Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Past bikes - bike #12


This one is a real chestnut. It's a 1990 Bridgestone MB2. I bought it as frame/fork/hs at Recycled Cycles for $20. It has the distinction of being my longest-lasting frameset. It has survived many a purge.


First, I nerdified it by making it an cheapish SUV version of a Riv bike. Parts on there came from bike #10.5 -- one of the many that will go mostly undocumented. It was a Novara given to me by a buddy.

I think I may have built it up as a mountain bike too at some point, but I can't find evidence of that. Most of the MB2's life with me was spent as the front part of an Xtracycle. Which ruled. Then buddy Jon borrowed it for about 3 years.



After the bike came back from Jon, I stripped it down and asked Glen to replace the rear dropouts with horizonatals. Since then, this bike has served as either the winter work horse bike or the big BMX bike.



This is the setup that makes me want an ultralight version of this bike: super thin-wall OS tubing, a bit steeper headtube, 26" wheels, hydro discs, and carbon forks like this:



Fun.

3 comments:

Andy D. (aka Big Dummy Daddy) said...

I was waiting for this bike to come up. I have a '90 MB-1 that I bought new. Like yours, it's my longest owned bike. After 22 years, I can't seem to let it go.

I may have to do as you've done with listing out bikes I've owned, though at a rough count of 50+, that's a bit of a task.

Anonymous said...

That's a sweet looking bike.

Carbon fork, disks? Is that the "Grant bait" accessory package?

A new movement is born: progresso grouch.

Doug said...

$20 at Recycled? The times have changed. For the worse, at least when sweet old bike prices are comcerned.