1999 Gary Fisher Aquila - found at a garage sale. Want to replace fork with a surly 1x1 fork.
After a 20+ year hiatus, restarted commuting in May on this Trek Allant (standard equipment bell, fenders, and rack, added power grip pedals, dyno hub with front and rear lights, Planet flashers front and rear, mirror, mud flap, saddle bag, panniers, and other bits). 20 miles round trip rain or shine. Hopefully through winter, too; we'll see. I have the Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires ready to go.
My bad weather commuter. Old MTB with new fenders and Ortlieb waterproof panniers.
Here's my new-to-me '87 Schwinn High Sierra, it's a very smooth and stable ride:
Chris - That is beautiful.
Following this thread has really shown me how each person/environment shapes the bike chosen/built.
I originally posted a pic of my bike when it was brand new.
Here is a pic at one year old, this month.
The label on the frame says for riders 5'11"-6'2". I'm just over 5'10" on a good day, but my LBS recommended a larger frame as I was over 300lbs when I bought it. I'm now 260lbs and I've grown to love the feel of the larger frame under me.
New rear cartridge, and chain.
MKS Lambda platform pedals.
Michelin City ProTek on the rear.
Vittorio Randonneur on the front.
I have more light than shown here. I need new batteries for the fork blinkers I have, and I need to order a new mount for my Cateye OptiCube beamer since I lost the stupid plastic nut that holds the straps....
I recently had my LBS give her another tuning as I was still hearing a sort of intermittent "pepper grinder" sort of sound from between the pedals.
The sound is gone, and she rides like new again.
She's held up well with all this city can throw at her. (Probably the worst of which was when it was hit by a car when locked to a street sign while I was shopping.)
Very handsome ride, Chris_in_Miami
Yay, I get to post my brand new commuter! Just got it yesterday, made its maiden voyage to work this morning.
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2010 Jamis Coda with Avenir panniers, SKS fenders and various lights. This is an upgrade from a 1980's Cyclepro 6-speed with a too-small frame - I was amazed at how much smaller the hills got this morning!
My new(er) commuting machine. Lent the other to a friend, who locked with a crappy lock and got stolen, so I had an excuse to buy myself this. The name "black knight" is beginning to stick but I'm open to suggestions.
What are those? Some kind of backwards cantilever brakes?
Odyssey made a version of them for BMX bikes in the 90s and late 80s. (They called them Pitbulls) Until cantilever/V brakes became common place, they were the go to brake for BMX racing. I had a set, back in the day. They made stopping effortless. I'd been struggling with some cheap MX branded alloy calipers, that pulling the lever was more of a vague suggestion to slow down. I loved those Pitbull brakes.
Originally Posted by Jack Burton