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    Quote Originally Posted by capsisking View Post
    I went clipless and got some padded shorts :-)

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    Good deal. What kind of pedals and shoes?
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    Good deal. What kind of pedals and shoes?
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    Very cool. Good luck with them. You will get the hang of them in no time if this is your first time. Did you opt for multi release cleats or are you just going to run the standard that came with them?
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    Standard that came with them. I did 7.7 road miles and 2.2 off-road miles with then today and I'm very happy! I do need to adjust the tension though, my left foot has just a bit to much play in it.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    I can't wait for my Shimano Click'R stuff to get here. Looking forward to seeing just how much of a difference they make. Especially since I'm planning a 50 mile road ride this Saturday. Would love to have me ready by then.

    Yesterday afternoon I replaced and toed in my brakes with some new Clark "super stops", and scrubbed my rims clean. Man, those things grab! I was having fun locking up the tires. It's comforting to know that in a time of need, there's no question on whether or not I'll stop. Also cleaned and lubed the chain. Thought about pulling off the rear wheel and getting after the cassette, but I got lazy. Figured it would be done before the long road ride, so there's no sense in it.

    Also removed the long aluminum bar ends I had and replaced them with some short stubby comfy things. Not sure if they're going to stay or not.

    Had to get myself a new helmet. Specialized Echelon in Ion. Super comfy and really cool (temp wise).
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    Have some SKS fenders coming in, not sure yet if it's going on the Elmar or the Jabber. I'm just hoping I can pull off a clean enough install to satisfy my unfortunately demanding aesthetics.

    I may have mentioned I used to be a roadrider, but back injuries have me back on MTBs. No probs with that because MTBs on the road are super fun (except for the Q factor). The upshot is I'd like to put a front rack on one of these, but would like to keep the Jabber unladen as a climbing bike. Decisions +++

    P.S. As for packs my Chrome Bravo mays a geat everyday pack, but there's definately a mission workshop Fitzroy in the works for grocery shopping etc. I'm also looking into a front rack from Capricorn Bikes, so you see why I want to keep one bike clean.

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    I shoveled out her "parking space" at work, so I did not have to wade through the snow to retrieve her after work. Pretty sad that all the "real" parking spots are perfectly maintained! Meanwhile, our work cars were relegated to a satellite lot today (PITA to clear off before fieldwork, move for plowing, etc.), since too many people are driving single occupancy vehicles, leaving no room for visitors in the parking lot or garage.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Picked up a bunch of Sockguy socks on clearance at my LBS today. Cleaned the chain and cassette. Not doing too much, since it's being dropped off with the mechanic tomorrow. Going over it with a fine toothed comb to make sure everything is how it should be.

    I'm pretty happy with this Avatar saddle. A little more fine tuning and I think I'll have a keeper.
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    Upgraded from Tektro 330 brakes to Shimano Deore 615's.

    And added a second cage behind my seat.

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    Was bored this morning and had some free time, so I swapped an upside-down northroad onto the fixie. It was super aggressive, but was sadly much too low everyday riding so I swapped back to a flat bar and headed off to work. Now in the back of my head I'm wondering how this old 26" frame would work with dropbars. When the co-op reopens in a month I might have to try it out.

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    nice huh?

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    Just got a Carradice Nelson long flap saddle bag to replace my back pack. so far so good

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    ^ please don't mind the fact that I'm drooling all over your bike.

    I broke my beloved bullmoose bar before christmas and haven't gotten a replacement yet. (which is why I was monkeying around with a flipped northroad this morning)

    And I really covet white Fat Franks, but have to wait until my black Big Apples wear out (which is taking forever).

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ please don't mind the fact that I'm drooling all over your bike.

    I broke my beloved bullmoose bar before christmas and haven't gotten a replacement yet. (which is why I was monkeying around with a flipped northroad this morning)

    And I really covet white Fat Franks, but have to wait until my black Big Apples wear out (which is taking forever).
    By all means drool away! just don't get it on the paint ;p

    Personally I'm still on the fence with my bullmoose bars. I'd like to get them a tick higher but they're already maxed out.

    I like the Fat Franks but I prefer the way the Big Apples ride. It maybe a tire rim combo thing but I haven't swapped tires to know for sure...

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    You can gain greater heights, well at least your stem can, with an extender:

    Sunlite Chromoly Quill Stem Extender - Gregg's Cycles

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Got some slick Planet Bike fenders, an absolute must for Florida commuting. Also picked up a small portable speaker that attaches to my messenger bag and lets me rock out on the ride in. Folks move out of the way without the use of a bell or shouting "excuse me!", and it slaps some smiles on passers by. You know me, I'm all about some smiles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Got some slick Planet Bike fenders, an absolute must for Florida commuting. Also picked up a small portable speaker that attaches to my messenger bag and lets me rock out on the ride in. Folks move out of the way without the use of a bell or shouting "excuse me!", and it slaps some smiles on passers by. You know me, I'm all about some smiles.
    Pics or it didn't happen...

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Fenders or the small speaker thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Fenders or the small speaker thing?
    Both... I'm more interested in the fenders though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Fenders or the small speaker thing?
    More info on the sm speaker?

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    http://www.hmdxaudio.com/portable-sp...e-speaker.html

    This is the speaker. It runs on thee AAA batteries, and has a headphone jack input. I simply purchased an extension to reach my phone on the handlebars. External volume control is great, and I was able to speak to my wife on the phone, although everyone could hear me shouting about what I wanted for dinner. Sound clarity is good, and even at full volume on both devices, the speaker doesn't distort. By far one of the best commuting purchases I've made. I had a blast rocking out to SRV, AC/DC, and ZZ Top this morning.

    I'll post pics and info on the fenders later.

    In other news, the Avatar saddle has been given a fair shot and lost. It's simply not the comfortable saddle that I'm looking for, although it does provide a good amount of lateral control while standing. I'll swing by the LBS today and see what else they have to offer, and if nothing tickles my fancy, I'll be going back to the Zefal Journey saddle from Walmart.
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    Kind of surprised that the Avatar is not working for you. Good luck in your search for something that does.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Trying out a 143 mm Avatar right now. I'm liking it much more, but the 13 mile ride I'm about to go on will make it or break it. Finally got the Click'R! I can't believe that I haven't clicked in before. This is awesome!
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    Hopefully your issue is in the size, and not the saddle. Was telling my buddy at the shop today that you were returning it. He looked at me in disbelief. I was like yeah, I know LOL. He said size as well. And yeah, clipping in is awesome. Can't go back to flats any more, just wouldn't feel right. I am guessing that not too long, and you will be on regular Shimano's, and you will be selling those Click'Rs.

    Me? I spent Valentine's Day down at the bike shop killing time, looking at bikes, talking to the mechanics about converting my TriCross to a single speed and what it would entail. Looks to be pretty simple, but I won't get that clean look since I don't have the horizontal dropouts. Oh well. I also got the fakie all set. Front skewer issue is worked out, and lighting is fully adjusted. I can't do much more to the bike except ride it now. Cannot wait to get it out with the carbon fork with the higher steerer tube. I gained a good couple of inches over the stock fork. Should make the riding position much more comfortable now.

    As for the lighting, I have the two Thunderbolts on the handlebars horizontally, and then I have two BlackBurn Flea 2.0's on the stem aimed down on either side at the front wheel. Hoping to get some sort of reflective tape or glow tape that shows movement while the wheel is in motion. In my mind, it works perfectly. In reality, it isn't done yet, and I am not sure that I can get to the visibility that is in my mind.
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    TenSpeed, if you SS your Tricross, doesn`t that leave you with no geared bike at all? That`s just begging for a series of commute time gales or an invitation to ride a long and climby route- make sure you`re sure.
    Recalculating....

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    Installed a monkeylite 232 on the front of my fixie







    Since it's on the front I couldn't get it spinning superfast for the photos, but it is pretty bright.

    For the past 3 winters I'd debated getting one of these, and finally this year I decided that I didn't want one and wasn't going to buy one. But then the co-op that I volunteer at held a kickstarter-style fundraiser and this was one of the rewards, so I figured I might as well.

    It attaches with 5 zipties, so it's not something you can take on and off, and that's too bad since it isn't very pretty. I'm glad I've got black spokes/rim/hub on this bike since it sort of blends in. I used to have silver wheels which would have made it really stand out.

    It's too bad that I didn't get it a couple weeks earlier when my rides were still dark, but it should still be good. I want it for side-visibility and not for snazziness, so I'm going to have to choose a setting that's least likely to encourage people to drive into me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    TenSpeed, if you SS your Tricross, doesn`t that leave you with no geared bike at all? That`s just begging for a series of commute time gales or an invitation to ride a long and climby route- make sure you`re sure.
    Well, I live in Michigan, so you can scratch the long and climby route, we don't have those. I haven't totally made up my mind on going SS on that bike. A GF Rig came up on a local forum, but I think that it might be a size too big for me. Tried a 21" Trek Marlin just for fun at the shop. Shorter stem, and lowering the seatpost, and it fits. Neither of us could believe it, but it would work. Every Specialized bike that I have had is a 19". I am just a hair shy of 6'0", however, I am all torso, which I guess allows me to fit on a slightly larger bike. If the geometry of the Rig was the same or even similar to the Marlin, I think I would jump on it. Very nice bike, some nice aftermarket bling like carbon bars/post, upgraded wheels, etc.

    Orrrrrrrr, I could get the duomatic kick back with the coaster brake that I have had my eye on. Decisions decisions!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Installed a monkeylite 232 on the front of my fixie. ... I want it for side-visibility and not for snazziness, so I'm going to have to choose a setting that's least likely to encourage people to drive into me.
    Does it do a hamster running his butt off? Different sort of cager. The skull and crossbones is good. A spiral would mesmerize drivers: You are in my power...

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    I just covered the frame and fork in fluorescent green duct tape, and the fenders in Avengers print duct tape. Was really careful to make sure it didn't look like some hack job. Went through 3 razor blades and one thumb pad (luckily I had all of those tape scraps to wrap it with). Wifey was skeptical when I first told her some months ago, but she's really surprised by how it turned out. All in all, 10 bucks for a new paint job!
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    Lol I want pics!

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    I'll be happy to snap some tomorrow morning when I get to the office.
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    I have been riding some regular compact drop bars with friction 2x9 barend shifters on my Pake C'mute and decided that I didn't care for the shifters being so far away from the hoods and that friction is a pain. So i bought some ergo bars from the local co-op and cut the ends off:

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    This puts my shifters a lot closer to my hands whether I am on the hoods (most of the time) or in the hooks while descending.

    What have you done to your commuter today?-image.jpg

    Later I was cruising Craigslist and found a TT handlebar set with nine speed Shimano DA shifters for $50. Score!

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    I don't reckon id be too keen on running bar end shifters and having to reach all the way down there every time I wanted to change gear! Each to their own I guess heh

    I just changed my stem from 105mm to 75mm.. Think the new stem might have a little bit of rise too vs the old one which was zero rise.. Looking forward to seeing how it feels in the morning.

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    Warby, that is a huge change! Curious to see how you like the new feel. Should be pretty responsive in the steering I would imagine.

    Tex - looking forward to seeing some pictures of this.

    Me? I spent a little time down at the bike shop talking to my buddy, deciding what I was going to do with part of my tax return. He helped me decide, and just to make sure that I didn't showroom the shop, I went home, checked online, and they will get what I want for the same price as online, so they will get my business. Gets ordered Friday, and then the fun will start. I am going to keep it a bit of a secret, but I will drop a few hints. Not a new bike, and it is for the TriCross.
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    I had felt the previous position was a little too far forward for my liking and the truvativ 75mm stem was only $40 so figured worth a shot.. Even just standing over the bike it felt more comfortable in the new position so looking forward to it.

    Don't know what to change next haha.. Wouldn't mind getting some carbon bars..

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    As promised. I still have some cleaning up to do, as this was done on a whim last night while hanging out with the wife. Shouldn't be too much trouble this weekend to get it straightened out.





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    Quote Originally Posted by WarbyD View Post
    I don't reckon id be too keen on running bar end shifters and having to reach all the way down there every time I wanted to change gear! Each to their own I guess heh
    I am confused. my shifters are now 3" closer to my hands than they were before. the whole point is that I no longer have to "reach all the way down there" to shift.

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    That tape looks really nicely done. You didn't want to wait for Marvel to put out Guardians of the Galaxy ducttape?

    As part of my local co-ops kickstarter I got the monkeylite last week, and yesterday I got a magicshine clone which I'll try out today. Neither were things I would have bought otherwise, but they should be fun to have.

    And on monday I "broke" the pedal on my fixie. It started innocently enough - I noticed there was a ton of play on the driveside pedal. These are basic wellgo cartridge bearing pedals, and the locknut on the axle could be loose, the bearings could need replacing, or the bushing could be shot. I went to loosen the topcap with an allen key, and the cap split in half. The pedals were cold from being outside (although it was fairly "warm" at around freezing) so I don't know if maybe that's why it broke?

    You can't maintain the pedal if you can't get the cap off, so I tried a few different ways to get it out, and eventually it just fell apart leaving its threads in the pedal body. So yeah...the pedal will keep working for awhile, but I can't fix it, and the bearings are now exposed to the elements. I had been thinking about trying plastic pedals for the winter, so I went and ordered some.

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    Tex - that tape job looks pretty good. I think it looks better than solid color fenders which are boring. Nice work!
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    I'm really digging it. Looking into converting to drop bars, so that it would be a much more comfortable ride. Looks like I can do it for about 100 plus shipping, bar tape, and shifter installation. At that price, it's almost impossible to say no.
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    That looks impressive Tex! No excuse for anyone not seeing you!

    With regard to the bar end shifters, I just meant in general - not specifically your installation.. I like not needing to move my hands to shift

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    Re: What have you done to your commuter today?

    Picked up a White Industries freewheel to replace my busted Shimano (which, in its defense, worked much better after removing one of the spacing washers from the cone) and a chromoly track cog. They'll probably go on tomorrow sometime. I decided to step down to an 18t freewheel, and seeing as that's what I'll use on a daily basis commuting, so I won't miss the top end, and I'll get a few more rpms out of my cranks. I kept the fixed sprocket as a 16, so I don't get demolished if I go riding with other people.

    Incidentally, and I learned this after purchasing a screw-on style track cog, Miche makes a carrier that threads on and takes splined cogs, so you only need to remove the lockring to change the sprocket, no chain whip needed. The more you know!

    I'll post a write up on the Nashbar panniers I got a few weeks back in a couple of days. They've held up well, and I've got no complaints about them, especially given the price.

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    I ran an 18t for a bit, and noticed a big difference in top end vs the 16t. Went back to 16t instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WarbyD View Post
    With regard to the bar end shifters, I just meant in general - not specifically your installation.. I like not needing to move my hands to shift
    that makes more sense. I tried this with this particular ergo drop bar and I just can't figure out how to get the angle right. if I set the handlebar and the levers up it a normal drop bar, the flat ergo parts are almost pointing straight down, which is scary because it feels like my hands are going to slide off the bar. if I angle the ergo drops up more, there is no way to set up the lever in a comfortable position.

    in the end, I just took my old compact drops, cut one inch off the ends for the shifters, and re-installed them. I had friction shifters before and that was half the problem. at least with these indexed 9 speed barcons, I just have to click the shifter and I don't have to linger there trying to find the right gear. so they feel a lot better. grabbing the bar-end to shift is not as scary as it sounds.

    on the other hand, I would love to put some STI "brifters" on my bike, but that would requires so many new parts that it would cost half of what a whole new bike would cost, so I will not bother. barcons are simple, cheap, and they just work reliably.

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    Lubed the chain and hammered the BS Stinger a bit back into shape.

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    Oh man i love those CC levers. Theyve got to be the most comfortable ones around..

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    meeting up with a CL seller this morning to buy a 110mm x zero rise stem for the pompino. It will power the bars and increase the seat bar drop a bit but with the slack HT and ST angles this should put me further over the front wheel. Another thing is that ive begun to get some left knee pain signaling somethings up with the bikes set up. Ive micro adjusted my seat height and it helped a bit. This weekend im thinking of changing my gearing from 40/16 to 42/16 and see what happens.

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    Ordered an offset seatpost and adjustable stem for the Kona. Also am reinstalling the knobbies so I guess it won't be a 'commuter' (at least for a while). Finally had our LBS check the rear wheel, seems it has a protruding spoke, which may explain the spectacular failure of my rear tube while inflating it.

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    Finally cleaned it up, it was coated with grit and salt everywhere. One pedal was really stiff, so I removed it and took it apart. That went OK until "poodle clip" #2 went flying across the room. Funny, that did not happen in the Straitline tech video. It sounded like it hit the couch, and the dog lounging there started, but I still haven't found it. Dang! Not sure if it is something I might find at the hardware store if it is still MIA tomorrow. I also noticed I have a cracked brake cable housing, they really seem to suffer in the cold.

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    Finally picked up something for storage. Got this at REI for $75. It is pretty decent. Assembly process makes it feel very chintzy, but the final product once assembled is OK. The white bike looks huge compared to the orange one, which is odd since the orange bike is actually a larger frame. Picked up something else for my place, but I have to put it together yet tonight. Will post pictures once it is done.

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    Thank you kindly. The angle makes the bike look all funky, like the bars being angled. They are actually perfectly horizontal.
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    More storage!!!! Picked this up at Target today for $44.99, and the two storage baskets were $5.99 each. Enough room for all of my shoes and helmets, and then my gloves and glasses are in the top basket, nothing in the bottom yet. My plan is to run a surge protector up from the wall that is behind the unit, and turn it into a charging station for all of my lights. I have a bunch of the USB cubes from various phones, so I will make a nice little area there for that, and then I should be set. The wall the unit is on is a half wall with a pillar. My messenger bag is hanging off the pillar for now until I can find a better place for it. Cannot put it on the floor next to the unit for fear that my dog might lift his leg on it.

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    Cool bike stuff center, TenSpeed! Your dog is likely to pee on the bag by itself, but leaves the stuff in the storage unit alone?
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    Yeah, he won't mess with shoes especially since he is used to those. The bag, he sniffs that a lot, like he is interested in it. Weird dog, what can I say?
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    I think even my wife would approve of that storage system for bike stuff. My bike stuff goes down in the basement. I have a couple shelving units down there (I need at least one more, with a clothing rod I can use to hang packs and sleeping bags and things) and I've got a couple shelves dedicated to bike stuff. so my stuff is similarly convenient to access, even though it doesn't look as nice.

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    Nate - no choice over here. Apartment life hinders the bike life. Was living in a house with a full garage and all kinds of cool bike stuff storage. That is all gone, she has it, but that is OK, doing alright over here. Wanted to do something kind of modern and clean, and this fits the bill. Still need to adjust the rack so that it sits even on the wall.
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    Just placed an order for 22.2/25.4 drop bars, some Tektro ergo drop levers and some florescent green bar tape. This should allow me to use standard trigger shifters with drops. Should be a fun project.
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    Eventually I'll save up for some Retroshifters. Those things look sweet, and they're bomb proof. For a 50 dollar Craigslist bike, I sure have dropped a ton of cash into this thing.
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    ^ not sure what you've got planned, but here's my cheap solution:



    It's just a $10 light&accessory mount, and it works pretty well.

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    ^ not sure what you've got planned, but here's my cheap solution:



    It's just a $10 light&accessory mount, and it works pretty well.
    I thought about going route, but I just couldn't think of a way to shift that didn't scare the crap out of me (I'm in no way a proficient rider, and the idea of one handed shifting is frightening). It's the same reason I didn't go with one of the many vintage road bikes with downtube shifters that are all over Craigslist for pennies. I'm still very much a newbie at it all, since I've only been commuting by bike since August. I still get freaked when grabbing a water bottle.

    I test rode a few roadies the other day, and riding in the hoods was everything I imagined it to be. The drops were great too, especially for ducking down in that gulf wind. All in all, just a hair over 60. I'm going to have to shim the brake levers, but it's whatever. The bike is covered in duct tape, no need to put on a charade as if it's a "precision instrument of speed and aeromatics".
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    that's my M950 xtr bb axle. maybe 7 or 8 months riding?
    wowza!
    ground the solid stuff off with steelwool, fresh grease and we'll see how she goes.

    don't make me go buy more 105's...
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    Light charging station is under way. Picked up a Belkin powered 4 port USB hub at Best Buy today. Pictured are my 2 Serfas Thunderbolt headlights, 1 Serfas Thunderbolt taillight and my Niterider Lumia headlight. Just need to find something to put this in and to be able to hide more of the wires.



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    A Reflective Moment

    I set up both sides of the bike with alternating luminescent and reflective Rimskins. No UV light enhancement of luminescent sections in this video, just car lights. Quarters in front and semi circles in the rear. The light weights on the spokes were added since the "hole in the dark" pictures. Driver's eye view. Cell phone movie resting on instrument cluster dash hump. Low beams. first bit with HotShot in constant on, last with headlights & taillights, too, no helmet light. When the Nori lights come I'll do a ride by video. The alternating strips on the rims show movement & speed better than solid rings of the luminescent tape. The reflecting tape shows up just as headlights wash out the luminescent tape, so the effect is good. I still think that reflectors show up a bit late to the party compared to lights or luminescent tape, but these (spoke and rim reflectors) scream bike and if they stop someone launching into me, it is worth the attempt.


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    How was the install of the Rimskin? Been looking at these and am contemplating just for fun doing the rear wheel of my commuter.
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    Impressive nighttime conspicuosity, Brian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    How was the install of the Rimskin? Been looking at these and am contemplating just for fun doing the rear wheel of my commuter.

    Pretty straight forward, actually. They come in 4 arcs. They seem to be just shy of a full 700 C but they give a spare one with the word rimskin cut out in mid arc so I cut a 3/26" piece from the end of that one to complete the circle. They supply a stickiness retarding compound for your hands/rim/tape to place it, align, and smooth it out. 24 hours to dry. They are not easily removed but with care I was able to remove one side of one rim's worth in about an hour. Going slower gets it to peel off faster. If you try speeding it up you will end up scraping it off with fingernails.

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    Impressive nighttime conspicuosity, Brian!
    The non-flash camera doesn't match the eye's sensitivity. Camera with flash over reports the effect. I figure that drivers with bad night vision and who should not be driving at night, would see it about as shown. I think it helps us ride defensively to know what we look like to drivers. The sectors and light weights would be spinning and grad attention. We tend not to be overlooked (as in 'not seen') as we are in daylight, if we are properly lit at night, However, a recent post in Commuting reminds us that we can be seen, but our speed and closeness not register even for drivers who are cyclists! So pretend all drivers are Mr. Magoo.

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    Lost my Thunderbolt taillight last night on my way to meet up with some friends at the bar. Came home and moved the LED strips from my helmet to my seat stays. I'll be going by the LBS and picking up a new one after work. Might also grab a Blackburn Flea 2.0 for the back of the helmet. I'll also be picking up a 9v battery box and on/off switch from Radio Shack to further the run time of my new seat stay strips.

    I'm very anxious my drop bars and stuff to arrive. Can't wait for that conversion!
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    That sucks that you lost your Thunderbolt. I can fully understand getting another one. I have the Flea 2.0 but never thought about putting it on my helmet. May have to try that out.
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    Yeah, it happens. I have a feeling that I didn't fasten the strap correctly and lost it when going over some tracks or hopping a curb. It's my own fault, really. Oh well.
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    ^^ I lost a Princeton Tec Swerve over a RR crossing and a following car flattened it seemingly on purpose. The Planet bike lights went through a spate of unclipping from their backs (mounts), so that some rubber banded them to prevent this. Many lost their lights. So a spare tail light in the toolbox is not a bad idea and redundancy on the bike is not being too paranoid. I screwed my HotShot to a PB mount as the original mount was not robust. Maybe a detachable life line to the light from a seat rail could be rigged if you think a repeat AWOL is hard to avoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Just placed an order for 22.2/25.4 drop bars...
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    I thought about going route, but I just couldn't think of a way to shift that didn't scare the crap out of me...I'm going to have to shim the brake levers, but it's whatever.
    Sorry, I'd missed the first part when I responded. I didn't even know you could get a 22.2 dropbar. How'd you find it, and who makes it? Even googling I'm mostly finding talk about how they don't exist (except for one random australian trackbike company)

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Sorry, I'd missed the first part when I responded. I didn't even know you could get a 22.2 dropbar. How'd you find it, and who makes it? Even googling I'm mostly finding talk about how they don't exist (except for one random australian trackbike company)
    Pure Fix Bicycles out of L.A. I googled everything I could, finally found it on page 7. It's all good. I was looking at quite a few attachment bars to see if I could rig something up, but there was nothing that I felt confident enough to use.
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    All has shipped and should be here in just a few days. I've been thinking of different setups in regards to the triggers and drop levers. My main concern is braking and down shifting at the same time, like when coming to a light. This is the idea that I kept coming back to, and wouldn't you know it, someone here on MTBR had already done it. While I wouldn't be able to dump gears in a flash, with this going on, I shouldn't have to do anything to the shifters or derailleur besides switch bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    One pedal was really stiff, so I removed it and took it apart. That went OK until "poodle clip" #2 went flying across the room. Funny, that did not happen in the Straitline tech video. It sounded like it hit the couch, and the dog lounging there started, but I still haven't found it. Dang! Not sure if it is something I might find at the hardware store if it is still MIA tomorrow.
    Well, the hardware store was "close but no cigar", and the LBS suggested I might want to "look a little harder" for the flung clip, LOL, as they were not overly optimistic about finding one, though they are looking. So I did some more crawling around and went through the vacuum bag (mostly dog fur), but no luck! I'll have to borrow a pedal from the fatbike tomorrow.

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    Well, the hardware store was "close but no cigar", and the LBS suggested I might want to "look a little harder" for the flung clip, LOL, as they were not overly optimistic about finding one, though they are looking. So I did some more crawling around and went through the vacuum bag (mostly dog fur), but no luck! I'll have to borrow a pedal from the fatbike tomorrow.
    What kind of pedals are you using? If it's something I have, I'll be happy to share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    While I wouldn't be able to dump gears in a flash, with this going on, I shouldn't have to do anything to the shifters or derailleur besides switch bars.
    That bike is setup to spend most the time in the drops, which is typical for flared dirt drop bars, and is how I've got mine set up too. But to do that with a 26er you're going to need a really highrise stem. I've got a 35deg on my 29er, and it's still a touch lower than I'd like. With a normalish stem the hoods/tops will be the more comfortable spot, and even then the reach might be enough that you'll want to switch to short stem. Just something to keep in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    That bike is setup to spend most the time in the drops, which is typical for flared dirt drop bars, and is how I've got mine set up too. But to do that with a 26er you're going to need a really highrise stem. I've got a 35deg on my 29er, and it's still a touch lower than I'd like. Just something to keep in mind.
    I was only speaking of the setup of the shifters in relation to the drop levers. The bars I have coming are typical road drops and the bike is an "aggressive hybrid", which is just a fancy term for flat bar roadie.
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    Yeah, I'm mostly just saying that height and reach might not be totally straightforward. I tried 4 different stems before I found one I liked, and even it's not perfect.

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    Yeah, I'm mostly just saying that height and reach might not be totally straightforward. I tried 4 different stems before I found one I liked, and even it's not perfect.
    Thanks for the heads up on that. I figured I would have to get a new stem and spacers, but I'm not exactly sure how this is going to affect the fit. I've got a 100mm adjustable stem lying around that I might toss on. By adding or removing spacers along with adjusting the angle of the stem, it should allow me to figure out a close ballpark estimate of what I need to be going for before I shell out too much cash for 5-6 stems.
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    An adjustable should be good. I took advantage of the no-hassle returns policy at MEC (the canadian REI) and "tried" a few different stems so that I didn't have to spend too much.

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    An adjustable should be good. I took advantage of the no-hassle returns policy at MEC (the canadian REI) and "tried" a few different stems so that I didn't have to spend too much.
    Not a bad idea. Can't wait for this stuff to get here.
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    I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who has made this thread what it is. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, and to be honest, it is one of my favorite threads on this entire forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    What kind of pedals are you using? If it's something I have, I'll be happy to share.
    It's a Straitline Amp, MIA clip #9 in pic. It is supposed to be redundant, to make it harder to lose a pedal body on a rock hit (I did that with ATACs once), but I'd rather replace it of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    LBS suggested I might want to "look a little harder" for the flung clip, LOL, as they were not overly optimistic about finding one, though they are looking.
    Ouch- they look like bling pedals, and I wouldn`t expect much luck finding Number Two Poodle Clips in many hardware stores! A device I`ve seen (but don`t remember where) that would be a good help for that looked like a small carpet sweeper with long skinny magnets rotating on rollers. Maybe somebody knows if there`s a name for such a beast? Or maybe you could just drag the landing zone with the biggest (surface area) magnets you can find?
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    It's a Straitline Amp, MIA clip #9 in pic. It is supposed to be redundant, to make it harder to lose a pedal body on a rock hit (I did that with ATACs once), but I'd rather replace it of course.
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    ^^ A hardware pick up magnet on a stick used to pick up dropped nuts and washers might be worth a wave or two over the possible area of disappearance. That has saved me a couple of times. Hardware stores have them if you don't. A surprisingly handy tool to have.

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    Thank you moxnix and newf! One of those will definitely work, not sure if I should get the pack of 100 clips for $10ish (will have to see if I can remember how to use my grandfather's micrometer to measure it), the rebuild kit that includes the nice new bushings for $25 ish, or a magnet-thingy. The magnet-thingy would make me move the couch and vacuum under it, which is probably a good thing.

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    1.5 years ago, I got hit by a car, and my 1982 Schwinn Voyageur got destroyed. After using my CX and MTB for commuting in its place... I finally gave-in and went all out for a new commuter specific build. So...what have I done to my commuter today? I made a new one, of course!

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    1980's Nishiki Cresta GT (because I need classy). Needed nearly everything replaced. A few more things are needed to get it where I really want it...full racks for grocery use instead of my backpack, slightly taller stem for a bit more comfort, and a King Mud Flask (obviously)

    Additionally, after getting hit by the car, the cops tried to pin it on me saying my lights weren't bright enough (they were bright enough per law 500+ft in Denver, CO), but I decided to leave no room for that again. Since I commute every day out of the year (at the very least 7+ miles a day), I went and bought commuting specific lights from Jay at Amoeba (who is known for his awesome hand built mtb night-riding lights).

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    He built me a full function red rear (solid and strobe beams) with a thick lexan lens for greater side visibility, as well as a new bar mount front light. These project a beam on the ground for 20-30 ft fore and aft. I've even noticed most cars have been passing me with a more reasonable spacing since I've been using them. I truly couldn't recommend higher end lights enough if you commute often!

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    ^^ Great lights built by a great guy. He didn't have a road light when I built my own.

    "the cops tried to pin it on me saying my lights weren't bright enough" Does Colorado specify anything for bikes other than having lights? I was almost hit with a cop witnessing the almost broadside and he said the driver was distracted (so that excused everything). There seems to be a feeling among some law enforcement that it is always our fault. I do get better treatment with better lights. Most drivers understand you are helping them and appreciate the help.

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    Amoeba doesn't have road specific lights, just custom to whatever you want. He did just start the red lights though....I saw it and said I needed it. I think I'm the second sale on one of them.

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    I used to use the Cateye Reflex rear light, so I had a light and reflector combined...that way I'm 100% within the law, but the battery died so quickly and I would keep breaking it whenever I hit it wrong...like locking up to a bike rack. Great idea, just not up to the quality/durability I needed.

    As far as your cop interaction...yep. 100% agree. They had no choice but to cite the driver since she ran a stop sign and I had no stop sign (with a witness vouching for me). They sure as hell figured out a way to blame me as well by saying "she said she just didn't see you", and gave me a ticket for my lights. He actually said "it's only $50, it's not big deal." I seriously wanted to smack him.

    I was ready to fight it in court, but the DA dismissed it, since the cops provided zero evidence to back it up. What I hate the most, though...they don't let you know about dismissal. You have to show up to your court time for them to tell you this. They just wait and wait for you to get fed up and admit guilt by paying the ticket. I bet if I paid it after it was already dismissed, they would've removed the dismissal and happily taken the money.

    Anyway...I'm rambling. Bike commuting sure can lead to BS (at the very least). Stay safe!

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    Happened to have today off, which was handy since the daytime high is -14F, and the low was -28F.

    So I was making some changes to the bike - realigning the rack, monkeying around with the bar - and I noticed that the casing on my rear tire had split:




    There were 2 separate spots where the tube was poking through the sidewall. These are schwalbe icespiker pros, which are just over 2 years old, and which have a sticker price of $180CAD each (although I got mine for $100).

    So I'm a little disappointed. I sent a warranty claim to schwalbe and we'll see what they say.

    For now I've patched it with fishing wire, gorilla tape, super glue, and an old tube:



    I don't doubt that the patches will hold, but I'm wondering how long it will be before it splits in another spot. And I've got to keep a close eye on the front tire too.

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    Man, that sucks. Looks like it split along the thread line, which says that it was the rubber that failed.

    Drop bars and bar tape came in today. Still waiting on drop levers, so I swung by the LBS and picked up a set of Origin 8 levers. I'll file a return when the others come in. So, while the wifey drinks her wine and watches Jeopardy and Shark Tank, I'll be drinking beer and installing a drop bar with rapid fires. Should be a fun project. I've got a 50 mile road ride planned for Sunday, so it will be a perfect time to work out the kinks before I get back to commuting on Monday, and my Tour de Cure race at the end of the month.

    Don't worry, I'll be posting pics. I also saw an awesome bar end stopper made out of a wine cork with a beer bottle cap. Think I'll do just that...
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    ^ good luck with the setup. When you tape the bars, the 1st time will be frustrating, the 2nd time will be slightly less frustrating, and the 3rd time it will probably all fall into place.

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    ^ good luck with the setup. When you tape the bars, the 1st time will be frustrating, the 2nd time will be slightly less frustrating, and the 3rd time it will probably all fall into place.
    Ha! That's actually been the most anxiety causing part of this whole thing. Not can I make it all work, can I modify the hell out of some shifters, but can I properly tape some bars...
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Happened to have today off, which was handy since the daytime high is -14F, and the low was -28F.

    So I was making some changes to the bike - realigning the rack, monkeying around with the bar - and I noticed that the casing on my rear tire had split:

    There were 2 separate spots where the tube was poking through the sidewall. These are schwalbe icespiker pros, which are just over 2 years old, and which have a sticker price of $180CAD each (although I got mine for $100).

    So I'm a little disappointed. I sent a warranty claim to schwalbe and we'll see what they say.
    Brrr! Nice timing to have the day off, for sure. Sorry to see the Ice Spikers' damage, I have those too. I haven't noticed anything yet, but thanks for the heads up. This is the 2nd winter for mine, although I commuted on the fatbike for about 1/2 of last winter.

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    ^ my front looks okay, and the rear has plenty of similar angled threads showing but none of them seem close to splitting. From schwalbe's website I can't tell how long the warranty is, but I hope they'll agree it's a defect.

    I'd expect these to last at least 5 years. The nokians on my backup bike (which have sidewalls that could stop a bullet) are still in great shape.

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    ^^I got the Ice Spikers because I was disappointed in the Nokian stud wear/grip after 1 season, particularly on highly crowned (off camber) icy dirt roads. They did see some pavement too though.

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    ^ the gripiness of my icespikers wasn't impressing me this year, so I took a utilityknife and cut some of the rubber off the knobs, to better expose the tip of the studs. I was impressed with the results, and it seems like a decent way to rejuvenate tires that have seen some wear. I should take some photos.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Well, after several hours of cursing, learning, cutting new housing and cables, and the like, it's done. I'll need a new stem, but I've got plenty of spacers. Other than that, I'm set. I'll swing by the the LBS tomorrow and snag a short one. Have to figure out what's going on with the left brake lever. It's slow to return like something's binding inside, but it was doing this without cable, so I know that it's not housing or setup. I'll give a drop of lube and see if that doesn't fix it.

    Going out first thing in the morn to give it a serious test, but so far, it's passed the neighborhood block quiz.

    So, without further hesitation, I present to you "El Guapo 2.0"







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    ^ nice work. The shifters look great. You're going to rewrap everything when your new levers arrive?

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    No, I'll probably keep these levers. However, things will be wrapped. I need to shorten the housing on my left side, and I saw some awesome Lone Star State wrap that is tugging on my heart strings.

    I do need to get the stem situation taken care of, though. That mess is not gonna fly for me.
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    Looks good sir!! I see that you are still rolling the Avatar. How do you like it?
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    Loving it Tex!

    Me.. I removed the rack and swapped the shwalbe marathons for the kenda small block 8s.. Taking her for a play on the trails tomorrow

    Gotta admit.. Looks so much cooler with the 2.1" tyres and no rack :P

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    Up late tonight switching back to flat. Ride it 10 miles to a buddy's house yesterday morning and it was hell. Brake levers stick, bar is too far out, can't brake and shift at the same time for coming to a light. Looks like I'll be saving up for some Retroshifters before I go off on this again.
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    Bugger.. Oh well, nothing ventured nothing gained right?

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    Too bad, tex. My dropbar conversion took a couple of tries to get right, and it was (primarily) a single speed which made it easier.

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    Single speed and this thing would have been a breeze.
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    ^ you could try mounting the shifters on accessory bars to get them close to the hoods. But I found that having a 2-way shifter (letting you push both levers) works better than trying to pull the upshift trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ you could try mounting the shifters on accessory bars to get them close to the hoods. But I found that having a 2-way shifter (letting you push both levers) works better than trying to pull the upshift trigger.
    I've got Sram push/push levers on my Jamis. I could definitely see that working well with drops. Really, though, the Retroshifters look so beautiful to say no. Although the wifey isn't buying it.
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    I finally got one of those handlebar-mounted (coffee) cup holder, which is essentially a 4-5" diameter ring that holds a standard-sized cup. I got it from Target; it's a Bell brand. I don't drink coffee, so I just have hot soy drink. It's nice to have something warm to drink right at your disposal, especially on cold mornings.

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    Brakes are rubbing somewhere from changing over bars and brake levers last night. I don't know where, but I'll be finding out tonight. Made this mornings ride hell. All the work of a taller gear for none of the speed.
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    removed brakes, removed drop bars. ordered new parts a week or so ago

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    An update on this:
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    Filled in the warranty form on Friday, and got an email today from schwalbe saying that they'll ship a new tire tomorrow. Whoo!

    I've built a couple of computers over the years, and have had just about every component fail. RMAs with electronics manufacturers can be like pulling teeth - one video card company had a $50 fee just to start a claim. But the few bike warranty issues I've had have been painless.

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    Sweet deal on the warranty claim! Always good to know when a company stands behind their product.

    Looking at some Shimano integrated levers and shifters for 8 speed. I like the smooth look, and my right hand shifter has a lot of play in it, even after the setup from the LBS. It was to be expected. It's stock from 7 years ago, and was not well taken care of.

    Also looking at having it tuned up and put spot on again before the race at the end of the month. Mainly because I just goof around with things until I get something that I can live with, instead of something proper. It's 45 dollars well worth it in my opinion. But, if I have them install the shifters, I get a tune up anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    one video card company had a $50 fee just to start a claim
    Assuming they're still in business, which one? So I know which to stay far away from.

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    ^ I think I'm going to say Sapphire? It was probably almost 10 years ago, though. I was pretty annoyed at the time, since it was a midlevel card that was 2 years old when a capacitor died or whatever, and an equivalent would have been $50 anyway, and they wanted me to pay shipping both ways too. But I had problems RMAing ram and a motherboard too.

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    I bought a set of Nitto Albatross bars for my Brown GT but it made the cockpit a little too cramped so I installed them on my 84 Fisher Mt. Tam just for shiggles and lo and behold it felt like a perfect match. This is a pic from this mornings commute. I also mounted a pair of Planet Bike Cascadia 60mm fenders to cover up my 26x2.35 Big Apples. And I switched out the brake levers to Shimano BL-R550.. Other than that this bike is all original


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    I just had to change my chain last night. My god, I had no idea how badly winter beats up a chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1 View Post
    ...I installed them on my 84 Fisher Mt. Tam just for shiggles and lo and behold it felt like a perfect match.
    That yellow Fisher is a beaut.

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    Windsor Clockwork. Perfect commuter for Florida with 46x16 gearing.

    Changes:
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    Studded tires and front fender onto the Ute.
    Weather is so up and down I will actually use both completely different setups in the same week.
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    Triage morning.

    One of the sidewall patchjobs on icespiker is not holding, so that bike is out of commission until I can fix it again on the weekend, or until the warranty replacement arrives.

    But my fixie was also out of commission with a trashed driveside pedal, and the replacement for that hasn't arrived either.

    So had to do a quick pedalswap this morning and head out on the fixie.

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    Picked up a flat bar which has shipped already! on eBay for my SS. Bullhorns are not that great with the new rise of the carbon fork on there. Gonna give it a try with a flat bar, and with some OURY lock on grips. Looking forward to riding with those again, as I used these on most of my mountain bikes.
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    Updated shot of the cockpit with the new shifters and all gripping areas wrapped in Republic of Texas bar tape.
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    That's a pretty good wrap job there. What did you use near the stem? That is the place that gave me absolute fits when I tried to wrap a simple pair of bullhorns. My OCD got the best of me, yanked the tape and ordered track grips instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    That's a pretty good wrap job there. What did you use near the stem? That is the place that gave me absolute fits when I tried to wrap a simple pair of bullhorns. My OCD got the best of me, yanked the tape and ordered track grips instead.
    I started at the stem with a strip of electrical tape and then wrapped the bar tape around it. The ends are then capped off on the tips of the bar ends.
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    Is the whole bike wrapped in green tape?
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    Yuuuup.
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    I had a pedal fail a couple of weeks ago, and got my replacements yesterday. Figured I would give plastic a shot to see if it's less of a heatsink during the winter:



    If they'd come in two days earlier I'd have been able to test them at -15F, but now we're up around 50F so I guess that will have to wait.

    Also picked up a zero-offset seatpost. My dropbar conversion has been working pretty well for about 6 months now, but I figured I'd try to tweak it a bit and cut the reach down. Figured this was cheaper than an uncut fork.

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    Broke down and picked up a set of Planet Bike fenders for my TriCross. I really didn't want to do it but if I want to ride right now, and not clean my bike every day, this is how it will have to be. Spent 2.5 hours wiping down both bikes, and making small adjustments to each. Finally got the rear brake on the TriCross installed and rub/drag free. Very happy to have that back and working. Going to install the fenders tomorrow if I get time.
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    Why no to the fenders? I think every commuter bike needs them.
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    I hate the aesthetics of them on a personal level. I appreciate the functionality of them, but sometimes I do things because it looks nice, not because it works well. At least for now, I will run the fenders. Looks like I can commute all week, but I will run into the same problem I have so far with wet roads, so they will serve their purpose.
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    Yeah, I'm not big on ascetics. Even if I studied it in philosophy. I'm much more utilitarian in that regard. Function over fashion, I suppose you could say. That doesn't mean that I don't care about how a bike looks, however. I obviously have put forth effort to that end.
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    McGyver should be my middle name after installing these Planet Bike fenders. Now, part of that is my fault. I am inpatient big time. Sent my buddy a text that works at the shop that sold me the fenders. The directions say for bikes with disc brakes, try this other model of fenders. They would have to order those he said. I can't wait, so I rigged it up. Not bad for about 2 hours of work.

    1. Front fender mounts will not clear the brake caliper, moved to rack mounts instead. Gives it a better look I think. Fits pretty well.
    2. Rear fender mounts will not clear the brake caliper, removed one mount, used the others. Will not clip to the support near the bottom bracket, don't know what that is called, so I bent it out of the way and bolted it to the hole that was already there. Rear mount will not fit chainstay hole, so it is zip tied on both sides instead. Fit is just OK.

    Shop manager said have some time and patience, I will need both. I didn't think that it was that bad once I figured out that the fenders really don't fit the bike that well. The adjustments once it was mounted were fairly easy because I figured out quickly how this was and wasn't going to work. There is no rubbing, and they are fairly even side to side, but I am noticing that there are uneven gaps as far as the radius of it goes. I don't know that I care about that as much as I do the possibility of water/muck getting on the bike from the fenders being too far over on one side.

    Monday will be the test commute with them on. I can already tell that the one mount that I did not use will be an issue. There is a non removable bolt just dangling there, and the rattling will drive me insane. I will probably Dremel that off in the morning because I cannot stand rattling on a bike, and that was one of the things holding me back on the fenders. If I decide to keep them, which I more than likely will, I will pull them and Plasti-Dip the entire thing matte black to tone it down. I looked at the store today for some colorful duct tape that had an orange theme to it without being floral, and came up empty handed.



    Since I had the rear wheel off to mount the rear fender, I managed to get my rear rotor back on and adjusted, however I am getting some drag on there and the brake barely works. May have to succumb to the shop for this one. Brakes and I are arch enemies, as are derailleurs and tubes. Everything else I can manage lol.
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    ^^Those came out nice! I'm no full fender expert, but from hanging here I've learned P-clamps from the hardware store are McGyver favorites for fenders.

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    I don't know if you cut down the stays already, but you can try two things for the disc side:

    -a 5-10mm spacer and a longer bolt through the frame braze-on to clear the brake, or
    -a 5ish mm spacer and a much longer bolt run through the IS tab for the brake adaptor.

    Both would work, but there is really no way for a traditional disc brake mount and fenders to look clean.

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    Do fenders ever go on as advertised? I know I've had to improvise with both sets I own. They can be frustrating to install.

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    When I bought mine, the guys at the shop insisted that they put them on, not because I was incapable, but because it requires so much modification that I would have needed their huge drawer of screws and nuts. It was insane, to be honest. After watching the amount of trouble they went through to install them, I won't be taking them off.
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    ^^I've installed 2 sets. 2 out of 3 went on in <15 min. The 3rd set required cutting the fenders, grinding down the fork under the crown and a special bracket to hold it all together, more like a 2 hour install.

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    Thank you all for the advice. For the front, there is no way with out several spacers that it will mount to the correct point, so the front I am just going to leave. The rear is closer though, so that may work. I tried to get it to the brake mount, but that won't work either without some severe modifications. Trial run today for sure, high of 48F today. Should be some nice melt going on for me to ride through.
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    Bought a KORE litebar flat bar for my SS off of eBay. It came yesterday and I just put it on today. Was worried about the width even though I measured 15 times and clicked pay now once. Ended up being not much wider than my bullhorns, so now it is time to go with the old standby OURY lock on grips that I used on all of my mtbs. Was waiting before I ordered to make sure that the bar was good, and it is. Looks great, and is lighter than the bullhorns, but makes the bike look very plain.
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    Wheels in need of a true.. Riding home yesterday think "Hmmmm something doesn't feel right.." look down, Yup.. Rear wheel wobbling like mad.. Bunch of loose spokes -.- bike is booked in for a service tomorrow anyway so on the bus today and will let them deal with that..

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    Swapped out the Delgado rim for a new Synergy. 15000km+ on the Delgado, only about 1.5mm of brake wear on each side. I sure wish more rim manufacturers would include rim wear indicators. I suppose, that most people don't ride their rims long enough to make it through the wear indicator. Stupid consume-and-waste society.

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    Bought these:

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    Still juggling handlebars. Swapped the On One Mary bar (really sweepy alt-bar) off of my hardtail and put it on my fixie, and swapped the Ragley Carnegie bar (less sweepy alt-bar) from the fixie to the hardtail.

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    New rear tube, adjusted saddle position, and I've been playing with stem angles. Also grabbed myself a pair of yellow tinted glasses for night riding. Interested to see how they perform. I remember them being a huge help in low light target practice.
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    Just following up on the Nashbar Euro Panniers. After using them for a bit, I can definitely say that they are well worth the price.

    The suspension system is similar to higher end fare, using webbing and ladder locks, versus the somewhat floppier bungee cord style. Between the ladder lock and buckles, the panniers stay securely attached, even over rough terrain. The only problem that I can foresee is if there is no detent to attach the hook in, the bottom of the bag could slide around.What have you done to your commuter today?-uploadfromtaptalk1394738879045.jpg

    The bag(s) are meant to attach to each other over the top of the rack, as the buckles are connected to hardware on the opposite side. You could attach them to a front rack or use them individually if you wrapped the excess strap over the top rail and clipped it in on the same pannier.What have you done to your commuter today?-uploadfromtaptalk1394738898236.jpg

    There are included rain covers, which have their own pouch (but are detachable) as well as two outer pockets per pannier. The pockets can't hold much by themselves, but are good for storing small objects like repair items or food/whatnot. The rain covers are mandatory if it is raining, due to the design of the main compartment, which is slightly open, even when securely shut.

    To sum up, if you can grab them on sale, and are looking to try panniers, they are a worthwhile investment.

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    I flipped the stem on my roadbike before riding home from work today. I wanted to see what it was like riding in a lower position. I liked it. It felt really comfortable.

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    Changed out the stock spring in the rockshox xc28tk forks to a heavier spring to better suit my clydeness... Amazed at how damned simple it was!

    Also had it serviced.. Wheels trued.. Broken spoke fixed.. New chain fitted... Bought a garmin etrex 20.. Macguyvered a gps mount with a piece of carpet and two elastic bands...

    Bring on the trails Sunday morning!!!

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    Also grabbed myself a pair of yellow tinted glasses for night riding. Interested to see how they perform. I remember them being a huge help in low light target practice.
    Clear lenses are your best bet for night riding. Though, don't go cheap with optics. Cheap lenses are your enemy.

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    Put a different cheap headlight on my bike, and took off the MS with a bad driver circuit. At some point I'll disassemble and repair the MS but it'll be tough since I have no idea what some of the chips are (they're 100% unmarked). May have to make my own driver to fit in there.

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    Clear lenses are your best bet for night riding. Though, don't go cheap with optics. Cheap lenses are your enemy.
    The yellows did amazing, actually. My commute is all city, especially when I get downtown. The ability to cut down headlight glare and over shine is awesome! I sprung for the decentered lens to prevent optical distortion and polarized. Hunters take their stuff seriously, apparently. Lol.

    I'll be rewrapping my bars this evening, since I've kinda bunched things up due to a heavy grip. I'll also be doing a deep clean of the drive train, since it needs it something terrible. Wife is gonna break the seam on my favorite pair of chamois shorts and see if the pad can be replaced. It broke in two a few days ago and bunched up toward the rear, putting a lot of pressure on my sciatica and causing some extreme discomfort. Hoping to be able to find something similar to replace it with. Might hit up the fabric store and pick up some memory foam. Hello comfort
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    After a couple years, the plastic seatstay mount cracked in half. I had some spare wire and hooked this up a couple days ago. It's been super solid. Bonus? Matches the copper rivets on the brooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    Put a different cheap headlight on my bike, .... May have to make my own driver to fit in there.
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    Got my warranty replacement icespiker pro from schwalbe, and put it on even though it's going to come off again in 2 weeks. Noticed a third split in the sidewall of the old one - it's just falling apart.

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    Took it for a ride on the xc tracks up at jarrahdale after have it serviced and spoke replaced yesterday... Rear derailleur adjustment is worse than when it went in, and I snapped another spoke..

    Bike purchased new in January.. Snapped a spoke Wednesday.. Had it replaced Friday (not ridden in between) .. Snapped another spoke first ride out. Yup, you can bet your arse this store will be replacing more than just he one broken spoke this time and I ain't going to be paying a dime for it.

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    Yeah, that's definitely not right. I had a wheel that spontaneously broke spokes, but that didn't start until after a year or two of wear. The general saying is that if more than a few break then the whole wheel should be rebuilt, since the rest will have been stressed weirdly. What kind of bike is it?

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    Avanti Montari 29.3... They're a kiwi brand, don't seem to be sold anywhere but Australia and NZ

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    Just dropped the wheel back into the shop n they'll be following up with their wheel supplier tomorrow..

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    My LBS has been blowing out winter gear for 40% off, which is better than my employee discount.

    I picked up an Endura Luminite jacket in hi-viz green. Looks pretty nice. I've been using my old Marmot Precip jacket for layering purposes on the bike. It's an awful color for commuting - red. The first color you lose at night and the last you can see well in the morning.

    The Endura jacket has a lot of reflective area, also on the arms, so it should help with visibility of hand signals, too. And it has an embedded blinky low on the back. It's not a big or especially bright one, but every little bit helps. I didn't really buy it for the blinkie. Moreso the overall visibility of the jacket.

    Not sure how much use it'll actually get this season. I'm working from home a lot with the new job right now and will probably be doing that for a couple of months. I have to supply my own laptop computer in order to work at the office and it'll take a little while before I have enough saved up for that. Besides, I'm doing a lot of deliveries all over the city right now and pretty much have to use my car.

    I probably will use it a little later this spring, at least in the mornings.

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    Picked up a crank brothers stem on clearance at MEC. With all of the bar swapping I've been doing I was thinking of trying something with a little more reach:



    I thought it might look cool, but on my fixie it looks absolutely terrible.

    I got it fully intending to take it back if I didn't like it, and so it's going back tonight or tomorrow. Reach seems like an improvement though, so I'll have to be on the lookout for a non-terribly-ugly replacement.

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    That is a great looking stem, but on anything other than a black or silver bike, would probably look out of place.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    ^ it's a black bike with some silver accents and white logos, which is why I thought it might work. But the faceplate is huge - at least a third wider than a typical stems - and because it's so square it almost looks like a bmx stem. I could definitely see it working on a burly all-mountain ride, but on my retro-ish fixie it doesn't work at all. It's like having a giant beltbuckle on there.

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    If you wanted a DIY light that would bolt in place of the cap, You'd have room of a big lens/reflector or two or three smaller ones. Not a small project, but it has been done.

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    The Mission Workshop Fitzroy backpack.





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    New chain (PC-951) and cassette (11-28 PG-950), and I reinstalled my dynamo headlight (which had been removed temporarily so I could strap lumber alongside the top tube).

    I also washed up the bike, now that the worst of winter has passed (he said, jinxing himself). Then I went on a group mountain-bike ride with six guys on their all-mountain-y FS bikes as darkness fell. That went as well as could possibly be expected on a full-rigid commuter with mild-tread 2.0" tires and a 36f x 28r low gear.

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    swapped my forks....gone rigid

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigmode View Post
    The Mission Workshop Fitzroy backpack.
    Nice looking bag. American made. Not cheap. The green would be nice on my bike. I'd have to Macgyver a rack mount for it.
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    Howdy folks, my commuter is also my MTB (only bike right now, looking to change this!)

    Today all I did was ride it into work. Yesterday however I installed a rear rack so I could haul my lunch box with me. Am looking at getting something like a cyclocross bike for road riding/commuting and leaving my X-Cal for the dirt!
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    I attached the U Lock mount to the only place that it would work.... the fork leg.
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Wife is out on a girls night, and I've got the three monsters. Once they lay down, I'll be giving the commuter a full wipe down, complete cleaning of the drive train, repairing some duct tape (never expected that to be a thing) and some general fine tuning. The Avatar saddle is still causing quite a bit of post ride pain, and during ride discomfort. I'm not liking it at all, so I'll be tossing it up on Craigslist soon. Placed an order for the parts I needed to get the Jamis back up and going, as well as a WTB Pure V. I'm interested to see what the Pure V can do for me. Every review I read appeared positive, and at less than half the price of the Avatar, I had to take it.
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    ^ I've got 3 Pure Vs, so count me as another positive review. But I've also tried the RocketV and SpeedV and liked them all. Hope it works for you. There's nothing worse than a painful saddle.

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    ^ I've got 3 Pure Vs, so count me as another positive review. But I've also tried the RocketV and SpeedV and liked them all. Hope it works for you. There's nothing worse than a painful saddle.
    Everyone I've spoken with about the Pure V recommends it. I've searched out for a poor review, and haven't found one. The only reviews that I've found that could be considered poor is "great saddle, but didn't work with my sit bones." I just hope it's here by time for my century ride on next Sunday. I'm gonna be in plenty of pain come Monday, I don't need to add hip/rear end issues to it.

    I got a wild hair and decided to switch out bar ends to little stubbies and back to the green bar tape. Just because I can...
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    What color Avatar and what size? I love it so much I would pick up another for my TriCross.
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    Replaced the alivio rear derailleur and right hand shifter with XT... Much frustration and head scratching... Cable got all funky in the shifter somehow so had to be replaced (good thing I had spare...) now just needs adjusting!

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    Pure V has shipped. Hoping to have it in time to get things dialed in before the big ride. Had to make an emergency run to the LBS to warranty swap my Thunderbolt tail light. Damn thing wouldn't take a charge. Obviously a fluke or my own doing, since no one I know who uses it has encountered this before.
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    I've been ignoring a clicking noise, but I just about lost my sanity on Monday. I could hear the noise bouncing off buildings as I passed and couldn't shut it up no matter how gently I pedaled. So I finally found some time to grease and tighten all the bolts related to my crankset. The Cannondale I ride has a stupid four bolt CODA system that requires the drive side of the crankset to be removed before you can access all the bolts. If the click had remained after greasing the chainring bolts and the crank bolts, I probably would have lost it. Fortunately, the problem was solved.

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    I added a top tube bag with a big window on the top that holds my Droid Maxx in an Otterbox perfectly.
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    Installed OURY lock on grips on a new to me flat bar. Going to try that out instead of the bullhorns until the warm weather gets here. Bullhorns are fine when I have my really padded Specialized BG gloves on, but with other gloves, the thin grips really hurt my hands. Pumped up the tires (which I never have good luck with) and am ready to ride here to work shortly. Installed a new black Incredibell because I figure that runners and walkers with dogs will be out....and they will be paying attention to everything but bikers. Adjusted chain tension, lubed chain, visually inspected tires, double checked fork and headset install from shop to ensure nothing was loose. That really is it. Not much else to check on a single speed with a coaster brake, and that is why I truly enjoy this bike. Crank arms and pedals were inspected before last ride, along with seatpost collar and saddle rails. Charged my lights, put black reflective tape on the clasps of my messenger bag, and I am done.

    Trying out some new glasses today that I picked up on sale at Performance Bikes. Scattante Quantum in white. 2 sets of lenses, brown tint and a really cool reddish yellow reflective that really caught my eye. They fit my face as well, which is a huge selling point. Also going to try my new Chrome casual shoes that are SPD. Have not ridden in these yet, just waiting for the weather to be dry so they don't get ruined my first time out. They have a really stiff sole which I love because the softer the sole, the more it hurts my foot. I may have some cleat interference though, as I tried them out in the parking lot and I was having some issue with I believe the left. Will have to visually inspect this later after my ride.
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    This brutal winter killed (ok, "stretched") my chain in only 2.5 months (6 months is more typical)...so much salt and spooge and grit. Put on a new chain yesterday and hoping for spring. Shined it up pretty. It stayed shiny today thanks to my dog eating up my bikecommuting time with a 75 minute flyer during his walk (I rode).

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    ^ that's pretty crazy. I'm used to getting a winter out of a chain so I haven't even checked mine recently. It'll be coming off in a week or two though.

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    I changed a flat tire yesterday. First one. In just shy of a year of commuting (May 18th is when I started) and since September 21st commuting round trip pretty much every day. One flat is pretty good. (3000 miles on my new bike, I got it September 21st...)

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    Full wipe down of my CX bike along with a fender removal. Roads/paths here are for the most part dry now. These may be reinstalled later on in the season when the white stuff flies again. I don't plan on riding to work in the rain.

    Also working on acquiring a new to me set of used wheels that are an upgrade to my stock ones. Hoping that this works out for me.
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    I started the artwork on my fakie. Plain white frame is just screaming for something off the wall. I had ordered some knock off Titus decals for it, but they got ruined when I was wiping the bike down. I removed them except left the headtube "badge" decal because that one is perfect still. White frame + black Sharpie + lots of time to kill = some sweet artwork (hopefully) Will post when I am done with it. Still thinking that I may do something with the white deep dish wheel with black spokes, just not sure what yet. Anyone have any ideas???
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    ^ you could get a set of custom decals made:
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/inthreedimensions/7062099925" title="K20D3100 by inthreedimensions, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/7062099925_6956439deb_c.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="K20D3100"></a>

    I talked to a bunch of the vinyl places around me, but they all wanted a $70 setup fee even if I was giving them a file and they just had to hit print. I don't begrudge them that, but there are plenty of places online that will do it cheap.

    I ended up using Custom Vinyl Decals, Car & Truck Window Decals, Vinyl Graphics and got an 11x17 sheet shipped to Canada for something like $15. I had to do the layout in photoshop, and then cut the decals out myself, but it all worked really well.

    Not sure what you did to your Titus decals, but I've cleaned my with a basic degreaser plenty of times, and after 2 years they're still fine.

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    Rear wheel needs to be retensioned

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    I am back to daily commuting. I left my previous job at the end of September last year, took six months off (it was wonderful), started a new job this week. I've traded my 36 mile RT commute for a 42 mile RT commute. The new commute is a little flatter and 90% of is on a MUP which is a bonus.

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    newfangled - thanks for the link will check that out. The decal itself was fine, but I guess in wiping it down, I distorted the decal, and two of the letters got all stretched out. Not sure when or how this happened, maybe they were still not fully adhered when I did it, but it was disappointing. I measured and had them perfectly centered. Looked completely OEM even up close.

    I am passing on the graffiti as it is not exactly how I want it to turn out. I have another idea though.....stay tuned for details once the weather warms up. I did manage to work on the chainring a little, had to eliminate all the white as it was too much with the bike.
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    Changed out the acera front derailleur and shifter for slx.. Will adjust it up tomorrow!

    Still have an SKS chainboard sitting here waiting to be fitted, need to work out first how to get the crank arm and chainrings off (never done before..). Between youtube, park tools and Zinn I'm sure I'll work it out

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    Pulled the studs off my fixie, and put the bigapples back on. With the studs I could never get the bike to skid, but just from goofing around for a few minutes I can tell it will be a lot easier with the bigapples.

    Also discovered that I haven't been carrying a spare tube in my bag, and I have no idea how long that's been the case? The last time I got a flat was almost 2 years ago, and I just added sealant to the tube and headed off again. No idea what happened to my spare tube in the meantime.

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    Got my vaya prepped for 40+ miles tomorrow. It's in pretty good shape so all it needed was lube and air in the tires. I dug out an old seat bag for my tube and a co2 inflator I got over the winter. I think I ought to buy another multi tool so I can keep one on the commuter and another on the MTB.


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    It seems all I ever do is fiddle with my V-brakes. They just always seem to get out of whack.

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    I lightened up my mountain-commuter with a Trigon carbon fork off Ebay, and a Tubus Logo titanium rear rack. So that's close to 2 pounds / 1kg less weight to lug up and down the stairs.

    I had to fabricate my own makeshift headlight mount for my Cyo Premium, since the new fork doesn't have any holes, so I got a scrap of 6/4 titanium sheet off Ebay and carved my own headlight mount. It's sandwiched between the fork and the crown race.

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