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My curbside project bike

Old 01-24-19, 09:17 PM
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My curbside project bike

Hey, I can post photos now, and I can't resist...

Just sharing this for giggles, it's a curbside 2008 Diamondback Outlook from what I've gathered. When I got it it was just the frame, crankset and fork. This has been an extreme budget build so far:
  • $20 used wheelset, Weinmann rims with Specialized hubs.
  • Free with giftcard WTB All Terrain tires (snow all over here, dying to try these out....)
  • $8.65 25.4mm flat aluminum handlebars
  • $10 Used Giant Connect saddle (there is a LBS nearby with a bucket of them, must not be a popular model but I'm loving it -- and I'm a clyde)
  • $13 Origin8 lock on grips, had some ODI plugs laying around
  • $7 Sunrace SLM-10 friction shifters that came with cables and housings
  • Other misc parts like pads, brake cables, derailleur were laying around.
So i'm around $60 in at this point. Might not be worth it but it's definitely entertaining -- and hey, it's slowly phasing out the sanitized Magna behind it. (Though, honestly I put 850+ miles on that Magna with very little grief last year...)

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Old 01-24-19, 10:51 PM
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Nice. Just for entertainment value, it's worth more than $60. And you kept it out of the dump - good on you

I get a "rescue bike" like that and I usually end up many hundreds of dollars into it because I can't just stop. Wonder what it would be like with a ...... (for instance, a Manitou R7 Elite light weight air fork )?

But, in your case, you are in luck because it has a 1" steer tube, so high rent forks are not an easy option. KISS and ride on

Might evolve into a decent semi-tough trail/gravel bike

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Old 01-24-19, 11:48 PM
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Thanks, funny thing is this actually does have a 1 1/8" headset on it... I've thought about a threadless conversion. The old fork is totally fine for my riding though, mainly pavement and really flat packed trails.

I might pick up a quill stem adapter though, just to play with different bar setups...
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Nice work, good looking Diamond Back ! I have an older Diamond Back with the hard fork, not a suspension fork. It was dumped in one of our city trash bins. Replaced the tires, chain and put on a new saddle. It looked like it had been stored inside, the paint is in great shape. I suspect it was bought and hung up in someones garage until they decided to dump it. I like the grips you have on yours, I will see if I can find those too.
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Old 01-25-19, 07:22 AM
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Thanks -- The grips really are awesome if you do any kind of tinkering around at all: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00288JF26 I've had really good luck with alcohol or WD taking off and installing regular rubber grips but these are so much easier and look good too.

If I didn't have those ODI bar end plugs laying around I probably would go with some of those aluminum caps that could be locked in with an allen wrench.
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I like the shape of the saddle and the general set-up of the bike. Bars are a bit high for my tast, but that it personal taste. Slap a rack on it and it would be a great short-ride commuter.

I learned to ride in bad city traffic on bikes like that--scavenged from the trash, frankensteined together ... none of them looked that good.
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Originally Posted by Synack42 View Post
Thanks -- The grips really are awesome if you do any kind of tinkering around at all: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00288JF26 I've had really good luck with alcohol or WD taking off and installing regular rubber grips but these are so much easier and look good too.

If I didn't have those ODI bar end plugs laying around I probably would go with some of those aluminum caps that could be locked in with an allen wrench.


I just ordered a pair along with the nice aluminum end caps. I usually use water with a drop of dish soap for the rubber grips. These grips look like they go on without any prep.
Thanks for the info !!
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Looks great buddy. I'm beginning to think I want to build up a vintage bike.
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