September 22nd, 2012
Being a Parkpre enthusiast I naturally wanted my wife to have a Parkpre also. The kids too someday? The problem is that its really hard to find 15″ Parkpre mountain bikes. I am always on the scout for Parkpre’s and especially 15″ frames. In 2011 I happened to spot a 15″ SceptorCOMP in awesome shape (female owner) on craigslist in Arizona for sale. For me being in Michigan poses a problem but after several emails I was able to convince her to have it professionally packed and shipped to me. She was such a cool person and I will always be very grateful! The bike arrived in near perfect condition along with the decals being near perfect. We did remove the top tube decals though for that cleaner look. We decided to leave it original with the exception of the fork and modern seat, skewers, tires & pedals.
September 22nd, 2012
I guess it has been a while since I posted anything here. A lot of stuff going on, new jobs, new bikes, new adventures and another birthday too. Here is the latest KISS birthday cake my wife had created for me.
November 13th, 2011
The 1995 Kona Kula. This is one of the bikes I wanted back in the day when I was first into mountain biking but could not afford. The brand KONA appealed to me for obvious reasons back then but also this model ” Kula” because that was my beloved cats name. I seen this bike in a magazine ad in 95′ and wished I could own it. The Marzocchi shock I was also a huge fan of from the MTB magazine ads.
So recently I was scrolling Ebay and I came across this near mint 1995 Kona Kula for a ridiculously low BIN price and so I snatch it up and when I received it I found that is was in near NOS condition, Amazing! All original with the exception of the pedals and front tire.
I have yet to take any of my own photos of the bike but below is pics from the Ebay listing.
September 3rd, 2011
I have a love for vintage Parkpre mountain bikes from 1993 to 1996, the years when they used the Tange Ultimate Ultralight Prestige tubing and the titanium brush plating. Simply gorgeous frames with that ti-plating and low profile geometry. I also love the polished aluminum and the titanium frames from those years. So naturally I am always on the look out for these Parkpre models to add to my collection. I currently own my original 1993 Parkpre Team 925 with the Prestige tubing, Titanium plating and the hot pink decals. Also a polished aluminum 1994 Parkpre Al.U.Max with the purple decals.
Today I made another addition to my stable, a 1995 Parkpre Team 925 SS. This is basically the same frame as my 93′ with titanium plating but they switched from the purple decals to the blue decals. This was a ebay find and the frame is in beautiful shape. It is a complete bike that is converted into a single speed which is one of the reasons I chose to acquire a second Team 925. It comes with some descent parts so there won’t be much I’ll want to change on it. Probably the addition of some blue anodized parts and maybe switch out the red fork and rim and remove those aftermarket stickers.
A few of the parts:
•Cane Creek headset
•Surly 1×1 hubs
•Sunrim OLITE front rim
•Matrix GURU rear rim
•Cane Creek brake levers
May 30th, 2011
As much as I love my vintage bikes and doing vintage retro builds I could not deny myself any further the advantages and joy of riding a modern 29 inch wheeled bike with a modern drivetrain and hydraulic disk brakes! So I broke down and purchased myself a modern GT 29er. I always liked GT’s and I chose the Karakoram 1.0 for its classic mountain bike looks. So far this dream machine has been a joy to ride.
Check it out HERE