I have been a bit remiss in reporting about my personal bikes. By now I should probably have all my personal bikes up on the “My bikes and bikes I like” page. How can blogs take so much time? Although I still have a few other bikes to introduce, but here is one of my favorites.
About 10 years ago I traded a bunch of tubing and lugs I was not going to use to a builder named Troy Courtney in Illinois. In return he built me this sweet single speed, fully-lugged mountain bike with all mods con. I asked him to put about every braze on possible on this bike, and Troy complied. This bike’s true claim to fame is that Gary Fischer saw it and said “Sweet Bike!” High praise indeed.
I asked Troy to paint the bike orange with the old Schwinn vibe. Both the white and the orange are pearls. I think you will agree, Troy nailed it with this paint.
Double eyelets? Check. Bottle opener? Double check.
You can date this bike if you can remember when Zoom made mtb components. The Oury grips were classics as soon as they hit the market.
The Everest semi-sloping fork crown was about all that was commercially available back when this bike was built. Today Kirk Pacenti and Bob Brown both make really sweet mtb fork crowns with more mud clearance. Still, I think Troy artfully melded the crown with the curves of the lugs.
Double eyelets and front low-rider rack mounts are the obvious braze-ons. This bike also has braze-ons to mount the fender under the steerer tube and on the chainstay bridge.