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    Yeah, I had a hard time finding any info on the bike. A friend of mine is really into vintage road bikes, so I took it to him, and apparently they were a pretty good frame set, hand made by Guiseppe "pepe" Limongi. (or thats what he was able to dig up about it). All I knew when I passed it on the street was that it had a component group worth taking even if the frame was shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazychimpjimbo
    Heres my Commuter:


    OOH this makes me think hard about the reincarnation of my nashbike...
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazychimpjimbo
    Heres my Commuter:

    Man I love that thing ! Sweet bike man
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    Fresh fenders and rack

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    Here's my commute and weekend rig






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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Six
    Here's my commute and weekend rig

    *snip*
    Sette or not, that is one of the nicest rides I have ever seen on here.
    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    Its still just the push of a button away...
    I am no longer a hardtailkid. 2012 Trek Remedy 9!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Six
    Here's my commute and weekend rig

    "YO, I've never been off road"
    "MAN, now I've got dirt in my rims"



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    Veloreality, that frame looks a bit on the big side for you. It must really hurt if you slip off the pedals.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killroy
    "YO, I've never been off road"
    "MAN, now I've got dirt in my rims"



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    Ummm....This is a commuter thread.....
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    Dirt on my rims...

    I remember cleaning the bike after every ride. I wasted more time than I'd like to recall, and it looked showroom fresh for much longer than it should have. But my helmet only looked that good before its first ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killroy
    "YO, I've never been off road"...
    LMAO Is it a regular occurrence that people that supposedly ride often mistake a freshly cleaned bike for an unused one? Anyway, it's mostly just the chain that gets cleaned a few times a week. Nothing like a quiet drivetrain for a bit of speed and parts longevity. Yeah, it's a new bike to replace my 15 year old rig. But there's at least 1K miles on it already. 100 miles weekly just for the commute, about a 3rd of which is trail. So yep, mostly road during the week, but I'm not lucky enough to have a whole lot more dirt between work and home. Ah well. I'll just have to remain envious of the lucky ones.

    BTW, thanks hardtailkid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Six
    LMAO Is it a regular occurrence that people that supposedly ride often mistake a freshly cleaned bike for an unused one? Anyway, it's mostly just the chain that gets cleaned a few times a week. Nothing like a quiet drivetrain. 100 miles weekly just for the commute, about a 3rd of which is trail.
    Woah guys, JK. I have been reading too much Bike Snob NYC (he makes fun of race rigs on commute detail, mostly track bikes, slanted crotch, spacer stacks, ect)

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    All good man. I only have room (garage, wallet) for a single bike, so it's gotta be able to do as much as it can.

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    Very sweet! Digging the rims and the carbon. Hanging that much crap on a bike that light is a horrible sin, but other than that you nailed it with that build. Very, very cool.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Thanks so much!

    Hahaha Yeah, it kills me sometimes to think how light it could be without all the crap. But I figure if I place some stuff semi-permanently on the bike, then I won't have to take the pack each time for any lunchtime getaways. Because either way, the essential kit will have to be somewhere with me regardless. (Another ridiculous way I justify it in my head is that since it's fairly light to begin with, I have a little leeway to load it down with a few things without it slowing me down too much. LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Six
    All good man. I only have room (garage, wallet) for a single bike, so it's gotta be able to do as much as it can.
    yeaaaah.... i ummm... TRIED that excuse to justify my purchasing uber-swank bikey bits... and... ummm... doesn't work.
    I now have swanky bikes AND beater commuters!
    even my beater commuter's kinda swanky in the grand scheme of things!
    I don't even HAVE a garage... whole garage and just one bike?! that's some luxury!
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Six
    Hahaha Yeah, it kills me sometimes to think how light it could be without all the crap. ...Another ridiculous way I justify it in my head is that since it's fairly light to begin with, I have a little leeway to load it down ...without it slowing me down too much. LOL)
    Rationalizations! WHAT would we do without'em?

    I figured with 65 pounds excess on me and a bike when stripped of maybe 22 pounds, with a severe diet, maybe 20, why worry about the weight over much. I leave the anvil at home but I am equipped for most emergencies. So now the nice bike is 36 pounds fully loaded including two full water bottles, spare tire, tube, 12 course gourmet dinner, and lights but I have only 15 excess pounds, now. That's a net loss of 36 pounds! Match that weight weinies! The errand bike has racks and panniers and carts groceries. Just gear it down and forget about the weight!

    BTW I too see the creaping upscaling of the 'crappy' bike. It inherits some nice parts upgraded to nicer ones on the good bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    I was sick of having a wet bum and salt in my mouth last winter, so I picked up an SS Inbred cheap and made her commuter friendly!




    I`ll be fitting studded tires when the snow comes. I bought some marathon race 700x40.

    Let the bad weather come!

    Nice bike, I love On-One's (but cannot affoard one )

    That is a nice bookshelf!

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    I just have to say I'm really envious of all the people who have the opportunity to ride some trails on their commutes. I used to do that when I was in college - I like riding my bike regardless, but sneaking out on some singletrack is more mental reset in less time than riding the roads.
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    This thread is getting taken over by really nice bikes, so I thought I'd post the one I rode in NYC.


    IMG_1907 by Andrew183, on Flickr

    It's an old ten-speed I got used. A lot of the drivetrain was toast, so I threw out the shifters and derailleurs. The crank was an old-style one without a spider, so I destructively removed the middle ring, which was riveted to it. The large ring had 52 teeth. A cheap 20t singlespeed freewheel threaded onto the rear hub, and I was good to go. The bike was pretty underwhelming when I first bought it, but after throwing out the rack, kickstand, and extraneous drivetrain hardware, it actually accelerated and handled really well. Manhattan is quite flat, so I was fine without additional ratios.
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    Hi, I am new to this forum. This is my 2009 Fuji Nevada 1.0 which I bought last year, just I changed tires to Shwable Smart Sam. It is my commute & weekend bike. I ride 20km every day to work and make 150km every week, which 20-30km of it is off road.
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    this was my commuter bike last year:


    By syahirul at 2008-06-04

    this is now:


    By syahirul at 2010-07-21

    and... this is next:


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    wheels keep on spinning 'round, spinning 'round, and 'round...

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    Updated my bike. This thing is so low-tech, but I really do love it.

    Added panniers and added support for the large front basket. Thinking about finding a cheap triple crankset and making it a 2X7. Just in case, I think I'd like a little ring on there, even though I doubt I'd ever use it.

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    I feel like a chick saying this but your dog is freaking cute!
    What light/reflector is that in the second and third picture on your seatpost?

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    Shes old, but Ive had her for almost 20 years (Original owner). Lots of abuse in the early days.Lots of different setups and lots of fun. Then it just sat for a few years in the garage. Until I got myself back on the saddle after a long hiatus....So I purchased another bike and as of a few months ago I resurrected this for my occasional commute to work and back. Made it an S.S.,added some lighting and some reflective tape (to cover up the battle scars ). Besides,where I live it gets REAL DARK at night.

    My 1990 Giant ATX 760......





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    Here is my old K2 Zed 1.0 mountain bike that I am slowly making into a nice commuter. I have ridden it every day for the past few months and it is only getting better.






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    Quote Originally Posted by PNW Freeride
    I feel like a chick saying this but your dog is freaking cute!
    What light/reflector is that in the second and third picture on your seatpost?
    Thanks man!

    That light is something I bought from REI or Performance Bike (can't remember). But it's a $15 deal - nothing special.

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    A poor mobile picture of my new commuter. Mudguards are orderd and I`ll be on Schwalbe marathon winter studded this year too.

    Disclaimer. I now sell bicycles and bicycle tyres.

    instacrap ----> http://instagram.com/manx71/

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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    A poor mobile picture of my new commuter. Mudguards are orderd and I`ll be on Schwalbe marathon winter studded this year too.

    Nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Six
    Here's my commute and weekend rig

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    You should never let this baby alone....

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    Quote Originally Posted by huka
    You should never let this baby alone....
    Oh yeah, definitely. It even stays locked up in my garage at home.

    At work we're fortunate to have a few enclosed bike lockers. That's where I've been keeping it lately. Only thing that has access to it are the bajillion little spiders in there (I may hit the inside with some bug spray to keep them at bay though). Really glad to have that at work.

    Failing that, it could stay in my cube. It's an office setting and most of my coworkers are trustworthy... plus there's a few security cameras in key spots inside and out (we were bombed by PETA a few years back because they thought, wrongly, that our parent company at the time tested on animals). Still I'd probably keep it locked up in my cube just in case if I had to keep it there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Six
    Oh yeah, definitely. It even stays locked up in my garage at home.

    At work we're fortunate to have a few enclosed bike lockers. That's where I've been keeping it lately. Only thing that has access to it are the bajillion little spiders in there (I may hit the inside with some bug spray to keep them at bay though). Really glad to have that at work.

    Failing that, it could stay in my cube. It's an office setting and most of my coworkers are trustworthy... plus there's a few security cameras in key spots inside and out (we were bombed by PETA a few years back because they thought, wrongly, that our parent company at the time tested on animals). Still I'd probably keep it locked up in my cube just in case if I had to keep it there.

    I would lock the crap out of it in the bike locker anyway. I had a bike stolen in college from one of those things. I thought it was all safe and sound, but they just kicked the door in. Not built too terribly well.

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    finally got my commuter and got it equiped for running around town and to work i dont need to go very far so the panniers are actually a set of front panniers i like these better than the trek trunk bag i had before, if i need more space later i will buy the matching rears and a front rack. what do you think any ideas or recommendations for additional items.my next round of upgrades will be some new grips and
    more rear lighting but so far so good.
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    Fenders. Toe clips can be nice.
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    Winter bike - 1988 Kuwahara Shasta - AG 3 speed

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    The road bike is officially in full commuter mode. Headlight, tail light, fenders...all I need now is some MTB flats so I can wear my waterproof boots when it's really wet.



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    This is my everyday conmuter.

    An 25 years old BH mtb, repainted and decorated with cheap decals, new wheels and tyres, upgraded to 1x8 transmision and waiting for a SS conversion and maybe fixed.
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    this is my do it all bike (exept road traning-race) but 80% of their use is for conmute, also is my MTB, touring, and cruising bike.
    kona dew with brooks flyer and cheap alloy handlebar with m-bar shape (love it)
    the baby blu is my other conmuter but not for this forum...


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    Another Kona

    2004 Dr. Dew I bought used 5 years ago. Frame, fork, headset, front wheel and rear rim are the only original components. I recently rebuilt the rear wheel with the SRAM i-motion 9 hub. My road bike was getting trashed from the rain so I decided to renew my Dr. Dew.






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    Quote Originally Posted by webtwo
    2004 Dr. Dew I bought used 5 years ago. Frame, fork, headset, front wheel and rear rim are the only original components. I recently rebuilt the rear wheel with the SRAM i-motion 9 hub. My road bike was getting trashed from the rain so I decided to renew my Dr. Dew.





    e that bike man! Beautiful
    Ride

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    lately ive been commuting on my bmx(5 miles both ways every day)
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    Quote Originally Posted by webtwo
    2004 Dr. Dew I bought used 5 years ago. Frame, fork, headset, front wheel and rear rim are the only original components. I recently rebuilt the rear wheel with the SRAM i-motion 9 hub. My road bike was getting trashed from the rain so I decided to renew my Dr. Dew.





    That bridge looks familiar. Sunnyvale/Cupertino?

    Nice Dew. The internal gear hub makes for a clean look.
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    Yep, that's the route I take to Caltrain. Lately it's been dark when I cross in the morning, so I snapped this yesterday while I was running a few errands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    lately ive been commuting on my bmx(5 miles both ways every day)
    Too much work for me! What happened to your other bike? Seems you had a Raleigh Sojourn. Just giving it a break for a while?
    Recalculating....

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    Here is my commuter. I picked up the frame on ebay. I believe it is a Scattante SSR frame. The other parts I just had or bought. It works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webtwo
    2004 Dr. Dew I bought used 5 years ago. ...

    May see you commuting


    The Honjo fenders are being unboxed. Its not a real commute bike unless it has fenders and lights.

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/33936975@N00/5255748091/" title="December Snow at M&amp;M by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5289/5255748091_59b1a6294e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="December Snow at M&amp;M" /></a>

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    San Snose? With artic aero rims, even. Cool.
    Recalculating....

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    Hit 6100 commuter miles today
    It Snowed, Christmas Eve for the commute home
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    DEER AHEAD
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlichin
    This is my everyday conmuter.

    An 25 years old BH mtb, repainted and decorated with cheap decals, new wheels and tyres, upgraded to 1x8 transmision and waiting for a SS conversion and maybe fixed.
    I don't know. Maybe it's the fattys but it looks badass to me. Ride on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt
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    What tires do you use in winter? Are they studded? And what size?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57
    What tires do you use in winter? Are they studded? And what size?
    Those are Kenda Klondike 700x40 120 studs

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    Schwinn Panther with Alfine 8 hub and original moby-bite tires from 2001! (car not mine, used for size reference)
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    38c tires on there now, ordered some Smart Sam 45c though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmxbikemike
    Schwinn Panther with Alfine 8 hub and original moby-bite tires from 2001! (car not mine, used for size reference)
    Your basket looks handy. Out of curiosity, did the bike come with Alfine, or did you swap from SS or derailler?
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    Looking good, Pink! I`d be more envious if it didn`t have those funky brakes, though .
    I haven`t tried any dirt-drop styled bars, but I have a hankering to set up a bike that way. Maybe I`ll try it on my mtb next summer- already have a set of Garys that didn`t work out on the bike I bought them for and a spare set of bar end shifters. All I`d need is a set of road V levers and maybe a higher stem.
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    Thanks.

    The set I have our Tektro RL-520 they were $20 for the set on ebay, so they can be had for cheap. It snows all winter and rains all spring/fall here in MN so discs seem to be a must for me.

    The drops are comfortable for the brief time I have been on them, the hoods are slightly still usable.
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    Here's my main commuter...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmccycling/5323403208/" title="commuterinsnow by kmccycling, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5050/5323403208_405b14d86a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="commuterinsnow" /></a>
    It's a dawes lightning cyclocross bike with a flat bar, grip shifters and a VERY busy cockpit consisting of: Cygolight, Zounds Air Horn, standard bike bell, brake levers, grip shifters, GPS mount (not mounted in this picture) and of course, Garage door opener. this pic was taken a couple days before christmas eve during the worst snowfall of the year.... it was an interesting ride home that day, and my knobby cyclocross tires carried me up hills past BMWs that couldn't get enough traction to keep moving forward up the hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy33
    ....and my knobby cyclocross tires carried me up hills past BMWs that couldn't get enough traction to keep moving forward up the hill.
    Yeah! Even better, when your bike can`t carry you over something, you can switch roles and carry the bike to a better spot! Pretty tough to carry a Beamer out of a ditch or over a snowdrift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy33
    Here's my main commuter...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmccycling/5323403208/" title="commuterinsnow by kmccycling, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5050/5323403208_405b14d86a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="commuterinsnow" /></a>
    It's a dawes lightning cyclocross bike with a flat bar, grip shifters and a VERY busy cockpit consisting of: Cygolight, Zounds Air Horn, standard bike bell, brake levers, grip shifters, GPS mount (not mounted in this picture) and of course, Garage door opener. this pic was taken a couple days before christmas eve during the worst snowfall of the year.... it was an interesting ride home that day, and my knobby cyclocross tires carried me up hills past BMWs that couldn't get enough traction to keep moving forward up the hill.
    All I think of when I see that pic is "brrr!!!". Good on ya for riding through winter, I call it quits when the temperature dips below 45 F. BTW - those building in the background look very German with the rouladen in the window, are you in Deutschland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranier
    All I think of when I see that pic is "brrr!!!". Good on ya for riding through winter, I call it quits when the temperature dips below 45 F. BTW - those building in the background look very German with the rouladen in the window, are you in Deutschland?
    Yup, Ramstein Germany. And as far as the cold... I usually end up layering up so much exactly the opposite is the problem... I overheat more often than I get cold.

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    I got a new to me commuter today and I love it. I was riding a old road bike before. I think this bike will suit my needs alot better.


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    Cool! How did you come by it? Looks like you`ve got it all set up very nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Cool! How did you come by it? Looks like you`ve got it all set up very nicely.
    Thanks rodar. I actually bought it at the LBS and put my rack and lights on it. I still want to put a set of fenders on it and buy a decent head light. I'm worried I won't have enough clearance in between the rack and tire for the fenders.

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    It'll fit. Getting it in there will be a little bit of a balancing act, but there's enough room. You may not get adequate snow clearance anymore, though - I usually switch to my full-on mountain bike on those days, which has fenders that sit several inches away from the wheels when I install them.
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    IRO Mark V

    My somewhat of a budget build (...compared to my mtb SS, so it's all relative) @ ~$500 with mixing new and used parts. Now my old commuter (Fuji Cross) mostly sits in the garage collecting dust.

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    Dude, you forgot the deraillers
    But a great example of making fenders work!
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    I am hoping to be seen from space, these pictures do not give this tape justice on how bright it is (Trimbrite Trailblazer).

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    Not typically my commuter...


    snow day 023 by Andrew183, on Flickr

    but when there's an accumulation on the ground and Seattle freaks out, it's ready to heed the call.
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    I just built up my new Kona Explosif frame last night. Pretty happy with it! I was told that all 2011 frames would be metallic blue (not very excited about that), but they shipped the wrong frame to the store, and I insisted that they not send it back. I guess it is a team color or some kind of one-off.

    BTW, anybody know where to get Rohloff-specific sliding dropouts? I had to modify the Speedbone and remove the tug-bolts to make it work. Also could do a Monkey Bone adapter, but it looks like everybody is sold out.

    And while we are at it, any recommended pannier racks out there you guys like? I'm worried about heel-strike with the short chain stays.

    Still gotta get some fenders for this Seattle weather......






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    Climber, that looks n i c e ! I have a soft spot for Konas, ATAC pedals, WTB saddles, and would like to try a Rohloff. Just change the brake levers, that reach looks huge for my small hands - oh yeah, not my bike! I think someone asked about the pannier heel thing not long ago, so you might try an advanced search within the commuter forum too.

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    are they NOT going to be offering the explosif in that colour?!
    it's beautiful! I love my emerald metalflake, but that sunburst colour in metalflake would be... wow!
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    I wouldn't worry too much about the heel strike thing. Kona says that bike has 424mm chainstays - long, by road standards. Compare it to their Xenith, with 405mm chainstays that are probably a steeper angle too, for less horizontal distance. Most panniers have some adjustability on the rack, so sort it out then.

    How do you plan to attach the rack? My experience is that they need to be really secure or panniers cause the bike to develop some pretty odd handling.

    The Seattle go-to, for people who have it to spend, is a set of Ortlieb panniers. I just picked up a set of knock-offs that I'm happy with so far, but "so far" is only a day.
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    Some mods:


    By brianmc at 2011-01-14

    Brooks B17 and matching (non Brooks) leather-look-alike bar tape
    New Techtro R200 road lever on left (rear brake)
    New Tectro RL520 long pull lever on right for front drum brake
    Nokian A10 32mm 700C tires
    Velocity Dyad rim with 36 DB SS spokes.
    Sturmey Archer XL-FDD 90mm drum brake and Dyno front hub.
    New longer fork (old one was showing fatigue, straigntened once)
    High bar clears a cooler to protect groceries from frost in winter, heat in summer


    I like the way it fits and rides, so hope to keep it for decades.

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    Until the snow melts, this is what I'm riding.


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    3.8 knobbies- shazam! They make me think "TW200".
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    @Mtbexp- This is my first Kona, but those ATACs are over 10 years old. Gotta love that. Just rebuilt them last year with some new ceramic bearings. I have to knock the spring pins back in every couple rides, but they keep on keeping on......

    @Byknut- I was super-stoked to open the box and see that color. But from what I understand it was a total mistake that I receieved that frame (even the shipping box label said "blue". Haven't seen any other 2011 frames yet so I don't really know what's going on yet.

    @AndrwSwitch- Thanks for the heel strike reassurance. Right above both sliding drops is an attachment hole for racks, and I figure I'll use a clamp on the seatstays. I wish there were eyelets on the upper seatstays like previous versions. Oh well. Should be sturdy enough I would think.
    I was eyeballing the Orltieb panniers today at REI; they are a thing of beauty for Seattle riding. Gotta figure out what rack I am going to go with first. I was looking at some Planet Bike and Topeaks. Haven't really seen anything too exciting yet (besides the $ Tubus $)

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    Being such a bling bike, why not shell out for Tubus? It`s supposedly top notch stuff- for an extra $50 or so on top of what you`d spend otherwise I`m sure it would be very happy to hang out with your Rohlhoff and tote your Ortleibs around for years to come .
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    I broke a rack several months ago. While I hadn't payed for it, and didn't have to pay for the following one, it certainly makes it easier to justify spending a bit more on something better-made.

    My commuter's a fairly traditional road bike, with a single brake mount on the seatstay bridge. I had a rack attached there for a while. It was never that stable. I currently have the rack attached to both seatstays using P-clamps. Much better - you're on the right track.

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    new here

    After hanging around and lurking for quite some time...I was inspired by you folks to start this pedaling to work thing

    Right now I'm slowly making my old Jamis Diablo into my everyday-ride-to-work mobile. I must confess, I am only a fair weather rider at this point...



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    Nice.

    Fenders make nasty weather less uncomfortable. But I'd say that commuting on nice days, consistently is a better start than commuting rain or shine for a week or two and then never doing it again.
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    @andrw

    Thanks.

    Besides fenders is there anything else you would recommend? I'm considering converting it to a ss and adding clipless pedals. I'd like to find something that is a platform/clipless combo. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by runthesingletrack
    Besides fenders is there anything else you would recommend? I'm considering converting it to a ss and adding clipless pedals. I'd like to find something that is a platform/clipless combo. Thoughts?
    I use a Wellgo 'Campus' pedal on one bike, Shimano makes one too, that is SPD one side and a 'slightly bigger that average pedal but small for a platform' platform on the other side. I have no issue with the size in my warmest winter boots. Though a set of mountain clips to help position my boots might be nice.

    I'll suggest the 'Another commuting thread about lights' thread. It's a compilation of lights, reflective treatments. and clothing that seem to work. Your situation and drivers are a big factor in what is best for you.

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    Glad you joined us - online & on the road. An old trail buddy of mine has the same bike . If you haven't already, new brake pads will make a big difference, even if the old ones aren't worn down.

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    Hey, Singletrack! Welcome. That`s a nice bike- I wish they still came with wall to wall paint jobs like that.
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    I must confess, I am only a fair weather rider at this point...
    Haha! If you had looked out the window one morning to see pouring rain blowing in curtains from the gusts, and you suddenly thought to yourself "What a nice day to ride my bike to work", I`d say it would be time to seek help!
    Half and half pedals seem to work great for some people. I can`t say from first hand experience, since that`s about the only kind of pedals I haven`t tried. Fenders are nice- I`m glad I have them. We all have different preferences for drivetrains, bars, pedals, cargo carrying methods, etc. Feel free to ask about any of them and find out different views. I think you`ll find that most regular commute/utility riders are pretty much in agreement about visibilty, though. For daytime, bright clothes and a good blinkie minimum. For night time, there are more variables, but definitely solid headlights and tail light, and as much reflective material as you can manage. Some go much further, depending on their own circumstances.
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    Thanks for the warm welcome and insight.

    I'll be sure to post the questions as they come. Just added a bunch of 3M reflective tape--and have a Magic Shine set (headlamp + tail) as well as a Superflash. So far everyone gives me plenty of clearance.

    Not exactly a bike friendly area but the roads I ride are plenty wide. Besides a honk every now and then--no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runthesingletrack
    Thanks.

    Besides fenders is there anything else you would recommend? I'm considering converting it to a ss and adding clipless pedals. I'd like to find something that is a platform/clipless combo. Thoughts?
    I rode a singlespeed for a while when I lived in New York. If it's the right ratio, I think it can be a great way to go for a city bike. If there are hills in your area, though, especially if you're going to be riding with stuff in those panniers, sticking with multiple ratios makes more sense to me; YMMV.

    My mother has platform/clipless combo pedals on her road bike, which is the bike I ride when I'm visiting her. They drive me nuts! Granted, I never ride them with clipless pedal shoes. But I really don't like having to flip them to get the flat side, and they're very odd to pedal on the clipless side, with a casual shoe. I also don't like that they don't have toe clips. My commuter does. I'm pretty comfortable with those and while my "fun" bikes all have clipless pedals, I'd rather ride my commuter in whatever shoes I happen to be wearing. Other posters have been talking about how awesome power straps are. I haven't tried them myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    ...platform/clipless combo pedals ... drive me nuts! Granted, I never ride them with clipless pedal shoes. But I really don't like having to flip them to get the flat side, and they're very odd to pedal ...with a casual shoe. I also don't like that they don't have toe clips. My commuter does. ...my "fun" bikes all have clipless pedals, I'd rather ride my commuter in whatever shoes I happen to be wearing. Other posters have been talking about how awesome power straps are. I haven't tried them myself.
    My 2 cents. YMMV. Remember EVERYTHING about a bike cockpit is personal. It is an interface with you. Which helps sell a lot of bike parts, I'm sure.

    2 sided : clipless. No issues other than rolling the pedal to clip the second foot in. More issues with the cleats and latch with dirt and wear.

    For about 18 months I had toe clips and straps on the platform side of the 2-way pedals. You can bolt them up. Used mini-bungee cords wrapped around and through the pedal to keep them tight and off the pavement when leaning in corners and riding clipless. They weighted the clipless side up, so it was easier to clip in. In use, with biggish street shoes I found the plastic mountain toe clips took a few minutes to relax to their normal size after being squashed so long, so the first one or two inserts (three?) in the second pedal was trickier than was pleasant. Atheltic shoes were easy or at least, easier. Once they reset, I could roll the pedal and get in the clips without undue strain even in my winter boots, though not the fluid motion as on the other bike with classic pedals and clips.

    I tried the platform without clips when I serviced the pedal bearings last. It took me a while to get used to no foot positioning, having ridden clips or slipless exclusively for almost 38 years. I love the instant dismount possibility in heavier traffic. Even clips untightened take that fractional bit longer. I also like the lack of concern over which non-cycling shoe I am wearing with no clips on that side. Still, I agree about it not being a favorite feeling: not being attached to the bike better. I haven't made my mind up about bigger clips especailly bigger spring steel ones and a faster way to activate or store them on the bottom side when riding clipless. Saves weight and complexity at the cost of a more secure feeling.

    I too, have looked at power straps and not tried them or seen them in use up close. Unless easily attached/dettached for clipless riding, they would not be useful on a two sided pedal.

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    Finally got some trail testing done during a weekend charity ride. The new bike is awesome! One word to describe it? Trustworthy. It does exactly what I tell it, when I tell it. My old full suspension bike would squat while cornering, squish while climbing and squirm on uneven tracks, all of which led to a slightly unpredictable ride. But the new bike is rock solid. I also enjoyed the lighter weight and better geometry, and was able to kill every climb, some of which I used to have trouble with on my old bike, even when I was in better shape. But being my first hardtail, I still gotta remember to get my butt off the seat when things get choppy.

    I had some sense and mounted a new pair of SKS Beavertails before the ride. Got great coverage despite the fenders being largely unsupported. I like them because they don't look as goofy as clip-ons, but have just the right (for me) coverage and clearance for both commuting on the road during the week and doing backcountry rides on the weekends.

    Stiffer fork spring, Ergon Grips, and Monkey Bone are in the mail. Life is good.



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    Stinky Spoke?

    I didn't realize you actually rode this thing off-road. I was thinking "typical Seattle commuter overkill" but now I see the error of my perception.
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    Yep, Stinky Spoke indeed. Did you make it out?

    Those first pictures are the last time you will see a somewhat reasonably clean bike. I like all things low maintenance, and apart from an annual hub/fork oil change and a bi-weekly chain scrub, my ride gets minimal love. Fortunately, riding in the Seattle area is akin to riding in a car wash, so at least sometimes it looks like I care. But don't get me wrong: I fix things that need fixing and listen to cries for help. But I'd like to think my build philosophy prevents such nuisances from occuring.

    Besides being my first hardtail, this is also my first steel frame, so maybe I'll need to change my habits as I've never had to worry about paint chips and rust.

    Being a "one bike" kinda guy, I think this is the best balance for a backcountry junky that also rides to work.

    But if you think that was an overkill commuter, surely I am doing better than before....

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    I did the "one true bike" thing for a while, with my old Schwinn Mesa. Wish I still had that bike... Now I have four; my commuter's an old road bike that I don't mind locking outside. I'm eating through the rear rim shockingly fast, and can see why people around here want disc brakes, but I still say a competition-ready 'cross bike with disc brakes is both overkill and not going to happen. (Although now that discs are legal, I guess that's not actually an oxymoron...)

    I was at the Stinky Spoke too. Due to its being on a Saturday morning, when I'm least able to get anywhere on time, I didn't manage to meet my group, and since it was a relatively easy course with all the turns marked, I got into workout mode pretty quickly. Hopefully I wasn't "that guy" trying to win a charity ride too badly.
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    @ Climber

    The sunburst looks even better with dirt on it! What bar ends are those?

    I am in agreement about the whole "as little maintenance as possible" philosophy. Although...I really need to start doing a little more if I want my drive train to last any time at all...

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    Those look like Cane Creek Ergo Congrol bar ends, yeah?

    I have the commuter overkill thing going on as well, but like you, mine does double duty as a weekend warrior off road rig as well. I'm currently using the same set of tires for both commuting and weekend races/rides... Kenda Kosmik II. Not the fastest on the road but I figure I'm getting a decent workout with them. Also not the best for muddy trails, but rides like a scalded cat on dry hardpack. I'm considering getting more purpose-specific tires for both commuting and weekends. Love the Kendas in the dirt, but am looking at Conti Travel Contact for the weekday commutes whenever the current set wear down. Are you currently using the same tires for commute and off-road? Nice ride BTW.

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    I bring my bikes in the house and inside at two destinations, so they can't be filthy (not trail bikes so it is a bit harder to get them too bad). OTOH, I think there is something sad about them (or any bike) if they don't show they've hit a puddle or three. As far as overkill in a commuter, if you have the $$ and the safe storage at the destination, why not? I need someone else to keep Rohloff and ilk in business so I can dream!

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    I think as soon as one starts considering more than changing tire pressure to switch between "commute" and "trail" mode, it's time for a second bike.

    An older, complete road bike can cost less than the second set of tires, let alone a second wheelset. And the convenience of being able to (for example) walk out of class and hop on a bike that I can leave locked at school, ride home, and throw my mountain bike in my truck to go riding, without having to change the setup of any bikes, is pretty great.

    Of course, I get a lot of road miles - having been on a purpose-built road bike, it's really hard for me to ride mountain bikes on the street.
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    Yes sir, they were the Cane Creek bar ends. I know it's supposedly uber-lame to have riser bars AND bar ends, but whatever. I replaced my grips and bar ends last weekend with a set of Ergon GC-3's. My old lock-on grips were thrashed and I was starting to get some hand numbness. I liked the Cane Creek bar ends, but now after using them for a few years I've found that I prefer a bar end with more of a "wrap" than a single vertical post. More hand positions and less tree snagging.

    As far as tires, I'm running a set of 2.3" Kendas that I "recycled" from my wife's bike after she took to some lighter knobs. I can't stand to throw functional stuff away, so I've vowed to run them to baldness despite the fact that I totally hate the tires and they are heavy as all get out. Doing pretty well so far, as I can see glimpses of the casing in one or two spots. Bad news is that I still have another NEW 2.3" tire hanging in the garage that I need to wear down next, and the front tire just doesn't wear at all. As I think more about this, I should just take them off and include them in this years purging at Recycled Cycles. I'm tired of saying "the extra weight makes them great for training!"

    I have a set of Michelin 2.1's that I can't wait to mount down in the garage also, and a pair of Nokian studded tires that I throw on once in a blue moon (when we actually get snow or significant ice). Aside from being VERY loud and VERY heavy, the studded tires are unbelievable for traction on ice, and even fun on our slimy Pacific NW roots and logs.

    For swapping...... I see other commuters zipping along on skinnier tires, but I find swapping tires to be less than enjoyable and will happily roll a light set of 2.1" knobbies for my 20 mile daily grind, and enjoy the no-fuss changeover for weekend riding. And I've never owned a road bike, so ignorance is bliss.

    And to the one-bike thing: Since buying a Rohloff hub, I've pretty much damned myself to one bike. I could never justify buying another hub (unless for my wife), and after having one, everything (to me anyway) shifts from bike-centric to hub-centric. Example? Even though I just got a new bike (frame), I did not reset my odometer. I wouldn't be able to stand racking up miles on any other bike than "the one" that is sporting the hub. Longivity, durability, reliability and maintenance reduction are the reasons I bought it, and I want to enjoy and relish in those features on the way to work during the week and on the way to the mountaintops on the weekends.

    I used to worry about having "too nice" of a commuter bike, but just last week I convinced the boss that my bike, being steel and all, should not have to suffer for 10 hours a day outside in the rain. Now instead of sitting locked at an unmonitored bike rack, at a building next door, it resides in our office about 10' away and never unattended. I just try to be courteous and remove excess mud before the work week begins.

    Here are some pics of the new grips; They are really comfortable.



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