• 01-31-2011
    xJAHx
    A [Carl] Strong Winter Performer
    Here is the winter commuter. A majority of the parts were odds and ends that I had sitting on the shelf.









    Frame: Carl Strong Ti 29er with Paragon sliders
    Fork: Strong Steel Fork
    Wheels: Handspun Velocity VXC (reflective) / Alfine 8 / Dynamo
    Tires: Nokian 240 Studded 700x40
    Dirty Dog Skull Stem
    On-One Mary bars
    Avid BB7s
  • 01-31-2011
    HardTail29er
    Do Carl some justice
    and take more [better] pics!

    Carl built me two Ti frames - he is FANTASTIC to work with and his bikes are sweeeet.
  • 01-31-2011
    Enel
    It's pretty, but I hope you add fenders:)
  • 02-01-2011
    xJAHx
    No fender mounts. She just pushed through 6" of the Boston white stuff:







  • 02-01-2011
    JST169
    Wow! That's a commuter many would like to have for their PRIMARY ride!

    Looks great. I've been tossing around the studded tire idea. After this winter it seems to make a lot of sense (I'm in southeast PA).

    Enjoy the winter as much as you can on that bike.

    J
  • 02-01-2011
    Nater
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JST169
    Wow! That's a commuter many would like to have for their PRIMARY ride!

    Most commuters are the primary ride! At least in terms of number of times ridden or number of days ridden.
  • 02-01-2011
    JST169
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Nater
    Most commuters are the primary ride! At least in terms of number of times ridden or number of days ridden.

    True. I guess I just typically think of a commuter as an abused, uncared for beast.

    To the OP, is that your year-round commuter or does it dress up as a formal MTB in fairer weather?

    I think it's great that he's commuting in this messy winter (sure beats the trainer/rollers). I've continued to do so as well and I'd love to hear what the drivers that go by me think or say.

    J
  • 02-01-2011
    xJAHx
    Nater, I am on board with you. I spend 40 minutes per day at a minimum on the commuter vs. a lucky weekend day or two per month on the other bikes. I have not ridden the Strong as a true off road 29er yet.

    The summer commuter is currently a Ti Planet-X. The raw ti is the best for weathering the daily grind.
  • 02-01-2011
    JST169
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xJAHx
    Nater, I am on board with you. I spend 40 minutes per day at a minimum on the commuter vs. a lucky weekend day or two per month on the other bikes. I have not ridden the Strong as a true off road 29er yet.

    The summer commuter is currently a Ti Planet-X. The raw ti is the best for weathering the daily grind.

    Agreed, Ti/SS/Fixed are great options for commuters. Throw on fenders and you're good to go. I'm lazy this winter and ride my geared Ti IF Crown Jewel to work (25 mi each way) instead of my fixed gear Crosscheck. I don't do many road rides these days, so at least the IF gets good use.
  • 02-02-2011
    CPATCRASH
    That looks exactly like my old frame and fork! I had a friend sell it through eBay about a year ago. It was a sad day but I needed something suspension corrected. If you bought that bike from a guy on eBay named "crashmax" give her a hug for me.
  • 02-02-2011
    dtimms
    Do you guys realize that your TI commuters are worth more than all my bikes combined. Also, you commuters are worth more than car!!! Wow, good thing I got an Anthropology degree! Nice ride, Carl builds some nice bikes.