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Old 02-27-08, 05:49 AM   #2601
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Still above freezing this morning but with a stubborn headwind--harder work than usual

My recent upgrade (aside from the wheelset that I am absolutley LOVING) was from an older SIS 6spd cassette to a less older XT 11-30 8spd. I was liking that 30t low gear this AM (still on the middle chainring though).

And the cagers were (mostly) pretty well-behaved. All-in-all, not a bad deal.

EDIT: Oops! Sorry all. This was supposed to be in the "How was your commute..." thread.

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Old 02-27-08, 06:08 AM   #2602
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I changed the '97 steel frame I had here to a (probably) '93 carbon Giant Cadex frame. Also changed the setup from 1x5 to 2x8.

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Old 02-29-08, 07:47 PM   #2603
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Here's my brand new commuter, ready for some nice spring weather




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Old 03-01-08, 03:00 PM   #2604
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So my guess is riding in Florida has improved. How do you deal with the humidity? Anyone alive out there?
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Old 03-01-08, 06:56 PM   #2605
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That is THE sexiest commuter I have ever seen! I want to see more bikes like that!
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Old 03-02-08, 01:26 AM   #2606
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Here is mine.


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Old 03-02-08, 11:29 PM   #2607
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nice bike Still have not experienced riding a road bike. Probably should do that sometime in the near future.
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Old 03-03-08, 04:34 PM   #2608
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Here's my commuter/do-it-all bike:











And a couple of fun pics from the local trails:








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Old 03-03-08, 06:34 PM   #2609
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nice bike Still have not experienced riding a road bike. Probably should do that sometime in the near future.
Try it, you'll love it! Everything else you ride will feel like a tank afterwards.
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Old 03-04-08, 02:38 AM   #2610
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I figured that one out alright I have always rode MTB or variations. I wonder though if I ride a road bike will I ever go back to mtb Only time will answer that one.

Keep the pictures going ... great ideas just by viewing.
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Old 03-04-08, 08:26 AM   #2611
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I figured that one out alright I have always rode MTB or variations. I wonder though if I ride a road bike will I ever go back to mtb Only time will answer that one.

Keep the pictures going ... great ideas just by viewing.
I force myself to ride my MTB because I paid $420 for it and I got my road bike for free. So it just seems that I should be riding the bike I worked all last summer for.

It's a good mtb but you just can't compete with a road bike!
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Old 03-04-08, 06:45 PM   #2612
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Here is my Specialized Expedition in commute dress
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Old 03-05-08, 02:02 AM   #2613
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I force myself to ride my MTB because I paid $420 for it and I got my road bike for free. So it just seems that I should be riding the bike I worked all last summer for.

It's a good mtb but you just can't compete with a road bike!
I have paced a road bike a few times, when I use to commute Salinas to Monterey everyday. Work eight hours and ride back home. To pace and to keep pace now that is two different stories. I will admit I keep trying though because it makes sense to me. An MTB definitely has comfort over the road though besides the riser bars.
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Old 03-05-08, 03:02 PM   #2614
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sweet 7.3.
I bought a 7.5 a few months ago, and love it so far. what rack is that? mine seems too short, and angles towards the seat post
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Old 03-05-08, 04:23 PM   #2615
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I have paced a road bike a few times, when I use to commute Salinas to Monterey everyday. Work eight hours and ride back home. To pace and to keep pace now that is two different stories. I will admit I keep trying though because it makes sense to me. An MTB definitely has comfort over the road though besides the riser bars.
See I don't think risers are any more comfy than the tops of drops.
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Old 03-05-08, 05:46 PM   #2616
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1990 something Bianchi Premio
Very nice! I almost bought a mid-90's Campione d'Italia to commute on. It was very similar to your Premio except it had Campy Mirage ergo shifters on it. I was a bit concerned with clamping on fenders and the reliability of Ergo shifters at the time, so I passed on it. I'm still kind of kicking myself for passing that up.
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Old 03-05-08, 06:48 PM   #2617
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everyone seems to have shiny new rigs so i'll post my re-purposed 20 year old roadbike, i only go 5 miles each way so it doesn't need to be all that fancy

i am missing having gears on the hills though

edit: yes my front brake routes to the left, i came from motorcycles and i can't get passed having the front brake on the left bar

edit: yes its missing the lock for the stem, gotta find it
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Very nice! I almost bought a mid-90's Campione d'Italia to commute on. It was very similar to your Premio except it had Campy Mirage ergo shifters on it. I was a bit concerned with clamping on fenders and the reliability of Ergo shifters at the time, so I passed on it. I'm still kind of kicking myself for passing that up.
Thanks. I have been out of riding bikes sense I was 13 so i am learning everything over again. I am about to put some fenders on mine in a few weeks when I get the extra dough. Over all, I am very happy with the bike, and I got it for 175.00, which isn't bad if you ask me.
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Here's my commuter, a '91 Bridgestone CB-Zip. I posted a pic last year, but since then I have (finally) fitted it with fenders. I didn't need them before, because I never rode it in the rain. Since then, I've realized that it will probably outlast me, so I might as well use it even when the roads are wet. (I still try to avoid riding in the rain).

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Old 03-06-08, 06:24 PM   #2621
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Just finished turning the old road bike into my new commuter. Added the Tubus Logo rack, upgraded the headset to a Shimano 105, new Salsa Stem, and a Nitto Noodle handlebar. Just wish the weather was a bit nicer to for riding.

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These aren't great photos of my ride, but you get the idea. I'll take better pics when the lighting is better and maybe after I clean her up a bit.


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These aren't great photos of my ride, but you get the idea. I'll take better pics when the lighting is better and maybe after I clean her up a bit.

That's a lot of seatpost exposed. You sure the frame fits?
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I'm sure the frame does not fit. LOL. It's 14" and I think i need something a bit bigger. Which was odd because it felt comfortable when I first tried it out.

The seat also may be raised higher than normal. I tend to wear thicker soled boots in the winter because i'm a fashion hag .
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