BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 3): Shimano bottom bracket and crank upgrade

You may have been wondering what happened to the BMC mountain bike restoration project I started a while back. Like many projects it got to the "nearly finished" stage and sat there for a good six months, causing a nuisance to the family.  Good news then that it's now moved from the the "nearly finished" … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 3): Shimano bottom bracket and crank upgrade

BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 1)

I recently bought a tired BMC Fourstroke FS04 mountain bike, which had seen plenty of action and not enough maintenance. As much as anyone could from a couple of mobile phone photos, I saw potential for a restoration and brought it home to breathe new life into it. Sometimes you get lucky and there's not much wrong … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 1)

BMC Fourstroke FS04

Summer is a time for holidays, taking a break, recharging the batteries and, for some, filling idle moments scanning second hand bicycle adverts for a new project... The latest addition to the stable is a well loved (i.e. ridden hard and put away wet...) BMC Fourstroke FS04 fully suspended XC mountain bike.  Sadly I didn't … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04

Retro Rescue: This is the ugliest bike I’ve ever ridden

Though saying that makes me feel pretty mean. Like I'm insulting an orphaned child... After all, this sad, abandoned mountain bike was rescued from a bin and brought home to be resuscitated. Something in me just can't leave a bike in a bin, even if it does have a purple and pink-spatter paint job that … Continue reading Retro Rescue: This is the ugliest bike I’ve ever ridden

Retro Rescue: Deore DX shifter

For some reason I keep coming across tossed bike bits recently, most are in decent condition or need a bit of TLC. All of would be considered in need of an upgrade, or are "vintage", depending on your point of view! One of these finds is a set of Deore DX shifters attached to a … Continue reading Retro Rescue: Deore DX shifter