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Forum: Touring
04-24-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By Arvadaman

I set mine up in the “normal” position that you...

I set mine up in the “normal” position that you had in the first picture. I tip mine up 10 - 15 degrees from horizontal in the front. Similar to slope I like my bar ends as mentioned earlier.

I...
03-03-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By Arvadaman

If you have a question about a specific series...

If you have a question about a specific series and year, you can download the catalog from the brochures section on that site.
03-03-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By Arvadaman

Trek Bike Models by Year and Color...

Trek Bike Models by Year and Color (http://www.vintage-trek.com/model_numbers1.htm)
Forum: Touring
03-03-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,490
Posted By Arvadaman

You will probably not save much money but there...

You will probably not save much money but there some advantages.

1. You get exactly the components you want on the bike. I prefer this because no company in their right mind would build the bike...
Forum: Touring
02-25-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,462
Posted By Arvadaman

I like her Ravn. My kind of bicycle.

I like her Ravn. My kind of bicycle.
09-12-18, 09:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,562
Posted By Arvadaman

I would not consider upgrading a 26” wheel MTB as...

I would not consider upgrading a 26” wheel MTB as a mistake or a bad idea. If it is what you enjoy riding, do what you want.

I ride old, 1990’s rehabbed 26” MTBs all the time. They are...
05-20-18, 04:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,658
Posted By Arvadaman

+1 to riding regularly and having fun. Do...

+1 to riding regularly and having fun.

Do not stress out too much about what to wear or how far you go each ride.

Get out and ride as often as you can and do rides you enjoy. Ride like you did...
05-07-18, 04:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 975
Posted By Arvadaman

This is the route I went for building a cruiser...

This is the route I went for building a cruiser bike for my wife.

Kent's Bike Blog: The Speed Cruiser Manifesto (http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/2008/06/speed-cruiser-manifesto.html?m=1)

Here is...
05-06-18, 11:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 930
Posted By Arvadaman

Also, stay away from 700c wheel bikes for the...

Also, stay away from 700c wheel bikes for the time being. Stick with 26” wheels at his weight.

My weight is the same as his. I broke spokes in a 700c wheel two weeks ago. In my 26” wheeled...
05-06-18, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 930
Posted By Arvadaman

For that low of a budget, used would be your best...

For that low of a budget, used would be your best bet. I would look for mid to upper end, early 90’s, rigid mountain bike.

If you know what to look for in a quality bike and can recognize one in...
Forum: Touring
04-05-18, 04:07 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,635
Posted By Arvadaman

This is how I would go....... ...

This is how I would go.......

https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/slowroad/i-built-her-a-bike/
Forum: Touring
04-01-18, 08:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,735
Posted By Arvadaman

Oops! Triple triangle. That is embarrassing!

Oops! Triple triangle. That is embarrassing!
Forum: Touring
04-01-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,735
Posted By Arvadaman

Papa, Nice GT! I really like the old double...

Papa,

Nice GT! I really like the old double triangle frames from the ‘90s.
Forum: Touring
01-08-18, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 964
Posted By Arvadaman

As usual, Sheldon Brown has the answer. ...

As usual, Sheldon Brown has the answer.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vo7RJqaUdhg
Forum: Touring
12-31-17, 05:55 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,172
Posted By Arvadaman

I agree with several earlier posters. Lower your...

I agree with several earlier posters. Lower your crankset up front.
Forum: Touring
12-04-17, 06:00 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,351
Posted By Arvadaman

Sheldon Brown has a page with rear derailleur...

Sheldon Brown has a page with rear derailleur cage length measurements.

Bicycle Rear Derailleurs from Harris Cyclery (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/derailers-rear.html)
Forum: Touring
11-29-17, 03:07 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,357
Posted By Arvadaman

I like 26 inch wheels also. It really limits...

I like 26 inch wheels also. It really limits your options for a new bike.

I have come to the conclusion that I am either sticking with MTB conversions or building a Surly 26" wheel LHT frame...
Forum: Touring
11-28-17, 10:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,357
Posted By Arvadaman

I agree with saddlesores. Why not put a pair...

I agree with saddlesores.

Why not put a pair of trekking bars on the MTB and rebuild the wheels with higher quality rims?
Forum: Touring
11-14-17, 05:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,276
Posted By Arvadaman

I vote that you go ahead and customize it to your...

I vote that you go ahead and customize it to your liking with new parts.

As was stated before, put the old parts in a box.

If you ever decide to part with it, restore it to original.

I...
Forum: Touring
10-12-17, 09:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,915
Posted By Arvadaman

The Novara Safari was previously setup with...

The Novara Safari was previously setup with trekking bars and grip shifters. You might be able to consider that as a possible setup.
Forum: Touring
10-07-17, 08:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,338
Posted By Arvadaman

Nice buy! I love the 90's Trek 800 and 900...

Nice buy! I love the 90's Trek 800 and 900 series bikes.
Forum: Touring
10-06-17, 01:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,405
Posted By Arvadaman

1-1/8" threaded is a pain. You can raise the...

1-1/8" threaded is a pain.

You can raise the bars by changing the fork as mentioned above. Some people cannot stomach that cost.

You could look for a GT high rise stem.

You can go with a...
Forum: Touring
10-06-17, 03:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,405
Posted By Arvadaman

If you decide to go with the Borrego and it is a...

If you decide to go with the Borrego and it is a threadless stem, you might take a look at the Ergotec High Charisma stem. Something like that would get the handlebar much higher.

Not sure where...
Forum: Touring
10-05-17, 05:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,405
Posted By Arvadaman

I think the geometry is pretty comparable in the...

I think the geometry is pretty comparable in the same size. The difference is the stem, tube materials, and grade of components.

I looked at the 1993 GT catalog on Retrobike and overlayed the...
Forum: Touring
10-05-17, 01:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,405
Posted By Arvadaman

Conversion of 90’s mountain bikes for touring...

Conversion of 90’s mountain bikes for touring presents some interesting challenges.

Generally, the better quality frames have more aggressive geometries. The chainstays get shorter and the rise...
Forum: Touring
09-15-17, 07:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,957
Posted By Arvadaman

If you look at Brittany, you could take a look at...

If you look at Brittany, you could take a look at these guys.

http://www.bretonbikes.com/
Forum: Touring
09-01-17, 08:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,494
Posted By Arvadaman

Maybe a 1993 Advance? Hard to tell without more...

Maybe a 1993 Advance? Hard to tell without more details.
Forum: Touring
08-31-17, 10:27 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

What I am getting at is that you have somewhat...

What I am getting at is that you have somewhat low gears as the bike is currently geared.

Lower than the Trek 520 that was made in 1998, oddly enough.

Some people are ok with gears in the...
Forum: Touring
08-31-17, 07:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

As the gearing stands right now, your bike with...

As the gearing stands right now, your bike with the 48/38/28 front and the 14-28 rear, it has a low of 25.8 GI and a high of 88.3 GI.

For comparison, the Trek 520 from 1988 came with a 50/44/28...
Forum: Touring
08-31-17, 06:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

Before you do anything to the gearing of the...

Before you do anything to the gearing of the bike, you should ride it a little while.

With the tune up, see how the bike handles and see if the gears work for you as is.

Once you have a little...
Forum: Touring
08-31-17, 03:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

The other option is to go from the stock 48-38-28...

The other option is to go from the stock 48-38-28 down to a 42-32-22 on the front if you find that the stock gearing is too high.

I have lots of hills where I live and have done this on a number...
Forum: Touring
08-28-17, 11:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

Agreed. I like to do my own work. I have a...

Agreed. I like to do my own work. I have a vested interest that it is done the way I want it. On the hand, I only have myself to blame.

I also do not feel I need the latest and greatest so it...
Forum: Touring
08-28-17, 05:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

Whenever I bought an MTB to do a touring...

Whenever I bought an MTB to do a touring conversion, I always assumed I was only buying the frame and fork. If I could reuse any of the other parts, that was a plus.

After returning to cycling...
Forum: Touring
08-25-17, 09:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

Before you get a new wheel, try putting some...

Before you get a new wheel, try putting some lube into the rear hub. Sounds like the prawls in the hub may be sticking or are gummed up. Lube the hub and see if they begin to work again. The...
Forum: Touring
08-23-17, 03:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

Yep. Budget is always a factor for me. Take...

Yep. Budget is always a factor for me.

Take your time and spread the purchases out over time.

Handlebar wrap is expensive so I do not use it on my trekking handlebars.
I go to Home Depot and...
Forum: Touring
08-22-17, 07:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,219
Posted By Arvadaman

For my conversions, I like to use Dimension or...

For my conversions, I like to use Dimension or Velo Orange quill stem adapters if it is a 1" stem.

If it is 1-1/8", I use Sunlite 2-bolt quill stems with removable faceplates.

I also like...
Forum: Touring
08-21-17, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,494
Posted By Arvadaman

If you are looking to do an MTB conversion or for...

If you are looking to do an MTB conversion or for a tourer, this is not a good candidate. This is a pure road bike.
Forum: Touring
08-18-17, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,135
Posted By Arvadaman

You could also consider the Eastern Express and...

You could also consider the Eastern Express and Western Express as possible modifications.
Forum: Touring
08-17-17, 03:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,494
Posted By Arvadaman

My guess is a 1992. Good, solid bike. I have a...

My guess is a 1992. Good, solid bike. I have a 1990 version. The bad thing about the comp model is that it has no rack mounts on the seat stays. I had to use p-clamps to put a rear rack on mine....
Forum: Touring
08-16-17, 06:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,494
Posted By Arvadaman

Good bike but I think the price is a little...

Good bike but I think the price is a little steep. I would bargain or continue looking.
Forum: Touring
08-15-17, 09:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,355
Posted By Arvadaman

I agree with the REI ADV 2.1 suggestion.

I agree with the REI ADV 2.1 suggestion.
Forum: Touring
07-26-17, 02:07 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,933
Posted By Arvadaman

As for comparison to expedition tourers, compare...

As for comparison to expedition tourers, compare it to this. Looks very similar to an old school MTB to me.

Tom's Expedition Bike: Complete Specification & Image Gallery ? Tom?s Bike Trip...
Forum: Touring
07-26-17, 01:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,933
Posted By Arvadaman

I love 80's / 90's rigid MTB touring conversions....

I love 80's / 90's rigid MTB touring conversions.

Pros: Inexpensive, rugged, more on the expedition end of touring, already has low gears, very utilitarian, will take you just about anywhere you...
Forum: Touring
05-18-17, 06:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,492
Posted By Arvadaman

Yes, Trek 930's make wonderful conversions. ...

Yes, Trek 930's make wonderful conversions.

I have two myself for that purpose. One the same year as yours and one a year newer, I think.

I went the trekking handlebar route on mine.

Here...
Forum: Touring
01-18-17, 09:42 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 9,674
Posted By Arvadaman

If you intend on keeping the rear derailleur with...

If you intend on keeping the rear derailleur with the 28 tooth max, I would go with the lower crank gearing.

Almost all my bikes are 7-speed.

If I ever damage my rear derailleur, I always buy...
Forum: Touring
12-10-16, 04:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,053
Posted By Arvadaman

Jef, I have done a few 90's MTB conversions...

Jef,

I have done a few 90's MTB conversions to a more "touring" configuration.

For the drivetrain, I would stick with 7-speed. It is inexpensive, rugged, and widely available.

I shoot for...
Forum: Touring
10-09-16, 08:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,615
Posted By Arvadaman

I am at the upper limit but the minimum insertion...

I am at the upper limit but the minimum insertion marks are not visible.
Forum: Touring
10-09-16, 04:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,615
Posted By Arvadaman

Here are the two I have used. The Sunlite on...

Here are the two I have used.

The Sunlite on a Trek 930 mtb touring conversion.


http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a32/Arvadaman/IMG_0741.jpg



The Nashbar on my GT mtb touring conversion.
Forum: Touring
10-09-16, 06:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,615
Posted By Arvadaman

I have used this one also. Works as well as the...

I have used this one also. Works as well as the sun lite one I suggested but does not look as polished. It looks a little chunky but got me the height I needed to raise my handlebars on an old GT...
Forum: Touring
10-08-16, 11:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,615
Posted By Arvadaman

For my threaded stem mtb conversions, I use...

For my threaded stem mtb conversions, I use these for 1" quill stems with a 35 degree long stem.
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