In a previous post, I mentioned the “homebrew” bike I have built to be my “all-rounder”. While I initially envisioned I would ride it to trailheads, it proved to be a little bit weak when I rode it on rocky and steep trails.
It turned out that I was recently given the remnants of a 2003 Specialized HardRock and immediately planned on rebuilding it. Not only it would be a great mountain bike but I envisioned it to be a perfect bike to ride to trailheads. As I explained several years before, I enjoy and believe in moving car-free. On top of that, reaching trailheads removes the worry of not finding any parking, which can be quite common here in the Front Range.
And sometimes, even a proper bike rack is provided !
After finding wheels, tires, derailleurs and all other needed parts, I rebuilt it and named it “The Jeep”
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
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