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Old 04-21-08, 10:40 AM   #2776
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wow pinkpowa, that bike looks amazing. Awesome!
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Old 04-21-08, 03:16 PM   #2777
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Old 04-21-08, 04:41 PM   #2778
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Wow that brodie is the coolest! I like those SRAM shifters a lot too, I wonder why Campy and Shimano don't run the shift cables under the tape as well? (Or do they?)
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Old 04-21-08, 04:41 PM   #2779
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My Miyata TripleCross:

- Standard Shimano Exage 300 Components
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Pretty basic bike, Im not one of those Uber-customizers. I just bought enough to get a great set up to get my anywhere across town, as I am trying to commute more with other means than my car. Gas prices are too high, and hey why not help out the environment while Im at it.



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Old 04-21-08, 04:43 PM   #2780
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@pinkpowa

I'm sure the whole bike is worthy of praise but one thing stands out for me. I love those yellow spokes. Beautiful.
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Old 04-21-08, 05:22 PM   #2781
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Old 04-21-08, 05:32 PM   #2782
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Wow that brodie is the coolest! I like those SRAM shifters a lot too, I wonder why Campy and Shimano don't run the shift cables under the tape as well? (Or do they?)
I too love that Brodie! Too bad that build is way out of my pricerange

As for the shifters, Campy runs the shift cables under the tape, but Shimano does not. I don't know why, though. I definitely prefer the Campy/SRAM look more.
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Old 04-21-08, 06:54 PM   #2783
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Wow that brodie is the coolest! I like those SRAM shifters a lot too, I wonder why Campy and Shimano don't run the shift cables under the tape as well? (Or do they?)
Campy also runs their shift cables like that, but Shimano doesn't (although it's been said that the next Dura Ace will).

Anyway, yeah, that's a tasty bike. Not sure if I've seen yellow spokes before, but they look good on that frame.
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Old 04-21-08, 09:26 PM   #2784
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Updated pic of my IRO all-purpose bike (minus fenders atm)

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Old 04-21-08, 09:40 PM   #2785
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1982 Bianchi which I've owned since new. Recently added:
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Coffee Mug Holder - Why didn't I think of that. Instead I get my daily starbucks and try and drink while riding, the end result, well it spill onto the shifters and becomes something to clean that night.
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Old 04-21-08, 10:23 PM   #2786
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My new commuter, a 2008 Brodie Infinity. Had to wait nearly 2 months to get it, but it's been worth it so far.

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Old 04-22-08, 07:27 AM   #2787
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Gorgeous.

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thanks!

The helmet was inside. I figured if I was just riding up and down my block (dead end road), I'd be ok. Luckily I was, but probably dumb to ride without it. I'll have to post pics of me and the bike in full commuter gear next week when I put the rack and fenders on it, as well as me with my 3W CREE headlight on my helmet Fully geeked out!
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Old 04-22-08, 07:28 AM   #2788
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wow pinkpowa, that bike looks amazing. Awesome!
Thanks for the props! I'm loving it too!
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Old 04-22-08, 07:31 AM   #2789
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My new commuter, a 2008 Brodie Infinity. Had to wait nearly 2 months to get it, but it's been worth it so far.

I absolutely love the new Tiagra crankset. Goregous! How are you liking those discs?
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Old 04-22-08, 07:34 AM   #2790
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Wow that brodie is the coolest! I like those SRAM shifters a lot too, I wonder why Campy and Shimano don't run the shift cables under the tape as well? (Or do they?)
You can run Shimano shifters under the tape if you use Nokon or some other super stiff housing. It comes out the side of the shifter and then you can route it back 180 deg under the cabling. Not the ideal solution like SRAM, but it's a solution if you've already got Shimano. Campy is more like SRAM, but I don't like the thumb levers, so that ruled them out. The SRAM shifts really nice, and was easier to setup than an Ultegra 10spd, IMO. Lighter and cheaper than Ultegra too...

Thanks for the comments on the Brodie!
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Old 04-22-08, 10:01 AM   #2791
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My Mule

I added a box to the back because it is easier just to throw my back pack in and ride than mess with panniers. The back pack was needed because I had to secure my bike a few blocks from where I worked, and it was easier to carry my clothes that way. Then I added huge reflectors to the back of the box because my morning commute was before sun rise.
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Old 04-22-08, 02:50 PM   #2792
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Old 04-22-08, 07:57 PM   #2793
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I added a box to the back because it is easier just to throw my back pack in and ride than mess with panniers. The back pack was needed because I had to secure my bike a few blocks from where I worked, and it was easier to carry my clothes that way. Then I added huge reflectors to the back of the box because my morning commute was before sun rise.
I have an exactly similar setup !! I have stuck a milk-crate behind and a reflector from home depot and cateye 1000 blinkie !!

Great setup. Very handy
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Wow! Simple yet goregous! How's the ride on ti/carbon with cx geometry?
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Old 04-22-08, 08:27 PM   #2795
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keeping it simple and functional good news all around
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Old 04-22-08, 09:45 PM   #2796
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I have an exactly similar setup !! I have stuck a milk-crate behind and a reflector from home depot and cateye 1000 blinkie !!

Great setup. Very handy
Both you guys should look into the nashbar grocery bag pannier or the transit/performance one. I had your set up and switched and have never looked back. I just throw my work bag in the grocery bag pannier and take off. The lower center of gravity makes your bike handle better and topple less often when leaving it unattended. Just a tip.

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Wow! Simple yet goregous! How's the ride on ti/carbon with cx geometry?
thx pinkpowa. Very comfortable. As good or better than the all steel one it replaced. Very relaxed stance as you can see. Theft is a concern but security seems good.
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Old 04-23-08, 01:27 PM   #2798
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Hey bsyptak. That sure is a nice bike. What kind of tires do you have?
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Old 04-23-08, 03:33 PM   #2799
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They are Ritchey WCS SpeedMax cross in blue. The tires came on the original bike and I'm guessing they are 5-7 years old. Only the black Pro version are still sold. Very unfortunate, I love the colored ones and I think others would too, at least in the standard colors other tires come in. I was lucky enough to find a future replacement NOS pair on Ebay a few months ago, so I should be good for the next 5 years. Hopefully they'll come out with colors again someday. Especially since cross bikes are becoming so popular.
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Old 04-24-08, 09:12 AM   #2800
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Here is my new bike, a Swobo Dixon, just after getting it all ready for commuting. I bought it mainly for the internal gearing, the disc brakes, and the 26" tires (which I already have 3 pairs of, including new studded, from my other bike). I'm loving it. My commute is now faster, easier, and more enjoyable.

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* Topeak Turbo Morph G frame pump
* Shimano PDM-324 pedals
* Zipp carbon fiber bottle cage
* Dinotte 200L-AA-S light
* Dinotte 140L-AA-R taillight
* Brass Incredibell
* Greenfield kickstand (not yet installed when photo was taken)

Special thanks to member K6-III, who suggested this bike for me - it's working out very well!
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