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Old 12-09-13, 06:08 AM   #451
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Old 12-09-13, 06:08 PM   #452
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Old 12-15-13, 01:34 PM   #453
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My1993 research dynamics coyote 3
I paid $30 for this bike from the D.I. a second hand store here in salt lake city. I first looked at it for about 20 minutes and decided to not buy the bike because it is purple and a little scratched up so I went home did some research about research dynamics bikes and found nothing much but the fact that the bike is full 4130 chromoly made me go back the next day and take another look at it and I thought what the hell I can buy it for $30 and resale it for $40. So I took it home and let it sit for two days because I didn't even want to mess with it. finally decided to pump up the tires and take it for a test ride and came back ten minuets later totally in love with the bike went strait to the computer and started looking for parts and upgrades
I've put thousands of miles and hundreds dollars in to this rig
Lets see I've put new tires, rear derailleur, all new cables, cranks, bottom bracket, pedals, handle bars, grips, chain, seat and there isn't a bearing in this bike I haven't greased



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Old 12-15-13, 04:26 PM   #454
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Here is my 90 something 10$ yard sale diamondback,Rides awesome and has done most of the Mickelson trail in south Dakota,Just bought a new 2013 Salsa vaya to short tour with,so this one will be the commuter.
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Old 12-22-13, 03:25 PM   #455
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My brother got this Specialized Hard Rock for me for Christmas, 1998. I bike commuted on it until 2008, and have toured on it twice so far, with another one planned for this spring. It's been a great bike. I've mostly rebuilt it twice (wheels, bottom bracket, cassette/freewheel, crankset), and repainted it last fall.


The post above was from a couple of years ago. That ivory paint didn't hold up too well so late last summer I repainted the old girl again. On a test ride after getting it all back together the (original) rear derailleur finally gave up the ghost, so I replaced it with a Shimano Alivio. And since I was doing that, I decided to finally get rid of the freewheel setup and went back to a cassette. Went up to a 32T on this one, the freewheel had a 28T. Also got trekking bars after the original photos were taken. She's been on 6 or 7 tours now and is still my favorite bike.

Here she is in her latest incarnation:

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Old 03-16-14, 07:43 AM   #456
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Necro-thread WARNING!!!

Here's my MTB Conversion story w/pics. Sorry I didn't take any "Before" pics, but it's not (as yet) too radical of a conversion. While the frame (via the higher ground clearance bottom-bracket) is a bit tall for me (stand-off is nearly 0"....... danger danger danger), with the seat-post set properly it is a great ride. I haven't "toured" on it yet per se, but it has taken me many shorter (~10 mile) jaunts.

It's a 1990 Schwinn High Plains, 23" frame running 26" wheels. It was given to me by a friend (he got it from his neighbor....) who is a very enthusiastic biker after seeing/working on an even older Schwinn Mesa Runner (which I've since given to another friend). It was garage-kept and in excellent condition - seeing only subdivision streets and paved bike trails and those rarely. Unfortunately, it has a number of significant paint gouges, scuffs, etc.

I've replaced brake pads (Avenir "Sticky Fingers"), tires (Bell/Cheng Shin "Roundabouts"), tubes, brake and shifter cables, chain (I think a Shimano....), pedals/toe clips/leashes and a new handle bar (Nashbar "Trekking Bar").

I've added a rear rack (Topeak "Super Tourist DX Disc"), fenders (can't remember the brand.....), rear light (Cateye something or other) and some 3M reflective tape.

Eventually I plan on replacing the Topeak rear rack, adding a front rack, adding more lighting options, changing the front/rear derailleurs, having new wheels built, adding a dynamo hub, swapping out the smallest chain-ring (currently a 28t) for something in the 20t-24t (or possibly 26t) range, cleaning/re-packing all the bearings and having the frame/fork powder-coated.

OK, so here's the chain-ring side:


A full chain-ring side profile:


Left side rear:


Here's the "cock-pit" as much as I could get....:


and finally, left side full-profile:


As I said, it rides great though the derailleurs will need to updated as well, but I'm inclined to keep the indexed shifting and 7/3 gearing.
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Necro thread ?

We have just been hibernating.

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Prodding the recently re-awoken thread...

I have a '95 Mongoose Switchback (At the time, a very fine example of a mountain bike, now the bike shop calls it a 'hybrid'). I just had fenders, front rack, trekking bar and new pedals installed (20K miles wears out cheapo plastic platforms, it turns out) and an overhaul by my LBS. It looks beautiful.

Picked up my bike from the LBS after work yesterday, took it for a quick ride around the parking lot (it was nice out), then put it in the truck, stopped for groceries for dinner. By the time I got home, it was snowing too hard to take pictures. Go home, weather, you're drunk. I want to ride my bike.

I'll add pictures as soon as it's possible to take them.
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Here is my '91 Schwinn High Plains, repainted and rebuilt.
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Here is the one I am Currently Working on. A 1993 Trek 830 Antelope.

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Thanks for bringing this thread back to life! I've never seen it before. I love it. Spent the last 30 minutes checking out all the MTB conversions! MTB touring is the only way I roll....

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Might as well add my backroad tourer since the thread is alive and well. 1998 Schwinn Moab 1. It has been through many many configurations over the years. from regular MTB to single speed to 1x9 to a tourer with both drop bars and riser bars.
Present setup although I'm probably going to change out a few things before it's first trip.


From a couple of years ago with dropbars
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Here she is!
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Here she is!
Very nice!!! Is that a "BioPace" sticky I'm seeing on the big-ring?!? Nice conversion and re-build/update.

I hope your trekking bars work for you as well as mine do for me!
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Here is my '91 Schwinn High Plains, repainted and rebuilt.
Yeah, we're gonna need a little more detail on exactly what you mean by "....rebuilt" mister! ;-)

I'm sorta collecting all the data I can get on rebuilt High Plains projects - there aren't too many out there so I notice new ones straight away.
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Old 03-20-14, 05:06 AM   #466
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Yeah, we're gonna need a little more detail on exactly what you mean by "....rebuilt" mister! ;-)

I'm sorta collecting all the data I can get on rebuilt High Plains projects - there aren't too many out there so I notice new ones straight away.
When I found the frame, the seat post was stuck in the seat tube. In the process of removing the seat post I ruined what was left of the paint. I then took a torch to it and made a couple of minor mods. When I built it back up, this is the list of parts I ended up with:

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frame: 1991 Schwinn High Plains
“0731” (Thursday March 14th, 1991)
S/N L012843
wheels: Hub Phil Wood 135/48
Rims Sun Rhyno Lite 135/48
Spokes DT 13/14 HD spokes
Tires Schwalbe Marathon Dureme HS 410 26x2.0
stem Profile Design +17 o 13 cm
bars 5[SUP]o[/SUP] Straight bar with barends
Grips padded
crankset White Industries 170mm 94/58
chainrings Salsa (42/32/20)
bottom bracket Shimano UN52 68/108 cartridge
cluster Shimano Cassette 9 sp (12x36) and Sachs Aris freewheel
derailleur, front Shimano Deore XT front
derailleur, rear Shimano Deore XT rear
shifters Shimano trigger shifter 9 spd
chain SRAM
brakes Shimano Deore XT V brakes
brake levers Shimano Deore levers
seat Brook Champion Flyer springer seat
seat post Easton EA50 seat post 27.2
pedals Nashbar Clipless SPD Pedals
headset Ritchey Logic threaded
pump Silca pump
bottle cages 2 Blackburn Stainless
Front rack Nitto M-12
Rear rack Tubus Cargo
computer Cateye Mite 3
fenders VO 60mm aluminum fenders
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Very nice!!! Is that a "BioPace" sticky I'm seeing on the big-ring?!? Nice conversion and re-build/update.

I hope your trekking bars work for you as well as mine do for me!
The sticker says "Tracer MT-6i", they are not biopace. Nothing that fancy came stock on this somewhat low-end mountain bike.

I love this conversion so far. I've ridden it all of .05 miles around the LBS parking lot thus far but already love the trekking bars.

So, replaced items (in order of replacement): Rear wheel (taco'd between rocks doing singletrack), tires (many times, but now smoother for commute/tour use), seat, back rack, handlebars, fenders, front rack. Also normal consumables like brake pads, chains, cassettes over the 20K miles of hard use this girl has endured...)

This baby is going to start a new career as a touring rig and foul-weather commuter come spring. In the past, she has been a singletrack bike, a college commuter, a work commuter and a kid-chariot tractor. Amazingly versatile things, these old solid steel mountain bikes.

Edit: Oh, and I just put on new pedals too. LBS convinced me it was time to replace the original plastic resin ones. I guess they didn't have to push too hard after showing me that the bearing races were worn completely through. Nice metal spiky mountain pedals.

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Old 03-20-14, 08:37 AM   #468
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Lots of fun breathing new life into my 1995-6 Trek 7000 Aluminum frame mountain bike. Major upgrade was a set of Peter White Wheels.
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Actually, I have a question from many years ago for you guys, hoping maybe you'd know...

When I got this bike, the neighbor kid got some kind of Specialized mountain bike, hardrock, rockhopper, hardhopper romperstomper, something like that, in the same size. I remember being amazed that the geometry was exactly the same, to the point that you could hide one bike behind the other entirely. Other than different equipment, they were identical twins.

Anyone know if mongoose and specialized worked together in the early-mid '90s on frame design, or used the same factory, or if this was coincidence?
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Here she is!
Nice build. I like those trekking bars, where did you get them.
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Nice build. I like those trekking bars, where did you get them.
I had my LBS order them for me. I'll try to get more details on them for you when I get home tonight. They were about 30 bucks.

Well, the receipt says "trekking bar", and doesn't provide detail. I'll ask next time I stop in there.

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When I found the frame, the seat post was stuck in the seat tube. In the process of removing the seat post I ruined what was left of the paint. I then took a torch to it and made a couple of minor mods. When I built it back up, this is the list of parts I ended up with:

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frame: 1991 Schwinn High Plains
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S/N L012843
wheels: Hub Phil Wood 135/48
Rims Sun Rhyno Lite 135/48
Spokes DT 13/14 HD spokes
Tires Schwalbe Marathon Dureme HS 410 26x2.0
stem Profile Design +17 o 13 cm
bars 5[SUP]o[/SUP] Straight bar with barends
Grips padded
crankset White Industries 170mm 94/58
chainrings Salsa (42/32/20)
bottom bracket Shimano UN52 68/108 cartridge
cluster Shimano Cassette 9 sp (12x36) and Sachs Aris freewheel
derailleur, front Shimano Deore XT front
derailleur, rear Shimano Deore XT rear
shifters Shimano trigger shifter 9 spd
chain SRAM
brakes Shimano Deore XT V brakes
brake levers Shimano Deore levers
seat Brook Champion Flyer springer seat
seat post Easton EA50 seat post 27.2
pedals Nashbar Clipless SPD Pedals
headset Ritchey Logic threaded
pump Silca pump
bottle cages 2 Blackburn Stainless
Front rack Nitto M-12
Rear rack Tubus Cargo
computer Cateye Mite 3
fenders VO 60mm aluminum fenders
Thanks so much for taking the time to list out all your upgrades! I really appreciate it.

Since I'm going glacially slow with my rebuild, I have time to read up/examine/dream of what I most want my bike to be comprised of and your components list provides some great components to examine. I'd bet it rides really well.
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Thanks so much for taking the time to list out all your upgrades! I really appreciate it.

Since I'm going glacially slow with my rebuild, I have time to read up/examine/dream of what I most want my bike to be comprised of and your components list provides some great components to examine. I'd bet it rides really well.
A number of those components are out of production items. I occasionally look on ebay and find stuff that I then save for a later build.
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A number of those components are out of production items. I occasionally look on ebay and find stuff that I then save for a later build.
Without adding another "competing Buyer" for limited gear, what out-of-production components are most challenging to source?

Did you/do you find the High Plains easy to modernize with newer components? Or must I rely on sourcing out-of-production components? BTW, mine is a 1990 production year...
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Without adding another "competing Buyer" for limited gear, what out-of-production components are most challenging to source?

Did you/do you find the High Plains easy to modernize with newer components? Or must I rely on sourcing out-of-production components? BTW, mine is a 1990 production year...
The bike is dimensionally pretty standard so it takes standard bottom brackets and hubs. I use 135 mm rear hubs on all my bikes, both road and mountain, and I have been using sealed bottom brackets for a number of years, but rear derailleurs can be interesting. I like the Shimano Deore XT RD-M750 long cage. It works well with my wide 9 spd. setups with the Shimano barcons or trigger shifters, but it is out of production. I tend to pick one up on e-bay when I see one for a good price.

One thing I have done is convert things using an adapter to use the Ahead type handlebar stems. They are really nice for someone like me who like to occasionally experiment with different stems.
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