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Old 11-14-11, 09:37 AM   #9051
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my commuter, done around a 1000 miles so far, frequently breaks down but i love repairing it. i removed the fenders to reduce the weight but it rained the next day and i soon learned that i'm better of with them...

bought it new for around the $50 US. bargain.
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Old 11-14-11, 10:16 PM   #9052
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Old frame new parts. payed $150 for it put about $70 into it. I put about 850 miles on it this year and 600 last year.
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Old 11-14-11, 11:15 PM   #9053
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Old frame new parts. payed $150 for it put about $70 into it. I put about 850 miles on it this year and 600 last year.
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Old 11-15-11, 12:58 AM   #9054
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I like it.
+1. The stickers, mismatched parts, and rainbow chain come together in a fun, eclectic style. I'd ride it.
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Old 11-15-11, 01:04 AM   #9055
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Finally got to test the new winter ride in an inch of fresh snow and roads that had turned into a skating rink... was nice to watch pick up driving rednecks get stuck on hills while I rode away like I was riding on dry pavement and we are calling this Cyclist Revenge Day 2011".

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Old 11-15-11, 04:47 AM   #9056
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Finally got to test the new winter ride in an inch of fresh snow and roads that had turned into a skating rink... was nice to watch pick up driving rednecks get stuck on hills while I rode away like I was riding on dry pavement and we are calling this Cyclist Revenge Day 2011".

My fiancÚ (girlfriend at the time) used to live in a neighborhood where one of the exits was up a short little 12% grade hill (we measured after a discussion as to the steepness of said hill). I used to love passing motorists as they spun out trying to climb the hill on wickedly icy days, and my ability to do so was one of the factors in convincing the lady that studded tired bikes are a viable form of winter transportation. It's all about the traction to weight ratio.
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Old 11-16-11, 05:56 AM   #9057
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A little unusual I know, she does double duty as a fast tourer on rough roads and can handle some gravel etc.
I bizarrely lust after this thing. It just looks fun
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Old 11-16-11, 04:49 PM   #9058
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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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How is the Sirrus for commuting? I'm planning on getting the '12 Sirrus Comp, or maybe even the limited, or my daily commute to work and anywhere else around central florida.
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Old 11-16-11, 06:59 PM   #9059
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How is the Sirrus for commuting? I'm planning on getting the '12 Sirrus Comp, or maybe even the limited, or my daily commute to work and anywhere else around central florida.

To answer your question: Excellent!

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Old 11-16-11, 07:11 PM   #9060
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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.

Masi 1- Single Speed: White Industries freewheel, cranks and pedals. Paired with Bruce Gordon half clips. Specialized Avitar saddle, Race Face bars with Tektro cross top levers. SKS fenders on top of stock wheels 700 x 32c. I have a pair of Mavic Open Pro's on Formula hubs to be installed.

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I bought this for FG winter commuting, but I like it so much I used it all summer too.
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Old 11-16-11, 07:49 PM   #9061
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Here's pics of my commuters. Picked the Univega up cheap off of CL a couple years ago and put the racks, fenders, and trekking bars on it. It's has been used for grocery shopping/commuting, errands and such since that time. Came with all XT components.
I've had the Koga for several years and it came to me set up with a Sachs 7x3 rear hub and triple rings up front. Way to many gears, but a great riding, fun, and useful bike that I love riding. Been car free for about sixteen months now.
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Old 11-16-11, 09:35 PM   #9062
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Che bella!
I bought this for FG winter commuting, but I like it so much I used it all summer too.
Love the Speciale Commuter. It's a pity that Masi stopped making it! I don't see one in their 2012 lineup that compares: http://www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed
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Old 11-16-11, 10:41 PM   #9063
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I named this bicycle Scorcher since I can't find the real brand or model when I got it.
I had this bicycle fitted with new parts and modified part of the frame. I just found out that this bicycle falls under the high wheeler category.

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Old 11-17-11, 06:50 AM   #9064
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Love the Speciale Commuter. It's a pity that Masi stopped making it! I don't see one in their 2012 lineup that compares: http://www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed
You know it really is. My objective was a long wheelbase bike with horizontal dropouts for fixed gear, room for big tires and fenders, regular road bars with room for lights, sensible brakes, etc... nothing else out there even came close in a complete bike package - and this bike was really inexpensive... $500 for the complete bike. Kona had one but with track ends, Surly LHT had the geometry, but with vertical dropouts. Still don't see anything similar short of a custom ... I didn't even like Rivendell's SS frame.

Oh well, it was a niche market and I was lucky to be in the market when it was available.
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Old 11-17-11, 12:28 PM   #9066
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You know it really is. My objective was a long wheelbase bike with horizontal dropouts for fixed gear, room for big tires and fenders, regular road bars with room for lights, sensible brakes, etc... nothing else out there even came close in a complete bike package - and this bike was really inexpensive... $500 for the complete bike. Kona had one but with track ends, Surly LHT had the geometry, but with vertical dropouts. Still don't see anything similar short of a custom ... I didn't even like Rivendell's SS fram
Oh well, it was a niche market and I was lucky to be in the market when it was available.
So were all the Speciale SS's the same frame/fork or did the commuter have different features, mounts, etc?
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So were all the Speciale SS's the same frame/fork or did the commuter have different features, mounts, etc?
The Commuter was the same frame as the Randoneur (also discontinued). All the other bikes named Speciale and all the other fixed models were more conventional short wheelbase, low tire clearance, and track ends. Really nice line of bikes and nice prices, but just not what I was looking for. The best other option I had was for a Salsa Casseroll but that was a frame only if I wanted fixed, so would have been a lot more $$$.
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Old 11-17-11, 02:00 PM   #9068
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Kona had one but with track ends, Surly LHT had the geometry, but with vertical dropouts. Still don't see anything similar short of a custom ... I didn't even like Rivendell's SS frame.

Oh well, it was a niche market and I was lucky to be in the market when it was available.
Cross check?

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Old 11-17-11, 04:14 PM   #9069
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I named this bicycle Scorcher since I can't find the real brand or model when I got it.
I had this bicycle fitted with new parts and modified part of the frame. I wonder into what category is this type of bicycle frame? In the show I entered it they classified it as Off-Size Category. How are bicycles with this frame categorized in shows?

That thing is funky.
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Old 11-18-11, 06:35 PM   #9070
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My trusty Bridgestone XO at work, ready to roll when i am....


happy bell and cork grips. Scored a pair of suntour thumb shifters. Groovy feeling.
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This is my Beater #1 bike, and 1986 Schwinn Prelude.

I wanted to take some pictures down by the harbor, and wanted better pictures than my point and shoot could deliver. So, I carried my DSLR, with telephoto and kit lens in a camera bag. To make shooting really fun, I carried my Manfrotto 055XPRO tripod along with its padded Manfrotto case. No racks on my bike either. Did a 30 mile round trip with this rig..

With all that gear, the ride was interesting and fun.

BTW, the pictures I took turned out to be crap too!

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Old 11-26-11, 07:31 AM   #9073
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Update of The Fredster.

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Finally done, just finished my first ride. The Avid BB7 disc brakes are insane, so much power! The frame is quite stiff, great hill climber. SRAM shifting takes a little getting used to, coming from the Dura Ace 7800 that's on my Cannondale. Overall, this cyclocross bike is almost as light as my road bike. Total weight is around 16lbs.

Just need to find some quick release fenders that will fit and I am good to go.



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I would like to have something like that Dirty Disco but with bosses for dynohub wiring and rack & fender mounts. That'd be pretty fun.
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