Vintage MTB to gravel/adventure bike

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Vintage MTB to gravel/adventure bike
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Posted: Sep 12, 2021 at 7:49 Quote
Picked up this ‘95 schwinn frame to replace my Trek frame. Swapped all the parts over from the build. I need to add a tensioner as the gearing with magic ratio is just too much so I ordered up a Rohloff.

Posted: Sep 12, 2021 at 8:06 Quote
mrfrench2013 wrote:
Picked up this ‘95 schwinn frame to replace my Trek frame. Swapped all the parts over from the build. I need to add a tensioner as the gearing with magic ratio is just too much so I ordered up a Rohloff.

Beautiful!

Posted: Sep 12, 2021 at 12:45 Quote

Swapped out the 42t for a 38t chainring and the 60mm 30d for a 70mm 30d stem.

Very happy with the results!

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 at 4:26 Quote
mrfrench2013 wrote:
Picked up this ‘95 schwinn frame to replace my Trek frame. Swapped all the parts over from the build. I need to add a tensioner as the gearing with magic ratio is just too much so I ordered up a Rohloff.

awesome build....! Looks like it's in incredible shape.

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 at 0:18 Quote
Nice bikes!!

My GT is still going strong and is building up mileage.
The cantilevers aren't as strong as I would've like, but I don't know if the brake pads aren't responsible for that. Maybe I will try to fit V-Brakes instead.

Keep riding!!

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 at 4:41 Quote
Check out sheldon browns website about bike maintenance, there is a very detailed article about cantis. I thought the same but a few tweaks here and there and they are plenty powerful. My top three issues that I fixed were new cables/housings, proper bridge cable height, and most importantly pads setup with some toe in.
Careca78 wrote:
Nice bikes!!

My GT is still going strong and is building up mileage.
The cantilevers aren't as strong as I would've like, but I don't know if the brake pads aren't responsible for that. Maybe I will try to fit V-Brakes instead.

Keep riding!!

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 at 5:36 Quote
^^^ agreed...patience when setting them up goes a long way as well.

I picked up some Kool-stop salmon pads for mine. They grip really well and no issues with power. I'm getting a bit of howl when lightly applying the rear so I still have a bit of tweaking to do. It lessens as the pads get some heat in them but I know I have to further fine-tune the pad angles.

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 at 6:20 Quote
Careca78 wrote:
Nice bikes!!

My GT is still going strong and is building up mileage.
The cantilevers aren't as strong as I would've like, but I don't know if the brake pads aren't responsible for that. Maybe I will try to fit V-Brakes instead.

Keep riding!!

V-brakes are long pull cable brakes versus short pull on cantis so if you decide to go that route you are going to either need new brake levers or something like Problem Solvers Travel Agents.

Posted: Nov 18, 2021 at 10:05 Quote
This is my favorite thing to do with old mountain bikes. I have 2 right now.

My 1989 Fisher Advance set up singlespeed:


and my 1995 Trek 850:

1995 Trek 850

I'm always making changes to them but they are so much fun. These old bikes are so versatile.

Posted: Nov 18, 2021 at 10:32 Quote
nice job..! those are sweet....

Posted: 4 mins ago Quote
You guys must be way more flexible than me. I'm using a dirt drop stem on my current project and I still wonder if the bars aren't high enough.

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