I’ve just finished rebuilding my old bike and took a couple of photos to show AWOL, so thought I might as well post them here and see if anyone else wants to post pics of theirs. There seem to be a fair few cyclists here and I’m honestly curious to see what you’re riding.
Here it is. It’s an old Orbea mountain bike I bought back in 1996 when I was living just down the road from the Orbea factory in the Basque Country. The thing’s made of Tange chromoloy and has no suspension, so has a totally different feeling from most bikes today. I’ve jumped off some pretty big rocks with this thing and the frame has stayed solid the whole time. In fact the only component ever to fail on this thing was the front shifter (components were originally Shimano STX). I did upgrade the brakes to Avid V-brakes though, since cantilevers are about as useful downhill as a wet sponge. I also changed the rims to some decent Richeys after a few years of abuse and I’ve just put some nice Continental slicks on it.
Anyway, it’s now my beater bike and I’m very proud of it.
Also, this is my slightly more modern off-roader. It’s a bit of a mix of parts, but is basically an AC-2 frame with a whole load of parts bought one at a time, mostly from Alan’s. The reason my other bike was out of use for so long was cos I was using some of its parts on this thing for so long. Even since this pic was taken I’ve changed a couple of things, but just minor changes.