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Old 06-04-12, 05:37 PM   #9776
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LOL I had to look "ponking" up to see what it meant. The frame seems plenty stiff but its not as responsive as my Windsor Shetland, but thats not surprising given their relative geometry. The Citta has a 42 inch wheelbase which seems fairly long.
I'd prefer a longer wheelbase... and a straight frame. My Shetland has neither.
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Old 06-04-12, 06:28 PM   #9777
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Well, even though I started a new thread for this one, I'll post it here as well. Custom build using a Surly Disc Trucker frame, Shimano Alfine 8 IGH, and Avid BB7 brakes.

That is a serious traveler.
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Old 06-05-12, 08:20 AM   #9778
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The latest iteration of my daily rider:




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Old 06-05-12, 09:10 AM   #9779
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Nice bike! Where did you get your bag?
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Old 06-05-12, 09:18 AM   #9780
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Wiggle in the UK.
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Old 06-05-12, 11:15 PM   #9781
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Seasonal changes.

From this:



To this:



I wanna go all black, but the yellow is so eye catching, and local drivers are so... you know. Anyway, skinny summer tires means that I can fit a front derailleur, which means that I can run a bigger chainring. Which is great, since, come summer, the lack of ice and studded tires had me spinning out on the 42 tooth on several local downhills. Plus clicky-clicky indexed shifting (I know a lot of people disagree, but I really hate bar-end shifters on drop bars) and clipless pedals (not pictured) and I'm loving my very brief, very speedy commute. Which is great, as my slow whip, the day-glo cruiser, is busted (and no, I don't want to talk about it).

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****in' A right. Sick ride, groovestew.
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Old 06-06-12, 12:55 AM   #9782
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That Giant Seek is so cool -- yet it's almost like the Bad Boy I used to own and later sold. There's another model at my LBS with an Alfine 8sp. I should test-ride it to see how much I like its IGH.
Yeah. it's much like a BB but couldn't get a good deal on a BB so I go with this one...
Looks tons better than on web site pictures



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Old 06-06-12, 01:56 AM   #9783
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Seasonal changes.

From this:



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I wanna go all black, but the yellow is so eye catching, and local drivers are so... you know. Anyway, skinny summer tires means that I can fit a front derailleur, which means that I can run a bigger chainring. Which is great, since, come summer, the lack of ice and studded tires had me spinning out on the 42 tooth on several local downhills. Plus clicky-clicky indexed shifting (I know a lot of people disagree, but I really hate bar-end shifters on drop bars) and clipless pedals (not pictured) and I'm loving my very brief, very speedy commute. Which is great, as my slow whip, the day-glo cruiser, is busted (and no, I don't want to talk about it).



****in' A right. Sick ride, groovestew.
I do like the yellow wheels with the black. A huge improvement over the before pic. I like the Trek too :-)
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Old 06-06-12, 04:23 AM   #9784
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Well, even though I started a new thread for this one, I'll post it here as well. Custom build using a Surly Disc Trucker frame, Shimano Alfine 8 IGH, and Avid BB7 brakes.

that's a sexy utilitarian ride there.
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Old 06-07-12, 08:53 AM   #9785
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I've been commuting, every work day (and to church n Sunday) for three weeks now.

Here's my ride:


It's a Dimaondback Edgewood hybrid.
My current commute is about 9 miles roundtrip, with an assist from the local MTA.
By summer's end, I hope to be making one leg (into work) without the MTA lift, that's 14.5 miles one way.
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Old 06-08-12, 09:31 AM   #9786
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Decided to switch things up and ride the Rawland:


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Old 06-08-12, 10:15 AM   #9787
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Nice drawer-pulls, noglider.
+100 for your signature. I'm always glad to see my kind
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Old 06-08-12, 11:52 AM   #9788
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My daily beater is in the shop right now, so I'm riding my "weekender" for my commute these few days.

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Old 06-08-12, 12:32 PM   #9789
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my Surly Cross Check...
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Old 06-08-12, 06:49 PM   #9790
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My new cross check commuter/cross/mountain bike


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Old 06-08-12, 10:47 PM   #9791
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Hi,

Here is my late '80 MTB as commuter bike.


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Looks to be a perfect commuter. Love the pulley on the stem.
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Old 06-09-12, 11:52 AM   #9793
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Here is my late '80 MTB as commuter bike.
Those 9xx series Treks are such nicely made bikes... the frame work is as good as anything ever made.
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Old 06-09-12, 12:06 PM   #9794
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That's a great looking bike. What bars are those?


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Those 9xx series Treks are such nicely made bikes... the frame work is as good as anything ever made.
Sixty Fiver,

Your Shasta and Cascade inspired me to fix up this bike. It is one tough cookie, decently equipped and I enjoy riding it .

Thanks,
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Old 06-10-12, 10:27 PM   #9796
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I'd prefer a longer wheelbase... and a straight frame. My Shetland has neither.
I love my little Shetland it still my favorite bike in the stable, but the Citta is a great little commuter. Its really stable and comfy plus I can put regular sized Panniers on it with a rear rack once I get it set up right. Its kind of a funky looking frame, but I think it honestly looks better in person than it does in pictures. I have had many compliments on it from friends who both know some things about bikes and ones that know very little about them. I look forward to when I have time to convert it to dropbars, but I have other projects right now that come first unfortunately.
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Old 06-10-12, 10:43 PM   #9797
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Took a picture of my stead. Ready for the commute tomorrow.

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After learn that i shouldnt load 40kg of stuffs only on rear racks.Now i add some racks at front to balance the load.
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Your Shasta and Cascade inspired me to fix up this bike. It is one tough cookie, decently equipped and I enjoy riding it .

Thanks,
That is nice to hear... if I was looking to replace my Shasta one of those late 80's Trek's would sit very highly on my list and we have converted many of these into some very capable and utilitarian machines.

My Shasta might be my hardest working bike as it replaced my Trek hybrid as my all around commuter and utility bike... just swapped the wheels between the Shasta and Cascade and fitted Marathons which makes the bike a little livelier and quicker on the road, although the ride is not quite as nice with these as it was with the Schwalbe Silentos.

Also upgraded the rear d to a Shimano DX from the Shimano Light Action which makes for a quieter and smoother shift.

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That is nice to hear... if I was looking to replace my Shasta one of those late 80's Trek's would sit very highly on my list and we have converted many of these into some very capable and utilitarian machines.

My Shasta might be my hardest working bike as it replaced my Trek hybrid as my all around commuter and utility bike... just swapped the wheels between the Shasta and Cascade and fitted Marathons which makes the bike a little livelier and quicker on the road, although the ride is not quite as nice with these as it was with the Schwalbe Silentos.

Also upgraded the rear d to a Shimano DX from the Shimano Light Action which makes for a quieter and smoother shift.

Now, that's a go anywhere commuter bike. I am on a lookout for one of this Kuwahara with quad butted tubing.
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