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Old 07-18-09, 10:06 AM
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Pics of Steel Mountain Bikes turned tourers?

I found a 94 Trek 950 frame and fork that I want to build into a touring bike for my wife. It is a really nice lightweight frame but it's stripped of paint so it will be a complete re-build. I'd love to see pics of your similar bikes or hear any suggestions you may have for the build. I'm thinking an 8-speed set up with a mix of old and new parts. Not sure about the bars and shifters yet because I'm worried the top tube is long for drops or mustache bars.

Anything I should really look out for? I'm mostly worried about getting bottom bracket and cranks that fit and work well.

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Regarding this topic, I like this thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/334033-i-would-love-see-photos-your-mtb-conversion.html
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Old 07-18-09, 11:20 AM
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Here's my steel Surly Pugsley MTB turned tourer:

- steel frame
- 8 speed Shimano Alfine drivetrain
- Old Man Mountain Cold Springs racks
- Titec H-bars
- Selle Anatomica saddle

Great riding bike - puts a smile on my face every time I climb aboard.
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Old 07-18-09, 02:46 PM
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Vic,
Every time I see your bikes it makes me want to jump on one and take off. I'm not much of an expeditioner but this Pugsley makes riding on rough terrain look fun!
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Specialized CrossRoads hybrid converted for touring and commuting.
I added racks, fenders, and Nashbar Trekking bar. I retained the stock
7-speed thumb shifters . I put a new 14-32 7-speed cassette and chain
on it as the original cassette and chain were worn out. I retained the
original Shimano BioPace 48-38-28 crank.
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Old 07-18-09, 03:27 PM
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This is my light credit card tourer.

A 1992 Trek 950. in this picture, it has Kenda Kross 2 tires, as I was riding on gravel/dirt trail. Components are stock, as found on bike when I bought it on C/L. Only change are the Dirt Research trekking handlebars and the Blackburn rear rack.

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Old 07-18-09, 04:37 PM
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Crossroads Conversion

Scott- how long is the stem that you are using with the trekking bars? The length looks just right, with the bars just about at where the steerer tube is. I have been thinking about putting trekking bars on my Trek 930, but haven't been able to figure out how long a stem I would need.

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Old 07-18-09, 05:36 PM
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Here is my Trek 830 shortly after I assembled it.
Trek 830
This was before I adjusted everything (such as the seat tilt...)

Here is the Giant Innova I'm currently working on.
Giant Innova


I had both stripped and powder coated.
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Old 07-18-09, 05:45 PM
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I had to replace the BB in both bikes and my LBS carried square tapered sealed cartridges that fit both. They seem to be pretty common, I guess because there are so many of those old Treks still out there.
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Good stuff in the thread that 7 Speed linked to. I wish it were a sticky.

My `92 Schwinn Impact in Lassen NP last month. The build is detailed in the linked thread, but I didn`t have any loaded pics of it yet.
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Old 07-19-09, 12:28 AM
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80s Bianchi Osprey:


i've since swapped to purple bar tape to match the logo flare. no recent photos though.
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Wow, super cool bikes! I love the Osprey and that 930! (not to mention the surly!)

It's really cool to see all these old mountain bikes working in ways few would imagine!

Thanks
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Old 07-20-09, 04:19 AM
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My Specialized (HardRock Comp)

Thomsons Saddle in Otago NZ
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My Specialized (HardRock Comp)

Thomsons Saddle in Otago NZ
Nice bike, but nowhere near as nice as that scenery!
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Independent Steel Deluxe 29er, BB7's, Tubus Swing / Logo. Set up for road but can accommodate 2.3" tires in rear.
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Originally Posted by swen0171 View Post
I found a 94 Trek 950 frame and fork that I want to build into a touring bike for my wife. It is a really nice lightweight frame but it's stripped of paint so it will be a complete re-build. I'd love to see pics of your similar bikes or hear any suggestions you may have for the build. I'm thinking an 8-speed set up with a mix of old and new parts. Not sure about the bars and shifters yet because I'm worried the top tube is long for drops or mustache bars.

Anything I should really look out for? I'm mostly worried about getting bottom bracket and cranks that fit and work well.

thanks
Man that is so funny...I am doing EXACTLY the same thing for my 5ft tall wife. I have a 1990 950 16.5 frame. I really like this frame. full set of braze-ons except the 3rd water bottle mounts and mid fork.

I sold off the Matrix 1.5 inch wide rims to a buddy. The complete drivetrain ended up on a Hipster wanna be I built that may get converted to a single speed so I can keep the cranks.

I am putting a set of 22.5 mm wide Mavic rims with Acera hubs on with a 26 x 1.5 or so tire. Swapping on a proper set of Canti's for the narrow rim. Looking for a really short stem to deal with the long top tube. Looking to make it a 8speed STI I have on my 95 T700 if I can work out the cassette fitting. I just seem to be missing out finding 7 speed STI's. The cranks that came on this one are a really decent set with a 48/38/28 gearing 170mm arms. Hope to have it on the road this weekend in some form and see how she likes it. It may get Trekking bars and be a 21 speed for the short term.

After I am sure she likes it it will get torn down and painted a deep metallic green with a metallic gold head tube and I will paint up my 83 Fuji Touring III to match.

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Old 07-25-09, 08:33 AM
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I sold this one already, but I have another one on the works.
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Made some headway on parts collecting. Picked up a decent set of 80's aluminum bars (not in this picture) at the Co Op. I also stopped and picked up a cheap set of 1.5 Forte road tires that will do the job till I am sure I can keep the wife riding it regularly.
Here is a mock up. This is not the bars and stem it will keep. Better bars off I think a Miyata were found and going with a riser stem to get a little higher riding position. I have a decent little ladies saddle I found at a yard sale new in the box for $5. I'll do the clean up today and get the bottom bracket serviced and new skinny tires on it. Then I am at the dilemma of sucking it up and taking apart my 95 T700 I don't ride much (the 98 T700 is my DD) for the brifters and derailers I need to finish it up. All of a sudden I am having regrets about pulling it apart. I might know where a set of 7speed brifters are if I can talk the guy into selling.

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Didn't think to post my other re-purposed Mountain. I put about 1200 miles on this last year before I got my 95 T700 last fall. Pulled the trekking bars off an wend back with risers since I now keep this around for single track rides. It is stock other then the trekking bars and fenders. I had really good luck running a Specialized Crossroad (rated 85psi) on the rear that has a nice smooth center that makes a nice small contact patch at full pressure. On the front I run a Specialized Hemisphere. Good set up for street and dry path riding. Not good for mud.

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I sold this one already, but I have another one on the works.
Did you drill those lowrider eyelets on the fork?
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Originally Posted by WashWizards727 View Post
Did you drill those lowrider eyelets on the fork?
Probably stock. Trek had a lot of part reuse in the late 80's early 90's. THis is a 92? Trek 720 Hybrid I had for a short time that came with a touring fork.

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Did you drill those lowrider eyelets on the fork?
No, it came that way. Other than the price ($30), the fork was the selling point for me.
I'm in the hunt for another decent, vintage steel MTB with such feature for another build.
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On the Erie canal.
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