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Old 02-07-08, 12:14 PM   #2551
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My commuter bike. I haul ass up and down miles of hills on it. I need to take a better picture of it one of these days.
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Old 02-07-08, 11:35 PM   #2552
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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.

funky! I dig it!
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Old 02-08-08, 08:13 AM   #2553
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here is my commuter rig

and its newest stable mate

What bars do you have on that?

I like that Soma. My next build, hopefully in the not too distant future, will have a frame in the $300-500 range, and the Double Cross is the main contender if I go cx-style, or a Kona ***** Tonk if I settle on a road frame that will take bigger tires.
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Old 02-08-08, 01:30 PM   #2554
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Pics of the powdercoated Trek 660, with fenders attached. At the start of the commute:



And at the end:

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Old 02-08-08, 03:14 PM   #2555
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funky! I dig it!

Thanks, man. I revel in my Fredness

On a related note, I did my first sub-50 minute commute this morning, and that included lugging my 10 pound history textbook on top of my usual pack!!!
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Old 02-08-08, 04:06 PM   #2556
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Pics of the powdercoated Trek 660, with fenders attached. At the start of the commute:
Very nice! How do you keep it so clean?
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Old 02-08-08, 04:11 PM   #2557
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Dawn + Pledge + it hasn't rained in a week.
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Old 02-08-08, 04:41 PM   #2558
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Here's my ride, a `99 Giant Sedona, with new nashbar rack and rackbag, still looking for pannier to make the ride complete...

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Old 02-08-08, 10:00 PM   #2559
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... It would be nice to have pics of the bikes people commute on. I know around here I like checking out people commuting rides to see how they have modified them for comfort, visibility, utility, and style...

Here is a pic of the two Gazelle Medeos we brought back to Canada from the Netherlands last year. I like to call those machines our Urban Assault Bikes. They are a very stable machine, great position to ride in town, indestructible, require little maintenance and equipped to ride in all weather, day or night. The people at Cycletours Holland were great and let us bring back saddle bags as souvenirs.

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Old 02-08-08, 11:01 PM   #2560
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Old 02-09-08, 12:18 AM   #2561
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Pics of the powdercoated Trek 660, with fenders attached. At the start of the commute:



And at the end:

that is so nice
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Old 02-09-08, 12:35 AM   #2562
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Currently I ride a Giant Rincon, with panniers and trunk on town & country tires so though it is a mountain bike it works well for the commute. Though could be a bit lighter. Soon as I get some decent pics see if I can put em up.
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Old 02-11-08, 12:48 PM   #2563
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Surly 1x1 converted to a 1x8 via internally geared nexus hub w/Alfine shifter.
I plan on doing some significant changes to this setup (new stem, handlebars, rack, and maybe fenders). I'll post more pics when the changes occur.


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Old 02-11-08, 08:16 PM   #2564
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Old 02-12-08, 02:11 AM   #2565
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I pimped my ride with speakers

This is my 1995 Trek 900 converted into an electric bike.
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Old 02-12-08, 04:30 AM   #2566
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cheers from another Bridgestone owner (94 xo-2)
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Old 02-12-08, 06:03 AM   #2567
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cheers from another Bridgestone owner (94 xo-2)
The bridgestone is a beauty, but it looks a a little big for you! I do like how your outfit matches the frame.
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Old 02-12-08, 10:05 PM   #2568
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Nice pics, amazing to see the variations and modifications. The converted electric was indeed interesting.
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Old 02-12-08, 11:25 PM   #2569
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1994 Trek 820 Mountain Track
21-speed Sram Gripshifts w/ Shimano Alivio/Altus components
Weight: 35lbs

Stock components with exceptions: (free bike with about $150-200 in upgrades, cables, etc.)
Handle bar: Dimension Riser Bar
Rear tire: Michelin Transworld MTB Tire
Front tire: Fortť City ST MTB Tire
Skewers: Delta Cycle Axlerodz Bolt-On
Flywheel: Shimano MF-HG50 11-34
Chain: Shimano PC-48
Seatpost bag: Cannondale
Rack: TransIt Rack
Basket: Metal tray (OfficeMax?) (secured to rack with zipties)
Seatpost: Nashbar Suspension 2 ATB Seatpost
Fender: Planet Bike ATB Freddy Fender
Taillight: nondescript red blinky (secured to basket with zipties)
Headlight: ViewPoint Flare 5 LED Headlight (blinker on roads) and a cheap Cat Eye

Before:


After: (I need to add a better pic sometime...)

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Old 02-13-08, 01:23 AM   #2570
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Very nice description and a final result. that looks smooth Though never been much for the mounts for those u locks in particular with the Giant Rincon Frame Design. I think the initial idea was for more clearance when they modified the frame design on Giant's MTB Frames.
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Old 02-13-08, 01:30 AM   #2571
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Mostly a fair weather commuter so no fenders.


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Old 02-13-08, 09:36 AM   #2572
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Very nice description and a final result. that looks smooth Though never been much for the mounts for those u locks in particular with the Giant Rincon Frame Design. I think the initial idea was for more clearance when they modified the frame design on Giant's MTB Frames.
Thanks. I just need to get some more reflectors on there, and I'm pretty much good-to-go. The U-Lock is like 15 yrs old, so I'm not expecting miracles- if someone wants the bike, they'll get it! The frame is a bit small (16.5, maybe), but it was free, ya know?
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Old 02-13-08, 09:48 AM   #2573
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Here is my new commuter - '08 Lemond Poprad, size 52.

I wanted a nice steel frame with road gearing that had plenty of room for fenders. I kinda wish it had a triple sometimes, because I pull my 6 yr old on a trail-a-bike.

I got a second wheelset for commuting.



The grocery pannier is permanently attached to the rack, I love being able to drop my backpack (or my kids' backpack(s) into it and go.



It took a little effort to get the rack installed, but it works out great. I can remove racks and fenders pretty easily for trail riding.



I opted not to go with the extra brake levers and haven't regretted it. I spend a ton of time in the drops, thanks to the relaxed set-up.



Overall, I'm real happy. I don't know if it would be practical for touring, but as a commuter it is just about ideal. I can't wait to hit the singletrack sometime...
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Old 02-13-08, 11:31 AM   #2574
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Will be adding Soma Sparrows in about 1 week. Also will be eventually putting a Surly Free/Free rear hub on, and a front Shimano Generator Hub.

Right now I have 105/MA3 wheels with a Surly SS kit on rear. I like it, but want to get a strong SS specific wheel with no dish.

My lights aren't in the pic, though the mount is. Have PB Superflash and a Sigma rear blinker for the rear and a Cygolite DualCross with the NiMH upfront.

I also don't typically have my kiddo on the rear, but my BanjoBrothers Saddlebag Panniers. Those things are AWESOME for general commuting. I wouldn't take them on a tour because they do shift a little bit, but for my quick & dirty commute they get the job done for cheap ($50).

I LOVE everything about this bike. Never thought I could love a bike so much, but I do.
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Old 02-15-08, 11:04 AM   #2575
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