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Old 05-25-24, 07:56 AM
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The first mountain bike I have ever purchased . . . and it's not for me. 1995 (I think) Trek 850 for my nephew as his college bike at UC Davis (with terrain about as flat as it gets - the only "climbs" within 20+ miles are freeway overpasses). It's in great shape, with the only issue being that it won't shift up to the big chainring, which I think is just an adjustment issue. Even if I can't make that shift work, the middle 'ring will suit him just fine. He is not a bike guy, but this is the best way to get around at Davis. I wanted a bike for him that was old-fashioned enough that it would not be the first choice of thieves but good enough that, if he got an urge to try going a few extra miles, the bike would not hold him back. I fit on it nicely and he is very close to my size, so it should be a good fit for him. I think this will fit the bill nicely, and at a reasonable price.

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Originally Posted by bikingshearer
The first mountain bike I have ever purchased . . . and it's not for me. 1995 (I think) Trek 850 for my nephew as his college bike at UC Davis (with terrain about as flat as it gets - the only "climbs" within 20+ miles are freeway overpasses). It's in great shape, with the only issue being that it won't shift up to the big chainring, which I think is just an adjustment issue. Even if I can't make that shift work, the middle 'ring will suit him just fine. He is not a bike guy, but this is the best way to get around at Davis. I wanted a bike for him that was old-fashioned enough that it would not be the first choice of thieves but good enough that, if he got an urge to try going a few extra miles, the bike would not hold him back. I fit on it nicely and he is very close to my size, so it should be a good fit for him. I think this will fit the bill nicely, and at a reasonable price.
You're definitely right about UC Davis. Very bike friendly but unfortunately very friendly to thieves as well. My daughter is a sophomore there and we got her a Wal-Mart special for getting around (think it was like $80). It was fine her first year but got stolen parked on campus her second year. I think the Kryptonite lock was half the price of the bike but that didn't seem to discourage thieves as there were plenty of nicer bikes around. Good luck to your nephew.
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Better pic😎
I drooled over those Diamondbacks when they were new. Beautiful bike!

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Originally Posted by bikingshearer
The first mountain bike I have ever purchased . . . and it's not for me. 1995 (I think) Trek 850 for my nephew as his college bike at UC Davis (with terrain about as flat as it gets - the only "climbs" within 20+ miles are freeway overpasses). It's in great shape, with the only issue being that it won't shift up to the big chainring, which I think is just an adjustment issue. Even if I can't make that shift work, the middle 'ring will suit him just fine. He is not a bike guy, but this is the best way to get around at Davis. I wanted a bike for him that was old-fashioned enough that it would not be the first choice of thieves but good enough that, if he got an urge to try going a few extra miles, the bike would not hold him back. I fit on it nicely and he is very close to my size, so it should be a good fit for him. I think this will fit the bill nicely, and at a reasonable price.

I've got a combo ulock and cable to donate if there is a need.
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Old 05-28-24, 10:32 AM
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I've got a combo ulock and cable to donate if there is a need.
Thank you. PM sent.
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I normally have wide slicks on this one and use it for family rides. My 12 year old son and I have been mountain biking together so I thought I’d throw on a pair of knobby tires and give it a go. First problem the Roller Cams limit tire width a fair amount but living in an arid climate mud clearance is a non issue. I was able to fit a 2.1” in the front but only a 1.9” in the rear, even then it rubbed on the rear brake a little bit under certain conditions. Second while perfect for bike paths the 28/38/48 rings are a little high though not a big deal when riding with a kid. If my local trials weren’t dominated by steep climbs I can see myself riding this off-road but I much prefer my nineties bikes for pedaling uphill. I added the flat bar and bar ends as the stock riser bar was just too wide and upright for my tastes. My current plan is to ad a drop bar and a cargo rack I also have a Le Pree 3 pulley rear mech and large flange Suzue hubs that seem perfect for this bike. The 90s LX works very well but my rule is that friction shifting requires something less boring than a Shimano indexing rear derailleur.



With Le Pree Deraileur.

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1985 Schwinn Mirada Shimano Nexus conversion. I was looking for something cheap with horizontal dropouts so I could try this. These early 80s MTBs are very strange. It's good to ride sitting, but standing to climb a hill the bars are in the wrong place. I guess it has to do with the short reach. The steering is a bit twitchy which can be fun though. Maybe I'll try some of those clamp on bar end handles.



My janky cable run - Suntour chainstay cable stop that I cut the tabs off, bent, and wrapped a hose clamp around. Half link.



I'm no welder but the welds on this frame look... not very good
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1985 Schwinn Mirada Shimano Nexus conversion. I was looking for something cheap with horizontal dropouts so I could try this. These early 80s MTBs are very strange. It's good to ride sitting, but standing to climb a hill the bars are in the wrong place. I guess it has to do with the short reach. The steering is a bit twitchy which can be fun though. Maybe I'll try some of those clamp on bar end handles.

My janky cable run - Suntour chainstay cable stop that I cut the tabs off, bent, and wrapped a hose clamp around. Half link.

I'm no welder but the welds on this frame look... not very good
Looks like a fun project. I can’t see how long your stem is but maybe a quill adapter and experimenting with longer stems and/or wider bars could make it less twitchy and easier to ride while standing? I have tried that on my ATB/mountain bikes of that vintage and it seems to help.

Love the welds! I have a bike where it looks like they tacked the tubes into the lugs with rivets for welding and then just left the rivets in and painted over them. Maybe there should be frame welding hall of shame. 😂
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Wow! That paint, those wheels, that purple ano... those cranks!!!

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Seems most folks around here want a commuter or something for the smooth paths we have locally. Also those 1.5s were in the spares bin and looked good. I sold it the same day as the photos to a fella who bought it to ride with his wife. She told me she also has a Schwinn so I think she helped make the sale. Cheers.
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You’ve done a nice job on that Sierra!

I see the tires you have chosen are 1.50. Planning on keeping it as a road machine? Can’t believe these MTB Schwinns were spec’ed with 1.75 tires back then. My 84 High Sierra has 2.125 now and like how rides.

Always great to see another Schwinn MTB back on the trail!
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Another Trek joins the herd.

i can safely say I paid more then I should but I have history with this 94 model 850. Plus it s great size for me. Trek labels it a 21” but actual size from BB to top of TT is 20”.

cheap parts, heavy big tires and worn out components are on on the chopping block.

In all its “as found” condition.
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Wow, love the old Montanas. I had (and shared here a while back) an '87 Montana Team but sold it after admitting to myself that it was at minimum 1 size too small. If you're seeking a nice period-ish saddle for it, I've got this available:
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Another Trek joins the herd.

i can safely say I paid more then I should but I have history with this 94 model 850. Plus it s great size for me. Trek labels it a 21” but actual size from BB to top of TT is 20”.

cheap parts, heavy big tires and worn out components are on on the chopping block.

In all its “as found” condition.
I *think* they sized those by the distance between the BB and the top of the seat tube.
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I *think* they sized those by the distance between the BB and the top of the seat tube.
Right you are, I’ve always called it the ghost inch.
Bike is completely disassembled with the frame going through a clean and polish spa. Also having to hone the seat tube to get the 26.6 to slide in nicely.
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Here's a '91 Stumpjumper Team I picked up a few weeks ago. As far as I can tell it's completely original from the grips to the pedals to the saddle and everything else; the only exception is the tires I believe, though the rear may be original. It's one size too small for me which I knew going in; I bought it to harvest the parts for a '91 Bianchi Sika frameset in my size. Now after cleaning it up and touching up the several handfuls of chips in the paint I don't know if I have the heart to break up such a nice original.







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[QUOTE=Maxey;23259401]Here's a '91 Stumpjumper Team I picked up a few weeks ago. As far as I can tell it's completely original from the grips to the pedals to the saddle and everything else; the only exception is the tires I believe, though the rear may be original. It's one size too small for me which I knew going in; I bought it to harvest the parts for a '91 Bianchi Sika frameset in my size. Now after cleaning it up and touching up the several handfuls of chips in the paint I don't know if I have the heart to break up such a nice original.


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Wow, that's a beauty. I vote for keeping it together! In fact, it's my size so I vote for sending it to me (jk). I'm in San Diego, just fyi haha
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Wow, that's a beauty. I vote for keeping it together! In fact, it's my size so I vote for sending it to me (jk). I'm in San Diego, just fyi haha[/QUOTE]

If you were just next door I'd consider it for sure. I'm just too busy to be dismantling, packing and shipping bikes these days.
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Please don't break up that beauty. If it was 17" I'd happily take the frameset off your hands; good thing for me it isn't. Good luck deciding what to do with it.

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Here's a '91 Stumpjumper Team I picked up a few weeks ago. As far as I can tell it's completely original from the grips to the pedals to the saddle and everything else; the only exception is the tires I believe, though the rear may be original. It's one size too small for me which I knew going in; I bought it to harvest the parts for a '91 Bianchi Sika frameset in my size. Now after cleaning it up and touching up the several handfuls of chips in the paint I don't know if I have the heart to break up such a nice original.

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