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.
2009 Specialized Allez Sport Compact
2006 Cannondale F300
1988 Panasonic DX6000
Sure, but that bike will still be on the road after World War VII.
Here is my new commuter. Just hit 50 miles on the odo today!
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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Trek 7.5 FX
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.
I can see your GF's bike has smaller wheels, but it looks like the geometries of those two LHT frames are very different ... ?
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.
Bunch of examples:
What you're asking about are also called cross tires, or maybe hybrid, semi-slick, or cross-country tires.
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.
Friday commute home was terrible. It was mostly into the teeth of a strong, cold wind.
First bike ride I didn't enjoy.
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.
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)
Last edited by stomppow; 11-01-09 at 04:14 PM.
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.
Last edited by newbeat; 11-01-09 at 06:37 PM. Reason: Gramma