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    Senior Member Medic Zero's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DVC45 View Post
    I never get a chance to actually go on a tour on mine.
    For those who had, how do these conversions perform fully loaded? Do they get shimmy?
    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.

    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.
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    ISO: 22" GT Rebound frame, year 2000 model

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    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.

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    Senior Member Medic Zero's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
    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.

    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.
    ISO: 22" GT Rebound frame, year 2000 model

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    Here is my 1984 Peugeot Urban Express I converted for commuting. Rides wonderfully.

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    Last edited by jusgroovin; 07-17-14 at 08:34 AM.

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    I have an Urban Express that I use for commuting and it rides like a dream.
    I also have a Canyon Express that is awesome mountain bike.
    I believe Canyon Express was the top of the line and the Urban Express was the 2nd followed by the Orient Express.
    Love my Peugeots'.

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    1980's/pre 1995 Fuji Mt. Fuji

    1980's KHS

    1980's/1990's Diamondback

    1980's 1990's Nishiki Colorado or?

    1980's/ 1990's Specialized Hard Rock (don't know if the higher models have the braze-on's for racks and fenders)

    Those are the ones I am familiar with.

    Basically any with braze-on's for racks and fenders would be suitable.
    "Whenever I see an adult riding a bicycle, I know there is hope for mankind." (H. G. Wells)

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