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Old 12-11-13, 01:08 PM   #2601
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Yeah, terrific Cimarron!

Great inspiration. We should start a Cimarron thread!! I tried to snag another one, but missed out. All the bikes I have, and my $15 Cimarron is my favorite.

Its one of Schwinn's sleeper vintage bikes.

Good excuse for me to post my latest iteration of the Cimarron. I swapped out rear racks with a nice one I picked up at the Habitat for Humanity store. Handles my vintage Madden panniers quite well. The rack is pretty nice, its modular (three pieces), so really adjustable for fit. No idea who made it. Similar in shape to your tubular rack, but it has an extruded aluminum deck.

We used to have a few of those racks in the shop, cool idea for carrying your ulock underneath, problem is you need to find one that fits just right. My old Kryptonite evolution (orange with a one side bench before they went to double notch) fit okay.
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Old 12-11-13, 03:15 PM   #2602
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Here's my conversion; a 1987 Schwin Cimarron. So far this year, I've clocked 1900 miles on it, and despite being heavy, it's been the best commuter I've put together so far. It's built with a slew of fun parts that were on my previous mountain bikes; while it may look lke grandma's bike, closer inspection tells the story.



You did a great job of fitting fenders on your bike!
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^^thanks.^^ Took a lot of patience, and more than a couple beers to get them right.
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Made a few changes to the Bianchi, and this thread can't have too many pictures.
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Made a few changes to the Bianchi, and this thread can't have too many pictures.
That is a beautiful bike; I love the celeste and red together. looks like it could tackle anything.
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Made a few changes to the Bianchi, and this thread can't have too many pictures.
Brrrrr...but that's a great looking bike.
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@ due ruote That is a really lovely bike.
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Thanks all for the kind words, and yes, I can confirm it's too darn cold, and technically not winter yet.
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@ due ruote That is a really lovely bike.
Yes, that's a tough rig.

Practical and ready for action, for sure.
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Wow, that is amazing.
Nice, nice, very nice.
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Due Ruote: Congrats on a great bike, and an outstanding picture as well!
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very nice mate
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Made a few changes to the Bianchi, and this thread can't have too many pictures.
this is such a great photo. I'd really like to know where it was taken. Shore of a great lake?
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+1 Outstanding photo! It's saved in my wallpaper folder.
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this is such a great photo. I'd really like to know where it was taken. Shore of a great lake?
Thanks! That's Lake Michigan, north of Chicago. It was taken at dusk - the sky in the east picks up a lot of color this time of year; I have no idea why.
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Thanks! That's Lake Michigan, north of Chicago. It was taken at dusk - the sky in the east picks up a lot of color this time of year; I have no idea why.
Where at up north? Evanston or further up than that? It looks really familiar from the south bound end of the North Shore Century. I should ride the lake more often, this pic is from the NSC this past September.

And that was the first major ride on my drop bar conversion....which is now settled into the trainer in the living room because of my broken hand, and Chicago's current Arctic temps.

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Made a few changes to the Bianchi, and this thread can't have too many pictures.
Wow, very attractive bike. Are those chrome forks?
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Old 12-12-13, 03:26 PM   #2618
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Wow, very attractive bike. Are those chrome forks?
It is chrome. The bike should have a celeste fork, but when I got it it had a funky black replacement. I found this one last week on CL. It's prettier and, more importantly, straighter.

Chi Mike, pic was taken at Gillson Park in Wilmette.
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Late to the party, but very nice Bianchi. The little splash of red in the frame really helps the bar and seat pop Been on the lookout for a Prestige framed Grizzly for some time...
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Back when I did this conversion, I was determined to just leave the bike as it was; no rack, no fenders. Since pretty much every bike I own is pressed into use as a commuter and/or grocery getter, I wanted just one bike simply for fun. Yeah, that worked out really well. My current winter commuter:



I built up new wheels with Alex rims and SA drum brakes hubs, the dyno up front powering a B&M light set.
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Back when I did this My current winter commuter:

I built up new wheels with Alex rims and SA drum brakes hubs, the dyno up front powering a B&M light set.
Very Nice! I like this a lot. Please indulge us on the drum brakes. Are they way better than cantilevers in the snow?
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Very Nice! I like this a lot. Please indulge us on the drum brakes. Are they way better than cantilevers in the snow?
To be totally honest, I haven't ridden much with cantis in the snow. I'm a chicken when it comes to winter riding and wanted as bombproof a commuter as I could manage, hence the drum brakes on both my winter bikes. I don't think they match the immediate stopping power of, say, V brakes, but they've always been pretty solid performers for me.
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...Whatever I use, my 7+ decades old noodle knees and the local terrain require a triple.
A suggestion: there's a company Bauerfeind out of Germany that makes a "Genutrain" line of knee supports. I wear the Size 5 to keep the it a skosh softer than a tight fit. They are not cheap, they do last for about 5 years with washing machine trips, and it works amazingly well.

I saved an old one and cut the top to make a sleeping support. Reminds me to be careful when I get up to pee, middle of the night. Anyway the left leg finally feels like it's steady healing, getting better and better. Between this support and fixing a vitamin A deficiency, there's hope!
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Thanks! That's Lake Michigan, north of Chicago. It was taken at dusk - the sky in the east picks up a lot of color this time of year; I have no idea why.
It's called The Magic Hour.
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My 1989-90ish Rocky Mountain Stratos, courtesy of our very own Sixty Fiver (thank you sir!). I'm working on making this my primary commuter bike and I'm not at all done, but it's so light and responsive (and surprisingly smooth) like this that I almost hate to add my lights, rack, and heavy bag.



And no, I'm not leaving the steerer tube like that.
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