The past two days of this fledgling 2009 year have been dominated by thoughts and actions related to bicycling.
I’m not into the practice of making resolutions for the new year, but I have been harping for some time now about learning how to service my bicycles. So, instead of blowing my rapidly dwindling cash reserves on a new bike, I’m going to rebuild one of my retired ones and hope to experience the additional satisfaction of learning how the components go together. I believe I can get a “ new” bike in the process.
I pulled down my 1980’s vintage green, steel-frame, original issue 1985 Diamond Back Apex that has spent the past decade hanging from a hook in one of my outbuildings. Here’s a photo of the exact bike from a vintage catalog. I might add that my sort of exhaustive web search for a photo and details on this bike were located deep within Bikeman’s web site, the shop in Bath, Maine, where I bought the bike :
Thanks to the internet, I have been able to track down all of the original data about the bicycle. Here we go: Diamondback Apex .
Here are a few facts:
Original MSRP: $499
Material Type: Cr-Mo
Tubing: Double butted
Welding Type: TIG
Color: Metallic Teal
The most interesting design aspect of this bike is the chain stay is comprised of three spokes as shown below pic.
It also has these unique Suntour XC Power Cunningham Design rear brakes.
I stripped the bike of everything that was bolted, screwed or glued onto to it, eventually arriving at just the frame and the fork. I plan to sand and degrease the frame and fork, take them to a local body shop to be repainted, and then work my way through the rebuilding process, and hopefully arriving at something to be proud to ride.
I plan to use the bike for road rides, as an alternative to my yellow drop bar aluminum Cannondale. With smooth, high pressure ties, and road gearing the new ride should be a real mover, and will be more comfortable as well. My lower back has been beaten up long enough by my Cannondale road rides, as the rigid aluminum frame transmits every thumping shock from potholes and sprouting through-the-pavement-rocks up the old spine.
Gotta get some sanding done this week.