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Old 11-02-08, 06:32 PM   #3851
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Here's a new picture of my recently upgraded Marin Muirwoods 29er:



The list of accessories and upgrades to date:

SKS fenders
Delta Universal rack
Cateye EL-530 headlight
Planet Bike Superflash taillight
Trek Incite 11i computer
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Nashbar 400mm seat post (what kind of MTB comes with a 300mm seat post???)
Tiagra rear derailleur (needed the Deore to go to wider gearing on my Kona Jake)
Profile Design Boxer bar ends
Lizard Skins bar end grips
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Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes (from the stock BB5s)
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See my separate thread on the latest upgrades for more pics.
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Old 11-02-08, 08:30 PM   #3852
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My old Trek 7500 has gotten a few upgrades in the way of new wheels... the front is a 40 spoke Sansin tandem hub laced to a Mavic MA 40 and the rear is a Deore disc hub laced to a 32 spoke Mavic MA40.

My perfect bike just got more perfect...



I love this hub / wheel... it is one of the smoothest hubs I have ever handled.

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Old 11-02-08, 08:47 PM   #3853
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Why 40 front, just out of curiosity?
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Old 11-02-08, 08:48 PM   #3854
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Here's a new picture of my recently upgraded Marin Muirwoods 29er:



The list of accessories and upgrades to date:

SKS fenders
Delta Universal rack
Cateye EL-530 headlight
Planet Bike Superflash taillight
Trek Incite 11i computer
Crank Brothers Egg Beater pedals
Nashbar 400mm seat post (what kind of MTB comes with a 300mm seat post???)
Tiagra rear derailleur (needed the Deore to go to wider gearing on my Kona Jake)
Profile Design Boxer bar ends
Lizard Skins bar end grips
Specialized Avatar saddle
Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes (from the stock BB5s)
Avid Speed Dial SL brake levers

See my separate thread on the latest upgrades for more pics.
Stealth. Very cool.
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Old 11-02-08, 08:53 PM   #3855
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Why 40 front, just out of curiosity?
It's a tandem wheel...

The deal I got on the wheel was irresistable... I got it for less than the price of the spokes and it is lighter, smoother, and a better ride than my old front wheel / hub.

Sansin sealed hubs are also excellent.



When I mount up a front rack and paniers the wheel will actually be just right for the job.
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Old 11-02-08, 08:57 PM   #3856
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It's a tandem wheel...

The deal I got on the wheel was irresistable... I got it for less than the price of the spokes and it is lighter, smoother, and a better ride than my old front wheel / hub.

Sansin sealed hubs are also excellent.



When I mount up a front rack and paniers the wheel will actually be just right for the job.
Well I knew you said it was a tandem wheel, I just didn't catch why you chose it. But if I got a great deal I'd take it too!
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Old 11-03-08, 10:34 AM   #3857
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handlebars

On the old Kona, what are those handlebars? They look very comfortable. Were they easy to install? Thanks
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Old 11-03-08, 06:37 PM   #3858
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On the old Kona, what are those handlebars? They look very comfortable. Were they easy to install? Thanks
Nashbar Trekking bars.
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Old 11-04-08, 02:27 PM   #3859
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So many nice bikes

Very interesting (to this newbie) thread. Shows how many different approaches there are to the commuter.

Here's one of mine:

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Old 11-04-08, 04:52 PM   #3860
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On the old Kona, what are those handlebars? They look very comfortable. Were they easy to install? Thanks
Yes they were easy to install, they are Nashbar Trekking bars. I purchased them at the website for $17. My Kona Blast isn't old either. It's a 08. I have just Fredified it.
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Old 11-04-08, 06:32 PM   #3861
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Very interesting (to this newbie) thread. Shows how many different approaches there are to the commuter.

Here's one of mine:

Looks really nice, but what is it ? I can't read what the downtube says.
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Old 11-04-08, 06:35 PM   #3862
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Very interesting (to this newbie) thread. Shows how many different approaches there are to the commuter.

Here's one of mine:

Somebody likes Velo orange
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Old 11-04-08, 07:33 PM   #3863
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Shiny VO racks

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Yes, the VO racks/decaleur are a nice product (and touch on the Bleriot).

I recently created an instruction page on installation.
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Old 11-04-08, 07:36 PM   #3864
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Looks really nice, but what is it ? I can't read what the downtube says.
Rivendell Bleriot. More here.
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Old 11-04-08, 08:58 PM   #3865
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Whoooo, got my new bike today! Motobecane Fantom Cross CX,56cm.
I just built up a 56cm fantom cross commuter too a few weeks back, only in silver. I'm really loving it. Apologize for the bad photo, haven't taken it outside for a proper photo yet.



Changes from stock:

$40 new stem (30*, 90mm)
$0 bontrager select wheels (keeping the cross wheels as is for if I take it offroad)
$20 11-25 casette
$47 rear rack (Old Man Mountain White Rock)
$104 panniers (The Touring Store Lone Peak P100's)
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$20 saddle - (bontrager race lux; found in the bargain bin at my bike shop)
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Old 11-06-08, 10:33 PM   #3868
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Just picked up this beauty today. Ok, not really a beauty but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. My size and everything! A little research shows me that it's a 1992 Bianchi Volpe. 7 speed STI levers, I had no idea they existed.

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I'll change out the bar wrap, put some nice fenders on it, new saddle for sure, new pedals, and within time I'll put an Xtracycle on it. Always wanted one, but I should probably get a stronger rear wheel before I do that.

The wife is a little pissed though. It's my 3rd bike this month, 2nd this week. I find myself moving a bike to open the fridge and to open the oven. They're everywhere! I have more that aren't listed in my sig, I may have a problem.
oooh i would love to find some 7speed sti's
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Old 11-06-08, 11:00 PM   #3869
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Here is mine, I finally finished completely outfitting this thing for the city.
Bike: 2008 GT Transeo 4.0
Specialized 700x28c Armadillo tires
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Great commuter. That's some serious porteur rack!
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Old 11-07-08, 12:29 PM   #3871
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And I meant to add: How's the loaded handling with the straight fork?
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It handles great. Much better than the bike I used to have it on. A '68 Varsity with narrow drop bars. I have much more leverage over my load with the mountain bike bars. YOu can put pretty much anything you want on the front rack. I have put several bags of charcoal (like 60 pounds worth) on top for 6 miles. No flex or anything. For that kind of weight though, I have a trailer, so It usually doesn't get to haul that much weight. I either bungee my 40 pound bookbag to it, or I Put it in a milkcrate on the front or rear rack.

Here is a better picture of the bike. My yard is a bit of a mess in the background.
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Bought this kind of cutie a couple of days ago. Now need to try it in action http://shop.devercycles.co.uk/images/prod_2053.jpg
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It handles great. Much better than the bike I used to have it on. A '68 Varsity with narrow drop bars. I have much more leverage over my load with the mountain bike bars. YOu can put pretty much anything you want on the front rack. I have put several bags of charcoal (like 60 pounds worth) on top for 6 miles. No flex or anything. For that kind of weight though, I have a trailer, so It usually doesn't get to haul that much weight. I either bungee my 40 pound bookbag to it, or I Put it in a milkcrate on the front or rear rack.

Here is a better picture of the bike. My yard is a bit of a mess in the background.
I NEED a utility bike like that. It's so cool!
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Old 11-08-08, 11:39 AM   #3875
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79 Schwinn Sprint. Picked up this weekend. Will be my new commuter. I will adding new bars , barend shifters and euro brakes and maybe different tires

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