Monday, October 17, 2011

It's shipping day and commentary on vintage MTB scene day

Busy day getting some bikes and parts out to people today.  Really pissed off 20-25 customers in line at the post office when my checkout took about 25 minutes.  I have to say I feel bad for the hard working folks at USPS, five checkstands and only one clerk - tough times!!

1984 Stumpjumper Sport sold to a customer in Japan of all places, somehow I feel that the massive 22.5" frame will be a bit... out of place there.  But hey.  Am I more impressed that it's going to Japan or that I managed to squeeze it into a 106 linear inch box??

Also sent out a NOS 1994/95 Specialized S-Works FSR and a NOS 1997/98 S-Works M2 to my buddy Jon in the UK.  Another feat of packaging genius if I do say so myself.

A few small M900 XTR bits and pieces flying off to the Czech Republic and Portugal.

The vintage mountain bike scene is really amazing, people all over the world finding these bits and pieces to make their projects complete.  It seems so easy now, with eBay, Craigslist multiple online forums and get-togethers.  Back in the late 90s and early 2000s it was much more difficult.  I remember calling bike shops and simply driving up and down the east coast looking for bikes. 

Just when you think there is nothing left out there amazing finds still crop up.  I just bought a bike from a very nice guy back east, got to talking more about the "good ole days" only to find out he's sitting on a stash of brand new, M732 Shimano XT and Suntour XC-PRO gruppos.  Simply amazing.  Maybe I'll have a chance to buy some of those or maybe I'll help him finally get a frame worthy of those wonderful parts. 

Just goes to show you never know what you'll find!

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