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Old 07-16-21, 02:30 PM
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I'm considering swapping the parts from this over to the frame of this 1999 GT Outpost that I found listed on CL for $100. Before I pull the trigger, I'd love to know if people have thoughts on the build quality / ride quality of the GT vs the HardRock.
Personally, I would stick with the Hard Rock. I like the sleaker steel tubing rather than the oversized aluminum tubing on the GT.

Unless there's really something you like about the GT, I don't think you'd get your money's worth out of the GT.
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Originally Posted by munkymack

I'm considering swapping the parts from this over to the frame of this 1999 GT Outpost that I found listed on CL for $100. Before I pull the trigger, I'd love to know if people have thoughts on the build quality / ride quality of the GT vs the HardRock.
I agree with thorstein, for what it's worth; stick with the steel.
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Originally Posted by thorstein
Personally, I would stick with the Hard Rock. I like the sleaker steel tubing rather than the oversized aluminum tubing on the GT.

Unless there's really something you like about the GT, I don't think you'd get your money's worth out of the GT.
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I agree with thorstein, for what it's worth; stick with the steel.
Good to know. I just love the look of the GT. May be worth keeping my eye out for a steel-framed triple triangle instead.
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Originally Posted by munkymack
Good to know. I just love the look of the GT. May be worth keeping my eye out for a steel-framed triple triangle instead.
Of course, there's no rule against having two bikes. Ask anyone around here.
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I like the look of the Hardrock. The GT proportionally doesn’t look right to me but whichever feels best and speaks to you personally would be the correct one to choose.
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1991 Trek 990 that I知 slowly dialing in before I strip and paint/powder coat.







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Nice. What color(s) do you have in mind? And what bag is that under your saddle?
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Nice. What color(s) do you have in mind? And what bag is that under your saddle?
I知 not quite sure yet. I think I知 leaning towards a moss green or a sky blue.

The bag is an old military surplus bag. I made a few buckled leather straps to match my Gilles Berthoud bag, which I used to attach the bag to the seat rails.
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Originally Posted by Lbxpdx
I知 not quite sure yet. I think I知 leaning towards a moss green or a sky blue.

The bag is an old military surplus bag. I made a few buckled leather straps to match my Gilles Berthoud bag, which I used to attach the bag to the seat rails.
I vote moss green! Right now, it almost has a desert sort of feel, except for the fork. Make sure and show us when it's finished, it's going to look great!
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Here's my new ride, The Black Prince.

Man, this thing looks super slick! Nice work!
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This is my old MTB with new upright bar ready to be used on the streets (at least if there is enough light and no rain :-) ).
I've noted that now that the riding position is more erect, the saddle is not as comfortable as before.
I'm probably going to change it with a city bike saddle with springs.


My early 90's mtb with new upper handlebar
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Nice!

What tires?

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Nice!

What tires?

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They are sold here https://www.decathlon.it/p/copertone...5/_/R-p-101300 (but I do not know if they sell in the USA too)
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1993 Wheeler 6600 Comp-Line Street Conversion

I recently horse-traded for this bike with a friend of mine. It's in pristine condition, must have been sitting somewhere for a very long time. Here is the photo from the CL ad:



This riding position was a bit too extreme for my liking, so I converted it with a SOMA Mustache II handlebar and proper Deore XT thumb-shifters with separate Pro Max brake levers:



The riding position isn't exactly what I would call "upright", but it certainly fits the "Urban Bike" category of this thread.



I posted a more detailed technical description of my mods over on the Vintage MTB thread, so I won't bore you with it here. Suffice to say it was quite a challenge, as the fork steerer was some kind of hybrid threaded/threadless 1-inch O.D. thing that I have never seen nor even heard of before. It took some creativity to come up with a solution for that. As they taught us in the Corps: "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome".

The ride is incredible; comfortable enough while still retaining the original razor-sharp handling. I really like the Mustache handlebar. And of course the Deore LX/XT drivetrain is flawless. I'll be commuting a lot on this bike. Although it's not my prettiest, it is definitely my sportiest ride at the moment. I'll post it again when I have some better photos to show you.
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I recently horse-traded for this bike with a friend of mine. It's in pristine condition ... The ride is incredible; comfortable enough while still retaining the original razor-sharp handling.
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Have never seen one, before. From specs out there it looks like it's a lugged Tange tube set with a triple-butted Tange fork. Probably does ride pretty well.

Looks pretty nice.
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820
Have never seen one, before. From specs out there it looks like it's a lugged Tange tube set with a triple-butted Tange fork. Probably does ride pretty well.

Looks pretty nice.
Thanks, [MENTION=374984]Clyde1820[/MENTION]. Yeah, it rides pretty well. But in this configuration it seems to constantly be goading me to ride faster-faster-faster! I probably needed a bike like this. I can't take my Bianchi out on our pot-holed roads without worrying I'll flat or bend a rim. Gotta stick to trails with that one. So I guess this is my fast City-Racer now. I'll need to build up my core muscles to give my wrists a break!

Here's another shot I took during a break today. Double G&T on the patio of the Fireside Lounge in West St. Paul:



Excellent bike, excellent weather... awesome day. Stay away from your TVs folks. Do this instead.
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1996 Stumpjumper M2 FS. Prior owner raced and rode this hard in Moab and throughout the PNW. Living it’s 2nd life in the ‘burbs. Glad to own and maintain this awesome bike!

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Noice! What handlebars are those?

(And why do we refer to one bar in the plural? I've always wondered...)
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Originally Posted by Korina
Noice! What handlebars are those?

(And why do we refer to one bar in the plural? I've always wondered...)
Thanks! Ergotec Cruiser
And I guess because it has two handles? English is weird sometimes!
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And I guess because it has two handles? English is weird sometimes!
Ah. German. They look nice.

It could be like pants and scissors; at some point in history they were two separate items.

'English doesn't borrow from other languages, English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.' ~ I forget
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After reading through this thread I have decided that Velo Orange Milan is what I want for my trek 850. But everywhere I look says they are out of stock.
Are they out of business or just hard to get?
Any good substitutes? Sunlite North Roads seem to have a bit more sweep than I want.
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Originally Posted by djj7
After reading through this thread I have decided that Velo Orange Milan is what I want for my trek 850. But everywhere I look says they are out of stock.
Are they out of business or just hard to get?
Any good substitutes? Sunlite North Roads seem to have a bit more sweep than I want.
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Originally Posted by Korina
Ah. German. They look nice.

It could be like pants and scissors; at some point in history they were two separate items.

'English doesn't borrow from other languages, English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.' ~ I forget
It's because "handlesbar" just doesn't sound right.

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Originally Posted by djj7
After reading through this thread I have decided that Velo Orange Milan is what I want for my trek 850. But everywhere I look says they are out of stock.
Are they out of business or just hard to get?
Any good substitutes? Sunlite North Roads seem to have a bit more sweep than I want.
They're not out of business, it's the same supply chain issues that have been affecting everyone.
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