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Old 05-15-19, 03:01 PM
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This began as a Trek 730 Multitrack, now it's something else. I'm going to need to address the crank, but it's riding really well and my wife loves it.



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Old 05-15-19, 06:57 PM
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The rack held up great. It was cumbersome when I had to stand to climb an extended hill, but as long as I did not throw the bike sideways I was fine. The wood dividers rattled a lot and I am going to have to figure out a bungie system to hold it still.
I use one of those cargo nets with my Wald basket. I removed the back set of hooks and zip-tied the net to the basket, so I just unhook the front and sides and fold it back over the handlebars when loading.
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Old 05-16-19, 10:23 AM
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I used a wine box on the back of my Jeunet for a while and while the look was perfect everything else about it was lame. I even went so far as to line the inside floor with soft material to keep the noise down. To me the basket wins for practical reasons and has a pretty good aesthetic anyway. A cute box is just a bit too, um, cute sometimes anyway.

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I swapped out my porteur wine box for a Wald basket to see which I like better. The wood box acted like an acoustic amplifier for the road noise! The rack is more aerodynamic, lighter and my wife says looks nicer. But now I need to get a bag to carry stuff in the rack.

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Old 05-17-19, 12:20 PM
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A friend had a front derailleur he was not using, so I added it to my bike even though I did not think I would need it. Works great.
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Old 05-19-19, 12:08 AM
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1983 StumpJumper Sport

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I've been working on piecing this build together for a while, and here's the first iteration.
Still have some details and bits to change/refine, but it rides great as is.
I'm not sold on the Velo-Orange Porteur rack yet. I have the bag that goes with it, and it holds a ton of stuff which is great, but It throws the weight pretty far forward and makes the handling a little headstrong when I have it loaded with a camera and other bits.
I'm also not sold on the Paul Neo retro/touring canti's (I think I have a half set of each) a buddy gave them to me and I thought it'd be fun for this build to have a component that's a little fancier than what I normally go for, but they don't feel quite as good as some of the other setups I've put on my bikes in the past, but I'll see how they do after the pads and rims break in a little. The VO 60mm fenders work really well with the maxxis DTH 2.15's, despite the fact that the tire is 2mm larger than the largest recommended compatible size. This is my first time using the DTH tires and so far I'm really diggin them.
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Old 05-19-19, 06:03 PM
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I've been working on piecing this build together for a while, and here's the first iteration
Can't decide which is better; this build or the photos of this build...
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Old 05-19-19, 06:27 PM
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Can't decide which is better; this build or the photos of this build...
HA! Thank you!
It was a hazy overcast afternoon, and I found a great parking garage that was part of an old apartment complex that I was biking through. It was a nice deep space so getting it to turn into an abyss was a snap.
I use to take photos for a living, but it's been a little while, so it's nice to know I still got it
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Originally Posted by Matadors View Post
I swapped out my porteur wine box for a Wald basket to see which I like better. The wood box acted like an acoustic amplifier for the road noise!
I have a hard time passing up alternatives to baskets because it's really nice to switch things up once in a while; but when it comes down to the function I still haven't found anything that I like more than a good old wald basket as far as versatility, adaptability, and comfort.
I've been on the lookout for a good wooden box for a number of years, just to have around for the right build when it comes up. I'd never even thought about the sound factor though! Definitely glad to know about that now. With that in mind it might be time to call off my box search.
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Old 05-20-19, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari View Post
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I've been working on piecing this build together for a while, and here's the first iteration.
Still have some details and bits to change/refine, but it rides great as is.
I'm not sold on the Velo-Orange Porteur rack yet. I have the bag that goes with it, and it holds a ton of stuff which is great, but It throws the weight pretty far forward and makes the handling a little headstrong when I have it loaded with a camera and other bits.
I'm also not sold on the Paul Neo retro/touring canti's (I think I have a half set of each) a buddy gave them to me and I thought it'd be fun for this build to have a component that's a little fancier than what I normally go for, but they don't feel quite as good as some of the other setups I've put on my bikes in the past, but I'll see how they do after the pads and rims break in a little. The VO 60mm fenders work really well with the maxxis DTH 2.15's, despite the fact that the tire is 2mm larger than the largest recommended compatible size. This is my first time using the DTH tires and so far I'm really diggin them.


Very nice build! I used that same model porteur rack on an old Rockhopper 1 x 10 conversion that I renamed "Curbhopper". But I didn't use it as much as I thought I would, mainly because of the reasons you have identified, so it got traded for something else.

Still, if I had to rely on bicycles only for transportation, a rig like this would be very useful to have in the stable. Please keep us posted as this project evolves.
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Very nice build! I used that same model porteur rack on an old Rockhopper 1 x 10 conversion that I renamed "Curbhopper". But I didn't use it as much as I thought I would, mainly because of the reasons you have identified, so it got traded for something else.

Still, if I had to rely on bicycles only for transportation, a rig like this would be very useful to have in the stable. Please keep us posted as this project evolves.
Thank you!
What did you end up putting on Curbhopper after you ditched the porteur rack?
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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari View Post
Thank you!
What did you end up putting on Curbhopper after you ditched the porteur rack?


Actually, I traded her in after I finished building her into a very unique utility/cargo bike. Here's the only photo I have with her fully built:



1 x 10 Shimano Deore drivetrain, the heavily-shellacked baskets had varnished pine slats laid into the bottom like a pickup truck bed. The bike ended up weighing about as much as a pickup truck, too. But I used it for a couple Farmer's Market runs, and it worked OK for that.
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I have one bike that I'll probably put a wine box on, it's just too French to resist. I'll leave a small pack in it all the time however, and stuff will go in there. Should eliminate the rattle.

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I have a hard time passing up alternatives to baskets because it's really nice to switch things up once in a while; but when it comes down to the function I still haven't found anything that I like more than a good old wald basket as far as versatility, adaptability, and comfort.
I've been on the lookout for a good wooden box for a number of years, just to have around for the right build when it comes up. I'd never even thought about the sound factor though! Definitely glad to know about that now. With that in mind it might be time to call off my box search.
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Old 05-22-19, 04:52 AM
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I started with a 32 pound '94 MTB with a frozen suspension fork. New lightweight pedals, a carbon seatpost and seat, 1 1/2 inch Panaracer messenger tires and a $16 CroMoly rigid fork transformed it into a 26 pound curb hopper (including the Pletscher) that will take the worst that Atlanta's crumbling infrastructure can throw at it. I made the mistake of taking my Cannondale crit racer into town last week...never again!
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I've been following this thread for some time and as we speak I'm rebuilding a 1994 Trek 850 Mt. Track into a commuter/school-daycare drop-off/occasional trail riding combo. Not sure if im going for drop bars or an upright combo. To be continued!
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