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Old 04-27-13, 01:08 PM
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Neat article!
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Sure wish I could drop bar this 1985 Cimarron. Barends too expensive and I just don't think I could live with stem shift, though.


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LesterOfPuppets, you gotta do me favor and find out how much Wheel Deals wants for the Cimarron... should you decide to pass on it, I'd love to have it!!! I kinda' got a thing for those '85-'89 Cimarrons! C'mon man, get back there and snag that gem (as long as it's cheap)! You know, pretty please and all that jazz...

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Hey LesterOfPuppets, man what is going on at Wheels Deals? I just checked their Flickr account... you're holding out on us! A chrome Sekai with a lugged crown fork and full Shimano "Deerhead" XT group! It just needs a front fender, front rack, and drop bar set up and that would be an awesome touring bike. Bad Lester...!!!

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Old 04-27-13, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
This one is painful...

With the recent Panasonic postings, that got me thinking today about my ol' 7 Up colored Panasonic Mountain Cat. Last summer my cousin asked if I had a bike that I could lend him, he wanted to get some exercise and planned on hitting some fire roads near his home. I pulled out my '87 Panasonic MC-7500, the 18 speed XT set up was all tuned and ready to roll, I just needed to dust it off. Jump ahead ahead 8 months to today... these pictures speak for themselves!



Months of neglect and being left outside has aged my poor old friend! I snapped these pics where I found the bike behind his garage as the sun was going down. I promptly took my bike and loaded it into the back of my truck, we shared a few colorful words, and I ended the exchange with a swift crack to his nuts. I certainly don't want to paint the picture that the Mountain Cat 7500 was in pristine condition but it was in good condition for being 25 years old, obviously, it's been reduced to poor condition at best! Pretty sad... like I let an old buddy down or something.

This is what the bike looked like new:

Man that really sucks, I have a MC-6500 and its in pristine shape. I can only imagine how I would feel if my mc-6500 got trashed like that. I mean how do you destroy a bike this much? It almost looks deliberately done...look at the rear derailleur its so scraped up, the paint looks really bad. Your cousin must be a real piece of $hit.
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Old 04-27-13, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
LesterOfPuppets, you gotta do me favor and find out how much Wheel Deals wants for the Cimarron... should you decide to pass on it, I'd love to have it!!! I kinda' got a thing for those '85-'89 Cimarrons! C'mon man, get back there and snag that gem (as long as it's cheap)! You know, pretty please and all that jazz...
Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
Hey LesterOfPuppets, man what is going on at Wheels Deals? I just checked their Flickr account... you're holding out on us! A chrome Sekai with a lugged crown fork and full Shimano "Deerhead" XT group! It just needs a front fender, front rack, and drop bar set up and that would be an awesome touring bike. Bad Lester...!!!

Sorry, I've already started in on the Cimarron, busy building up a rear wheel for it. If we get another in project mode, I'll definitely keep you in mind.

I'm pretty much the main guy @ Wheel Deals, been volunteering here for a year. We're pretty much an extension of the thrift store that benefits a shelter for homeless families.

I shared the Sekai in the Vintage MTB thread She really is a stunner!
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Originally Posted by wrk101
I know several of you have some really nice drop bar conversions. I finally got around to converting my Univega Alpina Pro. I did a minimalist job on this one, using stuff out of the bin only. The cockpit on this bike was cramped for me, I can already tell its better (riding on the hoods). It was either this or trekking bars, and I have done the trekking bar conversion before, so it was time for something different. I kept the original stem.

For those that thought all of the Univegas in the 1980s were built by Miyata, this one was built in Taiwan, so I am guessing KHS.

Smoked chrome, triple butted cromoly frame, what's not to like? OK, it does have a U-brake, and the frame is not lugged..

Lighting was kind of poor on these pics, I may have to redo them later.







That's a nice bike.
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Old 04-27-13, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
Back top the dirt drop handlebar subject, I wanted to again state my fondness for the On-One Midge bar... it's and awesome handlebar and right now it's the best deal going! A page back I posted links to many dirt drop bars, here are some actual photos of the Midge bar that just arrived in the mail, only took two days with free shipping. There was some arguments on a different forum as to whether or not the Midge bar can run bar end shifters, yes it can as pictured. I installed the left over Dura Ace bar end mount, I ran the shifter on a PAUL Thumbie on my 96'er 1X9 conversion, so even a modern bar end shifter will mount up securely on the Midge.
+1 I dig mine too.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Sure wish I could drop bar this 1985 Cimarron. Barends too expensive and I just don't think I could live with stem shift, though.
The A050s mentioned arent stem-mount though. Which is why I (and others) mentioned them! They are bar-top, so they would roughly be in the same place as your thumbies are already. Really depends on how you want to tape the bar. . .
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Old 04-28-13, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Sure wish I could drop bar this 1985 Cimarron. Barends too expensive and I just don't think I could live with stem shift, though.
Lester, plenty of people have converted thumbies to barcons by mountain them on a piece of wood, metal or whatever shoved in the bar end, I think there was even a thread on that here, but can't find it now.
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Old 04-29-13, 03:05 PM
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some cockpit questions:

Ok, somebody clarified the Origin8 Gary issue for me, apparently what I have is the second version, though not labelled "Gary II". I haven't tried the Midges or Woodchippers, but I got the Gary bar for $25 new at the LBS on a closeout deal, and it seems to fit me right, and the bar ends worked fine.

Many of you lament the expense of bar ends, but I don't get that either. I spose that compared to low-end brifters it becomes a question of taste, after you add brake levers the cost sort of evens out. But do you really think $50-75 is too much for indexed Shimano bar ends, in either 7 or 8 speed with the friction option for both? I think if you have to buy them outright, that the non-indexed ones are sort of a ripoff in that you don't get the indexing option that might appeal to you or a future owner at some point.

I came across a nice two-bolt Nitto dirt drop stem for my Univega Evel Kneivel bike for $15 on craigslist, and I see that a lot of you are rocking them, but I have to ask, did you get lucky too, or do you have a source for them? I finally got ahold of the early 80's Schwinn Mirada that I've been waiting on for for the last few weeks, and I'd like to convert it, but it has the opposite problem as my Ross Mt. Hood frameset: a 22.2 quill with a 7/8 clamp, whereas the Ross has a .833 quill, and I want to run drops on both these bikes.

So, in lieu of finding the Nitto stem for the Mirada and a REALLY old .833 road stem for the Ross, do you guys have any suggestions? Frinstance, do any of the dirt drops (first version of Gary, or the Midge maybe) have thin enough tubing away from the clamp area to use a double-clamp stem, like an SR MTS-100 or 101? I find those easily enough in both quill sizes, and sometimes at a really good price. A bullmoose-drop setup might be feasible and downright cool looking. What do you think?
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Old 04-29-13, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Taxi Rob
Many of you lament the expense of bar ends, but I don't get that either. I spose that compared to low-end brifters it becomes a question of taste, after you add brake levers the cost sort of evens out. But do you really think $50-75 is too much
A lot of folks probably didn't even spend $50-75 on the mtb itself..
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Originally Posted by frantik
A lot of folks probably didn't even spend $50-75 on the mtb itself..
Sure, but assuming you HAD to buy them, what would be the advantage of spending nearly as much on friction-only SunTours?
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oh, and something I meant to include in that longish post: I notice that most of you are running your cables the same way I am, any negative experiences with snagging the cables during trail rides through sylvan terrain?
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i was just saying people might be hesitant to spend $75 on any kind of barcons if they didn't spend much on the bike itself

i dont like barcons anyways.. i'd rather just jerry-rig some thumbies onto a drop bar
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Rode a loop through Black Canyon / Mesa Grande / Santa Ysabel this sunday. 40 miles, 2900ft of overall elevation gain, and breathtaking scenery. Most of the climbing was in the first half of the ride on low traffic, graded dirt national forest roads. Still pretty green in the desert, but it's starting to get a little hot. It was in the mid to high 80s for most of the day.

My girlfriend was riding her Panasonic with 700x32 tires on it and she was a little jealous of my 26x1.5 (38mm) tires on some of the dirt sections. Still planning on building up a drop-bar mtb for her, maybe the 85 Stumpjumper Sport XT I picked up recently although it may be a little too small.








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^ awesome
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I got a little time after work for some glamour shots.





Buuuut I have a problem. I bought a set of SKS P55 fenders on recommendation by The Man, and it seems that I have a choice between a close-fitting fender and good fender line. I think part of the problem is that I'm using 1.5" tires, but SKS doesn't make a 26" fender that's any narrower and with a tighter radius than the P55. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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I got a little time after work for some glamour shots.
that first one is so cool
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Originally Posted by seely
The stock stem actually worked out really well for me. I have very long legs, long arms and a short torso so the tall short reach stem worked flawlessly for me.
Seely,

Decided to go that way as well. Found a black dropbar with creases for areo levers at the co-op and slid them into the stem that was on the Schwinn High Plains. I had to spread the clamping area a little to get the bars in there but not a problem. the clamp area had the cut outs to make it easier. Shimano 105 levers are on it now, just waiting to cable it and get some barcons. Thinking of using yellow lacross tape again for this build, like it on the GT build and it ties in with the yellow Schwinn decal.
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Originally Posted by striknein
Buuuut I have a problem. I bought a set of SKS P55 fenders on recommendation by The Man, and it seems that I have a choice between a close-fitting fender and good fender line. I think part of the problem is that I'm using 1.5" tires, but SKS doesn't make a 26" fender that's any narrower and with a tighter radius than the P55. Does anyone have any recommendations?
I don't know if this helps or not, but on my bike I'm using 26 x 1.25 tires and 700c/27" Planet bike fenders. It wasn't much trouble to pull the radius tighter with the stays.
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Originally Posted by due ruote
I don't know if this helps or not, but on my bike I'm using 26 x 1.25 tires and 700c/27" Planet bike fenders. It wasn't much trouble to pull the radius tighter with the stays.
I ran a similar set up to due route's on my '85 Cimarron commuter, I opted for the 700c bamboo fenders and 26" street slick tires. It is definitely more forgiving with better adjustment capabilities than the 26" fenders I initially had mounted.

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saw this on CL





seller is looking to trade but values his bike at 300-400.. i dunno if i would go that high but still, interesting to see

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/3776859038.html
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Originally Posted by frantik
i was just saying people might be hesitant to spend $75 on any kind of barcons if they didn't spend much on the bike itself

i dont like barcons anyways.. i'd rather just jerry-rig some thumbies onto a drop bar
I've been known to (on more than one occasion) buy an entire bike off CL, swap the bar end shifters for stem shifters from my parts bin, list the bike on CL for the same price and come out in the end with a free set of bar ends

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^I like the concept! I just might do that on my old conversion, save money on brifters (they're so expensive now).

I'm not sure on the thumbies positioning. Is there a better way to do that? I'd better check this thread a little more deeply. Nice looking bike nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by cobrabyte
I've been known to (on more than one occasion) buy an entire bike off CL, swap the bar end shifters for stem shifters from my parts bin, list the bike on CL for the same price and come out in the end with a free set of bar ends
I've done similar many times myself. Recreational riders do not like barcons in my area. Leaving them on a bike, particularly if it is not a touring bike, is underappreciated.
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