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Old 02-05-14, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by WNG
That's the 2nd High Sierra rolling on those 2.4" salamis and roller cams posted here! The other was smoked chrome I think.
Looks great! Don't forget to give a road test/tire review. Curious as to how the traction is, given the lack of tread.
Didn't see the other one. I'll have to look for it. I took the bike out for a very abbreviated spin yesterday after pics, but I wasn't dressed for the cold and there's more packed and icy snow than I want to ride on. What I can say is that at 40# the tires felt solid and springy. I expected to be sliding around a lot on the tires, but I didn't. There's no agressive tread, but there's plenty of texture and grooves, which, combined with the "float" that the size gives I think will allow them to perform well. I'll write up a review after I've had a chance to actually ride.
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Originally Posted by revcp
Received tires in the mail today (26x2.4 CST Cyclops. For those used to metric, that's 61mm!), so nearly finished with my conversion.

Started tear down about a month ago and have been slowly building it back up. Derailleurs are stock (Suntour XC), brakes are stock rollercams (with new brass pulleys from a BF member), crank arms are deore xt that I had on hand (spindle hole on the non drive side arm was rounded, so it as try to buy and match or used parts bin crankset. Esay choice), with stock chainrings from original crankset (good thing, as the xt rings were biopace). Bars and non aero levers are from a donor 1984 Miyata 210, bartape is planet bike, saddle is a selle royal from a 1985 Miyata 610 (which is now sporting my Brooks B17 Special honey colored with matching bartape), shifters are $20 ebay suntour barcons.

Hoping to post a pic this weekend. Should be a great commuter/hauler/gravel grinder.
I really like your Sierra. Very nice.
I also recently went with some fat tires on my Cimarron and really like them.
Mine are listed at 26x2.3 & measure 58mm wide and I am not sure I could fit any fatter on the rear.
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Originally Posted by revcp
Didn't see the other one. I'll have to look for it. I took the bike out for a very abbreviated spin yesterday after pics, but I wasn't dressed for the cold and there's more packed and icy snow than I want to ride on. What I can say is that at 40# the tires felt solid and springy. I expected to be sliding around a lot on the tires, but I didn't. There's no agressive tread, but there's plenty of texture and grooves, which, combined with the "float" that the size gives I think will allow them to perform well. I'll write up a review after I've had a chance to actually ride.
That's interesting. I put some Schwalbe Big Bens on my Grizzly, expecting them to be decent in the snow, but so far it feels pretty sketchy. I do better on my grocery getter with cheap 700 x 28 Kendas. Maybe I just haven't gotten the pressure low enough on the Big Bens.

Do others have success stories for snow tires, other than studded?
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I really like your Sierra. Very nice.
I also recently went with some fat tires on my Cimarron and really like them.
Mine are listed at 26x2.3 & measure 58mm wide and I am not sure I could fit any fatter on the rear.
Hmmm. Bike lust. I've been hoping to add a Cimarron to the stable. They're hard to find. VERYY hard to find reasonbly priced. My HS was $80. I'd be willing to go up to $150 for a Cimarron, but no luck so faar.
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Originally Posted by revcp
Hmmm. Bike lust. I've been hoping to add a Cimarron to the stable. They're hard to find. VERYY hard to find reasonbly priced. My HS was $80. I'd be willing to go up to $150 for a Cimarron, but no luck so faar.
Probably not going to find a Cimaron at that price. They are super rare, and when they pop up, they sell fast. Add to this rarity is you are looking for a specific size. Makes it tougher for sure. I lucked into mine at a garage sale, but it was in pitiful condition at the time (still a great deal). And I look for bikes every day, and go to garage sales every week. Even then, its the only one I have seen for under your $150 mark (in over six years of looking). $80 for the HS was a sweet deal as well.

And then realize if you find one outside your area, it is going to require shipping. Shipping is going to be about $100+/-, making the $150 mark unobtainium.

BBC has one for sale right now for $3500!

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I lucked into mine at a garage sale, but it was in pitiful condition at the time (still a great deal).
But yours had the super rare, one of a kind quad chain ring. That's unobtanium!
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Yes this bike is filthy, but it's had a rough job this week dragging me through the slush. I posted pics of my Diamond Back Apex a page or two back, I decided that bike was to small so I transferred many of the components to this bike. This one fits great and should serve well as a commuter and all around bike.


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Originally Posted by turky lurkey
Yes this bike is filthy, but it's had a rough job this week dragging me through the slush. I posted pics of my Diamond Back Apex a page or two back, I decided that bike was to small so I transferred many of the components to this bike. This one fits great and should serve well as a commuter and all around bike.


Is that the infamous Biopace ring gears I see on there?
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OK, you guys get ALL the BLAME. I just had to pick up my next drop bar conversion project.


Here it is. This is the first time I have seen FOUR sets of bottle cage mounts on a vintage bike, and on a mtb to boot!:


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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Started the drop bar conversion of my 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G tonight. Got to this point and also assembled a Tourney GS with 46/36, hoping to dig up a 48T cheap. Just eyeballing things the crank should be about right with current BB, but will get a UN26 of proper length if needed.

Also need to go about 2cm stubbier on the stem, but the only one I have that small is 25.4 clamp.


P1010124 by Lester Luallin, on Flickr
looks awesome I have a rockadile from the same time period, I always thought Mongoose had the geometry dialed down perfect during that time period.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
OK, you guys get ALL the BLAME. I just had to pick up my next drop bar conversion project.


Here it is. This is the first time I have seen FOUR sets of bottle cage mounts on a vintage bike, and on a mtb to boot!:


Man, some guys have all the luck! But having read your posts with great interest, I'm pretty sure luck had nothing to do with it. Can't wait for pics.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
OK, you guys get ALL the BLAME. I just had to pick up my next drop bar conversion project.


Here it is. This is the first time I have seen FOUR sets of bottle cage mounts on a vintage bike, and on a mtb to boot!:


I bet you can sell that stem for whatever you paid for the whole bike.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
OK, you guys get ALL the BLAME. I just had to pick up my next drop bar conversion project.


Here it is. This is the first time I have seen FOUR sets of bottle cage mounts on a vintage bike, and on a mtb to boot!:


Bill you lucky bastard!
Damn that's nice!
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I bet you can sell that stem for whatever you paid for the whole bike.
Those vintage Klein Mission Control stem/bar combos do sell pretty well. Yes, its a one inch combo!

I can't get over how touring oriented this model is compared to my one or two year older Cimarron LE. Front mid fork rack braze on, plus a whopping four bottle cage mounts. Going to move this one to the front of the project queue.

To those looking for a Cimarron, my advice, when you see one, BUY. They just don't come up very often. This one was listed as a "Schwinn Commuter". Picture was pretty obvious.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Those vintage Klein Mission Control stem/bar combos do sell pretty well.

I can't get over how touring oriented this model is compared to my one or two year older Cimarron LE. Front mid fork rack braze on, plus a whopping four bottle cage mounts. Going to move this one to the front of the project queue.

To those looking for a Cimarron, my advice, when you see one, BUY. They just don't come up very often. This one was listed as a "Schwinn Commuter". Picture was pretty obvious.
It's a combo? And 1"? Cha-Ching!$$
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Started the drop bar conversion of my 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G tonight. Got to this point and also assembled a Tourney GS with 46/36, hoping to dig up a 48T cheap. Just eyeballing things the crank should be about right with current BB, but will get a UN26 of proper length if needed.

Also need to go about 2cm stubbier on the stem, but the only one I have that small is 25.4 clamp.


P1010124 by Lester Luallin, on Flickr
Sweet. That bike looks like it was made for drop bars.
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Originally Posted by mechanicmatt
looks awesome I have a rockadile from the same time period, I always thought Mongoose had the geometry dialed down perfect during that time period.
+1, I think the input from John Tomac helped there.

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Sweet. That bike looks like it was made for drop bars.
...maybe also partially due to Johnny T's input, since he was fond of riding MTBs with drop bars not long before he got on with Mongoose.

Rotated bars forward a tad today, but drop position feels like they need to be rotated a tad more forward for that ergo area to feel right, maybe I need to just get some nice wide non-ergo compact drops. Still haven't put the double on, so not bothering to set up front derailer cable, just rode around in middle ring all day today.

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+10 Love that Mongoose, drops look like a natural on that bike!
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I loved the old IBOCs. I had a IBOC with the aluminum triangular top tube in chrome! i miss that bike!
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine
It's a combo? And 1"? Cha-Ching!$$
Damn... you can say that again!!!

C'mon Thrifty Bill, out with it, what did you spend? It's a fair deal as we'll all be more than jealous!!! It had to be more than worth it to out in the snowy weather! Spill it...
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Dang it Bill, now you got me nutted up about finding another Cimarron!

I found one in your neck of the woods... road trip???

Vintage Schwinn Cimarro (Red) - $50 (Columbia, SC)

Vintage Schwinn Cimarro (Red) in very good condition. Still has original equipment as far as I know.
Tires seem to be holding air so far. Frame sells for more on ebay. Good, solid bike. $50 cash.
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I just discovered this thread, and I love it! Here's mine, although it's a little iffy on the "vintage" part, and on the "mountain bike" part. It's a 2003 Trek 7200 comfort bike. I bought it new before I was very interested in biking, and it's grown along with me over the last 10 years.

I ride it 1x8, and the brakes are v-brakes. I replaced the suspension fork with a Surly Instigator fork, and there's a Soma steer-tube extender on there.

my main bike is a Surly Cross Check, and this is my backup bike.
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after riding on dirt drops for over a year, when i ride "normal" drop bars they feel so weird to me.. the brakes feel like they are in the wrong spot and the drops feel like they are bent inward. i just wish someone made a dirt drop bar that was a little narrower.. i love the flare but don't always need the width, especially when on the road.

i'm also strongly considering brifters or maybe even barcons.. the thumbies on the top of the bar are a cheap and easy solution but they're kind of a pain to shift, kinda like stem shifters.


btw here's some gary 2 bars on sale for $32.. normally they're like 38

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Origin8-Gary...item43c4842d45
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Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
Dang it Bill, now you got me nutted up about finding another Cimarron!

I found one in your neck of the woods... road trip???

Vintage Schwinn Cimarro (Red) - $50 (Columbia, SC)

Vintage Schwinn Cimarro (Red) in very good condition. Still has original equipment as far as I know.
Tires seem to be holding air so far. Frame sells for more on ebay. Good, solid bike. $50 cash.
Location: Columbia, SC

Now that was a DEAL!
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