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E's Old Reliable, third revision

Bike tags: Single speed | Mountain bike | Raleigh Conversion Technium
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Raleigh Technium "Aluminum" - actually it's half Alu, half steel

Nashbar stem, rather too long, plus Profile risers cut down by 1" on either side. Grips cut where shifters once were.

Stock (steel)

stock, alu

stock, alu w/ the old 6-gear freewheel replaced w/ a used Atom w/ one spacer

Sugino 40t, stock BB

nashbar x2 saddle, Alu post re-used from under the miserable seat taken off my Bianchi T-wolf

Nashbar SPD/cage pedals cut down so the cleats actually fit. First new chain in 19 years

40tx20t makes it rideable on the road, ok on rolling dirt, but not so great in the steep rough. That's fine so far.

I got this bike new 19 years ago. My first full-size bike.

Originally it had straight MTB bars, but I was too small and got drops instead (shorter stem?). Maybe 5 years later after many miles and an inherited proper road bike, I gave it Scott AT-3's, but still had the stem shifters (3x6=18). That's when the 6-foot stem went on. I eventually chopped them off a couple years ago and put on grip shifters, but was never happy with it. The bike was dependable, but uninspiring and heavy. After two other project bikes (listed here), I finally got around to this one. On-sale riser bars and some rear-wheel assistance at Victory Cycles (Randy RULES), the bike had finally shed enough parts and transformed itself into a full-size dirt bike. The once-loved Suntour derailers and miserable steel ovaltech chainrings are finally gone. Now I love it again!

This frame is really weird - it's from the early Alu days. The lugs, rear triangle, and fork are steel. Only the main tubes are alu. It weighs more than my steel Bianchi Road MTB.

One imperative throughout the slow transformation was to keep the brake levers that I loved so well. This bike has the best stoppers of any I've owned.

The final evolution, not counting consumables like tires & chain (10-20 years old), and discounting the recycled bars & shifters from years past, cost about .
I'm so happy to have my Old Reliable back!

Only one bike with gears left...

People who friended this bike Mongoose Man, van


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