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Old 06-14-09, 03:07 AM   #5076
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Where is the back fender? That's the one that counts :-)
Where are your reading skills? They count here.
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Old 06-14-09, 09:55 AM   #5077
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Beautiful! What frame/fork/wheel/tire size?
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That's a LHT, standard fork with a Jannd expedition rack. 700c/38 wheels. Old army bags for panniers.
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Old 06-14-09, 03:25 PM   #5078
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From A to B



Here is my everyday ride to work and back, with some fun riding when I am not at work..

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Old 06-14-09, 10:36 PM   #5079
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Updated my commuter (08 Kona Dew Plus). Last year I had it setup like Commuter Bicycle Pics



I put on some ergon grips, axiom fenders, switched out the serfas pump for topeak road morph, some shimano M324 pedals, mirracle mirror, went from stock tires to 700x28 gatorskins, also switched from the Axiom panniers to Topeak handlebar bag and trunk bag.
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Old 06-15-09, 03:38 AM   #5080
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Here's another pic of my MPR---with both fenders and all the tweaks it'll get for (at least a couple hours). I this bike.
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Old 06-15-09, 10:21 AM   #5081
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Thats a Surly Travelers-Check.

It's a Cross-Check with SS couplers
Yep, and it is flipflop SSFG. I haven't used the freewheel side yet. It doesn't have a trailer hitch so I can only commute on it on days I don't have to retrieve my daughter from her daycare in the trailer, which is only 1, maybe 2 days/wk. In summer as my wife rides more it won't even be weekly but she is still taking a day off from riding somewhere in the week right now.

2 weeks ago I saw a fixed-gear bike w/ a trail-a-bike at a store at the base of a hill that I pull the trailer up, and I was impressed and/or curious about how that would work fixed, anyway, yesterday I saw the bike w/ driver and kid going up the hill and it became clear: walking.

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Old 06-15-09, 10:26 AM   #5082
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Every bike I own gets used for some commuting although this old girl usually only sees bright sunny days... despite her fenders and rain worthy appearance her wet braking really sucks.

The ride is second to none but I worry too much about breaking parts I can't afford to replace... as I never leave her unattended I don't worry about theft.

I have been seriously considering selling her or gifting her to a museum but until then we will enjoy the time we have.


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Old 06-15-09, 10:35 AM   #5083
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Gorgeous bike 65er. My wife's work place has a big lobby and they were displaying a local guy's large collection of elderly bikes (some going back to the 30s). They reclaimed the lobby eventually and most of the bikes are now hanging from the rafters of LBS w/ unused airspace. Not always easy to find that kind of overhead, so to speak, though.
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Old 06-15-09, 10:45 AM   #5084
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I have pretty abundant storage but have reduced the herd a little over the past few weeks as there are some bikes I can no longer ride... my 1933 CCM cruiser went to my friend who will take really good care of it so perhaps I need to find a 30's ride bike to fill that decade.

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Old 06-15-09, 06:30 PM   #5085
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I got a new road bike so I decided to spice & speed up my commute by converting my Jamis Quest into my commuter.

I decided on getting the Tubus Luna for a rack. It was expensive, but it's only about 12 oz and installation wasn't too difficult (Attached to the brake bridge, Jamis put the brazeons too close to the brakes!).

The Nashbar daytrekker bags, which I love and heartily endorse, kind of drape over this skinny rack, but it still works and stays on there just as well as a regular rack.

I"ll ride it for the first time to work tomorrow. I don't need fenders as I live in SoCal.

I'm looking forward to shaving off at least 3-5 minutes from commuting with the older Slobo Dixon. Soon, I'll sell the Dixon and just commute on this bad boy.

Next up? Business shoes with SPD clips?
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now thats a beautiful commuter!
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Old 06-15-09, 10:41 PM   #5087
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I got a new road bike so I decided to spice & speed up my commute by converting my Jamis Quest into my commuter.

I decided on getting the Tubus Luna for a rack. It was expensive, but it's only about 12 oz and installation wasn't too difficult (Attached to the brake bridge, Jamis put the brazeons too close to the brakes!).

The Nashbar daytrekker bags, which I love and heartily endorse, kind of drape over this skinny rack, but it still works and stays on there just as well as a regular rack.

I"ll ride it for the first time to work tomorrow. I don't need fenders as I live in SoCal.

I'm looking forward to shaving off at least 3-5 minutes from commuting with the older Slobo Dixon. Soon, I'll sell the Dixon and just commute on this bad boy.

Next up? Business shoes with SPD clips?
You should go with SPD's indeed I've been riding with them for about 4 months now, and absolutely love it. Only con is that those cleats wear out pretty fast as I have to walk up a bridge each day, unfortunately there's no way around that
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Old 06-15-09, 10:58 PM   #5088
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The amount of lust I feel for that bike is not natural. Or probably legal.

Something about that just trips my switch, I tell you what.
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Old 06-16-09, 03:33 AM   #5089
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today i commuted on this:


i'm thinking of getting a bigger frame, migrating that bike's components to the new properly sized frame, then getting a more substantial rear wheel and building up the above frame from my parts bin as a singlespeed asshattery bike, or selling it.
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Old 06-16-09, 06:14 PM   #5090
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I accidentally bought this. Woops. But I think it is cool. Nice condition and all with working generator head light!

This will be my "lock-up on campus" bike.
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Old 06-16-09, 08:32 PM   #5091
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How do you accidentally buy a bike?

It's a pretty nice Varsity. I like the color, and it's in good condition.
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On the Huffy, it is indeed a suspension corrected fork meant for mountain bikes & the spokes on the disc-side of the wheel do sit further inboard than the other side making everything look funky up front but its all straight when mounted. That was just a weird angle pic.
I love how the fork w/ extension echoes the rear "fork" tho.
I also left the big Huffy stickers on to deter thieves!

"Suspension-corrected fork, maybe?"

Originally Posted by david1024 That Huffy with the disc brake does have an incorrect dish on the front. Might have had to do it though due to not having the 'other' length spoke. As long as the disc works though, it shouldn't cause any major problems.

(but would bother the mess out of me if I had to look at it every day!)


Same-length spokes would put the rim too far to the right side of the bike, correct? My disc hubs' disc-side flange is further inboard than the non-disc side, so same-length spokes would have the rim centerline to the bike's right. Something certainly looks funky, though, whether it's a little crooked in the dropouts or just the angle of the pic. "
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Old 06-17-09, 07:04 AM   #5093
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How do you accidentally buy a bike?

It's a pretty nice Varsity. I like the color, and it's in good condition.
Exactly... especially one that nice.
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I have a friend who accidentally bought not one but 2 cars, separately, on ebay. He would make a bid as a way to track the auction, and wound up winning each time. Yeah, accident, that's what he told his wife...
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Old 06-17-09, 11:25 AM   #5095
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My GMC Denali

Got this one from Wal-Mart about a 7 months ago. Runs great. Needs a few adjustments...
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How do you accidentally buy a bike?

It's a pretty nice Varsity. I like the color, and it's in good condition.
Because I wasn't looking to buy another bike but I saw this one on CL for 70 bucks and I couldn't pass it up. Especially since it is bright yellow! I think I am going to put mustache bars on it. Maybe.
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This is Bike Three in the last year.

Bike 1 was a Satin black 1998 M400 Cannondale with Trekking bars, Rack and fenders.
Bike 2 was a Mako Blue 58cm 1995 T700 Cannondale that was upgraded to a 9 Speed with 105 Derailleur, Octalink Shimano 26/36/48 Cranks with a Brooks Champion Flyer.
Bike 3 is a "Kiwi" green 63cm 1998 T700 Cannondale that got all the upgrade goodies off the 95.

Technically my legs need a 60cm. I can flat foot a 35 inch stand over. I'm a little bit of a short torso so I tend to like the 58cm top tube length. That said I was starting to feel that the 58cm was too small since I had so much tube out on the seat and stem extension. On the touring Cannondales they make big jumps in the sizing. from the 58cm it goes to the 63cm. This 63cm T700 showed up on CL last week so I sold the SR600 that I just wasn't riding much to get it (hope I don't regret parting with that bike). Little bit of playing around with the Stem and I am really liking the extra height.

Stock this was a 8 speed bar end shift canti bike. At one time it was upgraded to RSX STI's and then the PO decided to put a flat bar on it with thumb shifters (I have the RSX shifters). I converted it to 9speed STI with Tiagra brifters, 105 derailleur. Moved the SKS fenders over as well. Explorer rack was moved but I have a Super tourist on order from Nashbar as well as some natural Cork bar tape.

It is still spinning the stock Sun rims and even its original set of Conti Top Touring tires. What I just cant understand is this bike is faster the then 95 even though it has exactly the same drive-train. All I can come up with is the Pannaracer Crosstowns that I had on the 95 are slow. Unfortunately the Conti's are gum wall and I don't expect them to last long so I am trying to decide on a replacement. Looks like the Conti's are no longer made. Reading good things about the Vittoria Randonneur Pro RFX Road Tire. Like the reflective strip so that I don't have to run spoke reflectors.

I'm sort of torn. I was goign to run no rack for a while as I thought it looked real sharp but other then the seat tube there is no way to run my Super blink on the rear. I need some sort of bag and it is just WAY to hot for a back pack so the seat tube is blocked THe seat stays are to large of diameter for the small clamp that comes with the light. I'm thinking of ordering a set of 44cm bars and then buy the large Topeak Tourguide bag and run as a Randoneer style bike. Run the 95 with racks and the 8 speed STI's as a wet weather bike possibly but I am concerned it will just sit like the 600 did.




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Old 06-18-09, 10:32 AM   #5098
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That is a very nice looking bike, I like the color and lack of graphics. Can you share some details about the thermos and its corresponding bracket?
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