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Old 08-20-07, 11:26 AM   #1
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my ideal commuter bike finished...

my commuter/city MonoCog 29'er. I find I don't really need gears in flat south Louisiana.







-Schwalbe Big Apples 29x2.35
-Origin8 carbon riser bar
-Ritchey Scuzzy Logic Comp headset
-ESI Chunky grips
-FMF Powerstroke BMX ISIS cranks
-FMF Powerring 34T chainring
-Redline 14T steel rear cog
-SKF BFR-300 bottom bracket
-Surly Tuggnut
-Zefal seat pouch
-Zefal Piing bell
-Sigma Cuberider rear reflector/LED light
-Haro Big Block sealed bearing pedals
-WTB Speed V Pro Gel seat
-cheap cyclocomputer
-Niner YAWYD headset cap with PBR bottle cap

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Old 08-20-07, 11:45 AM   #2
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sweet!
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Old 08-20-07, 11:49 AM   #3
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Very nice.
Sweet headset cap.
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Old 08-20-07, 11:49 AM   #4
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sweetness.
How bout a headlight?
what kind of wheels are those?
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Old 08-20-07, 11:59 AM   #5
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sweetness.
How bout a headlight?
what kind of wheels are those?
I'll likely get a headlight eventually but I don't do much night riding and the local laws only require a tail light for night riding.

The wheels are stock MonoCog 29er wheels which consist of Alex DH19 rims and Redline singlespeed disc hubs (manufactured for Redline by Formula). It's not the greatest wheelset but does great for commuting purposes.

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Old 08-21-07, 01:11 AM   #6
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Those tires look fun!
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Hey, man, I thought you said that is your commuter bike! Where are the fenders, rear carrier, lights, coffee cup holder, and other "stuff". You've got a lot of accessorizing to do, Dude!

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You may not need gears, but it rains alot there----no fenders?
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Those tires look fun!

Those tires are loads of fun. They are pretty heavy but kevlar reinforced. I think the tread is designed to start talking to you in turns, because it does that. I can lean the bike way over and those little grooves in the side tread start squeaking. They offer tremendous grip and at 2.35" offer a nice cushy ride as well. I fear no potholes or curbs, I actually look for curbs to jump. The bike really feels like a huge BMX bike.
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Old 08-21-07, 07:41 AM   #10
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You may not need gears, but it rains alot there----no fenders?

not yet. It hasn't rained much since I've been commuting. If it does rain I usually just wait it out. There are some wide 700c fenders at the LBS I work at part-time, I just haven't tried them out yet to see if they'll fit. Those tires may become a problem when finding fenders to mount. It'll likely have them sometime in the future.
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Love your setup. I need a fixed gear w/ those pedals. PBR cap rocks!
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Old 08-22-07, 12:30 PM   #12
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Love your setup. I need a fixed gear w/ those pedals. PBR cap rocks!
yah, I don't think I could handle a fixie




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not yet. It hasn't rained much since I've been commuting. If it does rain I usually just wait it out. There are some wide 700c fenders at the LBS I work at part-time, I just haven't tried them out yet to see if they'll fit. Those tires may become a problem when finding fenders to mount. It'll likely have them sometime in the future.
I use planetbike's new 29er fenders on my Karate Monkey set up just as yours (v-brakes, big apples). they work great. I had to find some new v-brakes to fit over the tires and fenders--tektro makes some cheapie ones (12 bucks for a pair) designed for balloon tires that are great.
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I use planetbike's new 29er fenders on my Karate Monkey set up just as yours (v-brakes, big apples). they work great. I had to find some new v-brakes to fit over the tires and fenders--tektro makes some cheapie ones (12 bucks for a pair) designed for balloon tires that are great.

Thanks. That's good stuff to know. I'll definitely look into that.
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