Great photos, what bike did you do your central asia trip on?
I was seriously tempted by this world-travelling Rohloff beauty
, which at a 1000 euros is a bargain despite being more than triple what I'd originally budgeted for the full conversion. I thought I'd sleep on it one night, but by the next morning it was reserved.
But most Rohloff trekking bikes don't appeal to me, so I'll stick with the plan & try to do this on the cheap.
Finding a quality 1980s frame is proving difficult: everything that's been available on marktplaats the past 2 months has been rather tatty mid-range stuff. Luckily I'm much shorter than AshtanoJoe - my seatpost is only about 12cm out - so it won't take much to get the handlebar level with the saddle on an average early 90s mtb geometry. Just a riser stem and handlebar should do.
AshtanoJoe's 1991 Terra Runner conversion is almost exactly what I had in mind. Did you use the stock wheels? How much weight were you carrying? Were you happy about replacing the DX components with modern stuff? Did you regret not having fenders/lights?
I'm only planning on leaving in March, so there's still time for the right bike/parts to come along.
There is a ValleyRunner on our largest classified site. Same oversize frame as the 1991 TerraRunner. Braze ons for everything. Seller says it has to go so can be had for a tenner only.