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    that Cimmaron needs thumbies but otherwise loving it
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyfloyd View Post
    That Cimarron is really nice, well done sir. Good to know that the old shimano RD's will shift well with the newer indexed stuff.
    Thank you andyfloyd for the kind words! Glad I could help, beyond the surprising capabilities of the "Deerhead" stuff, the quality and aesthetic of the early components are by far the best (IMHO) that Shimano has put out to date.

    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    +100 neo! That Schwinn looks great. Dare I say, it looks better than new. That Brooks is a nice classy touch, well executed. Had me staring a the pics to get in all the details.
    Right on WNG, thanks very much, I really wanted to go a different direction and hopefully end up with a bike I hadn't seen before. I suppose if you spent an extra few moments looking at the details, then I pulled off what I was going for once I figured out how I wanted to approach the build.

    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post
    that Cimmaron needs thumbies but otherwise loving it
    I appreciate that frantik, thanks man! You know I've always enjoyed your builds but I can't see where I mount thumb shifters on those Soma Sparrow bars... where would you mount them? I know I can mount bar end shifters, the bars are machined to fit them but I'm not a big fan of bar end shifters. I'm pretty sure I have another set of DKG Shift-Ease shifter pod mounts like I ran on my poor man's Yeti Ultimate tribute (the one you inspired my daughter to paint with the black spider web spray paint on your tandem).
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    So, I have a couple options if the brifters don't last, but I can't see thumbies wold go unless I got a new bar. That would be a bummer since I spent some time making the shims to mount the brifters on the Sparrow bar, I'm not ready to scrap anything too quickly as it took quite a bit of effort to put the bar set up together.
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    you coudl put the thumbies near the stem.. but the brifters might be better from a functional standpoint honestly. sometimes i kinda wish i had them on my univega cause the shifters are so far from the drops
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    I have been meaning to post here for a while but I had not taken any pictures. Finally took some pics so here goes. The Marin has been around for a few years, fun bike to ride but I need a different stem (less reach and more rise) and I am cheap and waiting to find one for a great price. The Fuji, while not a true drop bar, seems to fit the intent of the thread. I just finished this one about a month ago, it was $30 at a local pawn shop and I needed the Nitto bars for another MTB build I am working on. I decided to play around with some different setups, both drop and mustache bars and settled on the mustache bars.


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    Nice work on both of them!! Also a great example on sizing: one small frame with a very long stem and lots of seat post, and another large frame with a much shorter stem and very little seat post.

    How do they feel when you ride them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixed1313 View Post
    I have been meaning to post here for a while but I had not taken any pictures. Finally took some pics so here goes. The Marin has been around for a few years, fun bike to ride but I need a different stem (less reach and more rise) and I am cheap and waiting to find one for a great price.
    $18 for the two bolt stem I used on my Miyata TR. Any cheaper it would have to fall out of a tree!

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    I did this just this weekend, It is a tad small with the seat post and stem fully extended but will work for now. It is intended to be my commuter so that I don't wear out my Olmo. A friend of mine gave me the seat and the saddle bag. He says he rode from Chicago to Huntsville Alabama and back in the sixties on this saddle. The handlebars came from my Bianchi and the brake levers came from my Raleigh Grand Prix, both deceased. The wheels came were the original wheels on my Trek Y-3, donated to a local kid at the co-op and the cranks were originally on my Redline Monocog. I traded and old LX derailleur for the pedals, bottle cages and rack. The handle bar is wrapped in old road tubes.

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    I hope to eventually swap the frame out with a size or to larger but it should get me through a fall and winter of commuting. I have never used panniers before, always carrying everything in a back-pack. I am in the process of sewing together a pannier so that I can get the weight off my back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bici_mania View Post
    I hope to eventually swap the frame out with a size or to larger but it should get me through a fall and winter of commuting. I have never used panniers before, always carrying everything in a back-pack. I am in the process of sewing together a pannier so that I can get the weight off my back.
    That's the other nice thing about a mtb drop bar conversion. Parts are almost all universal, and there are so many deals on mtbs out there, it should be easy to swap out later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    Nice work on both of them!! Also a great example on sizing: one small frame with a very long stem and lots of seat post, and another large frame with a much shorter stem and very little seat post.

    How do they feel when you ride them?
    Thanks, the Marin is a 16.5" frame and the Fuji is a 22.5" frame, both measured CTT. When I had the standard MTB bars on the Marin it fit me well, with the drops I need a stem with more rise and less reach. The Fuji fits me well as pictured. For reference my main MTB is an 18" frame and my road bikes are 21" frames. As a rough starting point when I build up a personal bike I like to have 22" to 23" from the nose of the saddle to the upright hand position (hoods, flats, etc.). The Fuji measures out to what I like, the Marin measures in at about 25". With the given info you can guess that I feel to stretched out on the Marin. Both saddles are set at the proper height for correct leg extension.

    $18 for the two bolt stem I used on my Miyata TR. Any cheaper it would have to fall out of a tree!

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    Thanks for the link, the reason for not jumping on deals like these is that the Marin needs a 25.5mm stem, not as easy to come by and I like to recycle. (You can read this as I am cheap and like to use parts I scrounge up).
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    I went canal trailing through the desert yesterday. I took the Hardrock and it proved the right choice to take on the rough conditions. I was dodging river rock the size of melons. After 45 miles, I was sore, but the bike held up. Felt like Paris-Roubaix.

    Although this 18" frame was able to be fitted to me, with the bars and saddle level, there is merit to go one size up when going drop bar. Note the length of seat post. I think the higher BB height is to blame.

    The Hardrock beater will be retired and a 20" Giant Sedona ATX frame will take its place for such romps through the desert.


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    ^You can tell right away that the 18" frame is too small for you. Have you considered converting to 700c wheels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by anixi View Post
    ^You can tell right away that the 18" frame is too small for you. Have you considered converting to 700c wheels?
    No, this one will stay 26". I used to have a 700C gravel grinder until it's demise. This was a quick build to fill in the gap. I just picked up a medium 700C hybrid that will be converted soon.
    I will probably donate the Hardrock to a coop, once the 20" Giant is completed. I still think there are conditions a 26" wheeled, wider tired bike is better suited out here.
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    Newbie to the Forum

    Newbie who just stumbled across this forum and joined up. Nice to see a group of like minded Frankenbike riders who know how the oddest, ugliest, or oldest bike in the stable can be the #1 favorite to ride. Didn't know there were some many others out there.

    Rain, frost, dirt, gravel, potholes.... It just doesn't matter. Riding my drop bar MTB conversion just make me smile! I'll post pictures of mine shortly.

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    '94 Mongoose Rockadile Drop Bar Conversion

    New to the forum and enjoying the MTB drop bar pix. I've been enjoying mine for about four years now. Originally a Mongoose Rockadile (1994) I've had since about 1996. Did most of the conversion about four years ago, with a few tweaks since. Great commuter, trail bike, touring, gravel, whatever. Some pix attached. Thanks!

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    Impressive way to say "hi"! Welcome!
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    Welcome Goosecheck.................... great looking ride. How do you like your front rack, I almost bought one the other day but was not sold on the "new" look. After seeing it on your bike, it doesn't look bad.
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    +1 Goosecheck! Great looking Mongoose.
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    Wow. Nice bikes posted here recently. I love this thread, and you guys are making me feel really sad to have a straight bar on my vintage MTB...for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixed1313 View Post
    Welcome Goosecheck.................... great looking ride. How do you like your front rack, I almost bought one the other day but was not sold on the "new" look. After seeing it on your bike, it doesn't look bad.
    I have this rack in silver if you're interested. Got it for my drop bar conversion but didn't like the idea of using p-clamps.
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    It works great. The size and placement lets me run my rack trunk up front where its more accessible, and still mount small panniers if desired. The P-clamps weren't an issue for me. All that mattered was that it's sturdy (it is). It includes a mounting bracket for a dynamo light and otherwise provides a mounting spot for a secondary rechargeable. In one pic i think you can see where I affixed a short piece of 3/4 PVC pipe to one of the light bracke holes up front. I have a second Cygolite mounted there which I can still reach while riding. The PVC isn't as asthetic clean as a Problem Solver mount, but it was cheaper.

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    BTW, Thanks all for the "props" and the warm welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdefran View Post
    I have this rack in silver if you're interested. Got it for my drop bar conversion but didn't like the idea of using p-clamps.
    Thanks for the offer, I need a black one though. Going on the Fuji I posted towards the top of the page. P-clamps are a none issue for me as well.


    Goosecheck - thanks for the info, I may have to go back and pick it up.
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    This has become my favorite thread. Here is my first drop bar MTB project. So far I have a Brooks saddle, Shimano RX canty's, derailleurs and recently order Origin8 Gary Bars 2's and NOS Gen 1 Dura Ace bar end shifters. I'm worried that the bar ends wont be compatible?? More to come shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosecheck View Post
    Newbie who just stumbled across this forum and joined up. Nice to see a group of like minded Frankenbike riders who know how the oddest, ugliest, or oldest bike in the stable can be the #1 favorite to ride. Didn't know there were some many others out there.

    Rain, frost, dirt, gravel, potholes.... It just doesn't matter. Riding my drop bar MTB conversion just make me smile! I'll post pictures of mine shortly.

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    The Rockadile is suhweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
    This has become my favorite thread. Here is my first drop bar MTB project. So far I have a Brooks saddle, Shimano RX canty's, derailleurs and recently order Origin8 Gary Bars 2's and NOS Gen 1 Dura Ace bar end shifters. I'm worried that the bar ends wont be compatible?? More to come shortly.

    nice i picked up that same exact year/model recently.. the frame went to my girlfriend and i swapped over the parts from her rockhopper drop bar conversion.. i'll have to take some pics
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