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Old 06-25-20, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by KlunkerBiker View Post
Great Looking bike! I want a chrome rig pretty bad right now...

As far as forks, you'll probably want to stay 26" for the proper fork trail. These should be available through most bike retailers: Chrome 26" Caliper forks


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Thanks dude! Advice appreciated!
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Old 07-01-20, 01:36 AM
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Collina liberta unknown year. Great bike.



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Old 07-05-20, 01:19 AM
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Trying to figure out how to create my own post - think i have to leave 10 comments!
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Nice prop!
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Old 07-05-20, 02:57 AM
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I have acquired a TREK 800 Mountain Track. When I have 10 posts I'll send pics...
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90 Minelli Eclipse


Changed from flat bar to a riser Bar snagged from an old Schwinn High Sierra. Added a Blackburn rack. Really enjoy riding this one with thew new seating position.
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My 1994 RockHopper in townie/do-everything mode. Now it also has a rack.



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Old 07-06-20, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by vp1337 View Post
My 1994 RockHopper in townie/do-everything mode. Now it also has a rack.
Nice bike, and I love your stand!
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Originally Posted by vp1337 View Post
My 1994 RockHopper in townie/do-everything mode. Now it also has a rack.



What is the name of that crossbar thing?

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More paint removal on this beat-up 93 Mongoose IBOC frame reveals original decals and paint colour.
Top tube

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Old 07-06-20, 02:35 PM
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What is the name of that crossbar thing?
Think they're called crossbar or brace-bar. Renthal and Control Tech used to manufacture them (if I remember correctly)
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Originally Posted by ofajen View Post
What is the name of that crossbar thing?

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No idea to be honest, but it's a motocross handlebar as I couldn't find proper bicycle handlebars with these dimensions.
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Originally Posted by vp1337 View Post
No idea to be honest, but it's a motocross handlebar as I couldn't find proper bicycle handlebars with these dimensions.
No worries, Iíve been able to find examples.

And perhaps even better for my purposes, there are motocross bar extensions that have a removable 7/8Ē clamp and a 7/8Ē stub. Designed for raising motocross bike handlebars, but Iím thinking of reversing that to add ďbar endsĒ in the forward and central section of my touring bars as a sort of aero bar, where the bar ends canít go on their own because they canít make it around the bend.

So thanks for unintentionally sending me in that direction! 😊

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More paint removal on this beat-up 93 Mongoose IBOC frame reveals original decals and paint colour.
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Beautiful - reminds me of a Mimmo Rotella painting I saw once
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Originally Posted by bOsscO View Post
More paint removal on this beat-up 93 Mongoose IBOC frame reveals original decals and paint colour.
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Leave the paint where it is, but smooth it up the grits to 2000. Then wipe down and spray over with clear or satin 2K urethane. Nice!

A side note: The word above, "nice", was supposed to be "b-a-l-l-e-r", an urban slang meaning really good. Since when did the bad word filter get so sensitive!
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
Leave the paint where it is, but smooth it up the grits to 2000. Then wipe down and spray over with clear or satin 2K urethane. Nice!

A side note: The word above, "nice", was supposed to be "b-a-l-l-e-r", an urban slang meaning really good. Since when did the bad word filter get so sensitive!
I have thought about that approach, would definitely achieve the 'crusty cruiser' look I'm partial too.
But I'm also thinking of getting some new adhesive vinyl decals made and painting it in a similar metallic dark purple colour.
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1989 Schwinn Impact

Purchased on craigslist from someone who serviced it well. He replaced the derailleur, sealed cartridge bottom bracket, and converted to 1x5. I added rear Wald basket and upholstered foam cushion, replaced saddle (rain cover came with bike), caged pedals (temporary), and cheap Portland Design Works Sodapop fender set. Plan to swap out bars with Nitto Albatross and shimano brake levers from a friend when I get the chance. Will also be changing the quick release seatpost clamp for a bolt.

Has been a joy to ride around Chicago these past few months. Picked it up for use as a an everyday commuter to haul groceries, etc. on rough roads. The only downside has been the extra effort required to carry this thing up and down from the third floor twice daily. It is a tank.

Has been a treat to see so many beautiful bikes in this thread thank you!

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Old 07-11-20, 05:20 AM
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My latest project, a Dancelli MTB from 1989 according to the Shimano date codes on the derailers. I gave it a very thorough overhaul, replaced the rear hub and the broken shifters, added riser bars and fat Continental tires. The colors are still wonderful but would have been even more striking when the bike was new, especially the yellow parts are faded on the top half of the tubes, where they got direct sunlight. The bike has some really nice details, for example the beautiful bend in the lugged front forks.




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Fantastic colors! Very cool bike.





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My latest project, a Dancelli MTB from 1989 according to the Shimano date codes on the derailers. I gave it a very thorough overhaul, replaced the rear hub and the broken shifters, added riser bars and fat Continental tires. The colors are still wonderful but would have been even more striking when the bike was new, especially the yellow parts are faded on the top half of the tubes, where they got direct sunlight. The bike has some really nice details, for example the beautiful bend in the lugged front forks.



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Trek 970 ZX, mid-90s -- upright

Putting a mid-90s vintage Trek 970 into shape as an upright "town" bike. Correcting some old issues, replacing some old/damaged parts.

Looking forward to it, when complete. Still awaiting some parts and having a wheelset built up, so it's not done yet. Will hopefully post pics, after completion. Not exactly a "weight weenie" build, but it should work well for my purposes.

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  • Frame -- Trek 970 ZX, OCX III triple-butted steel, 1996 vintage; original paint, still in moderately decent condition
  • Fork -- Surly Troll, chromoly steel, 420mm axle-to-crown, uncut (for now) 310mm steerer
  • Headset -- FSA Orbit MX 1-1/8"
  • Bottom Bracket -- Chris King ThreadFit 24 (shop installing)
  • Crank set -- Shimano Deore XT FC-M8000-2 2x11spd, 34/24T, 165mm arms (shop installing)
  • Derailleur, front -- MicroShift XLE 11 FD-M622-B, 2x11spd
  • Derailleur, rear -- MicroShift XLE 11 RD-M665L, 11spd
  • Cassette -- MicroShift XLE 11 CS-H113 11spd, 11-46T, 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36-40-46T
  • Shifters -- MicroShift SL-M11 11spd "thumbies"
  • Cables/housing -- JagWire Mountain Pro brake, JagWire Pro shift
  • Brakes -- Shimano Deore LX M565 (vintage) cantilever; debating ultimately going to Paul Touring cantis, though these existing brakes still work well
  • Brake pads -- Kool Stop, all-weather (salmon)
  • Wheels -- Velocity Cliffhanger 26 36H, White Ind. MI-5 hubs, DT Swiss, 4-cross lacing, ReneHerse RTP 26x2.3"; a heavier set, but with lighter tires
  • Stem -- (for now) Trek's System2 MTB stem
  • Handlebars -- (for now) unbranded riser/swept bars, 5" rise, 9" pull-back, 600mm width
  • Seat post -- Cirrus Kinekt (formerly "BodyFloat") suspended post
  • Saddle -- Brooks B67 Aged
  • > Low gearing @ 80rpm, 13.8 gear-inches low (~3mph), 80 gear-inches high (~19mph). Fine, for my intended use, handling of hilly routes.

Last built-up a bike back in the early 1970s. So, it has been awhile, beyond a few parts swaps since then. Just going slow, on the repair stand, a couple parts at a time. Awaiting the wheelset to be finished from the custom shop. And, awaiting the derailleurs from MicroShift, but the shipment's not due to arrive on-shore (USA) until mid-September. So, several more weeks yet.

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