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    Senior Member djkenny's Avatar
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    My recent Steel Old School MTB Commuter Project: Bridgestone MB-3

    Scored an MB-3 with Deore LX components in good shape. Lady was 6'4 and this 18" frame was way too small for her.

    I have been adding commuter friendly and utilitarian needs for city use. I primarily ride to work and back and grocery shop with it.

    Someone tossed a sizable WALD front basket in the trash at work. I pulled it out, decided to see how I like having one. I usually use panniers, some large Ortlieb back packer plus units. What I like about the basket is that I can carry stuff under the Bontrager cargo net. Food can fit awkwardly in panniers, but on a sizable basket.. it is not an issue.

    I also added a more upright stem. It is an adjustable quill model. I here they can weaken, and I assume with the weight of a well used basket that could increase the chances.. but I was able to dial up the bars just perfect for me.

    A bell, some new Salmon brake pads, new brake and gear cables, a recovered out-of-trash rear Transit brand Rack, new Bontrager swept back townie bars and a set of Black label BMX pedals (they are cheap, they are a nice platform, and if I hit my leg on them they are more forgiving than metal.. plus the bearings are pretty smooth.

    Was not certain how I would feel about adding bigger than 35 mm tires to the 26" wheels, but I was curious about the comfort and traction of some fat 2.0 Bontrager Hardcase tires. They are very forgiving and look cool. Not fast rolling, but with lower pressures they are very comfortable.

    I love the black Bontrager full coverage fenders too. They fit solid, provided excellent coverage, and look clean.

    When we have our kid I plan to add a rear baby seat to it. Found a Topeak standard model in new shape for $10 at a local Girl Scouts Rummage sale. In the beginning I think it will be stroller, and then Burley trailer with a baby sling (one of the many models) over the course of time. http://simplelivinginamerica.blogspot.com/

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    Senior Member blakcloud's Avatar
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    That bike looks great especially with the basket. Congratulations on the new bike and the upcoming birth of your son. Exciting times!

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    They're pretty cool bikes. I have an '89 MB-4 myself. Your bike looks to be in much better shape than mine, though...

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    Senior Member Eric S.'s Avatar
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    I use an MB-1 as my commuter. I had it powdercoated a few years ago and often have to point out certain features because some people think it is a touring bike with its lugged frame. Since I started using it as a commuter I've swapped out everything; it has zero original parts on it anymore.

    When I moved to Las Vegas in '08 it was mostly original but I'm an "out the front door" rider so driving 20+ miles to the edge of the city for mountain biking never worked for me.

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    Senior Member djkenny's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric S. View Post
    I use an MB-1 as my commuter. I had it powdercoated a few years ago and often have to point out certain features because some people think it is a touring bike with its lugged frame. Since I started using it as a commuter I've swapped out everything; it has zero original parts on it anymore.

    When I moved to Las Vegas in '08 it was mostly original but I'm an "out the front door" rider so driving 20+ miles to the edge of the city for mountain biking never worked for me.
    I would love a lugged frame. I wonder, aesthetics and cool factor, aside.. If there is any difference in terms of ride quality between my likely early 90's Tig welded (assuming decent quality?) frame and a little older lugged one?

    Difference in touring or flex or anything? (I have an also Tig welded Specialized Rockhopper in converting to touring bike soon, also all Deore LX equipped and Tig welded as apposed to Lugged)

    When I asked my brother in law, a bike mechanic, how nice this bike is, the commoner he made was "the only thing wrong with it is that it's not an MB-1

    Big difference? I was thinking, this is a great and well specked bike in its own right. Deore LX all over it!

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    Senior Member Eric S.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by djkenny View Post
    I would love a lugged frame. I wonder, aesthetics and cool factor, aside.. If there is any difference in terms of ride quality between my likely early 90's Tig welded (assuming decent quality?) frame and a little older lugged one?
    I don't know if there is any ride difference. It'd be a fairly big project to get two bikes set up the same in order to make a comparison.

    I check Craigslist frequently and there have been a couple 1988 Rockhopper Comp/Deore bikes for only $75 or $100. One appeared to be almost unused. It's probably a good thing I don't have room for any more bikes because I'd probably have bought it.

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