Varied degrees of coolness

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Here are a few more out of the stable. At first glance, these bikes seemingly have nothing in common.

What they do have in common is they are all very cool bikes. These three have rounded out my collection nicely. Each does something different. Something completely different. And each does it very well.


Early 80’s Merckx w/ Campy. Rides like a dream. Someday I’ll be stripping this one down, cleaning it all up, and then putting it back together. Until then I’ll just stare at it as I drink beer out in my garage.


Early 90’s Salsa mtb (#743) w/ Shimano XT. This was my first “real” mountain bike. The one which changed everything. Most of us had a bike like that at some point in our lives. This is mine.


Voodoo Agwe. This was on the one bike I got stoked about in Vegas. And now I’ve got her in the stable. Ready, willing and able. You can actually buy one of these, brand new, right now, unlike the other two above. Any shop with a BTI account can get one for ya. I recommend you consider doing so.

Pretty much bone stock in that photo. ‘Cept I did change out the wheels for a pair I had hanging around in the garage. Why? Basically I was was too lazy to sort out a fixed cog for wheel that came with it – it came with a freewheel. I wanted to ride her fixed. I’m a bit of a nutter at times. As in most of the time. Whatever. I had a wheel set ready to go with a Surly flip-flop with a 17t. All I’ve done on this bike is get beer. And that is about all I need a bike to do these days. I can truely say this bike does it all for me. Others have done more with an Agwe, like ride on actual single track. Me? I’m risk adverse.

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

12 Replies to “Varied degrees of coolness”

  1. I have 5 bikes total. None of which I have paid over $50 for, mostly at garage sales/thrift stores (all with both front and rear derailleurs still in tact).

    I’m waiting for the ability to buy that first “real” bike.

    I cant wait till everything is “changed” because right now a 1985 Trek 660 is the cream of the crop in my basement.

  2. what the extra 2 feet of cable for on the merck. and man that stem on the vodoo hoodoo. What ever floats your boat.

  3. Your bikes are nice. I’m wondering how you got so many. I suppose if I had the space, I would have a lot of bikes too. One thing I can say about all these great bikes is this: NOT ONE OF THEM HAS FUCKING STUPID GODDAMN IDIOTIC CARBON FIBER SPOKES. Thank you for representing; keeping it real.

  4. So what about the Eagles, man? Shit… I mght even stay up late and try to find a place to watch. Shared agony is half agony… shared joy is double joy.

  5. Love the Salsa. The bike that changed it all for me back in the day was my GT Zaskar le, that sweet bike made me a cyclist for life.

  6. tht salsa is stone-cold cool! is that the bike that once read “jah is my copilot” on the tt back in the day? wasn’t that you?

  7. Rocky, yeah, I’m pretty sure I had a sticker like that once. Was it on my Bridgestone? Maybe when the Salas was purple, before it cracked and was repaired. Jah is my copilot… Jesus. What was I thinking. Don’t tell Stevil.