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Old 01-23-08, 06:55 AM   #2501
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Some pics from my ride in last thursday around 6:30am
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Old 01-23-08, 07:38 AM   #2502
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I know that place. I used to run around there shooting really bad "art" films. Yunz got me missing Pittsburgh, except for cycling there this time of year.
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Old 01-24-08, 08:36 PM   #2503
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Heres my daily commuter to work
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Old 01-25-08, 09:13 AM   #2504
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My commuter

OK, hereís my commuter. It is a Giant Cyprus comfort bike with Shimano Altus components.

For all those detail geeks (I say that with respect Ė I learn a lot from reading the posts from the detail geeks):

- Yes, that is an aero bar on a riser handlebar. Please say it quietly so that no one in the road forum hears. I got the idea from reading a post about ďantler handlebars.Ē Although I almost never try and get in an aero position while commuting, I do use the aero bars to provide another comfortable hand positions (holding the large forearm pads). It also gives me added spots to attach a small bag and lights.

- Yes, that big metal plate on the back wheel doesnít look right. My commute is 9 miles on Farm-to-Market roads in rural East Texas. I was having a problem breaking rear spokes (Iím 6-2 and go about 250). Fixing spokes and truing wheels isnít in my skill set just yet, so Iíd have to take the wheel to my LBS Ö but my LBS is an hour away and a broken spoke usually meant considerable down time. Then I started reading on the C&V forum how they mix and match components from different bikes. Well, I have an old Schwinn Continental that is virtually bomb proof. I thought, what the hell, and took the wheels off the Schwinn and put them on the Giant. Worked like a dream. I lost a few gears, but that hasnít had much of an impact on my riding. An additional benefit is the Schwinn wheels are 27-inch compared to the 700 Giant wheels. I can get 27-inch tubes from Wal-Mart when needed. Donít have to drive 2 hours to my LBS for a tube.
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Old 01-25-08, 11:42 AM   #2505
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My Rocky commuter with winter wheels/tires.

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Old 01-25-08, 12:17 PM   #2506
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My Rocky commuter with winter wheels/tires.

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I sure hope the rusty chain police don't show up.... they can be brutal.

And TEX: I've often gone back to steel rims on my more abused bikes. One good thing to know though is that the 27's and the 700's can use the same tubes, just not the same tires.
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Old 01-25-08, 01:31 PM   #2507
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nice

beautiful.
what kind of fenders, and pedals.. what shoes with the pedals+
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Old 01-25-08, 02:09 PM   #2508
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StokerPoker said: "And TEX: I've often gone back to steel rims on my more abused bikes. One good thing to know though is that the 27's and the 700's can use the same tubes, just not the same tires."

Thanks ... see, told you a learn a lot from these posts.
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Old 01-25-08, 02:44 PM   #2509
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My Fixie Rebuilt

Just finished. I built this fixie for winter commuting. I'm running a 42x16 with armadillo 700x23's to try and keep flats to a minimum. I just added the Bontrager Courier bars something different. I had risers but they never felt right on this bike. Love to hear your thoughts on the courier bars. They are extremely comfortable and very heads up for traffic.







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beautiful.
what kind of fenders, and pedals.. what shoes with the pedals+
Q for who? jostan

I see a lot of nice commuters here!
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Just finished. I built this fixie for winter commuting. I'm running a 42x16 with armadillo 700x23's to try and keep flats to a minimum. I just added the Bontrager Courier bars something different. I had risers but they never felt right on this bike. Love to hear your thoughts on the courier bars. They are extremely comfortable and very heads up for traffic.
Bontrager Courier bars?
Are they the same as albatross or north road bars?
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Old 01-26-08, 04:20 AM   #2512
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My Commuting E-bike.

My 1995 Trek 900.
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[QUOTE=StokerPoker;6048709]I sure hope the rusty chain police don't show up.... they can be brutal.

Chain Police can kiss my frost-bitten, salty asp...prolly couldn't catch me anyway...
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I sure hope the rusty chain police don't show up.... they can be brutal.

Chain Police can kiss my frost-bitten, salty asp...prolly couldn't catch me anyway...
just wait til they hear I haven't done any maintenance since I fell through the ice....
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Old 01-27-08, 12:33 AM   #2516
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Woo hoo! I got my new bike today.Kind of a combined Xmas / birthday thing.

A singlespeed Salsa casseroll. This is what I'll be pounding the pavements on through Sydney from next week. It's a lot of fun to ride. Just fun fun fun. Comfy enough to cruise, fast enough to sprint, beautiful enough to eat!!!
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Here is my new (to me) winter ride:



I was going to take a pic with my lights and panniers/trunk bag, too, but my camera ran out of batteries
I'm still getting used to it, so I dunno if or what I want to change at this point. I definitely will be adding a kickstand (I know, so taboo, yet so practical). I just can't stand trying to load up the panniers without one (too hard to find places to lean on in the winter). I'm also probably going to need a better rack someday, but I'll run this one into the ground first. I added a bell to the left drop bar (can't see it in this pic), studded tires, switched out the pedals and added power grips, but otherwise it came as shown.

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Old 01-27-08, 08:45 PM   #2518
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Old 01-27-08, 09:00 PM   #2519
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Here is my new commuter. I sure do like it.
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Here are some pics of my recently completed Salsa Casseroll. I bought the frame from Jenson when it was on sale for $289.

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Build list:
Frame/Fork: Salsa Casseroll, 60cm
Pedals: Shimano SPD A-520
Handlebars: Bontrager Race Lite 44cm (from my Trek 5200)
Bar Tape: Fizik Microtex
Headset: Cane Creek S-8
Stem: Cannondale 110mm (from e-bay)
Wheelset: Open Pro / Ultegra hubs with Wheelsmith DB spokes
Crankset: Campy Ultra Torque Centuar CT (compact 50/34)
Chain: SRAM PC971
Rear Der: Shimano XT med. cage
Front Der: Shimano 105
Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace bar-ends, 9-speed
Brakes: Tektro R556 with Kool Stop pads
Brake levers: Tektro R200
Seatpost: Thomson Elite
Saddle: Brooks B-17
Fenders: SKS P35
Water bottle cages: King
Cassette: Shimano 105 13-25T
Bag: Carradice Barley
Tires: Michelin Carbon 23c right now, switching to Panaracer Pasela 32c soon.

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Old 01-27-08, 09:30 PM   #2521
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Beautiful setup. I love the bag.
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I love this bike. It reminds me of a far less ghetto version of my own.
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that bike would be amazing with drop handlebars.

what is with the pad on the top tube? I've seen it on a lot of flat-bar fixed-gears.
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Indeed it is. I'm just guessing on location, but is that pic from down on the South Side?

Here is my new commuting rig as well - 1992 Bianchi Axis. I have a rack lying around that I still need to throw on as well.

yes! southside it is. right near the southwall and the tracks.
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that bike would be amazing with drop handlebars.

what is with the pad on the top tube? I've seen it on a lot of flat-bar fixed-gears.
the pad on the top tube is just a top tube pad. alot of people use it for the looks, but i use it so when i lock up, to the post/pole etc. it doesnt scratch up my frame.
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