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    I used to have a Nitto one on my old ride. Got all bent to hell when I got doored last year. It was great. Small panniers worked fine, nice large Hbar bag support, and my truck box fit nice on it. I really like that nashbar bag though. Nice mix of mini pannier and trunk bag.

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    @jmadams:
    The front bag is really neat but is made just for the front rack: it has a recessed pocket that goes over the loop at the back of the rack and all the straps and velcro loops match the shape and location of the tubes and platform on the rack.

    Here are two more pictures of the bike. One is the sideview of the rack with an el-cheapo handlebar bag and the smaller Nashbar Day Trekker panniers. The other picture is of the front end of the bike with the rack and the handlebar bag.

    Both the rack and the bag are frequently on sale. I think I paid about $12-$14 for each of them.
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    Here is my almost done commuter, its a new/old bike. I bought it new in '97 still has original everything minus chain and tires.

    Just waiting on new chain and chain whip.

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    My Diamondback Overdrive retired from offroad duty now a fulltime commuter.


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    ^ Beautiful. Care to share any comments on the Carradice?

    Here's my bike...


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    my bike
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    Vaultbrad, Sweet ride! In terms of the Carradice, I always admired the looks and quality of it and always wanted a decent size saddle bag. It holds a lot but would like it to be a little bit larger in volume. I think the next one larger is the Nelson Camper but by not much and I don't like to deal with the belt buckles compared to the Super C's clips which is easier for me to deal with. All in all I'm happy with my purchase.

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    An oldie but a goodie have had this bike since I got it new in 1997, I have a 2010 Dawes Revolver SS that I ride but switched to this. Mainly it is more commuter friendly and has rack braze-ons along with everything for my fenders, plus better brakes. I like the ride more to on 26x1.95.

    This bike was originally multi geared but I put on a new freewheel, the gearing is 38/17. I wanted to go to the large front ring but the chain gets too far outta line.

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    Very nice. I love these old Treks for commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Very nice. I love these old Treks for commuting.
    I adjust the handlebars a little more and it rides like a dream, I got the tires pumped all the way up and its so smooth. The wheels could use a truing but I do not care right now.

    Steel is real.

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    My other commuter.






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    Nice PT! very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    Nice PT! very nice!
    Thanks, M! I'm waiting for my Salsa Woodchipper to come in to replace the Midge. Trying to see if the change would help my hand position for better comfort.

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    no lighting or anything yet just picked it up today and slapped on the rack for the trunk bag ppl on the trail are prolly gonna laugh at me but hell with em
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    Cool looiing bike, Fatboy. What make is the frame? Did you put it together yourself, or was it a complete bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Cool looiing bike, Fatboy. What make is the frame? Did you put it together yourself, or was it a complete bike?
    complete bike .... 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL Comp 29er
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigtire
    My other commuter.





    What handlebars are those???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toomanybikes
    What handlebars are those???
    Thanks, M! I'm waiting for my Salsa Woodchipper to come in to replace the Midge. Trying to see if the change would help my hand position for better comfort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57
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    Thanks for that.

    I've been thinking about trying a Midge for a long time.

    I have an older Trek ( rigid) that is currently sporting Albatross bars ( quill stem) - so tinking I may go Midge and try those.

    I took a look at the referenced Salsa's and don't think those will work given the specific note that the ID is too small for bar-cons.

    Can anyone point me to where I could get a Midge bars???

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    complete bike .... 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL Comp 29er
    No kidding? Rockhopper with wishbone stays and curvy DT. I wonder when that happened
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    no lighting or anything yet just picked it up today and slapped on the rack for the trunk bag ppl on the trail are prolly gonna laugh at me but hell with em
    They won't be laughing so hard after you smoke 'em!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    No kidding? Rockhopper with wishbone stays and curvy DT. I wonder when that happened
    i dunno its my first MTB ive been riding a Trek 7300 Hybrid for the last 2 years
    '10 Rockhopper SL Comp 29er

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    no lighting or anything yet just picked it up today and slapped on the rack for the trunk bag ppl on the trail are prolly gonna laugh at me but hell with em
    I wouldn't be laughing. That's pretty darn cool!
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    Here is mine in its "finally I'm happy with" setup:

    56cm
    Cannondale slice carbon fork (mine whet out for warranty, brake boss snapped, will be reinstalled when it gets back, the carbon fork sucks)
    700c Araya rims, laced to 600 hubs
    Shimano 600 6spd freewheel
    600 FD, 105 RD
    Suntour Cyclone cranks, 50/44
    Whites Industries BB
    Modded and laced Cardif Cornwall saddle (about 2k miles)
    DA barcon rear shifter
    DA DT front shifter
    Michelin Dynamo 28c tires
    Soma rear rack, wood deck made by me
    Sunline front rack
    CC canties
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    SKS fenders (not pictured) in bad weather, hando fenders on order











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    Killer, JMA- you`ve got a little of everything on that bike. It just needs more of your nice woodwork

    Aw, come on, Moonedzx! We`ve seen the pic, now I `m dying to know what`s on it. Is it 600 all the way around? 2 x 7 friction? 700c wheels? Are those Paselas?
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    You will have to forgive me I'm new to all this. The wheels are 700c and all the componets are 600. I don't know what 2 x 7 friction or paselas are. Sorry I'm a newb. Ive only had the bike 4 days and got it up and running and wanted to post some pics.

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    Just messing with you, Moonedzx. "2 x 7" refers to your drivetrain: double ring in front with 7 speed in back- I see from your other post now that yours is set up that way. Shifters come in two flavors- friction or indexed. You probably have selectable that will let you switch between both. And Paselas are my personal favorite general purpose tires (although tehy have plenty of non fans, too). Nice bike, even better since it came at that perfect price. Happy pedaling and ride safe!
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    New bike for my short, 10km a day, commuting. Wanted something classy, easy to ride in office attire while keeping me clean in all conditions. Also, wanted something North American or European made. So far so good, it's slow as hell, but once you get it's 50+ pounds wound up it carries speed nicely. Ride is smooth as butter and the position is very relaxing coming from bent up road and XC racing bikes.
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    What is it, Kris? It`s modern, I take it? Looks pretty hot, whatever the story.
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    Nice Kris. Dutch?

    Maybe this should be in the Passion Section/You know you are,,, thread

    You know you are a bike nut when anything with pedals makes you want to ride.
    This isn't too far off the CCM SuperCycle I had before the 10 speed. except no crankcase chain guard, just the 'hockey stick' kind. Rode that to the store to friends, Grandma's (always good for a cookie). A lot of great memories there...Hope yours does as much for you.

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    I know, I know! It`s a Pashley- the same folks who make the new TSRs fro Moulton. English.
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    Yeah, almost the same script that Packard used. Very proper British Bike, what?

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    It's a Pashley Roadster 26 Sovereign. Made in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in the same fashion they've been doing things for 85 years.

    I road it to and from work yesterday, and despite some horrid conditions (100kph winds!), I had a ball! Siting bolt upright totally changes your perspective on the areas you ride though. It's also nice in that it likely makes you more visible as you tower (as towering as you get when you're 5'5"!) over the traffic. The ride is so smooth and relaxed, I love it. I've been grinning like a fool for every km I've traveled on it!

    So far the only down sides are the drum brakes which definitely don't stop anywhere nearly as quickly as what I've got accustomed to, which is fine as the bike certainly doesn't go as fast as my others. Also the Sturmy-Archer 5 speed hub is not nearly as smooth shifting as Nexus hubs I've tried and the gear change lever is low quality plastic.

    Those two niggles aside I love this bike! Makes me dream of what riding bikes like this in great cycling centers like Copenhagen or Amsterdam must be like.

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    soma DCDC

    heres my new commuter/trainer. 38's are a bit tight though...
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    I'm sorry, how can you consider a bike a real commuter if is fender-less (snowy commuters are a exception) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killroy
    I'm sorry, how can you consider a bike a real commuter if is fender-less (snowy commuters are a exception) ?
    Dry commute? I don't use fenders on one of my commuters because I can shower at work. Wet is wet.

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    Not my usual commuter (which is currently out of commission), but I started commuting on this last week for the interim.
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    If I went to the same place to work every day and it had a secure spot for it, I'd commute on this...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4513764882/" title="new bag 002 by Andrew183, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2372/4513764882_6e5b7f5495.jpg" width="500" height="390" alt="new bag 002" /></a>

    A commuter is any bike that takes you to work, IMHO.

    Actually, when I was commuting in the snow I used fenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigtire
    My Diamondback Overdrive retired from offroad duty now a fulltime commuter.

    I'm really digging this bike. Great use to recycle and old frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Not my usual commuter (which is currently out of commission), but I started commuting on this last week for the interim.

    Sweet, how are you liking the 29er experience?
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    This is my work in progress destined for LX Trekking chainrings, SRAM Grip shifters, 11:34t SRAM Cassette and XT front derailleur.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Sweet, how are you liking the 29er experience?
    It's great! I haven't ridden this bike since last Fall and I rarely ride it on the road, so it took a bit of getting used to again, but it's very doable. The big hoops do take a bit more effort to get rolling, but once they're moving the larger sizer and weight really keeps them rolling nicely. And I am enjoying the buzz of knobbies on pavement once again as well as the SUV-like handling! LOL I just wish I had fenders, since we have quite a rain storm going on right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Sweet, how are you liking the 29er experience?
    my 29er is giving me a way better workout than i got from my hybrid
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    my 29er is giving me a way better workout than i got from my hybrid
    Yeah, mine has lower gearing than my old rigid, yet between the knobbies and heavier wheels I am definitely getting more of a work out!
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    Put a cyclo computer, new seatpost, new seat, and pedals

    I've had these things lying around trying to find a use for them. Well since I somewhat restored my old Trek I have been taking it on singletrack more then commuting so I put this bike back full time (the gearing is a lot better for the roads). The pedals work all right not so great if you put crocs on though (usually just slip them on to go down to the corner store).

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    Just picked this up to commute on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fazda
    Just picked this up to commute on.
    Almost looks like a dirt jumper. You could do an urban assault-style commute ...drainage ditches, stairs, etc.

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    Groovy! Have you already been bike commuting, or just getting ready to start?
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    here's a couple of pics i took on the way home last night






    the more we commute on our bikes, the smaller our carbon foot print
    Look to where the river ends, or where the river starts...

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    I've been commuting for over a year on a Giant Brass 2 but wanted something a little lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkmacman
    here's a couple of pics i took on the way home last night






    the more we commute on our bikes, the smaller our carbon foot print
    Is that your commute?!?!?! I'm so jealous!
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    Here's my new Fort cross bike I picked up from my generous brother-in-law. A cell pic from her last ride in PA before I brought her home to VT. I'm told her name is Irena (she is Czech). So far so good - I put on my Time pedals, raised the seat 1/2" & was good to go. I will ride (or maybe walk!) it some more before considering other changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Here's my new Fort cross bike I picked up from my generous brother-in-law. A cell pic from her last ride in PA before I brought her home to VT. I'm told her name is Irena (she is Czech). So far so good - I put on my Time pedals, raised the seat 1/2" & was good to go. I will ride (or maybe walk!) it some more before considering other changes.
    So Irena's a Cross-Czech? A former Philly Flyer perhaps? Nice BIL: no bill. She'll have a good home, fershure.

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    nice mtbx!...let us hear about your commutes on the Cross-Czech!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Is that your commute?!?!?! I'm so jealous!
    my commute is 4 miles. this pic is a small park i pass through

    unfortunately my hanger broke yesterday in the woods

    Look to where the river ends, or where the river starts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    So Irena's a Cross-Czech? A former Philly Flyer perhaps? Nice BIL: no bill. She'll have a good home, fershure.
    Yes, but to clarify, she is the little orange one, not the big green one in the pic!

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    New bikes and trail carnage! Nice. I came reeeal close to busting a hanger the other day. Scratched my new X7 derailleur up pretty good on the 29er...all cosmetic, no real damage. Is there a good story there jkmacman?
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    Cross Czec- I love it! Waiting patiently for more pictures...

    Doh, bummer! How far did you have to walk your bike, JKM? Is it a replaceable hanger?
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    here's a pic of the mtb, a couple of weeks back



    do the handle bars look low? wrong stupid? i recently put them on, then broght the mtb to main main wrench today who mtb's himself, he mentioned it looks odd.

    anyway sunday i took my #2 road bike to my bike clubs tt, i did a minute slower than in the fall, just a couple of miles away is the best mtbing near nyc, in ringwood nj

    i did some fireroads, than some techie stuff. my wife wanted me home so i elected to take the next fire road back towards the parking lot after a small muddy rutted up spot a one ft piece of wood got stuck in rear dr and broke the hanger.

    on the way out of the lot another mtber busted their hanger too. i took the mtb to my wrench today and he said he can salvage the rear dr. but the chain is streched and needs replacing. my road bike #2 i hope to replace the front dr (tiagra) is not making nice w/600 old school crank and the mtb xtr rear dr and xtr casette.

    both bikes had tune-ups at another shop while my main rench was out of commision and now they're getting retuned up. at least my wrench is some what cost conscious as he doesn't recomend changing the entire drive train on my 2nd road bike. but recommends giving the mtb a full cleaing, which most shops in my area don't provide
    Look to where the river ends, or where the river starts...

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    ^ That's why my bikes will never go to a shop for service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Yes, but to clarify, she is the little orange one, not the big green one in the pic!
    Orange and green. How Irish!. But yes, my brothers have a couple of these big green machines that nothing runs like. Not Czech.

    I learned on 25 HP IHC "H". Now you add another '0' to the HP rating. Your BIL wasn't about give you a tractor that costs about what my house does, unless he won the lottrery and is VERY generous. One advantage they have over a bike is: cars lose. Another is they are hard to steal/easy to recover. Put a blade on and winter commutes are not a problem. But single parked you are double parked. They don't fit a single track. They sort of make a double track out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^ That's why my bikes will never go to a shop for service.
    +2 (2 bikes) Only twice after they were built in almost 40 years.

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    Welp being the 29er is out of service atm ...... its back to the hybrid .......
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    Meet a future SS candidate:



    When I get a cross disc commuter.

    It's a 62 cm Schwinn 4020 Cromo lugged frame made in Taiwan in 1984-6. An uncommon size and the frame relatively unscathed. Neighbor gave it as-is to me. Maybe I needed a police auction bike for parts, but I knew that I would then want to salvage THAT frame.

    As I got it: stem and bars missing. Brake levers, seat and steel tube seat post in box and seat damaged. Front fork 1 cm to rear on left blade, rear hub and axle both bent, both Weinmann rims way out of round. POS steel hubs. I think someone BMXed it it's last time out. 2 x 6 and frozen Crankset. Some spare parts in a box.

    From my recycle bin: 144 BCD Sugino (Campy copy cat), NOS 42T Chainwheel, Campy Clip pedals, SKS fenders my son didn't want. SR stem, B14 Narrow Tie Saddle (temp, it's leather is stretching: terminal condition just doesn't know it's dead yet), pads, cables, and an old refurnbished 52T chainwheel for a chainguard, D lock and holder.

    New: el cheapo Weinmann 700C rims on Shimano 8-9-10 hubs, and 11-34 SRAM Cassette (a bit over $100), 46 cm ERGO Bontrager bar (a tricky thread through a classic stem, likely meant for capped style stem), Michelin City 700 x 35 tires and tubes to match, Wald rear carrier, home made aluminum channel 'porteur' style rack suitable for large laptop bag, water bottle cage, reflective tape, light weights, new bearings throughoutt, and toe clips.

    Fork reset cold. Rear stays from 126.5 to 130 because the large diameter long stays were too big a wrestling match trying to refit a 130 mm hub wheel, left unset.

    The cargo/commuting bits will be paid for by miles used this Friday. Then I start to pay off the rest.
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    Wow, another freebie- Brian`s turn!
    Did you reset the fork yourself? How `bout a pic of your front platform?
    Recalculating....

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    Cold start this morning but it was Nice
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    Bagel Wednesday before work
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    Got hit by to big bugs coming home tonight

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Wow, another freebie- Brian`s turn!
    Did you reset the fork yourself? How `bout a pic of your front platform?
    Set fork myself.

    Details outlined here: http://www.cpfgreen.com/vb/showpost....0&postcount=47

    Just spent 8 hours getting the new antivirus up and running. Bed now. Pics tomorrow.

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    Norm, your sky looks so blue and your tires still look so white. Nice!

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    I like those white tires too. Very 1920's I have seen them on other nice SS builds.



    The DIY Porteur Rack.

    Nice shiny stainess steel delicate theft magnet one from Velo-Orange $160, my bit kludgey but strong, fairly light (circa 2.75 pounds), and not attractive for theives, $60.

    Top left pic last few day's load with helmet on top. Top middle with cooler for cold stufff when warn and protecting stuf from freezing on the way home (like lettuce) when cold, also fits roll-on lap top bag well (designed to do so).

    Insert: Propabe tank 37 pounds.

    Right pics, the mated leg ends to carry weight to axle and hold rack when wheel is off.

    Center bottom Top of rack corner on. National hardware and mostly stainless fastners used to fasten aluminum and reinforce joints. A couple of pieces of mid 60's house hardware were used including a chunk f aluminum closet track that fit insied the 1" x 3/4" aluminum channel used for leds, perimeter, and center beam. Mostly stainless fasteners used.

    Left bottom. Two pipe clamps around the bars fasten to a 1.5" x 4" National steel plate as do two 3/4" x 5/8" aluminum channel at angles to add rigidity and form a backstop for the payload. The center steel angle was salvage from a cloaset shelf bracket and fastens at the bottom to a stap that uses the brake mounting bolt. The 'deck' is 5 pieces of 3/4" x 5/8" channel.

    The pipe insulation is cheap but takes a beating from bungee cords. It softens the ride for the payload and reduces noise considerably as well as protecting the rider from sharp corners while loading.

    I'd bea afrais to commute with the beautiful V-O piece. I have no such qualms about this rack. The front legs have a goodly amount of reflective tape, so the wide legs do some things better.
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    Meine Klein

    What I'm riding now. I've had this bike for about 12-13 years! Best bike ever!
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    ^^ She sure has a nice shine for her age! A beauty!

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    Slenzi, I`m usually not much of a Klein fan, but I sure like that one- lots of cool goodies that I don`t often see anymore!

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    B MC, your rack is ingenious. What a great idea doubling up the legs with additional dropouts! Do you use a standard hub, or did you swap in a rear axle to get extra length? Also, I read how you fixed the fork on the other bike (Raleigh?). Pretty slick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Norm, your sky looks so blue and your tires still look so white. Nice!
    We had a frost that morning to the air was crisp and clear

    That trail is a Well built Crushed gravel base and cleans those tires nicely

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    ^^What is that wooden bridge, boardwalk or deck???

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    Yeah, it's held up quite well over the years! When I was younger I use to beat on it harder but now it's mostly all road with the occasional hard pack trail. I did clean it a few days ago so it's looking extra nice in these photos.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    ^^ She sure has a nice shine for her age! A beauty!

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    Yeah, most of the stuff on it is pretty old except for the pedals and bottom bracket, both of which were replaced about two weeks ago. First time I had to replace the bottom bracket too! The handlebars and wheels aren't stock of course but I added those not to many years after buying the bike. Those White Industries hubs are great! The Judy XC fork has never been serviced! I think it has pretty much one setting now, soft.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Slenzi, I`m usually not much of a Klein fan, but I sure like that one- lots of cool goodies that I don`t often see anymore!

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    I had a Judy XC fork and those same Bontrager Crowbars on my old schwinn...it was a 98 I think... I serviced the fork once, but it didn't feel any different after than it did before

    Those bars were great, but I had issues finding room for my headlight and computer mount...my levers and shifters hogged all of the open space because of the crossbar. Very cool Klein. Those always remind me of Seinfeld's green one hanging in the apartment
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Yes, but to clarify, she is the little orange one, not the big green one in the pic!
    Molteni Joe said it fit perfectly- enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    B MC, your rack is ingenious. What a great idea doubling up the legs with additional dropouts! Do you use a standard hub, or did you swap in a rear axle to get extra length? Also, I read how you fixed the fork on the other bike (Raleigh?). Pretty slick!
    Last first. This is the bike with the reset fork. Due care is essential and close after.

    Middle next: I cold set to 130 mm so I could run a 7-speed Shimano 14-34 Mega range freewheel instead of the 14-28 6-speed. The rear stays are large diameter and very stiff compared to the Mercian. Normally, you can stretch fit 3.5 mm each time you mount a 130 mm instead of 126.5, but I didn't have enough hands, with that much resistance. Not much change in gearing, but with a 48-42 crankset, nice to have the 34 instead of a 28 hauling groceries. Replaced the axle with a longer straighter one and added some spacers. The QR was long enough to keep.

    I knew the hub was bent, too: it was barely possible to keep it on the 28 or later the 34, the wobble of the freewheel was that bad. The 27 rims were beyond any magic of mine to sort, so I opted for a cheap set of domestic-built Shimano road hub 8-9-10 cassette wheels with the Taiwanese made version of the Belgian rims the Schwinn came with. The old hubs were steel, so that was a nice upgrade. The freewheel body has too few ratchets I can really feel them and the non grabs between. Add the cheap 11-34 SRAM cassette and the old Suntour handled it in stride. Friction anyway so if it works, great. The whole shebang less thatn too Velocity Deep Vee rims.

    That silly 4 mm of radius difference of 630 mm down to 622 meant I could fit 700C-35s with fenders (a little tweaking at crown, bridges, and a lot of cursing at (reads correct either way) the brake pads). WAY better than 28 mm when you have 70 pounds of groceries or bad pavement to deal with.

    So I have a nice frame suitable for SS if It proves the need for a third disc brake commuter. (Of course it will, just a matter of time). :

    Thanks for the complement on the rack design. With no rack mounts, and a lot of weight, there really was no other decent option I could think of other than use the threaded grub screw catches for the 'Lawyer's Lips'. They were never intended to handle a large shearing force. It isn't the sort of thing you want to test by trial and error.

    A little over $285 in new parts including cables, and the like, and about $100 worth of estimated e-bay price used parts. Carriers and panniers another $125. The panniers and racks are about covered now with only 4 months of good use. No such thing as a 'Free' bike. Some are tires and cables, Some need a bit more work.



    The bumper washer protects the stem, two pipe clamps take the wiggle out and a plate connect it all. Lesson to the wise: Paint your bits BEFORE building the frame. A trial build has a way of being the final version. It still needs paint!
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    Hey all, first post.
    My commuter....



    and my old trusty backup......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbucket
    Hey all, first post.
    Hey, all! Is that Bucket, as in Richard Boo-KAY?
    Nice bikes, guy- I like your backup even more than your principle (just kinda more my style). Welcome in.

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    I foresee a Police Auction or two in my future. Thanks Mr Bucket!

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    My Newest Commuter

    I finished building this bike about a month ago. I'm really loving its overall performance as a commuter.
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    Thanks for the kind words, and welcome! I have enjoyed checking out other peoples setups, good tips too. The one thing I plan on changing is my front forks, after 2 years of commuting through harsh Colorado winters and summers, one side has locked up and is noticeable on compression. I am switching to a rigid front end, which I like better anyways.

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    trying it out tomorrow......




















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    My commuter:

    Don’t frail and blow if you’re going to Braille and Flow.

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    Here's my latest Kona budget build, spent less than 100$ on the whole thing!
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    Hey, it`s even got deraillers! I like it. Actually, I`m pretty sure that`s an older version of the frame on my mtb (02 Blast).

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    I didn't know you had a Kona! Mine is actually a 2004 but a lower end model than the Blast. The Fire Mountain came with Altus, Acera and Alivio components, but I built this one with full XT and a rigid Project 2 fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    Here's my latest Kona budget build, spent less than 100$ on the whole thing!
    How'd you pull that off with XT components?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    How'd you pull that off with XT components?
    I snagged the frame for $25 and bought the fork for $60. The XT components all came off bikes I bought and sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalbo
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    Where did you get a straight-tube version?!? Their site still only shows the curvy one??

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling
    Where did you get a straight-tube version?!? Their site still only shows the curvy one??
    i bought it off from somebody in south dakota. i don't know much about the bike itself or how old the bike is. as far as i know it is at least a couple years old. i have looked at the van dessel site and all i see is the curved one also.

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    My trusty commuter

    Commuted in college (Milwaukee, WI). Graduated and purchased a truck. Put on 30+ pounds. Moved to San Francisco for grad school. Sold truck. Purchased Gary Fisher Triton and BOB trailer. Agreed to move 15 miles south of city so my wife could be closer to work. Lost 30+ pounds. I love biking.

    So here's the rig. Riding 15 miles with a change of clothes, lunch, large laptop, and other school supplies was a bit much for my back, so I opted for the trailer. Plus the BOB bag is totaly waterproof, great for the rainy season. This photo was actually taken just after a rain storm, sun had just come out when I got home.

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    Since we moved back from El Paso, Tx to Berlin in Germany I am using my bike almost every day to commute to work. It's a 16 mile round trip - I love it. I dressed my 29er in street cloth and it works perfectly


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    MB1 Commuter

    This gets me to the gym and back. I like to take the long way home.




    Frame- 90 or 91 MB1
    Paint- By me.
    Fork- Ritchey Logic
    Stem- Ritchey Logic
    Cranks- Ritchey Logic
    Pedals- Ritchey Logic WCS Ti
    Bottom Bracket- XT
    Headset- Chris King
    Seatpost- Thompson
    Seat- Avocet O2 Air Ti
    Bar- Trek System 4
    Brakes and Levers- Precision Billet ( stripped and polished)
    Ft. Hub- Sansin Microlight
    Rear Hub- Shimano 105
    Rims- Velocity K525
    Skewers- Ti
    Shifters- Suntour XC pro (friction mode)
    Fti Der. Suntour XC pro
    Rear Der.- XTR midcage
    Cassette- XT 8 spd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdumas35
    I like to take the long way home.
    I don`t blame you for that- killer ride! Have you had it since it was a baby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I don`t blame you for that- killer ride! Have you had it since it was a baby?
    Thanks. A friend bought it new. He rode it for a while but found it to be too small for him. He GAVE it to me about twelve years ago.

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    My first day commuting to work today!

    12 miles each way, from my house (Dublin, CA) to the train station (Pleasanton, CA)...
    On the train (ACE), light rail (VTA), and in my office (Mountain View, CA):
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    Great looking bike!!!!
    Friends Don't Let Friends Drive

    2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport
    2010 Bottecchia RS290 Cross

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    congrats freed0m! and welcome! That Orbea is a beauty! Diem Ice?

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    Thanks for the kind words guys, very much appreciated :-)

    martinsillo, I am not sure if it is a Diem Ice or not; it's a 2009 model though. I'm planning getting a rack for her this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freed0m
    Thanks for the kind words guys, very much appreciated :-)

    martinsillo, I am not sure if it is a Diem Ice or not; it's a 2009 model though. I'm planning getting a rack for her this weekend.

    Looks like it is..... Carbon Frame?
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    Hi freed0m! Nice ride. I'm on the other side of 580 from you. Man you must be deep in Dublin to be 12 miles from the station. Border of San Ramon?

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    Ronin Six, you guessed it... I am near San Ramon, by DHS. You are in Pleasanton?

    08Hardrock, yes it is Carbon frame :-)

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    @ freed0m: Yeah in Pleasanton. Lucky enough to work here too, but that means my riding time is relatively short. Straight shot is only 2.5 miles. Creek trail along 680 is 6 miles and a more continuous ride with fewer intersections and less traffic. (If I go home for lunch I can make it a 24 mile day.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 08HardRock
    Great looking bike!!!!
    +1 Nice commute situation too!

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    My Commuter

    I just recently got back into mtbing after a ten year hiatus. I bought this old Kona Manomano from a buddy and started hitting the trails. I was absolutely hooked after the first few rides. I quickly figured out that I could ride to work. I started commuting this week and I'm 3 days in. My commute is just under 8 miles each way and 90% is on a great greenway. It's a very nice ride, much of which is along a creek and around a lake. Each direction finishes with a long 1.5 mile climb. I'm sure it's because I'm new to biking but these hills have been killing me. I love it though, it brings me so much pleasure to leave my car sitting in the driveway. I am planning on doing it through the summer and if all goes well I will be getting another bike that's a little better suited for the road.
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    Buddha congrats on re-planting your biking roots.. Sounds like a super commute-route, and with that hill you'll get in shape whether you want to or not!

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    Looks like I have to figure out how to sell the house without a large loss and move somewhere with miles of great greenway to ride to work!

    Buddha6482 nice ride(s).

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    Yesterday was Cool, dry and Cloudy.
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    Last Night it was Pouring Rain, but it cleaned my white tires
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    This morning it was Misty.
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    I've posted the Schwinn before, but this is the first day it has carried the laptop bag the front Porteur rack was designed for. Managed to get the ride in ahead of the storm front. Was 80 feeling like 83, 15-20 mph winds. Thirty degrees higher than Saturday.

    Take a Bike To Work day required a bit of creativity.



    The wide bars are needed to manhandle that load (about 35 pounds). Needs new levers, tape, saddle and the wheels retuned. More rear lighting. The uncool aspect is an anti theft aid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt
    Yesterday was Cool, dry and Cloudy.
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4602576159/" title="San Jose on the Boardwalk by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4602576159_7c5738f2a4_b.jpg" width="1024" height="755" alt="San Jose on the Boardwalk" /></a>
    I likey

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    Here's my commuter. I picked it up last year on craigslist originally because I wanted to do a triathlon, finally doing one this weekend with the rack still on. Any way, it got much more use as a commuter, have about 1500 miles on it since last july. Replaced bar tape, put a rack on, some lights and reflective tape, and a seat. It's not light weight but it is quite superior to the mtb for my commutes.
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    For winter

    and for summer commuting:

    Both are fixed gear.

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    freed0m...how tall are you? Your seat looks like it's in low-rider mode. SWEET orbea. Didn't know they had a carbon frame with disc mounts.
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    CommuterBoy, I am 5'6" tall :-D

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    Archi Coon, cool handle name. And even cooler bike. Man, that bike looks perfect for all weather slaying. That Brooks saddle (is it titanium railed?), although it's a comfortable great looking classic saddle, is not suited for the rest of the bike which is very much all-weather.
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    Archi Coon - is a short name of my cat, Archibald, he is MainCoon:

    My Brooks saddles are standard Team Professional, CrMo. Do you think that it isn't allweather? I have no problem with it. My everyday path is 70 km, also in rain.

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    If leather gets wet and is put away wet, it can dehydrate and get pretty warped and cracked and crappy over time.

    If you maintain it, it should be fine. If I was most comfortable on a Brooks, I'd just try to wipe it with a dry rag after a wet ride and keep some of that saddle oil stuff around.
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    Brooks Proofide hepls a lot. Yesterday I was hit by torrential rain, no problem. Mudguards help against moisture from road, I'm sitting on top and close the saddle from rain.

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    Bontranger Race Handlebars
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    Wellgo Magnesium Pedals
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    Quote Originally Posted by freed0m
    12 miles each way, from my house (Dublin, CA) to the train station (Pleasanton, CA)...
    On the train (ACE), light rail (VTA), and in my office (Mountain View, CA):
    How about that WMATA (DC metro)? They have bike racks on the train and it appears you can use them during rush hour. Mind boggling, I know.

    Quote Originally Posted by WMATA
    "Bicycles are welcome in the Metrorail system anytime except during weekday rush hours, from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. "
    People need 2 bikes. One to ride to the 1st station from home and the other to ride from the 2nd station to work. ........Now if there were only enough room to park one bike we'd have the start of something.

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    56x17
    700x23 armadillo out back, 26x1.25 fatboy out front.
    frame/fork's are gardin
    flat syncros bars with stupid dmr grips (didn't have time to shrink my corkies on)

    fun, fast, far too twitchy and the front will be replaced with a proper 700 as I'm not willing to risk folding the frame just to be able to run the pursuit style front wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    56x17
    700x23 armadillo out back, 26x1.25 fatboy out front.
    frame/fork's are gardin
    flat syncros bars with stupid dmr grips (didn't have time to shrink my corkies on)

    fun, fast, far too twitchy and the front will be replaced with a proper 700 as I'm not willing to risk folding the frame just to be able to run the pursuit style front wheel.
    pic?

    Edit: got it

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    Great scenery (& bike), Harry.

    Nice cooncat Archi, I had a gray one - he was like a dog, loved camping, walks & canoeing (he stood with his front paws on the edge but never fell in).

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    Harryhood, I'm stoked to see another bullhorn bar riding, cyclocross-ish rural dirt road commuter guy with a pretty mountain background on here. Where are you located?
    Also, how do you like the standard road brake levers with the bullhorn bar? I've always used TT bar-end mounted levers.

    Byknuts, that is probably the ugliest bike I have ever seen in my life. Nice work.
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    LMAO!!
    should've seen it with yellow spoked spingergys, the 2-into 1 brake line and the cammo top tube pad.
    would blow the doors off your average carbon-clad roadie, but lemon-sucking ugly.

    oh, and it's NOT pink!!!

    it's mauve, or perriwinkle, I think mauve... meh, it's from the '84 olympics so it's "miscellaneous 80's colour number 17"
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    It's just absolutely hideous. I can't take my eyes off of it. There is not one asthetically pleasing thing that I can identify about it. Each individual component brings it's own level of ugly to the equation. I mean, that is a sweet brooks saddle and a killer crankset, but that bike makes them look horrible.

    You need some LSU stickers... Lemon Sucking Ugly.
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    Harryhood, that valley is calling my name and the gravel road is almost beyond temptation! Nice bike too, but it can`t compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Harryhood, I'm stoked to see another bullhorn bar riding, cyclocross-ish rural dirt road commuter guy with a pretty mountain background on here. Where are you located?
    Also, how do you like the standard road brake levers with the bullhorn bar? I've always used TT bar-end mounted levers.

    Byknuts, that is probably the ugliest bike I have ever seen in my life. Nice work.

    Im in Bozeman, Montana.

    I absolutely love the bullhorns. As for the standard road brake levers, I have not had any problems or complaints as of yet - but I've only put about 200 miles on this bike so far. We'll see...

    I guess the only issue would be lever placement and tape wrapping - a little tricky but once its done its done.

    How about TT levers? I have never used a pair before.


    The valley in that picture is such a fun ride. 10 miles uphill and 10 miles downhill with the very rare car or biker through. I don't think many people know about it as a bike trek - and if they did the roadies would be too big of pussies to do it anyways because of the gravel.

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    Montana is epic. I live in an amazing corner of our country (NorCal Sierras) and the only place I'd rather be is probably Montana.

    Here's my bullhorn set-up. The cane creek levers are simple and easy. No complaints. Switched from drops and got the levers on sale so I never even thought of using the road levers. The levers themselves act as a bar-end plug, so taping the bar is pretty easy.
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    CommuterBoy, that is one sick (badd a$$) looking bike!

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Here's my bullhorn set-up. The cane creek levers are simple and easy. No complaints. Switched from drops and got the levers on sale so I never even thought of using the road levers. The levers themselves act as a bar-end plug, so taping the bar is pretty easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    fun, fast, far too twitchy and the front will be replaced with a proper 700 as I'm not willing to risk folding the frame just to be able to run the pursuit style front wheel.
    Good anti-theft factors. Mauve and purple. Hmmmm. Anyone who just HAD to steal it and tried to ride it away would quickly crash and maybe break a clavicle in retribution. I had to compute your ratio, and yes, 48-14 was my favorite flat land city commuting ratio (at one time). Fun is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freed0m
    CommuterBoy, that is one sick (badd a$$) looking bike!
    why thank ya. It's in this thread but it's way back on page 4 or something... A few new parts now, but here's the whole thing... can you see why I liked your Orbea?
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    you've got a fishing rod length stem and bullhorns and reflective flamey stickers and yer ragging on MY ride?!

    BrianMC: yeah, I caught flack for running the 56, but it's a 17 out back! had the 17 WI already and my friend still had his old 56 lying around so I tried it. felt easier than I thought it would. used to push 3:1 easily enough (42x14) so I figured this would be a stretch but doable...
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    You'd have an argument if my stem was more than 1/2 the length of your headtube. At least I can swap parts out and make it more attractive... good luck finding a fork on ebay with a 1" threaded steerer that is the required 4 feet long.
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    D00ds. You don't know what "ugly" is.

    This was my commuter in New York. I rarely name my bikes, but this one seemed to need it. It was called "skank."

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    This is my current commuter, in a much less dirty state than it is at present. "Mercedes," because I was spending a lot more time with a friend of mine who names all her vehicles. It's silver and just a little too long to be really high-performance - like a Mercedes. And with a little softer saddle than most of my rides, for extra luxury (and a numb ass if I rode it the kind of distances I do on my fun/training road bike.)

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    Sweet ride If you don't mind, I've save the image of your bike for future project reference

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    why thank ya. It's in this thread but it's way back on page 4 or something... A few new parts now, but here's the whole thing... can you see why I liked your Orbea?

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    Maybe it's a Commuter

    I went from being told my bike wasn't a mountain bike because of the tires, to being told it wasn't an AM bike, though the definition of AM has yet to be official; I'm told in no way can it be a road bike or a cross over, so I said, $hit, throw on a rack and maybe she becomes a commuter.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steeljaws
    I went from being told my bike wasn't a mountain bike because of the tires, to being told it wasn't an AM bike, though the definition of AM has yet to be official; I'm told in no way can it be a road bike or a cross over, so I said, $hit, throw on a rack and maybe she becomes a commuter.....
    That isn't a commuter.

    (kidding!)

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    I guess I've got it bad and always have. Any well-loved and well used bike makes me smile. They were freedom when I was 8 and they still are 50 years later.

    Keep them coming. It does me a world of good .

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    I`m glad you solved your bike`s identity crisis without a lot of expensive therapy, Steeljaws!
    I refer to mine as a mountainbike in drag. It had better learn to accept itself as is because I ain`t shelling out for a bike shrink!

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    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    my monkey has made one trip to work so far. 25 mi one way ...
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    hey Ted...25 miles chain-less! you are the man!

    nice looking monkey!

    Hey ted I'm just on my third Flyer ride...I know I'm on the clyde side but, does it ever going to stop doing noises (the springs)? Thanks!

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    unfortunately my "new" Shimano chain broke about 16-17 miles into it. I pushed it and coasted the downhills the rest of the way. I've got a Wippermann 9sx on order, altho I think it was all my fault (shifting while accelerating; doh ). live and learn

    as far as the squeaky springs, I think I've noticed mine a little bit at first, but maybe I've just tuned it out (I'm pretty good at that). Dunno ... I'll have to keep my ears open for that ...

    I do like the springs tho ...

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    This is my New York Langster.
    My Seattle Langster my weekday Commuter has the same gearing but this one is way faster.
    My 15lb Saturday Special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt
    This is my New York Langster.
    My Seattle Langster my weekday Commuter has the same gearing but this one is way faster.
    Well yes, of course, since you can keep the meter running.

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    My daily commuter


    1995 GT Backwoods.
    Scored it for 60$ off of craigslist.
    It needed a little bit of work, but 60 more dollars later it is an incredible bike. It's a bit small for me. it's 18 inches, but it rides like its 16 inches.

    The best thing is that it doesn't look too appealing to a thief's eyes (it is a lot more scratched up than the pictures make it look) so once i lock down the seat post and the wheels i am confident leaving it locked up all day.

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    Looks like you got a good buy. Did it come with that fork?

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    Actually no, the bike came with a mozo front suspension (not did not originally come with bike, they originally came with rigid forks) and since i had a front suspension mtb already i picked up that rigid fork from a local bike shop for only 20$.

    Yeah I think the previous owner must have trashed the original fork in a bad crash because when i bought it, the suspension and front wheel was aftermarket, and the original GT bars were bent (had brahma bars, I wish they weren't bent). But other than that the bike is in pretty good shape, has good components, and rides smoothly. So it was definitely a good buy.

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    My daily ride: Windsor Knight


    I used to ride the Trek Soho, but I wanted a lighter, quicker bike with a more aero position and wider range of gears. When it rains I slap some quick-release fenders on it and it does the trick. I've since put some Conti Gatorskins on it and put on a smaller seat-pack for just the essentials. I miss the rack and trunk, but the backpack is working fine for now. We'll see what happens when it gets over 100F here in a couple weeks.

    The old Soho, which I've since sold:

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    Today Threatened to rain But I missed it on both Commutes.
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    Just got this yesterday: GT Transeo 3.0


    Keeping this one because I love it, and for bad weather:
    early 80's Ross Mt St Helen's

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    OK, here is the current setup:





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    I have made a few changes to my 'muter. She see's much more then commuting duty, and is the beast of burden to my car-lite life.

    Notable changes are bars (upside down Nitto Mustache bars, soon to be replaced with North roads, albatross or the like now that I have tried and liked a more upright position.)

    Other changes are small, but I like how she sits now.

















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    She is turning real nice J, she just need a powder coating to match frame and fork...some light color to match the style

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    You gonna put some more wood on it?
    Hey, don`t forget about pics of that wooden dash (MG?) you were going to post!

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    @ martinsillo

    Thanks. I'm still toying around with the powder coating. Not sure if I want to go a different color all together, like a cream or off white (think eggshell or mother of pearl) or get the fork done in gravy. Trying to get the color code from Surly is like asking them for their first born. My coater said he needs a 1cm chip of paint to run it in the scanner to match, and I just can't get myself to do that, as that would mean I would have to coat the frame anyway. And the fork I replaced was already sent out to Surly when I have the warranty replacement done. Have I would have known the LHT fork was the one I was gonna get back, I would have taken the chip then. I might go the off white or cream and make my own decals, still can't decide.

    @ rodar

    I have made a few front crates for it, but can't find one I stay happy with for more then a day or so. Currently working on on ala' Bates style.

    I tottaly forgot about the dash pics, I'll need to dig them up and scan them. I only have print versions somewhere in the workshop laying around. I'll get them up as soon as I get the time to dig around for them.

    I'm still working in a wood saddle bag. This has been a project and a half to get it strong, but functional and not a boat anchor and some ungodly size. Life's schedule has been insane, so its a few minutes here, a few there. I need to lock myself in the workshop and just muster along till I'm happy with the outcome. Just need to find the time.

    Another thing thats been in and out of my mind is a wooden headbadge of my own design. If I do go with a different color for the powder and make my own decals, this is definitely the way I'm gonna go

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    Woodies

    Teardrop trunk spotted in Memphis by rbr member jd3


    Misc goodies by woodysfenders.com and brought to us by mtbxplorer


    World`s smallest RV? By Finnish architect Saku Holma


    He`s got a lot more wild stuff on flickr:
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    That rack on that cruiser is awesome! I have messed around with wood fenders, but never finished, again due to time and my lazyness. I still have the jig, maybe I'll give it a try again. I'm taking the beginning of the week off for myself, and to lock myself in the workshop at the parents house. That trunk looks great, I might have to think about that the next project.

    That last one is a little over the top. Good thing he lives in Finland, no hills, lol.

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    He says he does have hills. That`s why he also has an electric assist
    The shell is 1.5mm pylwood- wouldn`t that be fun to play with?

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    This is my commuter now, training for a duathalon (SS division of course )

    The bars are REALLY comfortable once I got a 90mm stem on there the 120mm was just too far out and hurt my hands and elbows from extending so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    The old Soho, which I've since sold:

    I want to get the Soho. The first thing I would do is put on a stem to get a more aero position. I want those full fenders, no maintenance chain and brakes.

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    93 REI - Novara Ponderosa (XL)

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    Not a commuter since I don't have a commute to a job (wife and I run a business from home), but it's a good run-around 1X7. Those are dirt bike handlebars.

    Post your commuter photos!-img_0614.jpg

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    Just did this one today, will be a kind of touring bike.
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    Man, Trek sure pumped out the mtbs in the 90s. I wonder how many units they sold? All those 8XX series will be floating around until the end of time!

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    What a great bike, that actually fits me. Just need a different saddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Killroy
    I want to get the Soho. The first thing I would do is put on a stem to get a more aero position. I want those full fenders, no maintenance chain and brakes.
    Yep, this thing needed drop bars and it would be a pretty sick commuter, but it's still a bit on the heavy side. I found myself wanting a lighter sub 20 pound bike, thus my switch to a standard road bike. But the belt drive and internal 8-speed hub sure was awesome and zero maintenance. Wish the 8 speed had a little bit larger spread though. On those long grinding climbs just one lower gear would be nice, and the top end limits you to around 30mph...so leaves you wanting for more on a fast downhill.

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    Well, I discovered the hard way that while a 25+ year old Shimano RD would shift a 9 speed 11-34 cassette, it just wouldn't do so reliably for long. So one almost new chain is Sayonara, along with the old cable and RD. Oh well, it wasn't far from bottom of the lineup. No spoke damage as I was all but stopped an lining up a launch gear.

    So athough the bike is shown eleswhere with my laptop bag, here it is with the cooler (an amazing survivor as it was bought for out honeymoon), ready to go to the farmers market, a nice 5 mile round trip. The new Deore has plenty of room if I need to go mountain triple to bring home the bacon up the big hill in the yewars ahead. I also took the Cool stop pads I had on the other bike since they had 80% left, new cable, housings and of course a new chain. It needs a new saddle, new levers and bar tape. All in good time. Those are Michelin city 700c 35's stuffed under the SKSs. Close fit, heavy, but I'm not afraid of every glint of glass with them either. Nice reflective strip, too.


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    I've been using this bike to get around town when possible for a while, and will probably use it even more now that the Planet Bike fenders have been installed. Had to do some rigging to get them on, but they're surprisingly rattle free and sturdy. It's odd, but even through the rain and snow, the push for the fenders didn't really come about until the asphalt started bubbling this past spring. Being covered in road tar speckles with little pebbles stuck to you sucks!
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    nice GT... I like how you work the fenders out on your bike..cool
    If you can get into the details.. I think that will help a lot of people here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassTrain
    I've been using this bike to get around town when possible for a while, .. the push for the fenders didn't really come about until ... Being covered in road tar speckles with little pebbles ...
    Yeah. We get that! I was going to drop fenders from late spring, but here we have livestock trailers, parades with horses, and other things splatterd on the roads you really don't want in your teeth. Here fenders are basic hygeine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    nice GT... I like how you work the fenders out on your bike..cool
    If you can get into the details.. I think that will help a lot of people here.
    Thanks. It was really just a matter of going to the hardware store a few times and buying rubberized clamps that fit. I still have a couple that were the wrong size, but I figure I can use them elsewhere. The rearmost rods are attached to the rack braces after the disk brakes kept throwing monkey wrenches into my plans to use the rack mounts as attachment points. I tried using the rack mount on the drive side and the last bolt that holds the caliper on with the non-drive side, but the rods weren't long enough to give clearance. Didn't like the idea of the rod between the disk mount and the stays, anyway.

    The front was easier to figure out than the back, surprisingly. Bent the rods at the loop and then used hose clamps with yellow duct tape wrapped around the fork stations for grip. Luckily the cross brace for the fork had a mounting hole for the fender brace.

    The fenders are the Planet Bike Hardcore fenders (ATB/60mm width) over the 26 x 2.1 tires. Any larger tire and it'd probably be pushing it. I might be pushing it anyway because when a rock goes into them, it makes a racket as the rock bounces between the fender and the tire before ejecting.
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    Wow, that does look like a tight fit! Nice clean install, though- good job.
    Bubbling asphalt? Can`t say as I`ve had that pleasure and hope I never do.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassTrain
    ...The fenders are the Planet Bike Hardcore fenders (ATB/60mm width) over the 26 x 2.1 tires. Any larger tire and it'd probably be pushing it. I might be pushing it anyway because when a rock goes into them, it makes a racket as the rock bounces between the fender and the tire before ejecting.
    Peter White says there is no safe clearance for fenders but recommends 10 mm between tire and fender because a stone of just the wrong size could work its way to the fork crown where the fender won't give and/or the clearance is tightest and you lock the front wheel like a stick in the spokes.

    I had about 3 mm clearance with 27 1 1/4 for winter and would pick up small pebbles which ground the fenders at the brake bridge and fork. I suppose I was lucky that slightly larger stones wouldn't freeze to the tires.

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    Daily Commuter

    Here's my commuter. Buying a road bike was one of the best decisions I've made. Commuting on the road has made me a much faster MTBer.


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    ^ Gold chain?! Bling! Bling!

    Mr. T approves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wunderkind
    ^ Gold chain?! Bling! Bling!

    Mr. T approves!
    LOL After 2 rides they aren't gold anymore.. It's for the TiN protection, really....

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    Here’s my new commuter, 2008 Redline 925 aka “Dolly” and still not as ugly as the real Dolly.

    I changed out freewheel, chainring, chain, seatpost, saddle, stem, headset, brake housing, bar tape, and pedals. Done with upgrades for now, might add a Salsa Lip-lock for the seatpost and we’ll see about those Kenda tires. I like the Specialized Armadillo Nimbus series; I may step up to 32mm.

    Rode it this morning to work = Very fast & smooth and much more agile and comfortable than my Surly 1x1 commuter.













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    Quote Originally Posted by steeneriam
    What a great bike, that actually fits me. Just need a different saddle.

    OOh, 2.35 Big Apples...what fenders? PB Cascadia? Gonna need some of those... here's the new ride:
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    CB, that looks fun & speedy - you may need cruise control as well.

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    My bike for the commute to work


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    [QUOTE=big g]My bike for the commute to work

    Well, it looks cool. Doesn't look comfortable, but it does look cool.

    Did you build it or or buy it? Can you give some shots of the BB and drop outs? How is chain tension being held? I assume it just has a coaster brake?

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    frame before the paint

    7 speed and coaster brake



    in comfortabel mode

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    I thought I'd seen something a bit like that on a Dutch chopper/custom shop's site...

    Looks cool but I suspect the ride is a bit different from what I am used to

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    I don`t think I`ve ever seen anything like it. Are the wheels different sized, or just look like that due to wide angle lens? Watch out for curb hopping!
    Recalculating....

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    are the same 26" wheels on halo tires

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    My Kona Paddywagon:







    Works for me! Riding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge is rather enjoyable

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    I heart Paddywagons. Noice.

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    Heres my Commuter:

    Custom Giant OCR T-Mobile Edition
    On-One Scandal 29'er Project on the go

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    ^^^ Nice clean look, I dig the gold accents on the black frame. More pics?
    Amolan

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    crazychimpjimbo has some more pics in the Singlespeed forum:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=505368&page=29

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    Here's my commuter that I saved from the trash. Can't beat a free bike with a full 105 component group!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gemini6
    Here's my commuter that I saved from the trash. Can't beat a free bike with a full 105 component group!
    Nope, that`s be pretty tough to beat. Looks nice- is Limongi the name of the manufacturer?
    Recalculating....

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