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Old 10-25-19, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by 10eroftheyear

Heres the parts bin fuji nevada that I threw together
I can't quote pictures yet What handlebars are these and do you find them comfortable?
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Old 10-25-19, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Vordak
I can't quote pictures yet What handlebars are these and do you find them comfortable?
If memory serves correctly, they're origin8 bullhorn bars, not quite a drop bar, but to me, they're very comfortable
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Dekerf? Really?

Sorry, if I had a Dekerf, I'd keep it as a MTB, but sub some slicks on a second pair of (good) rims. A very nice bike. I'm jealous.

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My DeKerf, masqureading as a cyclocross bike:

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No need to be sorry, what youíd do with the bike isnít relevant to me. 🙂 It did a decent job of being a CX bike for a season (7 years ago!) before I bought my Cross-Check.

That one was great craftsmanship but too small and too beat up for me to keep. Itís moved on to someone else, and is being adorned with period correct parts and gently ridden around town. I hope this meets with your approval. 😉

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Sorry, if I had a Dekerf, I'd keep it as a MTB, but sub some slicks on a second pair of (good) rims. A very nice bike. I'm jealous.
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DeKerf? Really? con't

No need to be sorry, what youíd do with the bike isnít relevant to me. 🙂 It did a decent job of being a CX bike for a season (7 years ago!) before I bought my Cross-Check.

That one was great craftsmanship but too small and too beat up for me to keep. Itís moved on to someone else, and is being adorned with period correct parts and gently ridden around town. I hope this meets with your approval. 😉
I'm just jealous. What's most important is that it is being used and thoroughly enjoyed. An my opinion should mean nothing to anybody else. It is a great bike.
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Old 10-26-19, 10:26 AM
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Before to start a short ride today , including a bit of hill climbing.
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Wanted to share an update on my Univega Alpina Uno conversion. I love this bike! Recently added the front basket and the Oury grips on the drops. Such a fun and versatile bike.
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^ Nice Univega.
I also zip-tied the stretch net onto the basket on my town bike. It's amazing how much easier it is to deal with, having one side fixed.
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I found a Schwinn Paramount PDG 20 today........
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I found a Schwinn Paramount PDG 20 today........
Key word of this thread is "SHOW".
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Still a work in progress, and in the final shot next to my other work in progress!

But I think this will turn out to be a good candidate for a drop conversion.
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Key word of this thread is "SHOW".


Her she is... Long and Low. Looks to have a 24" top tube and I ride a road bike it a 22 1/2 top tube, so I need to find a 1 1/8 threaded BMX stem, if such things exist.
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Originally Posted by bark_eater

Her she is... Long and Low. Looks to have a 24" top tube and I ride a road bike it a 22 1/2 top tube, so I need to find a 1 1/8 threaded BMX stem, if such things exist.
Try a threadless conversion and a super short stem. Thats the challenge with SOME of the vintage MTBs, really long top tubes. Its something to watch for as others can have more manageable length TT.
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Originally Posted by bark_eater


Here she is... Long and Low. Looks to have a 24" top tube and I ride a road bike it a 22 1/2 top tube, so I need to find a 1 1/8 threaded BMX stem, if such things exist.
That should make a nice drop-bar conversion!
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I've got few frames that I'd like to try with dirt drops, I figure I can sequentially build them up as single speeds and see how they ride with the same wheel-set and cockpit.


The dark hunter green paint on this one is realy nice, and dark enough I think I can do a good job touching up the dings and rust.
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Stumpjumper 2.0 for gravel duty.
Lots of custom bits, front brake bridge and relocated brake mounts, relocated rear brake mounts,
custom adjustable rear derailleur cable attachment to mate Campy to Shimano.
Rebuilt fork, relaced old road race wheels. So far so good.


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This Diamondback just makes me smile.


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Not an MTB but a hybridóI guess it counts. 1993 Marin Redwood, full 700CX, pretty darn light for its size and age. Climbs like a beast.



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This was fun to build. Mostly, because I didn't think that I had bits and pieces to make it work. It worked just fine today to run errands and then a 40 mile round trip to the city. And I received TWO "Nice build" comments while out on the road. Those are always nice.
A 22 inch 1990 Univega Alpina Team with a 23 inch top tube.
I used a thread less converter from Performace's going out of business sale.
I stuck some spacers under it to make it look ok.
Well used -17 110 stem and matching WCS 42mm road bars.
105 SLR levers that have been waiting for just the right project.
9 speed bar ends from my go fast road bike that I haven't made go fast lately.
A free hub swap which included the dust cap from a 105 9 speed hub (5500?)
9 speed HG 12/28 cassette.
REI sells me cables for 3 bucks sometimes. This was one of those times.
The red Fizik has been used a couple times before.
I hope to finish this off with a Nitto Tallux stem, Nitto RM-3 dirt drops and black tape.
Those Tallux will move the bars up and back a tad but it is very comfortable and fast as is.
The Cool kids use dirt drops on the trails. So me too.



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1993 Stumpjumper FS

I built a Tange Prestige Stumpy for my dad. Heís thrilled. Iím too young to be doing this stuff. Iíll post pics when I get 10 posts. Itís got a Surly Singleator, Syncros bars, 105 levers, GT road stem, and more. Itís 90% finished.
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Originally Posted by Nethengeic
I built a Tange Prestige Stumpy for my dad. Heís thrilled. Iím too young to be doing this stuff. Iíll post pics when I get 10 posts. Itís got a Surly Singleator, Syncros bars, 105 levers, GT road stem, and more. Itís 90% finished.
Sounds like you are old enough. Looking forward to the pics.
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Here is my contribution to this thread. Only thing left to swap is the stem which is a bit short, and not silver..
Ritchey Logic (Tange Prestige) frame
Shimano XT derailleurs
Sugino crankset
Mavic 217 SUP wheelset
PRO Discover 30į flared handlebars
My left leg is currently wounded, hence the left crank arm situation (I can only pedal with the right one for now).


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Originally Posted by SergueiGatorski
Here is my contribution to this thread.
Really beautiful, nice work!

Until last month I had a traditional leather saddle, but one of the rails broke. I switched to a Charge Spoon in the same color as you! I had one on a bike years ago and always thought it was comfy, and I'm finding that it still is. And of course a bargain at 1/4 the price and half the weight of my previous leather saddle ;-)
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A little before and after. This is my 1983 Miyata Ridge Runner, pretty much stock with original bullmoose bars and added porteur rack.


Here it is with Nitto dirt drop stem and Soma Portola bars, sans porteur rack.








So far, so fun. I took it out for a shakedown around the neighborhood and liked the way it felt. Truth be told, I almost certainly won't use the drops unless I'm pedaling into a fierce headwind or screaming down a steep descent. With the weight of the bike and those tries, I really don't think there will be much screaming.
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