Friday, November 4, 2011

Ritchey Commando 1983 #20B 67

"The perfect escape vehicle. The Ritchey Commando will carry you in style into the unexplored wilderness or home from work." - 1985 Palo Alto/Ritchey Catalog

I think this one is probably an '83 based on the parts and fork. The Commando showed up in the catalogs in '84 so this was probably a pre-cursor to the bike with an official name (and accompanying top tube decal) and all the braze-ons. One could argue that this technically isn't a Commando, but with it's black rims and camo paint I'm sure it inspired the bike that showed up in the catalog the next year.

Frame: 20" '83 Ritchey B Frame
Fork: Tange Bi-plane
Tubing: Tange
Serial Number: 20 B 67
Weight: 28.72 lbs
Headset: Suntour Superbe Pro
Bars/Stem: Bullmoose, fillet-brazed, (nickel/chrome plated)
Grips: Specialized
Shifters: Deore XT M700
Brake Levers: Deore XT M700
Brakes: Deore XT M700
Front Derailleur: Deore XT M700
Rear Derailleur: Deore XT M700
Crankset: Sugino AT Black Anodized
Cassette: 600EX 13-30
BB: Ritchey Press-Fit
Hubset: Deore XT M700 Bolt-on
Rims: Ukiah Speedline Black
Tires: IRC Racer X-1 Front, Specialized Stumpjumper Rear
Pedals: Suntour XC II Bearclaw
Seatpost: SR Laprade
Saddle: Brooks B17


Superbe Pro headset, brazed bars, IRC front tire:
Black ano Sugino AT Cranks, Stumpjumper tire, Deerhead
Brooks B17, SR Laprade:
Leaning against some redwoods that survived a recent fire:



A photo of this Commando made an appearance in Billy Savage's great movie Klunkerz. Definitely worth watching if you haven't seen it yet:


Rick said...

Fantastic bike and photos!

Anonymous said...

Your bikes are amazing. Thanks for the movie shout-out.
Ride on,