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Old 04-04-15, 04:04 PM
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EDIT: I had posted my Handsome Devil but it's been replaced:

1995 Trek Multitrack. I have a 19" version of this bike that I bought new in 1995 and rode for twelve years, with quite a bit of gravel road riding near the town where I went to college. I picked up this 21" version a couple of years ago and it is now my main bike. These old Treks have MTB geometry (shallow head angle and low rake fork giving high trail measurement) which is much more reassuring to me on gravel. My Devil has road bike geometry and to me, the front-end is much to skittish for riding off pavement.

This bike is set up as a 1x9 (36 x 11-28) with a Deore drivetrain and brakes. My goal is to someday have a custom frameset built and this bike will largely inform the geometry of my future custom. In fact, this bike has virtually the same geometry as Surly's Karate Monkey. The KM has a slightly longer top-tube and takes fatter tires.




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I posted this elsewhere. But I guess it belongs in this thread. '83 Trek 620.

Mostly ridden on gravel county roads in SW Colorado.


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Originally Posted by dgodave
I posted this elsewhere. But I guess it belongs in this thread. '83 Trek 620.

Mostly ridden on gravel county roads in SW Colorado.



Great looking bike. Saw a similar one today with a light blue badge and light blue knobbies.
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Old 04-07-15, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by franswa
Great looking bike. Saw a similar one today with a light blue badge and light blue knobbies.
Thank you. It amazing what you can get for fifty bucks at a garage sale. I bought the big blue badge bike version, but traded it straight across, with another bike forums member, for this one in my size.
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1993 Panasonic CB-3000
Dura Ace 10-speed shifters on Paul thumbies, XT RD, 105 FD, Shimano cyclocross crank. Original handlebars, stem, and seatpost.
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Here's my Trek 7.3FX. I swapped all the stock shifters and brakes for Shimano Deore v brakes and 9 speed shifters. Also swapped the stock crank for a non series Alivio level chainset so I can remove the chainrings! In this photo I'm running a DIY tubeless set up consisting off the standard Bontrager hybrid rims, electrical tape, Continental tape and some folding Bontrager cx clinchers. I love this bike so much, it's my off road beast, my commuter with mudguards and a rack, my tourer & I use it to pick my kid up from nursery!

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Originally Posted by noition
Here's my Trek 7.3FX. I swapped all the stock shifters and brakes for Shimano Deore v brakes and 9 speed shifters. Also swapped the stock crank for a non series Alivio level chainset so I can remove the chainrings! In this photo I'm running a DIY tubeless set up consisting off the standard Bontrager hybrid rims, electrical tape, Continental tape and some folding Bontrager cx clinchers. I love this bike so much, it's my off road beast, my commuter with mudguards and a rack, my tourer & I use it to pick my kid up from nursery!

Nice bike!, just wish we could see it a bit closer. What size tires are you running? I was thinking that a FX with a wide tire might be a better choice for a cheap semi-cross ride than the DS series. Have you tried a 700x38?
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This would be a great flatbar gravel grinder:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...pper-comp.html
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I love cross bikes be it flat bar rigid 29er, old school steel CX, Monster X ,etc. But for me a rigid 29er Cross is tough to beat




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very nice bikes, great inspiration.
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1983 Schwinn Traveler, built into a gravel grinder with a new Sun CR18 wheelset and a 1X7 gearing setup.

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Originally Posted by thenomad
Lots of nice shiny bikes!

Here's my latest build. Put a flat bar on this Gitane XO cyclocross frame to make it an errand/bar bike. If I like it there may be a full refurb in the cards.
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awesome bike! how's the ride so far? i have a soft spot in my heart for the Gitane's. serious bike envy right now...
+ 1. This is a beautiful bike. Vintage cross bikes are rare.
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Originally Posted by Primitive Don
1983 Schwinn Traveler, built into a gravel grinder with a new Sun CR18 wheelset and a 1X7 gearing setup.

Nice job of repurposing an old bike. This looks like a sweet set up. How does it ride?
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Lots of great looking bikes on this thread. I'm a sucker for vintage mountain bikes. This is my 1993 Trek 950 which gets some hard miles esp. in the winter with studded mtb tires:

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Originally Posted by bikemig
Nice job of repurposing an old bike. This looks like a sweet set up. How does it ride?
Thank you. I'm happy with the ride. It handles dirt and gravel well and the gearing is good for climbing. The bike is not light, but neither am I.

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Originally Posted by bikemig
Lots of great looking bikes on this thread. I'm a sucker for vintage mountain bikes. This is my 1993 Trek 950 which gets some hard miles esp. in the winter with studded mtb tires:

Nice. I keep look for a good vintage MTB, but finding a decent model in a tall size in a fairly flat state is somewhat of a challenge.
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All City Nature Boy disc

Almost flatbar :-)


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1x9 setup (one of the chainring bolts won't come off so I've left the two other rings on there for now) with road tires.
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Originally Posted by mongol777
Almost flatbar :-)
Very nice. I'm building up an 853 in a similar vain as we speak.
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Originally Posted by The_Mickstar
Very nice. I'm building up an 853 in a similar vain as we speak.
I bought 853 as well! Built it up with drops so now I have two Nature Boys :-)
And regular one got SimWorks GetAround bar (GETAROUND Bar | SimWorks) and studded tires so it is now dedicated winter gravel bike
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One bike, all roads (paved or not):

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Pardon my ignorance, but what makes the bikes on this thread any different than a hybrid that is used on multi-surfaces, gravel included?

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Urban 29ers and urban flat bar road bikes can be suitable adventure/gravel road bikes as long as they can take up to 45 c tires.

Such bikes were adventure/gravel road bikes long before the market segment appeared.
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Originally Posted by NormanF
Urban 29ers and urban flat bar road bikes can be suitable adventure/gravel road bikes as long as they can take up to 45 c tires.

Such bikes were adventure/gravel road bikes long before the market segment appeared.
Ah, I see, so it's primarily about the tires?

I have a Giant Roam 1 with Continental Speed Ride 700x42's on it. I ride it 50% on (poor) pavement, and the other 50% on gravel/dirt trails. So when I ride it on gravel it fits in with the "gravel grinders"?

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