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Old 05-28-12, 12:38 PM   #9726
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My commute is only about 15 minutes through downtown Vancouver, but it's enjoyable on this thing:

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Old 05-29-12, 12:29 AM   #9727
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I used this today.

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Old 05-29-12, 01:05 AM   #9728
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Aha. You finally got a Surly. Nice!
A little more tweaking... new freewheel (White Industries) and a new rack.



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Old 05-29-12, 01:07 AM   #9729
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I used this today.

Sweet ride... think I will bust out my folder tomorrow.
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Old 05-29-12, 01:21 AM   #9730
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Here's my Volpe with 35mm Paselas and SKS Longboard fenders. The big tires are great on rough pavement and dirt. The Relevate Designs Viscacha bag is a new addition and has been a big improvement over wearing a backpack.
Lovely picture. And the bike looks pretty sweet too.
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Old 05-31-12, 07:31 AM   #9731
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Old 05-31-12, 09:06 AM   #9732
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Nice Volpe. How's riding with the Viscacha? I've been tempted to get one to use my road bike for light, multiple day rides.

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Old 05-31-12, 01:53 PM   #9733
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A little more tweaking... new freewheel (White Industries) and a new rack.



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What Kinda Rack is that?
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Old 05-31-12, 02:26 PM   #9734
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What Kinda Rack is that?
Filzer... has enough adjustment and offset to fit the Pug's frame and is rated for 25kg although that might be pushing it.

Will use this until I build some custom fitted racks with higher capacity.
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Old 05-31-12, 05:09 PM   #9735
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Liking the Pug!...Those some of your bags?
Show us more on the racks and chain guard on number two please!
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Old 05-31-12, 10:42 PM   #9736
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well hellow Grim. Yes, i miss this stuf but i went and got a house (working on it for 2 and 1/2 years now) so i can have the room i need to make bike goodies. The chain gard was bent around a steel coffee can and a glas jar and looks like an endless loop of wood and my hands are still sore from "twineing" the bamboo
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just finished this crosscheck build last night. will become a nice weather commuter to complement my LHT.


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well hellow Grim. Yes, i miss this stuf but i went and got a house (working on it for 2 and 1/2 years now) so i can have the room i need to make bike goodies. The chain gard was bent around a steel coffee can and a glas jar and looks like an endless loop of wood and my hands are still sore from "twineing" the bamboo
Always something to do on a house but sure is nice having something that is yours. My mad money got a sever kink with having to drop $6k on a HVAC 2 weeks ago. No money for hot rods and bikes for a while.
Still Downtown or did you move out a little?
If you have the pictures throw up a build thread on the bikes. I know the C&V guys would enjoy them.
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Old 06-01-12, 10:27 AM   #9739
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I've been commuting on this almost exclusively since I built it up a couple of weeks back. I just added a Wald basket to the rear rack also, and got some great panniers for shopping trips that convert from pannier to backpack, so I will need to take some updated photos soon too.

1983 Peugeot PX 8 M, with lots of tweaks along the way

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Old 06-01-12, 03:35 PM   #9740
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My commute is only about 15 minutes through downtown Vancouver, but it's enjoyable on this thing:

This rig is awesome, I bet it is fun to rip around town on this thing
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Old 06-01-12, 08:08 PM   #9741
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Always something to do on a house but sure is nice having something that is yours. My mad money got a sever kink with having to drop $6k on a HVAC 2 weeks ago. No money for hot rods and bikes for a while.
Still Downtown or did you move out a little?
If you have the pictures throw up a build thread on the bikes. I know the C&V guys would enjoy them.
Build thread! C&V guys??? O yea, still downtown sort of but it is called the east side. HVAC, eh i gutted everything out of a 1904 home $$$$$, yep, all new and i stillhave my aprtmt down town.
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Old 06-01-12, 08:12 PM   #9742
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I've been commuting on this almost exclusively since I built it up a couple of weeks back. I just added a Wald basket to the rear rack also, and got some great panniers for shopping trips that convert from pannier to backpack, so I will need to take some updated photos soon too.

1983 Peugeot PX 8 M, with lots of tweaks along the way

hey, i like it lots! The front fender could use a flap to extend it though Dry feet rule!
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yea, they look a tad small.
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yea, they look a tad small.
Must've washed the panniers in starch!
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Old 06-01-12, 10:13 PM   #9746
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Co-Motion Norwester Tour. 2010 model, custom frame size, since I'm kind of strangely built. Been riding it to work every day for over 2 years now. Changed the bars is all. Cheap Bor-Yeah rack and custom fender extension crafted by my bike mechanic wife.
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Nice Volpe. How's riding with the Viscacha? I've been tempted to get one to use my road bike for light, multiple day rides.
The picture shows the bag right about at minimum capacity (I carry less on Fridays) but on most commutes I have the bag fully loaded (work clothes and shoes). I notice the extra weight but it doesn't affect handling too much; it's not much higher than a trunk bag on a rack would be.
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Must've washed the panniers in starch!
Lol! That actually gave me a chickle. It's a small little tool pouch that has just enough room for a spare tube, tire lever & patch kit. I attached it to the back of my Wald basket that I added to the rear rack. I also got these handy-dandy panniers that clip nicely to the basket:

http://www.bicyclehero.com/us/detour...-26l-blue.html

http://www.bicyclehero.com/us/detour...k-26l-red.html

Just waiting for a chance to take some good pics

@mechanicalron: I do intend to pick up or make a extended flap for the front fender, good call. It's a fairly new build so additions will be made as the needs come up.
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Yea, that bike is rite down my alley and i love the look. ya just cant beet classics, good build
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Great looking bike. What bars are those?

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Co-Motion Norwester Tour. 2010 model, custom frame size, since I'm kind of strangely built. Been riding it to work every day for over 2 years now. Changed the bars is all. Cheap Bor-Yeah rack and custom fender extension crafted by my bike mechanic wife.
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