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Schwinn Montague mustache bar conversion

Old 04-19-13, 12:49 PM
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Schwinn Montague mustache bar conversion

I recently picked up an early 90's Schwinn Montague, a folder with concentric seat tubes. It was awfully heavy with stock parts, and the rear wheel was rusted, so time for a reconfig. Here's what I did:

--Replaced narrow steel 26" wheels with big alloy bombers

--Replaced original bar/stem with a Nitto Technomic and Soma mustache bars

--Replaced original shifters with Shimano barcons

--Replaced original brake levers with Shimano SLR aero

--New synthetic leather bar wrap & saddle

--New cables & housing

--Replaced original pedals with SPD on one side, platform on the other

It handles and rides surprisingly well. There don't appear to be any issues from the wider tires/rims. I'd still like to upgrade the drivetrain further, esp the 200GS RD, but it's a work in progress.

It doesn't improve the fold to have the taller stem & more horizontal bars, but if I carry a 6mm hex and detach the stem, I can hang the bars/stem over the top tube when folded.

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Old 04-19-13, 01:15 PM
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Can you post a picture of it folded? I'm curious about what it would fold down too,...
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Old 04-19-13, 01:38 PM
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Very nice! Do you actually ride it off road? (If not, throw some slicks on that puppy and she'll scream.)
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Haven't gone offroad yet, just puttering around the city streets so far. But it could certainly go there.
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