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Old 04-24-08, 09:34 AM   #2801
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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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Old 04-25-08, 10:09 AM   #2802
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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.

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Old 04-25-08, 11:15 AM   #2803
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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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Old 04-25-08, 12:37 PM   #2804
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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.
SRAM Rival, Avid Discs...that sounds like my Brodie! Sweet build!
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Old 04-26-08, 05:47 PM   #2805
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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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Old 04-26-08, 07:38 PM   #2806
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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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Old 04-26-08, 08:53 PM   #2807
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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:


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Old 04-26-08, 09:50 PM   #2808
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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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Old 04-27-08, 01:46 PM   #2809
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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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Old 04-27-08, 03:02 PM   #2810
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Old 04-27-08, 11:29 PM   #2811
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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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Old 04-27-08, 11:43 PM   #2812
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Old 04-27-08, 11:48 PM   #2813
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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 .
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.
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Old 04-28-08, 03:28 AM   #2814
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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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Old 04-28-08, 10:51 AM   #2815
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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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Old 04-28-08, 02:21 PM   #2816
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The Raliegh One Way is a nice looking bike!!
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Old 04-28-08, 05:35 PM   #2817
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My first bike & commuter.

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Old 04-28-08, 05:39 PM   #2818
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Thanks! I love it!
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Old 04-28-08, 06:21 PM   #2819
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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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Old 04-28-08, 08:37 PM   #2820
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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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Old 04-29-08, 08:18 PM   #2821
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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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Old 04-29-08, 08:28 PM   #2822
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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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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 !
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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:
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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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.
It's the Spin Doctor Essential II Workstand. It's not great, it's a little too low, so I have to bend down or sit in a chair to work on the chain/derailer.

I've fixed the fender already, thanks!
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