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Old 05-07-15, 09:59 AM
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I used them on my Alpina:

That is a sweet looking Uni dphilips! What rack/basket combo do you have on it? What stem are you using?
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Thanks! The stem is a Kalloy AL-222 - inexpensive, looks good, lots of rise. The rack is a Sunlite front rack with a Wald medium basket bolted to it. This makes it easily removable if it's not needed.

Last summer I replaced the Midges with moustache bars I had gotten in a trade just to make the bike a bit different from my others. Here's a shot from the test ride (hence unwrapped bars):

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Old 05-12-15, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
Took my 1989 Jamis Dakar out today.. Lugged Tange Prestige with Deore XT


Are those 1.75 tires? I'm a diehard fan of gumwalls, skinwalls, whatever...but with the black paint, black levers, black cages, and black saddle...I'd be tempted to try a set of blackwalls on this bike when the time came. Really cool bike/components.

On another note, this thread has really slowed over the past couple months, which I hate because it's my favorite thread! Are the cool kids not doing conversions anymore?
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Originally Posted by dphilips View Post

Last summer I replaced the Midges with moustache bars I had gotten in a trade just to make the bike a bit different from my others. Here's a shot from the test ride (hence unwrapped bars):

So, since it's been almost a year, did you stick with the moustaches or change back to drops? I wanted to love moustache bars on my build, but just couldn't get comfortable. Probably me. That's a classic looking build. Are the fenders stupid heavy? Because I really like the look with the added flaps. I'm working on a commuter build that I'll soon tear down and paint, so I'm at the "fender decision" place we all hit sooner or later. Lots of good info about that in this thread.
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For short rides the moustache bars were good but I'm not in love with them for longer rides. I'm in the process of rebuilding my 26" bike with a larger frame and will not be using drops but swept back city bars with bar ends positioned at the bends - it ends up looking something like a Jones Cut H-bar.

The Wald middleweight fenders are lighter than you'd think but plastic ones are lighter still. The new build will use silver PlanetBike Cascadia ATB fenders.

I will probably also end up buying a set of the Compass 26x1.75 tires seen on frantik's Jamis.
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Old 05-12-15, 01:51 PM
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Old 05-12-15, 04:37 PM
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If that's the same good-lookin' Bianchi I remember from many pages back in this thread, it looks like the frozen tundra has turned into a tropical jungle! Is that the same bike leaning on the same tree? (yes, I've read this entire thread way too many times)

Speaking of front (or rear) baskets, if anyone in the USA is looking for baskets to attach to bike racks, check out your local Container Store.

http://www.containerstore.com/locations/index.htm (I'm not an employee or stockholder, just an occasional customer)

They have lots of baskets in various sizes, like this one I zip-tied to the Cetma Cargo rack on my wife's bike. I think she wants a dainty little basket instead of this huge one, so I may move it to this rig to my MTB when I do my upcoming drop bar conversion. She occasionally rides to the grocery store and other places for a few things, whereas I'm a fair-weather bike commuter and this basket is big enough to hold a large duffel bag with a week's worth of clothes in it.

(please pardon the lack of drop bars on this bike here in the drop bar thread)




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Old 05-12-15, 06:16 PM
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This isn't mine, but it's a pretty sweet build. Up for sale on the Minneapolis/ st Paul craigslist

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This isn't mine, but it's a pretty sweet build. Up for sale on the Minneapolis/ st Paul craigslist

What are they asking for it?
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Vintage Cannondale Mtn Touring - $425 (St. Paul, MN)
[/h]Vintage Cannondale Mtn Touring



This must be from the same guy that's posted these: nicely done bikes, but they haven't been moving at these prices.

[h=2]Vintage Raleigh Mtn Tourer - $625 (Saint Paul)[/h]Vintage Raleigh Mtn Tourer





[h=2]Vintage Nishiki Mtn Tourer - $600 (St. Paul)[/h]Vintage Nishiki Mtn Tourer

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Old 05-12-15, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc View Post
Are those 1.75 tires? I'm a diehard fan of gumwalls, skinwalls, whatever...but with the black paint, black levers, black cages, and black saddle...I'd be tempted to try a set of blackwalls on this bike when the time came. Really cool bike/components.
it's actually dark purple paint the tires are compass 26x1.75 which don't come in blackwall.
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Old 05-13-15, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
the tires are compass 26x1.75 which don't come in blackwall.
Ah. Well, there you are then. I can't get myself to pop for anything nicer than Paselas for my mb2 project I posted a little bit up the thread. Maybe after I break it down for repaint, the spirit will move me. With the dark purple and pink (if it's pink)...that must be a pretty striking bike in person.
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Thanks for the picture help Clang, I'm posting from my phone most of the time and adding even a single image is a Herculean effort. The Cannondale price isn't bad, but I'd have to see the quality of that paint. I love these conversions, but anything over $300 for vintage mountain bikes is optimistic at best.
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Old 05-13-15, 12:32 PM
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+1 I love the conversions and wouldn't mind one but not at some of those prices
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+1 I love the conversions and wouldn't mind one but not at some of those prices

Conversions are best suited for a D-I-Y project, with an ample parts bin. For the prices above, you can usually snag a nice touring bike.
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Conversions are best suited for a D-I-Y project, with an ample parts bin. For the prices above, you can usually snag a nice touring bike.
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Old 05-13-15, 03:24 PM
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If that's the same good-lookin' Bianchi I remember from many pages back in this thread, it looks like the frozen tundra has turned into a tropical jungle! Is that the same bike leaning on the same tree? (yes, I've read this entire thread way too many times)
Wow, I wouldn't want to play one of those kids' matching games with you. Good eye. However, it's a different tree and different body of water.
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Thanks to this thread I have spent countless hours on this project over the last couple of years, just changing stuff little-by-little over time...But I think it's about done...Now what will I do with my time?


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I'm a few days out on getting the ball rolling, but I'm geared up to try this "road bar on a mountain bike" thing. I've had this Cannondale for a few years(purchased on CL in a very neglected state). I mounted a Burley rack on it, and used it for towing my son o his Piccolo trailer bike. The stem has always bothered me(being 150mm), but it's 1 1/4" and not very common.

Anyhow, My son has outgrown the trailer bike, so i'm going to revamp this bike and give it a new purpose. I ordered a Nitto quill adapter so I can experiment with some threadless stems. I plan to run integrated shift/brake levefs if I can make em work with my 7 speed hub..

Here it is in it's dusty current state:

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Wow, that IS a long stem. To compensate for relaxed geometry? It will be a sweet build.
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Old 05-14-15, 05:09 PM
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How do you esteemed members handle cranks when converting? I have an all chrome Schwinn High Sierra I'm looking to convert but I'm unsure about gearing. I bought it as an SS. I'll be picking up a road cassette for it and I have a Deore XT crank I can throw on there but I'm worried the gearing will be too low for riding in the city.

What do ya'll think? Finding cranks, especially triples, can be a drag.
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^Here's what I got with a stock 28/38/48 front and a 12-23 8 speed cassette. Way more range than I ever use, and small jumps.

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...Now what will I do with my time?
ride the bike / add fenders / ride in bad weather / add racks / ride further / then ride some more
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@due ruote You may be slightly low at the top end, but I would guess that you won't top out too much unless you are a beast or bomb a lot of hills. I have a fairly low-geared gravel grinder that tops out just below your highest gear and I don't feel under geared on the road. Ride on.
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Thanks for the break down due ruote. That's helpful.
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