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Old 11-06-17, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
Hey folks--

Haven't been posting much lately. I did sorta finish my '88 MB/2 commuter project, after like 2 1/2 years. I moved some stuff to Google Photos, and I suppose I'll just put a link to the album here, because I have all the pics there. I hope it works, and I hope you enjoy looking at my project, such as it is.

I had fun with it. Did sandblasting myself, and made a headset spacer. Did a couple (beginner) leather projects, making my own top tube and chainstay protector. I used a tall Technomic to get the bars where I wanted, so I needed the top tube protector to be safe. Used a couple decals I bought from JR at VeloCals, and also made my own vinyl cut decal in a makerspace at school. For where I live, this might be the perfect all-rounder-- good for commuting, gravel-gliding, and general good times. I'll add some fenders at some point. I have a nice velo-orange 650B set I could easily re-radius to 26".

Thanks to @malcala622 for the SCR5 levers, @jeirvine for scoring the fenders for me at the yard sale, and @RobbieTunes for the front derailleur (although none may remember at this point, this project has taken awhile!). Other than that, this wasn't a 'fussy' build. Just parts-bin stuff.

Thanks for looking, and I hope the album link works!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/MDAIyNhATgwuzGlR2
Nice job on the MB-2. My son has an MB-2 at college that will likely need a similar restoration by the time he graduates. Luckily it is black, so the paint chips don't show as much.
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
Haven't been posting much lately. I did sorta finish my '88 MB/2 commuter project, after like 2 1/2 years. I moved some stuff to Google Photos, and I suppose I'll just put a link to the album here, because I have all the pics there. I hope it works, and I hope you enjoy looking at my project, such as it is.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/MDAIyNhATgwuzGlR2
Stunning! I enjoyed the pictures and the presentation. Great work.
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
Hey folks--

Haven't been posting much lately. I did sorta finish my '88 MB/2 commuter project, after like 2 1/2 years. I moved some stuff to Google Photos, and I suppose I'll just put a link to the album here, because I have all the pics there. I hope it works, and I hope you enjoy looking at my project, such as it is.

I had fun with it. Did sandblasting myself, and made a headset spacer. Did a couple (beginner) leather projects, making my own top tube and chainstay protector. I used a tall Technomic to get the bars where I wanted, so I needed the top tube protector to be safe. Used a couple decals I bought from JR at VeloCals, and also made my own vinyl cut decal in a makerspace at school. For where I live, this might be the perfect all-rounder-- good for commuting, gravel-gliding, and general good times. I'll add some fenders at some point. I have a nice velo-orange 650B set I could easily re-radius to 26".

Thanks to @malcala622 for the SCR5 levers, @jeirvine for scoring the fenders for me at the yard sale, and @RobbieTunes for the front derailleur (although none may remember at this point, this project has taken awhile!). Other than that, this wasn't a 'fussy' build. Just parts-bin stuff.

Thanks for looking, and I hope the album link works!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/MDAIyNhATgwuzGlR2
Lush! Beautiful job!
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
Hey folks--

Haven't been posting much lately. I did sorta finish my '88 MB/2 commuter project, after like 2 1/2 years. I moved some stuff to Google Photos, and I suppose I'll just put a link to the album here, because I have all the pics there. I hope it works, and I hope you enjoy looking at my project, such as it is.

I had fun with it. Did sandblasting myself, and made a headset spacer. Did a couple (beginner) leather projects, making my own top tube and chainstay protector. I used a tall Technomic to get the bars where I wanted, so I needed the top tube protector to be safe. Used a couple decals I bought from JR at VeloCals, and also made my own vinyl cut decal in a makerspace at school. For where I live, this might be the perfect all-rounder-- good for commuting, gravel-gliding, and general good times. I'll add some fenders at some point. I have a nice velo-orange 650B set I could easily re-radius to 26".

Thanks to @malcala622 for the SCR5 levers, @jeirvine for scoring the fenders for me at the yard sale, and @RobbieTunes for the front derailleur (although none may remember at this point, this project has taken awhile!). Other than that, this wasn't a 'fussy' build. Just parts-bin stuff.

Thanks for looking, and I hope the album link works!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/MDAIyNhATgwuzGlR2

I want you to rebuild my 80s mtb...Sweet bike!
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1987 Renegade Ranger (Raleigh Canada)

This lugged steel 23" framed MTB was found at a yard sale and hung around for a while as a utility bike. In order to use a growing list of 26" wheel bike parts, I decided to make it into a "vintage" gravel bike. It's quick and fun to ride and sees lots of action. Sumo wheels, Sakae CX crankset, Nishiki touring bars, original canti's, Sunlite stem and 26X1.5 Pasela PTs (folding bead) Giant flat pedals etc. The blue / yellow color scheme is also a little out there for me!
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Originally Posted by browngw
This lugged steel 23" framed MTB was found at a yard sale and hung around for a while as a utility bike. !
That looks great. I always thought this kind of bike might be the perfect chance to use stem shifters. You'll have to let us know if you love 'em, hate 'em, or meh...something in between. Nice job! Cool blue bikes on this page!
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Originally Posted by browngw
This lugged steel 23" framed MTB was found at a yard sale and hung around for a while as a utility bike. In order to use a growing list of 26" wheel bike parts, I decided to make it into a "vintage" gravel bike. It's quick and fun to ride and sees lots of action. Sumo wheels, Sakae CX crankset, Nishiki touring bars, original canti's, Sunlite stem and 26X1.5 Pasela PTs (folding bead) Giant flat pedals etc. The blue / yellow color scheme is also a little out there for me!
I really like this. The world needs more funky bikes.
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Not quite drops...

Hope you folks will indulge me this one. 1988 Specialized Hardrock Comp. Nuttin' special(ized) really. But, my wife needed a bike with fenders, for commuting, gravel, light singletrack, etc. She didn't like the feel of drop bars, and opted for Soma Sparrows. So, not quite a drop bar conversion, but just a... conversion. A photo first as found, then after the work. She likes it!

Album with a few more and bigger pics here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/fclFoAEkEsDeNoem2

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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
That looks great. I always thought this kind of bike might be the perfect chance to use stem shifters. You'll have to let us know if you love 'em, hate 'em, or meh...something in between. Nice job! Cool blue bikes on this page!
The stem shifters work perfectly on this type of bike! No reaching down, you can keep your head up on your trail/path/road. The same can be said for the "safety levers" when well adjusted. Stem shifters are also preferred by me (and easy to find) for upright conversions of vintage road bikes to city bikes. The "bike snob racer" aversion to stemmies is not warranted IMHO. By the way, LOVE your Bridgestone rebuild!
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Originally Posted by browngw
The stem shifters work perfectly on this type of bike! No reaching down, you can keep your head up on your trail/path/road. The same can be said for the "safety levers" when well adjusted. Stem shifters are also preferred by me (and easy to find) for upright conversions of vintage road bikes to city bikes. The "bike snob racer" aversion to stemmies is not warranted IMHO. By the way, LOVE your Bridgestone rebuild!
Great photos and nice close ups.

Like your conversion a lot.

Looks like a lot of FUN, Good Job
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Nice bikes, gents!

As for me, I just stumbled upon some useful parts. Another project begins!

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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
That looks great. I always thought this kind of bike might be the perfect chance to use stem shifters. You'll have to let us know if you love 'em, hate 'em, or meh...something in between. Nice job! Cool blue bikes on this page!
Stem shifters make a great application on a drop bar MTB conversion IMHO. There are even some indexed ones out there if you want to go that route.

I can tell you, when I have built one up for a recreational rider, they always prefer stem shifters over bar ends.

An added benefit is stem shifters can be found at really low prices. Meanwhile, bar ends are on the expensive side.
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An added benefit is stem shifters can be found at really low prices. Meanwhile, bar ends are on the expensive side.
Very true.
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
Hope you folks will indulge me this one. 1988 Specialized Hardrock Comp. Nuttin' special(ized) really. But, my wife needed a bike with fenders, for commuting, gravel, light singletrack, etc. She didn't like the feel of drop bars, and opted for Soma Sparrows. So, not quite a drop bar conversion, but just a... conversion. A photo first as found, then after the work. She likes it!

Album with a few more and bigger pics here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/fclFoAEkEsDeNoem2

Thanks for looking!
Very Cool, I'm in the middle of a Hardrock restoration myself. Just love the way the bike rides also!
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My first mtb drop bar conversion had stem shifters and Scott Drop In bars. Once I got used to the had position, I liked the in part of the bars when I was shifting a lot because it put my hands right next to the shifters.
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Originally Posted by Squeeze
Nice bikes, gents!

As for me, I just stumbled upon some useful parts. Another project begins!

That is how I got mine, except they were all assembled on the bar, along with the stem and bar tape. $5 swap meet find, how could I say no? Have fun!
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Kuwahara Sierra XT. This is my fourth or fifth attempt at a drop bar conversion. This one's a keeper.

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[QUOTE=Bone Machine;19988311]Kuwahara Sierra XT. This is my fourth or fifth attempt at a drop bar conversion. This one's a keeper.

That is very nice!
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Originally Posted by antmaster5000
How do you guys feel about composite carbon for these bikes? Think it could hold a touring load and singletrack terrain?

Looking at a '93 Trek 8700 on Craigslist.
I feel better about an old monocoque frame than a bonded one.
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
Hey folks--

Haven't been posting much lately. I did sorta finish my '88 MB/2 commuter project, after like 2 1/2 years. I moved some stuff to Google Photos, and I suppose I'll just put a link to the album here, because I have all the pics there. I hope it works, and I hope you enjoy looking at my project, such as it is.

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Thanks to @malcala622 for the SCR5 levers, @jeirvine for scoring the fenders for me at the yard sale, and @RobbieTunes for the front derailleur (although none may remember at this point, this project has taken awhile!). Other than that, this wasn't a 'fussy' build. Just parts-bin stuff.

Thanks for looking, and I hope the album link works!

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Very nice! I'll have to post some updated pics of my 1990 MB-2 soon.
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Very nice! I'll have to post some updated pics of my 1990 MB-2 soon.
Awesome...I'd love to see it. Is it the Enamel Blue? I always loved that color.
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Awesome...I'd love to see it. Is it the Enamel Blue? I always loved that color.
No, I had it re-sprayed. Here's a pic from earlier this year. I've made a few changes since then.
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No, I had it re-sprayed. Here's a pic from earlier this year. I've made a few changes since then.
Oh yeah! I remember that bike-- with the Kelly Take-Offs. Love it.
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Originally Posted by antmaster5000
How do you guys feel about composite carbon for these bikes? Think it could hold a touring load and singletrack terrain?

Looking at a '93 Trek 8700 on Craigslist.
I don't know anything about carbon bikes other than what people on this forum say (they asplode, for example ), but here's something cool on the Denver craigslist right now.

(not my bike, nor am I shilling for the seller)

Cyclocross or Gravel bike. TREK Carbon 7900 MultiTRACK bicycle 53-54cm - $250

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@Bone Machine , Fine looking Kuwahara and nicely equipped with rack and mudguards. Good job!
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