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    Vintage commuter frame switcharooie

    So I have had this Bianchi MTB frame for over 20 years and it has performed everything from vintage racing bike to baby seat transporter to commuter. Recently Iíve seen paint cracking around the lugs and you can tell the frame is gettting tired.
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    I picked up this old Klein Pinnacle off of ePay. It was built with a bunch of inexpensive parts that are going to make my wifeís nephewís bike shine.

    I stripped it down to the frame and cleaned everything up. I buffed and polished as many imperfections in the paint that could then gave it a nice wax job.



    Most of the parts from the Bianchi switched right over. Itís built with mostly XTR but using some minty XT cranks so I donít have to switch the bottom bracket spindle out. Just need to pick up a rear derailuer cable after work and adjust the rack to sit into the lower mounts.

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    Why don't you try FAT slicks? My experience on 26in skinny slicks lasted 2 hours. I just hated it. The bike felt completely wrong. Either 700c w/ slicks or fat 26inchers. Beautifull frame.. and i like the rigid fork for commuting too.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    Sometimes I miss those older era color schemes. So much more variety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    Why don't you try FAT slicks?

    Beautifull frame.. and i like the rigid fork for commuting too.
    What are some of the brands and models of the tires you speak of? these are some panaracer city slicker 1.25's I like them but with my fat butt, they are prone to pinch flats

    I thought about leaving the original rigid for on but I like that little bit of shock damping the Mag 21 gives me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supersedona View Post
    Sometimes I miss those older era color schemes. So much more variety.
    20 years ago my roomate had one of these in this same color so this is the one I wanted

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    Schwalbe big apples come to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Schwalbe big apples come to mind.

    I hear there are slicks in 2.2in width now. That would be cool.. fast, pillowy, fat urban tires. You could keep the rigid fork which is simpler and lighter since the tires will be eating the roughness.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    Take a look at Maxxis Holy Rollers too. Got a set on my 82 Stumpy. They are a bit heavy though...
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    Sweet. I've been using my Pinnacle Elite for commuting for the last 5 or so years. Rack, full fenders and lights. I'm thinking I'm going to retire this bike as far as commuting and put into use an "old" (mid 90's) Specialized.

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    Great old Klein, I love the dayglow. I have some of the skinny armadillo slicks on my commuter and I absolutely love em' they ride great and they're very tough against broken glass, puncturevine, and all other things evil
    All vintage all the time. Nothing like a nice chromo frame with some properly adjusted cantilevers.

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    nothin beats Mr Tuffys tire liners.

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    Over the weekend I was finally able to finish off the build. I took it out for a quick 20 mile ride and it performed great. I was amazed at how tight the bike felt despite its age. I'm still on the lookout for a nice XTR front derailuer.










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    Looks great!
    Solid build and some cool sleeper parts there too, especially the stem.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    Looks great!
    Solid build and some cool sleeper parts there too, especially the stem.
    Thanks for ther compliments I love that ringle stem. Last night I took it out for a test ride to make sure everything was workign correctly to start using it as my commuter. Here it is with the Vintage Night sun blazing away.

    The tail light was elusive but I finally found one on ePay last year.

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