this is my second attempt at a single speed mountain bike. it's an old schwinn homegrown from 2001 with a rigid salsa fork. i pieced it together almost entirely out of parts in my basement. stronglight 2x9 cranks are from 2002. wheels are from 2003. post came from the original owner of the hg, king furby. i actually like to ride it, but my hands still hurt. i think it has made my right thumb arthritic. i will get a fork for it, i think.
this is my favorite bike. over my entire life i have not had much of an emotional attachment to any bike, but i have one here. it's a 2000 schwinn homegrown, the bottom of the line american made model. i've had it since 2003, and it has served as a commuter and a race bike and back to commuter numerous times. in a heartbeat, i would use it as my sole race bike. right now, it's set up so perfectly, as everything on it is thoroughly used but completely serviceable. the wheels are from the kaiser...he bought the crossmax wheels new in 2000. i raced them last year and then replaced the rear rim and spokes before the lost valley race in march. the fork is a kaiser built sid, too, and it's smooth as butta for a used sid. even the rear derailleur is a kaiser special, an x9. old avid ti vbrakes a levers, old race face turbine cranks, old style xtr front der. the only new parts on this is a 30/42 salsa set of 2x9 chainrings. fits like a glove, and i love it not in spite of it's oldness but because of it, and it's incredible usefulness.