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    Just picked up my new commuting rig!! (Pics)

    YES!!!

    So after commuting for a few months on my Specialized mountain bike with a backpack, I decided it was definitely time to invest in something lighter, faster and more efficient. I wanted a road bike, but one with a flat / mtb handlebar, and one with a bit more relaxed geometry.

    I started shopping around 6 weeks ago, and rode everything I could get my hands on. Felt, Fisher, Kona, Trek, Rocky Mountain, Specialized, Cannondale, Surly, everything.

    I had it narrowed down to a Felt Speed 22 until I rode the Giant FCR2. The Giant was PERFECT, and was almost $400 cheaper than the Felt, with similar tech and components. It's basically an OCR roadbike with a mountain bike bar and seat, and it's XL size fits me juuust right.

    I picked it up locally for $679, and added a pair of Schwalbe Marathon 700x32 tires as well as a NiteRider wireless computer and a seatpost rack. I swapped out my headlight, bottle cage and blinkie from the Rockhopper.

    I've only done about 30 miles on it so far, but I am amazed at the difference between my mountain bike and this. It seems I can just roll forever, with little to no effort at all, and I can haul some serious ass when I put the hammer down. I bet my average speed has gone up 4mph immediately. I am very happy!!

    Here are some quick pics I snapped today, let me know what you think!















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    Nice bike!

    I once owned an FCR3 (http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...CR+3&Type=bike). It was a great bike, but I ended up with a job much further away, so sold it when I stopped commuting.

    I'm glad I'm commuting again, but now I miss that bike. The only negative thing I can say about it is that it didn't have drops. Enjoy it, it's bombproof!

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    nice

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    Kewl! Congrats!
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    Congrats. Considering fenders?
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    That is one sweet looking bike.

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    great bike! i like how the steapost rack looks, as opposed to a rack using the mounts. it just looks...sleeker?
    anyway, great ride.
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    Good start, but ditch the seat rack (which appears to be only half there) and go with a proper rack and you'll be much happier.

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    Smooth. Someday?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_bRAD View Post
    Good start, but ditch the seat rack (which appears to be only half there) and go with a proper rack and you'll be much happier.
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    Throw a brooks on that baby, and it'll be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_bRAD View Post
    Good start, but ditch the seat rack (which appears to be only half there) and go with a proper rack and you'll be much happier.
    + 1 that seat rack won't hold much weight & will wiggle/wobble disconcertingly...

    but it does look cool - nice bike and great that you've invested in a bike that will make your commuting a pleasure!
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    Are those grips and bars standard on that, or transferred?
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    Bike looks FU(%!N nice! Keep the seat rack. I've been comuting with one for years and I've never had an issue. and it saves on weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by centexwoody View Post
    + 1 that seat rack won't hold much weight & will wiggle/wobble disconcertingly...

    but it does look cool - nice bike and great that you've invested in a bike that will make your commuting a pleasure!
    Thanks for the feedback!

    I had considered the full rack, but I carry VERY minimal stuff on my commute, and I like the ability to ditch the rack whenever I see fit. It needs to hold a pouch with my wallet, cell phone, and gun in it, nothing else.

    I may keep it for the next week or so and see how I like it. If it doesn't saerve my needs, I'll ditch it and get the full rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alathea View Post
    Are those grips and bars standard on that, or transferred?
    They come that way. The only additions are the light and compy.

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    sweet... my 05 fcr is still in as good of shape as the day i bought it. it has tons of miles on it. 05 didn't come with bar ends so i added some profile design ends. other than lights, road morph pump & comp, only other change was 23x700 armadillo tires. they are flat proof!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VolksDragon View Post
    gun in it
    Yee Haw!

    For that small amount of stuff, just use jersey pockets. The gun will be more handy then too.

    I have a QR post but don't use it anymore. Decided I like the versatility of a full rack to carry whatever I want whenever. The weight difference is negligible and I ain't racing on my commute anyway.

    Like the bike though.

    One more thing, time for the next step, clipless.
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    That's a sweeeeeeet bike! All I would need diffeent would be a susp. post (bad back)!

    Ride the f''k out of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil View Post

    One more thing, time for the next step, clipless.
    I agree...

    I'm getting there....I figure I'll log a few hundred miles with the straps to get used to my feet not moving, then clipless I will go.

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    Nice bike, I am jealous. I also commute with a Specialized mountain bike and a backpack, and I often wonder how much easier it would be without the big knobby tires. On my current budget I'll probably just get new tires.

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    Go clipless right away. I tried toe clips one time and hated flipping the pedals around. I went clipless and loved them right away. Had a few close calls but after 12 or so years of them I have yet to do the clipless pedal fall.... and I've obviously jinxed myself now...

    The bike looks great. Subtle color and a sweet wheelset. While it's nice to have a rack you can ditch in a hurry I've found that those seat post racks are actually a lot heavier than a regular one. There's a LOT of metal in them compared to a lot of the regular racks.

    If you're only packing (packing as in gun, get it? I know, a real groaner) that small an amount of stuff to work I'd suggest just a larger than normal seat pouch. Far lighter and zero risk of flopping around. And easily removable.

    For commuting you'll also want a frame pump and a spare tube and levers to fit into that pouch. And maybe some light duty rain gear in case of surprise showers?

    I actually commuted for the first few years with a kid's small backpack that I converted to a sort of super seat pack. It worked fine and I still use it now and then when I don't need to move much stuff. It's far nicer than a back pack in the heat.
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    Thanks for the feedback, BCRider! Clipless will be next, after I sort out this rack / bag thing. I'm just going to try out a few different things and see what works best for me.

    I really want to avoid a full rack, but we'll see. I'm going to check out some pumps tomorrow at lunch.

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    i hope you don't weigh much and don't have many pot holes on you commute.

    I dunno, i only weigh in the 150's, and i prefer to run bomb proof wheels with either 32 to 36 spoke count.
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    That's a pretty bike!

    Quote Originally Posted by VolksDragon View Post
    and gun in it
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