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Old 01-08-12, 06:46 PM   #9176
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This one is Soma Lauterwasser Handlebar, I don't have a shot on cockpit yet but you can find some on google pics.

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Old 01-08-12, 07:55 PM   #9177
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My New Commuter! It is a 2000 Magna with like no miles on it when I picked it up on Friday night. Saturday I spend time adjusting the bars, seat, and brakes. The fenders from a Schwinn are going to be fitted, painted, and added..... along with a back rack.



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Old 01-08-12, 10:02 PM   #9178
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Ah finally, someone else with a Torker! I've been loving my for almost 2 years now. It's a burly, reliable, all weather, commuter no?

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took off the trunk bag now that the commute is really walking distance, a friend made the frame bag for me to try out as a prototype.

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Old 01-09-12, 05:18 AM   #9179
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1993 Diamondback Traverse
Dimension Road Bar, stock brakes and shifters, CST Selecta Tires, planet bike saddle and fenders
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Old 01-09-12, 05:35 AM   #9180
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I'm still not sure about the basket.
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Old 01-09-12, 07:26 PM   #9181
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I think that basket looking nice and very useful.
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Old 01-09-12, 09:31 PM   #9182
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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.



Great ride.. have an '11 Marinoni. build well and bomb proof
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Old 01-09-12, 11:21 PM   #9183
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1993 Diamondback Traverse
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I have hybrid version of this bike with that sweet spatter paint job. Its like the bike is made out of an Oreo Blizzard or something. =) I think I might have to give up on the idea of building up because I don't think it will fit me the way I would want it to.
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Old 01-09-12, 11:23 PM   #9184
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Yeah it is the Gravity Zilla. It rides nice on the road, smoother than my roadbike and quicker than my mountain bike. I can feel the extra resistance of the semi-knobby tires compared to my road bike but that is to be expected. I have taken it on some single track and it handles very good! I love the fit, it feels like you are sitting in the bike instead of on it! Overall I would say it is exactly as described on BD...sort of a jack of all trades-master of none type bike!
Would you post some more pics of the bike? I would like to see some real world pics of one.
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Old 01-10-12, 11:41 AM   #9185
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Ok after much intrernal struggle, research, and hawking Craigslist for almost 2 months I ended up pulling the trigger on a 2011 Kona Paddy Wagon. I ended up getting it for $350 which I thought was a pretty decent deal for a new bike. Its going to be my commuter during the warmer months. What say you BF, any of you have any experience with this bike, words of wisdom, things I need to consider, etc?
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Old 01-10-12, 12:30 PM   #9186
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Ok after much intrernal struggle, research, and hawking Craigslist for almost 2 months I ended up pulling the trigger on a 2011 Kona Paddy Wagon. I ended up getting it for $350 which I thought was a pretty decent deal for a new bike. Its going to be my commuter during the warmer months. What say you BF, any of you have any experience with this bike, words of wisdom, things I need to consider, etc?
That was on my short list when I was shopping for a new commuter - I decided I didn't like the track ends because I wanted full fenders... doable but more hassle.

Why only during warm months? That's a great foul-weather bike... if you can get the fenders worked out.
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Old 01-10-12, 02:15 PM   #9187
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Just got new wheels for the commuter/touring bike. Fuzion M1's. Sorry about the terrible picture as my cameras battery died right as I was going to take a picture. So i had to use my cell phone.


Edit: I just took a better picture...

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Old 01-10-12, 03:10 PM   #9188
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My new commuter! I also picked up a child trailer and turned it into a flatbed. This is the trailers first haul.
Hooray! Finally, another zilla rider. I got mine around Thanksgiving and have been commuting a couple times a week as long as the weather's been cooperating. It's perfect for it, though, I still need to get some fenders for mine.
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That was on my short list when I was shopping for a new commuter - I decided I didn't like the track ends because I wanted full fenders... doable but more hassle.

Why only during warm months? That's a great foul-weather bike... if you can get the fenders worked out.
I've seen pictures of full fenders, specifically SKS p35 fenders on several Paddy Wagons. Erm, aren't those full fenders..I could be wrong?
I bought it because specifically because I thought it had eyelets for both so I could mount fenders and a rack from the seat post for light duty

Edit: I found these pictures that show fenders on a Paddy Wagon




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Old 01-10-12, 08:59 PM   #9190
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1993 Diamondback Traverse
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Beautiful bike. How was the whole process of switching out the bars? I'd love to do something similar with my old MTB commuter, but I've been told that it wouldn't be worth the effort and cost (replacing the brake levers and shifters, etc). Or were you somehow able to keep your flatbar fittings?



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My New Commuter! It is a 2000 Magna with like no miles on it when I picked it up on Friday night. Saturday I spend time adjusting the bars, seat, and brakes. The fenders from a Schwinn are going to be fitted, painted, and added..... along with a back rack.



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Love it! Living proof that functioning commuters can be inexpensive and easily acquired. Kudos on finding a used set of fenders, too.
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Old 01-11-12, 05:19 AM   #9191
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Beautiful bike. How was the whole process of switching out the bars? I'd love to do something similar with my old MTB commuter, but I've been told that it wouldn't be worth the effort and cost (replacing the brake levers and shifters, etc). Or were you somehow able to keep your flatbar fittings?
Thanks. The shifters were easy clamp-on and just required a longer screw. The brake levers I took apart and filed, reamed and hammered. They work but I still want these Tektro
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Those are full fenders to me.
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Old 01-12-12, 04:28 PM   #9193
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I finished converting my flat-bar hybrid to a more comfortable road bike, i will eventually swap out the stem.
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Old 01-14-12, 09:23 PM   #9194
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I've seen pictures of full fenders, specifically SKS p35 fenders on several Paddy Wagons. Erm, aren't those full fenders..I could be wrong?
I bought it because specifically because I thought it had eyelets for both so I could mount fenders and a rack from the seat post for light duty
I have SKS fenders on mine. Totally has the appropriate eyelets for any full fenders that will fit inside of caliper brakes. They used to have rack mounts too, but no more.
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Not particuarly stylish, even by my own low standard for stylishness, but this one gets the job done in the winter, with studded tires that keep me upright on ice.

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My entry-level road bike converted commuter (2003 Fuji Finest). Recently upgraded with SPD shoes/clips and 23c Gatorskins in the hopes I can put some MKII fenders on it. Still dreaming of something more versatile, along the lines of a Bianchi Volpe/Surly Pacer type. Maybe one day...
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I recently converted my hybrid flat-bar bike to a utility/grocery-getter/commuter bike with road bars and shifters.
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Old 01-15-12, 04:49 PM   #9198
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Added somethings to the new Magna commuter this week; horn, painted and installed back rear rack and pannier bags, front and rear lights and new water bottle with mount. I also ordered the rail handle bar mount for the Garmin Vista I used in the Military and a 16 oz Stanley thermos for hot joe. I'm planning to order new panniers that are not as long/deep....I'm getting heal hits on the ones from the wifes bicycle.



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Those road bars look right at home, Alexaschwanden!
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