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Old 12-23-06, 08:36 AM   #1
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Clyde's and Athena's Rides, the Official Thread!

I'll start it off!

This is after I put the new saddle on, this is where I started with it when I got it home:


And the current configuration

My Raleigh:

And last, but not least, my commute bike and bad weather bike. It's a cheapie but it does the job. It's set up here for a test of load distribution for my first loaded tour last March.

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Old 12-23-06, 08:39 AM   #2
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Nice!! I"ll have to post later on, running out the door now
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Old 12-23-06, 09:06 AM   #3
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I never turn down an excuse to post pics:

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Old 12-23-06, 11:03 AM   #4
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I too never pass up a chance to post a pic of my baby.



Cant find a pic of my commuter, will try to post it later
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OK here she is. 1987 Specialized Rock Hopper turned fixed gear commuter. IRO rear hub laced to a Velocity Cliff Hanger wheel. Indestructable even with my 320lbs. The bike has held up very well and I expect many years of service from it. I plan on doing a mini 2 or maybe 3 day tour with it next summer. Shown in this pic is with drop bars, but I did not care forthem and switched back the the narrow flats with bar ends last week.

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Old 12-23-06, 06:53 PM   #6
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This is my noble steed. At the moment anyway. Replaced the wheels about 300 miles ago and they are working great. My LBS gave me a 100% guaranty that the Bontrager Race Lites were strong and would last. If they did not hold up, they would get me the 36 spoke wheel of my choice and apply the money paid for these to it or refund the difference if the cost was lower. So I figured with a guaranty like that what the heck, I went for it. Not a lick of trouble at the point.

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Old 12-24-06, 01:37 AM   #7
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Heres mine....it is a great riding bike and has done me well for many many miles...
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05 Lemond Tourmalet and 98 Cannondale. I built the wheels myself. A couple of pics from a 74 mile ride I did with 10 fellow forum members last weekend (Dec 16th). One showing the Lemond in action and the other, a quick stop in a tunnel waiting for the rain to stop!







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Old 12-27-06, 02:26 PM   #9
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Winter Bike

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Road Bike

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These are when i first got the bike. There have been adjustments to things, but i love the bike!
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Old 12-27-06, 03:49 PM   #10
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here's my ride
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old and stiff as hell. Kind of like... well, me.

and one of my favorite mechanic
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he's 15 months there.

and this is how I finished my bar tape. I think it is really cool so I post it whenever I get the chance.
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it is a little shiny so it is hard to tell, instead of tape, I finish it with masons twine. It is a lot more comfortable under your thumbs and it looks really clean.

(these are old pictures so if you are in the OCP club, please forgive my ignorance.)
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Old 12-28-06, 01:05 PM   #11
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Nobody's posted a Cross bike yet. Here's mine after Mudfest 2006: A K2 Enemy with mix of Dura Ace, Ultegra, and an FSA Carbon Crank.

Sorry the picture's a bit blurry. I bonked and was quivering....

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Old 12-28-06, 10:49 PM   #12
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This is my everything bike. No room in the Tokyo home for more than 1 bike. .. I use it for touring, commuting, shopping and river runs with some cycling buddies.

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This is my everything bike. No room in the Tokyo home for more than 1 bike. .. I use it for touring, commuting, shopping and river runs with some cycling buddies.

is that like a brahma bar flipped backwards with trigger type MTB brifters on what would have been the bar end?

I'm intrigued. You get a lot of different hand positions, without dropping down (nice for NYC traffic.) I'm setting an old MTB up for my winter commuter and that could be a solution.

(EDIT-- If my understanding is correct, do you have trouble with the bar flexing when you brake hard?)
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First bike. Trek 1200c





A nice Trek frame that I never built up.







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A friend of mine says that my bike looks like the kind of thing that vagrants and transients ride because they have to, not a bike that anyone would ride because they want to.
I love my hobo-core hoopty beater bike.
It's a 1991 Stumpjumper hardtail, Salsa stem, XT hubs to Mavic XC717 rims wrapped in Schwalbe Marathon Pluses (Conti Goliaths in this pic, pre-Schwalbe install,) Freddy HC fenders, and yes that is duct tape over the wrap on the bar ends.
(Pardon the crummy pic: Taken with my camera phone in my rock*star parking spot: Right in my cube!)

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Old 12-29-06, 03:11 PM   #16
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A friend of mine says that my bike looks like the kind of thing that vagrants and transients ride because they have to, not a bike that anyone would ride because they want to.
I love my hobo-core hoopty beater bike.
It's a 1991 Stumpjumper hardtail, Salsa stem, XT hubs to Mavic XC717 rims wrapped in Schwalbe Marathon Pluses (Conti Goliaths in this pic, pre-Schwalbe install,) Freddy HC fenders, and yes that is duct tape over the wrap on the bar ends.
(Pardon the crummy pic: Taken with my camera phone in my rock*star parking spot: Right in my cube!)

Your friends taste is apparently limited to his mouth! That would make a fine touring machine! (Other than the Duct Tape, we'll call that a creative disguise as to what the bike is!)
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Hambone,

It is a trekking/butterfly bar with magura hydraulic rims brakes that I slapped on for a tour in the alps. Big guys need decent brakes when flying down mountains ...

But yes, I have played with this configuration in a number of angles and positions. I love the choice of hand positions I have at the moment and might, just to see what it is like, stick an adjustable stem on there to play a bit more.

I have not noticed any significant flex when braking. I used to use the flatbars with it but after a tour it took the nerves along the side of my hands 3.5 months to get their feeling back. Never again. This has solved that issue. As you mention it may be good for NY traffic, which is probably much the same I get here in Tokyo and in a commuting situation I prefer to be more upright and watchful.

Give it a shot on that old MTB, the cost was only about 30 bucks if I remember, I think nashbar does some for about 20. But, I wouldnt go to cheap for us big guys.

But, ya at the end of the day. A big guy slappin some weight onto his hands needs a few hand positions IMO to be comfortable.

The only issue I have by using the MTB brakes in this configuration is that there is no brake mechanism to interrupt the taping pattern halfway through the bar. So, when I wrap them I have to do each side in one go. The end result is you can not swap around the taping pattern so you get that natural tightening effect on the tape as you lean on it.

I might try foam grips next time around, but I am loving the gel and tape I have at the moment so may stick with it. Guess it is all about experimentation.

Here is the nashbar link...

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and this is how I finished my bar tape. I think it is really cool so I post it whenever I get the chance.
it is a little shiny so it is hard to tell, instead of tape, I finish it with masons twine. It is a lot more comfortable under your thumbs and it looks really clean.
Looks a lot like wrapping on a fly rod. Are you a fisherman?

Mine is a very old Giant Rincon (unknown year) that I got from a friend that put about 100 miles on it in the 10 years he owned it. Paid $50.

Upgrades so far:
  • Rear rack
  • Fenders
  • V-brakes and Shimano index MTB brifters robbed from a friends Wally World Mongoose along with his shorter riser bar and bar ends.
  • $5 Wald flashlight holder for my Streamlight flashlight as a back up and primary while I am building my MR-16/tomato paste can headlight (just ordered the last of the parts from Batteryspace.com)
  • Blinky Superflash
  • Nashbar rodeo pedals
  • Saddle bag
  • Nashbar kevlar-lined Urban tires

Old pics here, but you get the idea:

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Time to de-lurk on this section of the board.

Here's my ride. early 80's Bianchi Brava converted to single speed. Mostly shimano 600, except for dura-ace BB, technomic stem, phil hubs, and vintage rigida rims.



This bike now has some fenders (Planet Bike full coverage, which I installed with p-clips). I want to get some velocity rims to lace to the phil hubs pretty soon. The rigidas don't have that many miles left.
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Old pics here, but you get the idea:

Man that flashlight mounted on the bars brings back memories.
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Man that flashlight mounted on the bars brings back memories.
From around '72? That was the last time I could even find a flashlight mount!
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I guess I now have to chime in with my two rides. The first is my Scattante XRL build. The second is my bonded Ti Miyata Elevation 8000 that I am currently getting ready to strip and restore to original.



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Both are sweet!
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From around '72? That was the last time I could even find a flashlight mount!
Duct tape worked fine for me.
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