1993 GT reloaded. I originally was running a 1x8 but wanted a bike I could ride anywhere so I put on a triple. I guess it's now monster cross.
Next step is a rear rack and eventually new tires.
That Stumpy Comp is a very nice bike and build.
Thanks guys, almost all of the ideas came from this thread. I was suprised at the comfort of the ride, not as quick as I like, but very comfortable.
+1 Stumpy looks excellent Vonruden. Another great conversion for this thread.
I can't wait to finish my latest conversion, but we're actually getting some real rain these days, and I must wrench outside.
But I managed to press the headset cups and assemble the frameset.
I've picked an appropriate nickname for it, let me introduce "Giant Smurf." ;)
Giant Smurf is Born by WNG555, on Flickr
Love the color!
^ It's called Maui Blue. The frame's original paint was too damaged, so I elected to try to paint it myself. It looks good from 5 feet away. :-D
It reminded me of Volvo's Polestar factory race team color. Then I recalled the BMW E-46 M3 came in such a color, aka Smurf blue. And I had my nickname.
I have put aside some Deore DX and XT goodies for it. It will serve double duty with two sets of wheels, slicks for pavement and XC mtb tires for rocky trails out here.
A few months ago I purchased an '86 Schwinn High Sierra for $80. It's in fabulous condition. This winter I'll strip it down, repack what can be repacked, boeshield everything (including inside the frame) and rebuild with drops. I have an old Miyata 210 (1984) that will donate the bars (narrow sakae champion randonneur bars with flare similar to but less pronounced than dirt drops) and maybe the stem. The only new things will be new cables and housing, and barcons for shifters. I love the existing derailleurs (suntour xc) and brakes (suntour roller cams). It also has midfork mounts for a lowrider rack. The bike is ivory with dark brown stays. I have a honey B17 Special on it, will match that color with the cable housing and bar tape. When it's all done I'll post some pics here.
Christmas done came early this year! I picked this up from the local bike co-op today. I also got the slicks that's on it, NOS rims for my tourer/dynamo setup, that pre-patina'ed brass bell (only a buck!), and some GB rando bars all for a cool 70 USD!
I plan on running drops or moustache bars. I'm cleaning it as we speak. I'll post mock-up photos later in my build thread. I'm meeting a fellow from CL sat. for a set of studded tires.
This is how I picked it up (I threw on the tires and bell):
Here are a few mockups, I can't decide which one:
I dunno what you feel most comfortable riding, but the black saddle/salsa stem/moustache bars look the coolest to me.
This will be my first endeavor into MTB, but I'm comfortable with drops all around and prefer them for distance riding. I'm fine with moustache bars for shorter rides plus they may add a bit of stability? My original plan was to do an XOish type build which is where the moustache bars come in, but then I discovered this thread so I added drops in the mix. Thanks for the input!
I am partial to mustache bars my self, I put some on my latest conversion just to try them out before the drops went on and they have been there for several months now.