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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I finished up a project myself last week ,a 1990 Trek 7000.

I stripped the paint some time back and finally got around to repainting and rebuilding it.
Looks like a Surly LHT! Sweet bike.
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I finished up a project myself last week ,a 1990 Trek 7000.

I stripped the paint some time back and finally got around to repainting and rebuilding it.

That looks fantastic. Any impression yet on the Maxxis tires?
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Originally Posted by due ruote

That looks fantastic. Any impression yet on the Maxxis tires?
Thank you.

I like the DTH tires.
As I recall the weight is right around 550 grams each and they are a foldable tire
for what that's worth.

They roll well and I don't think I have ever flatted on them as of yet.

They also come in a tan sidewall.

I've ridden them on gravel b4 and they held up well.

However on another vintage Trek mt bike, a 950, I have the Rat Trap Pass tires and these Maxxis do not measure up to them.

The Rat Traps make a noticeable difference on a bike.
They are definitely a step or 3 above in my view.

The Maxxis are good tires. I think they are also a good value and work well for me and saved me money over the another set of Rat Traps which I cannot justify buying for all 4 of my vintage 26 inchers.
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
Thank you.

I like the DTH tires.
As I recall the weight is right around 550 grams each and they are a foldable tire
for what that's worth.

They roll well and I don't think I have ever flatted on them as of yet.

They also come in a tan sidewall.

I've ridden them on gravel b4 and they held up well.

However on another vintage Trek mt bike, a 950, I have the Rat Trap Pass tires and these Maxxis do not measure up to them.

The Rat Traps make a noticeable difference on a bike.
They are definitely a step or 3 above in my view.

The Maxxis are good tires. I think they are also a good value and work well for me and saved me money over the another set of Rat Traps which I cannot justify buying for all 4 of my vintage 26 inchers.
Thanks. Pretty much in line with what I thought. I prefer black walls on my Stumpjumper and afaik the RTP’s only come in gumwall. Also I am not sure I want to put that much into this bike. DTH seems like a decent middle ground between those and the Schwalbe Big Apples I have on there now (which I like OK, but they are heavy - around 930 iirc).
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Originally Posted by due ruote

Thanks. Pretty much in line with what I thought. I prefer black walls on my Stumpjumper and afaik the RTP’s only come in gumwall. Also I am not sure I want to put that much into this bike. DTH seems like a decent middle ground between those and the Schwalbe Big Apples I have on there now (which I like OK, but they are heavy - around 930 iirc).
Another pair of 26 x 2.15 tires I have
are the Tioga Power Blocks.

They are also foldable tires and weigh about the same as the Maxxis DTH around 550 grams each.

I really can't tell a lot of difference between the Power Blocks and DTH in my riding.

For me they are a toss up, nice rolling , not excessively heavy and fairly flat resistant
and a pretty good value for the money.

I looked around quite a bit for 26" tires
in about that size of 26 x 2.15
that were no more than about 550 grams and that's the two best I came up with.

I would definitely be interested to know of others if someone cares to share.

I understand the DTH also comes in a fatter size like around 26 x 2.35.
By the way in case anyone is wondering
DTH stands for "Drop the Hammer "
which I no longer attempt.
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
Another pair of 26 x 2.15 tires I have
are the Tioga Power Blocks.

They are also foldable tires and weigh about the same as the Maxxis DTH around 550 grams each.

I really can't tell a lot of difference between the Power Blocks and DTH in my riding.

For me they are a toss up, nice rolling , not excessively heavy and fairly flat resistant
and a pretty good value for the money.

I looked around quite a bit for 26" tires
in about that size of 26 x 2.15
that were no more than about 550 grams and that's the two best I came up with.

I would definitely be interested to know of others if someone cares to share.

I understand the DTH also comes in a fatter size like around 26 x 2.35.
By the way in case anyone is wondering
DTH stands for "Drop the Hammer "
which I no longer attempt.

Tioga Power Blocks are great!
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New build for me - Schwinn High Sierra. 1.75 Paselas, Velo Orange Tourist bars and a good helping of shellac. I'm very impressed with the overall quality even knowing the High Sierra was a higher-end MTB back in the day. First ride ended up being a 40mi loop - it's goooood.

The 4130 frame is light, sealed bearing high flange hubs roll like butter and I like the roller cam brakes so far.





Sweet build! I've never thought to put bar wrap on the rest of the bar like that, makes perfect sense, on my bikes with similar bars I'll grab onto those lower areas from time to time on longer rides. Definitely diggin the basket on front rack action, that's a great way to go. Also nice to hear you're liking the frame. I see them pop up on my local Craig's List from time to time, but I haven't heard much about them till now. Roller cams are awesome! Super crazy design, but awesome. I have some on a goofy little trick bike I put together a while ago. https://thebicyclesafaris.com/logbook/2018/3/7/remedial-tricks Also if you're looking for the "Third Hand Tool" suntour had to help adjust these brakes you can find them at bikestash.com under tools. The folks that run that site are great.
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I finished up a project myself last week ,a 1990 Trek 7000.

I stripped the paint some time back and finally got around to repainting and rebuilding it.

Great color choice on your paint there! You got a super nice, well balanced, sleek build here. I'm really diggin it. Thanks for giving out the 411 on your DTH experience. I've been eyeballing them for my next build for quite a while now. I have a friend with a great bike that he runs RTP's on. They're clearly unbeatable comfort wise, but he gets flats pretty regularly. Wanted to ask what your experience with them has been like.
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Originally Posted by due ruote

Thanks. Pretty much in line with what I thought. I prefer black walls on my Stumpjumper and afaik the RTP’s only come in gumwall. Also I am not sure I want to put that much into this bike.
I saw on the Compass \ Rene Herse website that they offer the Rat Trap Pass tire in black on the Extra Light version.

I went with the Standard version.
Currently the listed price is $68 vs $86.

The listed weight is 454 grams vs 418 grams. (36 g difference )

I also really try to watch the budget on builds like this and it was an indulgence for me to get the pair of standard Rat Traps for $68 each which was a stretch for my budget .

I have enjoyed riding them so the extra dough outlay was worth it to me on this occasion but I cannot justify the cost on every build.
I'm not sure I could even tell the difference in a 36 gram weight savings between the Standard and Extra Light versions at my slow speeds?

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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari
I have a friend with a great bike that he runs RTP's on. They're clearly unbeatable comfort wise, but he gets flats pretty regularly. Wanted to ask what your experience with them has been like.
Thank you BicycleSafari .

Flats have been fairly rare on my Rat Traps.

The first couple hundred miles I had 3 or 4 flats on them.
I run tubes and for a while used the 'not cheap' Schwalbe tubes.

Two of the flats were tube seam separation
so were the fault of a Schwalbe manufacturing defect.

So overall I haven't had all that many flats on mine over about two years of use.

I've run them on several different bikes and guesstimate I gave between 1200 to 1500 miles on the pair so far.
They look to be wearing well and have many miles left in them.

I ride mostly on city streets.

With me flats seem to be mysterious things to pin down. I may go over a year with none and then have 3 or 4 in fairly rapid succession. This is spread over 5 or 6 rideable bikes.

​​​My current strategy is to carefully try to access the cause of the flats,
carefully repair and remount the tire/tube
and keep an eye out for glass in the streets.

Broken glass seems to be the most often cause of flats for me as so many thoughtless dimwits seem to enjoy throwing their bottles on the streets.

With my Rat Traps I have been fairly lucky.

I have been reading many seem to have success minimizing flats by going tubeless with a good sealant .

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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari
Great color choice on your paint there! You got a super nice, well balanced, sleek build here. I'm really diggin it. Thanks for giving out the 411 on your DTH experience. I've been eyeballing them for my next build for quite a while now. I have a friend with a great bike that he runs RTP's on. They're clearly unbeatable comfort wise, but he gets flats pretty regularly. Wanted to ask what your experience with them has been like.
Another way to reduce flats (if you're not going tubeless) is to just run lower pressures than usual. I never go about 40 PSI; most of the time it's at 30 PSI or less. 90% of my riding is on city streets, and I've yet to get a flat.
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I've built a bike for my mom:



Not very upright I know, but it isn't aggressive either.
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug
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.
Wanted to ask if those DTH's you're running are the 2.15 or 2.3 size, and what fenders you are pairing with them. Your setup here looks really good, and a great shade of green to boot!
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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari
Wanted to ask if those DTH's you're running are the 2.15 or 2.3 size, and what fenders you are pairing with them. Your setup here looks really good, and a great shade of green to boot!
Thanks! These were the 2.15 size, and I'm using the Velo Orange 26" fender. Clearances were a little tighter than I'd like on both front and back, but no issues since installation.
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Originally Posted by vp1337
I've built a bike for my mom:



Not very upright I know, but it isn't aggressive either.
Looks great - you are a good son!
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Looks great - you are a good son!
Haha thanks!
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I have enjoyed looking through all the posts and admiring the work you all have done. As a neebie it would be nice if more people would list all the parts they used on their bikes. It would help me and may be others by considering options available. I know some things like saddles are personal, but it would be nice have the name and model to check out, especially with so many choices. Also, websites that you recommend for purchasing parts along with Amazon. Again, thanks for the ideas.
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I have enjoyed looking through all the posts and admiring the work you all have done. As a neebie it would be nice if more people would list all the parts they used on their bikes. It would help me and may be others by considering options available. I know some things like saddles are personal, but it would be nice have the name and model to check out, especially with so many choices. Also, websites that you recommend for purchasing parts along with Amazon. Again, thanks for the ideas.

I consider myself a noob as well, and I find it much more helpful on this forum when you ask direct questions. Reply to a particular post, ask about stuff you are curious about. This crowd is always ready with pretty good opinions and answers when asked.
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I have enjoyed looking through all the posts and admiring the work you all have done. As a neebie it would be nice if more people would list all the parts they used on their bikes. It would help me and may be others by considering options available. I know some things like saddles are personal, but it would be nice have the name and model to check out, especially with so many choices. Also, websites that you recommend for purchasing parts along with Amazon. Again, thanks for the ideas.
Universal cycles for selection and research, Bike Tires Direct for deals. And of course epay for all of those too.
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Originally Posted by belacqua
Cool 820 Trek!

Love the fenders and generator hub and black color theme,
a very versatile machine!

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Maybe not "upright" bars but I feel like it kinda qualifies. Maybe more "adventure/ trekking" style I suppose. I'm in the middle of putting an early stumpy together though, will post once I get it rolling.
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Maybe not "upright" bars but I feel like it kinda qualifies. Maybe more "adventure/ trekking" style I suppose. I'm in the middle of putting an early stumpy together though, will post once I get it rolling.
Now that's one of the coolest bike photos I've seen in a while.

Nicely done photo and Rockhopper.

Two super black beauty bikes in a row.
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Velo orange Klunker bars
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Velo orange Klunker bars
Nice! I was considering those for my early stumpy build, how are you liking them? Can we get a side shot? I was debating on what stem to pair with it.....
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