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Old 09-08-09, 04:18 PM   #126
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Rodar,

That picture looks like it was taken along the highway out of Jackson Hole Northbound to Yellowstone.

Correct?
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Old 09-08-09, 07:39 PM   #127
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Nope. Sierra Valley outside of Loyalton, CA.
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Old 09-13-09, 11:16 AM   #128
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That is awesome!!! What the heck gave you the idea to use the pugsley/large marge/endomorph as a touring bike? I love it! Talk about a go anywhere bike!
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Old 09-13-09, 06:20 PM   #129
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that Pugsley isn't a conversion. It' still a mountain bike, and damn am I jealous of that mud.
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Old 09-13-09, 08:27 PM   #130
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Why's there a cog on the front wheel?
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Old 09-14-09, 12:24 AM   #131
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McDave,

Took a look at the pics you have posted via the link. Nice bike! What is the seat post you have on that bike? It looks like it has a ton of fore/aft adjustability. Also, what handlebars do you have on it? Looks like a very nice setup!

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Old 09-14-09, 01:13 AM   #132
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Why's there a cog on the front wheel?
just in case he manages to mess up the rear hub, and has to get out of some desolate, mud covered wilderness, the front hub has the same spacing as the rear, so the front wheel (with a single speed freewheel) can be sliped into the rear dropouts, and the tour can continue.
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Old 09-14-09, 06:33 AM   #133
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Why's there a cog on the front wheel?
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Old 09-14-09, 08:19 AM   #134
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that Pugsley isn't a conversion. It' still a mountain bike, and damn am I jealous of that mud.
Yuck! I sure wouldn`t mind taking that bike for a spin, but he can keep the mud!

AaronA, I think the Pugsley forks are spaced to a 135 mm, so it uses a rear hub. Like Fuzz said, if you put a sprocket on it, it works as an alternately geared rear- no AWD involved.
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Old 09-14-09, 11:32 PM   #135
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so far all ive done is add an axiom rack, axiom shopper paniers, a bike tail-light, both water bottle holders, a short frame tire pump and a bell. oh, and a kickstand, but it broke in half after a week of being attatched to the bike...

also, as an after thaught, i humbly ask that this be stickied.

(i have since added road bike conversion barends and a spedometer)
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Old 09-15-09, 12:53 AM   #136
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That is, without a doubt, the most serious bike I have ever seen.
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Old 09-15-09, 08:23 PM   #137
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Wooohooooo!!!!!

I'll have to post a pic tomorrow, but I just wanted to share my excitement with the milestone that I reached today.

I've been fighting with coming up with a handlebar solution that would work for me that would give me a good position on the bike, and allow for a bit more aero position when I needed it in a headwind. I've tried trekking bars. I've tried the Origin 8 bar ends which put drop bars on an MTB flat bar.

One thing I DID NOT want to do unless I absolutely had to was switch to road levers, due to the fact that I have V-brakes. Now, there are road levers which are compatible with V-brakes, but I was trying to keep the Shimano brifters on the bike, primarily to keep expenditures down . . . but also because I had not swapped out cables before.

So, I bought a set of North Road bars from the LBS (due to some recommendations I had read and received from others), and I went to put them on. Darned if the cables were too short. So, I had to drop the stem. Didn't work. Swapped out a shorter stem. Better, but not perfect. However, it was enough for me to get a taste of what the bars would feel like. Close!!! It was enough to know that I was on to something. So, now, I realize that I have do what I've been trying to avoid . . . swapping out cables in order to lengthen them enough to fit this configuration. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I had used a stem extender that worked okay with the flat bar, but I knew that I was at the limit of how high I could raise the bar. Unfortunately, when I realized this, I knew that the local bike shops were going to all be closed. So, I had to wait until today to pick the project up again.

This was all fine, because I was able to read various sources on performing this task. What really scared me was having to mess with the derailleurs. I hate adjusting them, because I always seem to get close, but never get them dialed in. I always have to take the bike the dealer to get it "tuned." Then there is the cost of the cables, etc., etc.. Then I happened to remember that some time ago, I had purchased another set of the exact same brifters which were sitting in a box downstairs. Hey, this meant that I didn't have to buy any cables! Bonus!

So, today, I put my research, and my patience, to the test. I told myself that I could in fact do this. Two hours later, the brifters and all the cables were all swapped out, the rear derailleur worked flawlessly, and the front tranny was working with only a small bit of irritation. I was able to fit the new handlebars exactly where I wanted them, and start tweaking the fit.

I was ecstatic!!! Well, I still am! A small victory for most of you out there, but for me, it is a major step in my confidence of what I could do in the realm of bike mechanics.

So, now I can't wait until tomorrow to take this rig on a shakedown ride. I'll post again tomorrow to let you all know how it has gone, and to post a pic.
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Old 10-13-09, 11:13 PM   #138
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Old thread old photo. Italy 1991, American Comp Lite. Had to be my tourer, it was the only bike I owned.

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Old 10-14-09, 01:52 PM   #139
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very cool.
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Old 10-14-09, 02:34 PM   #140
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just in case he manages to mess up the rear hub, and has to get out of some desolate, mud covered wilderness, the front hub has the same spacing as the rear, so the front wheel (with a single speed freewheel) can be sliped into the rear dropouts, and the tour can continue.
you can also keep a different size cog on it and swap out wheels for climbing days or days on the flats.
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Old 10-14-09, 03:12 PM   #141
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Emperorcezar,

Nice! I've got an Antelope 800, too. Do you know what years those were sold in? I bought mine new back in the late 80's or early 90's, I believe, but I'm not sure. 1990 perhaps.

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Old 10-14-09, 04:50 PM   #142
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I'll have to post a pic tomorrow, but....

....I'll post again tomorrow to let you all know how it has gone, and to post a pic.
Sounds like it`s really comming together for you, that`s great! I know how you feel trying to avoid changing a shifter cable. For some reason, brakes cables are usually pretty easy to figure out, but shifters can sometimes leave me really scratching my head. Don`t forget those pics!
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Old 10-19-09, 07:36 AM   #143
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Emperorcezar,

Nice! I've got an Antelope 800, too. Do you know what years those were sold in? I bought mine new back in the late 80's or early 90's, I believe, but I'm not sure. 1990 perhaps.
Well, from vintage trek http://www.vintage-trek.com/model_numbers1.htm I know that mine is likely a '92 so I'm guessing from around then.
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I don't know much about Dirt Research but I picked up this Kobuk frame form a seller on CL for $45. Nice Columbus steel and it included the cranks. I built it up over the summer as my touring bike.

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I don't know much about Dirt Research but I picked up this Kobuk frame form a seller on CL for $45. Nice Columbus steel and it included the cranks. I built it up over the summer as my touring bike.

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Very nice, I love the looks of a large frame MTB conversion. What size frame is that exactly?
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Old 11-08-09, 05:42 PM   #146
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Old 11-08-09, 09:10 PM   #147
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Nice- even got a derailler. But I`m beginning to wonder if there was ever a Kuwahara born that hasn`t passed through your hands.
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Nice- even got a derailler. But I`m beginning to wonder if there was ever a Kuwahara born that hasn`t passed through your hands.
I have seen some very nice Kuwaharas in my time and put quite a few of them into other people's hands but have only owned 4 myself (I now have 2).

I still have the front d (A Suntour AR) and a 28 tooth Sugino ring to put on to complete the half step gearing but the 46 and the 11-34 I am running offer a pretty decent range for the commuting I will be doing until the snow flies.

The half step will be essential for a tour through the Rockies next summer.

When the snow flies I have my Norco Katmandu all set up for winter riding... this is one of the best conversions I have ever done methinks.

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Old 11-08-09, 09:55 PM   #149
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No offense intended, 65er. I just see so few of them that the ones you`ve posted probably make up about 80% of my total Kuwahara viewings.
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Old 11-08-09, 10:06 PM   #150
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This is my half completed conversion:



I need to change the fork, the fork shocks are starting to fade, the bars are too low and I want the capability of adding a low-rider rack on the front.

Debating about changing out the bars for a trekking style bar, if I could find a source for one here in Canada. Keep the same brake levers and shifters, get more positions....
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