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Old 12-16-10, 12:53 PM   #251
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Just starting a rebuild of my '94 Trek Mountain Track 850. It used to be some sort of ice blue/green color. A friend and I completely stripped it to bare metal. I had thought to leave it that way, but weather in Seattle being what it is, decided to put on some coats of rattle can gray. Actually looks kinda cool, although I do miss the details of the brazing.


Here is the start of the build.


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Bars: Origin 8 Tiki
Headset: Cane Creek S-1
Fork: Surly Long Haul Trucker
BB: Shimano something...maybe LP-27? Simple and cheap with square taper.
Crank: Dunno, it's going to a Christmas surprise.
Brakes and shifters are also hopefully going to be a Christmas surprise, but might turn into a New Year's surprise.
**edit** Wheels: Stock wheels & hubs from the '94 Trek (Alivio I think). These will be replaced when the money is available with some custom jobby.

The plan right now is to get as many parts in black as I possibly can. I'm then going to do the Bright Bike thing (google bright thread I think) and do some sort of design in retro-reflective material on the frame.

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Old 12-16-10, 01:17 PM   #252
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Not really a conversion, Made this way by Koga Miyata (NL)..
could put Knobby tires on it to trail ride,
minus Racks and such, I suppose, suspension fork is short travel though.. rack fitted with OEM custom parts..
more a gravel road adaptation.

http://www.cyclofiend.com/working/20...clark1008.html

Since then saddle and seatpost changed (thudbuster ST), Red nylon Karrimor has been retired in favor of a Canvas Carradice ..

Halogen headlight replaced by a eDelux LED & taillight wired up to headlight
Crank to a Shimano M730, with a Surly stainless 38t. 110bcd. Ergon Pedals

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Old 12-16-10, 01:41 PM   #253
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Not really a conversion, Made this way by Koga Miyata (NL)..
could put Knobby tires on it to trail ride,
minus Racks and such, I suppose, suspension fork is short travel though..
more a gravel road adaptation.

http://www.cyclofiend.com/working/20...clark1008.html
I was just looking at your bike on cyclofiend. I love that site for getting ideas on how to proceed with my conversion. Nicely done!
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Old 12-23-10, 07:53 AM   #254
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Here is my 1991' Miyata Elevation 400. Triple-butted chromoly frame, 20 inch size. I took it down to bare metal and rattle-can painted it in a new scheme inspired by folks on this site.
Ancient Sun-Tour bar-end shifters from a 1980 Holdsworth Elan Frame. Tru-Vativ external bearings hollow-crank MTB crank with 44, 32 and 22 rings. 13 thru 28 7 speed freewheel in back. Wippermann 7 spd chain. Carbon fiber touring bar with Brooks tape to match the B17 saddle and some really great Cane Creek aero brake calipers. Nashbar front racks. Rear rack... I cannot remember. I will be using my tried and true old Breezer Grocery Panniers for rears with lightweight dry-bags for clothing and such from my kayak camping days since those panniers are just wide-open Grocery panniers and just got a pair of the Nashbar front Panniers and a wicker basket from my LBS. Vitorria Randoneuer Pro tires 26 by 1.5 on a set of older Mavic 36 hole rims and hubs that are in almost-new shape, Lezyne pump, Shimano LX front De and Campy Mirage rear De (they matched in color... what can I say?) And a third bottle cage thanks to Minoura. I replaced the old brakes with the Nashbar $19.00 set all around and cool-stop pads. Great deal for brakes.
The headset is a 1 1/4 inch threaded... Wild! I used a 1 1/8 adjustable stem with a shim to finish off my headset/stem set-up. It cinches down tight enough that I have no worries at all after testing it pretty roughly for give. The aluminum fenders are from a German 3 speed I bought some years ago at a garage sale. Nice to finally use them! Being a pack-rat and bike-junk collector does have it's advantages I guess...
The ride is fantastic.
I hope you like it and thanks for all the inspiration!
Here is a "before" shot:

And here is post conversion:

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Old 12-25-10, 01:09 AM   #255
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What about if you go the other way and start converting a hybrid into a mountain bike ?

I have a matching 45 for the rear and if I pulled the fenders could run even wider 29'r wheels and tyres.

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Old 01-02-11, 12:40 AM   #256
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Old 01-02-11, 12:54 AM   #257
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30,501 views... must be a popular area of interest here.

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Old 01-02-11, 01:13 AM   #258
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What about if you go the other way and start converting a hybrid into a mountain bike ?

I have a matching 45 for the rear and if I pulled the fenders could run even wider 29'r wheels and tyres.

This makes more sense to me then a full-on MTB conversion. Especially if you are going long on 'mostly' smooth roads. Must be pretty wide 700 rims to take a 45? Nice, once again 65er.
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Old 01-02-11, 01:19 AM   #259
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This makes more sense to me then a full-on MTB conversion. Especially if you are going long on 'mostly' smooth roads. Must be pretty wide 700 rims to take a 45? Nice, once again 65er.
The front rim is an Alex 2100 (hybrid rim) which is just barely wide enough for a 45 and besides being able to go long the bike handles the rough stuff better than my 26 inch wheeled winter bike with it's 2.1's

Will probably run a pair of 38 cross tyres in the summer.
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From the ride home tonight... found an oasis of light and shelter.

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Old 01-02-11, 01:49 AM   #261
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Ha..Ha..Ha., that's crazy cool. Love the photo too. You must live in an area that occasionally has snow I take it.
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Old 01-02-11, 11:58 AM   #262
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30,501 views... must be a popular area of interest here.

Can`t imagine why.
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Old 01-02-11, 12:59 PM   #263
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30,501 views... must be a popular area of interest here.

This is probably why retailers are not stocking touring bikes anymore. This thread killed it.
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Old 01-02-11, 01:02 PM   #264
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I just picked this bike up yesterday. It's a Specialized Hardrock Sport. So far I replaced crank, tires, saddle and added rack and day panniers. I have it set up as is for commuting, but plan to reset up this spring for short tours, centuries.
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Old 01-02-11, 01:05 PM   #265
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Sixtyfiver do you use a front battery powered light for your main or backup light?
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Old 01-02-11, 09:41 PM   #266
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The latest incarnation of my Rockhopper. I replaced the brake levers and added some of Velo Orange's hammered fenders (45mm x 650b.) Lipstick on a pig really, but I'm a sucker for shiny aluminum...

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Sixtyfiver do you use a front battery powered light for your main or backup light?
The battery powered light is a supplemental light and a daytime running light as it is not bright enough to be a primary headlight... my 2watt battery light is bright enough to function as a primary.

The 2.5 watt halogen that is wired to the generator is decent although I will be looking to replace it with the LED version as they are brighter and have a nearly indefinite bulb life.
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Old 01-06-11, 09:38 PM   #268
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It was bare when I got it, now it's got probably about 2k on it.
Really enjoying it.
88 Schwinn Sierra.
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Old 01-14-11, 07:18 PM   #269
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How did you find those marzocchis? I have a pair and am tempted to try them - not too heavy, enough travel for trails but I'm a bit concerned with them being air suspension. I understand they need more maintenance to stop the seals wearing.


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After having used road bikes for touring for several years, I thought that MTB's would cause less trouble on bad roads. To try the idea I just put a rack and a low rider on my first MTB I owned. It was built on an italian custom made CroMo frameset and had a Marzocchi suspension fork with about 35-40 mm travel back in the mid 90's. But this bike was originally built for sport, and its geometry forced me in a position with my back nearly horizontal, causing back and neck aches. So after one trip I had to decide for something else. The next touring MTB was a Specialized Rockhopper with steel frame. Unfortunately the frame was too weak for travelling with panniers, resulting in nervous shaking of the whole rig from about 25 km/h - dangerous and very scary

The third approach was a Cannondale F-800 in 1998, which finally worked. I did a lot of trips with that one and also used it to go to work every day. The Headshock suspension fork is as stiff as a rigid fork and was one of the first to provide a lock-out. IMO the best suspension fork for touring (with coil springs, not air) . However, last spring I decided to let my hard working mule enjoy its well-earned retirement. The bike is still in use regularly, but not for loaded touring any more.
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here's my convert...


Marin Rocky Ridge, first overnight trip. And yes, that's a solar panel on the back.

But I'm in the process of getting a legit touring bike now.
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Chris in Miami, I really dig your Rock Hopper.
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Chris in Miami, I really dig your Rock Hopper.
Thank you, I love it too. I've been casually looking for a purpose-built touring bike, but I appreciate not having to worry about banging this bike up.
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Old 01-15-11, 09:55 PM   #273
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Its much nicer having the metal fenders huh chris, since i got the steel ones i hate riding my bikes with the plastic fenders on them.
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I purchased this Trek 950 SingleTrack new in 1997 for $550. I immediately converted it to a commuter. Most bicycle shops thought I was nuts and tried to steer me in another direction. The ones that didn't tried to sell me a smaller frame and a front suspension. But I knew what I wanted and I knew what would work for my purposes. This generation of MTB's were a true value; good components and bullet proof frames.

I've always wanted to tour on a bicycle, and as I approach retirement/empty nesting this will probably be bike on which I test the waters.

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Its much nicer having the metal fenders huh chris, since i got the steel ones i hate riding my bikes with the plastic fenders on them.
I don't mind the plastic ones, the aluminum fenders tend to make a bit more noise. Yesterday my rear fender developed an annoying rattle that I eventually traced to a loose screw. They sure look nice though...


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