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Old 01-01-18, 04:16 PM
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Me I newer sell a bike that I have built up with nice parts, knowing that I'll never get back what I put into it. When I get bored or something new show up I tear it down and build a new one. If I'm lucky I may, or not, be able to sell the old frame. Working mostly with bikes from the eighties/early nineties I always have something to start with. Occasionally I may buy a bike just for the parts.
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Originally Posted by vp1337
Fixed that for ya buddy, looks absolutely amazing! Make sure to keep us updated on this, super rad!
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Thanks vp1337 for correcting my photo and I appreciate the support!
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Money Pit 2.0, AKA "The Screaming Yellow Zonker." Got my low budget racer-boy wheels from Nashbar on today. Now all I can do is wait for my torn/strained hamstring to heal up so I can sort out the fit of the beast.
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Originally Posted by merida
Me I newer sell a bike that I have built up with nice parts, knowing that I'll never get back what I put into it. When I get bored or something new show up I tear it down and build a new one. If I'm lucky I may, or not, be able to sell the old frame. Working mostly with bikes from the eighties/early nineties I always have something to start with. Occasionally I may buy a bike just for the parts.
I'm with merida on this building plan.

The frames seem to stick around and get recycled but the nice quality components don't last or if they do the costs are off-putting and reserved for those with a fat wallet of disposable income.
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Originally Posted by flying_rhino
Money Pit 2.0, AKA "The Screaming Yellow Zonker." Got my low budget racer-boy wheels from Nashbar on today. Now all I can do is wait for my torn/strained hamstring to heal up so I can sort out the fit of the beast.
Nice looking 830! I have one that's built a little differently, but working out nicely:
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Tires $2 used from co-op

Co-op had wheels on sale $5 each, so I got a nice set of mid 2000 XT wheels.

Added a same era XT crankset with BB for $20.
While you have sajd you are in a market without 'sophisticated' buyers and the high end of the market gets little interest, your co-op is easily better in prices and quality of goods than all the ones ive ever been to.

Those are some crazy good values.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Super thrifty build....
Wow, amazing prices. Far lower than the co-op I volunteer at. It's great to see used bikes & parts put back into service instead of the dump!
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
While you have sajd you are in a market without 'sophisticated' buyers and the high end of the market gets little interest, your co-op is easily better in prices and quality of goods than all the ones ive ever been to.

Those are some crazy good values.
I've seen better stuff at some other co-ops in other areas. Then other co-ops have prices over FMV. It really varies. Once we fill up with stuff, we tend to hold some great sales. There is only so much room to store stuff.
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I am wondering if anyone is running the 11" soma 1 1/8 stem converter? I have the sunlite quill with the removable plate and i like it. The bars i have are 25.4 but the drop is a bit too much. Id like to find a set of bars that are are the compact style or have a shallow drop/reach....being that i am stuck at 25.4 there are not alot of options. I am wondering if a quill stem adapter that is a bit longer than your standard one and some modern stems would work? I could run a modern 31.8 bar if i did that.
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Originally Posted by scale
I am wondering if anyone is running the 11" soma 1 1/8 stem converter? I have the sunlite quill with the removable plate and i like it. The bars i have are 25.4 but the drop is a bit too much. Id like to find a set of bars that are are the compact style or have a shallow drop/reach....being that i am stuck at 25.4 there are not alot of options. I am wondering if a quill stem adapter that is a bit longer than your standard one and some modern stems would work? I could run a modern 31.8 bar if i did that.
Midge bars - my favorite - were made in 25.4. Sadly not any more and last time I needed a pair it took a while, and cost double what I had previously paid. Sorry, I know thatís not terribly helpful.
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Originally Posted by due ruote
Midge bars - my favorite - were made in 25.4. Sadly not any more and last time I needed a pair it took a while, and cost double what I had previously paid. Sorry, I know thatís not terribly helpful.
Interesting. Can you still ride the hoods with them angled out like that? I would think that would be weird. I dont spend alot of time in the drops....mostly on the hoods.
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I got a set of 25.4 Midges with good tape and brake levers for $50 on ebay. The intended setup, as far as I understand it, is to prioritize the drops, so the drops end up being higher, roughly where your hands would be on flat bars. As a result, while you can use the hoods for relief or to change position occasionally, they aren't ideal as a primary position. If you set them up like road drops, you'll probably dislike them.
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Originally Posted by flying_rhino
Money Pit 2.0, AKA "The Screaming Yellow Zonker." Got my low budget racer-boy wheels from Nashbar on today. Now all I can do is wait for my torn/strained hamstring to heal up so I can sort out the fit of the beast.
I remember "Screaming Yellow Zonkers", polished off many a box of them back in the day!

Hard to beat those Vuelta wheels for a budget build, not the lightest things but they hold up well. I'm definitely no featherweight and I haven't had one go out of true yet. I like the NASHBAR pop top quill stems too.

Your bike, while very different in some respects, reminds me a lot of mine......

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I posted this bike a few months ago, but I just finished tinkering on it again so I thought I'd toss it up here one more time.
Very before:
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First iteration:
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(That fork was changed almost immediately afterwards, though )

Present incarnation:

This is my commuter, so I ended up wanting something a little more relaxed, so I changed to rando bars and 28 GravelKings (which are the cat's pajamas, BTW).

The plan is to add fenders and possibly a rear rack in the near future.
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Originally Posted by bcpriess
I got a set of 25.4 Midges with good tape and brake levers for $50 on ebay. The intended setup, as far as I understand it, is to prioritize the drops, so the drops end up being higher, roughly where your hands would be on flat bars. As a result, while you can use the hoods for relief or to change position occasionally, they aren't ideal as a primary position. If you set them up like road drops, you'll probably dislike them.
This is the conventional wisdom, and I do set them up with the drops higher than my road bikes. However, I still find the hood position quite comfortable. Ymmv of course.
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Kona Explosif low trail drop bar conversion

This one has kept me going for a while now, the frame is a Kona Explosif from 1989 I think. I had a custom fork made for it to try out low trail geometry.
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That Kona is sick. Added to my list of frames to look out for on CL.
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Originally Posted by murraysbikes123
This one has kept me going for a while now, the frame is a Kona Explosif from 1989 I think. I had a custom fork made for it to try out low trail geometry.
Great Kona. Switched fork looks great.
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Looks so awesome!

Originally Posted by Murray Missile
I remember "Screaming Yellow Zonkers", polished off many a box of them back in the day!

Hard to beat those Vuelta wheels for a budget build, not the lightest things but they hold up well. I'm definitely no featherweight and I haven't had one go out of true yet. I like the NASHBAR pop top quill stems too.

Your bike, while very different in some respects, reminds me a lot of mine......

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Originally Posted by murraysbikes123
This one has kept me going for a while now, the frame is a Kona Explosif from 1989 I think. I had a custom fork made for it to try out low trail geometry.
Nice job on that! What front rack are you using?
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Originally Posted by gt eunuch
What do you do when someone gives you a free GT Outpost frame? You make a project out of it. I just hope I don't get attached,ha

I still have the stock (steel) dirt drop style stem, but this bar/stem combo was laying on the bench so I slapped them on to take a look. They might be staying. Thoughts?
I have the same frame & I'm planning on doing something similar! More set up for gravel though. Im guessing you'll be too stretched out with that stem.
I'll post once I get going on the build
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Not drop bar, I'm old so I went with trekking bars

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Hello all. Been scouring this thread for awhile. Great info, and inspirational bikes. I just picked up my project bike today. A 1996 GT karakorama, it will be the first mtb I’ve had since the 90s when I had a GT backwoods. So I went with it.
Thinking of sandblasting it, and clearcoating it, then dressing it up with Ultegra components I’ve got lying around. Gotta put some fender mounts on it as well. Looking forward to having some fun building and riding it. I’ll grab some pics along the way and post em if I can.
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That's a nice if finished Kona. Saw what Treks adventure bikes are selling for. Like the return of the 720
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720! Now that gives me an idea..
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