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Old 10-23-08, 06:57 PM   #3801
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Elad, Thanks for the comments on the flat bar set. I used a Zoom stem converter. I mention the Michelin 28 series tires because anything bigger would rub on the brake bridge. The do make the ride a little more plush without slowing it down too much.

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Old 10-24-08, 08:24 AM   #3802
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You sir, are my kinda guy!
I loves the ghetto stylie.
I must have those handlbars.
I have a mixte that is crying out for those bars.
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Old 10-24-08, 08:27 AM   #3803
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Old 10-25-08, 08:04 PM   #3804
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The current ride...

I've already made a couple of changes...pics hopefully to follow...
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Old 10-26-08, 12:38 PM   #3805
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here's a couple pics of my daily commuter wheels..
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Old 10-26-08, 06:09 PM   #3806
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Which FCR is this? The new 3? Cool color scheme.

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This is my new commuter. I'd been riding a 17" Trek (I'm 6'2") since my other Trek was stolen and my 15 mile avg. distance was killing my knees. Still very much a work in progress, a new seat is high on my list, also better tires.

http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/9413/giant001nc0.jpg

My milk crate carries the essentials plus lots of room for whatever else I need to transport.

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Old 10-26-08, 06:31 PM   #3807
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Close, it's an off-the-shelf item at REI or other fine Garmin retailers. http://www.rei.com/product/767418 It has the nmanhipot seal of approval, although it does take up copious amounts of bar space.
Thanks! Just might have to order one for my Nuvi...

I'm thinking a plastic bag over the whole thing would be a good idea too. I wouldn't think the Nuvi would like getting wet.
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Old 10-26-08, 06:38 PM   #3808
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Thanks! Just might have to order one for my Nuvi...

I'm thinking a plastic bag over the whole thing would be a good idea too. I wouldn't think the Nuvi would like getting wet.
Depends on the model. The Nuvi 500's are rated "IPX7 waterproofing withstands accidental submersion to 1m for 30 min." They are fine in the rain. I have my old GPSV in the weather all the time but I'm warming up to the the Nuvi and may upgrade soon.
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Old 10-27-08, 12:48 AM   #3809
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New for 2008: A few upgrades since last year.











Hi,

May I know more about the installation of your road shifters with the mechanical disc brake system? What is the feel like?
Call me crazy or what, been trying to install road parts on a mtb frame. I have a set of shimano 2200 shifters, but i been told that it will be tough to work that with a v-brake system. Anyone can shed some light on this issue? haha.

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Old 10-27-08, 02:23 AM   #3810
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Pretty bike. Looks expensive though. :O

Thanks.

Since some time ago I didn't have much time to spend on this bike so I just converted it into a "commuter" bike so I can ride it more.


But soon I will be moving and I really wondered if it could handle some light snow over the new place
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Old 10-27-08, 07:18 AM   #3811
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here's a couple pics of my daily commuter wheels..
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Wow. What a cool looking bike..... Does it ride ok ?
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Old 10-27-08, 07:22 AM   #3812
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UK Commuter

A few pics of my newly finished single speed winter commuter. Was originally an 80's Raleigh 531 race bike.

Lots of lights for the dark ride home!!!

Ride perfectly...
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Old 10-27-08, 11:01 AM   #3813
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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.
I'd like to see more & better pics of your LHT. It looks fully tricked out! (or would that be 'trucked out'? )
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Old 10-27-08, 06:19 PM   #3814
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Hi,

May I know more about the installation of your road shifters with the mechanical disc brake system? What is the feel like?
Call me crazy or what, been trying to install road parts on a mtb frame. I have a set of shimano 2200 shifters, but i been told that it will be tough to work that with a v-brake system. Anyone can shed some light on this issue? haha.

Thanks!!

Cheers,
Joel
They're Avid BB7 road disc brakes. I have the same setup on my '06 Schwinn DBX. They work just fine with regular road shifters.

Hydraulic discs have a better feel, but these are still quite good, and stop just as well as conventional brakes. Big bonus for working in all conditions -- my DBX is my bad-weather bike. I still have the cyclocross levers on mine, too.

marcryan27, that's a hot-looking Dahon. The matte finish and black wheels look really good.
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Old 10-27-08, 09:51 PM   #3815
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it does bro! no complains except my butt hurts if im riding for a while hehehe
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Old 10-28-08, 08:10 AM   #3816
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it does bro! no complains except my butt hurts if im riding for a while hehehe
Is that not normal!!!
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That is one tiny package! Nice bike!
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Old 10-28-08, 10:21 AM   #3818
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They're Avid BB7 road disc brakes. I have the same setup on my '06 Schwinn DBX. They work just fine with regular road shifters.

Hydraulic discs have a better feel, but these are still quite good, and stop just as well as conventional brakes. Big bonus for working in all conditions -- my DBX is my bad-weather bike.
What he said. Works like a charm. I almost bought the '06, but I liked a few features of the '05 model better, not to mention it was drastically reduced when I bought it. If I'd known how many parts I would have had to upgrade before I was happy with it, though, I'd have saved up for something a little nicer like the Trek Portland. It was actually somewhat of an impulse purchase after months of research.
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Old 10-28-08, 03:51 PM   #3819
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What he said. Works like a charm. I almost bought the '06, but I liked a few features of the '05 model better, not to mention it was drastically reduced when I bought it. If I'd known how many parts I would have had to upgrade before I was happy with it, though, I'd have saved up for something a little nicer like the Trek Portland. It was actually somewhat of an impulse purchase after months of research.
I've got the '07. They finally got it right and then discontinued it. Go figure. I think I got the last one from performance. The only things I've added are cages, pump, lights, and rack. Came with full fenders. In '06 they moved the rear caliper to the other side of the seat stay to make the rear "rack friendly".
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Old 10-28-08, 04:46 PM   #3821
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That's what she said.
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Old 10-28-08, 06:43 PM   #3822
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That a Dahon? I've debated buying one, for quite some time. I have that REI rack bag, works pretty well even if you don't use the rain cover stuff stays dry...least where I live.
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Old 10-29-08, 02:23 AM   #3823
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yup it is... Dahon Vitesse D7HG model. here's a recent pic. i took off the rack as i wasnt needing it for today's ride.

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That is one tiny package! Nice bike!
thanks bro! thats what i like about this bike... folds nicely and fits the back of my car hehehe
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I've got the '07. They finally got it right and then discontinued it. Go figure. I think I got the last one from performance. The only things I've added are cages, pump, lights, and rack. Came with full fenders. In '06 they moved the rear caliper to the other side of the seat stay to make the rear "rack friendly".
As best as I can figure, mine's an '06 and doesn't have a rack-friendly rear caliper layout like I see in the pic of the '07 at BikePedia.

Ah, well, they're all good bikes anyway, and I could still get a rack to fit if I want to. I recently scooted the seat forward a touch because it was too far back for proper pedaling, and now it finally feels right. I was about to sell it because it felt too big (which it is, kinda, by one size; I've put a shorter stem on it, too).
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