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  1. #3051
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    well for years i have been kicking myself for not locking my GT talara that fateful afternoon, but here i am 8 years later trying to get back into cycling, with a different rigid frame mountain bike. so here is my errend runner. a "new to me" mid 90s trek 820 with the topeak rack and trunk bag w/ fold out panniers. i will be putting on a set of toe clips that i had laying around and would eventually like to change some other things, but here she is for now. i will take some better picts later.

    the day i bought it last month:


    on the basement rack with paniers up:


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    1996 GT talara (stolen)
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    Finally finished Surly Pacer. Been saving up and grabbing parts on sale to complete it. Usual Surly with King, Brooks, and Campy setup, so don't expect any originality. Rides smooth, and I am happy with the outcome of criss-crossed cable routing.








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    On my commute today...


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    keep seeing some great bikes, I only have one though the flexibilitiy is amazing.
    When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman
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    Love the pacer!

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    knatchwa - I have often said that if I had to have only one bike, that Trek would be it since it is so very flexible... if I had time today I would have gone and investigated that trail behind the bike.

    I have been known to freak out mountain bikers when I meet them on the trail riding what must look like a road bike on steroids or a mountain bike on a diet...

    You just gotta love hybrids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timthorn View Post
    Finally finished Surly Pacer. Been saving up and grabbing parts on sale to complete it. Usual Surly with King, Brooks, and Campy setup, so don't expect any originality. Rides smooth, and I am happy with the outcome of criss-crossed cable routing.
    It's not that you lack originality, it's simply a mix of things that happens to work for many commuters. While many here have similar bikes, they are all unique and wonderful machines
    I'm riding again in the Tour de Cure, and of course looking for sponsors and riders: My TDC page

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    Here is mine, picked it up yesterday, previous was a Huffy... EW...

    2000 Schwinn Moab more detail in the photos... I have a few things on the way from Nashbar so the setup is going to change in the next two to three days...










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    Comments/Suggestions are definitely welcome! This bike is so much better than what I had. Super Light and the front suspension is nice. Only downfall is the gears and brakes are way out of adjustment, tuneup soon, and the bike feels twitchy over bumps but that could be the terrible tires which are on order.

    Thanks for looking,

    John

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    My Pacer

    Nice Pacer ^, here's mine that I just finished. I posted it in the road bike section too but I've decided to go as car light as possible this summer. I equipped the bike with Ultegra SL, Ksyrium Equipe Wheels, Easton and Crank brothers stuff to finish it up. I've since rolled my bars up and gotten some new tape.


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    this will be my new commuter. Just picked it up today for a really good price.

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    Here's my commuter. Just getting back into bikes after too many years out of the saddle....and having a blast!

    Cannondale Bad Boy "King James"

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmersonHart13 View Post
    Here is mine, picked it up yesterday, previous was a Huffy... EW...

    2000 Schwinn Moab more detail in the photos... I have a few things on the way from Nashbar so the setup is going to change in the next two to three days...



    Comments/Suggestions are definitely welcome! This bike is so much better than what I had. Super Light and the front suspension is nice. Only downfall is the gears and brakes are way out of adjustment, tuneup soon, and the bike feels twitchy over bumps but that could be the terrible tires which are on order.

    Thanks for looking,

    John
    I bet the difference is amazing! I remember when I made the switch from a Huffy, I couldn't believe it.

    Suggestions: slicks, rigid front fork, lights.
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    the 'friction generator' is the dynamo. not the wife. duh.

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    It is awesome, I am not kidding when I say my commute is now 10 minutes faster! I need to figure out my lighting scheme still. I have smoother, but not slick tires, on the way as I would like to maintain some off road prowess. As for the rigid fork I am currently enjoying the bump absorbing ride of the front shock. Chicago streets are not the smoothest so it helps!

    Thank you for the input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmersonHart13 View Post
    It is awesome, I am not kidding when I say my commute is now 10 minutes faster! I need to figure out my lighting scheme still. I have smoother, but not slick tires, on the way as I would like to maintain some off road prowess. As for the rigid fork I am currently enjoying the bump absorbing ride of the front shock. Chicago streets are not the smoothest so it helps!

    Thank you for the input!
    If it's a dedicated commuter, I would suggest a bolt-on rear rack. Much more stable then the clamp style. You can really throw the bike around when you need to.

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    Hi, I'm new to the forums and I just bought my first bike to commute from home to school.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mobilechimp View Post
    If it's a dedicated commuter, I would suggest a bolt-on rear rack. Much more stable then the clamp style. You can really throw the bike around when you need to.
    Nashbar is delivering my new rack tomorrow because you are so right, that clamp on sucks!

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    My Full Time Commuter.

    I refer to this bike as my work truck. Not really pretty but runs great and does the job well. I picked it up off of craigslist for $70 covered in dust from sitting in someone's garage for years. Fenders were already on it. I added the Rack and seat from the spare bike parts pile as well as a new handle bar. Added Axiom waterproof panniers and 26x1.5 slicks.





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    Quote Originally Posted by EmersonHart13 View Post
    Here is mine, picked it up yesterday, previous was a Huffy... EW...

    2000 Schwinn Moab more detail in the photos... I have a few things on the way from Nashbar so the setup is going to change in the next two to three days...



    Comments/Suggestions are definitely welcome! This bike is so much better than what I had. Super Light and the front suspension is nice. Only downfall is the gears and brakes are way out of adjustment, tuneup soon, and the bike feels twitchy over bumps but that could be the terrible tires which are on order.

    Thanks for looking,

    John
    Hey fellow commuter! I noticed the front tire tread is reversed, if you flip the wheel around on the fork it will help out with traction/rolling resistance.

    Ride on!

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    Lets see if I can figure out how to post a picture. Fuji Newest 3.0. Aluminum frame with carbon forks. Added on mirrors, cycle computer, commuter rack and bag, and a radio for my commuting pleasure. (Just cause I bike commute doesn't mean I have to miss my morning radio show.)

    One of my favorite apsects of the Fuji bike is that they installed two sets of handbrakes. One is the standard road bike handbrakes. The other set is installed up top on the straight part of the handlebars. So I can 'road' ride on the rural part of my trip. Then when I hit the urban part, I can sit up for better visibility and use the top handbrakes.
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    Lets see if I can figure out how to post a picture. Fuji Newest 3.0. Aluminum frame with carbon forks. Added on mirrors, cycle computer, commuter rack and bag, and a radio for my commuting pleasure. (Just cause I bike commute doesn't mean I have to miss my morning radio show.)

    One of my favorite apsects of the Fuji bike is that they installed two sets of handbrakes. One is the standard road bike handbrakes. The other set is installed up top on the straight part of the handlebars. So I can 'road' ride on the rural part of my trip. Then when I hit the urban part, I can sit up for better visibility and use the top handbrakes.

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    Well just finished building up my new commuter. I've been commuting on a Scott road bike and a messenger bag. The ride is pretty harsh on the city streets, so decided to build a true commuter.





    The build is:
    56cm Surly Cross Check
    42 cm Salsa short and shallow drop bars
    Thomson 110mm/10 degree rise stem
    Thomson seat post
    Brooks B-17 standard saddle
    Cane creek cross top interrupt levers
    Shimano Canti brakes
    Ultegra Shifters
    Ultegra Cranks
    Ultegra front/rear dérailleurs
    DA bottom bracket
    DA chain
    Planet bike freddy fenders
    Jandd standard rack/Ortlieb paniers
    The wheels are my beater Mavic CXP 33/105 rear and alex 500 rim/no name front hub with Conti Gatorskins 700c/28

    I went over budget with my group set My next upgrade will be the wheels.

    Tomorrow morning will be her maiden voyage. I rode her around a bit, the handling feels weird. I guess it's more relaxed than I'm used to. I've only ridden track/sport road bikes, so this doesn't feel as twitchy. The bike feels kind like it wants to keep going straight once I initiate a turn. I have to put more weight behind it. On the other hand, the steel frame and bigger tires absorb a ton of the city bumps.
    Blue Axino

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    Quote Originally Posted by availpunk9 View Post
    The build is:
    56cm Surly Cross Check
    42 cm Salsa short and shallow drop bars
    Thomson 110mm/10 degree rise stem
    Thomson seat post
    Brooks B-17 standard saddle
    Cane creek cross top interrupt levers
    Shimano Canti brakes
    Ultegra Shifters
    Ultegra Cranks
    Ultegra front/rear dérailleurs
    DA bottom bracket
    DA chain
    Planet bike freddy fenders
    Jandd standard rack/Ortlieb paniers
    The wheels are my beater Mavic CXP 33/105 rear and alex 500 rim/no name front hub with Conti Gatorskins 700c/28
    It warms my heart to see a Cross Check without bar end shifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenFix View Post
    Sorry, I do not have my pics here yet. I was thinking that in the other forums, there are pages and pages of bike pics. 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. Has this been started on this forum before? Could we lobby for a sticky?

    I'll post some pics after the weekend when I can get some pics.
    This is my newest bike and newest commuter. Unlike my '89 Alpine Monitor Pass which is set up with racks front and rear for hauling a lot of gear. I configured the Sirrus as a light/sport commuter. So far I really like the rapid fire shifting. The one liability to the shifting is unlike the Alpine there is no friction shifting for use when the derailer gets a skidge out of adjustment. I also like the fact that it's actually geared for the road the Alpine is geared a little low.


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    2002 trek 7100 hybrid. Pretty much as it came.
    Just put on your big boy pants and get over it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasternot112 View Post
    Hey fellow commuter! I noticed the front tire tread is reversed, if you flip the wheel around on the fork it will help out with traction/rolling resistance.

    Ride on!
    I noticed that too but since the tires are getting replaced tonight I decided not to even do it. Yes I know I still should have done it for the two times I road it in the interim!

    Nice catch you have good eyes!

    THANKS!

    John

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