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Old 12-23-18, 10:54 AM
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3speed, previous owner had the work done. The frame and fork was listed on cl for quite awhile before I took a chance on it.
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Old 12-30-18, 09:34 AM
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I picked up a Nishiki Ariel the other day. Its the elevated chainstay model, a 19.5" frame with a 22.5" top tube, which is about right for me on a road bike. Looks like it will take 2.35 tires with room for fenders with a short "effective" chainstay leangth. I have a pseudo LD quill stem the will get the bars up abit so that there's a 1 1/2" of drop, and the distance from the top of the seat post to the stem/handlebar connection is also about the same as my road bike.
I figure with the 1 1/12" drop and my "conditioning" level I will want to ride primarily on the handlebar hoods. I was thinking that the 52mm Nitto RM-013 Dirt Drop bars might be a good match. I've got a set of barends and a set of command shifters to choose from. The bike will see 80% rural pavement/chipseal and 20% gravel and occasional logging roads. For tires I was going to go with Maxxis 2.35 DTH's. I'll try and get some pictures up. This bike's forth in line right now so I'm this is very much a request for suggestions for the planning and parts gathering process.
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Old 12-30-18, 02:03 PM
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Here it is after a "successful" test ride. The bars might be a little short and a little narrow, but I'll probably use them for round one. The guy I got it from had had it serviced and then didnt realy ride it again, so it looks to have new stainless brake cables, so i didn't just cut them off for the experiment.
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Old 12-30-18, 02:04 PM
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Old 12-30-18, 02:06 PM
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Should have held a ruler up but there's plenty of clearance for fat tires and fenders.
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Old 12-30-18, 02:22 PM
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And here's a little ghetto lightbox geometry comparison. If it works out the bike may be dubbed the PFB



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Old 01-09-19, 09:56 PM
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Schwinn Dropbar



Probably my favorite ride. Mid 80ís Schwinn Mtb that started as a 5.00 frame set at a swap meet. Here it is in front of the Alamo by the Christmas tree.
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Old 01-10-19, 04:23 AM
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Probably my favorite ride. Mid 80ís Schwinn Mtb that started as a 5.00 frame set at a swap meet. Here it is in front of the Alamo by the Christmas tree.

Thats lovely. I can't place which Schwinn that would be -- not say it isn't, but I've owned quite a few of that era and the fork crown + long rear triangle + slight BB drop is throwing me off. Totally ideal candidate for what you're doing, and not too far from my '85 Cimmarron build in the works.
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Old 01-10-19, 04:28 AM
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Probably my favorite ride. Mid 80ís Schwinn Mtb that started as a 5.00 frame set at a swap meet. Here it is in front of the Alamo by the Christmas tree.
Answered my own question -- 1984 High Sierra!
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You are correct. High Sierra.
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Old 01-13-19, 10:15 PM
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CL Find Stumpjumper Sport

I've been looking for a donor, found a complete conversion. Set the seat back, raised the post, back from the first ditch bank ride...
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Old 01-13-19, 10:54 PM
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I've got that sierras twin, even the same tires. It's my favorite bike too. Still trying to figure out why.

Here it is when I first put it together 6 yrs back
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Probably my favorite ride. Mid 80ís Schwinn Mtb that started as a 5.00 frame set at a swap meet. Here it is in front of the Alamo by the Christmas tree.
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