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Old 07-10-19, 11:43 AM
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Apparently I only get 5 posts a day as a noob, lol, so I guess no pics of these builds until tomorrow at the very least!
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Old 07-10-19, 11:46 AM
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anyway, the Fuji is done (some things need tweaking, but is rideable and very comfortable) final weight (single speed) is just over 21lbs (unscientific on scale sans bike and then with, difference between the two weights).
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Old 07-10-19, 11:49 AM
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My single speed chain ring bolts and handlebar (Origin8 Gary) came in for the Fisher drop bar project, mounted the crankset (will be 1x7) stem and handlebars. Cockpit is really cramped, the stem is a 110mm adjustable, had to order a 135mm fixed @ 30 degrees, which I think will stretch me out better.
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Old 07-10-19, 11:51 AM
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So, waiting for the new stem before I cable up the shimano brifters and finish up the build.
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Old 07-10-19, 11:52 AM
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tenth post, maybe tomorrow I'll be allowed to post some pics and have an unlimited post count...how does that work?
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Old 07-10-19, 04:34 PM
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i think it's a limit of 5 posts a day per thread, but maybe i'm off on that.
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Originally Posted by t_e_r_r_y
i think it's a limit of 5 posts a day per thread, but maybe i'm off on that.
Nope, when you are new you get 5 posts per day total, once you hit ten posts you get more than 5, maybe unlimited, I'm not sure though.
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aaah gotcha. i was in this boat (we all were at some point) and i thought i had posted more than 5 prior to hitting 10, but throughout different posts/subforums and assumed it was just 5 per post. good to know!
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Heres the parts bin fuji nevada that I threw together
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The Fisher I'm working on....new stem should be here today at some point
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Old 07-28-19, 08:06 AM
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Here is my 1988 Univega Alpina Uno with Nitto Dirt Drop stem and Soma Portola Bars. Just finished up this build yesterday and took it out this morning. WOW. Loved this bike before, but it's so much nicer to have multiple hand positions.

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Great build! Looks like lots of fun. What front rack is that?
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Great build! Looks like lots of fun. What front rack is that?
Thanks! The rack is a Sunlite Gold Tec. They can be had online for under $20.
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Just thought Id post a pic.
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Is that black chrome? Nice!

I tracked down a black chrome '86 Schwinn to build up for my lady's tourer. Not drop bar, but I built it up nice.
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Is that black chrome? Nice!
It WAS sort of black chrome. Sadly, I set it up with swept bars for an exchange student and he's now it's new owner. I always wanted a 26 incher like that but doubt I'd build another.
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finally got the last piece of the puzzle for my univega in the mail this morning (that 94bcd chainring took forever to show up). i have some fine adjustment to do, and now that the bike is "done", i need to start saving for racks and lights and bags and things, but i'm excited to take it on it's first long ride!





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Originally Posted by t_e_r_r_y
finally got the last piece of the puzzle for my univega in the mail this morning (that 94bcd chainring took forever to show up). i have some fine adjustment to do, and now that the bike is "done", i need to start saving for racks and lights and bags and things, but i'm excited to take it on it's first long ride!

Someone stabbed your fork with a bunch of bolts

Cool bike, your selection of parts look nice with the purple silver paint.
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Someone stabbed your fork with a bunch of bolts

Cool bike, your selection of parts look nice with the purple silver paint.
thanks! i shouldn't lack for mounting places when it comes time to load it up with stuff, that's for sure.
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Originally Posted by t_e_r_r_y
finally got the last piece of the puzzle for my univega in the mail this morning (that 94bcd chainring took forever to show up). i have some fine adjustment to do, and now that the bike is "done", i need to start saving for racks and lights and bags and things, but i'm excited to take it on it's first long ride!




Tell me about those tires! I'm setting up my 30yo xc bike as a gravel bike and am looking for tires that will work well both on and off pavement.

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Originally Posted by dickbandit
Here is my 1988 Univega Alpina Uno with Nitto Dirt Drop stem and Soma Portola Bars. Just finished up this build yesterday and took it out this morning. WOW. Loved this bike before, but it's so much nicer to have multiple hand positions.

How do you like those Country Rock tires? I'm setting up my 30yo xc bike for gravel and am finding there aren't many 26" "gravel" tires out there.

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How do you like those Country Rock tires? I'm setting up my 30yo xc bike for gravel and am finding there aren't many 26" "gravel" tires out there.

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They have a nice smooth ride on pavement and a great ride on the gravel roads I've taken them on. Plus, you can't beat the price.
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Tell me about those tires! I'm setting up my 30yo xc bike as a gravel bike and am looking for tires that will work well both on and off pavement.

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at ~$30 for a tire, tube, and a couple tire tools, they're great! a little bit on the heavy side at around 2lbs each, but i wasn't sure how big of a tire i could fit in this frame and didn't want to drop $70 on something like a rene herse tire to find out it wouldn't fit. i'm glad i went this route, i'm having a lot of fun with them so far.

i did some pretty loose and rutty single track climbing on this bike last weekend, with grades up to 15% or so, and i didn't have any traction issues at all at ~35lbs in each tire. i had planned to air down some if needed, but didn't end up needing to. did a super loose gravel descent on the same ride as well and they performed really well.

on road, they are awesome. the center inverse filing (or however you'd describe that) makes for quick, quiet rolling, and they are super grippy ripping corners at speed.

here's where i got them if you're interested - https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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