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Drop Bars on my 1986 High Sierra

Old 11-02-11, 01:28 PM
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Drop Bars on my 1986 High Sierra

Finally got around to putting this set of Nitto Dirtdrop handle bars on my Shcwinn High Sierra. I also took off the front rack/basket combo because even with a steering stabilizer, the bike would fall over.

Shifters are Rivendell Silvers w/ Paul Thumbie mounts. I got the mounts about a year ago off ebay for a project that never seemed to happen. Bars are wrapped cloth over cork w/ 3 coats of amber shellac. I left the steering stabilizer on because when the double kickstand is down and there is weight on the back, the front tire lifts up and the wheel will turn. That is an Acorn small bag on the back.

Below is the Before & After. Enjoy!

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Old 11-02-11, 01:36 PM
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Very nice!!!! Is that a Acorn bag?
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i like it, looks nice! How about put that front baskt on the back? i did that on a beater and i use that bike a lot more than i thought simply because it has that rear basket.
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That's almost pretty enough to be on a De Rosa
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
That's almost pretty enough to be on a De Rosa
Which, the basket or the steering stabilizer?
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Old 11-02-11, 01:50 PM
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Looks good, Fender.

What is significant about the Nitto dirt drop bars? I know of the stem, but have no knowledge of the bars.
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Old 11-02-11, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
Looks good, Fender.

What is significant about the Nitto dirt drop bars? I know of the stem, but have no knowledge of the bars.
The basket is purdy for sure!

My (limited) understanding is that the Dirt Drops are especially designed for use with off road bikes because they have better torque and control on the steering. The different geometry of MTBs is also supposed to be more compatible with Dirt Drops. I just bought a pair (partially on Fender's advice) of Dirt Drop knock offs.
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Old 11-02-11, 02:43 PM
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Very cool arrangement. One of the nicest high sierras posted on here.

If the down tube braze-ons allow for it, I would have routed the shifter housing to opposite sides and crisscrossed the cables under the down tube. For a cleaner look at the head tube.
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Beautiful! I have an 84 High Sierra that will probably end up looking like this one day. How do the drop bars feel on that geometry?
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Very nice bike - I just did a big post about my High Sierra that is set up a little differently than yours. I love these frames.

High Sierra Post

Are you sure yours in an '86? The chart says that 1986 High Sierras came in Ivory and Bronze, not Black Chrome.

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D'oh!!! Its an 87!
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
The basket is purdy for sure!

My (limited) understanding is that the Dirt Drops are especially designed for use with off road bikes because they have better torque and control on the steering. The different geometry of MTBs is also supposed to be more compatible with Dirt Drops. I just bought a pair (partially on Fender's advice) of Dirt Drop knock offs.
Some additional info on dirt drop bars:

https://biketouringnews.com/bike-stuf...op-handlebars/

https://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...ng-part-i.html
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funny, i bought some pauls thumbies for a flat bar conversion
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Farking A, now I'm going to have to tear part my Schwinn Crosscut, get it powder-coated over the winter and do a similar build. Been toying with the idea for a while now, but that is just too darned slick lookin.
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Visually, I find your new set up significantly more appealing. I have a Nishiki Cunningham MTB designed frameset this would work well on. I like!
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I really dig both builds, just in different ways.
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Very nice build. Do you have any plans for the shifter pods?
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Very nice build. Do you have any plans for the shifter pods?
This originally came w/ 6 speed Deore indexed (rear only)thumb shifters. They had the covers torn off and lost. If you need them you can have them for the cost of shipping. The work fine but look bad and won't work on a drop bar.
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Originally Posted by WNG View Post
Very cool arrangement. One of the nicest high sierras posted on here.

If the down tube braze-ons allow for it, I would have routed the shifter housing to opposite sides and crisscrossed the cables under the down tube. For a cleaner look at the head tube.
That thought crossed my mind as well. I was afraid I would forget which was which when I really needed it! 40 years of muscle memory is a hard thing to undo.....
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This originally came w/ 6 speed Deore indexed (rear only)thumb shifters. They had the covers torn off and lost. If you need them you can have them for the cost of shipping. The work fine but look bad and won't work on a drop bar.
I think he's talking about the bar end shifter pods.

Nice job!
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[QUOTE=realestvin7;13446102]I think he's talking about the bar end shifter pods.

Nice job![/QUOTE

Oh the bar end pods, those I am keeping!
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[QUOTE=fender1;13446108]
Originally Posted by realestvin7 View Post
I think he's talking about the bar end shifter pods.

Nice job![/QUOTE

Oh the bar end pods, those I am keeping!
BOO!
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I had a set of silver shifters on a previous build and am going to buy another set for my Trek 520. Was planning on putting them on the bar ends but dang, that set up you have is interesting!
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Black Chrome for the win.
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Yeah fender, I like it both ways.
Where did you source the cable guide on the headset for the front brake?
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