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Old 07-07-12, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I'll give it a shot, but to be honest I've ridden commands with the xc pro and freewheel and thought they had the same issue. My cassette was spaced correctly, so it shouldn't be a problem. If the friction mode worked, it would be fine.
Then pull out the ball bearing; it takes about ten minutes and you have real friction. I also have a pair that I'm siting on, just waiting for the right bike.

Actually, I have three that I'm sitting on, one matched pair, and one extra. I don't know what I'm going to do with that extra.
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Old 07-07-12, 05:27 AM
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FWIW I threw a brand new Acera long cage derailleur on an old Suntour 6 speed indexed mountain bike. It worked like it was made for it?,,,,BD
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FWIW I threw a brand new Acera long cage derailleur on an old Suntour 6 speed indexed mountain bike. It worked like it was made for it?,,,,BD
Good to know! What's the rest of it? Chain, FW, specific shifters?
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Old 07-07-12, 11:10 AM
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I don't remember the group, but it was a mid to late eighties Schwinn Woodlands, or Sierra. It was electric blue with geometric shapes all over, IIRC. All the parts were stock Suntour stuff. I don't know the brand of chain.,,,,BD
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This bike is quickly becoming my do-everything, around-town, SUV bike. 1985 Schwinn Cimarron:



Double-butted cromoly lugged frame with fillet-brazed headtube joints. Low-rider mounts on the fork in case I really want to deck it out.

I'm loving these Schwalbe Marathon 26x2.0 tires. Small contact patch, so they're really surprisingly fast for their size, but I still feel like I can roll over pretty much anything.
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Old 07-16-12, 12:23 AM
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Any shorter guys interested in doing this? Boy have I got a frame for you!

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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I'll give it a shot, but to be honest I've ridden commands with the xc pro and freewheel and thought they had the same issue. My cassette was spaced correctly, so it shouldn't be a problem. If the friction mode worked, it would be fine.
I've got 6 speed commands running on an XC Pro RD and a 6 speed Shimano freewheel- it functions fine.
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Any shorter guys interested in doing this? Boy have I got a frame for you!


It seems the short guys always get the best options. Do I see a pulley on the seat tube? that should lend itself to a road setup.
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Indeed. It's so you can run a bottom pull dérailleur while keeping the cables tidy up top.

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It seems the short guys always get the best options. Do I see a pulley on the seat tube? that should lend itself to a road setup.
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this thread is the beeeest! keep it going!
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Originally Posted by realestvin7
Any shorter guys interested in doing this? Boy have I got a frame for you!

*drools*
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Originally Posted by frantik
*drools*
It glows like crazy at dusk. Looks ridiculous. It's a 16.5" with a 52cm TT if you know anyone interested.
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Old 07-17-12, 12:01 PM
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for those in Boston area

This old high sierra is begging for this treatment (on Craigslist, not mine)
https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/3126465513.html
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i'm glad it's too small for me
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I will pay for that High Sierra and only want the stem/handlebars, if someone is willing to do that deal?,,,,BD
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Originally Posted by 2wheeljonz
I've noticed that some of you, those starting with the more vintage rides, have Biopace chain rings. Are those working out or do you have plans to change them?
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I'd also like to know what your thinking is on keeping vs. changing the bios. Seems like their dork factor is pretty high, but that can either be a plus or minus depending on ones perspective.

Thakns,

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Old 07-18-12, 10:00 AM
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I like that High Sierra on CL in JP -- I've emailed them.

I don't have any experience with MTBs, for this sort of application would a 19'' CTC seat tube be too big for someone who rides a 53-54cm road bike?
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Originally Posted by Orrery
I like that High Sierra on CL in JP -- I've emailed them.

I don't have any experience with MTBs, for this sort of application would a 19'' CTC seat tube be too big for someone who rides a 53-54cm road bike?
I think so. I ride 56cm CTC ST's for road and 17-19" CTC ST MTB's.
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Originally Posted by realestvin7
I think so. I ride 56cm CTC ST's for road and 17-19" CTC ST MTB's.
Rats. I'm a sucker for chromed bikes. It's pretty cheap so I may pick it up anyways.
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You might give it a try. at 6'2, I should ride a 60 or so if memory serves, but I have a 22" that I've done this to and find it to be a bit too small.
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^^^That's cool. What bars are those? And do you have any other pics of your shifter setup? I was thinking about doing something like that. How do you like it?

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Old 07-18-12, 04:26 PM
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I love it.....


Here you go:



Sorry not seeing a close up, but here are a gaggle of dirt drops:

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^^^I like that^^^
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Old 07-18-12, 04:39 PM
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Yeah, that's really cool. How do the hoods feel on those dirt drops? Do you have to turn your wrists a certain way or does it feel natural?
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