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Old 05-01-17, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris W. View Post
And it starts
Research Dynamics Coyote three frame, with a Spinner fork. I have had a hard time finding any information on this frame. It has internal cable routing for the rear brake. The part that I found intriguing is the top tube is fairly short (55cm). My thought was it would make a good candidate for a drop bar conversion. I was given the Nitto stem, and scored the Specialized BB-1 handlebars from a Forum member (via Facebook ). I have a full Mountain LX kit, that I'll probably end up using to finish it up.

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Hey Chris,

Any idea what year this particular Coyote is? I saw one on craigslist that looks almost brand new and it's got the same purple with yellow lettering and black fork. I am very tempted.
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Heres a 1989(I think) Mongoose Sycamore. Old paint was white and blue, and faded. I had a rusted ross project but the frame was a 19" this one is about 23.5, im not that tall but it fits me better than the ross. The goal was to remake the ross but with a better frame, this one is Tange DB main triangle, so its a bit better than the straight gauge heap of before but I bet it evens out since its a bigger frame, lol

I stripped the paint, rusted it with some vinegar and salt, then shellacked it. (and no im not scared of purposely rusting my bikes, it wont instantly fall apart)

Fat Frank 26x2.35, Araya 7x, shimano 600 6208 brake levers, crusty brooks b72, older 1051 i think 105 derailleur.

Due to the large tubing, running downtube shifters is a issue so since the seat tube is smaller I mounted the shifter there without issues. I could have mounted thumbs on the barends but I wanted to do something different for the look of the bike so I guess im jockey shifting now.

rode 20 miles today on her, fun bike, I missed the large tires on the city streets where I live, every street is pretty much a danger zone for exposed tar chunks and pot holes! she has a few clanks and clunks but it will be sorted through

This is one of the best bikes I've ever seen. How do you get the shifters to stay in place and not slip down?
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Looks like hes mounted the shifter on a clamp-on band with a boss, those things will sit pretty tightly.
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Glad to be a part of this well-aged thread. I'd like to do a similar conversion in the not-too distant future with the appropriate frame.
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Old 05-11-17, 09:03 AM
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Cannondale

Not sure if this is the right place for this post. But I am looking to do a conversion. I found this cannondale on my local CL and wanted to see what you guys think.



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Old 05-12-17, 12:48 PM
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Two years later in England...

It`s been interrupted by too many events but at last I`ve put together my old Raleigh to make a tourer for the English lanes. Started out as a Raleigh Blueridge from about 1990. It`s not too heavy, having a Reynolds 531 frame which I had powder coated in almost Gios blue. Most of the parts came from bits collected over the years, but I opted for new brakes!
I`ll need to find some spd boots to allow different pedals but this will do for a start. This thread has been a great help in sorting out the options. Hope you like it, Julian
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I like it!

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It`s been interrupted by too many events but at last I`ve put together my old Raleigh to make a tourer for the English lanes. Started out as a Raleigh Blueridge from about 1990. It`s not too heavy, having a Reynolds 531 frame which I had powder coated in almost Gios blue. Most of the parts came from bits collected over the years, but I opted for new brakes!
I`ll need to find some spd boots to allow different pedals but this will do for a start. This thread has been a great help in sorting out the options. Hope you like it, Julian
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Ross drop bar

Just signed up specifically for this thread. I got a lot of good ideas here for fixing up this bike. It's a 25" Ross Mt. St. Helens. 21.1mm stem, original blue anodized Weinman rims, Suntour downtube shifters and VT-Luxe rear derailleur. 48/36 chainrings with 14-30 six speed freewheel. Rides great, completed a 200k on it a few weeks back.
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Old 05-12-17, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by 9009000 View Post
It`s been interrupted by too many events but at last I`ve put together my old Raleigh to make a tourer for the English lanes. Started out as a Raleigh Blueridge from about 1990. It`s not too heavy, having a Reynolds 531 frame which I had powder coated in almost Gios blue. Most of the parts came from bits collected over the years, but I opted for new brakes!
I`ll need to find some spd boots to allow different pedals but this will do for a start. This thread has been a great help in sorting out the options. Hope you like it, Julian
Very nice bike.
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Old 05-12-17, 05:23 PM
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Old 05-12-17, 06:00 PM
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slap some fenders on that and you'll be ready for Spokane's potholes!
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Old 05-20-17, 04:23 PM
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My '92 GT Tequesta, changes include: GT flip flop stem traded from a BF member, Shimano 6500 drivetrain, v-brakes with pull adjusters, XTR wheelset with semi slicks, inline rack with two wald baskets, Scott Drop in bars, specialized saddle, and a kickstand.
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Originally Posted by schrader View Post
Just signed up specifically for this thread. I got a lot of good ideas here for fixing up this bike. It's a 25" Ross Mt. St. Helens. 21.1mm stem, original blue anodized Weinman rims, Suntour downtube shifters and VT-Luxe rear derailleur. 48/36 chainrings with 14-30 six speed freewheel. Rides great, completed a 200k on it a few weeks back.
Welcome to BF! That's an impressive build. Sounds like you have already put it through its paces. How did it handle? Can you elaborate on what it took to put those Suntour shifters on the DT? Most down tubes are too big.

Awesome looking conversion!
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My '92 GT Tequesta, changes include: GT flip flop stem traded from a BF member, Shimano 6500 drivetrain, v-brakes with pull adjusters, XTR wheelset with semi slicks, inline rack with two wald baskets, Scott Drop in bars, specialized saddle, and a kickstand.

What made you decide to use the drop in bars? Great build by the way. How you been doing?
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What made you decide to use the drop in bars? Great build by the way. How you been doing?
I put slicks on it quite a while back so I've been road riding it and not at all off road, so the idea was quite natural, but then a pair of 3x9 6500 brifters popped up for a song.. I already had the long cage 6500 RD and a triple 6600(I think) FD, as well as the 6500 triple cranks (from the BoC ages ago) so I ordered a pair of pull adjusters and voila... a slow street bike was born. Life is great here, busy busy busy but great. How are you doing Law?
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finally settled down after the chaos, life's loses. Plenty of family time with the Wife and 12 yr old son. Still allows good riding time and wrenching on projects. I think it is time to start culling the herd. Looking into possible multiple day touring if I can.
Great to read you are still around!

Now back to thread topic, my starting rebuild of the faithful High Plains.
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Just finished my convertion, now its time to ride the bike to see how it feels. With 28mm 1.1 slicks, low position on the drop bar, 48/36/26 to 12-28 back, so far its almost like a road bike, but heavier. As for the parts, the only problem was finding a stem for 21.1mm steerer, coudnt find any 21.1 adaptors for sale in Europe.
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Hi!
I'm building a 1991 Trek 830 Antelope with dropbars.
I'm looking for a nice pair of rubbers, anyone knows which is the maximum tyres clearance of this bike?
I was thinking about a 2"35 tyre, but maybe i will buy a 2"20, like the schwalbe big ben.
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Just finished my convertion, now its time to ride the bike to see how it feels. With 28mm 1.1 slicks, low position on the drop bar, 48/36/26 to 12-28 back, so far its almost like a road bike, but heavier. As for the parts, the only problem was finding a stem for 21.1mm steerer, coudnt find any 21.1 adaptors for sale in Europe.
eBay is full of 21.1 stems and you find quill to thread less in that size if you check.
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My '93 lugged Trek 930 with its new cockpit. Touring or gravel, it works great.





Soma Brevet bars, Sunlite stem, Cane Creek brake levers, Rivendell/IRD bar end shifters, Brooks microfiber tape and Cambium C15 saddle, Velo Orange bottle cages and braided housing, Sugino XD600 triple crankset, early 90s Deore XT headset, early 90s Mavic MTB rims/Deore XT hubs, early 90s Deore XT RD and FD, Paul cantilever brakes, Fairweather touring tires, Dajia stainless rear rack, Crane Suzue bell, Nitto S83 seatpost, Ostrich S-2 saddlebag.

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Very nice bike. Is that a Rivendell bag?
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Wow, I love it! I need to expedite my saddle recovering and rethink the grip to brown.
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Agreeing with the others! That is quite an impressive parts list. Have you formed an opinion about the C15 saddle?
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Welcome to BF! That's an impressive build. Sounds like you have already put it through its paces. How did it handle? Can you elaborate on what it took to put those Suntour shifters on the DT? Most down tubes are too big.

Awesome looking conversion!
Thanks, I really like it. Handles great on pavement, hardpack, light gravel. These GB Randonneur bars are pretty narrow but I like them. Would get something wider for really rough stuff. The Ross tubing is standard size, I just clamped the shifters on above the cable stops. I would get barends for rougher terrain.

These Ross bikes, especially 25" frames are perfect for drops. They basically already look like road frames with the parallel top tube and regular fork crown. The 25" size allows you to add drops without a riser stem.
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Very nice bike. Is that a Rivendell bag?
It's an Ostrich S-2. Not cheap but if you are willing to wait a few weeks for shipping from Japan there are a few Japanese bike shops that sell it online for much cheaper than US/Euro retailers.

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Agreeing with the others! That is quite an impressive parts list. Have you formed an opinion about the C15 saddle?
It's great. I already run a C17 on my city bike. Very comfortable out of the box and has shown little if any wear over the last year. I wanted to try the narrow version on this because my position is a little lower on this bike than the city bike.
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