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    New commuter!

    After using my SS 29er to commute on last year, I decided it would be good to have some more top end speed and something more dedicated to commute with this year. Picked this up super cheap on CL. '99 Gary Fisher that someone had converted. Going to put a different stem and some carbon bars on it. Cateye computer works perfect. Surprisingly light. LX front shifter and Der. X7 rear shifter. The fork moves about 20mm which will be good for bump compliance.
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    keep the purple bars

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    The purple bars with the green bar ends are pretty sexy. I know.
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    I would yank the bar ends for a road commuter and rock that purple bar in a heartbeat.
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    I must say that I like the color scheme as well. Stick with the anodized bits!

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    Re: New commuter!

    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    The purple bars with the green bar ends are pretty sexy. I know.
    That is an understatement. I think they make the bike.

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    Keep the bars and bar ends. Cool bike and congrats. New bike day is always awesome.

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    Got my first commute in today! it was great.
    The fork is super stiff, but soaks up small bumps.
    The bars are way too narrow, but when I use the bar-ends it works great.
    I didn't tighten the seatpost enough and it slipped a notch so i was out of saddle the last couple miles to work.
    The brakes are decent, but I am used to having way more power and modulation.
    Anyone know if some 105/ultrega brakes would be a good upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    The brakes are decent, but I am used to having way more power and modulation.
    Anyone know if some 105/ultrega brakes would be a good upgrade?
    Upgrading from V-brakes to calipers? I think I'd go for some new brakes shoes.
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    Are side pull calipers a downgrade in braking force?
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Are side pull calipers a downgrade in braking force?
    Yes and I don't think they would be compatible with your frame/fork (Rear brake would need to be longer reach than either brake you mentioned and there's no mounting point on the fork for a caliper) or brake levers. With cyclocross bikes, if you convert from cantilevers (which use regular road brake levers) to V-Brakes you have to install an adapter to correct for the length of cable movement required to activate the brakes (V-brakes need more cable movement).
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    Thanks man.
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    It sounds like because that bike is a little older you might just need to replace the brake pads. When i had one of my first mountain bikes with v-brakes i used kool stop brake pads, and id get about a season or two out of them! You could also look into cane creek or tektro v-brakes are nice as well for a commuter bike.
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    Re: New commuter!

    For vintage bling, you want a set of LX/XT v-brakes with parallelograms. They're floating around fleabay every now and then.

    Just seconding what's been said: any caliper brake that would fit would be a massive downgrade in stopping power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    For vintage bling, you want a set of LX/XT v-brakes with parallelograms. They're floating around fleabay every now and then.

    Just seconding what's been said: any caliper brake that would fit would be a massive downgrade in stopping power.
    Thanks man. I will keep my eyes open for some.
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    Just try some koolstop pads: Search results for kool-stop | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

    It's a cheap fix that will make a huge improvement over old, hardened pads.

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    I have become used to the old brake pads. I put a nice vintage american classic seatpost on there so my saddle angle stays put. It looks fantastic.
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    Sweet! Similar to the ride I am working on, my old Fisher Paragon. Or at least it is it's descendent.

    I am thinking about putting the original caliper brakes back on, but the v-brakes that are currently on mine have more stopping power than the old XT calis. Just FYI based on my experience.

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    Hydro rim brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moxnix View Post
    Hydro rim brakes?
    Yes, old school stopping at it's best. Why didn't these catch on in more segments?
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    I am now getting pretty used to the brakes. They have enough power for what I am doing. Having a blast commuting on it.
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    I have rode my bike each day this week to work(for bike to work week). About 6 miles each way. I get to ride by geese, ducks, marmots, waterfalls, river, bridges, and get a great workout.

    My legs are feeling good. My new saddle(retrospec)/seatpost(American Classic) combo doesn't make my balls go numb or rub terribly like my last one. And I only have $80 into this thing.

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    That is so green. Sweet ride. That fork has to be a tank. I'd be on the look-out for a rigid fork to slap on there. Preferably purple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    That is so green. Sweet ride. That fork has to be a tank. I'd be on the look-out for a rigid fork to slap on there. Preferably purple.
    Yeah, the fork is super heavy. I have been watching CL for a Steel, Aluminum, or Carbon 26er fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Yeah, the fork is super heavy. I have been watching CL for a Steel, Aluminum, or Carbon 26er fork.
    If you have a bike co-op near you, they often have old steel forks for sale for not much. At least the Boise Bike project always has a rack full of them. Check in at one of those places. Probably easier than trying to find it on craigslist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw View Post
    If you have a bike co-op near you, they often have old steel forks for sale for not much. At least the Boise Bike project always has a rack full of them. Check in at one of those places. Probably easier than trying to find it on craigslist.
    Good idea! I sent the local coop an email. Hopefully they have some laying around for cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Good idea! I sent the local coop an email. Hopefully they have some laying around for cheap.
    yeah, and the advantage is you can go see them and make sure they will work for what you want.

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    Does anyone know who actually made those bar ends? I would like a pair in a different color.

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    Those look like Kalloy or Profile. I doubt you'd find them in green, though.

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    I am not sure the brand on the bar ends, but I will check when I get home.
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    Hey I just noticed, with those colors, that bike is partying like it is 1999!! Needs more purple for sure if you can find any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw View Post
    Hey I just noticed, with those colors, that bike is partying like it is 1999!! Needs more purple for sure if you can find any.
    It has been pretty hard to find more purple stuff for it.

    I have been putting a lot of miles on it and it is a champ.
    Pretty happy for an $80 investment.
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    ^ it's tough. At our co-op anyway, most of the rigid forks are for a threaded headset, and they're not suspension-corrected so they'd drop the frontend a few inches. You have to be careful to get roughly the right axle-crown dimension.

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    Just started using strava on my commute. I am finding myself pushing harder through segments and getting to work/home much faster. It has added another dimension to my commute.
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    Truth:

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    ^^^LOL. Part of the reason why I am commuting is to get stronger for mountain biking and lose some fat. If I don't push myself, that wont happen. Today I was running late anyway, and I new I needed to push in order to have enough time to change and freshen up. Dont worry, I still stop and look at the geese, marmots, and the waterfalls.
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    I'm not saying that's a bad thing!! haha. There are 3 segments I have yet to KOM on my commute routes...just waiting for favorable winds and a light backpack

    Nothing better than being able to hang at the front of the group on the weekend mtb rides because of commute fitness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I'm not saying that's a bad thing!! haha. There are 3 segments I have yet to KOM on my commute routes...just waiting for favorable winds and a light backpack

    Nothing better than being able to hang at the front of the group on the weekend mtb rides because of commute fitness.
    I am a long way off from being able to KOM my couple segments. Maybe if I was not carrying a big backpack full of stuff and was on a light road bike. I just want to PR at least once a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Just started using strava on my commute. I am finding myself pushing harder through segments and getting to work/home much faster. It has added another dimension to my commute.
    I did a similar but simpler thing, I ride through bad neighborhoods. Nothing maintains your motivation better than riding through a park were someone was stabbed to death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    I did a similar but simpler thing, I ride through bad neighborhoods. Nothing maintains your motivation better than riding through a park were someone was stabbed to death.
    Unfortunately I would have to go way out of my way to find a neighborhood where I could get stabbed. I am jealous of your commute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Unfortunately I would have to go way out of my way to find a neighborhood where I could get stabbed. I am jealous of your commute.
    Little chance of getting stabbed at 15 mph, but it is interesting commuting though the middle of a city on really nice trails through not great neighborhoods. Makes me want to ask the city planners if they ever thought of upgrading some of the affordable housing stock instead of widening a road or putting in new streetlights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
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    Nearly had my heart explode while getting my first KOM on my commute. I hope you are pleased with yourself, STRAVA! haha.
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