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Old 04-02-22, 06:38 AM
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I think I posted an earlier pic of my 89 Diamondback Axis, but here it is again, up to date.

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Ok...here's my Austro Daimler Puch Vent Noir II from around 1981.

It came to me as a bare frame.

It's a great riding frame (Reynolds 531)...love it.
I really like the smoked chrome finish.

I mounted Soma Sparrow handlebars and a tall stem.

I installed a triple crank and drive train I had on hand plus platform pedals.

It's a quick riding, fairly light urban upright cruiser. Those are 700x36 tires.


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Old 04-02-22, 07:35 PM
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The Black Prince 2.0

I've got a few more additions to make, at which point I'll do a proper photoshoot. In the meantime, I present for your approval: The Black Prince 2.0

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Not much Fuji in this thread!!!

I submit, for your consideration, my recently acquired ~í91 Mt Fuji LTD. Near TOTL for that vintage. All Deore XT & Ritchey. Put in some serious time yesterday with the Phil grease, elbow grease, etc. Stem is a temp from the junk drawer, have a correct black Ritchey on the way. Need to snag a Shimano seat post QR (Anyone have one they can spare!?)

Considering tires & some Nitto bars - Albatross perhaps!?






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Old 04-17-22, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by drasp
Need to snag a Shimano seat post QR (Anyone have one they can spare!?)
I had a Fuji from the same year and the bike came with a similar looking seat post QR. It was longer than most, so you need to find a longer Shimano one, if yours is the same
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Originally Posted by katsup
I had a Fuji from the same year and the bike came with a similar looking seat post QR. It was longer than most, so you need to find a longer Shimano one, if yours is the same
Glad you mentioned that! Someone painted this one silver, and it didnít match the catalog pic, but it DOES match the QR Iíve seen on another Mt Fuji LTD. Maybe just need to strip & save this one.
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Originally Posted by drasp
Glad you mentioned that! Someone painted this one silver, and it didnít match the catalog pic, but it DOES match the QR Iíve seen on another Mt Fuji LTD. Maybe just need to strip & save this one.
Longer Shimano ones do exist, it just may be harder to find. The skewer I had on my Fuji looked the same as yours

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Relatively upright setup on my 91 SM800

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EnzoRWD I'm excited to see the final outcome of this. Which handlebars are you rocking in this photo??
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Here's another of my urban upright bar bikes.
I've had this Raleigh Marathon about 6 months now.

I think it's a 1985 or 1986 model.
I really didn't expect to hang on to it but it just rides so nice I don't want to let it go and being a straight gauge tubing frame I probably wouldn't get much for it.

I'll be switching out the handlebar for a more swept back style soon.

Currently I'm running 650b wheels and 42 wide Gravel King tires.



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Made some changes to my Panasonic:


Changed everything over to 9 speed (shifters, hubs, cassette, rear derailleur) and V-brakes. Much better! Also put the original stem back on for a more upright position - much better! And a front rack because I couldÖ both are marked Jim Blackburn so theyíre the older version. Itís interesting that the rear has slots for two struts but the front has only a single slot in the center, almost like it was made for the front.
Sorry fir the poor pic; Iíll get some better ones tomorrow.

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I did this with my 1993 Serotta.

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Took the front rack off because it looked too goofy. Wheels came from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse (XT disc hubs, 36 spokes for commuting/touring durability!), the bar is a Kalloy AL-030. I like this bar so much I have one on 3 other bikes. I have another bike with a Bontrager Satellite handlebar that Iím pretty sure is just a rebadged AL-030. So I guess you could say Iíve got 5 bikes with this barÖ

The bike originally came with some dismal SunTour 3x7 components but I built it up with full XT 7 speed for a while. After accumulating enough bits and bobs, itís now sporting a mishmash of Shimano 3x9 and a sweet SunTour XC Comp crankset. Shifts perfectly and rides really nice.
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^ Love those SunTour cranksets.
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Originally Posted by munkymack
I've got a few more additions to make, at which point I'll do a proper photoshoot. In the meantime, I present for your approval: The Black Prince 2.0

Somebody is very color coordinated. Where did you find the grips? I really like them.
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That Panasonic is very well executed. Attention to detail is spot-on. Nice build!
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake
Made some changes to my Panasonic:


Changed everything over to 9 speed (shifters, hubs, cassette, rear derailleur) and V-brakes. Much better! Also put the original stem back on for a more upright position - much better! And a front rack because I couldÖ both are marked Jim Blackburn so theyíre the older version. Itís interesting that the rear has slots for two struts but the front has only a single slot in the center, almost like it was made for the front.
Sorry fir the poor pic; Iíll get some better ones tomorrow.
Your Panasonic looks new and what nice upgrades.
Also it looks like you could load it up and tour anywhere.
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Somebody is very color coordinated. Where did you find the grips? I really like them.
Yeah, I'm really big on rolling with a color scheme. The grips are PNW Loam grips in the xl version. I have had the regular size ones in the past, and I like the fat ones just a little bit better.
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I finished up another rebuild from a bare frame yesterday.
It's a Bridgestone CB0 or CB Zip from 1990 I think.

I tried a different handlebar on this one.
(Senqi Bicycle Rise Cruiser Handlebar 25.4)
is how it was listed on Amazon.

Perhaps a bit of a knockoff of the Nitto Bosco bar Rivendell sells but not identical.

I like this bike.
Steering feels very nice and stable.
Those Rat Trap Pass tires from Rene Herse roll quickly and smooth out the bumps.



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Cool CB Zipp! I used those handlebars on a bike I built for a friend and he likes them a lot. I think they are narrower (and much cheaper) than the Bosco bars. Note that the CBzipp has a skinny 25.4mm top tube (if I remember correctly) so that makes it extra special!! My XO an MB have the standard 28.6mm top tubes.
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Originally Posted by retroshifter
Cool CB Zipp! I used those handlebars on a bike I built for a friend and he likes them a lot. I think they are narrower (and much cheaper) than the Bosco bars. Note that the CBzipp has a skinny 25.4mm top tube (if I remember correctly) so that makes it extra special!! My XO an MB have the standard 28.6mm top tubes.
Thank you retroshifter.

Found this brochure online which if I'm reading it correctly ( its a bit fuzzy)
it indicates both top and seat tubes are standard 1".

I guess that's part of why I get the feeling of a nice responsiveness while riding it.

I have a friend who loaded up his 1990 CB-Zip with racks, panniers and 60 pounds of camping/touring supplies and successfully rode from 25 miles south of Denver to Yellowstone National Park.

I'm a witness to this as I rode along with him, that is when he didn't leave me miles behind being a faster rider and then wait for me a the top of the mountain passes.

I was on my 1983 Specialized Expedition.



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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I finished up another rebuild from a bare frame yesterday.
It's a Bridgestone CB0 or CB Zip from 1990 I think.

... Those Rat Trap Pass tires from Rene Herse roll quickly and smooth out the bumps.
They are fairly amazing, aren't they?

Plus they add such a nice, somewhat traditional look to a bike.
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820
They are fairly amazing, aren't they?

Plus they add such a nice, somewhat traditional look to a bike.
I totally agree Clyde1820.

Mine are 4 or 5 or so years old and have the Compass label from before Jan Heine changed the name to Rene Herse.

I've used them on several different vintage mtbs I've converted to urban cruiser/ street bike/ gravel bikes.

When I first bought them I had a few flats but none from the last several years.

I would guess mine have a least 2/3rds of their life left in them as I don't put a ton of miles on any one bike. Last years just over 3000 miles were spread over about 8 bikes.

I didn't get the lightweight version.


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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake
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Took the front rack off because it looked too goofy.
Please tell me that's not a real snake in this pic!?!
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Nope. My wife painted a rock..... But you're not the first person to say that!
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