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Old 05-03-13, 09:40 AM
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Turning old rockhopper into touring bike.

This guy is selling this bike...should I buy it and convert?

He still has it.

https://panamacity.craigslist.org/bik/3776415622.html
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Yes - check out the drop bar mtb conversion thread in the C&V section. A lot of folks there love the old mtb's for touring and commuting rigs.
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Yes. Looks like a good choice and $60 sounds like a good price. If it needs a little work, you can probalby get it for a bit less, since many potential buyers are only looking for ready-to-ride. You can see my own LHT (Long Haul Trekker) in that drop bar MTB thread. Lots of useful discussion and info in that thread as well.
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What size is the frame? Unless it fits you, it isn't going to be good for a whole lot of anything.

I love touring on my old GT Outpost, which was similar to the bike you're looking at.
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Ohhh Yes!

I converted a 1989 Giant Iguana and it is a great tour bike.

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If it fits you it could make a great touring bike. I wouldn't hesitate.
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Thanks gang, I bought the bike for $50. I am going to play around with it tomorrow and see what is got an not good on it. The wheels are single walled and I'm not sure if that will work for touring. Also, i found a dent in the crossbar thAt i didnt notice before and not sure what to do about that. But we'll see...
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
What size is the frame? Unless it fits you, it isn't going to be good for a whole lot of anything.

I love touring on my old GT Outpost, which was similar to the bike you're looking at.
Another old GT MTB tourer here. My '88 Timberline rocks!

There are several threads here devoted to converting MTB's. Check them out!
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Originally Posted by Jbone78
Thanks gang, I bought the bike for $50. I am going to play around with it tomorrow and see what is got an not good on it. The wheels are single walled and I'm not sure if that will work for touring. Also, i found a dent in the crossbar thAt i didnt notice before and not sure what to do about that. But we'll see...
Sounds like a good deal to me. I tour on single wall rims, I used to ride single track on them. If you plan to upgrade the wheels, by all means go double wall rims.

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