Here is my most recent rebuild and my first cross-bike (cyclocross ? montercross? not sure of which label) : “La Mule” is its name. This time, this project is only for me. For quite some time now and especially when moving to Colorado, I have realized the need of an “all-rounder” bike to ride on gravel, do groceries/errands, touring, riding to trailheads…etc
Several weeks ago, I found an old 1999 Trek 720 MultiTrack at the local Co-Op. The bike being the correct size, frame correctly aligned, I bought it as I could envision the “all-rounder” bike I had been looking for.
As usual, below are the photo comparison between “Before” (left) and “After” (right) the work/tune-ups.
After 20 days of rebuild, I did a test ride in my local mountains on a 20-mile route combining gravel, trails and road. The verdict was as expected : uphill rocky terrain, rolling gravel & singletrack or hilly roads, it handled all perfectly what I threw at it.
My lastest bike repair project, a: Montgomery Ward 10 speed disc brake Very similar to last year’s Free Spirit 10-speed, I rescued this Montgomery that needed some TLC to be ready to roll again. The main difference with the Free Spirit is that it offers a disc brake! Probably one of the first disc brake that came out on the market. I couldn’t find the year of this model unfortunately
Large (Bottom Bracket to top tube : 22.5″)
Rear disc brake
Shimano Drive train (5 (sprockets) x 2 (chainrings) speed)
As usual, below are the photo comparison between “Before” (left) and “After” (right) the work/tune-ups
Winter is here! This generally means for me that it’s time to take a break from running, reflect on the past season and get ready for the one to come. That also means that I have a lot more time in my hands to take care of things I have put on the back burner. This is the perfect opportunity to take care of my bike and perform the different fixes/overhauls needed for the new season to come.
I have put together and decided to share today a maintenance sheet that will help you maintain your bike(s) as best as possible since, as the old proverb says: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
This year, I have been fixing, tuning, maintaining…. a lot of bikes. Here is the Schwinn Woodlands (circa 1988) that I have fully restored. Before unveiling the final bike, let’s go back in time for a little bit of history