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Old 06-07-09, 07:05 PM   #5026
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^ LoL

MEC is an awesome place to get bike accessories etc.
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Old 06-07-09, 07:08 PM   #5027
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^ LoL

MEC is an awesome place to get bike accessories etc.
Well, living in Los Angeles means that even though the dollar is stronger in the states, shipping wouldn't be worth it. But, we are going to Ottawa/Gatineau in November so maybe I'll get something for the bike I don't have yet Just went bike shopping today.
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Old 06-07-09, 07:10 PM   #5028
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Finally, somewhere to post photos of my "baby."

I have an Assama "Luddite" I forget what size it is, I'm almost 5'9 and female (yes, I got the standard frame.) It came "naked" no kickstand, fenders etc. I added lights, fenders, kickstand, panniers, under-seat bag, a bell, computer and drink cage. I LOVE MY BIKE!
Love the bike very nice figure.
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Old 06-07-09, 07:16 PM   #5029
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Thanks...I think! lol.

Incidentally, I went and checked the receipt: size 18 bike. Small b#### I aint.
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Old 06-07-09, 07:29 PM   #5030
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Thanks...I think! lol.Incidentally, I went and checked the receipt: size 18 bike. Small b#### I aint.
Yes compliment.....The bike has nice lines, pictures were very flattering.
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Old 06-07-09, 07:52 PM   #5031
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Oh. I'm an amateur photographer so I'm twice complimented.

I freaking love the bike, it's just so...liberating.
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Here's mine. I took the pictures this weekend after finally getting around to washing the bike. It's a 2004 Specialized Sirrus Comp, kitted out in summer commuting trim. Around here the fenders could come off in the summer, but it's more work than it's worth.









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Old 06-07-09, 08:42 PM   #5033
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I like, I like. Fenders come in handy when it aint raining in cases of giant puddles from sprinklers, people hosing stuff off etc.
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This bike is really sweet. I've always been a sucker for whitewalls. Good price too!

What's that triangle for by the left side of the rear wheel?
Cool thanks, that triangle thing on the left of the rear wheel is a flag holder the previous owner had installed. Its gone now, just put a rear rack for my panniers.

I love the white walls too, only $15 each, 27"x1.25 at biketiresdirect.com. I'm lucky enough to live within 5 miles of there office/warehouse, instant gratification.

This thread is great bike porn.
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Old 06-08-09, 06:12 AM   #5035
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I love the white walls too, only $15 each, 27"x1.25 at biketiresdirect.com. I'm lucky enough to live within 5 miles of there office/warehouse, instant gratification.
Are these the tires you bought?

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pkekr...sscyklo/pp.htm

The description says tan/skinwall, but the photo looks like a whitewall. I didn't see any other whitewalls.
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Old 06-08-09, 07:21 AM   #5036
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New (used) commuter

I'm still Fred - but I have to admit I love the simplicity of this steel frame, single speed (flip flop hub - haven't tried it as a fixie yet) bike. Bought it used off Craigslist and rode it to work this morning. It's fast, too - but the 30 degree hill I have to deal with is a bear on this thing. Worth it for the ride the rest of the time. I confess, I love the ride of the steel frame...
Won't replace my road bike, but for commuting it is my new favorite. I'll be adding a rack for my panniers and possibly replacing the saddle.
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Old 06-08-09, 03:07 PM   #5037
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One more shot, but B&W this time

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Old 06-08-09, 05:36 PM   #5038
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Nice shot, nice bike but small nitpick, you cut off the bottom of the front tire in the photo.

*just finished intermediate photography class lol
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Nice shot, nice bike but small nitpick, you cut off the bottom of the front tire in the photo.

*just finished intermediate photography class lol
In this case, this is an artistic device. By cutting off the bottom of the front tire like that, it creates and imbalance, creating a sense of instability or movement. The bike is moving off the front of the image--a very immediate and dynamic effect. This, I fear, you will only learn in your advanced photography class. ;-)

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Old 06-09-09, 07:39 AM   #5040
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I think it's the equivalent of cutting off someone's feet or the top of their head in a photo...alas, there will be no advanced class for me.

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Old 06-09-09, 08:39 AM   #5041
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OBVIOUSLY self plug but def worth sharing to add to the mix! Chainless folding bike!
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Old 06-09-09, 08:46 AM   #5042
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Here's the belt drive Verdion with a Dahon rear rack.

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Old 06-09-09, 08:57 AM   #5043
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349 a la brompton in the works? black maybe?
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Are these the tires you bought?

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pkekr...sscyklo/pp.htm

The description says tan/skinwall, but the photo looks like a whitewall. I didn't see any other whitewalls.
Its these ones - http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pscpp..._x_1_14/pp.htm

It says off-white, and I got alittle dirt on them when installing, and they still look pretty white.

On its first commute, 5am on a great Portland morning.

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yay!

just got it out of the shop, they installed the fork and headset.

i went in with a threaded fork and they gave me this one and threadless for the price of the repair. surprised, but happy




will install fenders and maybe get a rack or pannier rack.

might also convert to drops with barend shifters.
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Old 06-10-09, 09:35 AM   #5046
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<<<<Pics coming soon>>>>

2005 Bianchi Milano 120th Anniversary (Grey paint) with mods:
- Flat bars (MUCH improved riding position for the commute)
- Barends from my spare parts bin - great climbing and cruising position
- Topeak Explorer rack with trunk bag. No more backpack for me!
- Planet Bike fenders
- SPD mountain bike pedals (from my spare parts bin)

I initially wanted to get rid of this bike because I felt it wasn't up to the task for my commute. Once I changed out the handlebars, it became a completely different bike. It is amazing how riding position can influence a bike's "feel". Now I'm content to ride the bike until the Nexus 8 falls apart, at which time I'll build up my cyclocross commuter and use the Bianchi as a project bike.

<<<Pics soon>>>>
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Here's my new travel bike, which I commuted on today, and my son's commuter at the school rack:

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Old 06-10-09, 10:17 AM   #5048
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yay!

just got it out of the shop, they installed the fork and headset.

i went in with a threaded fork and they gave me this one and threadless for the price of the repair. surprised, but happy




will install fenders and maybe get a rack or pannier rack.

might also convert to drops with barend shifters.
Nice looking ride. Can you put a rack on it? And what size is the frame?
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thanks! i think it's a 16".

it has one set of eyelets so i can put fenders on or a rack... though i will probably do one of those seatpost racks and just run fenders.

one thing you can't really see is the red retroreflective tape on the seatstays. i'll get some black reflective tape for the wheels too. i'll also mount my superflashes.
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Here's my daily rider, found it for $20 then just added a Kona fork & Avid disc brake setup for cheap



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