realize it's borderline for the CCG, but this unique bike found
its way to me and has been getting a lot of my mileage ever since.
If it doesn't fit, enjoy the photos and no hard feelings. Oh, and
thanks again for those campaign signs! (Note
- I sent Joe a bunch of "harvested" coroplast signs following
a recent election - There are numerous ways to repurpose these ridiculously
non-biodegradable "temporary" signs. - ed.)
bike is a '89 Specialized RockCombo (57cm C-T). It seems to be Specialized's
early attempt at a hybrid, and it really makes me wish this vision
had won out over the 700c, flat-barred path bikes we got instead.
The bike is basically a Rockhopper frame (triple-butted steel) with
a steeper head angle (72 degrees), more BB drop (45), and the funky
BB-1 flared drop bars. Components are mostly original, mid-range
MTB stuff: SunTour (XCD-6000) hubs, brake levers, and shifters (7-speed);
Dia-Compe brakes; nice Specialized double-wall rims; Sugino crank.
The tires are Avocet Cross II 26x1.9 (original were Specialized
RockCombo 26x1.5), and the saddle is a Brooks B-17 (original unknown).
took the bike for a shakedown ride on a local 35-mile loop that's
about 2/3rds paved and 1/3rd dirt, mud, and bumps. The bike was
definitely in its element on the forest road segment (Leif Erickson
for Portlanders). I was noticeably quicker up the road than usual
(on my road bike). What surprised me most was the on-pavement performance.
The bike handled the twisty paved descent down Germantown Road as
well as the road bike. Even with the fat tires, I didn't notice
any slowdown on the long, flat road stretches. I don't understand
why these things didn't sell (apparently the model was killed after