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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
    Very nice looking Windsor, I didn't know they came in that color! Is that the 49cm size?
    Yes, it's the 49cm. I could also ride the 54cm fine, but I had a racer friend advise me that given a choice between two frame sizes always pick the smaller frame as it's easier to make a smaller frame fit then it is to do the same with a larger one.

    As for the color, yes the photos on BD are definitely a darker green. I couldn't say if they changed the color, or if their lighting just makes it look much darker. In person it's definitely green and not the almost black color on the BD website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmikester1 View Post
    Why wouldn't this be very good for a triathalon?
    The reason that your current bike wouldn't work well for a Tri is because, a Tri is meant to be a road race. At the very least, you'd need a 80's era road bike, and put on some aerobars. While slick tires would help, and you would need to get them for commuting regularly, for a Tri, it wouldn't be sufficent. (Depending on the length, it could be very short, but I don't know) Go check out the Triathalon boards, and see what they use, I'd look for an old road bike on your local Craigslist, and see what they think. Not to knock your current bike, it'll do very well for you currently. Good luck!

    Edit: Found this thread, it could help with Triathlon aspirations, this is kinda what I had in mind: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...mber-s-example

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
    I added some fenders the last couple of days from my Dahon to the Shetland. I had to squeeze them in there and make some extra mounting thingys to get them to fit, but they work great. Its now totally ready for long rides or commuting.

    Nice mini velo. I just couldn't get into my Dahon Hammerhead, so I decided to try to sell it.
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    Hello everyone,

    Here's my budget commuter (newbie here; wanted to try out commuting first before sinking hard cash on a descent bike):



    German engineering, Romanian built, costs 185 euros ($260 US) and so far has coped with my 310lbs without having anything fly off! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telly View Post
    Hello everyone,
    German engineering, Romanian built, costs 185 euros ($260 US) and so far has coped with my 310lbs without having anything fly off! lol
    It looks well suited for commuting. Around here you'd probably pay $500 for a similar bike at a local shop, so I think you got a deal. I started off on a very similar bike and after 3years it actually feels smoother than new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthFLpix View Post
    It looks well suited for commuting. Around here you'd probably pay $500 for a similar bike at a local shop, so I think you got a deal. I started off on a very similar bike and after 3years it actually feels smoother than new.
    I initially ordered an Electra Townie 3i which is absolutely the best bike I've ever ridden, but decided to go for something cheaper (Electra's cost around $1000 US here!) since I didn't have a safe place to store the bike and also having learned that Electra's are the #1 bike on thieves lists. The guy I ordered the Electra told me that 1 week before my order, an Electra was stolen when someone actually cut down a full size road lamp-post! The police were baffled as to why no-one saw the thief... this on a city corner!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telly View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Here's my budget commuter (newbie here; wanted to try out commuting first before sinking hard cash on a descent bike):


    It looks perfect for commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DVC45 View Post
    It looks perfect for commuting.
    +1 looks like some awesome (IMO) relaxed geometry.
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    I finally have my little Peugeot pretty much finished. This thing is a blast to bomb around in and its really comfy. The bar end shifters work so much better than the old thumbshifters did. I haven't decided yet what I am putting on the rack to haul things yet. I am leaning toward a folding basket on one side and my Jadd trunk bag like I had on my Trek. I really like this bike alot. It been kind of a pain in some ways to get it all together and taken a while, but I think its worth it. Its going to be my "new" primary commuter.



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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
    +1 looks like some awesome (IMO) relaxed geometry.
    +2 Just perfect! Comfy and I love the blue and silver.

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    DSCF1385.jpgDSCF1378.jpgDSCF1383.jpgWTB pro gel seat,Blackburn mars 3.0 blinkie,rear luggage rack w/multiple tie down options,green reflective straps,3M reflective tape front to back,on the wheels,and on the pedals,and lighting the way with a 90 lumen,and a 144 lumen coleman flashlight(s).On the ride a green reflective vest accompanies it all,with a helmet that also has the 3M tape all over it.Now I have only had all this done 2 days now but my girl went riding behind me earlier and said I look similar to a carnival ride going down the road o.O
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    Finally got my Novara Transfer commuter set up the way I want it. Here is a pic of how it looked when it was fairly close to stock:


    I didn't mind how it looked and rode while stock, I just wanted to swap out some parts to make it a bit more comfortable and personalized. This is how it looks now:



    I change up the panniers depending on how much I have to carry for the day so I still have and use the Axioms. I am quite satisfied with the Transfer so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
    I finally have my little Peugeot pretty much finished. This thing is a blast to bomb around in and its really comfy. The bar end shifters work so much better than the old thumbshifters did. I haven't decided yet what I am putting on the rack to haul things yet. I am leaning toward a folding basket on one side and my Jadd trunk bag like I had on my Trek. I really like this bike alot. It been kind of a pain in some ways to get it all together and taken a while, but I think its worth it. Its going to be my "new" primary commuter.



    How about that, three mini velos on the same page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clasher View Post

    Great bikes! Love the reduce, reuse, and recycle theme of the Specialized and the clean lines of the Mercier. Kudos!
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    i won't deny it i'm a straight ridah

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    After I get my Velo Orange Model 1 leather saddle in, I figure my only bike will finally be complete! (well, maybe some reflective sidewall tires. And new bottle cages. And a third chainring....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tFUnK View Post
    Everytime I see a singlespeed cross bike I want one.
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    ^ If it's not too hilly where you ride, go for it. I love the San Jose for commuting, but I'm a bit weary to even do some light touring with it. Currently running 42x17 so I'm not sure how well I can climb with it if I'm carrying a load.
    i won't deny it i'm a straight ridah

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    I think I like the look of the singlespeed more than I like the function. I would have to gear down a 700cc bike so much to be where I would like it that it might be ridiculous. I had a 26" Redline Monocog and the 36x18 gearing was good for me but I sold it to try and cut down on my bikes. I have 90's hybrid bike that I am going to try a few configurations and one of them might be singlespeed. I also have a singlespeed mountain bike frame I might build up one of these days. Right now I need to get some flips and bikes for friends done before I tackle another personal project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmikester1 View Post
    Why wouldn't this be very good for a triathalon? It's all I've got so I'm going to have to use it either way. I figure some new slicks should some.

    Mike
    Slicks will help, but the best way for me to put it is that mountain bikes are simply not optimized for use in triathalons. They're bulky (create a higher profile to the wind) and the gearing is lower than optimal.

    It would be like using a 4x4 truck at LeMans. sure, it could drive the route, but not nearly as efficiently as the cars that are designed for speed.

    Since the bike leg of a triathalon is essentially a "time trial", it is illegal to draft off of another rider. It is you vs. the wind. Every bit of aerodynamic advantage will make a difference. The riding position is low and sleek. The bicycle is devoid of superfluous "stuff" poking out to grab the air.
    So, sure, putting slicks and an aerobar on the mountainbike would get you around he course, and would perhaps be a good way to see if the triathalon thing is for you, but it would be inherently limited, like driving a jeep at an autocross.

    With a total re-build of a mountain bike frame, you could create an aerodynamic machine with better gearing, but would more or less require replacing every component. With that, the time and money would be better spent getting a more appropriate racing (or tri-specific) bike for the purpose.
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    So, my Vaya got a roommate. I sold my CC frame and found this for sale the same night. Still need to swap out the pedals and stem to drop the bars a bit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry66 View Post
    So, my Vaya got a roommate. I sold my CC frame and found this for sale the same night. Still need to swap out the pedals and stem to drop the bars a bit.

    Sweet!
    If you're dropping the bars, another saddle might be a better choice.
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    Here's my Globe Vienna 3 Disc. I've added a computer, under seat bag and fenders. I'll be adding a rear rack and pannier next.







    and my custom badge, complete with a Bob Marley quote


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    ^Wow the front of the front fender looks really close to the tire in the picture. How much room is there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
    Everytime I see a singlespeed cross bike I want one.
    Me too, but then I think "Well, I still like 26" wheels better."
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