I am almost completed with my build. The donor bike is a Miyata Trail Runner - circa 1986 or so. I have added a rear rack (from my parts bin), front rack (Tubus Ergo from Wayne at the touring store ), Brooks B-17 from a previous bike - I have had it for 5 years, Serfas fenders, Schwalbe Marathon Duremes, bar ends and handlebar tape. My total outlay for the bike - not counting parts and pieces I already had -is around $350.
I am an agriculture teacher, so these pictures were taken in my shop. I just added the fenders this morning.
Very nice Miyata, looking good!
Here's my '00 GT rebound converted into touring/firepath configuration: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/...765430ff_b.jpg
Then further, I converted this GT into its final form...the GT-X:
A great application for older 80's 90's '00s mtbks.
Step 1 in a conversion would be to rid yourself of any front fork shox..unless you have a Marzocchi Z fork. In that case, keep it for something else.
My GT is running the surly 1x1 fork now...great for absorbing some road inconsistencies when my frame is 7005 aluminum
We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive. -Aldo Leopold
my mountain bike! some Belgian brand, i cant remember the exact name right now, picked it up 2nd hand cheap, drove it for 5 months in South America
no front paniers, just barely enough space, but still self sufficient (tent, cooker, clothes, food, ..)
notice the 2 extra bottle carriers on the front, home made (in La Paz) with some aluminium and a drain pipe, ,held for a good 5000 km on some really bad roads, very handy for crossing some desert sections in Bolivia/Northern Argentina
after that i used it to store my breakfast
closeup, Bolivian bag for the map/camera/.., the big knife was a gift from an Argentinian, very nice when making lunch
this is my brother on a Trek mountainbike, front rack is homemade (he is pro), front paniers are actually the size of rear paniers, heavily loaded
on the picture, the climb from La Paz to La Cumbre (4700m)
Here is a updated picture of mine...still missing a few critical components But it is gaining ground on the build.
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(
ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.
"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"_Nicodemus
"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"_krazygluon
Nice adaptations and great photos wiiiim! Would those front bottle mounts also work for carrying a pair of pinguinos?
[QUOTE=jakbikesdc;12672257]Here's my '00 GT rebound converted into touring/firepath configuration: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/...765430ff_b.jpg
Off topic, but I think I know that tree! Looks like the Champion Burr Oak just off the Katy Trail near Huntsdale.
Nice job on the bike, the Giant looks perfect for what you have done with it.
"My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion.
He said okay, you're ugly too." -Rodney Dangerfield
65er... are those trekking bars? With road levers? Also, what size is that crank?
Crank is a Sugino with 175mm arms with a 40 tooth chain ring... the new gearing range is now tour worthy if one was to stick to the prairies.
Now running an 18/22 driver in the rear which gives me a 35-76 gear inch range... this shows a 16/18.
Some great bikes on here! Lots of these inspired me to set up my old bike from high school days for touring:
It's a 1986(?) Schwinn Sierra, completely stock except for the trekking bars, fenders, rack, and the cheap saddle. In the background is my wife's used Giant Rincon, zero mods except for the rack and narrower tires. Grocery bag panniers b/c that's what we had.
This is my first touring bike and I just took it out for my first overnight bike tour. Just a simple 25 mile round trip through a local state park. Great fun. Can't wait for the next one!
Last edited by CVB; 05-26-11 at 03:37 PM. Reason: late addition
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
Okay to cross post? I posted this first in "Pics of your loaded touring bike", but my old GT is truly a converted MTB. Every now and then she gets out on a light trail, but almost every day she rides the city either to work and back or on errands or visiting friends. Sometimes used for bike camping trips and touring of 2-7 days.
This is trying out a shopping experiment. I have all these different military surplus rubberized bags kicking around and a bunch of milsurp leather straps. It turns out they all fit inside each other and make a nice little bundle that I clipped a shoulder strap to. Sometimes it rides bungeed to the rear deck, and sometimes I unfasten it and toss it in my Basil, although it is a little heavy for that. My Chrome Metropolis is so huge that the bundle of bags still leaves a fair amount of usable space and is comfortable to wear.
When not in use it is a more compact and centered load than another empty pannier. On a trip like today to a bike shop and a thrift store and not sure what all I was going to have to portage home the flexibility of adding one, two or three bags was nice. Under the one alongside the wheel is actually another rubber bag a little smaller than that one.
The bike is in transition at the moment. Fenders are off while I change the hardware on them, front rack is off temporarily and I'm not sure about the Gatorskins yet. I love them commuting to work, but find them a little limiting and think I would prefer a nice 1.5, maybe Schwalbe Marathons if they come in that size for bike camping and short tours. Everyone seems to regard those highly, although I like Continentals.
Everyone hates your lights. Throw them away & buy something civilized.
also cross posted from C&V:
i recently built up a 1982 stumpjumper i scored at the east village flea market in an XO-1 style touring bike. i just bought a sugino triple crankset and have some suntour cyclone longcage derailleurs and front rack i need to install. its a really wonderful and different type of ride compared to my other dedicated touring bike (miyata 610) i see the advantages wider 26" wheels can make and bar end shifters are nice. i might still prefer the miyata on really long trips with nice paved roads but its quickly becoming one of my favorite all arounder especially for rain / snow / trails. i've done a few half century rides with it so far.
i'm doing a tour with friends from brooklyn to montreal next month so i'll need to decide which bike to take:
stumpjumper by brooklyn_bike, on Flickr[/IMG]
Giant Rincon frame and fork. Everything else is not stock.
Bike 1.jpgMy Shogun Trail Breaker, has been excellent, it even comes with extra long rear triangle so your feet don't hit the rear panniers and front fork eyelets for a rack are all standard. It just hangs ther in the shed now collecting dust due to me buying a Surly Lht as I needed a larger bike. I still stuck with the 26" tyres as this size makes the best alround tourer i believe.
your bike looks awesome! Nice job.
Chris in miami: thx for the lead on the rack. I'd want to run it mostly for a lightweight bag in addition to some low-riders. Load on a rack like that, i agree, should be minimal. What was in the big black box?