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Bike tags: Mountain bike | Commuter | fenders | schwinn | Sierra
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1984 Schwinn Sierra, 23"

Integrated "bullmoose" bar and stem, steel, no name (stock)

Steel, with forged sloping fork crown (stock)

"Made in Japan" hubs with high, solid flanges, and Araya rims (stock); Continental T&C tires. Swapped in quick releases (the hell with bolt-ons)

Same as front (stock), with seven-speed Shimano LX cassette hub spliced in (pox on all freewheels)

Shimano Deore XT triple, classic '90s; Shimano sealed bottom bracket

Serfas Cosmos saddle (graphics removed), generic seat post

Shimano flip-flop pedals; SRAM chain

Shimano Deore XT

Shimano Deore XT cantilevers, Dia-Comp levers (stock)

Tubus Cosmo rear rack, Nitto M-12 front rack, SKS fenders


The happy ending to a long, sad story. Originally purchased one of these back in the summer of 2006 as my winter bike. Liked the frame details, including the fastback seat lug, forged ends, and sloping fork crown. Took it down to the frame, built it back up, and had a great time riding it. Everything was wondeful until Dec. 13 of that year, when the bike was stolen. Tried like hell to get it back (police report, flyers, fist-shaking at the Fates, etc.), and when that didn't work, set about getting another. After several months of searching, turned up the same year, model, and color of bike, and in the same condition -- mint. That it was in California didn't stop me. Got it, rebuilt it exactly the same as the bike that was stolen, and now I'm riding again -- with a big, big lock, needless to say. (The original is still on Velospace too, may she rest in peace.)

Update: In April 2013 I said the heck with running the bike in essentially stock configuration, and upgraded the hubs, cranks, and derailleurs, and also built up a second set of wheels for winter, shod with Nokian Hakkapeliitta studded tires. As you can see in the second shot, they go where cars fear to roll.

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Love this bike

ATB I love those bullmoose bars,and those racks are ultra sweet.I want to use those tires on my Rockhopper town bike.


...did you get that fancy seatpost binder bolt?

I made it

Well, half of it, anyway. The problem was that the bike's fastback seat lug requires a really long binder bolt, and standard ones won't reach. So I took a regular binder bolt (the allen-head kind) and mated the nut side to a long metric allen-head bolt from the hardware store. Also required were two large-sized washers (one of which I filed and adjusted so that it would fit the key on the nut side of the binder bolt) and a steel sleeve (so the shoulderless bolt wouldn't shift around in the oversized binder-bolt hole). Kinda complicated for something so simple, but I like it.

I bet it was tuff...

finding them 'bullmoose' bars eh?
Beautiful picture of the hahbour!
Cheers my friend!

Nice Whip!

I think I remember seeing an ad posted on CL when your bike was stolen. I'm glad that everythign worked out for you in the end. Happy Riding!


That was indeed me. So glad to have the bike back -- was a tough six months without it. (And I'm not talking about the way-too-small bike I had to ride while I was searching for and then rebuilding this one.)

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