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Old 05-12-17, 01:22 PM
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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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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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slap some fenders on that and you'll be ready for Spokane's potholes!
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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
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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Originally Posted by RaleighSport
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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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
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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Originally Posted by av1
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
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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^^ rare to find the MTBs with standard size tubes. Great for you. I used to ride the standard Rando bar but like wider now for more control. Have a Nitto Noodle to try on my touring Voyageur. Looks comfortable at least.

Larger sized MTB have horizontal TT so yes, they look like rugged road bikes. Yours looks like a road bike.
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Does a Jones bar count? It has kind of an aero position. Probably not. Oh well, posting a picture anyways. The bike is also converted to 700c, with alexrims cross wheels and 35c Clement USH tires. It is kind of a gravel grinder/grocery getter/cruiser/commuter. It is my first ever mountain bike, a 1989 Fisher Paragon.

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Originally Posted by cs1
eBay is full of 21.1 stems and you find quill to thread less in that size if you check.
At the time I was looking the only sellers were from the US and with the shipping rate of around 60 USd I could have a new fork with 22.2mm plus adaptor instead.
Luckily I found a nice 21.1 quill stem from a LBS.
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At the time I was looking the only sellers were from the US and with the shipping rate of around 60 USd I could have a new fork with 22.2mm plus adaptor instead.
Luckily I found a nice 21.1 quill stem from a LBS.
Sorry to heat. I stumbled across them on accident. BMX bikes used the 21.1 standard. I'm an early MTB fanboy and they are not at all uncommon on those bikes.
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Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw
Does a Jones bar count? It has kind of an aero position. Probably not. Oh well, posting a picture anyways. The bike is also converted to 700c, with alexrims cross wheels and 35c Clement USH tires. It is kind of a gravel grinder/grocery getter/cruiser/commuter. It is my first ever mountain bike, a 1989 Fisher Paragon.

Very cool bike. What kind of brakes did you use? Not every cantilever had enough adjustment to handle a 700C.
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Very cool bike. What kind of brakes did you use? Not every cantilever had enough adjustment to handle a 700C.
They are just the Shimano V-brakes that were on there when I replaced the original XT Calipers way back when, when I also had a rock shock put on. Went back to the steel fork, but left the v-brakes as they were more positive than the old caliper brakes. Which I still have somewhere in the garage. I used a NOS Mavic brake adapter I got from a buddy, and bought one made by Xtracycle for the rear. They work great!





And here is a shot of the bike converted to 700c, but a couple bars ago, for a full perspective.

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Man, this thread is fun!

Golden Boy, I did the friction stem shifter deal to my Millennia. Love it that way. (ps Have you done the glacial drumlin trail?)

Velognome, I think you're on to something. This thread proves these kinds of builds are distinctly great looking and easily recognizable. And the price of entry is the least costly and sturdiest of bicycle design. Quality machines for two twenties? Readily available. A solid aftermarket to revive the ride? Done.

For viewing, this thread is one long enjoyable ride for the eyes. Inspiring as well. Before you know it, you have one of these machines and you're out on the road thinking this ride feel is what those interwebs people were talking about. You're grinning. Yeah, I get it.
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