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    Default Lust then and now.

    From the files of youthful brokeness-A fine example found on the worlds greatest commodity post of a bike that helped shape my view of bikes.
    In my late teens and early 20's this was the apex- and then some.
    A rare beauty with great details- Fried anno I am guessing. Brooklyn Machine Works brakes- the first real v-brake I ever saw.



    Much of the blue print of the modern fat tire bike is found here.






    Anyways, it speaks to me in that universal-ever lasting way- it is a trait that is shared with many here on the V-Saloon.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    It's sometimes funny what you miss and don't miss. Love(ed) Fat City. Don't miss 1-inch steerers.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    Thanks for that.
    Mine is in retirement, pulling a grocery trailer. I'd never let that bike go.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    That pretty much epitomizes what I would have died - or killed - for back in the 90's.
    Sigh.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    Quote Originally Posted by chancerider View Post
    It's sometimes funny what you miss and don't miss. Love(ed) Fat City. Don't miss 1-inch steerers.
    Plus one- it is what prompted me to sell certain vintage bikes because of fork issues. My two Bontrager Race Lites fell to the chop because of this.

    Beauty remains timeless if it really is.

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    I still want one.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    I did a road test of a Ti Fat Chance in 1993, and yeah, I thought it was the apogee of the mountain-bike-without-a-suspension-fork. Worked well with a Manitou but the rigid fork was perfect. That bike had balance and compliance and stoke all day long. For probably ten years, I wished I had found the cash to buy one when I could.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    I lusted over the slim chance.......but couldn't afford it.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    Quote Originally Posted by fvracer72 View Post
    I lusted over the slim chance.......but couldn't afford it.
    A Slim in my size will not be safe from my predations.

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    I had a purple Yo Eddy! with the big 1" fork
    back in 1993ish and I never should have sold it.

    -g

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    Quote Originally Posted by fvracer72 View Post
    I lusted over the slim chance.......but couldn't afford it.
    I had one- sold it to get a Yeti road project with team paint job welded by one of the great of Al, master Chris Herting.
    It was one of my first foray into the Al world (other than a junky raleigh technium) and it changed the way I looked and rode bikes- stiffness was discovered.

    I do not regret selling the slim chance- only the segmented fork.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    The stuff I thought was cool in the 90s is still cool. IF, Yeti, DeKerf, Rocky Mountain (steel Vertex please). This was the stuff I wanted to ride, but couldn't on a 14-year-old's allowance.

    It informed my mountain bike tastes and remains a part of me to this day.

    The Barracuda I rode is now ubiquitous amongst food delivery guys in NYC; albeit with less red ano parts. Probably what that bike was always meant to be.
    Got some cash
    Bought some wheels
    Took it out
    'Cross the fields
    Lost Control
    Hit a wall
    But we're alright

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    I do not regret selling the slim chance- only the segmented fork.
    Read about Fats for years, there were very few on the left coast. Satisfied my lust by finding a mid '90s Igleheart (no fork). Put on a last gen 1" Marzocchi on it. After seeing so many Fats with their rigid fork, I have GOT to get moving on getting a New England style segmented fork. Lust partially sated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasea View Post

    The Barracuda I rode is now ubiquitous amongst food delivery guys in NYC; albeit with less red ano parts. Probably what that bike was always meant to be.
    Depends who made your Barracuda- FTW/Herting/Yeti made Barracuda gets the seal of approval.

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    I really, really, really wanted the sweet Pinarello hanging above the counter in my local shop. So much that I bought it even though it was an inch or so too big for me. And it was my road bike from '89 until '03 (although it didn't get much use in the ten years between 1993 and 2002.)

    The MA College of Art hipster I ultimately sold it to was practically drooling when he saw it.

    Imagine this with a white Rolls, shiny white bartape, silver rims and skinwalls:
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    Quote Originally Posted by the bottle ride View Post
    Depends who made your Barracuda- FTW/Herting/Yeti made Barracuda gets the seal of approval.
    I just bought one of these yesterday. I think it is a Colorado made bike (has the Tree Amigos sticker) but it's a step below the Tange Prestige in their lineup. Those guys probably didn't make the mid-line frames like this 94 A2MS.....?







    It's a 1994 model and this is the worst scuff on it:


    I always thought the teardrop shaped Alu models were cool, but couldn't pass up this almost mint 12" frame. I won't make any money on it, but it will be cool for my kids to ride.

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    I should clarify that I bought a used Barracuda A2B in 94, Colorado made of Tange chromo. "Upgraded" to Grip Shift and an Indy XC a few years later, eventually had Coda cranks. It was a Frankenbike of crap. Sold it at the Denver Veloswap for $350 in '98. The buyer couldn't believe it was priced so low.
    Got some cash
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    'Cross the fields
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    But we're alright

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    I always wanted a yeti arc a 90s era one ....you lucky americans got em all though

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    A Schwinn Paramount touring bike is what I wanted as a kid.

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    Default Re: Lust then and now.

    I wanted one of these too.



    But I bought this instead, still have it and ride it nearly every day.


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