After some help from a forum member, I got myself a new bike....
...and so far after trying it out as is, I replaced the Ergo bars and seat suspension with a simple straight handlebar with Shimano grips and solid saddle post leaving the saddle which was quite comortable (Selle Royale); I also added a Blackburn Flea, Blackburn road mirror and rear Smart three led flasher. Next up is finding a good pair of panniers (difficult to get here in Greece). I'd appreciate it if anyone had an online source for good quality panniers!
Last edited by Telly; 10-30-11 at 05:22 PM.
Like the chainguard on that bike, Telly!
Replaced the DA 53/39 crank with a Sugino 46/36/26 triple, replaced the Nitto Randonneur bars with Salsa Bell Laps and replaced the STI shifters with bar ends and Cane Creek levers. I was able to finance the replacements by selling the DA 7400 parts.
GP, I really like the looks of that. That's a Rivendell right? Which model? Beautiful!
Well, since I'm commuting regularly now, here's my loaded commuter:
I call it the tank, because it rides like one when there's a lot of weight on the back (in a good way).
I ride two different department store bikes of doom. Neither have exploded or caused small children to cry yet.
198? Free Spirit Sovereign 12 speed road bike (Sears) - the smooth and comfy one. The commuter/hauler/touring bike.
2011 GMC Denali 14 speed road bike (Wal-Mart) - the fast frankenbike. The racer.
I spotted another one of these frames on ebay a few months ago so I bought it and built it as a second commuter with drop bars and STIs, and an LHT fork. Been riding it to work all summer.
They have the same geometry but the second one has smaller diameter tubing and is a bit more flexy than the first. Both are excellent transportation around town.
I plan to get both frames/forks powdercoated over the winter. The flat bar one will be dark blue and the drop bar one will be imperial bronze.
Salsa Vaya Ti
Novara Randonee x2
Motobecane Fantom CXX
Fully loaded with Monday's work and free coffee grinds for composting.
Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. ~Mark Twain, "Taming the Bicycle"vBulletin: snafu
My '83 Marinoni frame resto project has seen a number of variations since I first completed the "porteur" build last Winter. Its current form is much better. Here it s sporting its commuting guise, including an Alfine 8 in lieu of the Sturmey S3X I had originally installed. Since this pic was taken, I've shellac'ed and twined the bars, and fully housed the shifter cable to the hub armature.
Last edited by canyoneagle; 11-04-11 at 10:48 AM.
Currently one bike: Singular Gryphon do-it all bike with Nuvinci N360
Coming soon (winter project) Ciocc Designer '84 mod build
Temporary (on loan from a buddy): 1985 Raleigh Prestige
New to biking this past Summer and just started commuting last week going to do it untill the winter comes.This is my bigbox store bike with some minor upgrades
My new to me, commuter.
Still needs rack and full coverage fenders, but I've been using it for the past week to ride to work.
"Cycling is for pleasure not penance"
I had been commuting on my New Tarmac, but this will work better/be more practical during the cold/wet season. By the way, thanks to the inspiration of this forum and all of you guys I have ridden to work and back (22miles daily) since April and don't intend to stop. This, in addition to my regular "road bike group rides", puts me near 200 miles per week on a bike. Also it puts me at 200 pounds instead of 245 like I was back in April.
2012 Sirrus Elite by individual image, on Flickr
2011 HTC S-Works Roubaix
2011 Tarmac Pro
2012 Sirrus Elite
2010 Raleigh Clubman
1980 Peugeot PX8M