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Old 05-12-11, 09:47 AM   #8276
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Those bars look familiar...
Yeah, those handlebars are definitely among the best cycling-related acquisitions I've made. Thanks again!!!
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Old 05-12-11, 10:44 AM   #8277
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What handlebars are you using? Very interesting curve.
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Old 05-12-11, 02:20 PM   #8278
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Hello all, this is my commuter:

It was about $180 new, weighs like 35lbs and uses microshift components (6 speeds)

Very simple and low-end but it gets the job done, about 9 miles round-trip every day, no problems after a few months.
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Old 05-12-11, 05:38 PM   #8279
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That bike looks like a lot less than 35 pounds. Are you sure? How many kilograms?
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Old 05-12-11, 05:44 PM   #8280
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That bike looks like a lot less than 35 pounds. Are you sure? How many kilograms?
I agree, that cant be right. My 63CM T700 touring bike with fenders and racks is just under 35lb. Id guess 25lb maybe a little less on that.
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Old 05-13-11, 06:50 AM   #8281
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Hello all, this is my commuter:

It was about $180 new, weighs like 35lbs and uses microshift components (6 speeds)

Very simple and low-end but it gets the job done, about 9 miles round-trip every day, no problems after a few months.
Low end or not I'm really digging that top tube
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Old 05-13-11, 07:33 AM   #8282
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35 lbs sounds about right to me. Certainly an interesting top tube though.

http://www.bicicletasmercurio.com.mx...=40&Itemid=236
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Old 05-13-11, 04:38 PM   #8283
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What handlebars are you using? Very interesting curve.
Look like trekking bars to me... just mounted upside-down (relative to mine, that is). I tried mounting mine like that, but found the riding position uncomfortable so I installed them curving upward.

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Old 05-14-11, 12:18 AM   #8284
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Look like trekking bars to me... just mounted upside-down (relative to mine, that is). I tried mounting mine like that, but found the riding position uncomfortable so I installed them curving upward.

I think he's actually referring to a bike posted by Fenway, back on page 323:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/49471-Commuter-Bicycle-Pics?p=12425329&viewfull=1#post12425329


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Old 05-14-11, 12:59 AM   #8285
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I think he's actually referring to a bike posted by Fenway, back on page 323:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/49471-Commuter-Bicycle-Pics?p=12425329&viewfull=1#post12425329


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Ah... so he is. My bad.
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Old 05-14-11, 02:58 AM   #8286
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My primary commuter. a RANS v2.


My wet weather/other commuter. a fixed gear Raleigh 20 copy almost dwarfed by the Carradice Camper saddlebag.


Another commuter. Fitted with a trailer hitch for towing a heap of work.
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Old 05-14-11, 06:36 AM   #8287
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not the best bike on earth, but it does what it does.
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Old 05-14-11, 10:27 AM   #8288
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Another commuter. Fitted with a trailer hitch for towing a heap of work.
I'm not sure why but I love that bike!
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Old 05-14-11, 07:00 PM   #8289
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I have mine pretty much ready for commuting. Are there any other bags that are a bit smaller that also lift off and would work with the tubus fly?

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Old 05-14-11, 07:06 PM   #8290
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Commuter ? Did you say commuter ?

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Old 05-14-11, 08:35 PM   #8291
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I have mine pretty much ready for commuting. Are there any other bags that are a bit smaller that also lift off and would work with the tubus fly?

Check out the Novara Commuter
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Old 05-15-11, 02:05 AM   #8292
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My Giant FCR3500 - that's my old Dahon Boardwalk behind it (now my wife's bike).


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Old 05-15-11, 10:17 AM   #8293
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Old 05-15-11, 10:56 AM   #8294
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I only have one brake hood...

Ride with my hand in the bend of the bar most of the time... also use the ends for a wider lower position (acceleration and climbs) and can sit up and ride with my hands at centre where the bars are un-wrapped as even with a narrow hand position the bike is really stable.

The wide position is good for track stands too...


What kind of jacket is that you're wearing? It looks comfortable, bright, and reflective.
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Old 05-17-11, 07:38 AM   #8295
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I finally took pictures of my commuter. Well, I guess commuter is not completely accurate since it is my only bike, although the vast majority of my miles come from my commute. It is not new - from 97 or so. Since I started commuting seriously last year I have added:
  • Topeak Super Tourist Rack
  • Pedals with SPD on one side and flat on the other
  • Fenders - SKS 45mm (started with PB, but were too small for studded winter tires)
  • Rear chainstay kickstand - I LOVE this
  • Trekking Handlebars - not wrapped in this pic, but have since been wrapped. Will post updated pic when I get around to it.
  • Stem - needed for the trekking bars
  • Mirror - started with bar end mirror, but switched to this one when I installed the Trekking bars
  • Bell - I am considering removing since saying "on your left" seems to be just as effective. Plus, nothing is effective for runners who are listening to music. But haven't gotten rid of yet since there are some occasions when I ring it before a blind corner
  • Mount for my android phone - so I can use gps/hrm
  • Tires - Currently running 700x32 Schwalbe Marathon (in the winter I run Nokian W240)
  • Lights - only the PB blinkie is shown, but I also have a Radbot on my helmet and I usually have a flashlight mounted on the handlebars. Last winter I used a MagicShine mounted on the bars and the flashlight on my helmet.

Since these pictures were taken I have purchased a new front dynamo wheel with a front dynamo light. I'll show pictures of them when I finally get them installed (waiting on rim tape to be delivered). At some point I hope to have a Brooks saddle.

I have seriously considered replacing this with a new commuter several times in the past year. I bought the bike new and it was very cheap when I purchased it (only a few hundred dollars). But every time I research it, I keep reaching the conclusion that the frame (other than not supporting disc brakes) is actually pretty darn good. Very good fit for me. 4130 Chromoly. So, I have decided to keep it and am actually in a very zen place with it. That is why I have spent the money to get the trekking bars and the new front dynamo wheel.






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Old 05-17-11, 08:05 AM   #8296
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nice set-up, been thinking about the butterfly bars myself.
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Old 05-17-11, 08:11 AM   #8297
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What kind of jacket is that you're wearing? It looks comfortable, bright, and reflective.
It's an older MEC Microloft jacket... it's light, windproof, water resistant, and feels soft like cloth.

It also packs well.

The new version costs under $70.00.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...34374302692343
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Old 05-17-11, 11:54 AM   #8298
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Old 05-17-11, 12:00 PM   #8299
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Nice bike.
My wife had a 400T elance that we gave away about 12 years ago. That was a bad move. :facepalm:
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Almost at the end of my 55km commute... after a left at the top of the hill I ride a few hundred feet and ride up one more hill.

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