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Old 11-28-17, 05:13 AM
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Conversion for a friend.

[IMG]IMG_0786 by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug View Post
Lots of great conversions here!

This is an '85 Cimarron that was repainted by @fender1 a few years ago. Paint is starting to chip, so I'm considering a powdercoat or maybe that spray.bike stuff I see from time to time.



I swapped it out to drop bars a month ago, but that didn't last a day. The upright "cruiser" mode was just too much fun and comfortable for bumming around the neighborhood or running errands. Dynamo lighting and fenders makes this bike an option any time, day or night. I really feel like a 10 year old every time I hop on.
what saddle bag is that? love to have one.
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Thanks for the compliment. It was an old canvas tackle bag I bought which I modified with some scrap leather, a speedy stitcher and a wooden dowel. It's especially nice because it has a waterproof liner and a leather-covered flap.
I think the original brand was Eddie Bauer, but it was basically a knockoff of the more expensive Orvis tackle bags - something like this:




It was a fun project to learn to stitch on, and saved me a bit of money at the time, considering the Carradice, etc. alternatives.
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I had a friend who once said..."If you don't have more in components than you have in the frame....you're not doing it right!"
This.
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There are some great bikes being posted. Fun Stuff!

Here's a tall Peugeot mt bike from mid 80's I built up and rode a while.

My son liked it so it's now his.
I will point out it had an under the chainstay mounted rear brake as I've seen on a number of these mt bikes of this time frame.
From what I gather these type rear brakes did not get spec'd for long.

I did not care for it. My solution was a Tektro cruiser side pull caliper I found on ye old e bay.
It's been working well for our use of this bike.

He wanted a fat cruiser saddle so I hooked him up.
The saddle on it now is a tan one that goes with the colors much better, I think.
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As for components, I do love the extra-wide bullmoose bars for commuting. Also, I believe the bars I have are a little different than most bullmoose due to how much rise they have.
Any idea what brand/model those bars are? They look great!
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Kind of a bad picture of my 87 Kuwahara Shasta

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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Any idea what brand/model those bars are? They look great!
Thanks. Those are Sunlite Northroad Touring bars.
I have them on 3 bikes now.

I like that the rise on them is higher than the Nitto Albatross bar
which is a bar I also like. The taller rise works well for my old back.

Plus I like that they do not cost as much as the Nitto bars.

They come in aluminum alloy and steel versions. I have been going with the aluminum alloy version.
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Kind of a bad picture of my 87 Kuwahara Shasta
I really like your Kuwahara Shasta.

Nice set up!
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Originally Posted by cooperryder View Post
Thanks. Those are Sunlite Northroad Touring bars.
I have them on 3 bikes now.
I was referring to the Bullmoose- the ones with a lot of rise. Any idea what brand/model those are?
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
I was referring to the Bullmoose- the ones with a lot of rise. Any idea what brand/model those are?
As far as I can remember since I last installed them, the only markings on it are the words "Bullmoose" across the cross-bar section in the middle, and "Nitto" on the stem portion of the bars that is sunk below the headset. I can take them out and give them a look-see this weekend to make sure. Hopefully there's a number on them somewhere considering how many thousands of bullmoose bars Nitto made in the 80s...I bought the bars off a guy on craigslist, so there's no history to what bike these handlebars originally came on.
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Singlespeed yet, but getting gears very soon.

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I feel like my 84 High Sierra came from the factory ready for city riding.
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Enjoying a new accessory on my High Sierra, an old Wald basket I have had up in the sheds rafters.
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I think this one counts.

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I'm working on one right now for my mom. It started as a stock 1996 Mongoose Switchback, but I've changed nearly everything on it. Getting close to finished with it!

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(Re-post pic) This also belongs here...
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Some great looking bikes have been posted. Thanks.

Cool to see some with racks and baskets.
I run a lot of errands on that blue Rockhopper I posted with a rear rack and large Wald basket.
I use a good stretch net to keep stuff from bouncing out.

A few times I have even used it to haul 'new to me bikes' home after I bought them.

Most often it is used to carry groceries and library books.
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(Re-post pic) This also belongs here...
]Luan Pham[/url], on Flickr
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Nice looking Rockhopper.

Both front and rear bags you have on it are beautiful.

I have a two legged kickstand setting in my parts pile I need to install on my Rockhopper.
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Here's still another one I converted to upright bars.

It's an aluminum frame Trek 7000 from 1990.
On this one I gave a go at a rattle can paint job in that pumpkin orange.
It eventually scratched up enough and I stripped the paint off of it.

It was set up with a 1 x 7 drive train and Compass Rat Trap Pass tires at the time.

It sits as a project to be done in the near future and built back up, possibly with no paint, just polished aluminum.
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Lugged 950 to cruiser mode:



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I guess this Cimarron fits.

As purchased:


Finished minus racks/bags:
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Also this is a mid 80's Peugeot mtb I built up and rode for about a year and then passed on to my son.
I've just found this thread, and I'm really enjoying it.
@cooperryder - we have the same idea with the same model bike. Here's my Pug Orient Express in its current configuration:



The tires are Kenda Kiniptions, and very comfy to ride on.



Rack and basket are Portland Design Works; they turn this into a nice utility bike.



The trunk bag is an Ironweed Dolliver, and it is very handy indeed.

Here's a shot of the drivetrain:


Shimano Deore with the old-style thumb shifters.

I can ride this bike all day long. It's not fast, but it will climb any hill I've come across and smooth out the bumps along the way.


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Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
Lugged 950 to cruiser mode:
You painted over the sour grape, I have been looking for a 950/970 in that color.
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Here is my black '92 Trek 950. However, I plan to put the original bars back on this weekend. The north road were just temporary so I could ride while I heal from an injury.
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@toavii - I never get tired of seeing your beautiful frosty blue Cimarron on these threads!

It seems like mid 80's Schwinns are pretty well represented here so I'll add my '85 Cimarron. I swapped the hi-riser bars it came with for trekking and it has become more of a joy to ride.



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