My conversion performs great! My '88 GT Timberline is rock solid. Sometimes shimmy depends on the racks too. So far I've been using a Jannd Expedition rear rack and a Old Man Mountain, Cold Springs model front rack. I went with the Jannd Expedition for a rear rack, because I've got fairly big feet, and although the chainstays are fairly long, they aren't quite as long as some later purpose-built tourers so I was getting a touch of heel-strike. The Jandd Expedition sets the panniers a bit further than many other racks.
Originally Posted by DVC45
Since my converted MTB-tourer is still stuck mid-overhaul, last summer I went on a few short bed & breakfast tours with my girlfriend and used my commuter, a 1993 GT Outpost. Not an ideal touring bike, but I've got a Nitto Big Front rack on it (I use a large saddlebag on the rear), and it was nice and solid too.
Never toured, but my 85 Peugeot Canyon Express has hauled plenty of groceries and junk and stuff with nary an ill effect. In fact, it seems to stabilize with a load on the front wheel.
Using Blackburn mtn racks with a combination of old Nashbar, Lone Peak, or Overland Equipment bags.
I experience the same phenomenon with both my '93 GT Outpost and with my '88 GT Timberline.
Originally Posted by Smokinapankake
I'm now looking for another 84 - 89 mountain bike frame to convert for my girlfriends next tourer. She hates her ~2011 Novara Safari. Would welcome any new make/model additions to this great thread.
Here is my 1984 Peugeot Urban Express I converted for commuting. Rides wonderfully.