Thursday, August 27, 2009

MY BIKES

DIAMONDBACK APEX - aka RITA (for now)

I picked this one up back around 1993 (exact year isn't clear). It's heavy Cro-Mo, but the frame is nuke-proof. It came with full Shimano LX which is still rock solid. It started as a serious mountain bike, but now it's my daily commuter.
I've added an RST suspension fork, which eventually failed. Now I'm back on a rigid fork. I've dropped the fat knobby tires for skinny slicks. I finally switched the saddle and added a rack.
I'm not sure how much life it still has, but I'm going to ride it until the wheels fall off.
See the slideshow below to view more pics:


REDLINE MONOCOG 29er - aka MONICA (for now)
I picked this one up last winter on clearance. I've been wanting a single speed for the simplicity and a 29er for the smooth roll. This was supposed to replace RITA for off road riding, but my style of riding has moved me away from the trail.
In retrospect, I should have gotten a single speed commuter style bike with faster gearing. But, in the end, I'm completely happy with this bike. It's simple and nice to ride. A bit slow sometimes, but perfect for those casual rides around town.
Like RITA, the frame is heavy, yet solid Cro-Mo. Because of it's low price-point, it came with simple v-brakes, but it's set up for a disk upgrade. Everything is is basic and no frills - just the way I like it.
See the slideshow below to view more pics:

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