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Old 12-12-23, 08:05 AM
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NICE Rockhopper mjj1015. That's dressed up to the nines. Did you have any problems seeding the tires on the wheels? I have the same tires on my Hard Rock but having a helluva time getting them to fit the rims properly.
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Schwinn Moab. i ride it on the beach. if there is a dirt clod on the road, i'll ride over that as well. fearlessly. possibly also double wide baby strollers, smartcars, and rich people from new york who are buying up my town, and the 100 decibel yipper dog downstairs. and the lawn guys who run that noisy ass leaf blower for hours on end to look like they are busy. also the liberty bibberty guy who is trying to replace doug and the emu. by then i'll be tired of riding over everything and will go home for a beer and to hide from the police who seem to have a problem with me running over things...





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Old 12-12-23, 04:56 PM
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My latest CL purchase and current commuter: 1982 Univega Alpina Sport. It's an interesting evolutional step between BMX and MTB, or ATB to be true to the era.


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^^^^^ "Compact" double front gearing, 25 years before they came up with a buzzword for it.
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Drawing much inspiration from this outstanding retro-mod, mjj1015. Exceptionally well done!
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Old 12-18-23, 07:38 PM
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The green tires really make this bike!

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Schwinn Moab. i ride it on the beach. if there is a dirt clod on the road, i'll ride over that as well. fearlessly. possibly also double wide baby strollers, smartcars, and rich people from new york who are buying up my town, and the 100 decibel yipper dog downstairs. and the lawn guys who run that noisy ass leaf blower for hours on end to look like they are busy. also the liberty bibberty guy who is trying to replace doug and the emu. by then i'll be tired of riding over everything and will go home for a beer and to hide from the police who seem to have a problem with me running over things...



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Old 12-20-23, 09:31 PM
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Trek 970

Just picked this up! 100 dolla made me holla

Bars/stem, wheels, fork, brakes levers and thumb shifters are not original 😑. Paint is rough too but maybe saveable... perhaps this was not that great of a deal in hindsight
First 970 I saw in a while and it was super close, I got excited lol. It being rough and mostly not original, I'm more inclined to be playful with the build...
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Old 12-21-23, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by RALEIGH_COMP
Just picked this up! 100 dolla made me holla

Bars/stem, wheels, fork, brakes levers and thumb shifters are not original 😑. Paint is rough too but maybe saveable... perhaps this was not that great of a deal in hindsight
First 970 I saw in a while and it was super close, I got excited lol. It being rough and mostly not original, I'm more inclined to be playful with the build...
Iíd be very happy with the deal, even if I ended up repainting it! To me, the appeal of these bikes is that they are such great platforms for playful and creative builds. Iíd be OK if someone had already started down that path and passed along a set of good components to start my own keep/replace process with, even if they arenít all original. I look forward to seeing what you do.
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Old 12-21-23, 12:34 PM
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Seeing that Trek 970 reminds me of a missed opportunity on my part. Has someone already started a post called regrets for the year? If not, this is one of those. The Trek 830 below, listed for $120, original owner and looked in great shape was mine, but I pulled out last minute feeling I didn't have the space for another bike. Regrets for sure. Love the colour scheme on this bike and it would have made a great mtn. bike conversion.

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Old 12-21-23, 01:22 PM
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Thank you

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Iíd be very happy with the deal, even if I ended up repainting it! To me, the appeal of these bikes is that they are such great platforms for playful and creative builds. Iíd be OK if someone had already started down that path and passed along a set of good components to start my own keep/replace process with, even if they arenít all original. I look forward to seeing what you do.
Thanks for the words of comfort! I was definitely having similar thoughts when talking myself into buying it . I will have to start a different thread on this build and see what fun suggestions people come up with.
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Old 12-23-23, 12:59 PM
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Never regretted this one.



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Old 12-23-23, 02:23 PM
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Merlin, owned by my MIL that we acquired and I fixed up for my kid. She's since outgrown it, as the frame is a wee thing.
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Old 12-23-23, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by RALEIGH_COMP
Just picked this up! 100 dolla made me holla

Bars/stem, wheels, fork, brakes levers and thumb shifters are not original 😑. Paint is rough too but maybe saveable... perhaps this was not that great of a deal in hindsight
First 970 I saw in a while and it was super close, I got excited lol. It being rough and mostly not original, I'm more inclined to be playful with the build...
Unless the frame is compromised and the components are shot, you got a deal! Those early 1990ís 970ís were mid-tier steel-framed bikes that indeed make great creative platforms. Iíd have paid $100 all day long for that bike, especially with that generation of Deore DX and the thumb shifters.

With a threadless fork setup you have lots of options. Try some lightly swept back bars (~15 deg) and use it as a double track dominator. Throw on a front rack/basket and turn it into a super-commuter. It also has single speed potential (with a tensioner).

I found a 950 on the street with blown out shifters/cables. I fixed the RD in a single gear, scavenged a thumb shifter for the FD and made it a 3-speed - perfect for around town.

Just donít leave it out in the rain.

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Old 12-23-23, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Rick_D
Merlin, owned by my MIL that we acquired and I fixed up for my kid. She's since outgrown it, as the frame is a wee thing.

one of my fav bikes

if I lived close by Ö not even close Ö
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Old 12-23-23, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by gthomson
Seeing that Trek 970 reminds me of a missed opportunity on my part. Has someone already started a post called regrets for the year? If not, this is one of those. The Trek 830 below, listed for $120, original owner and looked in great shape was mine, but I pulled out last minute feeling I didn't have the space for another bike. Regrets for sure. Love the colour scheme on this bike and it would have made a great mtn. bike conversion.

oh my that was a keeper

and especially because it is in great unmolested condition and still has the original rigid fork

I’m so far past the state of not having enough room for a another bike … or just about another anything … I make room … if I need to - I will break the bike down to be able to store it in a smaller space … (remove wheels, loosen stem so handlebar can be rotated)
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Old 12-24-23, 12:51 PM
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Not mine. Thought y'all should see this one.

1984 "Green Trees" Schwinn High Sierra Mountain Bike 23" Top Model Fir - $400 (St Paul)

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/r...700248647.html



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Old 12-24-23, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by t2p

Iím so far past the state of not having enough room for a another bike Ö or just about another anything Ö I make room Ö if I need to - I will break the bike down to be able to store it in a smaller space Ö (remove wheels, loosen stem so handlebar can be rotated)
I never thought of that. Will have to consider that for next time, thanks.
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Old 12-25-23, 01:32 PM
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Jazzy

$35
Havenít done anything to it yet besides air up the tires. Rides, shifts, stops fine. Frame is just just a tad tighter sized than I prefer.

PO had stem and seat cranked up waaay beyond a safe heightÖ but then also paid to have it tuned up and new koolstops put on.

Not sure what Iím going to with it



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Old 12-26-23, 04:32 AM
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That's really the type of bike I love !

Steel frame, cantilever brakes . . .

But I like to run them with fenders and a triple front.
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Originally Posted by chinitonorte
Fat Chance "Kicker" - 1985 (86?).
I really love the geometry of the MTB in the 80's !

I love the fork, very unusual one btw . . .

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Not mine. Thought y'all should see this one.

1984 "Green Trees" Schwinn High Sierra Mountain Bike 23" Top Model Fir - $400 (St Paul)

Love your bike ! The MTB of the 80's have the best geometry. The fork is gorgeous !
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I took the '83 Schwinn Sierra on a cruise downtown to do some errands. All about that Forgotten Coast aesthetic.
What an interesting frame ! Can we see a more close-up picture of it ?
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Mid '80s MBK Tracker, the french Klunker !

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As found unrestored and in fairly rough shape, but these older Cimarrons are getting hard to find. 1987 model here.
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Old 12-30-23, 08:57 PM
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^^^^^ I wouldn't change a hair, right down to the pie plate.
might consider new tires, those look original. 1986 was a long time ago.
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