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Old 01-24-12, 02:45 PM   #9226
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Old 01-24-12, 08:31 PM   #9227
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Heres my beast 2011 Trek utopia
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Old 01-24-12, 10:25 PM   #9228
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Nice to see another one of those. I love mine and have only good to say about it. Unfortunately bike theft is very high here so I don't usually commute on it. I use my much slower and heavier 7200 which I will upgrade eventually.
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I love these pictures of commuting bikes in snow!
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Old 01-25-12, 08:09 AM   #9231
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Here's my old Denver commuter, a 1985 Trek 520 that I'm thinking of fixing up - for a full description click here - -

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Old 01-25-12, 05:52 PM   #9232
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Here's my old Denver commuter, a 1985 Trek 520 that I'm thinking of fixing up - for a full description click here - -
To a lot of us a 520 of that vintage is a Grail bike. Need to put a build thread on that in the C&V forum.

You can buy CR18's in a 27 for under $30 a hoop on Amazon. I'm running 700c on my 420 and worked fine with the stock brakes (not Canti). Bet it would work on that as well. I'd even consider a more modern drive train if whats on it is worn badly. I'm running mid 90's 105sc hubs with 7 speed indexed bar ends, Deore LX derailleurs with the stock crank to keep the vintage look. Rides wonderful. I'm about to build a 84 Trek 890 (Urban bike on 26's with 1.5 tires) and plan to run it 9 speed bar end.
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I just finished reconfiguring my '89 Rockhopper with Soma Sparrow bars and 26x1.25" Panaracer T-Servs. I originally planned to use the Sparrow bars in "dropped" mode, but the fit just wasn't going to work without a ridiculously tall quill. It seems this bike wanted to be reborn as more of a Dutch bike wannabe than a hipster wannabe.





What fenders are those? and would you happen to either have or willing to take some photos that show the clearance that you have between the tire and fender in the back? also if you have a photo of where it connects to the rear stay (near where the brake mounts) it would be appreciated
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Old 01-25-12, 07:35 PM   #9234
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To a lot of us a 520 of that vintage is a Grail bike. Need to put a build thread on that in the C&V forum.

You can buy CR18's in a 27 for under $30 a hoop on Amazon. I'm running 700c on my 420 and worked fine with the stock brakes (not Canti). Bet it would work on that as well. I'd even consider a more modern drive train if whats on it is worn badly. I'm running mid 90's 105sc hubs with 7 speed indexed bar ends, Deore LX derailleurs with the stock crank to keep the vintage look. Rides wonderful. I'm about to build a 84 Trek 890 (Urban bike on 26's with 1.5 tires) and plan to run it 9 speed bar end.
I love that old bike. The drivetrain is about 450 miles old so with some cleaning and lube it will be good for a while. You are the second source today that has told me I can just put 700 wheels on it without a problem. I have a fresh pair of 700c wheels on a bike my wife has but won't ride (less than 20 miles?), I'll just try it and see. The Cantilever Brakes and the downtube shifters I'll keep, because it's part of the personality of the machine! Thanks for your thoughts Grim
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Old 01-26-12, 10:42 AM   #9235
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Oh, and in between the Triumph & the Miayta was this oddball hybrid that I created:

Totally bad ass! What tires are those?
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Totally bad ass! What tires are those?
They look to be Maxxis Hookworms
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They look to be Maxxis Hookworms
Maxxis Hookworms are correct.
Here's a better pic of the tread:

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My daily Ride. Some of the time it has a matching basket on the front rack.
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Maxxis Hookworms are correct.
Here's a better pic of the tread:

How would you compare the Hookworms to Big Apples? I'm working on another build (1993 Bridgestone XO-3) and I want big (1.75-2.00) and fast tires for a rough stuff ride.
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How would you compare the Hookworms to Big Apples? I'm working on another build (1993 Bridgestone XO-3) and I want big (1.75-2.00) and fast tires for a rough stuff ride.
I hear that they're rather heavy compared to Big Apples. I have no concrete knowledge, though. If you're looking for a tire like that with a little bit more tread, I'd look into the Schwalbe Hurricane. They have a file tread-y center, and aggressive side knobs, and I believe that they come in 26*2.00. Sixty Fiver recommends them, though I've never personally used them.

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I hear that they're rather heavy compared to Big Apples. I have no concrete knowledge, though. If you're looking for a tire like that with a little bit more tread, I'd look into the Schwalbe Hurricane. They have a file tread-y center, and aggressive side knobs, and I believe that they come in 26*2.00. Sixty Fiver recommends them, though I've never personally used them.
I have no experience with any other tires in this range.

The hookworms were heavy, but once they got rolling, they were kinda flywheel-ish... they just kept on rolling.
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My brother got me a set of Ortlieb panniers for a late birthday gift and I'm lovin' them!

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This is my commuter. The stem is 1 or maybe 2 cm too long so I have the bars set up a bit funny.
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Killer ride! I hope you've got a good lock for that. It seems that it would appeal to some low-lifes...what suspension fork do you have on that?
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Killer ride! I hope you've got a good lock for that. It seems that it would appeal to some low-lifes...what suspension fork do you have on that?
Thanks, scoatw! The suspension is RST Gila T5 with 80mm travel, which came stock on the bike when it was new. Yes, indeed, I have a series of locks, but I also have help! I lock it daily in front of a busy grocery store at a bike rack. One day, when I was getting it ready to head home, the head maintenance guy (a cholo looking man) walked up and said "Nice Bike", and we had a 20 minute friendly conversation about everything under the sun! When I finally started to ride off, he said "And don't worry about your bike when it's locked here, man, no one's gonna **** with it here - we're watching it for you". Nice to have allies in this world!
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Old 01-29-12, 07:15 PM   #9247
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Here's my Trek 7.2fx with a few add-ons.
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Here's my Trek 7.2fx with a few add-ons.
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Bar ends

Nice looking commuter. Panniers don't look too large and the bar ends will provide additional hand positions. Hopefully it all went together without too much trouble!
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My Trek 520 with new tires.

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What size is it??
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