Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Bike of the Day: Whichever Bike Was Locked Here

I’ve often seen a mid-range Trek mtb parked at this spot, formerly occupied by a bike rack.



Bike of the Day: Keith’s Bridgestone MB-1

12 hours left on E-Bay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bridgestone-MB-1-Mountain-Bike-Vintage-1988-w-89-Koski-Forks-50cm-Used-Mens-/120905848170?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c268cd56a#vi-desc

Keith is in the intro to my new book The Art of Mountain Biking: Singletrack Skills for All Riders. He bought this MB-1 new from Criterium bike shop in 1988, and has been treating it with the utmost respect ever since. Amazingly, this trail-ready vintage beauty could be yours…

Description by Keith:

“Wow” your mountain biking friends by showing up for the next group ride on this vintage, highly coveted classic. This is widely considered the quintessential mountain bike of its day. Revolutionary frame angles, build quality, and components made this perhaps the most advanced racing mountain bike at the time, which is why today this steel bike is coveted by collectors. See Sheldon Brown’s web page on this bike, along with the PDF file of the catalog featuring it.

I am original owner, having bought this from my local Colorado Springs bike shop specified with a Shimano Deore XT group (see parts list below). Selling this is going to break my heart.

Has age-appropriate paint wear and scratches (see photos). Some superficial rust. No dents. Frame, forks, and wheels are straight. Imprecise shifting can be finessed now, but chain, cogs, chainrings, and possibly cables and housing need replacing for smooth, precisely indexed shifting. Everything else works well. One shifter clamp was re-threaded in the early ’90s and has held tight since. One shifter missing the “Shimano Deore XT” face plate (see photo).

1988-1992: used recreationally as a mountain bike in Colorado and California. 1993, 2000-2011: used as a commuter bike in California, Texas, Maryland, and North Carolina almost entirely on pavement. 1994-1999, 2012: stored unused.



Just let him by

(Had an interesting passing incident today, as a matter of fact, on some singletrack south of town. I was about to pass a runner. He heard me coming and kindly stepped off the trail — almost directly onto a huge rattlesnake. Very large snake, as thick as a mason jar. Awesome. It waved its huge head around at us like a cartoon cobra for a few seconds, then we all went on with our business.)

New Zealand has some nice trails, so I’ve been told.

First time I’ve ever heard of something like this between trail riders. Didn’t watch the video:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/cyclist-attacked-christchurch-trail-video-4823488

Brizzell said the incident happened after he asked Dalton to let him past, in line with trail etiquette to let faster riders through.

However, Dalton did not give Brizzell space and eventually their argument boiled over into a physical confrontation.

Brizzell said he was strangled by his helmet strap and eventually bit the man’s finger.

via Mountain bike attacker pleads guilty | NATIONAL News.



Take a little time out from the collapse of civilization

…and download a preview of my new book! The Art of Mountain Biking: Singletrack Skills for All Riders: http://www.falcon.com/pdf_files/9780762769858.pdf



Sample my new mountain biking book

If you dare, over here.

The book is called The Art of Mountain Biking: Singletrack Skills for All Riders.