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Old 10-29-09, 08:48 PM   #5776
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I had the small 12 tooth before but the gearing jumps were 2 to three tooth jumps, now I have one tooth jumps in my main riding range, much nicer to snip along in the "right gear" all the time. I'd like to get a larger big ring in the front as on the road I'm always on it. In the dirt I'll be in the middle/small anyhow so I think that'd give me the best for both worlds.
Agreed, I hate stock MTB gearing. I swapped my 7-speed 13-28 for a 13-25 and it's still got too many 2-tooth jumps. And in my top gear, 42X13 I spin out with a strong tailwind. I could probably get by with a compact road crank, I live in Louisiana, so I never need the granny ring.

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Old 10-29-09, 09:33 PM   #5777
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GAWD.

I lurvvvve that bike!
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Old 10-29-09, 09:38 PM   #5778
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Ha, thanks! This is my rain bicycle. I also ride an old steel MTB for commuting.
RAIN bicycle???!!? With rod brakes? They SUCK in the rain!

What size tires? 26 or 28?
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Old 10-30-09, 07:17 AM   #5779
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RAIN bicycle???!!? With rod brakes? They SUCK in the rain!

What size tires? 26 or 28?
You're right, but my commute is totally flat, I ride slowly and keep my braking distance according to rods "efficiency"
The tires are a strange size, 26" x 1 3/4" x 2" balloon or 54-571.
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so here's the current status after coming home from work today.
The road bike I have just wasn't made for it, so I've road-ified my Hardrock.

Changes: Race-lite front wheel, Mavic rear rim I just laced to an LX hub with a road 12-23 8 speed. Lights, rack, road pedals, flatbar with barends, 26x1.25 slicks
Starting to keep an eye out for a lighter front fork with lockout.

A simple wheel swap and rack removal gets me to dirt trails for weekend MTB fun.
That looks really sharp, Nomad. Good job.
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Old 10-30-09, 11:13 AM   #5781
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What panniers are on that Bridgestone?
They are Axiom Shoppers. They are absolutely huge! I like them for trips to the store and they keep my work things dry but I don't use them daily because of their size. I have folding baskets on and truly love them. I just put the shoppers on over the folded baskets when I want to use them. Yes, it's heavy. LOL
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Old 10-30-09, 11:27 AM   #5782
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I think if you added up the fenders, kickstand and chainguard on that orange bike, they would weigh the same as my current bike. Kudos to you for keeping that thing on the road.
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Old 10-30-09, 11:53 AM   #5783
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Sure, but that bike will still be on the road after World War VII.
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Old 10-30-09, 12:06 PM   #5784
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Agreed, I hate stock MTB gearing. I swapped my 7-speed 13-28 for a 13-25 and it's still got too many 2-tooth jumps. And in my top gear, 42X13 I spin out with a strong tailwind. I could probably get by with a compact road crank, I live in Louisiana, so I never need the granny ring.
Me too, I changed my MTB commuter's gears to 48-36-26 and 12-21 7sp and almost never use the small ring.
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Old 10-30-09, 02:55 PM   #5785
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Here is my new commuter. Just hit 50 miles on the odo today!
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Old 10-30-09, 06:13 PM   #5786
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It is pretty wonderful... I have all the tools I need (that desk serves as a work bench and storage) and what you can't see is the wall o' bikes, the pre-requisite beer fridge and coffee station, and the parts room out back.

Their is also abundant office space (I was standing in it to take the last picture).

It has been a busy week so the place is a bit of a mess.
I think a picture of the above is in order here, no?
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Old 10-30-09, 09:43 PM   #5787
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Old 10-31-09, 07:50 AM   #5788
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I have had the 7.5 fx for a couple of seasons now, and it has worked beautifully for a year round commuter here in ohio. I have cyclocross tires now in anticipation of winter.
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What kind of tire? I don't care for knobby tires but am curious to try the kind with knobs only along the sides, which you normally wouldn't roll on.
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Old 10-31-09, 02:59 PM   #5790
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so here's the current status after coming home from work today.
The road bike I have just wasn't made for it, so I've road-ified my Hardrock.

Changes: Race-lite front wheel, Mavic rear rim I just laced to an LX hub with a road 12-23 8 speed. Lights, rack, road pedals, flatbar with barends, 26x1.25 slicks
Starting to keep an eye out for a lighter front fork with lockout.

A simple wheel swap and rack removal gets me to dirt trails for weekend MTB fun.

Clean commuter on Friday, dirty trail tank on Saturday:
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Old 10-31-09, 03:34 PM   #5791
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Doolittle,

I can see your GF's bike has smaller wheels, but it looks like the geometries of those two LHT frames are very different ... ?

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My ladyfriend's LHT. It has a new rack now and will probably get dropbars and a triple this winter. I think it turned out pretty well considering it was primarily built from spare stuff I had.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:52 PM   #5792
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What kind of tire? I don't care for knobby tires but am curious to try the kind with knobs only along the sides, which you normally wouldn't roll on.
"Cyclocross" tires, if they're meant for offroad cyclocross racing, are more like shallow-knob MTB tires with a smaller carcass and sized for full-size 700c wheels.

Bunch of examples:
http://www.bicycletires.com/ctzz/cyc...s/products.htm
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/ctzz/...s/products.htm

What you're asking about are also called cross tires, or maybe hybrid, semi-slick, or cross-country tires.
http://www.bicycletires.com/pkepol/k...95_tire/pp.htm

I don't know if I like this kind of tire very much. The side knobs really hurt cornering grip on pavement, and the smooth center isn't that great offroad. But, as long as you don't have to turn very hard on pavement, and you're not digging through dirt and mud off-pavement, they'll be fine.
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Whoa, whoa, whoa...What happened to the street tires and the beam rack??? That looked perfect before...or did you just load the wrong pic?
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Old 10-31-09, 09:15 PM   #5794
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Friday commute home was terrible. It was mostly into the teeth of a strong, cold wind.

First bike ride I didn't enjoy.
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Old 11-01-09, 01:21 AM   #5795
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Just switched over to all Rival, Gatorskins and new tape.
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Whoa, whoa, whoa...What happened to the street tires and the beam rack??? That looked perfect before...or did you just load the wrong pic?
It's amazing what a few flicks of a quick release lever can do. I did my first official MTB ride ever yesterday. It had everything, woods, water, mud, sand, monster climbs and a few descents that had me puckered up.
Another minute or two today and a hose off, it'll be ready for the Monday commute.
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I gotcha...that's a great looking ride. I havn't hit the trails since I was a kid...I mean like 12 years old. I wouldn't last too long these days.
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Old 11-01-09, 05:10 PM   #5798
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newbeat, that's a nice bike. But you should level your hoods, and put your light on your seatpost

You could either keep your bars in the same position and unwrap your bars, move the hoods up the bars a cm or two, then re-wrap, (the old school style, brifters into the dropping curve very slightly, but still level with ground)
or you could just loosen the stem, and tilt the whole bars up, for the new school style (hoods before the downward curve, level with ground)

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Old 11-01-09, 07:34 PM   #5799
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I've ridden with that bar angle for a while now, so i might tilt it up just to shake things up a bit.

And again, that light has been there forever, but i'm open to change. thanks for the comments though.

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This is my Giant OCR. I added a Bor Yueh rack and ATB panniers from Nashbar, and Planet Bike Hardcore fenders from the LBS. I have two small red blinkies in the back, one on the seatpost, and the other on the back of the rack. On the front, I have a small Cat Eye Opticube angled at driver-windshield height, and a PricetonTec Eos that I point downwards to see the road. I have a PB Superflash and a P7 flashlight that will be delivered this week. I'm going to remove the Cat Eye and the rack-mounted blinky, and move the Eos to my helmet. I'm currently running Vittoria Rubino 23 tires, but I'm going to swap them out soon for 28s.

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