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    Alright, so I don't actually have real life pictures of it *yet*, but I got an email from the bike store saying that it arrived today...

    For a new bike it seemed like a pretty good deal, came with fenders, rack, lights, trunk, pump, lock and mirror since Performance is trying to move out their 2008 stock. Hopefully I'll put enough miles to of it to justify something higher end later (especially since I'm already ogling components) but for now it should be a lot of fun, I'm really looking forward to commuting on this thing.

    Planning on adding a handlebar mount for a Garmin Quest 2 and maybe switching the pedals for the Forte Campus clipless or Shimano PD-M324 pedals. Also adding a Flash Flag for safety.

    Here's the link to the ad: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...TOKEN=58859869

    Nice commuters by the way, I love looking at these for ideas.
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    Hey Diesel,

    Is that a Scheller's water bottle in your cage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBallKY
    Hey Diesel,

    Is that a Scheller's water bottle in your cage?
    Indeed it is. That is where I bought the bike. I live in Evansville, IN and drove over to the L one day to buy a bike. I checked out their shop online and thought they were far superior to the shops here in town, so off I went. Who doesn't like a road trip? Especially one that involves bringing home a new bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m121038
    Alright, so I don't actually have real life pictures of it *yet*, but I got an email from the bike store saying that it arrived today...

    For a new bike it seemed like a pretty good deal, came with fenders, rack, lights, trunk, pump, lock and mirror since Performance is trying to move out their 2008 stock. Hopefully I'll put enough miles to of it to justify something higher end later (especially since I'm already ogling components) but for now it should be a lot of fun, I'm really looking forward to commuting on this thing.

    Planning on adding a handlebar mount for a Garmin Quest 2 and maybe switching the pedals for the Forte Campus clipless or Shimano PD-M324 pedals. Also adding a Flash Flag for safety.

    Here's the link to the ad: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...TOKEN=58859869

    Nice commuters by the way, I love looking at these for ideas.
    The bike looks very nice but I think there is a mistake to put the rear light in the seat post. That will not work on the road because of the trunk or the bag on top of rack.

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    Yeah, I got worried thinking about that when I first saw the bike, but it turns out the trunk bag actually has a strip that's made for the light to clip onto it, it's just an aftermarket LED and not actually built into the bike.

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    My Velocycle a la carte bike in 2003, the first XCY700 ever!

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    Here my bike in 2003, the first Velocycle xcy700 to be born, ever!

    The first mountain bike with 700C wheels for commuting all year long. I still own this bike. Minimal maintenance has been done to it, & it is still my winter bike today.
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    Here is my Soma Juice. I have a fairly short commute, but it gets used every day, so I like having something nice and classy.
    Alfine rear hub, Hugi front hub. Delgado Race rims. XTR 950 crank w/ Spot chainring. Thomson post and stem. Origin8 Space bar. Brooks Swallow Ti saddle and leather ring grips. XT calipers w/ Saint levers. Specialized tires. Planet Bike Cascadia fenders. Blackburn rack.
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    commie V2

    After two years of looking at steel frames I finally decided on a Gunnar Ruffian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mehukatti
    This is my commuter bike.
    These bikes actually piss me off. Mechkatti, I am not assuming that you ride this way, but I see there all the time at night, no light, no flashers, no reflectors, no visibility, too cool to stop at stop signs or red lights, stupid beanie were a helmet should be. I dont see any fenders either. Fair weather hipster?

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    Daaang! Maybe he doesn`t need to ride at night and maybe he doesn`t WANT fenders.

    gte819- is that SS or do you have some kind of internal gearing? It sure is pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photograph
    My commuter, a 2003-2004 Kona Dew that has seen more abuse, winter riding, off road action and over all miles than any other bike in my collection. It has been run over, survived an attempted theft with a car jack, and even unintentionally took the mirror off of a Lexus so far. I built up a super heavy duty set of wheels for it in 2006 as I had gone through two wheelsets in two years prior to that.

    edit - oops, a picture would help.
    Looks like I gave the bike a little too much abuse/use, the frame failed at the BB so it's in the shop getting rebuilt as a disc equipped Dr.Dew thanks to Kona's warranty department. Any recommendations on studded tires (700cc x 35-45mm) for winter commuting?

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    well... I switched to drop bars on my commuter...loving it so far... I moved over the MTB BB7s from my GF's bike, installed some Dia Compe levers (for V-brakes) and Dura ace bar end shifters...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/3026088574/" title="new cockpit for the Kona by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3014/3026088574_f61beb8150_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="new cockpit for the Kona" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/3025259003/" title="Pilot handlebar... and blood??? by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3044/3025259003_b1785e6326_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Pilot handlebar... and blood???" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/3050627425/" title="Kona's new cockpit by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3285/3050627425_086387abfc_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kona's new cockpit" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/3050627229/" title="Kona's new cockpit by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3057/3050627229_764bd9e7ff_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kona's new cockpit" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/3051466020/" title="Kona's new cockpit by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3293/3051466020_b27fec0b97_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Kona's new cockpit" /></a>

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    That commuter is TOO NICE. Lock it up good. It looks too temptng!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    That commuter is TOO NICE. Lock it up good. It looks too temptng!
    Thanks..... it is locked well

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    Looks good Cris, but you gotta be careful if you eat jelly sandwiches while you assemble your cockpit. Can`t find any napkins over there?

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    Here is mine. K2 Enemy Cross Bike. Geared 34/50 in the front, 11-24 in the back. A little tall at first for this "mountain biker at heart", but after commiting almost 40 miles round trip on it for a couple months, I am getting used to it. My commute has plenty of hills.

    I've added Planet Bike Cascadia fenders, a Topeak rack and trunk bag to carry my work clothes in (the bag has panniers that easily zip down, I zipped them up for the photo), mirror and blinkys on the back.

    It's a pretty good commuter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Looks good Cris, but you gotta be careful if you eat jelly sandwiches while you assemble your cockpit. Can`t find any napkins over there?

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!--good one!

    It's just "montagepaste" BTW..


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    Quote Originally Posted by gte819s
    After two years of looking at steel frames I finally decided on a Gunnar Ruffian.
    great choice!! gunnar bikes are awesome!

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    paying it off weekly, cant wait to ride it. What you guys think?

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    Uh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Killroy
    These bikes actually piss me off. Mechkatti, I am not assuming that you ride this way, but I see there all the time at night, no light, no flashers, no reflectors, no visibility, too cool to stop at stop signs or red lights, stupid beanie were a helmet should be. I dont see any fenders either. Fair weather hipster?
    Wow. Maybe mind your own business? You're not the god of "correct way to ride".

    Fenders don't make a bike a fair weather hipster. Some of us live in relatively dry climates and on the 15 days a year I have to ride in the rain, I survive just fine, water and mud being thrown at me and all.

    Keep in mind that just because someone differs from you, doesn't mean there wrong.

    P.S. Yes, everyone should have SOME kind of night lighting system. Even if its just flashing red LED's on the backpack and a head lamp up front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pawe1
    paying it off weekly, cant wait to ride it. What you guys think?
    Sweet, sweet commuter, in STEAL ME white. Don't ever leave this thing unattended, even while locked......it screams to be acquired by any opportunist who catches a fancy to your bike! I have lost FOUR LOCKED bikes already. When done riding it.....lock it inside your home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pawe1


    paying it off weekly, cant wait to ride it. What you guys think?
    Fixies are such a fad that you will need 20 pounds of locks to keep it from getting ripped off.

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    Pawe, what do you have for rims on those wheels? It almost looks like there`s a big square notch cut out for the valve stem, but I doubt that`s the case. Got any more pics of the wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo55Diesel
    Ah, my first post! I have been waiting to be able to participate in this board and am very excited that I am now able to do so. I look forward to learning from all the members as I am relatively new to riding mountain bikes (got my first one about three years ago).

    Here is the bike I ride to campus and train on. I love it!


    I would like to get a rigid fork. Any suggestions?

    Also, I will be adding Time ATAC Alium pedals soon.

    I need to get a better light. My ride home is in the dark and my current light (a two year old Blackburn with 4 lights in a diamond configuration - don't know the model name) is not very bright.
    That is one sweet looking bike. what college are you going to? I see its looks like it in southern Indiana/ Kentucky because of the water bottle.

    anyway my ride is a Rocky Mountain bike fusion with clipless pedals.(im going to get better pictures of it soon)




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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    Sweet, sweet commuter, in STEAL ME white. Don't ever leave this thing unattended, even while locked......it screams to be acquired by any opportunist who catches a fancy to your bike! I have lost FOUR LOCKED bikes already. When done riding it.....lock it inside your home.
    Yea its gonna be in the garage when Im not riding it, also gonna get some red electric tape and go over the "rasta" colors on the frame and fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pawe1
    Yea its gonna be in the garage when Im not riding it, also gonna get some red electric tape and go over the "rasta" colors on the frame and fork.
    Those are Rainbow Jersey World Champion colors, not "rasta" colors.......
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    no thats felts way of personalizing the bike -.- it has a square with the rasta colors on em. Im gonna go over it with a red marker or something I dont want the rasta colors on it at all.

    slocaus its not fix gear, it could be if I turn the wheel to the other side but Im all set with a free wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pawe1
    Yea its gonna be in the garage when Im not riding it, also gonna get some red electric tape and go over the "rasta" colors on the frame and fork.
    Yeah, I think those are the national colors of Uganda....looks close to the official World Cup Series(WCS) XC racing colors.......just missing the blue after the red.
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    I just joined the Cyclocross to work fraternity.

    Its stock apart from the marathon winter 622-42 tires and the planet bike mudguards.



    Its a fast "tour da work" bike and better still a great zone one winter trainer.

    Great on gravel roads too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    I just joined the Cyclocross to work fraternity.

    Its stock apart from the marathon winter 622-42 tires and the planet bike mudguards.

    Its a fast "tour da work" bike and better still a great zone one winter trainer.

    Great on gravel roads too.
    Very cool, fux. I also like your BMW 3er too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    I can realy post this on "show us your" AM, Xc-race, 29`er , 1x8 realy versatile working girl.










    I have the same bike bell. I get some really odd looks with mine!

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    That's a sweet Felt fixie. Those aren't rasta colors though, they're the national colors of Jamaica. Rasta colors are the national colors of Ethiopia; green, yellow and red.
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    My commuter, Surly Long Haul Trucker:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    I just joined the Cyclocross to work fraternity.

    Its stock apart from the marathon winter 622-42 tires and the planet bike mudguards.



    Its a fast "tour da work" bike and better still a great zone one winter trainer.

    Great on gravel roads too.
    How do you like those Marathons? I'm planning on getting a set of studded tires for my inlaws who are newly into tandem riding and I'm torn between the Marathon winter or the Nokian A10. As I said, they're tandem riders so they aren't doing any serious off-roading. Just bike paths and the like. Would love to hear some real user feedback on those.

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    This is my commuter/touring bike since March. Just added the Schwalbe Marathon Winters yesterday. Had been using fat knobbies, but after a wipe out in my work parking lot last week I decided to get the studs.
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    Smile As she sat last year...

    ...sadly,I just live too far and have to carry too much crap (and too much "I never saw him on this twisty 2 lane mtn roadbefore dawn" ) for me to feasably/possibly commute by bike now-a-days...but this is temporary,w/ in a couple more years,we'll be selling our "out in the ticks" property and picking a more bike friendly place to live
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    My commuter on my commute yesterday.



    For those who noticed the beemer, it is featured here...

    Roof Racks and Garage Doors got nothing on this guy! (Vid)

    Stays at home in the weekdays, I`ve gotta keep fit someway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish
    How do you like those Marathons? I'm planning on getting a set of studded tires for my inlaws who are newly into tandem riding and I'm torn between the Marathon winter or the Nokian A10. As I said, they're tandem riders so they aren't doing any serious off-roading. Just bike paths and the like. Would love to hear some real user feedback on those.
    They are ok. Fast rollers, nice volume, good on ice and hardpack but a bit squirrily on loose slush. They seem to do well against the sharp gravel they use over here instead of salt on the cycle paths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo55Diesel
    Ah, my first post! I have been waiting to be able to participate in this board and am very excited that I am now able to do so. I look forward to learning from all the members as I am relatively new to riding mountain bikes (got my first one about three years ago).

    Here is the bike I ride to campus and train on. I love it!


    I would like to get a rigid fork. Any suggestions?

    Also, I will be adding Time ATAC Alium pedals soon.

    I need to get a better light. My ride home is in the dark and my current light (a two year old Blackburn with 4 lights in a diamond configuration - don't know the model name) is not very bright.
    That is one sweet looking bike. what college are you going to? I see its looks like it in southern Indiana/ Kentucky because of the water bottle.

    anyway my ride is a Rocky Mountain bike fusion with clipless pedals.(im going to get better pictures of it soon)




    moving my post to a more recent spot.

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    This is my commuter bike. Thank you for looking.

    1999 Kona firemountain with a rigid fork and planet bike fenders.


    19 long riser bar with barends.
    Sansa Shaker MP3 player attach to the stem using a couple of rubber band.
    (I used to carry a pocket radio with external speaker to listen to a local AM radio station but the radio doesn't work in the cold weather. This MP3 player was bought from a drug store for $10. It uses a 512 MB SD card for MP3 files and it sometimes truns off by itself when I ride on bumpy road. It has an external speaker and pretty good to listen to podcast or songs. I think it is not too bad MP3 player for the price . Please note that the sound of this player is pretty crappy on bike if you are a real music fan)
    2 planet bike head lights.
    1 black mini bell.
    Cat Eye Bar End Mirror.
    1 combination cable lock.


    2 planet bike tail lights (1 super flash, 1 blink 3)




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    Looks great! Are you riding in the snow with those tires? I ride with whatever current 26 x 1.5s I currently have through an occasional 4 inch snowfall (no traffic), but I hang it up until the roads get clear if we get a big storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Looks great! Are you riding in the snow with those tires? I ride with whatever current 26 x 1.5s I currently have through an occasional 4 inch snowfall (no traffic), but I hang it up until the roads get clear if we get a big storm.
    I put chubby tires 26 x 2.1 in November but they slowed me down a lot. So I came back to these. They are Panaracer Pasela 26 x 1.25 Kevlar Folding Tires and they are not too bad to ride in the snow.

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    That´s my bike.



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    Luciano, your profile says you`re in Brasil. Is that where this pic is from? I thought it looked like somewhere in California. How about some more pictures?

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    There she is. 5 miles new.
    2002 Schwinn Aluminum Comp. Beater.
    2009 Gary Fisher Utopia - Commuter.
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/paranoidbadger/3111035629/" title="Ice on the Lake by G e o cycle, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3230/3111035629_0d23300dd8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Ice on the Lake" /></a>

    Taken this afternoon, latest photo with new pogies. ^_^
    Moving the soul with two wheels.
    I have a slight cycling addiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luciano ramos
    That´s my bike.


    Your rear cargo/container, what brand is it? where can I get one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG410
    Ok I think it's done. It's been through a few changes since I got it.

    What kind of handlebars are you using? Can you take pics of it?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildtrekker
    What kind of handlebars are you using? Can you take pics of it?
    Thanks
    Those were trekking bars (no longer on the bike)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Luciano ramos
    Fala! "Noticias do mundo de la", mais com as imagenes pelas
    Thank you Luciano, and pardon me- that`s as far as I can go with Portugues. I hope you keep posting here. I have questions about what you wrote in the story about SP to Ilhabela. It sounds like you used to take longer trips and you have to keep them shorter now? I looked at the other posts in your profile there but I got lost for the language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Fala! "Noticias do mundo de la", mais com as imagenes pelas
    Thank you Luciano, and pardon me- that`s as far as I can go with Portugues. I hope you keep posting here. I have questions about what you wrote in the story about SP to Ilhabela. It sounds like you used to take longer trips and you have to keep them shorter now? I looked at the other posts in your profile there but I got lost for the language.
    Abraco.
    My English also is not of the best ones, forgives me for the errors.

    Not. Weekly I make short trips around 120/150km. In my last vacations I made my first long trip for the Ilhabela, with duration of 3 days. The way passed for the coast north of the SP state.

    What question do you have about my trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luciano ramos
    My English also is not of the best ones, forgives me for the errors.

    Not. Weekly I make short trips around 120/150km. In my last vacations I made my first long trip for the Ilhabela, with duration of 3 days. The way passed for the coast north of the SP state.

    What question do you have about my trip?
    I don`t want to fill this thread with outside stuff, so I`ll try asking on pedal.com I hope nobody there is afraid of "Espantugues".

    Somebody else asked a question about your "bagageiro".

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildtrekker
    Your rear cargo/container, what brand is it? where can I get one?
    The rear container is the same is used by delivery motorcycles. In Brazil its very used in small motorcycles. I am not sure about the brand of the container. In Brazil it's found in any store of motorcycle accessories.

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    ^^ That's a great idea. You can get these online, or at motorcycle shops in the US. Here's an example: http://www.cycleluggage.com/emgo_82108.html

    Most motorcycle rear racks are similar to bicycle racks, and most of these 'trunks' have a universal mounting system. You could make it work pretty easily.
    Most of them have a built-in reflector or light also. Bonus.
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    Here's mine! It's a 1985 Fuji League that I bought new, sporting the obscure Suntour LePree group.IMG_2679.JPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zothecula
    Here's mine! It's a 1985 Fuji League that I bought new, sporting the obscure Suntour LePree group.
    Very interresting. I don`t think I`ve ever seen a setup with flat bars and DT shifters before, and it`s also the first I`ve heard of Suntour LePree. Is it a five-speed freewheel with a double in front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Very interresting. I don`t think I`ve ever seen a setup with flat bars and DT shifters before, and it`s also the first I`ve heard of Suntour LePree. Is it a five-speed freewheel with a double in front?
    Thanks! The flat bar was an alteration I made several years ago. I like it a lot better for commuting. LePree, according to what a guy who knows all about Suntour once told me, was about equivalent to Cyclone. And it's a six-speed in the back. Someone once said I should turn it into a singlespeed, but I dunno...

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    This gets locked up year round outside my office. I used to work full time at a shop, at which point I'd ride any of my nice bikes since they come in with me, but a good portion of my time is spent on this now. I'm considering getting rid of it for something new solely because I've had it a few years and I'm getting bored with it.


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    I made some changes to the stealth bike... switched to Trans X bullhorn handlebars, Sette Aeon Stem (the old bars were oversize so I had to switch), cenelli carbon weave bar tape, and Cane Creek 200TT levers. And I ran across this sticker kit from Electra Bikes that I couldn't resist. I've been debating putting stickers on it for at least a year. And I finally got my carbon headset spacer kit and black seat clamp.I even customized my planet bike superflash taillight in flat black, using my usual touch-up tool, the magic marker.

    Total bill from pricepoint for the changes: less than 100 bucks.
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    Thanks...I think the Electra bike that those stickers are for is even called the 'rat rod'...I am liking the look. I figure I can always take 'em off if I start regretting it.

    I don't miss the drop bars either. I was worried about that, but the TT bars let me stretch way out there, and they're a tad lower than the others were because of the different stem angle... my body is probably in the same position I was in with the drops when I'm out on the ends of the TT bars. I had a nasty headwind yesterday and the difference was not noticable.
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    The bullhorn bars add to the retro look, too. I liked it before, but now I like it even more.
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    I agree w/ gary.. very nice looking setup, CB. Keep me posted on how the bullhorns turn out. I am really batting around trying to stick with a flat type bar if possible over drop bars.

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    I was just thinking on my ride this morning that if you spent way more time on the flat section of the bars, and only got out on the ends occasionally, it would be really easy to run standard MTB levers, mounted up near the stem on either side with these bars. It wouldn't take away from hand positions, and would put the brake levers where you wanted them to be when you were riding on the flats. It would give you the look of my set-up with the function of a flat bar.

    Edit: You could even run hydraulic discs that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I was just thinking on my ride this morning that if you spent way more time on the flat section of the bars, and only got out on the ends occasionally, it would be really easy to run standard MTB levers, mounted up near the stem on either side with these bars. It wouldn't take away from hand positions, and would put the brake levers where you wanted them to be when you were riding on the flats. It would give you the look of my set-up with the function of a flat bar.

    Edit: You could even run hydraulic discs that way.
    You could run cross tops with the levers you have now and get a dual position, and for less money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I made some changes to the stealth bike... switched to Trans X bullhorn handlebars, Sette Aeon Stem (the old bars were oversize so I had to switch), cenelli carbon weave bar tape, and Cane Creek 200TT levers. And I ran across this sticker kit from Electra Bikes that I couldn't resist. I've been debating putting stickers on it for at least a year. And I finally got my carbon headset spacer kit and black seat clamp.I even customized my planet bike superflash taillight in flat black, using my usual touch-up tool, the magic marker.
    Just had to chip in and say that I, too, think you have an incredibly cool-looking bike! I tried some DIY bull horn bars on mine for a while (Inverted sawed-off drop bars), but ended up deciding I preferred a flat bar. To each their own.

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    Thanks for the comments guys. I'm really happy with it... it's definitely unique. The bullhorn bars do give it a pretty different feel. I'm still not as confident heading downhill on my dirt road in the dark as I was on the drops, but I'm sure that will come with time.

    I thought about cross top levers, even when I had the drops...I even found some on craigslist for 10 bucks brand new... the function is nice, but I dislike the clutter. The levers were super easy to get to on the drop bars, but these are slightly harder...they're just a little further away. Cross tops would make more sense with these bars than they would have with the drops, which is funny, because who runs time trial bars with cross top levers? Either way, I probalby won't, just because I like the clean look I have going. The first time I crash because I couldn't get to the brakes, I'll have to chalk it up to vanity.

    Being able to run hydraulic discs would be sweet though... why can't someone make a time trial bar end brake lever for hydraulic disc brakes? There has to be at least one other person on the planet who would buy them!
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    Wow. That thing is perfect! Is is all original?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Wow. That thing is perfect! Is is all original?
    Yes, completely original, except for the tires. It also has a mate that my wife rides.
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    wow! that is a ridiculously well kept bike! Very nice!

    CB- I was just talking about that with the guys at the LBS yesterday. We were wondering why on earth no one can make drop brake levers for linear pull brakes, mountain discs or hydraulic discs, but they can make brifters that are capable of doing everything short of microwaving a hot dog for you- as long as you want caliper, canti or road disc brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I was just thinking on my ride this morning that if you spent way more time on the flat section of the bars, and only got out on the ends occasionally, it would be really easy to run standard MTB levers, mounted up near the stem on either side with these bars. It wouldn't take away from hand positions, and would put the brake levers where you wanted them to be when you were riding on the flats. It would give you the look of my set-up with the function of a flat bar.

    Edit: You could even run hydraulic discs that way.
    why I cannot run hydraulic discs in that way??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmsdini
    wow! that is a ridiculously well kept bike! Very nice!

    CB- I was just talking about that with the guys at the LBS yesterday. We were wondering why on earth no one can make drop brake levers for linear pull brakes, mountain discs or hydraulic discs, but they can make brifters that are capable of doing everything short of microwaving a hot dog for you- as long as you want caliper, canti or road disc brakes.
    You can use Tektro RL-520 levers with Avid Mechanical Disc brakes just fine.

    Hope makes a set of shims to use their hydraulic levers on drop bars, There is a bike here on MTBR that has Hope hydro levers on drop bars, the owner bent the levers slightly so that he could reach the lever. I just cannot remember who it was or find the bike - I think it was in one of the "monster cross" threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luciano ramos
    why I cannot run hydraulic discs in that way??

    As far as I know there are no true 'road' levers for hydraulic brakes. You'd have to use mountain bike levers, and those will only really work mounted on the flat section of a bar.

    You could get creative with bending and shaping mountain levers, but then the fluid reservoir would probably not wind up sitting like you'd want it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    You can use Tektro RL-520 levers with Avid Mechanical Disc brakes just fine.
    That's what I had on my drop bars. My new set up with the Cane Creek 200TT levers is working well with my Avid Mechanical discs also...both of those levers use standard mountain bike cable ends.
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    Here is my Trek 850 commuter after a recent overhaul! I re-did the cockpit to make it more comfortable; longer quill, riser bars and Ergon 2 grips, plus Planet Bike Hardcore fenders and Wellgo BMX pedals. Rides like a brand new bike, very comfortable and a lot of fun.
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    Looks Good

    I didn't know Nashbar made a suspension seatpost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Looks Good

    I didn't know Nashbar made a suspension seatpost.
    Thanks!

    They do indeed. My friend who owned the bike before me installed it, so it's an older one. They've revised the look slightly, but I think it's still basically the same. Does the trick and is a lot cheaper than a Thudbuster. Nashbar Suspension 2 MTB Seatpost Quill and bars are also Nashbar.
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    my single speed 69er commuter.

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    That's cool! Was it manufactured as a 69er or did you just put a 29er fork on it yourself? Does that effect the geometry adversely? Doesn't look like you would have too much overlap with the front wheel.
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    no i did it myself. i originally was using it as a 26" mountain bike with a suspension fork. i got another bike and got a smokin deal on the carbon fork and front wheel so i threw it on there. i dont feel any affect on the geometry.

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    ^^ Details, please. That bike looks fast.
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    Not really much to mention.

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    My commute is about 65% gravel and it gets pretty loose in some sections. The CountryRIDE's are holding up great. Provide just enough grip to make it an enjoyable ride (they are a bit sketchy in some sections but nothing serious). On the road or paved surfaces though it's a pleasure to ride.

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    ^^ Some kind of an SS 29er is definitely my next build project. I have maybe 30% fairly rugged (especially in the winter) dirt road on my 6 mile commute. Are those Haro forks too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d9eppard
    no i did it myself. i originally was using it as a 26" mountain bike with a suspension fork. i got another bike and got a smokin deal on the carbon fork and front wheel so i threw it on there. i dont feel any affect on the geometry.
    Looks kool! Im guessing that the length of the suspension fork is similar to the length of the rigid roadie fork, so you are getting a similar geo.

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    My commuter. litech mag frame with 4 different generations of deore xt and araya rm-20 rims from 1989.

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    My lovely cycle. It was a 1980 something BCA i believe
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^^ Some kind of an SS 29er is definitely my next build project. I have maybe 30% fairly rugged (especially in the winter) dirt road on my 6 mile commute. Are those Haro forks too?
    Yeah they are Haro forks.

    Honestly I can't complain about the bike at all. I honestly think a 29er frame is about the most versatile on the market, especially setup like the Haro with an EBB.

    The one frame can be SS, internally geared, derailleur geared.. MTB, commuter, or even setup cyclocross style with a shorter fork.

    I love the versatility.

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    here's mine ... a '93 Trek Singletrack 930, and yup, it's lugged! bought it off a guy on craigslist, set it up as an ss, and decided it was my new commuter. quickly grew tired of the rust and dents and heavy knobbies, so i stripped it, wire-wheeled all the paint/oem decals off, bondo'd and rattle-canned the paint job you see here. and yes, that pinstripping is all electrical tape. tossed the dead rockshox and found a practically brand new late 90's rockhopper rigid fork for cheap, painted it, added some slicks, pieced together some goodies from my misc parts bin and splurged on a topeak mtx rack/bag package and viola! the 930 rss (rigid single speed) was born!

    riding a 32t-13t combo on the street, kept the granny and dedicated another wheelset with a 20t cog for those rare days i feel up to riding Water Dog on a rigid ss. with the chain tensioner, the chain length works perfectly in both gear ratios. steel keeps the 16 mile round trip comfortable, prob less than $250 spent on what you see here, def recommend building up your own commuter instead of buying one off the rack, lots of fun










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