i guess that means there's some French guy building these same bikes that i build.
- the Fisher i built up as a single speed from parts that customers no longer wanted at Redbike.
-the carbon miyata road bike that was too small for me.
-the Kona Humuhumu-Nukunuku-Apu’A i built with 700c wheels (someone stole this out of my backyard while it was in mid-upgrade, it had no seatpost and no front brakes. people will steal anything.).
-the single speed Moulden MTB with 700c wheels (this for a customer at Redbike after i proved the concept was sound - see the DIY hybrid below.)
- the Miyata Ridge Runner DIY Pugsly that was lost in the great purge.
thankfully, i do have some pics.
like the too big single speed Norco with moustache bars;
(no i don't...)
the DIY hybrid Kawasaki (no pics of this sadly), which became the DIY hybrid Vertex;
there must be more, but my mind draws a blank at the moment.
the Specialized RockCombo;
when i was still learning what a 'chainstay' was, the guy across the street from me had one of these. i remember thinking it was really cool. but today, i'm wondering what the hell i was thinking. the drop bars hinder it's use as a proper MTB, and it's puny 26" wheels make it fairly hopeless as a 'cross bike. so, why exactly?
of course, there was one guy who made it work;
well, sort of. the magazines at the time reported that Johnny T's 7-11 coach allowed him to race mountain bikes as long as he ran a drop bar to maintain his riding position. it made sense at the time, but honestly - is that not a completely ludicrous idea?
MTB and road racing have virtually nothing in common as far as the bicycle/rider relationship is concerned, so how does making Tomac less competitive on a drop bar - and really, we know it wasn't making him better, because nobody else did it - help him to be a better road racer?
i bet you that secretly, the 7-11 coach knew that drop bar would hinder Tomac, and hoped that it would do so so much that he'd quit MTB racing. or, he'd do what actually happened; quit road racing in 1991.
so anyway, this all leads me to pondering a drop bar on my single speed Blizzard. until i ran the idea past my brother. his reply?
"don't see the benefit of looking that ridiculous."
that takes care of that.
besides, i'm sure it breaks one of the rules.