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  1. #2801
    50/50 Road/eBike Commuter kmcrawford111's Avatar
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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.

    Additions:

    * 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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    My 1962 Peugeot and my 1973 Phillips Twenty (both fixed gear).

    The Peugeot carried me well over 5000 km last year and I'm still breaking in the Twenty which I can really see myself using for commutes as it is the perfect urban assault machine and great wet weather/ rain bike.

    It (the P20)is deceivingly fast and accelerates very quickly and the 406 wheels are really built for our springtime roads which are rife with tire swallowing potholes... the ride on the 20 by 1.95 Kenda Kontacts is smooth and between those and the Brooks saddle the bike sucks up the bumps really well. This is good when the puddle you go through happens to be hiding a massive pot hole.

    The Peugeot will see a lot more commuting miles this year too as although the Twenty is fast... the Peugeot crushes souls.

    And she's pretty comfortable too.

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    My main commuter. A fixie I put together using an IronHorse MTB frame and various discarded parts. The BB, Brooks and seat post were purchased new.

    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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    My brand spankin' new commuter, just completed Tuesday... Voodoo Wazoo steel cyclocross frame, Avid disk brakes, SRAM Rival stuff, and of course, contrasting blue Crank Bros. Candy pedals.






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    Quote Originally Posted by xequar View Post
    My brand spankin' new commuter, just completed Tuesday... Voodoo Wazoo steel cyclocross frame, Avid disk brakes, SRAM Rival stuff, and of course, contrasting blue Crank Bros. Candy pedals.
    SRAM Rival, Avid Discs...that sounds like my Brodie! Sweet build!
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    New 2008 Trek Portland. My first road bike. Tubus rack, Arkel Tailrider, Utility Basket on its way. Lovin it.


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    Hello All!

    I am finally getting around to posting a few photos of my new commuter--here they are:







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    Senior Member chinotex's Avatar
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    This will be my commuter when I start grad school in the fall... I just picked it up today and have only ridden around the block once:

    Last edited by chinotex; 04-27-08 at 12:49 PM.
    2007 Trek 1500; 2008 Raleigh One-Way

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    I've been comutting 5 days a week on these but I ride the fuji the most.

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    Yes, I commute on THAT. Yes it weighs a few tons. But you know, it works. Really. Rumors that X-Mart bikes spontaneously desintegrate the moment you straddle the frame are somewhat exxagerated. Or so it seems so far .

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckfox View Post
    I'll post a picture of my rig...if you guys promise not to laugh! Here is a sneak peek.

    Looks quite functional. So what if it is not blessed by the Pope, made of the latest wonder metal, and cost more than a divorce. I bet you can haul a lot of groceries with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJohn View Post

    Classy look to that Surly.
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    Ski, bike and wish I was gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac220v View Post
    Yes, I commute on THAT. Yes it weighs a few tons. But you know, it works. Really. Rumors that X-Mart bikes spontaneously desintegrate the moment you straddle the frame are somewhat exxagerated. Or so it seems so far .
    No, they're fine when they're new (if you're lucky enough to get one halfway properly assembled). It's when you need repairs....you'll find they aren't meant to be repaired.
    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Ski, bike and wish I was gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    No, they're fine when they're new (if you're lucky enough to get one halfway properly assembled). It's when you need repairs....you'll find they aren't meant to be repaired.
    Well, yes, assembly wasn't quite up to "buy and ride" standard As for its long-term reliability, - I know but with me being compulsive (if not always competent ) tinker this is a good thing, - gives me excuse to replace anything I don't like...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkpowa View Post
    SRAM Rival, Avid Discs...that sounds like my Brodie! Sweet build!
    Compliments! Especially on making that mint blue color look really good!

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    The Raliegh One Way is a nice looking bike!!

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    My first bike & commuter.


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    Senior Member chinotex's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by garydhatch View Post
    The Raliegh One Way is a nice looking bike!!
    Thanks! I love it!
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    New bike!

    I realized the Orbea Satellite didn't really cut it for a commuter. Disc brakes get in the way to securely mount a rear rack plus fenders, and the bike is too expensive looking to leave it outside unattended. I was always nervous about getting it stolen.

    So I decided to get me a cheapo commuter, and repurpose the Orbea to pure MTB duty.

    Second hand market here is nonexistant, and I didn't want a Xmart bike, so I got me a cheap new Conor AFX 8500 V.

    The Conor has a Taiwan-made 6061 T6 frame, wich is more than I expected, and full Alivio gearset.

    After mounting all the bells and whistles, there's the final configuration:

    -Conor AFX 8500 V
    -2 x Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 26x2.00
    -Aluminum rear rack
    -SKS fenders
    -Wire basket
    -Cateyes HL-EL530 and TL-LD600-R
    -Kalloy cheapo horns
    -Brooks Flyer
    ---- 35 pounds. So far so good.

    Then add 3 Abus locks: Granit X-Plus 54, Steel-O-Flex Granit X-Plus 1050 and Millennio 895, with a combined weight of 10 pounds.

    So I ended with 680 € worth of fully equipped 45 pounder commuter (ouch!) So much for cheap. Anyway, it's cheaper than the Orbea's retail price, and I already had all the addons.

    But I already love it. I can bomb in and out of curbs, ride over potholes, cobblestones, etc... without worrying of the bike folding under me.
    Also, I keep the Marathons at 50 psi front, 60 rear, so the contact patch on pavement is under 15 mm wide. When I'm on the bike lane it goes smooth and fast.

    I'm tinkering with the riding stance. I'm aiming to get the lowest possible stance without going dropbars.

    Here's some crappy phone pics:
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    Last edited by Nestoreitor; 04-28-08 at 06:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinist View Post
    My new ride! First bike in years - decades... This is the 'before' picture, with just the blinkie lights on it. Took this just before I took it up to my apartment and installed the Freddy Fenders, and tonite I'm adding a rack. (Also just testing out my ability to upload pics to this site...)

    Novara Forza, bought about 3 weeks ago.

    Here it is now, with the fenders, rack, panniers...



    Buddha on the dashboard...


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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinist View Post
    Here it is now, with the fenders, rack, panniers...



    Buddha on the dashboard...

    You've got the Buddha, now the only enlightenment you need is a Dinotte headlight!

    (bad joke, I know...)

    sweet ride though, it's great with those fenders on it!
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    the 'friction generator' is the dynamo. not the wife. duh.

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    Scott Sandoa, no idea what year. Cost $30 at a garage sale. Cleanded it up, changed from knobbys to slicks, new tubes, fresh bar tape and freddy fenders. Under $100 so far. Will be my foul weather beater and commuter. SO will tote junior with it. If anyone has info on the Scott Sandoa and would like to share, it would be appreciated.


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    Drunken Master amit_shah25's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jzamor View Post
    New 2008 Trek Portland. My first road bike. Tubus rack, Arkel Tailrider, Utility Basket on its way. Lovin it.

    Noice ! I recently got a portland as well !! Its loaded and ready. I will post pics soon !
    Nothing to say !

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinotex View Post
    This will be my commuter when I start grad school in the fall... I just picked it up today and have only ridden around the block once:
    I've got the same bike. Looking for new tires though. The stock ones are BEASTS. What repair stand is that? Do you like it? Are you able to do any torquing on the bike without losing stability? Does it hold the front wheel?

    I sold my Park stand that held the bike by the bottom bracket and dropouts because It didn't accommodate bikes with fenders and also my new commuters don't have quick releases. I haven't been too impressed with the Ultimate Repair stand I replaced it with.

    Also - it looks like that rear fender isn't adjusted properly.

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