Category Archives: Rocky Mountain

The ugliest bike ever

The Specialized Hardrock.

Specialized Hardrock

Specialized Hardrock

Now, I just found this bike on kijiji, so if you happen to be selling it, please know that I’m not saying that your Hardrock is the ugliest bike ever. It looks like your bike is rather smartly set up to roll around town, and that’s fine.

In fact, it’s not even really the Hardrock that’s the ugliest bike ever, it’s this style of bike that’s ugly.

Actually, it’s not even this style, it’s the thinking behind it.

I’ll explain.

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Freeride Revival is go!

Well, it’s not really a go yet because we don’t have the bikes, but, the time is right.

First though, we need to talk about what Freeride was, just in case you don’t know.

In the mid to late 90’s, a group of BC riders were getting themselves into Bike magazine regularly thanks to their ridiculous skills on the skree slopes of Kamloops.  Eventually, a large chunk of an issue was devoted to these guys – Richey Schley, Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie, and others – and the scene was blown wide open.  But, the scene needed better bikes.

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1998 Rocky Mountain Pipeline

The first bike that comes to mind when you think “freeride?” The Rocky Mountain Pipeline.  However, Cannondale desperately wanted their bike to be one you thought of first.  So much so that they trademarked the name “freeride.”  Which was kinda dumb given that skiiers had used it for years, but we’re talking about trademark law in the U.S. – logic and reason do not apply.

This threw a wrench into Rocky’s plans to use it obviously. Until someone at Rocky came up with Froriders.  History was made.

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2014 Wish List

This year marks the third year for the Alberta Bike Swap in Edmonton, and it’s become my bicycle Christmas.  Year one was all about selling off bikes; I went on a building rampage and had four complete bikes to sell.  And all four sold.  Year two I only sold one of three that I brought, but I came home with a very nice Bridgestone MB-0, which is a unicorn for a lot of VRC guys.

Most cyclists get excited for all the new bikes and gear in the spring, I get excited for the old bikes at the swap.  Here’s my Wish List for this year.

1.  Rocky Mountain

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Of course, a Rocky is always on my list.  Pretty much anything up to 1992, but preferring 1990 to 1992.  I’d be interested in anything, but given a choice between a super clean Hammer, and a dodgy Altitude, I’d probably go with the Altitude.  That would be a tough choice though.

2. Full suspension bike.

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I’ve had a project in mind where I compare old suspension bikes to today’s bikes, and I grabbed an awful Trek 9200 last summer partly for that purpose.  The problem being that it’s so bad as a suspension bike it’s really pointless.  So, if I can find something with a real rear shock that would be much better.

Also, TeamCow is ready for the Freeride Revival, so finding a Cannondale with a Moto fork on it, or a Rocky Pipeline would just be a bonus.

3. Solid hardtail frame.

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I plan to do most of my riding on my Blizzard this year, but it’s a special bike, and there are times when I think I shouldn’t use it up if I don’t have to.  Instead, a hardtail from the near-vintage period of ’98 to ’02 (this is when V-brakes have replaced cantilevers, but discs haven’t taken over yet) would be just right, because I could just punish it, and I wouldn’t feel bad about wearing it out.

I do have a Fisher frame in the garage that fits this description, so looking for another is really not necessary.  Also, the Fisher is not of the highest quality, so it really does fit the role of beater bike nicely.

The Bike Swap is May 10th this year, but the location has not been announced yet, so keep your eyes on the website.

The Grand Unification Vintage post

I’ve had it in mind for some time now that I could write up a post that would sum up all of  vintage cycling.  Something that would cover all the bases from restoration styles to what old bikes are worth to why we even care about them.

This, of course, is a foolish idea.  You’d need an entire website to explain it all.  And there are already two or three very good ones that do that.

But that’s no reason for me not to do it.

There’s no way I can do it all in one post though, so today, let’s talk about what makes an old mountain bike valuable.  It’s really rather complicated.  And I’m going to start with a story about me being a jerk.

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