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Old 02-22-12, 01:33 PM   #9326
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Dual PB turbo's! You should put them both on solid and use the blink mode as a turn signal. Of course, that's not practical.
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Sometimes it is hard to keep up as I rarely find myself looking for bikes but they seem to find me.

I should start a spreadsheet but think I was at 17 before all these bikes fell on me.
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Old 02-22-12, 01:36 PM   #9327
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Here's my ride, Trek 7.5FX disc. I commute most days of the week plus weekend and grocery trips. Does really well.
Nice commuter. Are these the new Axiom panniers?
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Old 02-22-12, 01:45 PM   #9328
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You have a Moulton, too??!?! Ugh, you and your awesome bikes.
My friend is a Moulton collector and it was his green Moulton "Speed" that I wanted to emulate and he drew his inspiration from the bicycle I pictured... having ridden his bike it made me want one of my own.

He already has half a dozen gorgeous restored and customized Moultons that span 30 years of production and had a few spares he wanted to give to people who would appreciate them.

I wish I didn't have the Dawes as it belonged to a friend who passed away earlier this year and he was building it into an all rounder / tourer and we had plans to take our respective folders on some adventures.

Bikes are just things... I would much rather have my friend back as he was one of the most brilliant and generous of people and considered me a mentor in all things bike related and was a great student and teacher himself.

His family gave me his Dawes and when it is finished I will raise a glass of iced tea and take it for a ride, in memory of my friend, and if anyone wants to do the same it will be kept here for safe keeping.
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Old 02-22-12, 01:54 PM   #9329
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I'm sorry to hear that Sixty Fiver. I also lost a very good friend last year. Very painful.
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Had my first commute on the Circuit today, pretty darn nice. Might take a while to get used to the downtube shifters, last time I used them was about 15yrs ago before I got into BMX and MTBs. Good thing this are indexed though!! When I got home I had to make some minor tuning to the front D, the big ring has a bit of wobble to it. All in all, I'm happy
I miss my non-indexed downtube shifters!!
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Old 02-22-12, 02:37 PM   #9331
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This is my lovely commuter without its rear rack and coming soon front rack and fenders

And this is my bike in night Rider mode
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Old 02-22-12, 02:59 PM   #9332
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I've been looking for high viz triangles like those. Did those come with your panniers or did you buy them separately?
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where is the stemcaptain? I'm pretty sure it was your big dummy build that convinced me the stem captain should be bought before a decent mini-pump.

great build,
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Old 02-22-12, 04:27 PM   #9334
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I miss my non-indexed downtube shifters!!
I keep moving my finger under the brake lever to shift...darn SRAM habits... then get the OH YAH moment..reach down. Did a 18mile lunch ride today, allot more gearing change needed then my normal 6mile flat commute. Plan for the climbing gears and max out gears before the decents so I don't have to take my hands off the bars (silly newb)
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Old 02-26-12, 06:19 PM   #9335
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Winter 2012 Surly LHT by keifer.miller, on Flickr

Slowly transitioning into commuting. I've yet to acquire all the practical bits (my sweaty backpack stands as a testament to the pannier envy I'm feeling right now).
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Old 02-27-12, 09:39 AM   #9336
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I've been looking for high viz triangles like those. Did those come with your panniers or did you buy them separately?
It's "Aardvark Reflective Yield symbol 7x7" with Velcro Strap", I bought it on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Aardvark-Refle...dp/B001GSKOU6/

I modified the Velcros a bit for my needs, I think they come with a loop or something.

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where is the stemcaptain? I'm pretty sure it was your big dummy build that convinced me the stem captain should be bought before a decent mini-pump.

great build,
Thanks Ha ha ha! I took it off, it comes off too easily, I was afraid it'd get stolen quickly. I still have one on my weekend bike and my MTB.
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Could you snap a picture of that rear light mount? My wife has the same rack on my commuter bike and it would be nice to be able to double up on the superflashes. Thanks.
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That mount is a DIY hack. It's the T-shaped part that comes with the Topeak rack. I bought some cheap lights on Deal Extreme a while ago and they have exactly the same attachment brackets as Planet Bike lights or you can hack the ones that came with your lights too, but I kept them, just in case. The lights are basically a PB Superflash ripoffs.

So I cut off the parts from the light brackets that the lights clip into and glued two of these using epoxy to the T-part. You will need to drill holes in the T-bracket to bolt it to the rack like this.



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Old 02-27-12, 10:30 AM   #9339
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Great job on your bike.
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Old 02-27-12, 11:20 AM   #9340
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Old 02-27-12, 12:15 PM   #9341
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+1, nice job Adam! I noticed you posting here again after an absence, and I've been meaning to say "welcome back!"
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That mount is a DIY hack. It's the T-shaped part that comes with the Topeak rack. I bought some cheap lights on Deal Extreme a while ago and they have exactly the same attachment brackets as Planet Bike lights or you can hack the ones that came with your lights too, but I kept them, just in case. The lights are basically a PB Superflash ripoffs.

So I cut off the parts from the light brackets that the lights clip into and glued two of these using epoxy to the T-part. You will need to drill holes in the T-bracket to bolt it to the rack like this.



Thank you! It's always better to have a picture. I just bought two new superflashes to mount on the back of my new xtracycle build, but might go ahead and install them on my wife's bike as you describe.
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Thank you! It's always better to have a picture. I just bought two new superflashes to mount on the back of my new xtracycle build, but might go ahead and install them on my wife's bike as you describe.
I made kind of the same mount except I added a reflector in the middle. The Cateyes slide into the same type brackets that Adam has on his.
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I made kind of the same mount except I added a reflector in the middle. The Cateyes slide into the same type brackets that Adam has on his.
I was wondering if any other lights may have the same type of brackets.

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Thank you! It's always better to have a picture. I just bought two new superflashes to mount on the back of my new xtracycle build, but might go ahead and install them on my wife's bike as you describe.
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That mount is a DIY hack. It's the T-shaped part that comes with the Topeak rack. I bought some cheap lights on Deal Extreme a while ago and they have exactly the same attachment brackets as Planet Bike lights or you can hack the ones that came with your lights too, but I kept them, just in case. The lights are basically a PB Superflash ripoffs.

So I cut off the parts from the light brackets that the lights clip into and glued two of these using epoxy to the T-part. You will need to drill holes in the T-bracket to bolt it to the rack like this.



That's nice. You should line up a supplier and sell those.
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My commuter without its rear rack and soon fenders and front rack



My commuter in night rider mode. i will be replacing my headlight with a MS MJ 868 or an SG 1000

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My commuter in night rider mode. i will be replacing my headlight with a MS MJ 868 or an SG 1000
The lights look good, but you need some more reflective elements too.
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