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    Well it's been 14 months of commuting with my Mendota and I love it, works perfectly and is fairly quick.

    Here is how it is currently setup (sometimes without fenders)...


    I have 2 different sized front handlebar bags, 2 different MTX trunks (1 with zip-out panniers, 1 without), fenders, lights, horn, etc.

    The only items on the bike I have changed are... different Ergon grips and a shorter handlebar stem.

    Haven't had any mechanical issues thus far, only performing the following... keeping the bike clean, drivetrain cleaned and lubed and tires pumped up to 85psi.

    Cheers!

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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
    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!

    Thanks again!

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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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    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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    That parking rack look very interesting wisaunders, maybe i'll make something like this in front of my office too.
    Alfine 8(Thai forum but pics say thousand words,right?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mardmakarm View Post
    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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    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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    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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    My new commuter for this year. Salsa Vaya3


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy View Post
    My new commuter for this year. Salsa Vaya3

    I love that bike. No fenders?
    Currently one bike: Singular Gryphon do-it all bike with Nuvinci N360
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    Quote Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
    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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    That Titec H-bar intrigues me. Kind of pricey, but I think I'll get it to play around with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy View Post
    My new commuter for this year. Salsa Vaya3


    Which bars are those? They look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by provisional View Post
    Which bars are those? They look great!
    Salsa Cowbell. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BattleRabbit View Post
    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:


    Last edited by cyclocommuter; 02-19-12 at 07:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    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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    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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    Schwinn Circuit by jsigone, on Flickr

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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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    For my wife's commuter:

    My Bikes: 2009 Breezer Uptown EX | 1980 Miyata Six Ten | 1970 Hercules Three-Two-Speed
    Wife's Bike: 2008 Globe City 7

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    For my wife's commuter:
    Cozy !

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