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Old 12-13-08, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by pioneers51 View Post
In 1990 I purchase a Ross Signature 290S 12 speed from local pawn shop. I estimate it to be equivalent to a 57cm and to have been manufactured in 83' to 85. A little rough, but all original components in tact and the bike was in pretty good condition. I rode for a couple of years until I bought another bike. In 2003 I shipped the frame and fork to Waterford Bikes (Wisconsin) to be completely refurbished to original condition. All logos were hand painted in original format. The result is such a beautiful Vintage Bike that I've only ridden it once since it was restored. Although a little heavier than today's road machines, this is a true masterpiece of craftsmanship and beauty. It is really an attention grabber when shown.
you should of course show it to us. No one will appreciate it more than the Pic Ho's here, and a Signature needs to be seen!
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Old 12-13-08, 09:51 PM
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+1 on the PIC HO's...We must see pics in order to appreciate it...
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Old 12-28-08, 04:42 PM
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A guy posted is in the photo gallery on my clubs website. Cool poster

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When I was twelve, for no particular reason, the top & down tubes on my Ross stingray decided to separate from the head tube. I bought that bike used for $25 from money I earned on my paper route. Luckily, my dad had gotten me a Schwinn for Christmas ... a really, really, really indestructible "Chicago" Schwinn! Apparently those Ross frames were a little "dicey" in the old days.
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Old 01-03-09, 07:47 AM
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A while ago, I promised photos of a Ross Signature 290S I bought at a garage sale last summer for $10. It needed a lot of work. About $110 at the LBS later, it still needs a lot of work. Here it is: (sorry, the decal in the last photo is unreadable due to the flash washing it out -- it says "Cro Mo triple-butted tubes Ishiwata).






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Old 01-03-09, 08:35 AM
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Not bad for $10, drop bars and a new saddle and it's ready to go..What exactly did the LBS do for $110. It looks like they did'nt even clean it up for ya. I wipe down every bike I work on, even if it is one of the neighborhood kids bikes, just gives you that good feeling to have a clean bike..I do like that frame. Have fun..
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Old 01-03-09, 09:40 AM
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R&R crank and arm, new pedals. I need to find the receipt. I'd rather have moustache bars than drops, but in either case, where do people usually get replacement handlebars?
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Old 01-03-09, 10:06 AM
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I guess if there were replacement parts involved thats where the price came in. I usually find some deals on ebay or you can even check Bike Nashbar, they had a set on there a while back that looked pretty good and at a good price. I know the fixed gear guys like the moustache bars. They might look pretty cool on there. Like these:

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...B%20Handlebars
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Old 01-03-09, 11:23 AM
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Thanks for the link, those are cool. And now that I've seen the photo, I realize I didn't know what moustache handlebars really are. What I want are the type of bars usual for touring bikes.
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Old 01-03-09, 11:28 AM
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Do you mean trekking bars? Again Nashbar sells a house brand and Kalloy makes one. The Kalloy ones come in shiny alloy rather than black and would look better on your bike.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...B%20Handlebars
http://www.wallbike.com/oddsnends/kalloybars.html

I have the Nashbars on my mountain bike 'all rounder' and they are pretty nice. Much better than a straight or riser bar.
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er, no, I didn't mean trekking bars. I've never seen those before. Very interesting! Man, have I got a lot to learn.

I like the bars on my 1972 Schwinn Suburban, pictured here:

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Very cool poster KevinSubaru, If anyone is looking for a Ross Force 1, I know where to find one.
Black and gold like the picture but without the bullmoose bars.

I have a 290S as well, it looks just like DavidW56's. Maroon and silver.
drop bars and original seat though.
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Old 01-04-09, 10:39 AM
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North road bars -- Niagara Cycle Works sells Pyramid brand alloy one for under $15.00.

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=11135

They are pretty nice. I am setting up a Nishiki mixte with a set right now.
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Old 01-05-09, 02:51 AM
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The Pyramid North Road bars work well but be aware that they use a 1" clamping diameter at the stem. Some older bikes used various smaller diameters. French bikes were good for 23.5 and 25mm clamp sizes and I've seen some British bikes with 26mm stem clamp diameters. The Pyramid bars will work with most modern bikes but not always on some older bikes.
There are also some early over sized mountain bike stems out there too.
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Originally Posted by seventythree View Post
Very cool poster KevinSubaru, If anyone is looking for a Ross Force 1, I know where to find one.
Black and gold like the picture but without the bullmoose bars.

I have a 290S as well, it looks just like DavidW56's. Maroon and silver.
drop bars and original seat though.
Could you please post a photo of your 290S? I'd like to know what my bike is supposed to look like.
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Originally Posted by brandenjs View Post
Not bad for $10, drop bars and a new saddle and it's ready to go..What exactly did the LBS do for $110. It looks like they did'nt even clean it up for ya. I wipe down every bike I work on, even if it is one of the neighborhood kids bikes, just gives you that good feeling to have a clean bike..I do like that frame. Have fun..
Oh, and the rear wheel was bent -- the bike shop worked on that, too, and could not get it round again.
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Old 01-12-09, 09:54 AM
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Guess who the guy in the poster is? Patrick Cunnane the president of Fuji Bikes.
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here ya go DavidW56
sorry it took me almost a week.



Sugino GS crank
no pedals pictured, but I've been riding with my GR-9's on this bike and my fixed gears.
WINPISTA road handlebars.
no name seat, all i can see is a "made in italy" underneath.
oh... and the front wheel is not original, it's a rigida rim with malliard hub as the original
was destroyed at a local bike shop this past summer.The kid working at the bike shop was filling
the tire and the tire exploded with a magnificent BLAM! destroying the tube and rim in the process.

The rear rim i believe is an early Mavic and it has a sunshine hub.

It had a brown rubber covering on the brake "hoods" as well, but they were so dry rotted
I had torn them off.

I'm torn as to what to do with the bike.

I love the way it rides, it was my first lugged steel bike, coming from a aluminum MTB and an
aluminum fixed gear.

I really don't want to sell it because Ross doesn't get the same respect as say a Bianchi would
even though they both used the EX 4130 Ishiwata triple butted tubing.

I could convert it to a singlespeed or fixed gear bike but i already have a Bridgestone Kabuki conversion
and a Raleigh 29er singlespeed.

It may end up as a 3speed city bike with racks.I had a schwinn suburban with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub 2 years ago and loved it.

It could always be converted back.
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Old 01-13-09, 11:20 AM
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I have been scanning in some early Ross mountain bike ads @ http://mombat.org/Ross.htm

We have 2 earlier bikes:

1983 Force 1:


and a 1984 Mt. Whitney:


One more newer to post but I haven't had time to do pictures yet.
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Old 01-21-09, 02:53 AM
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I just picked up a 292s off of craigslist today, It has the Shimano 105 golden arrow components. It needs a good polishing, but is in otherwise great condition.
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Old 01-21-09, 08:07 AM
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Very nice find...Tall, but nice...I like the Golden Arrow group. Those bikes are surprisingly light..
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I was at Fridrichs bike shop in Cleveland a couple months back and they had (nos) Ross for sale it was a steel lugged frame I didnt pay much attention to it. I will stop in again and take a picture and get more info.
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Found this Mt Hood this morning! Looks 100% original from end to end. When I get done the only things non original will be the tires and cables. The tires are okay, but the sidewalls are cracking up.
Tread is fine though, no dry rot there. Even with all the old grease and cables it rides great. Of course I did have to grab the RD cable on the downtube to get the cable moving, lol. The paint test polish area looks wet and glossy. It rides as good as the Fuji Sundance I just finished this evening. Should look sweet.,,,,,BD

Update:::Freshly bathed pic added.....



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This is a 1987 Ross Centaur that I picked up after someone left it in the trash. I added an alloy seat post and saddle, added new bar tape, tires and cables, and replaced the totaled rear derailer with a Shimano Exage 300. This bike has 27' wheels, a chromoly frame, Shimano SIS index shifter mounted on downtube braze-ons. The original brake levers were Shimano, non-aero with turkey wings. I replaced them with a spare set of Shimano RX100 aero levers. Ross is known for its entry level bikes. This one is pretty nice for an entry level bike. Probably nicer than most Ross bikes. But still not a Signature!
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Another excuse to post some of my Ross pics. It's a 1985 Ross 292s with Shimano golden arrow components, It's one of the prettier bikes that I have owned.







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