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Old 09-30-18, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by eom
Nitto?


Interesting - I missed that when looking at their site today. Looks like the MTC-02 could work.
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Thanks for the input today. Stopped by Recycled Cycles in Seattle after going to a large car show with Roger M and found a 25.4 quill adapter and Ritchey stem for $17 that should work for now. Would prefer to have the stem lower so you don't see the adapter but, for now, I need the height. Mocked it up with some rando bars (never tried them before) and black Tektro levers ($15). The height felt ok here.

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Originally Posted by scozim
. Mocked it up with some rando bars (never tried them before) and black Tektro levers ($15). The height felt ok here.
I've used SR random bars on my 850 (post 6191) and I really like them in this application. Plenty of room on the tops and nice and wide in the drops. Go for it.
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I'm bored while I try to heal and treat my neck so it's time to try another drop bar conversion. The last was on a Trek 800 Antelope that is stupid heavy. Now I figured I'll try it with the 93 Trek 950. May need a Technomic stem or use a quill adapter to get the bars a little taller but will set it up first with a quill stem to see how it works. Think I'll go with the bar end shifters like last time.

How narrow a 26" wheel is possible? Wouldn't mind trying a 1.25" or 1.5" street tire. I have some 1.75" Forte tires on a set of wider rims but their pretty heavy.

You can get down to a 1.00 slick on width. Originally on my drop I was running 1.5” Kenda Kwest tires. Slightly grooves and worked well commuting. They held up alright riding roads. Nowadays my ride has 700c x 25 Bontrager H2. I have found I can keep up within 2-3 mph of a lighter “real” road bike, calculated with myself as the rider.
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Old 10-01-18, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by scozim
Is it even possible to find nicer looking straight post adapter stems for a 1 1/8" steerer? All the quill adapters I see are for a 22.2 mm (1") steerer.
There's an adapter from bbb. the bhp-20 extender. Cant post links.
i like it. it's a bit heavy but you have lots of room to play with.

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Old 10-01-18, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by scozim

How narrow a 26" wheel is possible? Wouldn't mind trying a 1.25" or 1.5" street tire. I have some 1.75" Forte tires on a set of wider rims but their pretty heavy.
there's the grand prix from continental for 26" . It's 1 1/8 which should be 28mm. I have not ridden it, but on my road bike i have the 28" eqivalent and i like it a lot.
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Old 10-01-18, 11:08 AM
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Who all is using inline cross levers? I'm still running a flat bar because I like my thumbies, but I think this winter I'll finally put drops on there with cross levers so I can safely ride on the flats and retain my thumbies. Yea? Nay?
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Old 10-01-18, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by scozim
Thanks for the input today. Stopped by Recycled Cycles in Seattle after going to a large car show with Roger M and found a 25.4 quill adapter and Ritchey stem for $17 that should work for now. Would prefer to have the stem lower so you don't see the adapter but, for now, I need the height. Mocked it up with some rando bars (never tried them before) and black Tektro levers ($15). The height felt ok here.

What time were you there? I was there too around 3-4pm I think? I ran into @RiddleOfSteel there.
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Old 10-01-18, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by tricky
What time were you there? I was there too around 3-4pm I think? I ran into @RiddleOfSteel there.
Bummer, I was there about 2:00 before heading to my niece's soccer game in Bellevue.
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@scozim that Trek is lookin' good. Dig the tires and the stance. Exposed quill adapter actually looks pretty natural, IMO. At 6'5" I need to stick to big tall tourers and road bikes. Super tall mountain bikes/bike frames look super dorky. Since you're not 6'5", your mountain bike frame, in combination with the wheels etc, has great proportion.
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Doesn’t trying to go as skinny as possible with the tires sort of defeat the purpose? Ymmv I suppose, but I can’t see myself going narrower than 1.75 Paselas. A big part of what I like about my DBC is the plush ride who cares if I stay on the path nature of it.
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Originally Posted by alecjahn
Who all is using inline cross levers? I'm still running a flat bar because I like my thumbies, but I think this winter I'll finally put drops on there with cross levers so I can safely ride on the flats and retain my thumbies. Yea? Nay?

Me for one. I like 'em

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Me for one. I like 'em

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Me likey! I've been considering those style bars as well. Thanks!
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Well, got it done tonight after my shifter arrived. I added a couple of spacers just so the quill adapter looked one thickness. Needed to fashion straddle cables to get the road levers to work properly. Still need to adjust the rear a little but the front definitely has plenty of stopping power. Think I'll have to find a front 26" rim and then I can mount my street tires and just swap wheelsets when I decide to ride it to town.







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Old 10-07-18, 04:07 AM
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Looks great! quill adapter seems perfect to me.
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Yeah baby, a worthy find to be sure. I am thinking moustache bars and bar ends. Last year for Japanese made US Bridgestone MB-4? Never seen the all black Deore LX on a Bridgestone before. It will have 1.5 or 1.75 slicks, and a set of Deore/rhyno lite wheels I have laying around.
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Just ordered a set of 1.5 Pasela Pro Tite skinwalls, woohoo First bike project in two years underway.,,,,BD
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Congrats. Looks like its gonna be a beautiful build!
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Old 10-11-18, 06:35 PM
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Just a few shots of my `1988 Fisher Procaliber, which you have seen before in SS mode but now with a new transmission in in pathbomber mode.
I like that you swapped out the chrome seat post for a black one... and also the seat and tires Looks way better!

Am I the only one that doesn't like the look of skin-wall fat tires? I like them on the 27s though.

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Old 10-12-18, 06:31 AM
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"How narrow a 26" wheel is possible? Wouldn't mind trying a 1.25" or 1.5" street tire. I have some 1.75" Forte tires on a set of wider rims but their pretty heavy."



I've routinely used 26 - 1.25 tires on stock MTB wheels, including a couple of Trek 950s. Actually its my standard choice unless I happen to have a used set of 1.5 tires laying around. 1.25" ~ 32mm.
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Thought I'd add my build to the mix. 96 Rock Hopper conversion. I went with STI's and haven't had any issues. They work well for me. The whole set up works well and this bike sees a lot of road time.
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If it's an early mountain bike, when they had wide balloon tire kind of rims, I would go no smaller than 1.5 to 1.75. If it's even a few years newer going smaller should not be an issue. It all depends on rim width.
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I'm hoping to shift a triple chain ring with an existing top-pull Shimano Nexave FD-T310 front derailleur combined with a Claris 3-speed brifter. Does anyone know if this will work? Or do I need to get a bottom-pull road derailleur with a pulley (cable routing is top tube)? Finding info on cable pull is really difficult.

The rear is a Shimano eight speed, so the Claris 8-speed brifter should work. Eight speeds are usually easy like that.

I'm trying to spend as little as possible on this drop bar conversion, so having to get a new derailleur could kill the project. It's only temporary until I strip the frame down in a year or two and re-build it as a 1x11 gravel grinder.
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Finally made it through this thread... I know it's an older thread, but I just came across it. There are some seriously inspirational builds in here that still hold up. Great work, people! Thanks for putting me on to a new project idea.

Here are a few of my favourites (kudos to the builders) -- it was hard to choose ten:










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This thread has been going for at least 6 years.... pretty sure WE invented the "gravel bike". Pics of my latest drop bar conversion coming soon, a 1994 Skykomish from Costco.
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