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  1. Stay safe, Steve! My choice is a no-brainer. The bike I built in a frame-building class. The blood sweat and tears that went into making this frame could never be replaced. Also, it’s a very practical bike that would be useful after losing everything else. Any other bike could be replaced. However it’d be particularly hard to lose my dad’s 1969 Sears Spyder.
  2. Rad! Last night I put my other ESP on the bike pictured above. It had a black S&M stem, most of the components are black, I needed to break it up a bit.
  3. Mine has too much material removed for a name. That’s cool! Are you sponsored by ESP? Or was that something they offered and I missed?
  4. Out on the single track two night ago.
  5. 20.85” tt is the length of the top tube from center of seat post to center of steer tube. Honestly, for you I’d get a cruiser, a bike with either 24” or 26” wheels. I’d avoid those amazon bikes listed, those are pretty much garbage. Go with anything made by a reputable current brand. Problem is right now many brands are out of stock because of Covid. However some brands are getting new bikes to shops. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to check craigslist for a nice used bike. Then once you put some miles on it you can get a feel for what you like and maybe get a new bike later.
  6. Pretty sure it's Gary Fisher. Any of those guys and their bikes would do for inspiration though. I've got a soft spot for Gary, my first real mtb was a Gary Fisher. Yeah, never liked suspension. I think because I grew up on a bmx bike, I learned how to get the bike anywhere I wanted to go without thinking about the suspension bouncing. With a 29+ and the tires at about 25psi, you roll (or fly) over everything pretty easy. That Cannondale looks awesome. Those Lefty forks are so trick, I've always liked those.
  7. A little of the historical inspiration behind the 29er.
  8. Got the 29er together! Much to my surprise when I went to pick up the f/f, the boss said it was my bonus! This has been a crazy season at the bike shop. It's not the biggest bonus $-wise, but it's easily the coolest bonus I've ever gotten. I built it up last night and got to ride it today. I went thru 3 sets of bars before going with the ones on it. First I tried the S&M Husky 4spd bars. They felt good, but not quite right. I tried the Husky High Bars, I didn't like the way they felt. Finally I took the S&M S.A.C. bars off my fat bike, they were the Goldilocks bars, perfect! I guess the fat bike will be getting some different bars now. The trans gold is gorgeous. It shows some off the little details even better than the clear trans does. The bike is a very different beast than the 26, even though I've built them with many of the same parts. The 29er feels much more like a cruiser. It is considerably longer, although the top tube is the same length as my Firemans Texas Cruser 26 at 23.5". As I suspected, it's a great single track rocketship. The 26 feels great on the single track as well, but its an entirely different animal. I think the 26 is the ideal cruiser for getting rad on the street and park, the 29 is also great on the street but it really shines on the single track. Both are wheelie machines, but the 29er (like almost any 29er) is almost effortless. Anyway, they both kick total ass! It is surprising the difference two very similar looking bikes, equipped with a very similar set of components can feel like to very different machines. Both great in their own way. Here's the parts on this one: f/f: 2020 S&M Covid Cruiser 29er Headset: FIT Stem: S&M Race XLT Bars: S&M S.A.C. Grips: Oury downhill Brakes: Paul Bottom bracket: Profile Cranks: Profile 175mm Spider: Profile Chainwheel: Profile Chainring bolts: Wolftooth Chain: KMC Pedals: Straitline AMP (to be replaced with Yoshimura Chilao when they arrive) Seat Clamp: Phil Wood Seatpost: Thomson Seat: Brooks C17 Hubs: Onyx Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger Tires: S&M Speedball 2.4 Cable: Kool Stop
  9. I’d like to see anything from Larry’s line of Bmx goods. Seems like a hair product endorsement would have made him some good money.
  10. As a species we literally can’t even figure out how not to shit where we eat, so “cleaning” a perfectly good vintage sticker off some awesome handlebars comes as no surprise. At least there are still vintage stickers floating around. Although, it wouldn’t surprise me if he “cleaned” the bars with steel wool. Could always be worse.
  11. Oh yeah, I’m all over 29ers for the dirt. A few years ago I sold my JMC 24. With the money I built this. It’s a Vassago VerHuen. It’s 29x3, fully rigid with a Dean ti fork and a Rohloff Speedhub. This would be my “if I could only have one bike” bike. Looks like my Covid 29 f/f will arrive Friday. I’m planning to build it as a modern single speed klunker to tear up the single track. Looks like a couple parts not make it until next week.
  12. As much as I love the GT tires, I wasn’t so sure about skinwalls on this bike. I swapped them out for some Maxxis Holy Rollers, 2.2 in back and 2.4 in front. Much better, and more moto! I got a good long single track ride in on it today. I know it’s still the honeymoon phase but I think I have a new favorite bike! Everything just feels right.
  13. I've been wanting a modern Klunker style 4130 frame for a while now. There's really not much out there. I've also been hoping S&M would make a 26" or 29" frame. Well, both wishes came true! S&M came up with this sweet Cook Bros inspired frame and fork. They did it in 2 sizes, 26" and 29". Wagonguy posted his 29er, here is my 26. I've got a 29er on the way too. I'll post that in this thread when it arrives and I get it together. I've owned or ridden nearly every 26" BMX on the market. This bike feels more compact than others, in a good way. It feels great actually, a nimble shredder for us old guys. I can't wait to try it on the local pump track. I'd highly recommend this f/f to anyone. So much old school flavor with all the solid modern componentry. The attention to detail is impressive. S&M welds of course, a "Made in USA" stamp on the seat tube between the two top bars, shield cutouts on the dropouts, S&M shield logo on the downtube gusset, that head badge. The frame is beautiful. I had planned to go with the black, but when this clear gloss showed up with the beautiful discoloration around the welds, I changed my mind immediately. Here's the parts rundown: Frame and fork: 2020 S&M Covid Cruiser 26 Headset: FIT Stem: Hutch Bars: Gary Turner 7.5" cruiser Grips: Oury downhill Brakes: Paul Bottom bracket: Profile Cranks: Profile 180mm Spider: Profile Chainwheel: Profile Chainring bolts: Wolftooth Chain: KMC Pedals: Profile GAS Seat clamp: Profile Slim Jim Seatpost: Thomson Seat: Brooks C17 carved Hubs: Onyx Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger Tires: GT LP-5 Tensioners: Profile
  14. The best voice Rock and Roll ever had, pre-celebrity days.
  15. Love it! I feel like a kid on December 22, waiting for Santa to bring mine! Hopefully next week.
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