Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Vintage MTB To Upright Bar / Urban Bike Conversions

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Vintage MTB To Upright Bar / Urban Bike Conversions

Old 07-16-21, 02:30 PM
  #801  
thorstein
Junior Member
 
thorstein's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 165

Bikes: 1969 Raleigh Twenty, 1975 Raleigh DL-1, 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport, 1989 Schwinn Voyageur

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Liked 67 Times in 37 Posts
Originally Posted by munkymack View Post
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.
thorstein is offline  
Old 07-16-21, 03:29 PM
  #802  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 3,283

Bikes: 1984 Araya MB 261, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 1993 Hard Rock Ultra, 1994 Trek Multitrack 750, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 700 Posts
Originally Posted by munkymack View Post

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.
Korina is offline  
Old 07-16-21, 03:34 PM
  #803  
munkymack
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 47

Bikes: Ross Centaur - Pink & White | Surly Pacer - Gravel Conversion | The Black Prince - Vintage Hard Rock upright | Specialized Carbon Frankenroadie

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 12 Posts
Originally Posted by thorstein View Post
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.
Originally Posted by Korina View Post
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.
munkymack is offline  
Old 07-16-21, 03:47 PM
  #804  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 3,283

Bikes: 1984 Araya MB 261, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 1993 Hard Rock Ultra, 1994 Trek Multitrack 750, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 700 Posts
Originally Posted by munkymack View Post
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.
Korina is offline  
Likes For Korina:
Old 07-16-21, 05:16 PM
  #805  
victorm
Full Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 369

Bikes: 91 Ritchey Ultra, 1992 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1990 Klein Rascal, 97 Trek OCLV9700, 90 Minnelli Eclipse, 95 Marin Bear Valley SE, 1991 Breezer Lightning Flash 1991 Diamondback Axis

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 73 Post(s)
Liked 386 Times in 166 Posts
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.
victorm is offline  
Old 07-31-21, 05:00 PM
  #806  
Lbxpdx
Full Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Portland
Posts: 325
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 143 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 237 Times in 87 Posts
1991 Trek 990 that I知 slowly dialing in before I strip and paint/powder coat.







Last edited by Lbxpdx; 07-31-21 at 05:19 PM.
Lbxpdx is offline  
Likes For Lbxpdx:
Old 07-31-21, 05:08 PM
  #807  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 3,283

Bikes: 1984 Araya MB 261, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 1993 Hard Rock Ultra, 1994 Trek Multitrack 750, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 700 Posts
Originally Posted by Lbxpdx View Post
1991 Trek 990 that I知 slowly dialing in before I strip and paint/powder coat.



Nice. What color(s) do you have in mind? And what bag is that under your saddle?
Korina is offline  
Old 07-31-21, 05:22 PM
  #808  
Lbxpdx
Full Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Portland
Posts: 325
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 143 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 237 Times in 87 Posts
Originally Posted by Korina View Post
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.
Lbxpdx is offline  
Old 07-31-21, 05:39 PM
  #809  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 3,283

Bikes: 1984 Araya MB 261, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 1993 Hard Rock Ultra, 1994 Trek Multitrack 750, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 700 Posts
Originally Posted by Lbxpdx View Post
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!
Korina is offline  
Old 08-15-21, 08:40 PM
  #810  
BicycleSafari
Safari Master
 
BicycleSafari's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Earth
Posts: 54

Bikes: 84 Ross Mt.Whitney - 84 Specialized Stump Jumper - 84 Nishiki Kodiak - 86 Specialized Rockhopper - 86 Cannondal SM-600 with 24" wheels - + more project frames than I'd care to admit to

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Liked 47 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by munkymack View Post
Here's my new ride, The Black Prince.

Man, this thing looks super slick! Nice work!
BicycleSafari is offline  
Likes For BicycleSafari:
Old 08-30-21, 01:48 PM
  #811  
Xwang
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2021
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
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
Xwang is offline  
Old 08-30-21, 04:43 PM
  #812  
eom 
Eccentric Old Man
 
eom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: BelleVegas, IL
Posts: 795

Bikes: 1986 Trek 520 Cirrus, 1979 Schwinn Traveler III, Trek T100, 1995 Trek 970, Fuji America

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 245 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 161 Times in 82 Posts
Nice!

What tires?

Thanks
__________________
"If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time I doubt your eyes would be above it"
Gravity痴 Gone by Drive-By Truckers/Mike Cooley
eom is offline  
Old 08-31-21, 12:06 AM
  #813  
Xwang
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2021
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Originally Posted by eom View Post
Nice!

What tires?

Thanks
These ones:



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)
Xwang is offline  
Old 09-11-21, 09:58 AM
  #814  
DQRider 
Old Boy
 
DQRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,314

Bikes: Mostly 1st-generation, top-of-the-line, non-unicrown MTBs/ATBs: All 1984 models: Dawes Ranger, Peugeot Canyon Express, Ross Mt. Whitney (chrome), Schwinn High Sierra, and a 1983 Trek 850.

Mentioned: 131 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 954 Post(s)
Liked 1,474 Times in 552 Posts
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.
*
*
__________________

Roulez pour la joie, jamais pour la douleur.


USMC 1981-1991 Semper Fi!
DQRider is offline  
Likes For DQRider:
Old 09-11-21, 01:37 PM
  #815  
Clyde1820
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 1,788

Bikes: 1996 Trek 970 ZX 2x11

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 570 Post(s)
Liked 481 Times in 365 Posts
Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
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.
*
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.
Clyde1820 is offline  
Old 09-11-21, 01:47 PM
  #816  
DQRider 
Old Boy
 
DQRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,314

Bikes: Mostly 1st-generation, top-of-the-line, non-unicrown MTBs/ATBs: All 1984 models: Dawes Ranger, Peugeot Canyon Express, Ross Mt. Whitney (chrome), Schwinn High Sierra, and a 1983 Trek 850.

Mentioned: 131 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 954 Post(s)
Liked 1,474 Times in 552 Posts
Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
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, @Clyde1820. 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.
>
>
__________________

Roulez pour la joie, jamais pour la douleur.


USMC 1981-1991 Semper Fi!
DQRider is offline  
Likes For DQRider:
Old 09-11-21, 11:38 PM
  #817  
Wilbur76
Full Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: California
Posts: 211

Bikes: 2020 Lynskey GR300, 1987 Diamondback Ascent, 1991 Skykomish Marble Point, 1994 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, 1996 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1992 GT Karakoram

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)
Liked 220 Times in 84 Posts
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!

Fairdale MX-6 bars, Sunday stem and 1x8 hollowtech 2 conversion.



Wilbur76 is offline  
Likes For Wilbur76:
Old 09-22-21, 12:18 PM
  #818  
vp1337
Junior Member
 
vp1337's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Rotterdam
Posts: 133
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked 106 Times in 31 Posts
My Minerva Starlite:

vp1337 is offline  
Likes For vp1337:
Old 09-22-21, 01:13 PM
  #819  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 3,283

Bikes: 1984 Araya MB 261, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 1993 Hard Rock Ultra, 1994 Trek Multitrack 750, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 700 Posts
Originally Posted by vp1337 View Post
My Minerva Starlite:
Noice! What handlebars are those?

(And why do we refer to one bar in the plural? I've always wondered...)
Korina is offline  
Old 09-22-21, 01:34 PM
  #820  
vp1337
Junior Member
 
vp1337's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Rotterdam
Posts: 133
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked 106 Times in 31 Posts
Originally Posted by Korina View Post
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!
vp1337 is offline  
Old 09-22-21, 04:01 PM
  #821  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 3,283

Bikes: 1984 Araya MB 261, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 1993 Hard Rock Ultra, 1994 Trek Multitrack 750, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 700 Posts
Originally Posted by vp1337 View Post
Thanks! Ergotec Cruiser
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
Korina is offline  
Likes For Korina:
Old 09-29-21, 01:35 PM
  #822  
djj7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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.
djj7 is offline  
Old 09-29-21, 01:45 PM
  #823  
eom 
Eccentric Old Man
 
eom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: BelleVegas, IL
Posts: 795

Bikes: 1986 Trek 520 Cirrus, 1979 Schwinn Traveler III, Trek T100, 1995 Trek 970, Fuji America

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 245 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 161 Times in 82 Posts
Originally Posted by djj7 View Post
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.
Welcome to Bike Forums!

Have you looked at https://whatbars.com
__________________
"If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time I doubt your eyes would be above it"
Gravity痴 Gone by Drive-By Truckers/Mike Cooley
eom is offline  
Old 09-29-21, 01:48 PM
  #824  
DQRider 
Old Boy
 
DQRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,314

Bikes: Mostly 1st-generation, top-of-the-line, non-unicrown MTBs/ATBs: All 1984 models: Dawes Ranger, Peugeot Canyon Express, Ross Mt. Whitney (chrome), Schwinn High Sierra, and a 1983 Trek 850.

Mentioned: 131 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 954 Post(s)
Liked 1,474 Times in 552 Posts
Originally Posted by Korina View Post
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.

Right?
*
*
__________________

Roulez pour la joie, jamais pour la douleur.


USMC 1981-1991 Semper Fi!
DQRider is offline  
Old 09-29-21, 02:06 PM
  #825  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 3,283

Bikes: 1984 Araya MB 261, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 1993 Hard Rock Ultra, 1994 Trek Multitrack 750, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 700 Posts
Originally Posted by djj7 View Post
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.
Korina is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.