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    Quote Originally Posted by likebike23 View Post
    Technically this is not a new addition, but a new look for my 1983 Univega Gran Turismo. I liked the bike in it's previous configuration, but something about it just felt dorky to me. I changed the saddle to a nashbar Bedford saddle in natural color which approximates the original suede saddle, lowered the stem a bit, and removed the fenders. I really like the outcome, it's more sporty looking. Here's some pics: before and after.

    My, that's purdy! May I ask what that stem is? I'm envious of the quill length, all of mine are too short so I ended up having to set up my C'dale pretty similarly to my road bike in terms of saddle to bar drop. Still comfortable, but feels like I'm missing the point of having a touring bike with a more relaxed geometry.

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    @awfulwaffle: Thanks. The stem is a Nitto Technomic. Keep in mind that if you go with one, you may want to go with a longer extension as the bars move toward you as you raise them.

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    @likebike23 duly noted, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by likebike23 View Post
    Technically this is not a new addition, but a new look for my 1983 Univega Gran Turismo. I liked the bike in it's previous configuration, but something about it just felt dorky to me. I changed the saddle to a nashbar Bedford saddle in natural color which approximates the original suede saddle, lowered the stem a bit, and removed the fenders. I really like the outcome, it's more sporty looking. Here's some pics: before and after.

    That location looks familiar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by likebike23 View Post
    @awfulwaffle: Thanks. The stem is a Nitto Technomic. Keep in mind that if you go with one, you may want to go with a longer extension as the bars move toward you as you raise them.
    I tried to go around that problem by getting a dirt drop stem.

    IMO- I didn't need as high of a stem as I thought, a shorter dirt drop put the bars in the right spot but as right as it feels, the dirt drop stem isn't as graceful looking as a Technomic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otg View Post
    That location looks familiar!
    Same bench and everything!

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    Not the best pic-- but adding this since I've never posted in here before and I wanted to post to show that vintage touring bikes just don't look pretty. They can still rock a tour with the best of modern builds. Note the vintage Cannondale panniers too!

    Pic is from a recent trip through the San Juan Islands, where I was on this 1985 Raleigh Alyeska and a friend was on an 80s Shogun 1500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by otg View Post
    That location looks familiar!
    That's funny. I stayed a week in Narragansett after the 4th. For those who are curious, it's the Pt. Judith lighthouse.

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    Here's mine, Raleigh portage running 650b Hetre tires and gilles berthoud fenders. Yes, hetres and fenders can be done on this bike contrary to what is posted elsewhere on this site. It does take some dimpling and tweaking on the fenders plus shaving of the daruma bolt. Even though bar end shifters are in vogue right now the downtube shifters work fine for me. Give them some time and you might get nice and fast at using them. Wheels are grand bois rims laced to deore xt hubs.
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    Installed the LX compact triple on my '87 Cascade... it makes for an excellent on and off road set up.


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    The seller wanted $60, I gave him $30, the bike was probably worth $5 -maybe. I had been hunting CL for a touring bike for a while but they're almost always too expensive for my small budget. So when I saw this one, even despite its condition, my finger raced to the "reply" button. Never mind the fact that this Univega was a walking biohazzard. I figured the double butted chromoly frame would give me a good palette even if I had to bin all the parts -- which basically is what I had to do in the end.

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    Definitely a "light" touring bike, especially wih the double crankset up front. (I've since swapped in a triple, though.) I also had to swap in a new fork since I damaged the old one while trying to get out a seized stem.

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    I'd have paid up to $100, but that's me. $60 was a dirt cheap flea market price for a touring frame by itself.,,,,BD
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    023 (1024x765).jpg026.jpgA gift for fixing someone's bike!

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    This is my Fuji Touring Series IV. This bicycle is new to me, and replaces my old Schwinn Passage, which became too noodly due to its previous hard life. I got this as a frame in trade, and it is exceptional as a touring bike. I built it up with parts on hand, and I'll be improving those as need be. And adding a front fender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    I'd have paid up to $100, but that's me. $60 was a dirt cheap flea market price for a touring frame by itself.,,,,BD
    I see your point. Probably would have seemed like a better buy if the seller had just stripped it down to the frame. You can see before pics here:

    http://goo.gl/b2Ar5c

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    Quote Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
    023 (1024x765).jpg026.jpgA gift for fixing someone's bike!
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    A Miyata 1000 as a gift.

    Damn.

    That's a really nice gift.
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    Jack Taylor Super Tourist back yard touring.









    Mmmm, bicycles.

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    That's great, Holiday! Is that an Ultegra RD that you're using to take up all that chain wrap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs View Post
    That's great, Holiday! Is that an Ultegra RD that you're using to take up all that chain wrap?

    it is. The drivetrain is mostly from a flip i did of a Lemond about a year ago. i was going to do more of a vintage build but this is what i had available, and it rides really nice. Plus the frame is from 1999, so not that vintage anyway. It's basically a parts bin build. I'm happy with how it came out. I hope to get some miles on it over the next few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravity Aided View Post


    This is my Fuji Touring Series IV. This bicycle is new to me, and replaces my old Schwinn Passage, which became too noodly due to its previous hard life. I got this as a frame in trade, and it is exceptional as a touring bike. I built it up with parts on hand, and I'll be improving those as need be. And adding a front fender.
    That is a cool looking bike. That teal/silver color combination with all the "business" components really set it off!

    I'll bet if you mount the front rack to the lower fork end drop out, it'll level out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
    it is. The drivetrain is mostly from a flip i did of a Lemond about a year ago. i was going to do more of a vintage build but this is what i had available, and it rides really nice. Plus the frame is from 1999, so not that vintage anyway. It's basically a parts bin build. I'm happy with how it came out. I hope to get some miles on it over the next few days.
    It really does look cool.

    Is it 6600 series Ultegra?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
    It really does look cool.

    Is it 6600 series Ultegra?
    i honestly didn't look too closely and I don't really know all the different numbers for the newer groups. I'm guessing its from 2001-2003-ish.
    Mmmm, bicycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
    i honestly didn't look too closely and I don't really know all the different numbers for the newer groups. I'm guessing its from 2001-2003-ish.
    Your build is really "classic" looking; In addition to being one of the last Jack Taylors- the whole of the bike is just really nice looking.

    I was considering making a "modern" build, and the most "classic" looking "new" stuff is that 6600 Ultegra group. Right now I'm quite satisfied with the way my bikes are built, but that could change at a moment's notice- and if I go "new" it'll probably be something in the neighborhood of what you've got on there.
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