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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver
I recently got this ritchey outback and I'm planning on building up with a drop bar.



One thing I'm torn on is the paint. It is in rough shape but since it's original I'm not sure if I should repaint it.
i wouldn't repaint it unless you're planning on doing a full restore. looks fine from here. the chainstay will be hidden by the crankset.
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I'll take some better pictures this weekend. It is pretty rough in some spots. As for a restore I'm working on a deal for a ritchey ultra, it doesn't have its original paint and the respray is crappy so of the two that is the one I'd do a restore on.
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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver
I recently got this ritchey outback and I'm planning on building up with a drop bar.



One thing I'm torn on is the paint. It is in rough shape but since it's original I'm not sure if I should repaint it.
Really like those frames.
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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver
I'll take some better pictures this weekend. It is pretty rough in some spots. As for a restore I'm working on a deal for a ritchey ultra, it doesn't have its original paint and the respray is crappy so of the two that is the one I'd do a restore on.
If it does not have the original paint I'd repaint it. Just my opinion as I'm not a big fan of purple.
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love this thread. very tempted to convert my commuter to drop bars.
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Originally Posted by kaliayev
If it does not have the original paint I'd repaint it. Just my opinion as I'm not a big fan of purple.
This outback has its original paint. The ultra I'm most likely getting has been repainted.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Found it! Chris in Miami's chrome Ross drop bar:

Right on Bill, I too love Chris' smoke chrome drop bar beauty! He had posted it apologizing for doing so again, I replied asking for more photos, it's a beauty and there's no denying it. On a side note for those who care, Chris posts a lot in the Everyday Photo thread, his photographs are gallery quality and to call them beautiful or stunning is an understatement! I'd highly recommend checking out the Everyday Photo thread, it's easily one of the best threads in C&V... after this one of coarse!

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"Neo-Pop-71" ​ Great job!
Ah man thanks! Coming from you and the gorgeous gem you posted, I'm humbled and very appreciative for the kindness. This thread has produced some real beauties and quite a bit of innovation to get excited about, (thanks Thrifty Bill aka wrk101 for starting all this) that said, you having braze on down tube shifter mounts added has left me jaw dropped and speechless! My next drop bar bike is going to have brazed shifter mounts on the down tubes because that is the perfect solution for someone who does not care for barcons! Thank you for the inspiration and sharing your tasty build!!!

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Hey there. This is my first post so hello.

Been riding awhile never put any money in a bike besides buying the last two off of craigslist. Had a old trek 930 that i used for ten years. Sold it to my friend and then i picked up this. Just have been tinkering around with the idea of a hybrid but leaning more on the road side. So this is a 99 Cannondale f400 i picked up from craigslist, came pretty much as is plus some pannier bags. I've been trying to keep this in the very budget category so I've been waiting on ebay listing for good prices. I put some FSA dropbars, sti 2300 shifters and FD. Still trying to find a triple crankset to swap it out (still trying to figure out what will fit), and maybe change out the tires for something a little thicker, but then I am pretty much done. Probably gonna strip it down and paint it once I have everything working smoothly.
Welcome... welcome... welcome... to one of the best threads in C&V! Great bike, really digging where you want to go with the build! On the budget is an important component to a good number of us like Thrifty Bill (wrk101), WNG, frantik, and many others with myself included... building out of the "spare" bin is the way things get done! I'm looking forward to seeing where you take you're C'dale once you get it squard and ready!

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Because the end of the road doesn't have to mean the end of your ride on a drop bar conversion.......Happy National Bike Week everyone!
Happy Bike Week to you as well bconneraz! I never get tired of looking at trail shots of your elegant Cimarron!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver
I recently got this ritchey outback and I'm planning on building up with a drop bar.



One thing I'm torn on is the paint. It is in rough shape but since it's original I'm not sure if I should repaint it.
Hey flatjeepdriver, thanks for posting your wonderful Ritchey, I very much appreciate you sharing your fine gem!

I'm the first guy to strip and paint but that is because most of our bikes were used and show their age and trail blemishes plus they have little collectable value. Your Ritchey is a different story... it's a Ritchey and that carries a lot of weight with the vintage crowd and the collectors. The way I see it, it's only original once! Strip and and it's simply a restoration with repop decals, sure it's look good, however my mind thinks of the grand history that blemished the paint and gave it that true patina! I made the mistake of "suede" painting my 1957 F100 truck, it had plenty of wear and a lot of original patina... I've been kicking myself every since, I knew when I made that initial pass with the spray *** that I'd totally blown it and there was no getting it back! I implore you not to make the same hasty mistake I made!

I'm really looking forward to seeing your updates and thanks again for sharing!!!

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+10 To Neo-pop: Part of the fun is building it out of your parts bin, or heading to the local co-op and finding some parts. Once you start paying retail (or ebay) prices for the parts and pieces, its not as much fun. Shifters can be a bit of a budget buster, as bar ends have really gone up in price. I have been fortunate to find several sets over the years, but my supply is dwindling. Stem shifters can often be found really cheap, and while not as aesthetically pleasing, they can do the job just fine.
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Aw c'mon Bill, you're being kind to bring me into this as you are the guru of all things dirt drop...

spot on as always, how we shift our gears can cripple a budget minded build. I know Bill utilizes this trick, I've done so plenty of times as I'm sure many on this thread have, look for a local bike that affordable and has some of the parts you need for your drop bar build. Buying that bike for parts allows you to save on retail/Ebay prices, you end up with some parts you need plus a frame and spare parts to hustle in the trading threads, back on Craigslist, or your local co-op.

Best of luck and have fun!!!
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Originally Posted by estobaughn
Hey there. This is my first post so hello.

Been riding awhile never put any money in a bike besides buying the last two off of craigslist. Had a old trek 930 that i used for ten years. Sold it to my friend and then i picked up this. Just have been tinkering around with the idea of a hybrid but leaning more on the road side. So this is a 99 Cannondale f400 i picked up from craigslist, came pretty much as is plus some pannier bags. I've been trying to keep this in the very budget category so I've been waiting on ebay listing for good prices. I put some FSA dropbars, sti 2300 shifters and FD. Still trying to find a triple crankset to swap it out (still trying to figure out what will fit), and maybe change out the tires for something a little thicker, but then I am pretty much done. Probably gonna strip it down and paint it once I have everything working smoothly.
Welcome aboard! A Trek 930 is a worthy platform, I had one, and almost bought another one this week, just to convert it to another drop bar machine.
Your Cannondale looks to have been a good buy. I don't think we've seen many Headshok models converted. Nice work, must be a fun platform.
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Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
Hey flatjeepdriver, thanks for posting your wonderful Ritchey, I very much appreciate you sharing your fine gem!

I'm the first guy to strip and paint but that is because most of our bikes were used and show their age and trail blemishes plus they have little collectable value. Your Ritchey is a different story... it's a Ritchey and that carries a lot of weight with the vintage crowd and the collectors. The way I see it, it's only original once! Strip and and it's simply a restoration with repop decals, sure it's look good, however my mind thinks of the grand history that blemished the paint and gave it that true patina! I made the mistake of "suede" painting my 1957 F100 truck, it had plenty of wear and a lot of original patina... I've been kicking myself every since, I knew when I made that initial pass with the spray *** that I'd totally blown it and there was no getting it back! I implore you not to make the same hasty mistake I made!

I'm really looking forward to seeing your updates and thanks again for sharing!!!

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Thanks, here are some better pictures:


















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This is why I love the internet. I've been wanting to do this for awhile. And lo and behold when i decide to do it and look up on it, there is a hundred page thread on exactly what i wanted to do. And so far everything i've seen has been great. I have bit to catch up on.

The 930 I think I gave away it was in great condition. It was just a small beater bike that I could take the front wheel off of and throw in my back seat. Ended up selling it on a whim. I loved that bike.

The cdale is great tho. And now doing these "upgrades" makes it almost as special as the 930. I think another ten years will make it up to par. I just won an eBay for a shimano 2300 road triple so I think that will hold me over for a little. The headshok on it is still good but that is gonna be my major hurdle. I haven't seen them cheap online anywhere either to rebuild, replace oruse a reducer and get a new fork. I haven't been toying around the idea of just machining a new upper solid portion but still have a little more research to be done.
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As many have said - This thread is dangerous.

On One Midge bars ordered
Shimano R400 brake levers ordered
Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters ordered
Non suspension front for with fender bosses ordered
Paint scheme picked

heading to the garage to start working. Probably won't sleep tonight.
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1989 Stumpjumper

Thought I had missed out on this one. Saw the CL add in the Twin Cities yesterday afternoon. I was the second respondent, was told by the seller that he had a buyer coming that evening. This morning he called me to tell me the buyer never showed up. I picked up the bike a few hours later. After a few hours of work I had my drop bar conversion up and running. The bike was in fabulous shape. I think I need black bar tape. Certainly need to tip the saddle up a bit. Just ordered some 1.4" Tom Slicks. will likely put my Cyclone M-II gt RD and Fd on, maybe also switch over the deore crank (the bits from this bike will go on High Sierra I'm building up for my son), but it will be like this for a bit.

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^ can't see the pics

Originally Posted by eastbay71
As many have said - This thread is dangerous.

On One Midge bars ordered
Shimano R400 brake levers ordered
Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters ordered
Non suspension front for with fender bosses ordered
Paint scheme picked

heading to the garage to start working. Probably won't sleep tonight.
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Can you hear me now? Not sure why this happens. I can see them myself on my pc, but not on my phone.

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Can you hear me now? Not sure why this happens. I can see them myself on my pc, but not on my phone.[/QUOTE]

Clean looking bike. Congratulations!
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I can see them now not sure but I don't think those are 1989 decals.. the paint job looks like it should have the decals that cover up the color transition

nice build though
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Originally Posted by eastbay71
As many have said - This thread is dangerous.

On One Midge bars ordered
Shimano R400 brake levers ordered
Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters ordered
Non suspension front for with fender bosses ordered
Paint scheme picked

heading to the garage to start working. Probably won't sleep tonight.
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Right on eastbay71... sounds like a tasty start!

What are you hanging those fabulous parts onto, are you keeping it a mystery until the great unveiling? I'm really looking forward to this one, anything with a On One Midge is an ideal build in my book!

Peace,

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Beautiful Stumpjumper! Nice pick up.
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+1 That looks fantastic! Congrats on the score. Now go ride!
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Originally Posted by eastbay71
As many have said - This thread is dangerous.

On One Midge bars ordered
Shimano R400 brake levers ordered
Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters ordered
Non suspension front for with fender bosses ordered
Paint scheme picked

heading to the garage to start working. Probably won't sleep tonight.
m@
LoL! I wish I'd gone that route honestly.. would've saved some serious work. And you're right, this thread is still dangerous...
Oh and like Neo said, what's this all going on? Enquiring minds want to know.
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Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
Right on eastbay71... sounds like a tasty start!

What are you hanging those fabulous parts onto,

Peace,

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It's not remotely vintage. Its my old Motobecane Jubilee. I bought it 5 years ago and it was just retired as my commuter.
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Can you hear me now? Not sure why this happens. I can see them myself on my pc, but not on my phone.
Very nice work, love it!
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