I have decided that it's time for new life to the old Haro MTB. Bought this bike new from the bicycle hanger in Missoula in the early 90's. It was such an ugly a** orange that they couldn't sell it to anyone but a tight a** like me that didn't care about color just price. So it has serve me well since then and I have recently gotten the bug to build a touring bike on a budget (maybe) and this is my donor. Plans are to upgrade the rapid fire Altus shifters and components to Deore thumb shifters and derailers. New saddle, paint, fenders, racks, panniers, and tires. And try to keep it all under $300. So we'll keep track and see. So far I have score some parts:
NIB Brooks B17 saddle for $40 off of CL. Guy threw in an xtra long Nitto head stem when I got there. Deore LX thumb shifters and derailers--eBay $40. Nashbar waterproof panniers on sale now $71 shipping included for both front and rear.
So I'm at $151 sbout 1/2 way to my limit (ugh!!!) I'm not gonna make it I think. I just found a few chipped teeth on my middle chain ring so there's some more money for a crank set.
So I need some recommendations on tires. I have 26x1.95 Tioga City Slickers on it now. Is this to wide? If so how skinny should I go?
Any recomendations on a cost effective BB? I figured I'd replace it while it's apart but it doesn't seem bad at all. Do I just clean it up and reinstall or replace for piece of mind on the road?
But I'll start off with some pics of the ugly beast. Let the fun begin!