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Old 06-28-14, 11:35 AM
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I have that on my watch list but am hoping to find one for less. I may run the stock fork for a bit until one of the local co ops gets one in......
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+1 That Stumpy looks much better than expected! You could always take a small brush and some Testors and inpaint to restore the decals before you clear coat.
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Chrome fork from niagara. Sunlite 26" MTB Uni-Crown Hi-Ten Fork - 1-1/8"
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Old 06-28-14, 01:19 PM
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Thanks for the find Chris
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Originally Posted by due ruote
+1 That Stumpy looks much better than expected! You could always take a small brush and some Testors and inpaint to restore the decals before you clear coat.

I thought about that but I think I like the survivor look
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Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
How about this one?

Rigid Hi Ten Steel MTB Mountain Bike Fork Chrome 1 1 8 26" Canti Brakes Threaded | eBay

It's new with 23cm uncut steer tube and 10cm of thread so you can cut it to size.

Sorry about the last false alarm, hopefully this one is a keeper.
Careful there those Canti braze on's do not look in line with each other, take your focus point from the crown race, very sloppy. Buyer beware.
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Old 06-29-14, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by KOBE
I have a set of Northroads that I am going to try this with. Originally I was planning on using a mustache bar but a mock set up made me realize why they are sitting on the shelf after the first time I used them. Any feeling of control is gone and they are much wider than the Northroads making it feel like I am steering with a golf club.

You obviously have never tried the Origin 8 Tiki moustache bar! Its narrow and you have a good measure of control on the road. I like it more than a drop bar since it brings the brake lever/shifters into a more normal position. This bar is like a North Roads but made for road bike levers/shifters.
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Old 06-29-14, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by SeanBonham
Getting there...
This is seriously sick! Man, I love those creme balloon tires - but I'd swap the knobbies for Continental's new smooth rolling Retro Ride in the same color!
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Old 06-29-14, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by SeanBonham
All done!




Can't wait to take it out. Crappy day out today, but the ride around the block was fun!

All in all about $350 spent on it
You could spend a fortune on a Retrovelo Paul and not get the same striking bike you have! Nice balloon bike build!
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@MikesChevelle,

Paint job came out nice. Great color. I've used a similar paint on an engine valve cover. The cast finish is cool.

The GT fork neo pointed out on Ebay is a great candidate should a local one doesn't materialize. That GT is a great fork. I'm considering buying one just as a spare.
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Originally Posted by WNG
The GT fork neo pointed out on Ebay is a great candidate should a local one doesn't materialize. That GT is a great fork. I'm considering buying one just as a spare.
Ah, great minds think alike... I ordered one and it'll be here in a few days. I'm pretty sure the Charger is the stock fork that came on our custom '91 Tequesta bikes. I know it wasn't the funky 3 position fork, I wasn't having that silliness, too many years racing BMX to trust that bizarre design! It's been so long ago and the only photo I have is after I stopped racing it and put it on the wall.

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Originally Posted by simpleton.
This thread is pretty inspiring. I decided to take the plunge last night. Had everything in the SPB. She still needs to be tweaked a bit but, thats part of the fun!


Great Retrovelo Paul homage!

Those creme Fat Frank balloon tires are uber-cool!
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Not quite vintage unless you consider the fact it's a first year Pug and one of only 600 made... I did fit some vintage Suntour barcons and an XC sport derailleur as a tensioner.

The original Fat Bike before fat bikes became a mainstream craze!
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Originally Posted by NormanF
The original Fat Bike before fat bikes became a mainstream craze!
The OG Fatbikes go back to around 1990, well before the first Pugs was made in 2005.

A lot of folks would run double and even triple rim+tire setups before Snowcat rims were made (by welding two rims together with one of their walls removed.)

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Originally Posted by NormanF
Those creme Fat Frank balloon tires are uber-cool!
+1 I couldn't agree more, the Fat Franks are the coolest tire going for these older trail bikes!

I installed a set of gray ones on my '88 Cimarron LE that's being rebuilt, plenty of tire clearance... even for 2.35 tires!

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This is an old MIELE MTB I converted to a loaded drop-bar touring bike. It has 9-speed Mirage shifters and rear derailler, interrupter-cyclo-cross levers and an adjustable stem for differing terrain.


069 by Miele Man, on Flickr


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The saddle isa 1980's vintage Vetta one that i recovered in the read leather.


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These were taken before I had a decent camera.


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That Miele in Tre Colore is super hot!!!!

Well, seatpost clamp could be better, IMO
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
That Miele in Tre Colore is super hot!!!!

Well, seatpost clamp could be better, IMO
Thankyou. I didn't care for it either and swapped it for a much better one.

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@Miele Man

A great job on the Vetta recovery. Pun intended. I have an old black jacket as a donor for my 1st attempt to redo some classic saddles.
Your Miele looks like it took on serious miles. Nice conversion.
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Getting close gonna hit up a few other bike shops for a fork tomorrow, then the assembly starts. Thinking brown saddle and bar tape**********

If I cant find a threaded fork in what I need, I know where a threadless one is, can a LBS thread that?

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Generally, cutting threads in a threadless fork is thought to be a very bad idea. The wall thickness of a threadless fork's steerer is the same as the thinnest part of the steerer of a threaded fork. So cutting threads in would make the walls thinner than is generally considered to be safe.
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Thanks for the heads up
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Originally Posted by MikesChevelle
Getting close gonna hit up a few other bike shops for a fork tomorrow, then the assembly starts. Thinking brown saddle and bar tape**********

If I cant find a threaded fork in what I need, I know where a threadless one is, can a LBS thread that?
What steerer length do you need? I have an extra brand new Tange fork in the parts pile.
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17.5 cm hoping to find a chrome one if I can too
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