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Old 10-15-08, 10:24 AM   #3751
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I know some might laugh at mine being cheap but it serves me quite well(all that really matters to me). Yes I know I only paid like $120 for my Schwinn Ranger a couple years ago but it has served me very well other than the rear bearings going out.

However I think the older rangers are of a lot better quality than the new ones though.


What is the heal clearance like on those 'city-box' paniers? I've been considering buying them.
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Old 10-15-08, 04:58 PM   #3752
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for sale, need a real road bike

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Old 10-15-08, 05:45 PM   #3753
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Phil Wood High-Flange 36 spoke wheels laced to Mavic Open Pro’s,
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Old 10-15-08, 08:45 PM   #3754
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This is my commuter
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Old 10-15-08, 09:29 PM   #3755
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What is the heal clearance like on those 'city-box' paniers? I've been considering buying them.
For me I wear size 9 shoes and and I have a couple inches and have yet to bump it and I have it mounted slightly forward on my rack. I would say it still varys though depending on the bike/ sizing and mounting.
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Old 10-16-08, 10:22 AM   #3756
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I got the Sheldon Brown sticker at Harris Cyclery,Newton Mass.
They should sell those online. I wasn't able to find them on the site. (The sticker in question for those who read threads backwards like me)
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Old 10-16-08, 02:27 PM   #3757
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This is one of the most ridden bikes in my herd. She was bought off craigslist for $25. I think I have somewhere around $300 in her now. I believe this is the best setup yet I have done to her. I have only had her since Feb 2008 and she has had 5-6 setups.
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Old 10-16-08, 09:23 PM   #3758
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This is one of the most ridden bikes in my herd. She was bought off craigslist for $25. I think I have somewhere around $300 in her now. I believe this is the best setup yet I have done to her. I have only had her since Feb 2008 and she has had 5-6 setups.
Very nice craigslist find. Looks like you have a perfect commuter setup there.
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Old 10-17-08, 08:48 AM   #3759
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Why thank you. Do you ride the single speed on long rides? I have a Fixie and I would not dream of riding it over a 6 mile route. My knees kill me after 2. Plus I would be scared to death bombing down some of these hills in Colorado.
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Old 10-17-08, 11:00 PM   #3760
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Pretty bike. Looks expensive though. :O
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Old 10-17-08, 11:05 PM   #3761
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Old 10-18-08, 03:12 AM   #3762
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yea, I really like that surly.
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Old 10-18-08, 10:59 AM   #3763
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Why thank you. Do you ride the single speed on long rides? I have a Fixie and I would not dream of riding it over a 6 mile route. My knees kill me after 2. Plus I would be scared to death bombing down some of these hills in Colorado.
You should really check your set up on your fixed gear... if your knees hurt after two miles there is something wrong there.

Descending hills in the winter on a fixed gear is a wonderful experience and the control is amazing.

I ride a fixed gear for work (several actually) and have done some fairly long fixed rides and been happy as happy can be with the bike.
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Old 10-18-08, 11:09 AM   #3764
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This thread probably has some of the nicest bikes on this forum...

My commute is now a pretty short one and it might take me all of ten minutes to get to work but then I spend the day on my bike working as a courier.

This is my primary work bike...

The lights come off when I am working (folks WILL steal anything) and there are no QR's on the bike... and I might be one of the only guys on the street rocking a bell.

The pink toe strap is there to remind me of some very special people.



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Old 10-18-08, 04:46 PM   #3765
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yea, I really like that surly.

Thanks for the compliments, I am in love with it and can't wait to get it finished in the next few weeks. I grabbed those pics when i was out riding around working on a cycling art project(unrealted to the surly pics) and i just thought that i should take advantage of the location and get a few shots off, I was also waiting for it to start raining because i wanted to try out the fenders in rain haha, maybe one of the few times i've been on my bike and wanting it to rain haha

More beautiful pics to come in the next few weeks!
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Old 10-18-08, 05:07 PM   #3766
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My recently acquired bike. It's Trek 1220, I plan on adding fenders and larger tires.. Most likely will see if 25's fit the fenders. Bike handles great, traded a Trek hardtail MTB for the bike, even swap...


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Old 10-18-08, 06:13 PM   #3767
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looks great but you should get a prettier stem.
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Old 10-18-08, 06:57 PM   #3768
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I agree, it's looks like a trip to the LBS is in order for Monday.
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Laser Gun Cannondale Commuter

Here's my daily commuter. Got the bike off of craigslist for $100, Cannondale H400, then added the bontrager interchange rear rack, planet bike hardcore hybrid fenders (with cascadia flaps), planet bike 5-blinky rear and 3-led lights, seat pack, aero bars, bell, upgraded the seat (planet bike)... and added the milk crate (Hood Dairy). It's fast and fun! [Note the laser gun LED head light hehe )]






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Old 10-19-08, 01:21 PM   #3770
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going across the willamsburg on a (mongoose crossway nothing that fancy)over the summer having trouble. commuting over 30 miles this fall

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Old 10-19-08, 05:08 PM   #3771
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My latest craiglist snag for $45.00. Alpine Guadalupe. Nice stout steel frame that handles real good. I washed it up, wd40'd everything and oiled the chain real good. Put on some Kenda tires that I got from Mr Christopher, new brake pads, a comfy mongoose seat that I had in the garage and a Bell led headlight. She's ready to roll! I've been using a backpack to get to work but I think this one's gonna get rack and panniers put on. I like that nice green color to it.
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Old 10-19-08, 09:17 PM   #3772
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going across the willamsburg on a (mongoose crossway nothing that fancy)over the summer having trouble. commuting over 30 miles this fall
Dude... that pic is amazing. Who/How took/did they take it? I mean... WOW. Looks almost like it's been rendered on a computer or something. Like, straight out of a videogame.
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Old 10-20-08, 02:15 AM   #3773
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My friend Roberto took the picture as he was riding on the bridge himself he has serious snap shop skills
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Old 10-20-08, 06:09 AM   #3774
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Tell us about your bike. I like the looks of it. More pics?
Sorry. This is a 2008 Gary Fisher Simple city 8. It comes stock with the custom front basket and fenders. I put on a cheap rack and grocery panniers,. It's got the new shimano internal 8. I also put an adjustable stem so if I'm cruising with friends I can get more upright. A recent addition is a thudbuster seatpost with is great!

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Old 10-20-08, 10:42 AM   #3775
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I like that fisher, very functional.

Took a cellphone pic of my ride today but it does not capture just how dripping dripping wet it was.
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