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Old 08-30-14, 12:00 PM
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I got the final stem for the Trek, in the mail, yesterday. It is a Sunlite (sp?) 1-1/8" quill, with the removable faceplate.

More details at Two Wheels - Six Strings: Bike Work Day, Including a New Stem For the Drop Bar Trek
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My current drop bar MBT. A late eighties KHS Expedition. Not really pretty like most of the other bikes in this thread. Its kind of my Utility rig, I tow a dog trailer with it, and a regular trailer around town. Since I live five miles out of town, on flint and bad pavement, the big tires are great. This thing gets mostly ridden at night in the summer. Its a tank, the drop bar is steel. Ride this around town for a while and my 25mm road bike feels like a rocket. Heck, my 35mm bikes feel like lightweight time trial bikes after riding this thing up a hill...
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Old 08-31-14, 11:50 AM
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I don't know, Shipwreck, but I think it's kinda pretty...
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Originally Posted by shipwreck

My current drop bar MBT. A late eighties KHS Expedition. Not really pretty like most of the other bikes in this thread. Its kind of my Utility rig, I tow a dog trailer with it, and a regular trailer around town. Since I live five miles out of town, on flint and bad pavement, the big tires are great. This thing gets mostly ridden at night in the summer. Its a tank, the drop bar is steel. Ride this around town for a while and my 25mm road bike feels like a rocket. Heck, my 35mm bikes feel like lightweight time trial bikes after riding this thing up a hill...
Tanks are cool. That bike looks like it would reliably carry a rider through the apocalypse. I can certainly dig it.
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Tanks...

Its interesting that most of my buddies have new Salsa Vayas, fat bikes, and the like, but they all think this bike is cool looking. Some of them have adjusted the fit of their bikes influenced by the way I have this one set up.
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Originally Posted by shipwreck

My current drop bar MBT. A late eighties KHS Expedition. Not really pretty like most of the other bikes in this thread. Its kind of my Utility rig, I tow a dog trailer with it, and a regular trailer around town. Since I live five miles out of town, on flint and bad pavement, the big tires are great. This thing gets mostly ridden at night in the summer. Its a tank, the drop bar is steel. Ride this around town for a while and my 25mm road bike feels like a rocket. Heck, my 35mm bikes feel like lightweight time trial bikes after riding this thing up a hill...
I like it. When I first rode my drop bar mtb after doing the conversion, I immediately christened the bike, "the tank." These bikes are built like tanks. I use mine purely as a utility bike as well.
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Originally Posted by interceptorjg


I got the final stem for the Trek, in the mail, yesterday. It is a Sunlite (sp?) 1-1/8" quill, with the removable faceplate.

More details at Two Wheels - Six Strings: Bike Work Day, Including a New Stem For the Drop Bar Trek
1-1/8" where did you buy it?
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I don't know where interceptorjg bought his but here's one source:

Sunlite Alloy 2-Bolt Stem - 1-1/8" x 80mm, 25.4mm Clamp, 25-Degree, Black Anodized

I've had it bookmarked because it's the size I need for my '93 Raleigh MTB
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Yeah, that's where mine came from, as well.
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Originally Posted by shipwreck
Tanks...

Its interesting that most of my buddies have new Salsa Vayas, fat bikes, and the like, but they all think this bike is cool looking. Some of them have adjusted the fit of their bikes influenced by the way I have this one set up.
I think it looks great too.
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Originally Posted by Squeeze
I don't know where interceptorjg bought his but here's one source:

Sunlite Alloy 2-Bolt Stem - 1-1/8" x 80mm, 25.4mm Clamp, 25-Degree, Black Anodized

I've had it bookmarked because it's the size I need for my '93 Raleigh MTB
Well I learned something new today. I don't think I have ever heard of or seen a 1-1/8th" quill stem before.
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I started a ride thread about our upcoming assault on Webster's Pass, in Park County, CO. We are going to hit the trail, this Saturday.

More to come.

Here is the thread
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Is this 1987 Steve Potts the bike that inspired this thread?


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Is this 1987 Steve Potts the bike that inspired this thread?


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Nope, mine came from a Ross Mt Hood conversion Chris in Miami posted.
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Finally got around to finishing this 80's Schwinn Hurricane 18 speed triple acquired during the Clunker 100 challenge. Picked up from Goodwill, stripped and then shoved into the attic.

Laugh along..... kept the SIS but pulled the plastics including the faux spider on the crank. The track bar is a hoot and can run inverted. The thumb shifters were stripped of the index gauge and now work as a paddle shift, hidden under the bars. The brake levers were also stripped of the plastics, reset the lever action for the drop track bars. Raleigh 501 pedals with crusty Christophe's now refinished with flat black. Ping Pong China direct supplied the cheapo bar tape, brake pads, chain, toe-clip straps cost $16.53 shipped to door. Donor bars and aptly named H20 stem from my friendly LBS. Vintage made in Germany Continental 26" x 2" slicks squeel nicely so they must be happy. I kept the original Schrader valved tubes only because they checked out good and have some sort of sealant. Salvaged a wrecked rear Voyager rack, modified and now mounts to the front - rock solid. Schwinn racer saddle pulled from another junk bike. I just had to keep that chrome derailleur crash guard - lol.

So how does it ride? Everything is clickity smooth, the Shimano canti's grab like they should, the saddle is not to my comfort level but overall the fatty rubber evens the deal out. Its lazy in fast corners and transitions. With this ATB final gear inch, I run out of top end in a hurry- Hurry'cane? Nothing like the pile of road bikes but I think it could cover ground just fine and eat the rough stuff. Might off it to one of the kids as a starter roadie.


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[QUOTE=crank_addict;17112934]Against the rules-
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Finally got around to finishing this 80's Schwinn Hurricane 18 speed triple acquired during the Clunker 100 challenge. Picked up from Goodwill, stripped and then shoved into the attic.

Laugh along..... kept the SIS but pulled the plastics including the faux spider on the crank. The track bar is a hoot and can run inverted. The thumb shifters were stripped of the index gauge and now work as a paddle shift, hidden under the bars. The brake levers were also stripped of the plastics, reset the lever action for the drop track bars. Raleigh 501 pedals with crusty Christophe's now refinished with flat black. Ping Pong China direct supplied the cheapo bar tape, brake pads, chain, toe-clip straps cost $16.53 shipped to door. Donor bars and aptly named H20 stem from my friendly LBS. Vintage made in Germany Continental 26" x 2" slicks squeel nicely so they must be happy. I kept the original Schrader valved tubes only because they checked out good and have some sort of sealant. Salvaged a wrecked rear Voyager rack, modified and now mounts to the front - rock solid. Schwinn racer saddle pulled from another junk bike. I just had to keep that chrome derailleur crash guard - lol.

So how does it ride? Everything is clickity smooth, the Shimano canti's grab like they should, the saddle is not to my comfort level but overall the fatty rubber evens the deal out. Its lazy in fast corners and transitions. With this ATB final gear inch, I run out of top end in a hurry- Hurry'cane? Nothing like the pile of road bikes but I think it could cover ground just fine and eat the rough stuff. Might off it to one of the kids as a starter roadie.


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That don`t look half bad. Nice cheap build. Looks solid. The kids should love it.
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Originally Posted by Uncle Randy
Is this 1987 Steve Potts the bike that inspired this thread?


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What's the doohickie on the seat post?
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What's the doohickie on the seat post?
A Hite Rite, the granddaddy of a dropper seat post.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict
Against the rules-
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Finally got around to finishing this 80's Schwinn Hurricane 18 speed triple acquired during the Clunker 100 challenge. Picked up from Goodwill, stripped and then shoved into the attic.

Laugh along..... kept the SIS but pulled the plastics including the faux spider on the crank. The track bar is a hoot and can run inverted. The thumb shifters were stripped of the index gauge and now work as a paddle shift, hidden under the bars. The brake levers were also stripped of the plastics, reset the lever action for the drop track bars. Raleigh 501 pedals with crusty Christophe's now refinished with flat black. Ping Pong China direct supplied the cheapo bar tape, brake pads, chain, toe-clip straps cost $16.53 shipped to door. Donor bars and aptly named H20 stem from my friendly LBS. Vintage made in Germany Continental 26" x 2" slicks squeel nicely so they must be happy. I kept the original Schrader valved tubes only because they checked out good and have some sort of sealant. Salvaged a wrecked rear Voyager rack, modified and now mounts to the front - rock solid. Schwinn racer saddle pulled from another junk bike. I just had to keep that chrome derailleur crash guard - lol.

So how does it ride? Everything is clickity smooth, the Shimano canti's grab like they should, the saddle is not to my comfort level but overall the fatty rubber evens the deal out. Its lazy in fast corners and transitions. With this ATB final gear inch, I run out of top end in a hurry- Hurry'cane? Nothing like the pile of road bikes but I think it could cover ground just fine and eat the rough stuff. Might off it to one of the kids as a starter roadie.



It looks great. I'm going with some Nashbar slicks on my CB-1 conversion to decrease rolling resistance. Looking at your photos I see another purpose of the reflectors that I didn't realize. If the brake cable clamp bolt slips, the reflector mount will prevent the straddle cable from hitting the knobs on the tires and causing a sudden stop. I thought they looked unusually sturdy when I removed them from my CB-1. After I clean my bike they are going back on.
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Originally Posted by Uncle Randy
Is this 1987 Steve Potts the bike that inspired this thread?
For me it was this Schwinn Varsity that Bob Crispin fit with fat tires and a rear disc brake in 1974

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thanks S.W. and U.Randy- The Hurricane was just one of those 'what the heck, why not?' This one could have been heading for the scrap but now resurrected. Doubtful many would even spend a dime on it or take the time. Was rough looking but a straight and sturdy Hi-ten frame is just the ticket for a youngster to beat on.



The disposable crank design cracks me up. How in the world they mated aluminum arms to a steel spider, spot welded chainrings is beyond me. Without hardware or ring bolts, its fairly lightweight...lol.


Front rack mount allows just enough clearance for the brake straddle cable. Its very close but works.

Notice I kept the original cables. Only pulled, clean and lube. Good enough

(BTW: Thanks for the reminder of the Nashbar slicks. Probably should look into getting and save these Continentals. They're worth more than the bike whole.)

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I've been considering another mtn. bike road drop project but again, a junk bin build. Its an earlier Stumpjumper hard tail with a rigid road fork. The frame is not pretty but will leave the original paint. It has some unknown vintage road fork with a bi-plane crown. This time around, want to go up in wheels to 700c and ride on cross rubber. Its a light frame to begin with and will keep that goal in mind during component selection.

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A Hite Rite, the granddaddy of a dropper seat post.
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Since when does this thread have rules?
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Next:
I've been considering another mtn. bike road drop project but again, a junk bin build. Its an earlier Stumpjumper hard tail with a rigid road fork. The frame is not pretty but will leave the original paint. It has some unknown vintage road fork with a bi-plane crown. This time around, want to go up in wheels to 700c and ride on cross rubber. Its a light frame to begin with and will keep that goal in mind during component selection.

Stumpjumpers are certainly not junk! I have one and it's great for all-around use, even some hard-pack dirt trails with 700X32c wheel/tire combination. I love my Stumpy! If you are going to convert to 700c make sure that the brake bridge and fork is drilled out for nutted brakes. If you want to use inset bolt caliper brakes you'll need to have the fork and rear holes re-configured by a local bike builder, as I did. Most importantly, have fun!
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thanks for the heads up anixi-

Agree the Stumpjumper as whole is not junk. I meant the parts selection to build will be from odd's and not the pretty pile. The frame I have is cosmetically rough including two minor dings. The fork is incorrect to the bike but I rather like it. Have yet to decide on a rear brake and whether to drill the bridge. The rear cant. bosses might be good for a custom rack set-up. I want to go up to 700c for many reasons plus have plenty of quality cross tires on hand. Again, the game for this one is budget squeeze cheap. It will be a good beater (does that even make sense?), loaner or perhaps gift it.
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