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Old 12-24-23, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I like how it rides and how the raw finish looks.

It's the 3rd time I've built up a bike with a raw finish.

I found you can minimize rust by spraying the frame and fork thoroughly with wd-40 every 6 weeks or so.

​​​If I decide I really want to keep it I might have it powdercoated but then again that raw finish is it's cool I think.
There's a thread around here somewhere about using tung oil; the real thing, mind, and it worked amazingly well. Ah! Found it.
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Enjoyed one last ride on my Schwinn Cimarron I rebuilt a couple months ago before the frigid temps hit for 4 or more days.

Of course our North Central Texas temps will not be as cold as many of you folks from more northern climes.

I pray safety and warmth for all.

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I did it again.

Well,
I may need to search for don't acquire any more bikes 12 step program if there is such a thing.

About 10 days ago I saw this vintage Bridgestone for sale about 2 miles from me.

Best I can tell it's either a 1971 or a 1981 model going by the serial number format shown in the Bridgestone thread on this forum and the 1 on my serial number is evidently the year of manufacture.

The model name is Diamond.
Evidently it was an overseas model, probably Japanese.

It has no braze-ons for bottle cages, DT cable stops, bottom bracket cable guides, or a chainstay cable stop so all that is remedied by clamp on bosses, stops and guides.

The pale yellow paint was in very rough shape so I did the paint strip thing again and now have a second bike with no paint.

Anyone recognize those lugs?

It's another nice riding bike not too different from the previously posted Schwinn LeTour with bare paint.
Now which one to keep?





I've not seen a Bridgestone head badge like this before.






Side by side before and after.
Quite a change!




I'll be ordering some TT cable guides and taking off the zip ties.

Fortunately I had everything in my parts bins to build it up.

More before pics in next post.

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Old 02-07-24, 01:54 PM
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Before paint stripping on the above Bridgestone.










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@cooperryder, you might have better luck in the "drop bar to upright bar" thread or the Bridgestone thread. That doesn't look like a mtb. Very cool, though; love that headbadge.
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Originally Posted by Korina
@cooperryder, you might have better luck in the "drop bar to upright bar" thread or the Bridgestone thread. That doesn't look like a mtb. Very cool, though; love that headbadge.
Your right, it's definitely not a mtb. It's more of a sport touring frame from the 1975 to 1980 era.

I did post it on the Bridgestone thread.

Even though I originally started this thread for vintage mt bikes somewhere around midway it was opened to other vintage upright bar conversions , mountain, hybrid , road or whatever.

I think it's terrific to take a vintage bike of whatever style and convert it to a bike that's super comfortable and fun to ride.

In my case a taller stem, upright bars and quality tires fit the bill.

So folks feel free to post your hybrid, Sport tourer, road or whatever vintage bike you've converted to upright bars , etc to make it comfortable and fun to ride again.

​I love seeing these old bikes getting a new life and not going to the landfill.
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Originally Posted by gladhandbart
Hi, everyone, Iím new to this forum. After I get 10 posts, I will share my collection / fleet! Does anyone have certain bars they prefer? Iíve seen a number of VO and Soma bars in here, but there are so many options that itís difficult to know where to start.
bars......I found they go instep with stems. trying to figure your final hand position ( most comfortable) then try your best to configure your cockpit to get there. one problem I had was I started trying new bars and then found others and that rabbit hole opened. then a new ride and then bars again. never ending for awhile. then there wasn't "one" bar fits all. one bar was great on one bike while another was great on the other and so on. then bars turned into cables and housings since they almost always were too short.... shifters sometimes came into play if your moving them from the down tube to the bars... so bars, stems, cables, shifters, then grips...the ergonomic ones are great...

but bikes are good fun and exercise. some say easier on fuel but if your riding a lot then so does the hunger so more meals and snacks, but no need to preach to this peanut gallery. we've all been there. 😁
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Here's a rebuild from this summer. I wasn't sure if the threadless headset disqualified it from this thread; best I can tell it's a 2002 Marin Madrone Trail, 20" (seems like it was an overseas specific model that made its way back here). The brushed aluminum frame is what caught my attention when it popped up locally. Built as kind of an ATB rather than a super practical bike but I love the ride.



great looking bike. I have a collina liberta lx that looks alot like this one. can't find much about it online. it was a bike from Spain sometime in the late 80's or 90's. works great, that's all that counts. curious what bars your build hbuilders are always of interest 😁
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Originally Posted by ocsawdust
great looking bike. I have a collina liberta lx that looks alot like this one. can't find much about it online. it was a bike from Spain sometime in the late 80's or 90's. works great, that's all that counts. curious what bars your build hbuilders are always of interest 😁
Handlebars are Ron's Ortho bars from Crust - unfortunately on perpetual back order with over a year between stock shipments. The Orthos are very similar to 65cm Rivendell Toscos - just a touch wider and with a bit more rise.

Another (inexpensive) bar that is very close to the Ortho (and Tosco) is the Wald 896. I mocked up my build using these and was very happy with them, though the price difference is apparent in the finish and weight.
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Originally Posted by dphilips
Handlebars are Ron's Ortho bars from Crust - unfortunately on perpetual back order with over a year between stock shipments. The Orthos are very similar to 65cm Rivendell Toscos - just a touch wider and with a bit more rise.

Another (inexpensive) bar that is very close to the Ortho (and Tosco) is the Wald 896. I mocked up my build using these and was very happy with them, though the price difference is apparent in the finish and weight.
It reminds me a bit of Velo-Orange's Tourist Bar, my favorite, or the wider Granola Bar.
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Originally Posted by dphilips
Handlebars are Ron's Ortho bars from Crust - unfortunately on perpetual back order with over a year between stock shipments. The Orthos are very similar to 65cm Rivendell Toscos - just a touch wider and with a bit more rise.

Another (inexpensive) bar that is very close to the Ortho (and Tosco) is the Wald 896. I mocked up my build using these and was very happy with them, though the price difference is apparent in the finish and weight.
That is a terrific looking bike.

Bars I go to often for my builds are the Sunlite North road. They come in a steel version for $25 or so and an aluminum alloy version for around $45.

They are somewhat similar to a Nitto Albatross bar but with more rise which I personally like.

I like the Albatross too but with multiple bikes the more economical NorthRoad fits my budget builds.

I have a Velo Orange Tourist bar on one bike and it's very good as well. Last I looked on the VO site they were out of stock.

Sunlite Northroad Touring Aluminum Handlebar

  • North road style
  • Clamp Size: 25.4mm
  • Width/Length: 21"
  • Rise/Reach: 3.5"
  • Color: Silver
  • Finish: Polished
  • Type: Touring
  • Material :Aluminum

Sunlite B0010VZFJO
Color: Silver
Material: Aluminum
Bar Clamp Diameter: 25.4 mm
Bar Rise: 3.5 mm

Sunlite Northroad Touring Aluminum Handlebar

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One more alternative to the Ortho bars is the Moth bar by Magic components - lots of width and sweep. Also wanted to plug Whatbars.com as a really helpful summary resource
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How's it going upright bars riders?

I enjoyed a good ride yesterday on my refurbished 36 year old vintage Schwinn Cimarron.

I recommend these 26x2.20 Continental Contact Urban tires.

Roll great and great cush for bumpy streets.



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Once it warms up a bit, I'll be pulling the grandkid around on the trailer bike.
I use my converted 89 Axis XT for that fun.


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