Klunker reborn

This is a classic case of one man's trash being another's treasure. On April 6, 2009 I had just finished a job for a client, and upon leaving the house noticed a rusty, old klunker sitting in the front patio area. The client told me how he grew up in Larkspur and rode it on Mt. Tam "back in the day." It hadn't been ridden in many years, and he asked if I wanted it.

I said "yes," without hesitation and immediately loaded it onto my bike rack (I always have a bike rack on whatever car I drive). I was so excited that I took the thing straight to China Camp and found a cyclist who loaned me his bike pump. Those 30 year-old, thick, US-made tubes still held air, so I took her for a klunk.

I stopped and snapped some pictures at Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park.

It wasn't until February, 2010 that I got some time to work on my klunker. I know it was February, because my birthday privileges allowed me to work on the bike in the middle of the living room, something I used to do back in college. I got my first generation Bontrager fork installed. The crown on the original Rock Shox was derived from the crown on this fork, made by Keith Bontrager in the late 80's. I knew I'd need a new headset. Chris King made one that would fit the BMX-size head tube of this bike and my threaded Bontrager steerer tube. I had to have it.

I added to the parts list some ebay one-piece cranks that fit traditional 9/16" MTB pedals and a new bottom bracket. Traditional one-piece BMX cranks fit 1/2" pedal spindles, which bend too easily, and I wanted to use my old WTB Grease Guard Suntour XC Pro pedals. 

I already had the Ritchey carbon stem and bar, pulled from my all-mountain full-suspension bike. I used a Zoom alloy 1" quill to 1-1/8" ahead stem adapter to mount the modern stem on the old fork. The finishing piece was the wheelset built by Josh at Fairfax Bikes on my old White Industries Tracker front hub and the original Morrow coaster brake rear hub. I found a good deal on some lightweight tires online, and almost returned them when I took them out of the package and saw the red sidewalls (I guess that's why they were on sale), but decided to keep them and kinda like the look. After seeing the prices for new Brooks saddles, I decided to see if I could make the ridiculous triple-springer B73 saddle I had in my parts bin do the trick. I took off the nose spring and turned the B73 into a more rideable two-springer like the B66.