My Succession of Bikes
The Pawn Shop Special
My first bike was a heavy duty steel frame, with 21 speeds. Mmmm, medium.
It was a $60 pawn shop special, but I have no pictures of it.
The Mongoose Pro Zero G3
Next was the first bike I put together, a medium size Mongoose Pro Zero G3.
Nice bike, but too small for me.
The K2 Proflex 5000
After the Mongoose I got a K2 Proflex 5000 frame got off eBay. This is a
large frame, and is the one that later inspired me to find
an XL Animal frame. It is aluminum with a carbon fiber swingarm. It doesn't
have a disk brake mount on the swingarm, so I had to go back to a V-brake,
which actually seems to work just as well. It's significantly larger and more
comfortable than the Mongoose it replaced. I had to strip the Mongoose of
most of its stuff, in order to get the Proflex going. Here's the Mongoose on
my homemade work stand. I put it up on eBay, so hopefully it will be gone
soon. The stand works well, it's made of electrical conduit, with a larger
piece of water pipe as the center stand. A C-clamp holds the bike in place.
If I ever build version 2, I want to use a vise-grip to make it easier to get
the bike in there.
I finaly decided to get a bike that would fit me. I bought a K2 Animal
frame (size Way Large) off what else, but eBay. Here's a pic of the frame,
from the eBay ad. I have a writeup on how I put the
The GT Pantera Al
I tried on a hardtail. See the beginnings here.
And the end.
The Cannondale Gemini
I briefly owned a Cannondale Gemini. Just long enough to find out how heavy
it was on south Forida XC trails. Then it went right back on eBay.
The Cannondale Scalpel
I got a Cannondae Scalpel frame off eBay. It's been a long process, but it's
starting to come together.