26 MTB to gravel bike conversion to town bike

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No, I'm not a fan of drop bars. When I was a kid, I wanted a big burly single speed with all terrain tires. Much like the bike I made the comment about.
I got a used MTB as a kid that someone made a cheap SS conversion on. It had HUGE tire for the time. Block tread downhill knobbies on a rigid.
 
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Some more changes. Fitting a 34t chain ring to fix chain tension and make it a little faster. Made the cords neater on bags. Fitted an Soma extra long quill stem adapter to get bars up higher and a short 35mm stem. This has made the bike fit exactly where I want it. Super comfortable and easy to get into the drops.

Honestly I don't think this is bike is going to stay a dropbar gravel bike long term. I want something that has more mounts to carry bikepacking stuff, has disc brakes and a much higher stack height. That quill stem adaptor looks dumb as heck. But it has shown me a lot about what geometry I want to look for in a gravel bike. This bike is probably going to become a city bike with a cheap 1x8 setup, Fairdale MX handlebars and an oldschool BMX quill stem. I am probably going to end up doing two gravel bikes, one will be a modern setup with gears (maybe with some retro parts thrown on for some old school cool) and an old touring bike converted to 650b to be a single speed gravel bike with hopefully lots of NOS and retro goodness.
 
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Yeah that stem is too much. Way too much. The way I see it, if the stem is that much longer than the drops, you want flat bars. Or risers. Still like the bike, can't wait to see it's next incarnation.

Steel is real.
 
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Ok so starting the transformation to town bike. Ordered a Sunrace 11-40 8 speed cassette, an old XT 8 speed derailleur, a cheap hanger extender and a Paul Component Thumbie. I have an Ultegra 8-speed bar end shifter I am going to use until I swap away from dropbars (after I get a gravel bike). Added two Velo Orange Mojave bottle cages that can fit Nalgene bottles or more importantly small beer growlers.
 

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Starting to swap this over flat bar with a On One OG V2 bar, Sunrace 11-40 8 speed cassette, Ultegra 8-speed bar end shifter, Paul Component thumbie and old XT 8 speed derauiller. But of course the Mavic wheels are a weird freehub length and I figured out I need a certain spacer for the cassette. Waiting on some cheap used Avid levers from ebay to get in.

Also want to get a Wald 137 basket for the front.
 

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