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Old 11-20-15, 06:20 AM
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Because you are going to drop-bat them of course

have you tried the bolt/nut trick from St. Shelton's website? Works every time for me with stuck BB fixed cups.
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I might have to resort to that at some point. As it is, I had the frame upside down, standing on the grips, and pushing the wrench with both hands. No movement at all.,,,,BD
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It was in regards to the univega alpina pro the actual first post in the thread. Sorry for my ignorance on replies to the thread i am a new guy lol
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Old 11-24-15, 07:12 PM
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I wanted to try the mustache bar/fat tire koolaid!
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Finally got this into a roller. Commuted on it for the first time today. Love it-- rides great, fits great! 1988 Bridgestone MB/2 frame, unknown lugged fork off eBay. The plan is to make sure it's all good, then break it down and sandblast/paint.



Just an update. Been riding this to work for 6 months. Breaking it down tonight to go to powdercoat on Friday. Back to the original indigo blue. Gonna lose the biopace for XD, and maybe will change the drivetrain over to Suntour. I have an old XC in the drawer.
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Old 11-25-15, 01:21 PM
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I just found this little bike last night. DX down to the pedals, shiny hardly used RM20 rims. Just a little rust on the chrome bits. This bike is going to make one of mountain bikes much nicer. I have never run across a Supergo before. Lots of interesting features on the frame. Offset pump peg, oval seat tube where it meets the bottom bracket. The Tange tubing decal even lists individual tube thicknesses? NEVER seen that done before. Seamless butted Chromoly. I REALLY wish this one fit.. I think my Maroon Urban Express might be on the receiving end. It also uses a 29.4 seatpost? is that weird or what?,,,,BD
Nice find. Ovalized seat tubes were very common in this era as it negated the compound miter on the downtube and was a corner easily cut in production. You could also claim that is increased lateral stiffness, but I doubt that is true.

29.4 mm was also used by fairly high end brands of the era such as Fat Chance and Independent Fabrications. As such high end 29.4 posts from the era (Syncros.Ringle etc.) are worth a mint.
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I wanted to try the mustache bar/fat tire koolaid!
That looks really good. If you're going to put slicks on a mountain bike they should be fat slicks IMO.
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Old 11-25-15, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by THEJAPINO
I wanted to try the mustache bar/fat tire koolaid!
I bet that will be a CUSHY ride. Not enough "o's" in smooooth. Thumb shifter(s)?
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Old 11-25-15, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
I bet that will be a CUSHY ride. Not enough "o's" in smooooth. Thumb shifter(s)?
the tires are a bit hard but I got them for a good deal. I have a single 7s Suntour Command shifter under there pulling a Suntour XCD rear derailleur and a Hyperglide 7s cassette. Temporary bar tape is on there until I finalize the cockpit after some time on the saddle!
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I had my Bridgestone MB-1 set up with drop bars for awhile, but the kind of traffic I ride in makes a flat bar setup safer so it now has trekking bars.

It was a fantastic ride as a heavy-duty road bike. I'd sometimes go out for 50-milers on it.

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Old 11-25-15, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric S.
I had my Bridgestone MB-1 set up with drop bars for awhile...
A drop bar MB-1? More pics please!
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...literally the same paint job. They probably came from the same factory.,,,,BD
Yeah, too bad it's not a fit for you. I always thought those 'micro-drizzle' paint jobs were really cool. The Supergo one looks especially nice. And what a decent build on that bike.
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Old 11-25-15, 05:28 PM
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I wanted to try the mustache bar/fat tire koolaid!
What tires are those?
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Old 11-25-15, 05:47 PM
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What tires are those?
SunLite 26x2.125 is all i could find. I picked them up at a co-op.
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Old 11-26-15, 06:44 PM
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Happy Thanksgiving!!! Ok, rode it a few hours today. Everything worked as it should. A little tweaking here and there to fit!

Here it is in riding form:


Here's the single 41T chainring and the 48T big ring I ground down to bashguard duty. The chain didn't drop today. That's always nice.


Heres the cockpit and new tape:


Here's the Suntour Command 7s shifter pulling a Suntour XCD rear der. through a Hyperglide 7s cassette. There was some ghost shifting but a half a turn on the barrel adjuster brought it back to acceptable shifting.

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Old 11-28-15, 11:35 PM
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Would this all black Shimano crankset look out of place on a 1995 Trek 820? Thinking about trying another drop bar conversion. Have the 820 in "Sage" - soft shimmer green.

Shimano Acera M361 Square Crankset > Components > Drivetrain > Cranksets | Jenson USA
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
Would this all black Shimano crankset look out of place on a 1995 Trek 820? Thinking about trying another drop bar conversion. Have the 820 in "Sage" - soft shimmer green.

Shimano Acera M361 Square Crankset > Components > Drivetrain > Cranksets | Jenson USA
Not unless you leave the pant guard on, hehe.,,,,BD
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@Bikedued - haha! Thanks for the quick reply.

So about a year ago I had a 1995 Trek 820 - the super glossy "ice" purple fade. I put on a Nitto Dirt drop stem & settled on Soma Portola bars, and a B17. It fit great and was fun for me to ride but I couldn't get the quill stem down to where I wanted it because the head tubes on these are short. I hate to cut the stem shorter, but I don't need that much sticking out. Plus lots of seat post showing too. The usual issue is when I get a bike with the right top tube length I end up with a lot of seatpost showing.

The Portola bars have a 26.0 clamp area and the Kalloy "dirt drop" quill stems only come in 25.4, thus the need to buy the Nitto stem. I've been known to cut down a Technomic on occasion...
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
Yeah, too bad it's not a fit for you. I always thought those 'micro-drizzle' paint jobs were really cool. The Supergo one looks especially nice. And what a decent build on that bike.
Yes, they are cool ! this one is a Schwinn.
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Happy Thanksgiving!!! Ok, rode it a few hours today. Everything worked as it should. A little tweaking here and there to fit!
I like how you're rockin' the pink touch up paint.
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Rejuvenated 1994 Bridgestone MB-1

New here.. Hope I'm doing this correctly!

Found a very nice frame minus the fork. Picked out a Pacenti crown and a BIG thank you to Greg Reiche for fashioning a beautiful new fork! I think it's fairly reminiscent of the original, but actually much better than the original. Also, many thanks to Cruz at Cyclart for the fantastic paint/paint match on the fork and touch up paint on the frame. And those Rat Trap Pass Extralight tires really are as awesome as advertised! Thanks Jan and get well soon!

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1...kRvcFo4VDRoSEU
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Very nice, Perbicivecto!
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Originally Posted by Perbicivecto
New here.. Hope I'm doing this correctly!

Found a very nice frame minus the fork. Picked out a Pacenti crown and a BIG thank you to Greg Reiche for fashioning a beautiful new fork! I think it's fairly reminiscent of the original, but actually much better than the original. Also, many thanks to Cruz at Cyclart for the fantastic paint/paint match on the fork and touch up paint on the frame. And those Rat Trap Pass Extralight tires really are as awesome as advertised! Thanks Jan and get well soon!

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There's lots on that bike that is 'correct'. Enjoy!
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^ Wow, sweet MB-1!
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Originally Posted by Perbicivecto
New here.. Hope I'm doing this correctly!

Found a very nice frame minus the fork. Picked out a Pacenti crown and a BIG thank you to Greg Reiche for fashioning a beautiful new fork! I think it's fairly reminiscent of the original, but actually much better than the original. Also, many thanks to Cruz at Cyclart for the fantastic paint/paint match on the fork and touch up paint on the frame. And those Rat Trap Pass Extralight tires really are as awesome as advertised! Thanks Jan and get well soon!

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1...kRvcFo4VDRoSEU

Heck of a build on that bike. Really well done, it's looks fantastic.
And that fork, oh baby...

It should have its own thread.
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