Well after much thought and consideration, I have decided to cut down to one bike. So my mountain bike that used to look like this:
now has been put into full use as a commuter and looks like this:
Oh and fenders are on their way so then the whole setup will be complete. May be getting some barends if I can find some I like. Been looking at the cane creek ergo ends that come on a few of the treks
Some fantastic bikes out there! More originality in setup than the lion's share of the road and mountain bikes pictured in other forums. Fixed gears? Well, they're a breed apart...
Here's my (admittedly filthy) commuter:
Same setup (saddle height, reach and drop) as my racing bikes. Roughly 50 year old frame: "The Sun", made in Birmingham with original decals, gold pinstriping, brass head badge, and oil ported BB. Original BSA crank. Custom 700C wheels with black alexrims laced to sealed hub up front and Shimano Nexus internal 8spd (also sealed) in rear replacing the 27s. Schwalbe 700 x 30c Marathon tires - flat proof, grippy, and fast - can you tell that I like them? Gripshift on riser bars. Old school Gran Compe stem with triangular profile. Selle Italia SLR gel saddle. Lowrider front rack (rear rack would spoil the lines, IMHO) with gray/black Ortlieb paniers. Lots of reflective decals on old aluminum fenders and frame. The whole thing must weigh about 40 lbs but it's fast, stable, and comfortable. Irreplaceable, but stealth enough that nobody's tried to steal it...
Should anyone know about "The Sun" bikes, please email me!
that kona is sweet. I love the black,
what size tires are on that?
Hey, how did you get a rack to fit on your Smoke? I have one too, but the fenders have this weird hookup I couldn't fit a proper rack to
so I have to use a seatpost one instead
Actually since those pictures (from my last post) last summer in Vancouver I've used my Smoke in a Regina winter:
I've never really biked in the winter before, and even in the summer Regina isn't exactly the best place to commute, but I was told lowering the seat (to lower your centre of gravity) and deflating the tires (to increase traction surface area) can be helpful. I was actually surprised how stable it was, especially at stops where I'd put my foot down and my leg would slide right out, though the bike held firm.
Corners are kind of scary though, especially coming off a mostly-clear main road onto a snowed-over side (residential) one - drivers don't seem to realise bikes have to slow to a crawl to make the corners without sliding out. Also, you end up riding in the ruts in the road, where there's more bare road for traction - drivers didn't seem to understand that I couldn't just ride on the edge where it was all slippery.
Proper studded tires would've been helpful, but as long as the roads are clear of high snow and not totally iced over, it's manageable with regular slicks. Disc brakes would be nice too, in case your rims get caked with ice and make rim brakes useless.
08' Diamondback Insight 1
Well, here it is. I just lowered the handlebar an inch (2 spacers), and I want to get a bigger headlight. I hit the Scott Pierson Trail last night in the rain to find out that it is not lit. My little light did fine, but I think it needs a bit of help
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My winter bike, the Orange Menace:
Summer bike (now has the Brooks when it not on my winter bike).
My Bridgestone XO-1:
Reviews of commuter bikes & commuter gear by an every-day commuter.
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1977 Raleigh Super Course
1992 Bridgestone XO-1
So as to not go too off topic here, I ride a couple year-old poprad that has little left of stock componants, and a dahon speed pro. I have no pictures. I'll try and "spell check" from now on.
I almost bought a Dahon Mu XL off of Craigslist; I only held back because I'm still enamored by the Tikit and its crazy-fast fold. I'm still sure that I'll get a folder someday.So as to not go too off topic here, I ride a couple year-old poprad that has little left of stock componants, and a dahon speed pro. I have no pictures. I'll try and "spell check" from now on.
The Dahon MU XL looks to be quite a tasty ride, probably a little more practical for commuting than the speed pro and its skinny weakish tires. Love BF and the tikit looks very nice, that would be a tough choice.
Let's start putting top tube pads on folders as well, we can think of a reason later.
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I think if this was my idea of fun, I would certainly invest in a pad for the top tube .... probably the stem, too ... and it wouldn't be paint I was thinking about.
I've been commuting on the Kona Kilauea since I bought it new in '94. I added the Motobecane Le Champion to the mix in '02 for the nicer weather days. I always switch my lights and QR seatpost rack to whichever bike I decide to ride that day. I'm building up an old Fuji FG, so maybe I'll finally put some fenders and a real rack on something.
^^^^^nice bikes, irritating layout. Not everyones got a widescreen monitor. Or maybe I'm the last one left, but I don't like scrolling sideways to see the pretty bikes and read the specs.
edit: well now this makes bugger all sense, being all nice and narrow at he top of a new page. TO rectify the situation I best ge6t a pic of my winter commuter up fast.
Sorry....first time posting pics up and I thought it would stack them on top of each other rather than staggered.