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Old 11-07-10, 06:19 PM   #7276
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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.
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Old 11-07-10, 06:46 PM   #7277
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What front rack are you using?
That's a Pass & Stow made by Matt Feeney in San Francisco. You can read more about it here:

http://www.ecovelo.info/2009/05/05/pass-stow-racks/
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Old 11-07-10, 10:00 PM   #7278
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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.
Sounds like you would really like a cross bike... 700c wheels and tough enough to handle the fun stuff and well set up for the road.
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Old 11-08-10, 08:48 PM   #7279
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I probably haven't posted any photos of my Rockhopper in a few days



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What rear rack is that? It looks like it is slung pretty far back, I am looking for a rack that can help me get rid of my heel strike issue.

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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.

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Old 11-09-10, 05:54 AM   #7281
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I probably haven't posted any photos of my Rockhopper in a few days
That, sir, is an excellent looking bike. Practical and sporty. You MTB commuters with your drop bars, though, you all should form a club. Has that been brought up in this thread?
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Old 11-09-10, 06:40 AM   #7282
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What rear rack is that? It looks like it is slung pretty far back, I am looking for a rack that can help me get rid of my heel strike issue.
It's a 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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Old 11-09-10, 07:54 AM   #7283
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That, sir, is an excellent looking bike. Practical and sporty. You MTB commuters with your drop bars, though, you all should form a club. Has that been brought up in this thread?
Thank you, thank you... I believe the MTB Drop Bar Club is currently scouting an appropriate site for our world headquarters building
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Old 11-09-10, 09:25 AM   #7284
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Old 11-09-10, 09:30 AM   #7285
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Thank you, thank you... I believe the MTB Drop Bar Club is currently scouting an appropriate site for our world headquarters building
I vote we use Mt. rushmore as our headquarters

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Old 11-09-10, 04:12 PM   #7286
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I vote we use Mt. rushmore as our headquarters
Seeing as some of our members are Canadians, we might need something a little more... "international"? is the International Peace Park in MN available? Or is there a good Chinese place near the border?
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Old 11-09-10, 06:58 PM   #7287
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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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Old 11-09-10, 07:13 PM   #7288
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Seeing as some of our members are Canadians, we might need something a little more... "international"? is the International Peace Park in MN available? Or is there a good Chinese place near the border?
Good point, theres a good waffle place in the panhandle of idaho about 25 miles from the border, they have one pound waffles mmmmmmmm....
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Old 11-09-10, 07:49 PM   #7289
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Good point, theres a good waffle place in the panhandle of idaho about 25 miles from the border, they have one pound waffles mmmmmmmm....
Why, waffles that weigh nearly half a kilogram?! And only 40 kilometers from the 49th?! Sounds great Eh? I need to get my drop bar MTB finished up right away!
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Old 11-09-10, 08:27 PM   #7290
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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.
Use an external image host: http://tinypic.com/ and copy+paste the IMG Code for Forums and Bulletin Boards
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Old 11-09-10, 08:31 PM   #7291
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Here's the new rig, a 2011 Kona Dr. Fine.

Specs:
Aluminum frame
Carbon fork
Shimano Alfine 8-gear IGH
Shimano M445 Hydraulic Disc brakes
Freedom Ryder 21 rims
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Also, a video of the lighting at night (including my lovely wife's commentary).

View My Video

Upgrades:
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)
Compass bell
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

Comments welcome!

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Old 11-09-10, 08:51 PM   #7292
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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.
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Old 11-09-10, 09:29 PM   #7293
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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?



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Here's the new rig, a 2011 Kona Dr. Fine.



Also, a video of the lighting at night (including my lovely wife's commentary).

Comments welcome!
your wife's comments were HILARIOUS!
Nice bike, too.
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Old 11-10-10, 06:30 AM   #7295
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my vehicle

this has been my vehicle for some time now.

it is a hasa f2. taiwan brand, taiwan made (I hope)

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Old 11-10-10, 08:43 AM   #7296
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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
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Here's a grocery getter for you (it's a Civia Loring).



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Here's a grocery getter for you (it's a Civia Loring).



Beautiful pics of a beautiful bike!
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...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.
When flickr recently changed things up I switched to Imgur: http://imgur.com/. Very user friendly... fewer steps than flickr.
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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
My bike approving cat seems to like having junk laying around. More stuff to sit on hop over etc. She almost seems sad when we pick up and de-clutter the house. We obviously don't leave it that way for her on purpose (more like our own laziness me specifically) except for a couple days we leave out the new paper bags or boxes she and the other cats like to play with and sleep in.

Nice, the Iguana is now part of the Blue Man group! I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
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