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Old 02-15-12, 03:48 PM   #9276
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slolane - that's a great looking bike. If you carry a pump, do you keep it in the rear bag?

Also, is that one of those "airzound" things in the bottle cage?
Thanks so much, it's a lot of fun. I got it as an end of year sale and have been very happy with it.

I carry a pump and 2 tubes, the pump is a fairly small one that fits in the front bag, I got one small enough to fit on the frame of my road bike but now that you bring it up I should have a larger (easier) to use one for this bike, since I ride this one the most.

Yes, that is an airzound, I really like it, works great. For the few times I have had to use it the drivers heard me with their windows up!

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Old 02-15-12, 10:23 PM   #9277
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Removed the rack, panniers, and toe clips. The rack and panniers are great when I go shopping, but are way more cumbersome than a backpack when I'm just going to class. (the 27 stairs and four doors between the street and my dorm room are much easier to navigate without the rack too)
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Old 02-16-12, 03:13 PM   #9278
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Here she is at work. She's getting a wash, new tires and new break pads this weekend.



Wow, that's blurry, I'll get a better pic tomorrow.
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Old 02-16-12, 06:18 PM   #9279
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That parking rack look very interesting wisaunders, maybe i'll make something like this in front of my office too.
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Old 02-16-12, 08:24 PM   #9280
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That parking rack look very interesting wisaunders, maybe i'll make something like this in front of my office too.
Be sure to bogart all the spaces like wisaunders does for extra style points...





Just kidding, I see that it's not locked that way...
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Old 02-17-12, 03:17 AM   #9281
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Frankenbike 5 years on!

Start as a beat up Avanti Blackthunder about 5 years ago.



Now looks like this.



Is starting to look a bit ratty thanks to rattle can paint job.
Only original parts are the frame and forks. Great for my 11km commute.
Considering an orange powdercoat
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Old 02-17-12, 06:15 AM   #9282
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Orange Powdercoat:


Untitled by tastewar, on Flickr

There's more pics there if you're curious, but this one (while not a great photo) probably shows the color better than the others.
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Old 02-18-12, 02:32 PM   #9283
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My new commuter for this year. Salsa Vaya3

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Old 02-18-12, 02:56 PM   #9284
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I love that bike. No fenders?
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Old 02-18-12, 07:09 PM   #9285
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I love that bike. No fenders?
Not yet. I'm enjoying it too much right now, sans fenders. I'm also still trying to decide which width tires I'm going to run, before I buy the fenders.
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Old 02-18-12, 11:24 PM   #9286
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Old 02-19-12, 06:47 AM   #9287
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That Titec H-bar intrigues me. Kind of pricey, but I think I'll get it to play around with.
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Old 02-19-12, 02:26 PM   #9288
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That Titec H-bar intrigues me. Kind of pricey, but I think I'll get it to play around with.
Me too, although it looks like I should go with the newer Loop version. I wish the search feature worked better, I'm sure there must be threads about these bars, but I'm not having any luck finding them...
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Old 02-19-12, 02:38 PM   #9289
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Me too, although it looks like I should go with the newer Loop version. I wish the search feature worked better, I'm sure there must be threads about these bars, but I'm not having any luck finding them...
The loop bar is a Jeff Jones original, as is the H-bar. Titec makes a version of the H-bar under license from Jeff.

I love my loop bar and can highly recommend it.

http://www.jonesbikes.com/h-bar.html
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Old 02-19-12, 05:16 PM   #9290
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Which bars are those? They look great!
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Old 02-19-12, 06:43 PM   #9291
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Me too, although it looks like I should go with the newer Loop version. I wish the search feature worked better, I'm sure there must be threads about these bars, but I'm not having any luck finding them...
I'm trying to learn to be more minimalistic and NOT attach too much stuff to my bike(s) and the loop bar will encourage me to attach all sorts of gadgets to it I'm thinking about my touring/weekend bike. I need to learn to go light for those long rides.
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Old 02-19-12, 08:21 PM   #9292
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Which bars are those? They look great!
Salsa Cowbell. :-)
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Old 02-19-12, 08:45 PM   #9293
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Removed the rack, panniers, and toe clips. The rack and panniers are great when I go shopping, but are way more cumbersome than a backpack when I'm just going to class. (the 27 stairs and four doors between the street and my dorm room are much easier to navigate without the rack too)
Same here... I decided to remove the rack and go with a backpack too. I also installed DIY mud flaps at the front and rear fenders. The front fender mud flap is already paying dividends... less mud/salt spray on my shoes and on the bottom bracket area of the bike.

My commuter sans rack/panniers:



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I'm trying to learn to be more minimalistic and NOT attach too much stuff to my bike(s) and the loop bar will encourage me to attach all sorts of gadgets to it I'm thinking about my touring/weekend bike. I need to learn to go light for those long rides.
I can understand the words I am reading but they don't make any sense to me!



(up to 6 lights, mirror, always a bell and Airzoundz, reflectors, racks...)
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Old 02-19-12, 10:32 PM   #9295
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picked up this beater from CL to be my commuter Has all the OEM parts from 87' and still in pretty good shape other then nicks n scraps over the yrs.


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titec h-bar and jones loop h-bar info

if your looking to run a titec h-bar and you have seperate shifters and brakes you will have to mount one or the other on the upper loop both of them wont fit on the lower with the grips installed. if you decide you want to try the titec out get it off pricepoint they are 39.98+shipping.i have shifters and brakes in one single unit and i still had to trim about 1/2" off my grips. the jones loop h-bar can accomadate both shifters and brakes as the rear grip area is longer but they are 120.00 which is why im trying the titec first. also with either i believe you will have to swap stems possibly, im not to sure on this. but i did have to lengthen my cables as they were to short hope it helps and goodluck so far mine are working great
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I like it. But it doesn't look waterproof. Is she a fair weather rider?
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I like it. But it doesn't look waterproof. Is she a fair weather rider?
No and no. I'm sure she could put the contents in a plastic bag and it'd be fine.
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