What a great thread! Sorry for taking over, I've really enjoyed seeing the interesting variety of builds. Thanks again to all who shared, it's been inspiring!
I put a flipped Soma Sparrow bar on my CL $50 Bridgestone MB-5 and love it except for the cockpit feeling a bit cramped. Suggestions?
Longer stem? Different bar?
Longer stem and possibly drops. Those Sparrows bring your hands closer, which is working against you.
yours is probably an 88
This thread has become one of my favourite threads here and I would like the opportunity to share with you my own vintage MTB that I had built earlier this year.
It is a vintage Norco Sasquatch MTB that I have converted to one of my touring bikes. Circa 1987 would be my best guess. The frame was actually a Craigslist rescue as it was destined for the scrapyard if no one had picked it up for $15. I took my chances at spending the $15 for what was supposed to be a strip down and respray project as the frame looked to be in terrible shape cosmetically. When I cleaned up the frame, the paint shone through and it turned out to be in amazing shape. I've left it all original and built the bike as you see now. It's amazing what a little bit of elbow grease and some TLC can do to a bike that was to be scrapped. It has now turned into one of the prettiest bikes I own.
More pictures of the bike here on my Flickr set http://www.flickr.com/photos/theborn...7630168934938/
Thanks for looking.
Great-looking build and pics, Bluelight! With the right frame size and accutrements, a casual glance might not reveal that these started off as mountain bikes. :D
Here are some "finished" pics of my 1986 Rockhopper. Noteable upgrades include:
NOS bottom bracket spindle to replace the original.
MKS "foot jaws" gold anodized pedals
Original WTB dirt drop handlebars
A longer Specialized branded Nitto stem, black
Shimano aero brake levers
Suntour Bar-con shifters
WTB 26x1.5 "slicks" tires
Brooks Flyer saddle
SRAM PC-870 chain
NOS CyclePro Countryside originals h-bar bag
Custom Sewing Sloth tool roll my friend Jeff created for me.
REALLY liking this setup, and have been commuting on it pretty much exclusively since I built it up. I like the setup so much I just purchased a NOS Kogswell P/R (the one designed for 26" (559) wheels.) that I will be slowly building up as a new years project. I'm a 26" wheel guy now for sure!
here is a link to the full build specs and lots more pictures. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobraby...th/8162649656/
That's a slick build, man.
Thanks Colonel! Yes, "Slick" is appropriate :)
Love it, Cobrabyte. Looks like a bike you could ride anywhere and still haul ass on the pavement. :thumb:
real nice cobra and bluelight :D
Yes, you guys are indeed correct, they are thumb shifters. Specifically Suntour Power Thumb Shifters. You guys have good eyes! They are original to the bike frame and they work extremely well. I've also done this to my cross bike as I have a few of these vintage shifters lying around.
As to mainstreetexile's question, they were definitely a tight fit on the bar ends but with a little bit of 'massaging' they do eventually go on. Once they're on and have fitted itself to the bar, they pretty much install on and off without a fuss.
Love this thread. Keep em coming!