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    How old is your commuter? I'm riding a 1978 Schwinn LeTour III original frame fork and crank, wheelset and derailleur off of a 182 motobecane.

    Only a 3 mile round trip each day, but hey...I don't even feel bad that its only in the upper 30's in the morning and low 70's here in N. Cal on the way home.

    Much respect for all you cold climate warriors!

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    I had a 70's Schwinn Super Le Tour a while back that I converted to single speed. Such a fun bike. I sold it when I finished grad school and didn't know when I'd finally settle in a spot. One bike was enough at that point. I do miss it from time to time.
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    Here's my inbred. Much newer than what's been posted so far, but it's been my commuter since 2007, which i think is pretty impressive.

    Also the build is period correct (cuz it's old) and funny. Ultegra 3pc cranks, bontrager SS hubs, nominally flatspotted flow ex rims, a 200$ saddle with >30k miles, LX brakes with a knackered XTR IS front caliper, 8$ alibaba rotors, 50mm rise briefly fashionable white handlebars, electra tires... on a 160$ frame. Poverty-sexy.

    11 flat miles round trip for my current job, easy. My old job was 35 miles round trip, but i only did it about 3 days per week, and often on my road bike- i had secure parking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
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    Also the build is period correct (cuz it's old) and funny. Ultegra 3pc cranks, bontrager SS hubs, nominally flatspotted flow ex rims, a 200$ saddle with >30k miles, LX brakes with a knackered XTR IS front caliper, 8$ alibaba rotors, 50mm rise briefly fashionable white handlebars, electra tires... on a 160$ frame. Poverty-sexy.
    Dude I think it's just sexy. Something desirable about functional bikes. I think your signature says it all...

    And my Monocog is older than that! C'mon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Dude I think it's just sexy. Something desirable about functional bikes. I think your signature says it all...

    And my Monocog is older than that! C'mon!
    Thank you.

    Monocogs are rad. I didn't know to hop on that bandwagon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    Thank you.

    Monocogs are rad. I didn't know to hop on that bandwagon.
    The more I look at your bike I think I know why I like it...



    However as set up mine is not a commuter. 2.4" wide knobby rubber and the rather too lax 34/22 gearing which is really only good for climbing when things will get a little technical.
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    Nice! I ran mine as a single speed for years, just put the gears on to make pulling my new grandson in a trailer a little easier on my 60 yo legs 👍🏻

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    Lightspeed Unicoi, circa 1998. Still the best winter commuter and bikepacker.
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    Well it is my errand bike and not a commuter. 1976 Schwinn World Tour, with only the frame, rear brake, and headset not replaced.

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    The Duchess: A 1981 Mercian frame made for someone of my measurements is the base of this bike which is my usual "commuter":

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    40 years old next year.

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    Super nice!

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    1986 Specialized Stumpjumper!

    Just got this in the mail yesterday! Beautiful ride! I love these old steel mtbs! Which now seem to be exactly what “gravel bikes” are?
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