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    Quote Originally Posted by nilsbuch
    Good idea. I thought about it before, but didn't feel comfortable stretching the legs of the rack so much. Old Man Mountain (different material than the Tubus, but still...) recommends they stretch the legs apart because it apparently isn't as easy to do as it seems. You're probably on to something but not something I wanted to deal with.
    There are some disk specific racks out there that work like this, i believe.

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    where are you? Is that cool looking bridge part of your daily route?
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    front rack, disc brake rear mode Lake Johnson, Raleigh.

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    where are you? Is that cool looking bridge part of your daily route?
    Raleigh, NC--Lake Johnson. Around the lake and through the Green Way Path. I am lucky to have such a great place to commute through.

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    Here is mine, very very cheap and very simple. I wanted to go with the Kilo WT but I just could not afford it but I hear these Dawes lasting quite some time on their stock parts.

    Will be changing:

    Pedals (Sun Ringle Octanes)
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    Possibly the gearing

    Where do you get the black reflective tape?

    I kinda regret giving my old 1999 Trek 800 Sport to my mother that bike could've been turned into a nice commuter but I outgrew the frame and she really needed a bike.

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    Looks good though. I hope it holds up for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Looks good though. I hope it holds up for you.
    I hope so to, it was only $240 shipped so a soild deal. I sadly won't be able to commute to work due to MN having such a awesome road system The only way for me to get to the cities is across the river which is by freeway only, geniuses around here.

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    Hi all,
    Greeting from Jakarta, here is my commuting bike. Use it everyday everyday mostly to work. Actually it's an XC type of frame with a 26"-cyclo cross-type of tyre with 1,75 wide very usefull on Jakarta road.
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    My On One Scandal 29er commuter/do it all bike at work after my morning commute. Planning on building up a SS 29er with a belt drive next year


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57

    Where do you get the black reflective tape?
    Here`s one source:http://www.identi-tape.com/eng-sr1.html
    I haven`t really looked for the black stuff, so you might be able to find it cheaper somewhere else. Identitape seems like a good company (I ordered from them once and had zero problems), but they`re geared towards comercial bulk orders, so their shipping is really expensive for small orders. Hint: if you can find enough other stuff in their catalogue that you want to get your order up to $100, you cut the shipping rate down and you get a pretty good dicount on the product price- all explained on their website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huka
    Hi all,
    Greeting from Jakarta, here is my commuting bike. Use it everyday everyday mostly to work. Actually it's an XC type of frame with a 26"-cyclo cross-type of tyre with 1,75 wide very usefull on Jakarta road.
    Nice looking ride, Huka. I`ve never seen a Polygon before, don`t think they`re available in North America. Do you have any pictures of the route on your commute? We don`t get many Indonesia reports here.
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    Until just recently, my Karate Monkey served commuter duty:



    For now I'm without a 'proper' commuting rig, but this gets me there and back:


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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Nice looking ride, Huka. I`ve never seen a Polygon before, don`t think they`re available in North America. Do you have any pictures of the route on your commute? We don`t get many Indonesia reports here.
    Right, you may not find Polygon there in North America. It's an Indonesian brand but its company known also for producing frames for other branded bike company. You may find them here if you interested.
    Others may say that it's mindless commuting with bicycle here in Jakarta since it's very competitive when you are on the road. We have to share our road with other vehicles (we dont have bike lane here) such as motorcycles, cars, buses even sometimes ten-wheeler trucks. Alhamdulillah somehow most of us can cope with this competitiveness so we can still enjoy commuting with our bike anyway..

    Someday insyaAllah I'll post some pictures of my route although it may not find very interesting tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huka
    Right, you may not find Polygon there in North America. It's an Indonesian brand but its company known also for producing frames for other branded bike company. You may find them here if you interested.
    Others may say that it's mindless commuting with bicycle here in Jakarta since it's very competitive when you are on the road. We have to share our road with other vehicles (we dont have bike lane here) such as motorcycles, cars, buses even sometimes ten-wheeler trucks. Alhamdulillah somehow most of us can cope with this competitiveness so we can still enjoy commuting with our bike anyway..

    Someday insyaAllah I'll post some pictures of my route although it may not find very interesting tough.
    We're always interested in seeing other people's commutes!
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    Good grief, Cynic! What are those tires on your SS? It looks like you could float across stock ponds on those! Are they for snow or sand, or just plain supreme cushiness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Good grief, Cynic! What are those tires on your SS? It looks like you could float across stock ponds on those! Are they for snow or sand, or just plain supreme cushiness?
    Those are 24 x 3" tires whose outside diameter is nearly 26"! They come standard on Surly's 11th anniversary edition 1x1. Large Marge rims too, I believe.
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    My Commuter

    This is my new commuter bike. 09' Cannondale Bad Boy. Bike geometry rocks and I like the flat black. Only changes have been pedals, bar ends, Topek rack and bag. My commute is about 12 miles one way with a bit of hills each way. Takes about a half hour one way. First ride was Monday, one day before the big storm hits the US west coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Those are 24 x 3" tires whose outside diameter is nearly 26"! They come standard on Surly's 11th anniversary edition 1x1. Large Marge rims too, I believe.

    What Gary said... Large Marge rims and all.

    They're for cushy street riding and taking/dishing out urban abuse. The rubber is meant for cruisers but serves well enough for more aggressive riding. I'm going to find out how it works on singletrack this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eredinger
    My commute is about 12 miles one way with a bit of hills each way. Takes about a half hour one way. ]

    Sweet bike! I like those. But dude... my 6 miles takes me just under 20 minutes, and I'm averaging just under 20mph. You're averaging 24 MPH over 12 miles on that thing, with some hills!?
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    Well....I'm no superman and your hills and my hills might be a bit different (Sacramento valley)...lol. My best time is 37 min (on the way back down hill) and usually I'm running late so I need to go balls out to be on time.



    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Sweet bike! I like those. But dude... my 6 miles takes me just under 20 minutes, and I'm averaging just under 20mph. You're averaging 24 MPH over 12 miles on that thing, with some hills!?
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    OK 37 sounds reasonable. I was starting to question my manhood...
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken_cynic
    Until just recently, my Karate Monkey served commuter duty:

    I dig those bars. What are they if I may ask?

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    Mad Chemist, the bars are another Surly product: the Torsion Bar.

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    Here's mine on commuter/cruisin' around running errands/shopping mode. I just take the kickstand, cell holder, mirror/bar ends off, and decrease the tire pressure when I play on the small trails around here.


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    winter commuter

    here is mine. frame is a schwinn moab, campagnolo rims with shimano hubs, single cog (16t) with an alivio der acting as tensioner, fenders, drop bars with road levers, oury grips, platforms, v brakes (kool salmon pads), LX cranks with 32/22 rings and panaracer tires.




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    I like it! I`ve never seen a bar setup quite like that. Are you using a Travel Agent or anything?
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    I ride this as my commuter, Marin Muir Woods frame
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    Here's my trusty steed taking a water break on my morning ride to work!
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    Oh, yeah! This must be the day for dropbar mtbs! I need to get some pictures of my current commuter (also dropbar mtb) in here, too.
    tr2biker, that`s Mt Shasta, isn`t it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I like it! I`ve never seen a bar setup quite like that. Are you using a Travel Agent or anything?
    i will be using a travel agent. i just need to transfer those from my other bike, but as for now, it works just fine.

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    Yep, Mt. Shasta on my way to Klamath Wild Life Refuge last summer...lot's of smoke from all the fires that year...still a great ride.

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    My Commuter. Kona caldera MTB with 700c wheels and 28 mm tyres.

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    Hahahaha. Is that really how your bike is "parked" while you work? Thats awesome!! I dont think it would be allowed at my office.


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    My Commuter. Kona caldera MTB with 700c wheels and 28 mm tyres.



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    THAT is a parking spot. haha. I also love the pictures on two out of the 3 computer monitors. Obsess much?
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    That's awesome, and kinda sketchy. Maybe other hung ceilings are better, but the one at my work doesn't seem like it would "hang" much more than a featherweight tile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    That's awesome, and kinda sketchy. Maybe other hung ceilings are better, but the one at my work doesn't seem like it would "hang" much more than a featherweight tile.

    It's totally safe. You can tell from the pic that that one tile is rigged to fall first if things start moving, giving you a warning and at least a half a second to dive out of the way before the bike comes down.
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    Thats a shoulder not a bike lane

    time to find a parallel route.

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    SS folder gets me to and from the train here in Mass - without it I wouldn't be doing a lick of riding these days.
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    Heres my SS Karate Kommuter, out on a grocery run.

    Used 18" Surly Karate Monkey Frame and Fork
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    TruVativ Firex Cranks 42/17 - seems to be my magic number
    Surly Hubs/ DT Swiss Rims/ 29x2.35 Scwalbe Big Apples
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    Sharp looking rack.
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    Sharp looking bike all around. Good job.
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    Thanks for the nice comments, I absolutely love this bike, and honestly that gets me out riding in the morning instead of sitting in the car.

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    Out with the old, in with the new

    Several months ago I started the hunt for another rigid mtb frame to replace my old Nexus Univega commuter (post 34 on this thread) with something lighter and a bigger gear range. Before long it occured to me that my touring bike in its "heavy" mode was just what I wanted to commute, so I changed my plan. Instead of building a commuter from scratch, I bought myself a cool new roadie to cover the "light" duties of my tourer so I don`t have to switch it back and forth any more. This plan works out much better than my original idea!

    The bike: `91 Schwinn Impact Pro with the original Exage deraillers, cantis, and seatpost.
    Swapped in: compact drop bars, custom riser stem, 8speed Shimano bar end shifters, groovy old pair of Superbe brake levers, Sugino triple crankset (old crown logo, yeah!), generic BMX pedals, XT/Aeroheat rear wheel, Shimano dyno/Aeroheat front wheel, 1.75 T-Serve Messenger tires, Terry Fly saddle.
    Added: Custom front rack, Inoled 10 LED headlight (not recomended), Seculite tail light (intended for fender mounting, but I turned it upside down and mounted it under the rack), Topeak something-or-other rear rack, Esge fenders, custom theft resistant pump brackets, a bunch of reflective tape
    Planned for next year: Upgrade the stupid Inoled headlight to a new Cyo (not yet sure which Cyo), lowrider rack (for touring mode only), custom rear rack (lower and longer than the Topeak)

    Besides touring and commuting, this is my "go to" bike for any transporting of stuff, any rides that will have me out after dark or in our rare wet weather, occasional singletrack (definitely not the correct horse for that course, but tons of fun!), and dirt road excursions (mini cross?). At 34 pounds, it still does well enough for slow road rides also- two weeks ago used it for my own private Fall century because the roadie doesn`t give me any way to carry an extra layer of clothes. Good thing too, because it was dark by the time I got home. Oh yeah- I just leave the computer on it these days because I want to see my yearly mileage totals and this bike gets the lion`s share of that mileage.
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    MTB in drag

    Very useful critter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankTank
    29x2.35 Scwalbe Big Apples
    sweet ride Frank!....can you comment a little about the those 29r apples?...thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Very useful critter.
    Like most things in drag, it is very beautiful.

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    sweet ride Frank!....can you comment a little about the those 29r apples?...thanks!
    Thanks! I love these tires. We have some crazy drivers in my town so I tend to stay away from hugging the left side of the bike lanes. Occasionally, this means crunching over random road debris/glass/needles/whatever, I feel a flat tire is better than getting sideswiped by a student texting on their cell. The Big Apples have yet to fail me, and I certainly abuse them. I have ridden some singletrack and gravel, but spend most of my time on the road. They roll surprisingly well for their bulk and hopping up and down curbs is obviously not a problem. On slight downhills it feels like momentum of the tires is pulling me down the hill... if that makes sense. Overall, I highly recommend them and will purchase another pair when these are worn out.
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    thanks Frank...nice info....have you tried fenders on it? may be Planet Bike Cascadias?
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    xtracycle

    older photo. now has wtb pure v saddle, oury grips, XTR M952 crank set on and ss chainring from home brewed technologies on the way hopefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding View Post
    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
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    Looks pretty handy, Velo. I`m curious about something with those long bikes- when you have no load in the back, does the rear wheel tend to spin out a lot? I know it`s really tough to ride a tandem without stoker out of my gravel driveway, but I think the wheelbase is a foot or so longer than an Extracycle or BD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Looks pretty handy, Velo. I`m curious about something with those long bikes- when you have no load in the back, does the rear wheel tend to spin out a lot? I know it`s really tough to ride a tandem without stoker out of my gravel driveway, but I think the wheelbase is a foot or so longer than an Extracycle or BD.
    ive never had any issues like that, part of my commute is loose gravel on an incline too. with the ratio i have i dont have to worry about getting out of the saddle though.
    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding View Post
    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctyjones
    Just picked this up yesterday. Paid $50, which seems like a pretty good deal. I've got about a week and a half to get it adjusted and outfitted.
    Cheers.
    Nice! I picked up my first real mtn bike back around '95 and it was very similar. I'm going all fuzzy now but it was an ATX 870 or 970 on closeout for about $500 back in the day. Matte purple with gold fonts. STX-RC components (how did I remember that though?!) It would be cool to sill have my first around.

    *edit* Pearl Blue matte w/ STX components.
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    This is my 94 Kona Cinder Cone parked at a pit stop on the way to work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Several months ago I started the hunt for another rigid mtb frame to replace my old Nexus Univega commuter (post 34 on this thread) with something lighter and a bigger gear range. Before long it occured to me that my touring bike in its "heavy" mode was just what I wanted to commute, so I changed my plan. Instead of building a commuter from scratch, I bought myself a cool new roadie to cover the "light" duties of my tourer so I don`t have to switch it back and forth any more. This plan works out much better than my original idea!

    The bike: `91 Schwinn Impact Pro with the original Exage deraillers, cantis, and seatpost.
    Swapped in: compact drop bars, custom riser stem, 8speed Shimano bar end shifters, groovy old pair of Superbe brake levers, Sugino triple crankset (old crown logo, yeah!), generic BMX pedals, XT/Aeroheat rear wheel, Shimano dyno/Aeroheat front wheel, 1.75 T-Serve Messenger tires, Terry Fly saddle.
    Added: Custom front rack, Inoled 10 LED headlight (not recomended), Seculite tail light (intended for fender mounting, but I turned it upside down and mounted it under the rack), Topeak something-or-other rear rack, Esge fenders, custom theft resistant pump brackets, a bunch of reflective tape
    Planned for next year: Upgrade the stupid Inoled headlight to a new Cyo (not yet sure which Cyo), lowrider rack (for touring mode only), custom rear rack (lower and longer than the Topeak)

    Besides touring and commuting, this is my "go to" bike for any transporting of stuff, any rides that will have me out after dark or in our rare wet weather, occasional singletrack (definitely not the correct horse for that course, but tons of fun!), and dirt road excursions (mini cross?). At 34 pounds, it still does well enough for slow road rides also- two weeks ago used it for my own private Fall century because the roadie doesn`t give me any way to carry an extra layer of clothes. Good thing too, because it was dark by the time I got home. Oh yeah- I just leave the computer on it these days because I want to see my yearly mileage totals and this bike gets the lion`s share of that mileage.
    Very nice! Rigid MTBs really are the all-purpose, go to bike. That thing could probably handle several trans-american tours. Nice work!
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    sweet ride mitchxout! im currently building a kona commuter but was annoyed with the room between the front fender and the fork crown. looks like you fixed that issue by hanging it lower, what did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    sweet ride mitchxout! im currently building a kona commuter but was annoyed with the room between the front fender and the fork crown. looks like you fixed that issue by hanging it lower, what did you use?
    Thanks for the compliment. I made the fender hanger out of a piece of aluminum bar stock i had laying around. Nothing fancy, or too pretty for that matter, but it works.

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    Mitchxout- That is sweet. Steel frame? I didn`t think the Cinder Cones had been out for that long.

    Gary- I doubt the bike would have any problems with a transam, but I`m not so sure I could do it. One day (if I still have knees left when I retire) I hope to ride to Guadalajara and back, so maybe we`ll find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Mitchxout- That is sweet. Steel frame? I didn`t think the Cinder Cones had been out for that long.
    Double-butted chro moly steel. Cinder Cones were available with front suspension or rigid like mine.

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    My new one. After my hardtail broke about a month ago.

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    how did your hardtail break? rust?? crack??? a rusty crack????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    how did your hardtail break? rust?? crack??? a rusty crack????
    20k+ miles on a Schwinn Homegrown. The drive-side drop-out broke.

    Good times on the ride, both on and off trail.

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    ouch! my buddy is trying to sell me his schwinn homegrown frame same as yours but it's gold. were you happy with it otherwise? made by yeti or something, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    ouch! my buddy is trying to sell me his schwinn homegrown frame same as yours but it's gold. were you happy with it otherwise? made by yeti or something, right?
    Awesome frame. A little stiff, but responsive and excellent geometry for 80 mm travel. I ran 100 mm for the last 4 years.

    Schwinn owned Yeti for a while. Some frames were made in Durango at the time.

    Given the weight of the frame--2.9 lbs and it being a race bike, I'm shocked it gave me that many miles of joy.

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    My new commuter replaces a Scott Sporster P3 hybrid
    I love it! only 2 days so far but it's sensational
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    My two commuters... I ride one or the other almost everyday even if its just the 6 mile round trip to the bike store or for lunch.

    Surly 1x1=11
    - Custom built 700c wheels, Surly Fixed/disced/nutted 32h hubs on a velocity rim, 700x38 cross tires.
    - Salsa 45/42 black chainrings w/red chain






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    My Stable

    Ross Gran Tour is my primary commuter, don't know the year but it gets the job done. Just converted the Trek into a SS for winter/bad weather commuter, have slicks for it too if needed but it will probably be my snow/slush/rain bike. 10 miles round trip, 1/2 suburban roads, 1/2 mall area traffic lights crap, pretty flat, only a couple ups and downs. I ride pretty much every day. Only been commuting for a year, look forward to trying to ride through the winter.
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    Nice pair, Dillboy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abmtnbkr
    Here's what I ride to work:




    Here's what I just picked up to double my fun riding to work. A Mongoose Sabrosa single speed.

    What wheelset, tires, and tubes do you have on the Mongoose Sabrosa?

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    My commuters....

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    Fixed gear Milano Commuter

    This is my old Bianchi Milano--came with a Shimano Nexus 7-speed hub/drum brake drivetrain. I stripped that all off and built a fixed wheel for it--I think it lost 15-20 pounds--that Nexus hub was HEAVY!! It makes a fun, fast commuter--the 26" wheels really spin up fast...


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    great pumpkin rides again!!

    surly 1x1, 44x17, paul's rear, deore front, kris holm 38mm rims, schwalbe marathon xr 40mm tires (spread out to 45 on these rims btw!), saint cranks, grimeca system 12's, titec and easton cockpit i think? something like that.
    no fenders cause it wasn't MEANT to be a commuter until 2 nights ago when I realized those wheels with those tires fit very well indeedy!
    have the 26'er wheels at home with nice knobbies, and if I decide on swapping them back and forth I'm going to run 2 powerlinks and a section of removeable chain to waffle between the 44 and the 36 i want offroad...
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    I doubt you ever have any trouble picking your bike out in the middle of a crowded rack!

    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    if I decide on swapping them back and forth I'm going to run 2 powerlinks and a section of removeable chain to waffle between the 44 and the 36 i want offroad...
    Is that extra little section of chain a recomended method of dealing with two different ring and sprocket combos? I suppose there`s a lot of opinion involved as to whether or not it`s worth using two whole chains of different lengths, but it`s something I`ve been curious about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Is that extra little section of chain a recomended method of dealing with two different ring and sprocket combos? I suppose there`s a lot of opinion involved as to whether or not it`s worth using two whole chains of different lengths, but it`s something I`ve been curious about.
    Not quite. If you keep the total number of teeth the same then it hypothetically uses the same chain length- like 38x16 and 34x20- both of the total teeth equal 54. It isn't entirely accurate, but you can set your bike up for a decent road gear and decent offroad gear and swap the the two and be reasonably happy. With the 1x1 dropouts, you can likely do 34x15/20 without problems.

    Track dropouts are awesome.

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    My two commuters, summer and winter both are single speeds.

    The first Cannondale Badboy with 26x1 Specialized All condition Pro Tires. I do have a set of SKS fenders that have been put on the bike since the photo was taken. Notable hardware is the White Industries Crank and ENO hub with White Industries freewheel.

    The second bike is my new winter commuter for the snow. I still need to rig up some kind of fender system for it but the back is really tight. It is a Specialized Centrum single speed version. Nothing special but good enough for the winter. I like that it is single speed and also has disks for the snow and ice buildup that we get.
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    I'm surprised at the amount "commuters" without fenders and lights.

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    It`s the number of SSs that always surprises me. A few wouldn`t seem out of place, but SO MANY people prefer only one gear? All in all though, the huge variety that we have collectively is really cool!
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    yeah i went a bit overboard with the 44x17, but it IS fast!
    nice "once up to speed" gear!
    extra chain bit would be so i could quick link out a couple inches of chain to swap between the 44 and a 36 up front with the same cog out back.
    Dunno if I'll bother, it means swapping the chainrings over but as I'm running a paul's rear hub with freewheels it's not like I can swap those over terribly quickly!
    (nowhere near as easy as just having wo different cogs on a freehub type)

    I know of white industries' duo freewheel, have the 17/19 version, tried it set with 44x19 and 46x17 ratios.
    Decided the 4 teeth difference isn't enough, want more like 8 teeth diff between the road gear and the offroad.

    As to why so many SS commuters?
    Can't speak for anyone else, but I got a bike stripped once, derailleurs, forks, shifters, brakes, etc.
    So for me personally, the less "unboltable" bits the better!
    Converted (or as my surly an intentional) ss bike means the list of small parts that're EASY to pawn one by one is greatly reduced. And most shops that sell stolen bikes make their real $ by selling things off piece by piece... my choice, YMMV.

    Oh, I wear rain pants (or keep 'em stuffed in my bag) so no need for fenders 90% of the time, and in terms of lights, innnercity so blinkies only needed as streetlights keep everything else well lit.
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    Here's my steed:

    African Coffee Bike. Pretty happy with it so far. i have done some modifications to it since I took this picture. I have a filing crate bungied to the back. Also, I have removed the stock piece of wood that came with the bike and put a longer piece on there; I then put a yakima fork mount behind my seat, and can mount my cross bike or my mtn bike when I want to transport it to the LBS.
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    YEAH! I love your bike hauler plan! When I read the post, I thought you were talking about mounting the fork only on your platform and towing the CXer behind, which would have been plenty cool, but when I scrolled down and saw how you do it it`s even better!
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    Pumkin Getter

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    extra chain bit would be so i could quick link out a couple inches of chain to swap between the 44 and a 36 up front with the same cog out back.
    Dunno if I'll bother, it means swapping the chainrings over but as I'm running a paul's rear hub with freewheels it's not like I can swap those over terribly quickly!
    (nowhere near as easy as just having wo different cogs on a freehub type)

    Can you just use a longer chain and a chain tensioner? Seems like that would be the easy way to swap between 44 and 36 without messing with anything. Just drop it on the other ring and go.


    If I lived in a big city that was anywhere near relatively flat, I would totally have a single speed. I was just in NYC, and that place would be a blast on a rigid SS bike. Nowhere near practical in my little world though.
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    would have to be a bb mounted tensioner as there's no dropout on the 1x1.

    but yeah I guess I could go that route, just... SS... whole point of it being clean is there's nothing that hangs off the frame.
    that's why I would rather spend 3 hours figuring out the magic gear ratios instead of 3 minutes bolting on a surly tensioner

    and again, that paul's rear hub does limit me to freewheels, otherwise I'd have a wide-range dingle setup on a regular freehub!
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    but yeah I guess I could go that route, just... SS... whole point of it being clean is there's nothing that hangs off the frame.
    that's why I would rather spend 3 hours figuring out the magic gear ratios instead of 3 minutes bolting on a surly tensioner
    I totally get that. Can't argue with the simple beauty of a single.
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    Mine is a bit of a different breed, hope that's ok!

    It started as a KMX Cobra:


    Then we converted it with some high end RC heli componentry:


    Fun fun fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFR Trikes
    Mine is a bit of a different breed, hope that's ok!
    Should be ok. But you might have to drag it around the US (and beyond) so we can all take it for a spin
    Do you have a fairing in the works?
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    End of the week picture of my new Big Dummy!
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    Dude! You need more luggage capacity!
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    My recent fair weather, light load commuter build. It took some looking to find a 28h Sturmey Archer AW. Only 20.25 pounds!








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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    End of the week picture of my new Big Dummy!
    You live in Eugene?

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    You live in Eugene?
    Yeah! Didn't think it would be so obvious, you must also live or previously lived here as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Hat
    It took some looking to find a 28h Sturmey Archer AW.
    I can believe that! Is that just an mtb friction shifter? Did you put it there for some kind of advantage over SA shifter, or it`s just what you happened to have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    Yeah! Didn't think it would be so obvious, you must also live or previously lived here as well?
    Sweet! I live in North Eugene. We should grab beers, if you are one of those people who grabs beers.

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    Seeing threads like this makes me WISH I had a commute (home office blues).

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Sweet! I live in North Eugene. We should grab beers, if you are one of those people who grabs beers.
    Yes, I enjoy beer grabbing. I'll PM you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I can believe that! Is that just an mtb friction shifter? Did you put it there for some kind of advantage over SA shifter, or it`s just what you happened to have?
    It's an old Suntour barcon ratchet shifter that was remounted to a flat bar clamp. I found it at a used bike shop for cheap. I have another S-A AW on my main commuter with a new, old style Sturmey shifter and it just sucks. The clamp bolt and lever pivot bolt are the same bolt. It slips a lot, which makes the hub pop out of gear, and doesn't stay tight on the bar. I had hoped to find an old Sturmey trigger (old triggers had the lever pivot separate from the clamp bolt and worked much better), but couldn't.

    Since there's no indexing on the shifter or visible way to see if the gear is properly engaged I made my own gear indicator (you can see it in the pic) by polishing off the markings on a Dura-Ace inline indicator and remarking it with the appropriate spacing. So far it hasn't slipped or popped out of gear on me, but it is a slower shift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Hat
    Since there's no indexing on the shifter or visible way to see if the gear is properly engaged I made my own gear indicator (you can see it in the pic) by polishing off the markings on a Dura-Ace inline indicator and remarking it with the appropriate spacing. So far it hasn't slipped or popped out of gear on me, but it is a slower shift.
    That`s cool. I saw it in the picture and thought it was some kind of inline cable adjuster. I would expect a DA gear indicator to be a nonexistant item, but it looks like you found a good method to tell when you`re in the middle of your gears. Nice bike and nice "make it work" skills
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Hat
    My recent fair weather, light load commuter build. It took some looking to find a 28h Sturmey Archer AW. Only 20.25 pounds!
    Very cool! I love racy commuters. What handlebars are those?
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    With people liking mongoose and trek bikes now, what's next in this crazy world? People disliking the bottlerocket?!

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    Here's mine for the lousy weather.

    42x18. recently upgraded with new wheels, fork, stem, BB, and front disc.


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    Is that your mean look?

    Cool bike!

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    naw, didnt realize it had turned out like that. my mother had my camera up on the porch taking the picture. also explains its semi blurryness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog
    Very cool! I love racy commuters. What handlebars are those?
    They're a Nitto Flat Bar from Jitensha Studios in Berkley. They have a 26.0mm clamp diameter and a very comfortable back sweep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Hat
    My recent fair weather, light load commuter build. It took some looking to find a 28h Sturmey Archer AW. Only 20.25 pounds!


    Dude! I have that bike! Except I kept mine geared, and replaced the drop bars with different drop bars. It's a 3x10 now.
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    Here's my "new" commuter. This one has gears.
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    Wow, that's a long head tube! I like the lugged frame.
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    Brilliant frame! I love bikes with headtubes that make sense!

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    LOL! "headtubes that make sense!"
    just for that I'm posting a better shot of my gardin tonight...

    here we go!
    somethign absurd like 10 or 11 inches of headtube...
    fits great, love it!
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    Culled from old bike parts, except for the crank and single-speed conversion kit.
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    Remember, nobody knows. So let's find out...

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    My 16 pound commuter...its faster than I'll ever be on it. Just completed my first solo century, with zero issues:

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    Yeah, the headtube is crazy long. I'm 6'2" and to be honest the bike is a bit to big for me but at a $100 I figured I could make it work. I don't know what I will do If I ever need to replace that fork.

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    it's a threaded fork... those tend to be run fairly long since there's no steerer above the headset. (also those old 1" forks when you order from a catalogue usually have a couple options for length and get cut down at the shop, just bring the original fork into the shop so they can make sure the replacement is thre right length)

    mine's so sculpted in shape that if (when?!) the fork goes I'm just hanging the frame on the wall.
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Sorry guys, those are weird looking headtubes
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    true!
    but my surly 1x1 has 2 inches of spacers under a tall-stack easton stem...
    so with 2 inches just added onto the headtube itself...
    besides, like i said, pedigreed frame, didn't come in any size or colour other than "one-off-you-buy-now"
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero Signal
    Keeping it simple. It's being replaced by a SS road bike.

    <img src="https://lh3.google.com/JSTennant/R_gIac49E_I/AAAAAAAAAVU/uoOQIQRl0NE/s800/trek_2.jpg" />
    I like this one.. love it..

    How much did you spend for it?

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    The bike chilling on a day off.
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    my raleigh as of this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding View Post
    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
    :D

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    Freshly cleaned for the pic too.
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    ^^ Nice Cross Check. What kind of fenders are those with two supports on the front? My Freddy Fenders from Planet Bike only have one support up front, nad they rattle a bit on my dirt road. I was thinking the other day that another support might stop that...
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    The foul weather commuter.

    1993 Bianchi Avenue. Chrome moly lugged steel frame, newer Sun wheels from Harris cyclery, Schwalbe Marathon 700x32mm tires, SKS fenders and a closer ratio (than original) 6 speed freewheel.





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    The fair weather commuter. 2005 Marin Lucas Valley. Aluminum frame with carbon fork and seat stays. 700x28 Continental Gatorskin tires.






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    Quote Originally Posted by AlmostQuick
    1993 Bianchi Avenue. Chrome moly lugged steel frame, newer Sun wheels from Harris cyclery, Schwalbe Marathon 700x32mm tires, SKS fenders and a closer ratio (than original) 6 speed freewheel.
    Gorgeous! That paint job sure doesn`t look like it`s old enough to vote!
    Recalculating....

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    beautiful bikes Almost...I think I would be using that Bianchi on fair weather too

    Yesterday I went to another LBS here, which is more like a workshop, they were repairing an old Peugeot and an old Raleigh (Reliant I think was the model) I saw commuter potential on them...the guys didn't know what was the purpose of the repairing.

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    Your foul weather commuter is cleaner and less beat up than my fair weather bike. Jeeze...
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    This is my bike. Just went to a nearby park last Sunday.

    On the way:


    Reach the park:


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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^^ Nice Cross Check. What kind of fenders are those with two supports on the front? My Freddy Fenders from Planet Bike only have one support up front, nad they rattle a bit on my dirt road. I was thinking the other day that another support might stop that...
    Thanks for the props. As for the fenders, I honestly can't remember exactly which fenders they are. I just walked in to the local shop, grabbed a set and walked out: that was a while back as well so........... I went and checked the fenders but they're not marked either.

    If I remember what they are or I get to the shop any time soon I'll let you know though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ska!
    As for the fenders, I honestly can't remember exactly which fenders they are. I just walked in to the local shop, grabbed a set and walked out: that was a while back as well so...........
    You just walked out?!?! With out paying?!?!? For shame!
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    My All Rounder

    Quote Originally Posted by Urnicus
    It is officially started... the "post your commuter photos!" thread...

    so lets see 'em
    My Rivendell All Rounder. This baby goes in the office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elsaltamontes
    My Rivendell All Rounder. This baby goes in the office.
    MMmmmm. I`ve got a few nits to pick with Peterson, but by gum he turns out some pretty bikes. Dt shifters, lugs, 1in quill stem, no black ano parts.... I`m droolin`.
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    I have a few nits as well, but the road bikes from Riv are hard to argue with- practicality and versatility. I'd love to have coffee with Peterson to argue about some aspects of bikes.

    elsaltamontes- nice build. i really like the mustache bars.


    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    MMmmmm. I`ve got a few nits to pick with Peterson, but by gum he turns out some pretty bikes. Dt shifters, lugs, 1in quill stem, no black ano parts.... I`m droolin`.

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    new winter commuter...2010 kona unit frame/fork built with parts lying around and a new set of mavic a317 wheels with deore hubs. nice and simple and comfy. I need a front fender.

    in the summer it'll be converted to a real mountain bike, mainly going to a normal bar and stem with bigger tires




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    ^^ I like that a lot. Nice work.

    There is either a pretty significant step-up going into your garage, or those cranks are so long they're going to smack the ground with every pedal stroke

    Did you get the Mavic 317's with deore hubs from pricepoint? I have the 36 spoke version, and they are incredibly strong and functional for the money. I've got about 6k miles on mine, mostly winter, and I've never even thought about servicing the hubs. Best deal around IMO.
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    yeah, there is a big gap to the garage...the cranks are 175mm so pretty standard. edit: i guess the tires are small, so i'm lower as well)

    I grabbed the wheels on jensonusa. I trust them with the custom charges for bringing up to Canada (Calgary) and they were at my door in two days. My LBS wanted $500 for a set of deore hubs on wtb rims...I'll use the LBS when I can, but that seemed way too much. I think these were $150USD? Huge difference.

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    just picked this up new and changed out a few things right away, i also have some shwable marathon 1.5 tires i may throw on if i dont dig the fat franks.


    these are going on hopefully sooner then later with fizik tape. when these do go on im either doing a bar end shifter or throwing a paul thumbie on there no sure yet.

    new v brakes, levers and pedal will soon be on their way
    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding View Post
    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
    :D

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    Speed 8? How do you like the ride? Please don`t skimp on the pics when you get the drop bars mounted- I`m very interrested to see how you manage the reach! I test rode a similar Dahon (not sure what model, but it had a similar frame to yours with a Nexus 7) and the reach was too short for me with no apparent means to do anything about it. I didn`t think about putting drop bars on it, which would have effectively stretched it out a bit.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Speed 8? How do you like the ride? Please don`t skimp on the pics when you get the drop bars mounted- I`m very interrested to see how you manage the reach! I test rode a similar Dahon (not sure what model, but it had a similar frame to yours with a Nexus 7) and the reach was too short for me with no apparent means to do anything about it. I didn`t think about putting drop bars on it, which would have effectively stretched it out a bit.
    i havent ridding the bike much other then tooling around the parking lot. im gonna start my commute on it tomarrow. i will post alot of pictures when i do get everything is finished. the bars are actually more of a mustache bar then anything. i put the mustache bars on for a bit and rode around by my house and i liked the reach alot so im sure they will work out when i get them working.
    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding View Post
    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
    :D

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    My CXmuter

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    I know, I know... Ridiculous. But nothing makes for a more versatile commuter than the CX bike especially on the snowy days.
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    Only ridiculous if you don't race it in the Fall.

    The bike companies would have you believe something different, but a training bike is just a racing bike on a training ride, and a commuter bike is whatever takes you to work.

    I've commuted on the hardtail I race (lots of ice and snow on the ground.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
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    The bike companies would have you believe something different, but a training bike is just a racing bike on a training ride, and a commuter bike is whatever takes you to work...
    +1 on that, the variety of commuter bikes here is pretty impressive.
    I could use one of those TiDelux specials when the worst of the snow/ice is gone - too chicken to give up the studded MTB for now.

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    Just built this up for getting around portland maine. Haven't ridden it much in the city but it does some SWEET wheelies!
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4329370312/" title="004 by gm2540, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2690/4329370312_4e693fc041.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="004" /></a>
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4329370204/" title="003 by gm2540, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2740/4329370204_7cecaab760.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="003" /></a>
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4329370206/" title="002 by gm2540, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2789/4329370206_ba0c7cc044.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="002" /></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsaltamontes
    My Rivendell All Rounder. This baby goes in the office.
    Drool... Love that bike.


    Here is mine. Tires are different in commuting/town mode. Gets 40c Ritchey Speedmax. With Soma rear rack, Jandd trunkbag, and old C'Dale panners, homemade roll style Hbar bag. Will get pics in loaded mode in a little. Still can't decide on fenders though.








    And a little something I've been toying with. see Tow-a-Bike thread in the passion forum







    And my bad weather (as in bad, more then 6" of snow) commuter. Otherwise my thrown together SS mtb.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jddjirikian
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    That looks really good. Love the bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbowen444
    My Commuter. Kona caldera MTB with 700c wheels and 28 mm tyres.
    You must have a lot of pull where you work...visiting MTBR on company time and parking your bike like that!
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    Completed a solo century with this 16-pound wannabe racer recently, without a hitch:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    Completed a solo century with this 16-pound wannabe racer recently, without a hitch:
    16 pounds? I dream of one day riding a sub 10KG bike

    JMadams, when you dig out the camera, don`t forget to shoot a few of your DIY bar bag!
    Recalculating....

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    My commuter in its current iteration:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/phot...eat=directlink
    '91 Trek 830 (rescued from a dumpster) -On One Midge -LX/Mavic wheelset w/ Velo Orange tamper resistant skewers -WTB Velocoraptors -Exage cranks/Salsa ring -LX cantilevers w/ Velo Orange pads -Avocet M30 Saddle -Sun Ringle ZuZu pedals -Etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfinkly
    My commuter in its current iteration:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/phot...eat=directlink
    '91 Trek 830 (rescued from a dumpster) -On One Midge -LX/Mavic wheelset w/ Velo Orange tamper resistant skewers -WTB Velocoraptors -Exage cranks/Salsa ring -LX cantilevers w/ Velo Orange pads -Avocet M30 Saddle -Sun Ringle ZuZu pedals -Etc.
    Gotta LOVE those dumpster finds! Good job..
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    Hwooo- doggie! Your chainstays must be a mile long! Looks like pretty much the same treatment I gave my Schwinn. Well, except without the 3 X 8, anyway. I`ve never seen that green on an old Trek- looks good.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    Gotta LOVE those dumpster finds! Good job..
    Indeed. My landlord had apparently evicted its owner some time ago. When I took it in, it was in practically new condition. Amazing how wasteful people can be.
    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Hwooo- doggie! Your chainstays must be a mile long! Looks like pretty much the same treatment I gave my Schwinn. Well, except without the 3 X 8, anyway. I`ve never seen that green on an old Trek- looks good.
    The stays are kinda freakish, but it really eases things when I throw on my panniers. I may well end up going to a 1 X 8 or 2 X 8 in the near future. I really like what you have going on with your Schwinn, and can definitely see my trek becoming more like it.

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    I try and give all my bikes the privilege of accompanying me on my commute. Photos are arranged in order of which bike is capable of getting me to work the fastest to slowest. If I have recorded a commute on that bike with my helmet camera, the link for it will be underneath. Lets get started shall we?

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    1997 Rocky Mountain Cardiac Rigid


    Thank you for viewing my collection. Please feel free to drool and comment.
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    Cardiac? Is that similar to a Blizzard? Looks like OS steel frame- very nice. I like rigid mtbs, especially if they`re cromo
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Cardiac? Is that similar to a Blizzard? Looks like OS steel frame- very nice. I like rigid mtbs, especially if they`re cromo
    1997 was a great year to ride a Rocky especially if you thought steel was real. You had the choice of the Whistler, Cardiac with a front shock or without, Fusion, Soul, Hammer Race, Equipe Race, Blizzard and last but not least the Altitude Team Only.

    I purchased the Cardiac as a winter bike. The only orginal parts on it now are the frame and fork, seatpost and stem. Every thing else has been changed 2 or 3 times since 97.

    That year I raced an Altitude Team Only, a 23 pound steel beauty with a gorgeous yellow and red Canadian paint theme. Wish I had pictures of it to show you. Most sublime riding bike I have ever ridden. They weren't built to last, I raced 2 of them in the 90's. Raced them the one season then sold them. Both frames broke for the next owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Speed 8? How do you like the ride? Please don`t skimp on the pics when you get the drop bars mounted- I`m very interrested to see how you manage the reach! I test rode a similar Dahon (not sure what model, but it had a similar frame to yours with a Nexus 7) and the reach was too short for me with no apparent means to do anything about it. I didn`t think about putting drop bars on it, which would have effectively stretched it out a bit.
    brooks b17, origin8 tiki bars, fizik tape, cane creek v levers, wellgo mag pedals(bulky but super grippy) and im on the search for a rear 8spd barend shifter but for now i bored, filed and rigged up a 6 spd friction shifter.
    <a href="https://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i192/brianjamesitzaina/?action=view&current=IMG_1729.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i192/brianjamesitzaina/IMG_1729.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding View Post
    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
    :D

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    Looking good, VR! Much nicer build than stock, IMO.


    I guess the bar swap was pretty straight up- no surprises? You decided on BAs rather than 1.5 Marathons? On the one I rode, I saw no way to adjust the reach and the guy from the bike shop didn`t know of any either (they don`t specialize in folders though). Have you noticed any, other than playing with different bars? It does seem to me that the bar height was adjustable. How does it feel on the street at 20 MPH or so, straights and turns?
    Recalculating....

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    Here it is, 3800 miles and counting
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    I have been commuting for a while now and everytime i go through this it inspires me to ride to work or wherever that doesnt require my truck and i want to put my bike in this thread. Here is my Scott bike that is all stock except for the seat rack cooler and strap. Yes the tires are stock along with the foam grips and componets. This old dog is my trusty steed when i bike somewhere. I actullay got the rack today which i picked up for 10 dollars I love it i wish i had one a long time ago.


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    Heres my fair weather ride to work. Im not as committed as most of you, when its cold, wet ,or icy, I drive. My commute is only 3 miles one way, though.



    This was given to me by a coworker. Im building it up using leftover parts from the giant to ride to work this spring/ summer/ fall. Mostly just because I worry about the OCR being stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    A handjob as a commuter with panniers and slicks!! I can hear it crying!

    Oh dear.

    Same thing as driving a Hummer for church lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoseller7
    My 2008 Custom Norco VFR Cross 20" (Full XTR & Carbon)



    Headset - Ritchey Comp, 41.8/6.8mm

    Frame - Hydraformed & double butted Alloy

    Cranks - Race Face Deus XC 175mm (2008 XT Chain rings)

    Pedals - Shimano PD-MX30

    Shifters - Shimano XTR SL-M970 Rapidfire Levers (215 grams)

    Rear Derailleur - Shimano XTR M970

    Front Derailleur - Shimano XTR M971

    Seat Post - Carbon Control Tech (Carbon seatpost)

    Handlebars - 2008 Easton Monkeylite XC Riser Bar (Carbon bars)

    V-Brakes - Avid Single Digit Ultimate Brakes

    Chain - XTR

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    I know, this may sound silly, but why fit XTR parts on a commuter bike? They may be super-light, but not sure if they're the ultimate in reliability/durabilty. From experience, I think it's tough to beat Deore parts.

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    ^^ I see both sides of that one. have had XT stuff on the last couple of commuter bikes... I don't like the constant adjustment of deore stuff for the bad conditions in winter. XTR is lighter and more expensive, yes...but it just shifts better too. There are advantages to having a drivetrain that you don't have to mess with in the middle of a dark nasty winter.

    I do park my bike inside at home and at work, and I'm pretty nice to my bikes...if I had a beater commuter that I was leaving on the street somewhere, I'd have low-end stuff on it. My new bike will be a mix of Sram X.7 and X.9 stufff... the bottom line for me is that a lighter, faster, better-working bike is more fun to ride. If I can park it 6 feet from my desk and clean/lube it obsessively at home...why not have the nicest bike I can afford? (or in my case, the 3 nicest bikes I can afford..haha)
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    the 'wool unfinished.

    realized I hadn't done anything crazy to it so shouldn't post it in the commutant thread.
    bad lighting, but not done yet so for now we'll call the darkness an "air of mystery".

    ss'd for now, but needing gears as I know I'll be hauling the sprog n trailer soon.
    she's pretty... but not "prom date" pretty yet.
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    yes I fugging commutted on it!

    merlin taiga, full xtr except for cranks, zocchi air fork, mud tires, how and why?
    because commuting in 8" of snow calls for mudders... of course!
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    Pink, I sure wish I could get fancy looking chainrings like that for the outside of a triple.

    Wow, Byknuts! Looks like stainless headlugs? It has EBB, doesn`t it? And is that one of their standard models? It`s a beauty, allright!
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    yup, pretty sure they're stainless lugs, slick as can be.
    ebb down south, and while I can't find it anywhere on their site I have to assume it was a stock model at one point. previous owner never mentioned anything about it having been a custom job and I'm sure he would have.
    it's smoooooth!
    needs ivory "breezer" style spearpoints though

    about getting fancy looking chainrings... check in with "isuckatriding" over on the singlespeed forum, he's doing custom rings and such even out of titanium, good prices.
    think his blog's "homebrewedcomponents" or somesuch.
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    dear rodar y rodar
    there is no reach adjustment. thats why i went with a bar such as the mustache as they have many different bar positions.

    and it hasnt seen much riding other then cruising around town and speedy commutes to work. although ive probably gone about 25 mph on it without an issue. maybe 15-17mph turns, its just something to get used to really.
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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
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    Hello, NTA & welcome! Your treks look fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Hello, NTA & welcome! Your treks look fun.
    thanks !!!

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    Yeah, color coded pair. Are they the same model from a few years apart?
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    I decided to build a second commuter as an alternative to my Big Dummy. At 55lbs unloaded, the BD tends to wear me down over the week. It's a pretty straight forward chromoly fixed gear frame with canti's, surly wheelset and your standard commuter accouterments. Rides like greased lightening compared to the BD!
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    Haha love the camo bar tape touch on the screaming lime green & red bike - I'm afraid you still won't have much chance of blending into the background
    With that many choices of what to ride, it's a good thing you have them designated by season & day of the week, or you might have trouble deciding & getting out the door. I like them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    realized I hadn't done anything crazy to it so shouldn't post it in the commutant thread.
    bad lighting, but not done yet so for now we'll call the darkness an "air of mystery".

    ss'd for now, but needing gears as I know I'll be hauling the sprog n trailer soon.
    she's pretty... but not "prom date" pretty yet.

    Cage Rocket I have one of those...use it occasionally when I don't want to carry the pack on a ride around the valley. Room for phone, co2 pump, tube, patch kit, multi tool, and granola bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    I decided to build a second commuter as an alternative to my Big Dummy. At 55lbs unloaded, the BD tends to wear me down over the week. It's a pretty straight forward chromoly fixed gear frame with canti's, surly wheelset and your standard commuter accouterments. Rides like greased lightening compared to the BD!

    I like it. What kind of fenders are those? I have the PB freddy fenders, and there aren't two pairs of supports on the front. Mine only has one pair of supports, and my dirt road is beating the snot out of it.
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    Good idea, Sizzler. But where`s the granny gear?
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    New Commuter

    I built it, copying the geo from a 1950's Jo Routens Rando bike. I'm sold on the 650Bs now. Fast, comfortable, stable. Low trail geometry...nice light steering, but can still ride no hands with a stuffed front bag. No front wheel flopping around, no weight on the rear wagging the tail around. Sweet.

    21 mile commute each way. Only do it 2X/week except winter. Commuting season started for me this week.

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    Wow, that's nice. Good work. Nice caddy too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    I decided to build a second commuter as an alternative to my Big Dummy. At 55lbs unloaded, the BD tends to wear me down over the week. It's a pretty straight forward chromoly fixed gear frame with canti's, surly wheelset and your standard commuter accouterments. Rides like greased lightening compared to the BD!

    How do you like the Cross Uno? I am really really tempted to get one and sell my current SS, mainly for the "WTF."

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate the compliments!

    CB: The fenders are SKS p35's, and are very nice. The double stays on the front really add stability.

    Pink: In general I like it. The frame is very quick and responsive. The geometry is tight and I can fit large tires and fenders no problem. The only beef I have is that I feel too crouched over, but that's what makes it fast! In fact, I get to work almost 10 minutes quicker on the Motobecane than on my Big Dummy.

    Rodar: There's a granny gear . . . it's me standing up and mashing down as hard as I can to top the hills!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDEnvEngr
    I built it, copying the geo from a 1950's Jo Routens Rando bike. I'm sold on the 650Bs now.
    That`s a hot bike- congratulations! 650 B, huh? When I saw it on Framebuilders, I wondered if it was 26. BTW- I liked all of them you posted on the other thread, but I think this is takes the cake. And your fillets are awesome.
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    My job is too close to home to really call it a commute but this is my go-everywhere bike. The only pic I have is this one from my phone.

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    Guess I can put the new 29er in this thread...I did ride it to work twice this week.
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    Woo hoo! Nice to finally see a picture of it. I got tired of rooting around in your build thread, trying to find the latest updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Guess I can put the new 29er in this thread...I did ride it to work twice this week.
    Counts as far as I'm concernetd. I agree with Gary NTC. Nice pic. New matra while climbing hills: Thou shall not covet..Thou shalt not steal...

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    It looks so at home in all the pix with those nice trees out there, a little snow, some soft pine needles....like it's ready to take off all on its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    It looks so at home in all the pix with those nice trees out there, a little snow, some soft pine needles....like it's ready to take off all on its own.

    This was the very next pic. Took me a half an hour to catch it.
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    `Bout time!
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    Tarwater, I can`t tell for sure from the picture- is that a lugged frame? I`m been getting dangerously close to falling under the "Rabid Schwinn Fan" category lately, but I haven`t heard of a Crosscut. Any idea about its age? Mid 90s, maybe?
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    @ rodar y rodar: Yes it is, butted chromoly. I was told it's a 93-94. It was the top of their cyclocross line at the time. I had it built 2 years ago at a local bike shop that does custom rebuilds/repurposing from old frames and a mix of new and old components. Built to order. I'm more than pleased. I love it. People don't seem to celebrate Schwinn too much but you cold slap another set of decals on it and someone else would think it's a great find.

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    Here's my Cross-Check that I ride to and from work. I love this bike !! It's close to stock except for a 28t granny ring and the long-cage rear derailer and 11-34 cluster. I would like to add some V-brakes and Tektro levers in the near future. The rear rack is a generic rack that was on sale. The front is a Nashbar-brand rack with their nifty little front bag. I've had really good luck with Nashbar bags and like them quite a bit.

    My regular tires are Schwalbe Marathons (41mm). I ran studded tires for the first time this winter -- Nokian W106s (45mm).
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    Nice! I like your hi-viz jacket too. Too bad the time/temp(?) sign is showing the time!

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    I can finally play here! My Frankommutter "Trurly/Kermit/Rene"

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    Your wood slats look great!
    Genesee!?! I haven`t seen that since I was in the service and spending weekends with my room mates in PA.
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    Thanks, I made them myself. See my rack deck thread.

    Yeah, Genesee. Once in a while I like to slum it. Of all the "cheap" beers, its hard to beat. well, that and a natty boh. I'm normally more of a IPA or Stout guy myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surly jason
    Here's my Cross-Check that I ride to and from work. I love this bike !! It's close to stock except for a 28t granny ring and the long-cage rear derailer and 11-34 cluster. I would like to add some V-brakes and Tektro levers in the near future. The rear rack is a generic rack that was on sale. The front is a Nashbar-brand rack with their nifty little front bag. I've had really good luck with Nashbar bags and like them quite a bit.

    My regular tires are Schwalbe Marathons (41mm). I ran studded tires for the first time this winter -- Nokian W106s (45mm).
    I really like that front bag. Have you tried it on the rear? I have been really liking the panniers out front lately. Do you have any pictures of the front rack mounted without the bag on?

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    That`s one of those short platform racks that mount to the canti bosses and the brake/fender hole? I hear good things about those- they look very handy and you can`t beat the price with a stick.
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