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    Quote Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
    I don't like the feel one when I jump from one bike to another so I bought the same bike and modified both. The pretty welll feel the same when I ride them.
    Two my favourite bikes of all time are my 87 and 88 Kuwaharas which are a model apart but share the same frame dimensions and geometry and a few folks think they are the same bike.

    One is set up for commuting / trekking while the other is my touring bike.

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    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.

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    Like the chainguard on that bike, Telly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinyBiker View Post
    Like the chainguard on that bike, Telly!
    Even though it has the manufacturer's logo printed on it, I suspect it's made by SKS (as are the fenders). Here's the latest version available from CRC http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/S...SKS+Chainboard

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    My ride was really catching the early morning sun. It was glowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillynHook View Post
    My ride was really catching the early morning sun. It was glowing.
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    Do you commute through the Game Grid?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burton
    When some wild eyed eight foot tall maniac grabs you by the throat and taps the back of your favorite head head against the barroom wall, and he looks crooked in the eye, and he ask you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

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    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyryder View Post
    Do you commute through the Game Grid?

    Sir, I award you two internet points for the excellent reference.

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    GP, I really like the looks of that. That's a Rivendell right? Which model? Beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phx1973 View Post
    GP, I really like the looks of that. That's a Rivendell right? Which model? Beautiful!
    Thank you.

    Yes, it's a 1999 Rivendell All-Rounder built by Joe Starck. I was hit by an HVAC van in January 2011 and replaced my damaged Cross-Check with the Rivendell. It had been built up in '99 or '00 but was ridden very little.

    Very comfortable riding bike.

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    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).
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    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.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Two my favourite bikes of all time are my 87 and 88 Kuwaharas which are a model apart but share the same frame dimensions and geometry and a few folks think they are the same bike.

    One is set up for commuting / trekking while the other is my touring bike.
    I have a twin set of favorite frames also. Steel Novara Randonee touring frames from 1996 and 1997. These are xs size frames that take 26" wheels. They don't make them any more. I got the first one about 4 years ago at an REI garage sale, NOS for $15. Built it up as a commuter with flat bars. Paid for itself a long time ago.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griddlecakes View Post
    nashbar x build. My first drop bar bike, rolling on my first homebuilt wheels:





    built this to race 'cross, but scheduling conflicts prevented participation this year. So i mounted fenders and bought a set of studded hakkas so that i can use it as the backup 'muter/cat 6 race bike this winter. Hopefully i won't be working weekends next fall, so that i can get out and race the bike for real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
    I am 5'9" but this bike was bought for me when I was about 12 years old (28 now). It's a Titec Hellbent has 1.5" of setback. Good luck finding one, I had to call Dog the Bounty Hunter to track one of these things down for me especially in a 26.6 size which is like seeing a flying unicorn.

    The bike rides like a dream especially with the addition of the Mary Bars (handed down from my MTB), the stem is a 120mm so you can imagine this frame is pretty small. I am currently in the process of finding a decently priced disc SS hub so I can run a tomicog.
    Your right they sure are hard to find I need a 25.6 it seems.any ideas on where to look anybody?

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    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
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    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

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    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.
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    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.


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    Wow, GriddleCakes, you took the words right out of my mouth!

    Quote Originally Posted by GriddleCakes View Post
    They're just miffed that, despite their $25,000, environmentally-conscious, "green" *coughcoalnuclearfishkillinghydroelectricallypoweredtoxicbatterycontainingstopgapmeasurecough* vehicle, you are out-"green"ing them for a fraction of the cost.

    Possibly this upsets them at a deep, sub-conscious level; for, like most motorists, their car is deeply intwined with their ego and personal identity. By not hauling along a 2000 lb. metal cage whenever you leave the house, you challenge their sense of themselves as Earth saving crusaders, out-smugging every other non-hybrid vehicle on the road. And so, as an automatic defense mechanism to prevent the destabilization of the personality, the mind automatically removes you and all other transportation cyclists from the visual field before cognitive recognition. Maybe, anyway; it's just a hypothesis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BestSportEver View Post
    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.
    Very nice! Just one tip - you've got your front tire chained, but your rear is completely guardless to thieves. Any way you can get the chain to go through the rear wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MijnWraak View Post
    Very nice! Just one tip - you've got your front tire chained, but your rear is completely guardless to thieves. Any way you can get the chain to go through the rear wheel?
    The rear wheel should be shackled to the post with the cable securing the front wheel... after the frame the rear wheel is the most expensive component on most bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
    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.
    What a sweet ride... always like to see those Canadian bikes getting around as they are so nicely made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtom View Post
    http://www.mtbstore.com/product_images/post140_s.jpg Your right they sure are hard to find I need a 25.6 it seems.any ideas on where to look anybody?
    I actually found mine on this forum in the classifieds, just searched and then looked through every thread then PM'd anyone who had one no matter how old the thread was and finally someone bit.

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