A long time ago, at a bike shop far away (Michael’s Cyclery), Steve bought a Bridegstone MB 2.  He rode it for years and years, and it served him well.  Over the years the bike never got heavier, but everyone else’s mountain bikes got lighter and they went faster, so Steve did not ride off road much anymore, phooey he said!  Then he heard about ss mountain biking, so he tried it and his bike got lighter and also more fun and he came to love his old Bridgestone again.

After a time he grew tired of the singleator that made the single setup work on his old steed, so he took the bike out to see the Mysterious Wizard that lived in a village nearby.  Some people said he was an Ogre, but Steve did not believe it!  Once Steve snuck past the hellhounds that guard the Castle Workshop (cleverly enchanted to look like a pole barn) he found that he had stumbled into a bicycle wonderland and the Mysterious Wizard was not an Ogre at all but an experienced framebuilder who had been building bikes for decades!

Tom Teesdale was his name and he said that he could put track dropouts in the old frame, sure thing.  And so it was.  But in time our hero Steve realized he had been Confounded by impure thoughts about fancy frame materials, or maybe suspension forks, and had forgotten to ask for fender mounts!  He was able to rig something up but it never was as solid as he desired, so he consulted with the Young Framebuilding Alchemist out west who was known to exclaim things like “Bicycles are made of fire and metal!” and, “Pull through!”  He said to just drill a hole in that sucker and thread it!

So that is what Steve did.

Drilled, tapped, and fendered it.  And racked it for good measure so it can carry skis this winter.

And there you have it, as was foretold by framebuilders of yore, a steel bike is changed to serve its master’s whims.  When young Steve bought this bike he never could have imagined all the possibilities, but that is the great thing about steel.  Rather than buying 3 new bikes over the years, a bit of work and imagination changed the bike to be what he wanted, and he still loves it 20 years later.  But disc brakes sure would be nice…

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