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Old 07-20-11, 02:12 PM
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Turning this old Mountain Bike into a "touring bike"

Got this 86 Schwinn Cimarron with an all Chromoly frame and fillet brazed main tubes which I'm turning into a "touring all arounder" bike. Threw on some super moto's on it and looks like it has plenty of room for some fenders. Trying to decide on bars, what do you think? drop bars or flipped upright bars?


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Super duper. What wheels?

You gonna keep rocking the Bio-Pace?
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Super duper. What wheels?
Current wheels on it are 26" hard anno araya's RM25's, tires are 26 X 2.35
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Super duper. What wheels?

You gonna keep rocking the Bio-Pace?
I'll probably leave the current setup alone for now, except for bar end shifters.
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Cool bike. Are tires THAT fat better for loaded touring than something a little narrower?

If you're going to actually tour on it, you might consider trekking bars since you're not going to use bar ends. I was discussing bars with a friend recently who has toured in Europe and Columbia on an LHT with drop bars and he said if he toured like that again he'd switch to trekking bars.
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Cool bike. Are tires THAT fat better for loaded touring than something a little narrower?

If you're going to actually tour on it, you might consider trekking bars since you're not going to use bar ends. I was discussing bars with a friend recently who has toured in Europe and Columbia on an LHT with drop bars and he said if he toured like that again he'd switch to trekking bars.
Right now I'm just having fun with it. I like the look of the big tires on it and for now not really going to do serious touring on it and I will use bar ends on it.
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Holy cow, those tires are gigantic.
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Wow I like that a LOT! If it was me, flipped upright bars, but I'm a weirdo.
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Looking great man. Cant wait to see it finished, You still building the "Clunker" with the TA cranks?
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Looking great man. Cant wait to see it finished, You still building the "Clunker" with the TA cranks?
Clunker needs paint and the hubs I want for it are expensive, so that one will have to wait for a while, now this one shouldn't take much to complete.
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Pretty practical idea. I'm hoping to do the same thing when I find a similar '80s MTB with a big enough frame. Personally, I am not able to "warm up to" the newer style MTBs, and a I'm a big fan of chromium-molybdenum! Some of those early MTBs are great!

The Surly Long Haul Trucker is very well regarded today, so putting together a similar bike sounds like a great idea.
http://www.surlybikes.com/bikes/long...cker_complete/


The Cimmaron was "top of the line"...
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...985_atb03.html
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...985_atb04.html
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...985_atb09.html

An other guy who did an MTB to touring bike convesion...
http://www.myra-simon.com/bike/women-tour.html

A great touring site...
http://www.adventurecycling.org/

Good luck on a great project!

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I did something similar with my Varsity. 26x2.25" tires.

I like your frame better though....especially the canti brakes. Very cool frame.

I went with upright bars and the biggest Wald Basket I could find for the back. I love this bike. I'm not in love with the frame, but I do love the setup as a whole. If a Cimmarron crosses my path I'm moving everything over to it.
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I use trekking bars on mine.

Here is the current state of the build, still missing just a few critical components

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I've built a tourer-inspired build with an mtb

I used drop handlebar, but just keep in mind that the top tube is relative longer on mtbs, so reaching the drops may not be as comfortable.
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Here it is with some drop bars on it



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My '86 Schwinn High Sierra w. Schwalbe 26x2.0 Marathons.

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here's my 1980s mongoose fixed gear (current config is with nitto mustache bars now)


I'm working on an mb-3 with wtb dirt drops and bar end shifters
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All I did was add a rack, panniers, and 1.25", 90 psi tires to a 1993 KHS Montana Comp, and, that's all it needed to tour.
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Pretty practical idea. I'm hoping to do the same thing when I find a similar '80s MTB with a big enough frame. Personally, I am not able to "warm up to" the newer style MTBs, and a I'm a big fan of chromium-molybdenum! Some of those early MTBs are great!

The Surly Long Haul Trucker is very well regarded today, so putting together a similar bike sounds like a great idea.
http://www.surlybikes.com/bikes/long...cker_complete/


The Cimmaron was "top of the line"...
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...985_atb03.html
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...985_atb04.html
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...985_atb09.html

An other guy who did an MTB to touring bike convesion...
http://www.myra-simon.com/bike/women-tour.html

A great touring site...
http://www.adventurecycling.org/

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23" big enough?

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23" big enough?

23"/58CM works
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23" big enough?

I have long been on the lookout for one of these bikes in the biggest size. I just love the giant fork crown lug. No matter how hard I try, I just can't bring myself to like the welded unicrown-style fork, no matter how cool the bike otherwise.
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I have long been on the lookout for one of these bikes in the biggest size. I just love the giant fork crown lug. No matter how hard I try, I just can't bring myself to like the welded unicrown-style fork, no matter how cool the bike otherwise.
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What bar ends are you going to use? Need any other parts from my garage? Lol.
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What bar ends are you going to use? Need any other parts from my garage? Lol.
I think I got the "parts" covered . Thanks
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I think I got the "parts" covered . Thanks
Let me know when I can take some of that stuff off your hands. Lol.
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