1985 Schwinn Cimarron Touring Bike Build Part 2

The Schwinn Cimarron touring bike build continues. As I mentioned in part one of this build, Jeff is converting this Cimarron mountain bike to a drop bar touring bike.

Setting up the brakes

The original cantilever brakes are staying, but have been improved with Velo Orange cartridge brake shoes. The original wheelset, while in great condition, was replaced with Shimano Deore M525 hubs laced to Sun Rhino Lite rims and the tires are 26×1.75 Continental Touring Plus Reflex.

Headtube Badge

The frame has been polished up and looks great for a 28 year old bike.

Vintage Crankset

The bottom bracket has been repacked and the original crankset has been cleaned up. The gearing is 28-38-48 in front with an Sram PG 850 11-32 8 speed cassette in back.


The shifters are Shimano 8 speed Ultegra bar end run in friction mode and the cables are VO Metallic Braid. The pull ratio of the Deer Head Superplate rear derailleur does not match the Ultegra shifters, but the friction shifting is spot on with the Powerglide II cassette. Teflon cable housing lining is used to guide the cables under the bottom bracket shell and reduce friction.

Ready to roll

The cables are adjusted, the bars are wrapped and it is ready to ride. Now it is ready for fenders, cages and racks.


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