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Old 02-08-12, 10:56 AM   #1
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Anything wrong with this set up?

I built this up for a 3 day - 180 mile road tour. Some hills, but nothing extreme. I had set up another MTB, but couldn't get the panniers far enough back to not hit my heels. This bike has two more inches of chainstay to play with.

I have a lighting system to be installed and the grips were not on for the picture.

It is now 7 speed - 12-28 with a 48-39-28 chainrings. I upgraded to an XT v-brake and put more modern wheels/tires on. It now sits with 26 x 1.5 semi-slicks.

I'll be carrying around 30lbs of gear. Is there anything wrong with this set up that would make the riding portion of the trip unnecessarily uncomfortable?


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Old 02-08-12, 11:06 AM   #2
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nice bike. setup should work fine, though the back end may be a bit heavy.
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Old 02-08-12, 11:06 AM   #3
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I'm not a veteran tourer, but if you don't hit too many hills and/or you've got powerful legs then 28/28 should be fine for a granny gear.
If it fits you well, I don't imagine you'll have problems.

Although, you might want fenders if there's any chance it'll rain over those three days.

That bike looks awesome! All shiny and silver. Droool.
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Do not leave that bike unattended! Might have to walk home.
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Old 02-08-12, 11:20 AM   #5
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I built this up for a 3 day - 180 mile road tour. Some hills, but nothing extreme. I had set up another MTB, but couldn't get the panniers far enough back to not hit my heels. This bike has two more inches of chainstay to play with.

I have a lighting system to be installed and the grips were not on for the picture.

It is now 7 speed - 12-28 with a 48-39-28 chainrings. I upgraded to an XT v-brake and put more modern wheels/tires on. It now sits with 26 x 1.5 semi-slicks.

I'll be carrying around 30lbs of gear. Is there anything wrong with this set up that would make the riding portion of the trip unnecessarily uncomfortable?


It really is a good looking set-up and a great way to re-purpose that Ross. Kudos to you
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Old 02-08-12, 11:23 AM   #6
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Looks great, love the front fork on that bike. If you've put some miles on the saddle and you both are comfortable with each other you should be good to go. Its three days, take your time and enjoy. Are you staying in motels/hotels or camping? Don't see any camping gear, but staying in a nice bed in a hotel with let you recover each night more so then camping if you have issues.

I like lower gearing, but sometimes you just got to go with what you brought to the dance. If you hit a really big hill, just walk it and enjoy. No need for fenders really, even if you hit rain. You are going to get wet, don't worry about it. Have a great trip, let us know how it goes,
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Old 02-08-12, 11:48 AM   #7
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I remember selling those, love those forks. My preference would be to cut the bars 1" shorter on either side and add grips then tape the bar ends. Then add a Jandd bullmoose handlebar pack. Someday consider downsizing the rear panniers and adding a roll/compression handlebar pack under the bullmoose bars. Basically when you start thinking of filling those big Ortliebs move some weight forward.

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Old 02-08-12, 12:08 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies.

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Are you staying in motels/hotels or camping? Don't see any camping gear, but staying in a nice bed in a hotel with let you recover each night more so then camping if you have issues.

Have a great trip, let us know how it goes,
I have everything but the tent loaded. I'll be strapping it down in between the panniers. I do a lot of backpacking, so most of my gear is lightweight. I'll post after the trip, but won't be for another month or so.


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My preference would be to cut the bars 1" shorter on either side and add grips then tape the bar ends. Then add a Jandd bullmoose handlebar pack. Someday consider downsizing the rear panniers and adding a roll/compression handlebar pack under the bullmoose bars. Basically when you start thinking of filling those big Ortliebs move some weight forward.

http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMBHP

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/inde...=3&ProductID=9

Add grips to the bar ends? Guess I'll have to browse the web a little.

The Jandd pack is cool. Could pull double duty as an airbag.
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Old 02-08-12, 12:15 PM   #9
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Looks sweet. Like a few others, I would prefer lower gearing, but if it works for you then go for it. I have 24/28 which is fine for me, but 1:1 would have been trouble on some of the routes I've toured.

As for the bar ends, when I had those I had rubber grips, then two layers of tape over that. Your hands will thank you.
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Old 02-08-12, 12:24 PM   #10
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Glad I posted here. I have another crankset with 24-36-46 I'll install.
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Very pretty bike. Looks nice except the gearing is probably kind of high if it is hilly where you are touring.

The position would not be comfortable at all for me with the bars that high. If they are as high as they look I'd want them almost a foot lower, but if it works for you that is all that matters.
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I put the same mtn bike grips on the bar ends as the bar. Mine I extended but I have also pushed them on around the corner and they worked good. Gearing you won’t know until you hit a tough hill. If you stand and climb you will be ok most likely. Sitting and spinning up a grade is what has most liking the super low gears.

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Nice, love chrome bikes! Is that a Sugino RT triple? I think those were 50-44-28 stock.
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Old 02-08-12, 01:29 PM   #14
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Nice, love chrome bikes! Is that a Sugino RT triple? I think those were 50-44-28 stock.
Thanks, it's an '84 Ross Mt Hood. The crank is a Sakae CR.
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Id be careful where you leave it. Looks like a thief magnet,but its a beauty.
Im curious what brand and model if it says, of shifters are those you have on it? I have a identical pair which i found in a box full of junk but no writing left on, or too faded to read.
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blilrat, Ross mountain bikes were in my opinion very well made and certainly will do well in it's new role.

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Thanks for all the compliments on the bike. I love the chrome - wasn't sure if the love was shared.

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Id be careful where you leave it. Looks like a thief magnet,but its a beauty.
Im curious what brand and model if it says, of shifters are those you have on it? I have a identical pair which i found in a box full of junk but no writing left on, or too faded to read.
Shimano SL-MT50 - One level below the deerhead model that become XT.

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Did you shift the hooks on the pannier to the front of the adjustment slot?
that will move the bags back some more.

+1 on the need or a good lock and cable, to secure the bike onto something solid

Long one if camping and using a tree to lock onto.
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Add grips to the bar ends? Guess I'll have to browse the web a little.

The Jandd pack is cool. Could pull double duty as an airbag.
grips or this stuff http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=64437 it's a very nice wrap

the Jandd pack is a perfect place to put accessible items, camera, light windbreaker, energy bars. Those bullmoose bars are perfect for that bag.
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Fenders will keep the bike and you clean. Where did you get the angled chainrings? I'm looking for some 46 tooth outer rings for SR and Sugino cranks.
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I would use fenders. You might have enough room for a water bottle cage behind the seat tube if you can find the straps that they used to use before braze ons for bottle cages became prevalent.

Mixing a V brake front and cantilever rear, do the front and rear brakes take the same amount of pressure for even braking or not?
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Did you shift the hooks on the pannier to the front of the adjustment slot?
that will move the bags back some more.
On the other bike, yes - still clipped the panniers with my heel every once in a while. I have inches to spare on the Ross with the same hook set up.

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Where did you get the angled chainrings? I'm looking for some 46 tooth outer rings for SR and Sugino cranks.
The 46T chainring is on another crankset - Shimano. I was going to swap the whole crankset out.

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Mixing a V brake front and cantilever rear, do the front and rear brakes take the same amount of pressure for even braking or not?
I had to play with the set up a little,, but they are very close. The XT V-brake is very user friendly and I'm using an XTR brake lever that is equally easy to set up. I use the front more anyway and there is no comparison the 27 yr old cantilevers that were on there.
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Get a set of Wald fenders they are strong enough to keep your paniers out of the spokes.
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That is a beautiful bike !!

One problem is the bike is so good looking, and special, I would worry about leaving it somewhere. I don't take my best bikes to a place where I am going to lock up the bike and leave it alone. I take a good riding bike that does not look so good.
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