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198? Ross MTB Porteur commuter.

Old 09-28-14, 10:36 AM
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198? Ross MTB Porteur commuter.

I decider to convert my unused MTB for commuter duty, bought it new in the early 80s, it has lots of sentimental value so to me its worth putting money and effort into rather than just getting a new bike.

the wheels are salvaged from a Schwinn cruiser with a Shimano 7 speed IGH and Schwalbe 26 X 2 Kojaks. The stem is a steel Suntour with VO Belleville bars, Dia-comp inverse levers, and the twist grip shifter mounted to the stem. The inner and outer gear rings are gone as well as the derailleurs. Seat is a fully sprung Brooks B135, rear rack a modified Suntour, and fenders VO zepplin, Bibir mudflap.
Still to do, a VO Porteur front rack, VO chain guard, B&M dyno lights, platform pedals, and a few other small details. I may replace the 7 speed IGH with a Nuvinci N360

The narrow Belleville bars felt awkward at first, but after a couple of miles they began to feel just right making the bike feel very light and responsive. It feels slower, but the computer shows the opposite, the new setup is so relaxed and comfortable its deceptive. The inverse levers do feel different in a good way being less restrictive as to hand position.

Being half the weight of the bike I'm commuting on now, the hills should be a little less challenging.
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Very handsome and functional. Really good work. Have you used B&M dynamo lights yet? I love mine and can't imagine using anything else.
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Gorgeous bike. In 1985, I bought my first mountain bike, a Ross Mt. Whitney. Like yours, it was chrome plated. Great bike. We had so many adventures. I left it behind in a move in 2005 and truly regretted it. I have better bikes now, but I still have a sweet spot for those bikes from the 80s.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Very handsome and functional. Really good work. Have you used B&M dynamo lights yet? I love mine and can't imagine using anything else.
Thanks, I think it will work well for me. All my experience with dyno lights is with high quality vintage equipment, I'm looking forward to getting the B&M lights as everyone who has them raves about them.
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For what it's worth, I've connected modern lights to antique dynamos. They work well that way.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
For what it's worth, I've connected modern lights to antique dynamos. They work well that way.
I was going to use a 40s lucas Dynamo, but I dropped it and broke the housing at the mount.... I may eventually do a Shimano dyno hub, but at this time the B&M bottle dyno is whats in the budget.
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As long as you have enough juice to power the lights, you'll be fine. You may want to think about getting the capacitor rear standlight, if you've not all ready.

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missing the big rack on the front to get more to the Porteur category .
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missing the big rack on the front to get more to the Porteur category .
It's in the mail and should be on the bike by the end of the week. Budget constraints mean I must do things in steps. Next purchase will be the B&M headlight, tail light, and bottle dyno.
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Wow that looks great. Any idea of the trail on that thing? Things could get real wobbly with that short stem and a load over the front wheel. Is a longer stem out of the question?
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Wow that looks great. Any idea of the trail on that thing? Things could get real wobbly with that short stem and a load over the front wheel. Is a longer stem out of the question?
Thanks,
It has 34mm of trail, with my hands at the bend in the bars it feels normal with a 15 lb load on the Porteur rack, with my hands at the end of the bars it feels like its on tracks. I think the long chainstays help counteract any wobble. It actually feels better than with the same amount of weight on the back.

The cockpit with shellacked cotton tape, and stem shifter mount I fabricated.


Rack in place.


Bibia mudflap keeps feet clean and dry.


Lights are next on the list.
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I really like this.
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I wish more bikes had the 2nd set of bottle mounts on the down tube. And below. I want bottles/accessories everywhere, dammit.
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oh, cool, I didn't even notice the 2nd H2O bottle mount. This bike is full of neat stuff.
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Just installed and tested my Sanyo hub with Cyo and Topline lights, all I can say is wow, that's some setup. I also discovered my adjustable mount acts like suspension for the light, keeping it steady and vibration free.

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Damn.
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Nice! There aren't many original pieces left on that anymore are there?
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That stem-mounted grip shifter is pretty awesome!
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That is a really cool bike. I love vintage chrome MTBs.
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Nice! There aren't many original pieces left on that anymore are there?
Just the frameset and crankset minus two chainrings. Also most of what I used has needed modification too. The IGH is actually a coaster brake hub with the brake shoes removed, a custom mount for the shifter because it wouldn't fit on the bars, the twiggy legs of the rear rack replaced with 1/2" aluminum tubing, the adjustable light mount.......
Something tells me I'm a Fred....
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The frameset, front brake arms, the front derailer and the front skewer are the only original parts left on mine.
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Something tells me I'm a Fred....
I'm not sure, maybe you should post it on the road forum and see what they say. No seriously, fly that Fred flag with pride. Screw the poseurs.
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Done except for a better IGH rear wheel.
New Shimano BB, Velo Orange Plume Alaire chain guard, double leg stand, and 1/2" aluminum tubing to replace the weak rod legs on the rear rack.

The B&M Cyo headlight is simply amazing, it lights up the road exactly where needed and not where undesirable. The short section of rough singletrack on my commute is no longer a white knuckle affair in the dark as I can see clearly now.

Since this bike has turned out better than expected, and has proven to be perfect for my commute, I may end up splurging and use my tax refund on a Rohloff Speedhub.

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