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    This thread is pretty inspiring. I decided to take the plunge last night. Had everything in the SPB. She still needs to be tweaked a bit but, thats part of the fun!



    Fantastic machine.

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    Really like the GT you got there, Simpleton. Were the tires for that a choice or what you had around. Could not of been a better decision. I think the white tirs I have in the rafters are going to be pulled down and put on one of the comuters, the Raleigh Montage I think.
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    just sold this one for $220.. a bit over market value around here for a mtb, lower end of the market for a single speed



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    Head out this morning to find nothing but super steep climbs and fog.

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    Man, that looks familiar... the trails behind my home looked the same this morning at 6:00... foggy but wide open!

    Hey hairnet, how are you liking the new handlebar set up? There have been a number of good conversions in this thread lately but very few performance reviews, please post your opinions when you get a free moment. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
    Really like the GT you got there, Simpleton. Were the tires for that a choice or what you had around. Could not of been a better decision. I think the white tirs I have in the rafters are going to be pulled down and put on one of the comuters, the Raleigh Montage I think.
    Thanks! I had wanted them for a while. They're heavy as sin but, you cant beat the comfort

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    Rained like crazy here late last week so decided to see what all the buzz was about. Total parts bin build and pulled the fenders from another bike.

    I have a really cool Salsa stem with the same rise, but couldn't find any road bars that would fit.






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    My camera died before I got good ones of the conversion on my Father - Son tour this weekend. My father jumped on the converted Trek 900, sight unseen and road it for 120 miles over 3 days around Wisconsin. Super proud, especially as he isn't even a regular biker. The converted mountain bike setup worked super well in giving a cushy ride for a bunch of crushed limestone and gravel. Low gearing was definitely a major plus on the hills.

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    With a B72 from 1972:


    And just for grins my ride on its first tour under my ownership. A 1983 Trek 620 with 700c wheels (my first builds):


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    All done!




    Can't wait to take it out. Crappy day out today, but the ride around the block was fun!

    All in all about $350 spent on it
    And this...

    Quote Originally Posted by simpleton. View Post
    This thread is pretty inspiring. I decided to take the plunge last night. Had everything in the SPB. She still needs to be tweaked a bit but, thats part of the fun!


    are what have inspired me to start my own build. Hands down, the two most beautiful bikes in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
    The converted 1989 Trek 900 (a one-year only model):
    Nice to see finally another one in this thread. I couldn't even swing a leg over yours, however. What bars are those? I originally tried the Origin 8 Gary bars, but they put the hoods further out than I liked (Frantik now has them and he loves them). I've got regular drops on it now, but one of my other bikes now has Woodchippers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    Man, that looks familiar... the trails behind my home looked the same this morning at 6:00... foggy but wide open!

    Hey hairnet, how are you liking the new handlebar set up? There have been a number of good conversions in this thread lately but very few performance reviews, please post your opinions when you get a free moment. Thanks!

    Peace,

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    Thanks Wintermute! Unfortunately I don't have enough posts to reply to a PM. Anyhow, in regard to your question on the performance of the Fat Franks on gravel.... I commute daily on gravel roads and I've been very happy with em. They roll nice and quiet and absorb vibration very well. If I was digging for a complaint I'd say they're kinda heavy but what you make up in comfort is well worth it. Hopefully that answers your question..
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    Please indulge me... or at least forgive me for posting my MB-1 again but it got a make over this weekend and I thought I'd share.

    Lately, I've been reading a bunch of forums and old magazine articles about MB-1 bikes and Grant Petersen, specifically I've been really interested in the original specs on the 1987 which happens to be the only year that came as a drop bar production bike from Bridgestone. I guess it hit me Friday night that my MB-1 was do for a full tune up, why not pay homage to the white and gray with red accents on the '87 MB-1, so I did and I think it came out great!

    I moved the Suntour XC Pro shifters from the bar top to the bar end, much more along the lines of the original set up on the '87 without losing the use of the shifters. I installed a Shimano DX headset while I wait for my all black NOS Ritchey Logic Pro headset to arrive from England. I tried to pick up the original gray by running new Yokozuna housing and cables, it's night and day as far as the performance! I ran a period correct (don't as me why I bothered) NOS Specialized Body Geometry saddle, also going for the original red accents. My Dia-Compe brake levers got from fresh hoods, so much better on the hands! I installed some NOS XTR brake pads, nearly pitched over the bar on the ride this morning. I found a pair of matching NOS bottle cages from the '80s at my LBS and had to have 'em! Lastly, I went with the Torelli Modo Chunky bar tape because Torelli had the only red that matched the saddle and the red accents on the MB-1 decals.

    This bike continues to be my first grab bike of choice... it descends like a champ, climbs like a goat, and at 21.5 pounds... it almost like floating on a cloud!

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    It's cool in a funky sort of way but I think it would look better with a tighter color scheme. That said, it's lighter than my road bike so maybe I shouldn't talk
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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    This bike continues to be my first grab bike of choice... it descends like a champ, climbs like a goat, and at 21.5 pounds... it almost like floating on a cloud!
    I like it. It looks so sporty and fun and light! I was thinking of lowering my brake levers like how yours are. I must keep an eye out for a sportier frame to replace the Panasonic.
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    Picked up this thing a few weeks back


    Tried to reveal the original paint, but failed miserably.

    The bike now looks like this.


    Couldn't find any decals underneath the spraypaint, so still no idea of the make. Somehow the wishbone seatstay and straight blade fork have given me an inkling it might be a Raleigh of some sort.

    Parts were and are low end. Shimano 200gs derailleurs, stapled biopace chainset, cheap Shimano cantis and 200GS levers. 7 speed Deore LX STI shifters though, not integrated to the brake levers, so might be a later upgrade. The seatpost is 26.4 Strong and the weight of the frameset is around 5 kilos. Any ideas of the manufacturer would be appreciated.

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    Thanks Jeff, it definitely does help. The reason I asked is that I can get brown Fat Franks in Schwalbe's Endurance compound, instead of the SBC of the Big Bens.

    Quote Originally Posted by simpleton. View Post
    Thanks Wintermute! Unfortunately I don't have enough posts to reply to a PM. Anyhow, in regard to your question on the performance of the Fat Franks on gravel.... I commute daily on gravel roads and I've been very happy with em. They roll nice and quiet and absorb vibration very well. If I was digging for a complaint I'd say they're kinda heavy but what you make up in comfort is well worth it. Hopefully that answers your question..
    thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    Please indulge me... or at least forgive me for posting my MB-1 again but it got a make over this weekend and I thought I'd share.

    Lately, I've been reading a bunch of forums and old magazine articles about MB-1 bikes and Grant Petersen, specifically I've been really interested in the original specs on the 1987 which happens to be the only year that came as a drop bar production bike from Bridgestone. I guess it hit me Friday night that my MB-1 was do for a full tune up, why not pay homage to the white and gray with red accents on the '87 MB-1, so I did and I think it came out great!

    I moved the Suntour XC Pro shifters from the bar top to the bar end, much more along the lines of the original set up on the '87 without losing the use of the shifters. I installed a Shimano DX headset while I wait for my all black NOS Ritchey Logic Pro headset to arrive from England. I tried to pick up the original gray by running new Yokozuna housing and cables, it's night and day as far as the performance! I ran a period correct (don't as me why I bothered) NOS Specialized Body Geometry saddle, also going for the original red accents. My Dia-Compe brake levers got from fresh hoods, so much better on the hands! I installed some NOS XTR brake pads, nearly pitched over the bar on the ride this morning. I found a pair of matching NOS bottle cages from the '80s at my LBS and had to have 'em! Lastly, I went with the Torelli Modo Chunky bar tape because Torelli had the only red that matched the saddle and the red accents on the MB-1 decals.

    This bike continues to be my first grab bike of choice... it descends like a champ, climbs like a goat, and at 21.5 pounds... it almost like floating on a cloud!

    1992MB-1side.jpg1992MB-1front.jpg1992MB-1rear.jpg1992MB-1MidgeBar.jpg1992MB-1XCpro.jpg
    21.5 lbs....lovely. My 22.8 lb Univega is also my first choice...I also run the wildgripper Sprint...amazing tires....LOVE THEM!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermute View Post
    This...



    And this...



    are what have inspired me to start my own build. Hands down, the two most beautiful bikes in this thread.
    Agreed.

    I have a very nice 1983 Stumpjumper Sport and I know what I'll be doing with it this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NKOTB View Post
    Picked up this thing a few weeks back


    Tried to reveal the original paint, but failed miserably.

    The bike now looks like this.


    Couldn't find any decals underneath the spraypaint, so still no idea of the make. Somehow the wishbone seatstay and straight blade fork have given me an inkling it might be a Raleigh of some sort.

    Parts were and are low end. Shimano 200gs derailleurs, stapled biopace chainset, cheap Shimano cantis and 200GS levers. 7 speed Deore LX STI shifters though, not integrated to the brake levers, so might be a later upgrade. The seatpost is 26.4 Strong and the weight of the frameset is around 5 kilos. Any ideas of the manufacturer would be appreciated.
    I think what you have there is a Nishiki "(Richard) Cunningham Design" _______________ bike. It could be an Ariel or a Cascade, pretty sure it's a Cascade, I don't believe the Ariel came with brazed rack mounts on the seatstay yoke. I have a 1988 Ariel with a straight blade fork and non-elevated chainstays, I have a 1989 Alien made from Tange Prestige with elevated chainstays, and I have a 1990 Ariel with a straight blade fork and elevated Chainstays. None of my frames have rack mounts but the Ariels have threaded eyelets on the drop outs. These are great 4130 CrMo frames and forks and are really nice platforms for conversions. My 1988 Ariel has a "N" cut into the lugged seat support, the two newer frames do not. Does you frame have the "N" cut into the top of the seat tube (see picture)?
    88NishikiAriel.jpgNishikiCascade.jpg

    Check the bottom end of the seatstay yoke, the curved bottom should have a threaded eyelet brazed on the end for a fender mount.

    I made my '89 Alien into a 1x9 96'er using a Rick Hunter SuperCrown fork, people always ask about the bike.
    AlienHUNTERlg1.jpgAlienHUNTERlg2.jpg

    I'm in the process of converting my '90 Ariel into a drop bar conversion with a new SOMA lugged crown cyclocross fork. I'm having brake bosses welded on the fork for a 26" front wheel instead of the 700C that is intended to run. The natural flex of the longer steel fork legs allows the fork to absorb most everything, much in the same fashion an Ibis Bowtie frame flexes under load. The uncut steer tube will also allow me to set the drop bar height exactly where I need it... no more messing with various stems trying to find the ideal set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    I think what you have there is a Nishiki "(Richard) Cunningham Design" _______________ bike. It could be an Ariel or a Cascade, pretty sure it's a Cascade, I don't believe the Ariel came with brazed rack mounts on the seatstay yoke.
    Thanks, a lot. It certainly does have same features as some of those Nishikis coming up with Google's pic search. Plus Nishiki is a lot more of a household name in Finland than Raleigh, at least in the 80's and 90's.

    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    My 1988 Ariel has a "N" cut into the lugged seat support, the two newer frames do not. Does you frame have the "N" cut into the top of the seat tube (see picture)?
    88NishikiAriel.jpgNishikiCascade.jpg
    There's no N, I'm afraid. Thinking of the low end parts selection, a cutout in the lug would be somewhat superfluos anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    Check the bottom end of the seatstay yoke, the curved bottom should have a threaded eyelet brazed on the end for a fender mount.
    Yup, there's an eyelet alright. There was a metal plate bolted there to set up the fender you see in the first pic.

    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    I made my '89 Alien into a 1x9 96'er using a Rick Hunter SuperCrown fork, people always ask about the bike.
    AlienHUNTERlg1.jpgAlienHUNTERlg2.jpg
    No wonder. That is one interesting looking bike. So tight and short. How long is the wheelbase there?

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    hard to believe this was designed and built in 1979!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simpleton. View Post
    This thread is pretty inspiring. I decided to take the plunge last night. Had everything in the SPB. She still needs to be tweaked a bit but, thats part of the fun!


    Absolutely love this bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post


    hard to believe this was designed and built in 1979!

    http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/sfo_m...es/06.html#top
    Man that is awesome! How could they post only one pic though? I'm wanting a full series with centerfold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by likebike23 View Post
    Man that is awesome! How could they post only one pic though? I'm wanting a full series with centerfold!
    tell me about it! i guess there's a whole bunch of vintage mtbs at the SFO museum.. i'm going to have to go visit soon
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