Today is my birthday, and I found out…. damn it all to… Another episode of…

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Welcome to This Old Bike.
Today on This Old bike, some unsettling news from Seattle: Mother Katie’s kid-towing, hill crushing bike has been stolen.

“This bike represents the most time I’ve eva spent tinkerin’ on any rig. So when I herd that it was lifted, that just made me rip-shit mad.”

“Yeah, Norm, I am angry too. I remember the hell you went through in that shag carpet bedroom in Ballard, gettin’ that difficult bottom bracket situation taken care of.”

“As you know Bob, the threads were shot. And then there was that troublesome headset that kept coming loose. Finally, I replaced it that rainy day while you sat at the Reading Goal with a picha of beea doing pub Trivia Monday.”

“We know you can’t miss that one, Norm.”

“The JB weld job was a temporary frame save, and one only hopes that this factor alone might get that bike recovad, if it busts and the thief takes it to a shawp.”

“That’s right. Friends, we’re going to keep this episode shoat. If you’re in the Puget Sound area and you see this bike…”

The red rim is no longer on this bike, nor the stem.
The red rim is no longer on this bike, nor the stem.

“…do your best to get it back to Katie. ‘Cause if I find it, I’m gonna clock someone.”

“Now, now.”

[Closing music, clarinet and brushed snare]


Lugged TREK 950 classic mountain bike repainted with powder coat black. Medium, about 21” with a longer top tube, made of True Temper. Has some unique and some high end parts:

A grey Ritchey front wheel, sealed bearing with an oversize axle. Both wheels are double wall rims, it has a hand made aluminum riser stem adapter. Brass bushings with 6 mm holes and 12 mm diameter here and there.

Hand machined pulley mounted through the seat tube, cable connected to a TOP PULL XTR rear derailleur (these are very rare).

Detail of pulley: 4 matched holes, tool steel on brass, before bike paint.
Detail of pulley: 4 matched holes, tool steel on brass, before bike paint.

A bottom bracket that is JB WELDED ON (this is a repair that was done 6 months ago).

The parts on this bike are mostly high end. None are stock parts for this 20+ year old bike.

IF FOUND please email sesamesalt at Gmail.

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About littlejar

5 - Learned to ride in paved alley behind liquor store in Lowell. 16 - Road bike riding alone while peers do soccer practice. 18 - First new road bike bought with winnings from Project Graduation. 20 - Burlington VT. Nuff said. 22 - Joined the Air Force. 23 - Joined team Fair Wheel in Tucson - rode the Shootout. 24 - Rode El Tour in under five. 26 - Toured to Quebec City 28 - Toured Oklahoma to Vermont 30 - Found my dream bike - a 1989 58cm LaBan (#22) 32 - Experienced Minneapolis and saw BIKE CULTURE. 34 - Building my first bicycle frame, with a self made jig. USA

9 Replies to “Today is my birthday, and I found out…. damn it all to… Another episode of…”

  1. What is wrong with people? Grrr! Now I know why I live in the woods. I hope you get Katie’s bike back. I can’t even type a clear thought right now, because I am mad, and I don’t even know Katie. Goddamn mother-fucker. I hope the BB does crack on them.

  2. …nobody & i mean nobody deserves that shit…

    …whether it’s a high zoot, electro-shifting road extravaganza, a working mom’s kid tripper down to a dime store magna that gets pedaled to trabajo from the chicano part a’ town, nobody deserves that kinda shit happening to them…

    …good luck, katie…i hope you get your ride back…

    …& littlejar, whether you believe it or not, i wish you a happy birthday…

    …i’m always willing to give you props for work well done…post up shit & i’ll always call you on it but here, i empathize with both you n’ katie…

  3. If you live in the wood, if some tree gets a bit of extra compost buried underneath it, would anybody notice?

  4. Yes, the tree notices. The roots notice. The Earth notices.
    And, I believe I did the JB weld right and the bb cup will hold.
    (Isopropyl alcohol prep) but that pulley stands out, or the hole where it was taken off from.

  5. Forwarded the pics to my friends at Recycled and 2nd ascent. If they drop it off at either place, your friend will get it back.

    Recycled once locked down the whole store while an employee walked next door to the University police station to get a cop and have the dude arrested. Let’s hope they can repeat it.

  6. Can I run the sink while the dish washer is on? Sometimes once I’m done loading the dish washer and it has already started, I realize I forgot a couple of things like a fork, a plate, etc. Is it okay to run the sink and wash them, while the dish washer is working?