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Old 10-19-16, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
What model is this? Love the dimensions- doesnt look wonky with an absurdly long stem or anything like that. Its like your geometry was made for a 26" drop bar conversion.
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Old 10-19-16, 08:47 AM
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I know this probably isn't the place to ask but I sub to this thread and was pretty sure that there is a thread similar for Bridgestones? But for the life of me can't find it?Is there a 'Show us your Bridgestone' thread please anybody?
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Old 10-21-16, 08:01 PM
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Down right jaw droppin' beautiful. Did you do one of those mike drops things after you hit the enter key?
Would you care to elaborate on the particulars of the build? Sure would like to read about it.

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Originally Posted by hankaye View Post
illwafer, Howdy;



Down right jaw droppin' beautiful. Did you do one of those mike drops things after you hit the enter key?
Would you care to elaborate on the particulars of the build? Sure would like to read about it.

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thanks, hank! i don't own the bike any more but have fond memories of it. i commuted roughly 40 miles/day for over a year on it, and it treated me well.

started as a 1983 stumpy frame/fork. rear was 126mm and i spread to 135mm. stripped and resprayed (rattlecanned by me). ended up with 2.1" big apples with VO 60mm ? 26" fenders (these were great). wanted that bike so i could use 1" stems like the technomic. drop bars with shimano 8spd bar end shifters and 8 speeds in the back. xt throughout mostly. lx crank.

loved the biplane fork but didn't care for the weird geometry. definitely strange to ride when you first hop on but you get over it in just a few minutes.
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Old 10-21-16, 08:40 PM
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illwafer, Howdy;

Thanks for the response. Still new (returning after a long absence), to the bike
World and wanting to modify a bike I bought to modify ('95 Stumpy), into one of these
nifty mtn drop conversions.
Rattle canning tubes is difficult, ... you did extremely well. Especially it being Black.

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Old 10-22-16, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Logan_Wright View Post
Has anyone done a GT Backwoods with a dropbar? I haven't seen one on here yet...
Funny you should ask. I was just about to assemble my post and I was reading through some of the more recent pages.

My dad picked one up from a family member's rummage sale and it mostly rotted in a shed. I think it's somewhere between '95-'97. It's kind of an ugly duckling - I think it's the triple triangle frame and stupid built on bar ends. I fixed it up, put new tires on, and moved over some fenders I had and started riding it. The brakes had a habit of freezing up in the winter so I eventually put on a new fork with a disc brake.





This summer I put some less aggressive tires on it and found that I enjoyed riding it again, particularly on wet days where I would get dirty and soaked on my road bike. I then started researching touring bikes and thought I would rather try touring on something I already had before I invested a lot of money in a new bike.

I bought a 46 cm bar, a short stem, and some $70 tourney brifters from Amazon. The rack is a Bell Wal-Mart job but has proven to hold 65 lbs without even a creak. I fixed my fender lines and put on a used Brooks saddle. The last thing I did was to replace the rear cantilever with a mini v-brake. The combo of canti's and these tourney brifters led to NO rear braking power.

Overall I like riding it though it is no road bike from a handling and acceleration standpoint. I need to find a used triple road crank to put on it because the FD doesn't reach all the way up to the biggest cog, though the 34-11 combo is adequate for cruising up to 17-18 mph. It doesn't like to go much faster than that anyway, even with a good tailwind.


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Old 10-29-16, 12:16 AM
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This 1995 Fuji Discovery had been languishing on Craigslist for a couple of months.



At 50 bucks I guess it was overpriced. I decided to make an offer on it and picked it up. I planned on using some Gary bars and a dura ace bar end shifter set I originally purchased for another build that never panned out. When I got the bike home I expected to replace the seat and consumables, add on the aforementioned bars and shifters, swap on a Sora rear mech and 9 speed cassette I had in my parts bin and start riding. Turns out that the bottom bracket was toast but I found a complete Deore crankset with bottom bracket on clearance. This swap alone probably shed five pounds off the bike. It started as just a quick parts swap but ended up a complete strip down and repaint definitely a fun project. I bargain shopped for a couple weeks and the only original components left on it are headset and front derailleur. I added a set of rear rack mounts and some more water bottle bosses. In hindsight it probably wasn't the best frame to spend the time and effort on. The frame with headset weighs over 6.5 lbs, and there are some alignment issues. Nothing critical just the rear brake bridge and bottle bosses are a little wonkey. Anyway she handles like a dream and turned out lighter than I expected. Weighed in right at 29 lbs as pictured. Read somewhere that the Deda brown bar tape is supposed to match the Brooks brown saddle. Entertaining ideas on how to darken it. Here are some pics from the shakedown cruise this afternoon. Did about 10 miles on broken blacktop, gravel, logging roads. Even a stopped by the local watering hole for a pint. Hope you enjoy the pics.









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Old 10-29-16, 01:41 AM
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My first post. This is my Miyata Valley Runner that I have been working on for some time. It has a rattle can paint job. I could have spent more time on the paint but it turned out okay.
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Old 10-29-16, 04:15 AM
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The Fuji and Miyata are both really nice. I'd be happy to ride either of them. With drop bar MTB projects, they often start small and grow. Worth it though imo.
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Old 10-29-16, 08:43 AM
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My Bridgestone MB4 18 inch frame. PB fenders currently installed as winter is coming on soon and new Mavic 317 rims. New Serfas grips, new cheapo 2 inch riser handlebar (these bikes were aggressively set). The Specialized Crossroads tires are wonderfull. They have a fat 1.9 inch section that works good for the original MTB purpose but go like stink on gravel or pavement.


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Old 10-29-16, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
It's kind of an ugly duckling - I think it's the triple triangle frame and stupid built on bar ends.

The last thing I did was to replace the rear cantilever with a mini v-brake. The combo of canti's and these tourney brifters led to NO rear braking power.
The triple triangle frame is killer.

Gt woods bars (forget the actual name, but woods is in it) are really versatile for city and path use.

Cantis, set up properly, should stop quickly without issue. They are often times not set up properly when people say they dont stop.



I think that was a great setup originally and its a great setuo as a drop bar too. Sharp either way, but the triple triangle, those bars, and cantis appeal to me.
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Old 10-29-16, 09:26 AM
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Beautiful color scheme!
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great work! it was definitely worth it.
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great work! it was definitely worth it.
Thanks,

As an update, I was happy with the build but something bothered me about it. Figured out it was those godawful Vuelta rim decals. Here it is without them.

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Thanks,

As an update, I was happy with the build but something bothered me about it. Figured out it was those godawful Vuelta rim decals. Here it is without them.

Much improved!
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Old 10-30-16, 07:35 AM
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Wow, the last 4 or 5 conversions have been fun to see.

Nice work guys.

I never grow tired of this thread.
It's so cool to see these bikes from the 80's and 90's transformed or re-imagined.

I also have been using the Maxxis DTH tires on one of my mtbs.
I like them. They seem to be a good value being a relatively light weight folding tire at around 550 grams for their size and what I personally perceived low rolling resistance for them from my experience.

They have performed well for me.

Another one I like at a reasonable price point and weight are the Tioga Power Block tire.
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Old 10-30-16, 07:40 AM
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MrK,

Who did your paint or powder coat?

I really like the color.

Also I like the creative decals.

The pic of your brew with bike in background was particularly creative I thought.
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MrK,

Who did your paint or powder coat?

I really like the color.

Also I like the creative decals.

The pic of your brew with bike in background was particularly creative I thought.
The paint is Krylon Satin Italian Olive

The graphics are actually paint not decals, I have a small vinyl sign business on the side and made the stencils.

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The paint is Krylon Satin Italian Olive

The graphics are actually paint not decals, I have a small vinyl sign business on the side and made the stencils.

Excellent job MrK! I love the color in the satin finish and the black graphics.
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The paint is Krylon Satin Italian Olive

The graphics are actually paint not decals, I have a small vinyl sign business on the side and made the stencils.

Love the bike, I've done a bunch of bikes that the "frames might not have been the best to spend on," but those seem to end up my favorite bikes!

I'm curious how you removed the wheel decals? I had a set like that, tried peeling em off slowly with a light heating from a heat gun, what a pain. Left so much residue with or without the heat. I ended up filling a plastic toolbox with gasoline deep enough to cover the depth of the rim, and then between the gasoline, stiff bristle brush, and elbow grease, they came clean. Strained the gasoline into my lawnmower with an automotive paint strainer so as not to waste good residue, I mean gasoline.

Anyway, love your bike, the paint/stencil work is great! I'm hoping to chop up and weld an old pair of steel bars into some "woodchippers" for my daughter's mint 24" scwhinn mnt bike I got the other day for 13.99 at the Salvation Army! Love affordable bikes
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Schwinn Moab 2

This one doesn't exactly look vintage, but it's from circa 2000, so I gues it's close enough

I got bored of my old 1993 Rockhopper drop bar conversion, so I decided to build this guy. Specifically, my Rockhopper was only able to tackle terrain similar to my normal CX bike, so I wanted to make my conversion a bit more capable to create some separation between the two in terms of usage scenario. That's the purpose the disc brakes and suspension fork serve.

With cobbled together heavy parts, this thing weighs 27.2lbs as shown. I need to shed some weight, probably in the pedals, tires, and crankset. If I want to make it even lighter, I also have an old carbon rigid MTB fork laying around. I also intend to put on a 48t outer chainring to make it a bit faster on smoother surfaces.

This thing will be used for touring, adventure rides, and commuting. Judging from my first ride on it, it'll be a perfect companion for all three!
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
The triple triangle frame is killer.

Gt woods bars (forget the actual name, but woods is in it) are really versatile for city and path use.

Cantis, set up properly, should stop quickly without issue. They are often times not set up properly when people say they dont stop.



I think that was a great setup originally and its a great setuo as a drop bar too. Sharp either way, but the triple triangle, those bars, and cantis appeal to me.
The canti's worked fine with the stock levers (when they didn't freeze). From what I could find out, the cable pull on the new brifters is slightly less than the MTB levers that it came with, which is why they didn't work as well. They probably would have worked fine with regular aero road levers. At any rate, the new rear mini-v took a little tuning but works much better with these levers.
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@mrk that is one of the most original rides I've seen. The paint and lettering are what make it work for me.
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Here is my way through conversion

At first I wanted to create cheap alternative to Salsa Fargo.



I used old Fuji Sundance MTB bike, which has very short top tube (56 cm c-c) - just perfect for drop bars. With ordinary stem handlebar would be too low. Sadly it was just impossible to find riser in 25,4 mm diameter. Somehow I manged to find proper one but in 22,2 mm diameter and I had to use adapter. This is a reason why it looks so weird



Photo above is probably the last in "original" setup. Finally I decided to put ordinary drop bars and lower stem instead of Midge (which I found uncomfortable).

This is how it looks now




Except of shifters, handlebar, stem, brake levers and saddle I changed some parts. Now it has 2x10 drivetrain - crankset converted from 46-36-28 to 38-26 - and 10 speed 11-34t cassette. Derailleur was too wide for 10 speed chain and so I'm using 9 speed Deore LX. I also had to replace rear hub to fit wider cassette than 7 speed Last upgrade was brakes replacement - Tektro RL340 did not work properly with short armed cantilevers. I had to buy Tektro CR720.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Woo-hoo, another chance to post my Diamondback!



I'm pretty happy with the conversion overall, but I would like to find some bars with more reach, as I feel a little cramped when in the drops.
How did yoou managed to fit a dropbar in that stem, I have the exact same bike. tried using some screws to open it but even that way it seems impossible.
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