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At the last minute my employer sent me to a conference up in lovely (and much cooler) Breckenridge, CO. I decided to stay an extra day, add a little fun to the business trip, and let a couple of Denver internet pals know about it.

The result was spending the day with these two gents...

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On the left is Brad Click, the man behind the Association of Caffeinated Wheelmenand on the right is Jon Grinder of Two Wheels - Six Strings blog fame. We shared lunch, dinner, coffee, conversation, and a high altitude mountain under-biking adventure. We rode steel bikes. Brad had his Ocean Air Cycles Rambler, Jon had his custom Ti all-rounder (with steel fork), and Brad brought his Bridgestone MB3 for me to use. Here's the MB3 that I had a crush on all day...

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The boys made many patient allowances for my inability to breathe thin air, and we had a great time. Riding and loving steel bikes brought us together. Sharing that passion built relationships. I'll try to get a blog post up with a few more details soon.


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Glad you were able to have a day to enjoy your friends and the high country.  I wondered about the "thin air" effect.  Looking forward to the blog posting. 
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Brad brought his Bridgestone MB3 for me to use. Here's the MB3 that I had a crush on all day....


That is one sweet bike!

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Blog post now published...

https://pawndero.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/breck-lofty-riding/

More pictures of mountains, old school bikes, and happy boys.

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Beautiful scenery, and looks like fun was had.

Friends go riding with you. Good friends will loan you their sweet bikes (with a good saddle)! That MB3 looks awfully nice.

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I didn't want to de-rail Spencer's sale posting, so I'll carry my thought over to this thread:

I really like all of the Bridgestone bikes.  I've never ridden one of the X0- series, though I'd like to, just to see.  The RB and MB were always nice bikes with no weirdness to them.  Just good solid riders.
As for the MB series, how different are they through the different levels?  The component quality is an obvious factor, but I'm talking about the tubes.  It seems like you can get an MB-3 through MB-6 for pretty reasonable money in the used market.  The 5 and 6 are often downright cheap, from what I've seen.


Pondero, not to sway your love of the Bridgestone, but have you ridden an 80's Specialized mtn bike?  Rockhopper/Stumpjumper/Hardrock?  Pretty similar set-up to the MB's, though if I recall correctly those Hardrocks were on the heavy side (though still nice bikes).  Also old Trek mtn bikes are also such good frames. 
While I can't say if the Trek/Specialized frames are exactly fungible with the Bridgestone ones, they may serve as a good starting point for you while you hunt down that perfect MB frame.  They are definitely easier to find on Mr. Craig's list.
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Pondero, not to sway your love of the Bridgestone, but have you ridden an 80's Specialized mtn bike?  Rockhopper/Stumpjumper/Hardrock?  Pretty similar set-up to the MB's, though if I recall correctly those Hardrocks were on the heavy side (though still nice bikes).  Also old Trek mtn bikes are also such good frames. 
While I can't say if the Trek/Specialized frames are exactly fungible with the Bridgestone ones, they may serve as a good starting point for you while you hunt down that perfect MB frame.  They are definitely easier to find on Mr. Craig's list.


I have very little experience with any sort of mountain bike. I had a late 80s Diamondback for a while, but it has been all road/touring bikes since then. I'll admit my recent Colorado experience has inspired me a little. I've even taken a glance at the upcoming Karate Monkey 27.5+ coming out soon. But I'm still not sure it even makes sense for where I ride.

I'll tell you this, however, the older and slower I get, the more fat tire comfort seems to become as fast or faster than the alternative. In other words, I'm guessing it is probably about as easy to cruise along at 9 mph on a chunky gravel road on a Karate Monkey with 3" wide tires as my Rambler with 42s. Cruising along at 18 mph might be a different story.

But maybe I'm mistaken about that. Perhaps you MTB veterans can school me.

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Although I would not categorize myself as a MTB veteran, I do get out on our local trail and "rip" once in a while.  (At my age, I have to be careful so my "rip" does not turn into "R.I.P"!  [wink])  Anyway, I had to taste the fat bike koolaid this past winter.  We had record low snow fall so I decided to see how the bike handled on singletrack.  I had been riding a full suspension 26er and found it enjoyable.  The fat bike, however, was a unique experience.  Think monster truck going over rocks and roots.  What fun!  I still have the full suspension bike but lean towards the fat bike, now.  Those 4.5 inch tires have a sort of suspension all their own and feel similar to the effect of the full suspension when encountering rocks and roots but with much better traction and grip.  Chris, your current stable seems about perfect for the roads you ride most of the time.  I can see a benefit in 3 inch tires on new chunky gravel but the rotating mass would require more effort than your 42c tires.  I just wonder, if you had a MTB, you'd seek out trails to ride so you could experience other styles of riding.  I think the 27.5+ KM would be the bee's knees!
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"(At my age, I have to be careful so my "rip" does not turn into "R.I.P"!  [wink])" 

Doc...I almost spit coffee on that one [smile], but I know where your coming from.

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