 at 8:44:37 PM
A couple of years ago, I paid $40 at a yard sale for a comparable Peugeot U.S.Express for son #2. I doubt that the Raleigh is worth any more than that.




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MISC:   FORECAST posted by: ERIC on 2/6/2002 at 1:50:55 AM
DOES ANYONE DARE TO GUESS IF MOUNTAINBIKES OF "TODAY" WILL EVER SEE THE POPULARITY OF THE STINGRAY ETC. NOW...?
WHAT BIKES WOULD YOU LIST ON YOUR PREDICTION? WHAT WOULD YOU BANK ON?............JUST CURIOUS WHAT YOU THINK

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           FORECAST posted by John E on 2/7/2002 at 10:00:04 PM
I don't know, but I am holding onto my 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10, in case it ever gets discovered by collectors. Some of the early Ritcheys, Fishers, etc. are becoming collectible.

           KOM frame on eBay; cheap posted by John E on 2/11/2002 at 9:26:45 PM
If anyone is interested, a guy in Los Angeles is selling a 19" KOM frame on eBay. Price, with less than 12 hours to go, is still below $15 for a full Tange Prestige II frame.

           RE:MISC:   FORECAST posted by Joel on 2/15/2002 at 7:43:36 PM
The very early mountain bikes are becoming collectable now. As for the future, who's to say. My guess would be that early innovations (index, shocks, clipless,..) and evolutionary dead-ends (like U brakes) will be the things to collect. Parts would also be a good investment since they will all be worn out on that garage sale bike.

           RE:RE:MISC:   FORECAST posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 4/24/2002 at 12:34:20 AM
Study pictures of the early stuff and keep an eye out. Already these are being tossed out, traded, sold at yard sales. A girlfriend will be selling the stuff the old boyfriend left at her place and she won't know a darned thing about it. Thats good for you, bad for the boyfriend. She just will want to sell it so she can buy some makeup or that lovely pair of leather pumps she wants. She looks at me and say's "Darned if I know, He loved that bike!" The English 3 speeds are not seen so much. It's mountain bikes everywhere now so you gotta recognize them. Seperate trash from treasure.
Look at the books, study the pictures. If I wake you up at
3 a.m with a picture of a bike from page 34 will you be able to tell me what it is?

           RE:MISC:   FORECAST posted by Pete on 7/13/2002 at 9:02:25 PM
With some mixed feelings, I hope so... Mixed because I have two late '80s bikes that I don't want to get rid of (for sentimental reasons) but that don't get used much and would be tempting to sell, if values rose to a level hard to ignore.

1986 or 1987 Cannondale 24/26 SM800 or SM900(?)--- bought it when I graduated from school (after having spent a whole New Year's Eve on one on Colorado Ave. in Pasadena looking for the owner, a friend, so I could return it to him. Fell in love with it and, with my first job, I bought one which I took to Hiroshima with me when my first job landed me there for 1 1/2 years. Hot pink, er,... uh, Mulberry with fluorescent yellow trim with a 6'4" Gaijin on it made for very curious crowds, especially of schoolkids, in the mountainbike-less Hiroshima of 1987).

The other bike is a 1989 Stumpjumper, a wedding present from me to my wife. We're still together but the bike has seen next to no use since a dog and, then, kids entered our lives. Needs major mechanical tuning, if not restoration, but still looks beautiful.

Not looking to sell, but does anybody know what these are worth (or will be worth) so I can treat them with the appropriate level of respect.

By the way, I have a 1999 Marin Rift Zone (Full suspension bike) that is incredible (for the price, especially) and I have to believe that these bikes will, too, become sought-after when my kids get older.

Pete




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MISC:   Raleigh lizard MTB posted by: Jonathan on 1/19/2002 at 8:27:13 AM
If this is an "old" school MTB site, then somebody here might have a line on a Raleigh "lizard" 26" MTB.
The tubing is Raleigh ATT23. I presume it is steel. The bike has Shimano SIS and really cool Lee Chi brakes.
The crank is French...Peugeot? The wheels are Beretta steel 26x1.75 (559-22). The bike is obviously hand welded and it looks beefed.
The BB looks like a bmx GT. After a mild off-road thrashing, it stikes me as being a well balanced and smooth ride for a fixed frame
suspension. The "off center" decals are not decals, but are painted. The lizards look pretty cool. Any notes on this bike? I tried hunting the net, but came up pretty lame; which piqued my interest in it being a little unusual.
The weld on the outside of the dropouts and forkends are impressively over-built.

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           French crank posted by John E on 1/29/2002 at 9:31:14 PM
Peugeot-branded cranks were made by Stronglight. The other major players were TA and Nervar. TA cranks were popular on early mountain bikes because their CycloTouriste series could accommodate incredibly wide ranges of ratios.

           RE:French crank posted by Jonathan on 1/30/2002 at 12:55:09 AM
Well, the BB is larger than a standard type. The chainwheels are 48--?--26 and are steel. The cranks are alloy and are not built to look pretty, unless you like the no nonsense, utilitarian look.
Very little flex in the cranks and the chainstays hardly sway in a climb. It really is a jeep. Tough bike, I've had it out for 2 weeks of evening poundings on the dirt. It is not as heavy a bike as it looks.
The ATT23 tubing is not familiar to me. This is an early '80's MTB, by my estimate. The hand welding around the dropouts and forkends is impressive. Large beads around the tubes into the already oversized BB are another
example of a robust frame construction. The FS bikes can't come close to taking the lateral jamming that this frame eats up.




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WANTED:   kool lemon paint and decals posted by: jay mann on 1/15/2002 at 10:22:56 PM
I need Kool lemon paint and decals for a 1972 schwinn
ladies derailer supersport.I got mountain bike from
a yard sale.

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MISC:   AMP Research posted by: Oscar on 1/3/2002 at 11:49:26 PM
Does anyone have any experience with Amp Rearch forks. They use a pivot and spring action for suspension instead of a telescoping movement in conventional forks. They have been making bike forks since at least 1991 on this same design, but you don't see a lot of them.

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           RE:MISC:   AMP Research posted by Joel on 1/4/2002 at 10:54:06 PM
I used to see a lot of them on the trail years ago but none lately. As I recall, they rode fine. They have a lot of moving parts exposed (assuming the design hasn't changed).

           RE:MISC: AMP Research posted by Rick on 3/21/2002 at 9:53:40 PM
I have an AMP fork sitting in my basement right now. They work great but require quite a bit of maintenance. They are by far the lightest suspension fork you can get.

           RE:MISC:   AMP Research posted by goryJORY on 5/24/2002 at 9:14:30 PM
I am not quite sure of the information you are looking to find, but I found [url=http://www.amp-research.com/F3F4_Manual.pdf]this site[/url] a couple of days ago with full installation, setup and maintenance instructions! Hope this helps you out.
Jory.

           Maintenance...WHAT?!?? posted by Shayne on 6/23/2002 at 3:55:23 PM
Actually I own two and they are extremly maintenance free...about the only fork that requires less is a Headshok. Amp Forks are the stiffest aftermarket fork you can buy and the lightest next to a PACE fork...travel is limited however.

           RE:Maintenance...WHAT?!?? posted by Mark on 6/23/2002 at 9:20:07 PM
I have an AMP on my bicycle, which I got used a couple of years ago. I don't really know how old the fork is or anything. Recently someone told me that AMP forks are known for "catastrophic failure", or basically falling apart while the bike is being ridden. Now I'm all paranoid about my bike. Has anyone else heard anything lke this?




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FOR SALE:   NOS ARAYA BLUE ANODIZED RIMS posted by: Kevin K on 1/1/2002 at 10:23:40 PM
Hi. Please see for sale section for more details. Thanks, Kevin

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WANTED:   SE Landing Gear forks w/canti mounts posted by: Jim on 12/31/2001 at 3:24:38 AM
In search of a set of 26" SE Landing Gear forks with canti mounts. 1" threded
Thanks, Jim

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FOR SALE:   Schwinn Enduro posted by: MC on 12/24/2001 at 4:20:49 PM
Hello,
I am looking for any information on an older Schwinn mountain bike. It is a 22" (youth) Schwinn Enduro. It has a 5 speed drivetrain with a Skylark rear derailleur, chrome bull moose bar and dia-compe brake levers with cantis. It is gunmetal gray in color with an oval gold-colored headbadge.

Thank you

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           RE:FOR SALE:   Schwinn Enduro posted by Wings on 2/17/2002 at 7:01:05 AM
I have seen lots of Enduros in the past and I remember the gold colored headbadge. I still see them every now and then. Schwinn did several styles of bikes in the 22 inch size. What specific questions do you have?

           RE:FOR SALE:   Schwinn Enduro posted by Larry on 8/20/2006 at 11:47:43 PM
I am looking for tires. Ant ideas?




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MISC:   Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by: Paul S on 12/14/2001 at 6:57:56 PM
My LBS has a 87-88 Univega Alpina Ultimo for sale that I'm thinking of purchasing and since I am not familiar with Univega's I was wondering if anyone on the list has any experiences or opinions on this bike. From my once over I can provide the following info.

TIG welded Taiwan frame of TANGE triple butted tubes w/ reinforced cromo fork. Finished in Black Chrome.

Complete Deore XT Gruppo (U Brake) w/ Araya R 20 anodized Rims

Complete set of braze ons for front and rear racks .
Double eyelets on the drop outs and 2 water bottle mounts.

A cool feature is a mount on the right chainstay for the storage of extra spokes/nipples.

Happy Holidays Everyone..

Paul S



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           Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by John E on 12/29/2001 at 12:56:34 AM
It sounds decent enough, assuming you can get it for $100 or so. I am not a fan of older TIG-welded frames, and, although I have one, I am also not a fan of under-the-chainstay U-brakes, but neither feature is a fatal strike against this bike.

           RE:MISC:   Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by Josef on 12/30/2001 at 1:25:42 PM
I had a 1988 Alpina Uno with the U-Brake.It was a good bike.I liked that spare spoke braze-on.You just need to take care of that black chrome finish because the clear coat tends to chip.Have fun.

           RE:RE:MISC:   Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by Jonathan on 1/19/2002 at 9:09:40 AM
Hey, I have an '89 Alpina Uno which was my only MTB for 5 years. The 17 inch frame is a bit small for me, but at the staggering price of $10, I was willing to deal with that minor detail.
Mostly I used it to traverse the dirt roads to my favorite Sierra trout spots. The handlebars are wide and curved up slightly which makes for easy riding at slow speed in dirt and sand. The frame is built solid as it got a lot of shaking and rattling on the washboard roads we used to blast through in our 4X's before the ban. The brakes always pushed hard on the rims which is a top feature of the bike.
The shifters are alloy, NOT the dumb plastic ones that the "modern" bikes all seem to have as newer and better. Ha! The first branch you sideswipe is gauranteed to snap that little plastic thing right off the handlebar.
Seriously. I thought the bike would come aprt at the joints, but it is looking good as new. I got a Specialized HardRock that handles way better and has a 19" seat tube. The Alpina Uno doesn't climb very well for some reason the front wants to come up and over if I get too crazy. But for just running all day long on "howdy do" roads, it's great.

           RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Univega Alpina Ultimo posted by Jonathan on 1/19/2002 at 9:15:01 AM
One interseting thing about the Alpina Uno, it has Biopace chainrings which are really nice for grunting around at slow speed. At regular cadences, I think they feel funny.




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CLUBS:   Need to know history posted by: William Cseh on 11/27/2001 at 2:41:37 PM
My neihbors sons bike was run over in the drive way it was a Haro Specialized FatBoy serial# ACY9KOII08.It was a gift I would like to know if they still make them and the cost of a new one.Thank You.

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           Need to know history posted by John E on 12/8/2001 at 11:12:17 PM
Please list components and frame tubing stickers, and someone may be able to identify something comparable among current models. It sounds like a Taiwanese frame from Giant.




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MISC:   Oversize brake cables posted by: Wayne on 11/19/2001 at 1:20:45 AM
I am restoring an 84 vintage Ritchey Team Comp (unicrown fork, bullmoose bars, columbus frame, Serial #20). The Magura brake levers supplied by Ritchey use an oversized brake cable that I cannot find at any shops. Does anyone know a source? My early 80's stumpjumper has a similar cable with Tommaselli (sp?) levers.

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FOR SALE:   WANTED: 80s GRIPS !!! Help !!! posted by: JOEL on 11/14/2001 at 8:53:59 PM
Hey Mountain Bikers ! I found this great set of grips a few years ago in the scrap bin at the bike shop. They're about worn out now and I would like to buy another new/used set. I have been told they were made by Tange in the 80s. They are kind of oval shaped (cross section), and pretty thick. I posted a picture on the Schwinn forum yesterday or can email one.

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           RE:FOR SALE:   WANTED: 80s GRIPS !!! Help !!! posted by Joel on 12/5/2001 at 10:22:28 PM
Someone must have a set. Here are the pictures:

http://photos.onebigvillage.com/pubimage.asp?id_=70464

http://photos.onebigvillage.com/pubimage.asp?id_=70465

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