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Old 05-25-11, 07:08 PM   #1
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My new-to-me Ross Gran Tour

Hi. This is actually my first bike (since I was a kid) and it is a Ross Professional Gran Tour. I gave $5 for it, and it has got me started riding - which has been awesome. Now that riding has become something I enjoy, I will probably look for a newer, better bike - but this one has been okay.

From what little I've learned about bikes in the last month, this one has a Shimano groupset, but not the 600 that the Super Gran Tours have. Also, from what I've read, I it has the unpopular 1020 Hi-Tensil frame. It was made in Allenstown, PA - so I think it's cool that it was made in US.

This one has 27" tires, on (from what I've read) Ross-made steel rims with Normandy hubs. I'm guessing the handlebars have been replaced (I'd rather have the ram-style bars) and it has a Schwinn [approved] seat. I found an old Raleigh water bottle holder, but there were no holes to mount it - so I drilled and mounted it tonight.

I've probably put 300 miles on it since I got it last month. If I can find a Super Gran Tour, I'd like to buy one.

I'd appreciate any info, suggestions, advice, or comments.








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Old 05-25-11, 09:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to C&V! I like that Ross and I wouldn't be too bothered by the Hi-Ten frame tubes. That's a very nice starter for a vintage bike. It has a pretty good group of components, too. Hard to find fault with the price.
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If you want to stick with a Ross, let me make one suggestion: look for one of the Signature frames. They are very well built and ride extremely well.

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[QUOTE][/QUOI found an old Raleigh water bottle holder, but there were no holes to mount it - so I drilled and mounted it tonight.

TE] You DRILLED it ?
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[/QUOI found an old Raleigh water bottle holder, but there were no holes to mount it - so I drilled and mounted it tonight.

TE] You DRILLED it ?
Yeah, I wondered about doing that... But, I rationalized it by thinking that if it did have mounting holes, it would have holes in the frame just the same?? Mine are clean and straight, not very big. I felt a little bad doing it, but how else would I have mounted the holder? And there isn't anything messed-up about it.
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I am sure drilling it will not hurt that frame. Hi-tensile is very strong stuff, and it sure will not hurt the value.

There is a thread on here about Ross bikes. http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in...p/t-39115.html It has a very good history of the bikes and some of the owners relatives contribute to the discussion.

The Signature series were their best road bikes and they also made some very nice Mountain bikes in the '80s. I think the Signature bikes are pretty rare though.
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