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Old 10-07-11, 01:06 PM   #8926
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I converted my old trusty 1991 Giant Iguana hardtail mountain bike into my daily commuter/family van/grocery getter/ and carry anything xtra-cycle. Got a build kit, switched to threadless stem,
and it lights up like the tokyo skyline at night (bikeglow, led lights, reflexite, etc..).

And, logically since it is an xtracycle conversion of a Giant Iguana and it is now freaking xtra-big - my kids have nicknamed it "Gojira" (or Godzilla for us USA folks).


Anyway, here it is as it arrived this morning and moments ago as parked in my office.

Dr. Joe
damn, that is a serious cargo bike.
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Old 10-07-11, 02:13 PM   #8927
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my kent denali converted to an upright touring. a good grocery getter now. at first only changed seat and brake shoes everything else are just additions and preference changes. many miles no major problems.
Best Denali ever, super cool!

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Commuted in on my Breezer today:
Wish I could find another set of purple Tektro RBP cantilevers for the front:

They are just so hot. Thinking of putting a regular dynamo hub in the front, and would love to have matching purple brakes.
I might be able to help you out with that, the LBS had three or four sets of them in the clearance basket last time I was there. I clearly recall thinking "cool, but too bad they're purple..."
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Old 10-07-11, 04:13 PM   #8928
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I might be able to help you out with that, the LBS had three or four sets of them in the clearance basket last time I was there. I clearly recall thinking "cool, but too bad they're purple..."
That'd be awesome if you could check.
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Old 10-07-11, 08:04 PM   #8929
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1999 Gary Fisher Aquila - found at a garage sale. Want to replace fork with a surly 1x1 fork.
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Old 10-09-11, 06:21 PM   #8930
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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.

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Old 10-09-11, 07:06 PM   #8931
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My bad weather commuter. Old MTB with new fenders and Ortlieb waterproof panniers.



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Old 10-09-11, 07:16 PM   #8932
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Get rid of that ugly dork disc! It would be a perfect looking bike without it.
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Old 10-10-11, 08:05 PM   #8933
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Here's my new-to-me '87 Schwinn High Sierra, it's a very smooth and stable ride:

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Old 10-10-11, 08:22 PM   #8934
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Chris - That is beautiful.
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Old 10-10-11, 08:34 PM   #8935
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Thank you sir!
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Old 10-10-11, 09:29 PM   #8936
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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.)

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Old 10-11-11, 05:53 AM   #8937
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Very handsome ride, Chris_in_Miami
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Yay, I get to post my brand new commuter! Just got it yesterday, made its maiden voyage to work this morning.



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!
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Old 10-11-11, 07:44 AM   #8939
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+1. Gorgeous bike.
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Old 10-11-11, 07:49 AM   #8940
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Thanks thanks! No one can resist black chrome

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Old 10-11-11, 04:10 PM   #8941
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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.

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Old 10-11-11, 11:06 PM   #8942
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I dig those brakes.

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Old 10-12-11, 02:57 PM   #8943
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What are those? Some kind of backwards cantilever brakes?
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What are those? Some kind of backwards cantilever brakes?
I believe they are roller cam brakes.
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I believe they are roller cam brakes.
So the mustache looking metal thingy gets pulled up, and then the arms actuates to engage the brake pads?

Brilliant!
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I believe they are roller cam brakes.
Yes, Suntour made these in the late 80s, under license from Charlie Cunningham/WTB.

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So the mustache looking metal thingy gets pulled up, and then the arms actuates to engage the brake pads?

Brilliant!
Exactly, they had a reputation for creating tons of stopping power, but they're slightly tricky to set up. I'm still dialing them in on this bike.
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Old 10-13-11, 01:18 AM   #8947
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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.
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Here's my new-to-me '87 Schwinn High Sierra, it's a very smooth and stable ride:

Is that a biopace crankset?
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Is that a biopace crankset?
Yes, I have them on a few of my bikes.
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Yes, I have them on a few of my bikes.
Same here...

Have found that with one defective leg the Biopace really helps with maintaining a smooth cadence and taking some of the extra stress off my good leg and knee.
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