No work today, and no errands to run, so I took my commuter out on a relaxing, recreational ride down by the river. My favorite biking weather; not too hot,
and not too cool... just right. Took a pic while relaxing for a moment by the Thames. Yes... this London has a Thames river as well. Looks like the ducks were
taking a break, too. Unfortunately, that orange and black roadwork pylon and similar detritus is an all too common sight along the river. I'll never understand
why some folks have such disregard for the environment.
Gettin' my Fred on.
Sixty Fiver I always admire the bikes you show us. Thanks. I can dream for free. The problem is when I try to find a bike in my frame size. Not all bikes are made 47 to 48 CM. And when they do they put 26ers instead of 700 C wheels on them. I am hooked on the feeling of speed with the 700s.
I probably haven't posted any photos of my Rockhopper in a few days
Topeak Super Tourist DX Tubular Rack w/disc mounts. They also have a non-disc-specific model which I have on one of
my other bikes, and heel strike is a non-issue with either bike:
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Gettin' my Fred on.
Surly Big Dummy
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014)
Current Linux Usage (by machine): Arch: I Debian: II openSUSE: I
The evolution of my commuter is nearly complete. The only thing left is to build up a dynamo front wheel with related lighting.
My ride began life as a belt driven singlespeed Norco "Vesta", with a B-17 narrow, Brooks bar tape, Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, and Avid BB7 with 185mm rotors as my first upgrades:
I installed a Civia Hyland rear rack.
My first planned upgrade: Alfine 8 rear wheel built with a Mavic A719 and utilizing a J-Tek bar end shifter.
I ultimately went through 3 different sets of fenders before settling on SKS P-45's.
After a number of miles with this configuration, I determined that the balance was not right - the "Front Center" dimension (BB to front axle) was enormous. More like a mountain bike. So, after a few other tweaks, I decided to install a 20 degree stem and a low-rise flat bar. The bike is now optimized, and I feel it works best as a flat bar bike. The funny thing is that it is now essentially a similar bike to the Norco "Ceres", which is based on the same frame with a flat bar and Alfine 8. Ahhhh, live and learn. Interestingly, Norco has discontinued the Vesta, opting to only offer the Ceres for 2011. The belt drive SS model is now a more of an urban road bike with tighter angles. So, here's the current configuration:
Note my creative use of a hacked (old parts bin) bar-end to use as a mount for the J-Tek. I really like it in this configuration!!!!!!!
EDIT: Hmmmm, no matter what I try, the attachments only show as links not as pics. Advice? I've gone into the dialog box that opens when I click the little "pencil" icon in each image, but no luck.
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Currently one bike: Singular Gryphon do-it all bike with Nuvinci N360
Coming soon (winter project) Ciocc Designer '84 mod build
Temporary (on loan from a buddy): 1985 Raleigh Prestige
Here's the new rig, a 2011 Kona Dr. Fine.
Shimano Alfine 8-gear IGH
Shimano M445 Hydraulic Disc brakes
Freedom Ryder 21 rims
Continental Contact 700x32c
Also, a video of the lighting at night (including my lovely wife's commentary).
View My Video
Changed out Kona Race Light grips for Ergon GC3s with integrated bar ends
Planet Bike EZ Speed fenders (clamp attachment to seat stays)
Topeak Quick Release Beam Rack and MTX trunk bag
Planet Bike SuperFlash lights (two on bag, one on the back of my hi-vis X harness)
Two CygoLite Expilion 250 headlights (USB rechargeable, no battery packs)
Two Planet Bike small lights (white) on front fork, two PB small red lights on seat stays for side visibility
BikeWrappers reflective wraps for side visibility when cars turn on headlights (not out that late usually)
Serfas RX anatomical saddle
Topeak Modula bottle cage and Thermos insulated vacuum bottle (tea for work).
Switched out stock for adjustable stem
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Waffle House is even better than the membership card. Now I just need to figure out what true MTB dropbar project I want to finish since I got sidetracked a few weeks ago.
My SUV is a bicycle
canyoneagle and QuakerProf, your image attachments aren't working, which is a shame as they both sound like nice bikes. Maybe the images are too large? It might be easier to go through a second-party image uploader, like the Dali painting said. He mentioned tinypic, I use photobucket and flicker. Accounts are free, and they're both pretty easy to use (photobucket's easier than flicker, but has fewer options).
So, with daylight savings time over, are y'all ready for the dark ride home?
Can you see me now?
Got my winter bike, frame and fork prepped and mostly painted, going lazy on this one using a regular rattle can just gonna throw another coat on her and call her good, its too cold to try and bother with clear. Not too concerned with how long the paint will last since its gonna get good and abused this winter anyhow. And monsterpile i'd say my bike is also cat approved but he was actually pretty angry with me for having yet another bike clutter up his kitchen
Here's a grocery getter for you (it's a Civia Loring).