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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


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.


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.


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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Rocky Mountain Bikes

Rocky Mountain Bikes is my company, always has been.  I still remember seeing them in a shop in Calgary in 1991, and at Revolution Cycles here in Edmonton.

I’m putting together a gallery of as many of their models as I can, and I’m updating it on a Pinterest board;

Yeah, I know, Pinterest.  It’s just the easiest way, seriously.

It’s mostly vintage Rockys, and the ones I’ve had, but I’ll branch out into newer ones as I go.

Oh, there’s also a board of non-Rockys too;

Vintage Rocky Mountain

This certainly isn’t fancy, but it’s out there getting the job done in our freshly arrived winter.


It’s a Sherpa from 1998 or maybe ’97, and I found it doing some winter bike commuting duty at a school.

That Manitou fork was definitely not stock that year, or any year for that matter on a Rocky, but it’s nice to see one out in the wild.  The seat does not look good.  It looks like the cover came off it five years ago, and weather, or possibly rodents, are working on the padding now.

Most shops will have seats that were swapped off of new bikes, and will sell them for $20.  I guess this rider is unaware.

It does seem to be faring a little better than the last old Rocky I found in the snow.


Funny how similar they are, with the racks and destroyed seats.

Come on people – these old Rockys deserve better!