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Drop Bar 26er = greatness

Old 10-25-17, 08:15 AM
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Drop Bar 26er = greatness

After much trial and error I just completed the old Mongoose build. Drop bars, 7 speeds, bar end shifters 26 inch small knobby tires 2.2 the thing is set up perfect for me. I was looking to buy new and this was to be my beater betweener bike as I wait to get new. I love this thing 1994 Mongoose steel. I am going to get the thing a fresh coat of paint upgrade brakes and ride the crap out of it.
I had a $1200 limit for new gravelr and will now just pocket the $ and make this thing and other bikes fresher.
Now I can compete in a Gravel race.
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I do not know how to do it....But i will attempt.
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1990's mountain bikes (especially steel) make great gravel conversions. There is another thread to post your 26" pictures too...
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog
I do not know how to do it....But i will attempt.
You've been here 10 years, c'mon.
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Originally Posted by chas58
1990's mountain bikes (especially steel) make great gravel conversions. There is another thread to post your 26" pictures too...
This one? Show Your Vintage MTB Drop Bar Conversions
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As nice as the 700c gravel bikes are, I think there's a lot to be said for 26er conversions. I've been pleasantly surprised by how nice my Trek 830 dropbar conversion is, although there are still a couple things it's lacking. But for only having spent $250 including the bike, it's pretty sweet. I'd still like to switch to V brakes, powdercoat, and get a somewhat higher high end on the gearing - my gear inches top out around 80, but bottom out around 17 if I remember correctly. On a practical level that means my cadence has to get really high to maintain pretty average speeds, but that's more of a clean pavement problem, so a little lower priority. What it does excel at is mud (where even 700/40c gets fishtaily and sinks) and more "loaded" riding. It has a set of NOS 2.0 Specialized FastTrak Flak Jackets that roll well on a wide range of surfaces. And on rough, poorly maintained city streets in a Rust Belt city, those tires can float through anything. I'm still tweaking the handlebar angle and hoods location, but I've gone from "ring and pinky finger completely numb at 7 miles" to "mild wrist discomfort at 30 miles" since I made a few key adjustments. The only drawback I've noticed is on dirt trails with rooty stuff, the short (compared to my 110cm touring bike) wheelbase amplifies it, relatively speaking. It's also great for smoothly hauling 120# of kids, trailer, and gear. Anyway, when you have photos of your 'Goose conversion, I'm excited to see them. The 26er conversion thread is neat.
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Since no one has posted a picture yet, here is mine. 1986 Schwinn Sierra, Origin 8 Gary bars, Shimano 7 speed bar end shift levers with Shimano 7 speed freewheel, Kenda Kross 26x1.95 tires. About $400 in it, including the bike, purchased new in 1986. It is a heavy beast, but it rides like a big luxury car.
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I also agree, the bike feels comfy and fast on the road. I usually do rail trails and some basic single track I like the ability to ride as I wish at any time with not much limitations It is no Road Racer but fun and nimble
Love mine.....
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Holmes I just cannot get it done.....i want to use phone where photos are Just cannot make it work. Bike rocks but hoeeible 1990's purple paint Mongoose,
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Holmes I just cannot get it done.....i want to use phone where photos are Just cannot make it work. Bike rocks but hoeeible 1990's purple paint Mongoose,
Can you email it to yourself? That's what I usually do.

Oh man, let us see that "horrible" 1990s purple paint! Some of those bold colors are fun in retrospect.
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26" Renegade Ranger Gravel Bike

Built by Raleigh Canada in the eighties for Canadian Sports Distributors, this lugged steel 23" frame uses all vintage parts from the bin. Nishiki touring bars, Sakae Cx crankset Shimano Light Action RD etc. Running 26X1 1/2 Pasela PTs.
Don't know why but it is exceedingly quick and comfortable and fun. As a rigid mountain bike, I was not impressed but this version has become a workhorse in the fleet.
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Cool bike. I agree I love my 26 inch drop bike but as a Mt Bike it was a dog. Simply fun to ride what is a swift tank down the road then hop off down some trail....
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There's an awesome Seth's Bike Hacks with him riding a drop bar 29er on trails.
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Thanks for the thread.

I already have a road bike (Orbea Orca), tourer/commuter (Surly Troll) and fat bike (Borealis Yampa), so buying a dedicated gravel bike is not in the cards/wallet, but this thread has me thinking about a Schwinn PDG 90 mtb frame I have hanging in the garage rafter. Light, responsive steel, clearance for wider tires, etc. May be the ticket.
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OK this is the 1 year in the making graveling beast.
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There's an awesome Seth's Bike Hacks with him riding a drop bar 29er on trails. Jump to the 9:40 mark or so.
That was...interesting. basically rode out of cpntrol and lucked into not crashing.
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Why do you want a drop bar CX/gravel or MTB???


Do you realize what tucking your head in will do to eliminate control? Whoop de woop!


Drops are for flat tracks and road racing.
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Why do you want a drop bar CX/gravel or MTB???

Do you realize what tucking your head in will do to eliminate control? Whoop de woop!

Drops are for flat tracks and road racing.
Are you unfamiliar with what cyclocross is?
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There she is the SuperGoose from 1994.
7 speeds of fun.
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That's how Tomac used to do it.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog
There she is the SuperGoose from 1994.
7 speeds of fun.


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