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    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyV View Post
    Probably. After the Netherlands
    Probably. After Ohio.

    Yeah, I'm not even buying that BS. LOL!

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    This is my new commuter bike.
    2010 Surly Long Haul Trucker -- Blue Velvet
    2005 Trek Pilot 2.1 -- Silver
    SOLD --- 1984 Trek 520 -- Taupe



    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...b/exercise.png

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    The new commuter, Phase 1

    Phase 1, singlespeed phase - Norco Vesta Belt Drive, Steel Frame.

    I was pretty dead set on a Civia Bryant, but came across this and it became a tossup for me.

    Main info: Reynolds 525 frame, Chromoly fork, sliding dropouts, belt drive, disc brakes.

    Stuff I changed from stock (before even riding it:
    • I replaced the OEM Hayes MX4 discs with Avid BB7's with 185mm rotors. G3 cleansweep rotors should arrive next week.
      Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 32mm
      Brooks bar tape to compliment my B-17 narrow
      Installed said B-17 narrow
      Civia 700C fenders. I'll be adding stays to the front portion of the front fender. It shakes a bit too much for my preference. Probably due to the fact that I had to mount the rear stay a bit higher than the pre-drill would imply, and the cantilevered rear translates into some wobble.
      Civia rear rack - I had to do some very steady and gently re-aligning of the rack legs and mounts to allow the rack to be properly centered with my homemade disc caliper spacer.

    I have only had the bike for 2 days, and have ridden it in dry and VERY rainy conditions. So far, so good. I love the feel of the bike. The Marathon Supremes are awesome. The belt drive is super responsive and dead quiet.

    Soooo, phase 2 will be the addition of an Alfine-based rear wheel. The necessary stuff - Alfine hub, Mavic A719 rim, spokes, cog, etc in transit. J-tek in hand. I'll build the rear wheel, then MIGHT put it on.
    I'll post some phase 2 pics once I get the rear wheel all set. I'm in no hurry though

    Here are some pics. The first is yesterday after I picked it up - I installed the fenders and rack this morning. Most of the pics don't show the color - the drivetrain closeup is the best representation of the true color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
    Phase 1, singlespeed phase - Norco Vesta Belt Drive, Steel Frame.
    Love it! Props for Norco! Congrats on the purchase - the mods to date look great. Too bad Norco didn't engineer the rear caliper mounts on the chainstay; IMHO all disc-brake equipped commuters should be built this way. A couple of questions: Why did you choose the Vesta over the Ceres if you were planning to switch to IGH? Wouldn't it be cheaper to put drop bars and the Jtek shifter on the Ceres than to install an Alfine hub on the Vesta? From what I understand they are the same bike geometrically. Is it the color? I'm curious because I'm close to pulling the trigger on the Ceres but I'll be using trekking bars to get the extra hand positions.

    BTW - What kind of bike is the IGH-equipped model that's sharing space with your Vesta?
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    Gettin' my Fred on.

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    Senior Member canyoneagle's Avatar
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    Excellent point on the Ceres, and I agree that you'd save a touch going your suggested route.
    For me, I wanted to have both Singlespeed and IGH options available so would be doing the whole rear wheel build regardless. That, combined with my slight color preference for the blue, and the fact that the Vesta was available in my size and the Ceres was a bit of a wait.........

    baaaading!
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    Quote Originally Posted by irclean View Post

    BTW - What kind of bike is the IGH-equipped model that's sharing space with your Vesta?
    '06 Bianchi Milano 120th anniversary. It goes on Craigslist this week
    It's a good bike, and the charcoal/silver paint is a classy combo. The milano is what got me off of my deraileurred past and into the new generation of Internally Geared Hubs.

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    VERY nice ride you have there, Mr. Embrey!q

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    Hey there! New pics of my commuter, with new front rack!






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    Holy steer tube batman!!!
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    dude...you can't "no ****" something THAT ****. That's like saying "sometimes I just like to make out with dudes...no ****"

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    Hehe, my back and my neck love such a steerer tube!

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    I have a road bike for exercise, and for getting places fast, but I wanted a bike for errands and trips to and from the bars.

    This is my new (old) commuter for trips around town. It's a mid 90's Gary Fisher Marlin that my dad got somehow. It's been hanging in the basement for a couple years. The funniest part is that I actually work from home, so my work commute is walking down the hall to the guest bedroom in my apartment.

    So far, it's just got bar ends, some aluminum pedals, and a rack. I will eventually change out the tires for something less agressive, add fenders, and get some panniers for around town errands and maybe shorter touring trips.
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    Canyoneagle, I like the rack, much better than what I have on my bike

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    Here's my OLD normal every day commuter:


    Rack is off now as I find that I far prefer a backpack.

    Attached is my NEW nice day commuter. The old bike will be for rainy days, etc.


    I will probably replace the 23mm tires with wider ones once the they wear out or if they prove to be flat-prone.

    The old Dakota it's in front of is my 3rd commuter is worth less than the new bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
    I will probably replace the 23mm tires with wider ones once the they wear out or if they prove to be flat-prone.
    Noooo!!!! don't do it! If they're flat-prone, just get less flat-prone tires. It's sacrilege to put anything wider than 23's on a road bike (some would disagree, I know).

    Nice bikes. And I've got a ****ty old Dakota too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by groovestew View Post
    Noooo!!!! don't do it! If they're flat-prone, just get less flat-prone tires. It's sacrilege to put anything wider than 23's on a road bike (some would disagree, I know).
    630:32's are where it's at...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    630:32's are where it's at...
    This coming from the guy who earnestly persuaded me not to put anything wider than 23's on my road bike! Now I'm a convert (of the worst kind - I can't accept any other point of view! ) Nice picture, BTW.

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    A family that commutes together, stays together. My Langster on the left, brothers Mt. Shasta on the right. Both single speed for reliability, and both with ESI grips for comfort



    And heres a couple of just my steed





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    Quote Originally Posted by groovestew View Post
    This coming from the guy who earnestly persuaded me not to put anything wider than 23's on my road bike! Now I'm a convert (of the worst kind - I can't accept any other point of view! ) Nice picture, BTW.
    The Bianchi needs those 700:23 tyres... and nothing else.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmY_Brazil View Post
    Hey there! New pics of my commuter, with new front rack!





    Has the addition of the front rack changed the performance of the fork at all?

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    I will probably replace the 23mm tires with wider ones once the they wear out or if they prove to be flat-prone.

    The old Dakota it's in front of is my 3rd commuter is worth less than the new bike [/QUOTE]

    My wife changed over from 23's to Conti Gatorskin 28's last year and has yet to have a flat in a couple thousand miles of commuting/weekend rides. I've got about 2k on my Conti Touring Plus' and I think I'm a Conti lover for life!!

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    Raleigh-Talon..jpgMaruishi..jpgHey gang,

    Here's my commuter. While I can't commute to work on it, I do use it for almost all of my errands around the neighborhood. It's a 90 or 91 Raleigh Talon I purchased new. Other than a little issue with the headset it has been bulletproof for 20 years of riding. Recent additions of the fenders, slick style tires, and Ergon grips made it much more comfortable.

    Also attached is my road bike that I use for exercise and when I want to get somewhere a bit quicker. It is literally half as heavy as my Raleigh, and even older. It's an 85 Maruishi. I just seem to like older bikes I guess.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingsoul View Post
    Has the addition of the front rack changed the performance of the fork at all?
    I didn't feel any difference. But haven't tried it with something heavy on the rack, only a bag with some clothes.
    I wouldn't advise anyone to put heavy stuff on those mini front racks, they are good for some clothes, or to carry a tent, nothing more than that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
    Here's my OLD normal every day commuter:


    Rack is off now as I find that I far prefer a backpack.

    Attached is my NEW nice day commuter. The old bike will be for rainy days, etc.


    I will probably replace the 23mm tires with wider ones once the they wear out or if they prove to be flat-prone.

    The old Dakota it's in front of is my 3rd commuter is worth less than the new bike
    Thought for a second you'd stole a pic of my ride !! The tires get cut pretty easy and ive had three flats in 1,700 miles on my glass scattered bike lane..

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