That Was Then — This Is Now — Farewell Klein #90

Post by blogger | November 6, 2009      
That was then. Mountain Klein s.n. 090

That was then. Mountain Klein s.n. 090

This is now. Trek EX 7, last years model but hey, I was on budget.

This is now. Trek EX 7, last year's model but hey, I was on budget.

I’d backed off on mountain biking for a while, but got tired of riding my restored classics on our bike path. Realized the old Klein might be worth something to a collector. After all, it’s Mountain Klien number 90! Meanwhile, I have to say I’m enjoying the Trek, though having full suspension and disk brakes has gotten me into trouble more than once. Especially having that front disk (yikes!).

Any bike collectors out there?


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18 Responses to “That Was Then — This Is Now — Farewell Klein #90”

  1. Cory November 6th, 2009 2:29 pm

    Now what are you on?

  2. Cory November 6th, 2009 2:31 pm

    duh…I figured it out when I clicked on “read more”.

  3. Lou November 6th, 2009 3:17 pm

    Yeah, I was trying to keep from forcing the other posts down too fast. Need to go to a two column format under the lead post. That’ll happen someday (grin).

  4. Tuck November 6th, 2009 3:30 pm

    So we’ll be seeing you with Lance at Leadville next year, I presume?

  5. SteveC November 6th, 2009 4:08 pm

    that bike looks familiar- did I sell you that in Crested Butte in another lifetime?
    btw- really enjoy your blog- keep up the good work!

  6. Clyde November 6th, 2009 4:12 pm

    You should keep the Klein and turn it into a singlespeed for ripping around town–great workout too. Just need a Singleator ($40) and maybe some fenders. That way you get to take parts off to save weight…and we all know how much you like that!

  7. Lou November 6th, 2009 4:42 pm

    Steve, come to think of it, I think you did! It might have been just the frameset…

    How much do you think frame 90 is worth in the collector market?

  8. Mason November 6th, 2009 6:04 pm

    Don’t forget to take those reflectors off the Trek before they fall off on a trail, and before the wilderness people blame mountain bikers for trashing the land!

  9. Lou November 6th, 2009 6:07 pm

    Tuck, Lance was coaching me but couldn’t figure out how to deal with my mutant V02 max. He had to refer me to a scientist who specialized in extraterrestrial life forms that exist in low oxygen environments. (I might as well dream). :angel:

  10. Lou November 6th, 2009 6:22 pm

    Gumby move, leaving the reflectors on! But, I was thinking they were good for tooling around Moab in the dark.

  11. justin November 6th, 2009 6:49 pm

    nice klein, too bad it doesn’t still have the yellow mountain klein stickers!

  12. Lou November 6th, 2009 7:20 pm

    It has a sticker. That was the first year, and it was just a funky sticker you can see in the photo on the front of the seat tube.

  13. Mark November 6th, 2009 7:31 pm

    Nice bikes. Bet that Klein is a collectible. Now, go build a jump for the Trek.

  14. Mark November 6th, 2009 7:32 pm

    Lou, are you running clipless pedals? As with Dynafits, once you use ’em, it’s really hard to use anything else.

  15. Lou November 6th, 2009 8:05 pm

    I’ve been doing shorter rides, trying to pick stuff that’s more technical but not too rough… so using athletic shoes and regular pedals without clips seems to be a nice way to go. I used toe clips for years on both mountain bikes and road bikes, so I miss ’em sometimes. But I love the mellow aspect of just having a regular shoe on.

  16. ken mckean November 7th, 2009 7:00 am

    Lou you can have it both waysif you go SPD they have a pedal that is platform on one side/clippless on the other. It’s a road pedal but I don’t think that would matter.

  17. Lou November 7th, 2009 8:33 am

    Thanks for the advice Ken. If I start doing bigger rides I’ll get some bike shoes and go clipless. For now I like the versatility and low-tech approach of just using my running shoes.

  18. palic November 8th, 2009 4:38 pm

    Upss, nice history 🙂 I have Schwinn PDG-50 equipped with Deore XT from 1993. Still working with exchanged “consumables” as chain, etc. By the way, after 16 years of using this Schwinn I bought this September new MTB with carbon frame and Deore XT. It is incomparable…

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