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Old 08-15-20, 07:56 AM
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1988 HK II with VO bar: Just shipped to Cantonment Florida (near Pensacola) storage during new home construction. Don

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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari
How has your experience with the RTP's been? I've heard that they are a little more prone to flats so I've been running Maxxis DTH tires on all my bikes, but I'm still super curious about the RTP.
A really stellar bike you've built up here!
I haven't flatted yet but I only have 275 miles of mostly road, sidewalks, paths, with a little gravel. On my rims, they were a bear to mount. Now that they have stretched some, I hope that I don't have to pump them up to 100 psi to get them to seat properly. (not tubeless). It is a fun bike. Thanks.
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Noice!

Originally Posted by BicycleSafari
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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.

That is one gorgeous bike! Everything works really well together.

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1987 Bianchi MTB (model unknown). If anyone can identify the model, Iíd love to know.




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Done prepping and priming the frame. Next will be wet sand before colour.

So clean
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Originally Posted by bOsscO
Done prepping and priming the frame. Next will be wet sand before colour.
Is that your '93 Mongoose IBOC frame?
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820
Is that your '93 Mongoose IBOC frame?
Yup. After the old paint was off I was able to check all the joints and welds to make sure the frame is ok to ride.
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Originally Posted by blackbomber
1987 Bianchi MTB (model unknown). If anyone can identify the model, Iíd love to know.
What does it say on the top tube?
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Benotto!

Just finished putting together this sweet Benotto for my partner! Nothing special about it other than it's cool to see a Benotto MTB. Parts bin special: Bullmooses from my High Sierra, Peugot Stronglight cranks (38t), NOS ProCompe 6spd freewheel, Suntour XC Sport derailleur, and awesome San Marco Lady Anotomica saddle = excellence! Rolling on some 2.3 K-Rads.





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Here's my 89 Diamondback Axis XT. I've been overhauling and converting. The rims and hubs are mismatched and non-orig.



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Originally Posted by FujiSam
Just finished putting together this sweet Benotto for my partner! Nothing special about it other than it's cool to see a Benotto MTB. Parts bin special: Bullmooses from my High Sierra, Peugot Stronglight cranks (38t), NOS ProCompe 6spd freewheel, Suntour XC Sport derailleur, and awesome Selle Royale Lady Anotomica saddle = excellence! Rolling on some 2.3 K-Rads.




How do the K-Rads run on pavement? I've been so close to buying them a number of times
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Originally Posted by arty dave
How do the K-Rads run on pavement? I've been so close to buying them a number of times
They're awesome! I've used them on a couple other bikes. Very smooth rolling, no vibration at all, and great grip. I like them because I can ride them both on the street and trails with no issues-- truly a good all-around tire, especially for the price!
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Iím spending more time on my Alpina Comp these days. Itís perfect for chasing my kids as they feel out their training wheels. When time comes to return to the office, this will be my main commuter, likely with a front basket.


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Originally Posted by Korina
What does it say on the top tube?
Nothing which would assist with identity - I put it there :-). Itís related to my business.
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Originally Posted by arty dave
How do the K-Rads run on pavement? I've been so close to buying them a number of times
I've been running K-Rads for years and love 'em,. Roll smooth on the road with enough tread that you don't fear for your life if you see some sand or leaves up ahead.
Good on hard pack, too. Not so good in loose stuff, but of course.
I think it originated as a BMX tread pattern.
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Originally Posted by noobinsf
Iím spending more time on my Alpina Comp these days. Itís perfect for chasing my kids as they feel out their training wheels. When time comes to return to the office, this will be my main commuter, likely with a front basket.


Are you also running K-Rads? I'm thinking about getting either the Maxxis DTH's or Schwalbe 'Billy Bonkers' but would consider the K-Rads.
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Originally Posted by bOsscO
Are you also running K-Rads? I'm thinking about getting either the Maxxis DTH's or Schwalbe 'Billy Bonkers' but would consider the K-Rads.
No, these are Small Block 8's (SB8). I was looking for a cheap matching set and these popped up on Craigslist, so I have them for now. In my limited experience with them, they're fine for my needs. I have only used them on pavement so far, and they roll fine, but I am trying to get up to the Nimitz trail one of these weekends and go past the paved part.
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Originally Posted by blackbomber
Nothing which would assist with identity - I put it there :-). It’s related to my business.
In that case, Bianchigirll would be the one to help ID your Bianchi.

ETA: Correct Bianchigirll.

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I picked up an 87 Diamond Back Arrival recently. I'm almost finished sprucing up. Hopefully I'll hit my post threshold soon so I can post pictures.
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820
Putting a mid-90s vintage Trek 970 into shape as an upright "town" bike. Correcting some old issues, replacing some old/damaged parts.

Looking forward to it, when complete. Still awaiting some parts and having a wheelset built up, so it's not done yet. Will hopefully post pics, after completion. Not exactly a "weight weenie" build, but it should work well for my purposes.

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  • Frame -- Trek 970 ZX, OCX III triple-butted steel, 1996 vintage; original paint, still in moderately decent condition
  • Fork -- Surly Troll, chromoly steel, 420mm axle-to-crown, uncut (for now) 310mm steerer
  • Headset -- FSA Orbit MX 1-1/8"
  • Bottom Bracket -- Chris King ThreadFit 24 (shop installing)
  • Crank set -- Shimano Deore XT FC-M8000-2 2x11spd, 34/24T, 165mm arms (shop installing)
  • Derailleur, front -- MicroShift XLE 11 FD-M622-B, 2x11spd
  • Derailleur, rear -- MicroShift XLE 11 RD-M665L, 11spd
  • Cassette -- MicroShift XLE 11 CS-H113 11spd, 11-46T, 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36-40-46T
  • Shifters -- MicroShift SL-M11 11spd "thumbies"
  • Cables/housing -- JagWire Mountain Pro brake, JagWire Pro shift
  • Brakes -- Shimano Deore LX M565 (vintage) cantilever; debating ultimately going to Paul Touring cantis, though these existing brakes still work well
  • Brake pads -- Kool Stop, all-weather (salmon)
  • Wheels -- Velocity Cliffhanger 26 36H, White Ind. MI-5 hubs, DT Swiss, 4-cross lacing, ReneHerse RTP 26x2.3"; a heavier set, but with lighter tires
  • Stem -- (for now) Trek's System2 MTB stem
  • Handlebars -- (for now) unbranded riser/swept bars, 5" rise, 9" pull-back, 600mm width
  • Seat post -- Cirrus Kinekt (formerly "BodyFloat") suspended post
  • Saddle -- Brooks B67 Aged
  • > Low gearing @ 80rpm, 13.8 gear-inches low (~3mph), 80 gear-inches high (~19mph). Fine, for my intended use, handling of hilly routes.

Last built-up a bike back in the early 1970s. So, it has been awhile, beyond a few parts swaps since then. Just going slow, on the repair stand, a couple parts at a time. Awaiting the wheelset to be finished from the custom shop. And, awaiting the derailleurs from MicroShift, but the shipment's not due to arrive on-shore (USA) until mid-September. So, several more weeks yet.
Well, all the parts are in except the derailleurs, shifters, cassette, chain. Still awaiting arrival on-shore (USA) of the MicroShift components. Should be able to get started within the week. After final fitting and a bit of riding, perhaps a change in the stem might be in order, depending on the riding position. We'll see.

I can say, though, that the frame/crank/BB/headset is darned light. Can lift it easily with the pinkie finger sticking straight out. Noticeably heavier with the Troll fork. I'll have to think about weighing each part, though (with the exception of the custom wheelset) I've got the factory-spec weights for everything. Hopefully it'll end up under 29lbs, though I'm skeptical (given the weight of the fork, wheelset, saddle).

The repair stand's been eye-ballin' me for the past few weeks. I know just what it's thinking, looking at me like that.

Finally got a digital camera, as well, so I'll be taking a few photos.

Done soon ... just in time for the autumn rainy season. Figures. Wouldn't be 2020 otherwise.

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Primer, paint, modified vinyl decals, and clearcoat are finished. Now it's off to my LBS for a new Cane Creek 40 headset.

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bOsscO , well that's downright beautiful, right there. Great shade of purple.
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A personal best for me. Built it up from a frame and fork donated to the Bike Exchange. I have been dying to get a hold of some Fat Franks for a build and the other day , lo and behold, there were 2 pair in the rack at the shop. The pedals had been in a drawer for a while. I think they are perfect here.
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Photos: Trek 970 build as upright city bike

Originally Posted by Clyde1820
Putting a mid-90s vintage Trek 970 into shape as an upright "town" bike. Correcting some old issues, replacing some old/damaged parts.

Looking forward to it, when complete. Still awaiting some parts and having a wheelset built up, so it's not done yet. Will hopefully post pics, after completion. Not exactly a "weight weenie" build, but it should work well for my purposes.

Components:
  • Frame -- Trek 970 ZX, OCX III triple-butted steel, 1996 vintage; original paint, still in moderately decent condition
  • Fork -- Surly Troll, chromoly steel, 420mm axle-to-crown, uncut (for now) 310mm steerer
  • Headset -- FSA Orbit MX 1-1/8"
  • Bottom Bracket -- Chris King ThreadFit 24 (shop installing)
  • Crank set -- Shimano Deore XT FC-M8000-2 2x11spd, 34/24T, 165mm arms (shop installing)
  • Derailleur, front -- MicroShift XLE 11 FD-M622-B, 2x11spd
  • Derailleur, rear -- MicroShift XLE 11 RD-M665L, 11spd
  • Cassette -- MicroShift XLE 11 CS-H113 11spd, 11-46T, 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36-40-46T
  • Shifters -- MicroShift SL-M11 11spd "thumbies"
  • Cables/housing -- JagWire Mountain Pro brake, JagWire Pro shift
  • Brakes -- Shimano Deore LX M565 (vintage) cantilever; debating ultimately going to Paul Touring cantis, though these existing brakes still work well
  • Brake pads -- Kool Stop, all-weather (salmon)
  • Wheels -- Velocity Cliffhanger 26 36H, White Ind. MI-5 hubs, DT Swiss, 4-cross lacing, ReneHerse RTP 26x2.3"; a heavier set, but with lighter tires
  • Stem -- (for now) Trek's System2 MTB stem
  • Handlebars -- (for now) unbranded riser/swept bars, 5" rise, 9" pull-back, 600mm width
  • Seat post -- Cirrus Kinekt (formerly "BodyFloat") suspended post
  • Saddle -- Brooks B67 Aged
  • > Low gearing @ 80rpm, 13.8 gear-inches low (~3mph), 80 gear-inches high (~19mph). Fine, for my intended use, handling of hilly routes.

Last built-up a bike back in the early 1970s. So, it has been awhile, beyond a few parts swaps since then. Just going slow, on the repair stand, a couple parts at a time. Awaiting the wheelset to be finished from the custom shop. And, awaiting the derailleurs from MicroShift, but the shipment's not due to arrive on-shore (USA) until mid-September. So, several more weeks yet.
Not quite done, yet, and there are the derailleur/shifter parts to get ordered once they're available, but ...

Here are a few photos of the bike, so far.

Will likely need to lop off an inch of the seatpost, as it's currently bottomed-out yet is too tall for me. Will need to order a PitLock seatpost collar to fit this seat tube (which I'd incorrectly measured; my bad). Will be ordering cable hangers front and rear (would like the Paul Funkey Monkey, but we'll see). And, still waiting for QBP to report to the shops that they've got the MicroShift front and rear derailleurs available for ordering. Possibly, to eventually have rain fenders; haven't decided yet.

Intended as my daily rider, around town and for longer (for me, <30mi) rides.


Photos of the bike, as of today. Wish the cranks, seatpost, saddle's frame, and fork could have been available in silver, but that was not to be. Otherwise, I like how it's turning out so far.



^ 1996 Trek 970 ZX frame, OXIII triple-butted steel. Will ultimately have MicroShift FD-M622-B 2x11spd front derailleur, MicroShift RD-M665L rear derailleur, MicroShift CS-H113 11-46T cassette, and MicroShift SL-M11 2x11 "thumbies" shifters. Brakes are the original Shimano Deore LX front and rear, with LX levers. Frame completely taken down, degreased, scrubbed and waxed.




^ Uncut steerer tube and unbranded riser bars, FSA Orbit MX headset, Shimano Deore brake levers, and (currently) the old 3x8spd "thumbies" shifters. Currently retaining the original System2 stem, but that might change depending on riding position adjustments.




^ Chris King "ThreadFit" bottom bracket, with Shimano Deore XT M8000 2x11spd crank in 34/24T and 165mm arms.




^ Kinekt seat post with Brooks B67 Aged saddle.




^ Surly Troll fork, with uncut steerer. (Likely to remain uncut, given the riding position and my tall torso.)




^ Custom wheelset -- Built up by John at R&E Cycles in Seattle, WA. Velocity CliffHanger 26 rims, polished, with DT Swiss Champion 14g spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples, White Industries MI5 hubs, and ReneHerse Rat Trap Pass 26x2.3in tires. Engraved, inside the rims, by the R&E builder. Dang, but these are beautiful in person.




^ White Industries MI5 9x100mm front hub, with PitLock security skewer.




^ White Industries MI5 10x135mm rear hub, with PitLock security skewer. Shimano 11sp carrier.

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Great work Clyde! Other than the giant steerer (strictly my opinion and I understand why you want/need it) she's a beaut.
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