Here's a new picture of my recently upgraded Marin Muirwoods 29er:
The list of accessories and upgrades to date:
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.
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.
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.
On the old Kona, what are those handlebars? They look very comfortable. Were they easy to install? Thanks
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)
$140 Dinotte 200L's
$20 saddle - (bontrager race lux; found in the bargain bin at my bike shop)
$50 pedals (Shimano m520)
Here is mine, I finally finished completely outfitting this thing for the city.
Bike: 2008 GT Transeo 4.0
Specialized 700x28c Armadillo tires
Specialized Stem mounted wireless computer
Cetma 7 Rail Rack
Planet BIke Eco Rear Rack
Planet Bike Hardcore Hybrid Fenders
Soon to come:
Planet Bike front and rear blinkies
Reflective tape on fenders
Trailer Hitch, so that I can tow my trailer with this bike.
Excellent CHicago Commuter
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.