Whitey

I’d been keeping my eye out for a rigid all steel bike with disc brakes for awhile when I ran into this piece of weirdness on FaceBook marketplace. It took me another 3 weeks to land the deal, because it was an hour and a half away and the sellers were their own brand of weirdness. I’m thinking of naming him Whitey, because it is white, I’ve always been a fan of Leave It To Beaver, I am not politically…Continue Reading

Colorful Stumpjumper

My late 80’s Stumpjumper it really not too far removed from my early/original Stumpjumper.  The frame geometry feels the same, maybe with a bit more room due to a longer stem, but essentially the same feel.  However, the 8 years of maturing did yield a big difference in rideabilty, and that difference comes in two major areas; gearing and brakes.  The 1989 model has indexed gearing, as opposed to the now forgotten friction shifting, for ease of shifting and 21…Continue Reading

Early Stumpjumper

It may sound a bit weird, but I have grown fond of this particular bike. That’s because finding it really marked the beginning of me getting myself back into riding bikes, rather than periodically just moving them from one side of the garage to the other. My “go to” bike for the last few decades had been a mid/late 90’s Stumpjumper with a ubiquitous beige Judy XC fork.  It is a wonderfully light M2 framed bike that at the time…Continue Reading