Some of you know this bike as my commuter but it was stolen 3 weeks ago.
In replacing it, I decided to keep my next road bike light and lean by not outfitting it for commuting. Instead, I've chosen to use a simple Hybrid for my new pick-up truck/commuter. It is a modest Giant Escape 1 fully outfitted for commuting and cargo hauling. So far it's proving to do a fine job. It is pictured here in full compliment and the way it will usually be set up. The road bike is being replaced with a 2012 Defy II Composite.
This is how the Escape 1 started out:
But it quickly mutated to this capable hauler:
But more often will be set up this way:
Now just a couple more beauty shots
I have a house in escrow so I can't be seen moving this kind of dollars but I count the days. This comes immediately after the house closes. The Escape is religated to the commute and city exploring and the Defy lives on the River Mountain Trail and Northshore roads.
Road Bike: Trek 2.1 Apex
Continental Gatorskin tires
Kool Stop brake pads
Hybrid/Commuter: Giant Escape 1
Panaracer 28c T-Serv tires
Ergon GP2-L Grips
Serfas Lycra Dual Density Saddle
Eleven81 BMX Pedals
Kool Stop brake pads
Planet Bike Blaze 2W front light
Planet Bike Superflash Stealth rear light
Topeak Explorer MTX Rack
Topeak MTX Trunk Bag EX
Topeak MTX TrunkBag DXP with Expandable Side Panniers
Topeak Aero Expanding Wedge - Medium
Garmin GPSMap 60CSx
Still trying to get everything set-up, but here's my new commuter - stock Surly Cross Check I picked up on clearance:
^Nice Surly bike.
2013 Felt 960 29er MTB. 1,322.2 miles
2013 Raleigh Revenio 2.0. 610.9 miles
Thanks for responding. I've been leaning toward the Salsa and your praise is good to hear. But without a test ride I'm hesitant to make that commitment. Also, I'd need a 50 or 52 frame, unfortunately, or I probably would take the risk on the Salsa at that price.
Thanks again. Cheers.
Thanks QStorm, but a 59 is way too big for me. I'm still hoping to find one to test ride, but may decide to take the risk on it anyway. Cheers.
I'm considering a Surly Cross Check. What is your impression and thoughts so far?
Analog man in a digital world
I really like it. I tried out a Bianchi Volpe that I liked better, but I tried the Cross Check and liked it to and pulled the trigger when I found out it was on sale ($960). My only complaint about the Cross Check, and my understanding is this is pretty common with cyclocross bikes, is the bar-end shifters, but I'm sure I'll get used to them the more I ride it. It's a serious improvement over the Trek 4300 I was riding.
the nexus hub though has really been trouble free I have only had to adjust it twice which took maybe 30 secs, Flat tires do take alittle longer and the 1st time you do it is really confusing, the 8 speeds are more than enough for me, I am impressed with the range of gears they were able to cram in there, the 8th gear is insanely tall and I have used it only a handful of times, the 1st gear is super low and I do find myself using it a lot. the ability to just hop on and go and not worry about it was it biggest draw as the more complicated it is for me to ride a bike the less I actually ride it
In the winter, I have found it necessary to switch the rear shifter into friction mode because of poor operating conditions which is easy to do on the fly.
Also, I had a crash several weeks ago that sent me over the bars (I walked away unhurt because of heavy winter clothes and a helmet), and I mangled one of the brake levers. With brifters, this would be a pretty serious issue, but I was able to cobble it back together long enough to ride home and then replace it on the cheap.
May your feet keep move'n with the wind to your back.
My SUV is a bicycle
I just built this bike up. Twas my first bike build!
plans for the bike:
to put on 3M Orange reflective tape on the frame
install my old planet bike cascadia fenders
install my topeak rack
install theft resistant bolts (seatpost/seat/headset/stem/brifters/ect ect)
I've got my old lights, bell, and NYC Kryptonite lock for it too. This will be my commuter/errand/city bike.
Here is my fresh errand runner. Just picked it up yesterday. It is really comfortable. I just need either bar ends or an adjustable stem (or both) and it will be perfect.
My Marin Novato 29er: Best commuter setup i could fathom in my mind
In all its glory, headlight is niterider 350, bunch of rear blinkies, rack is topeak explorer disk
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Sorry about the last blank post. I tried deleting but for some reason it hasn't.
Anyway I've had this bike for almost a month now. I have no car so I commute to work instead of taking the bus. I love the bike and the only thing I've notices is that the shifters tend to skip every now and then. This is probably something I'll upgrade later on.
now with outfitted for commuting.
Yeah, the fenders look great with the black rims.
I had to go to my LBS and have them align it for me... I may have built up the bike but still don't have derailleur hanger alignment, and headset tools yet.