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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberphat View Post
    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,
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberphat View Post
    Now, that's a go anywhere commuter bike. I am on a lookout for one of this Kuwahara with quad butted tubing.
    I think this is one of my hardest working bikes... it was a fixed gear and winter / messenger bike, 3 speed winter bike and rain bike, and now has 21 speeds and is a little more refined.

    My Cascade has an Ishiwata quad butted tubeset and in '88 the Shasta came with an Ishiwata EX triple butted frame (much better than the '87 straight gauge frame).

    The original group on the '88 Shasta was 6 speed Exage but has been upgraded to some vintage Deore (crank, DX rear derailleur, XT friction shifters) and am running some Suzue high flange hubs and Araya wheels that came off an earlier model Kuwahara that I have found to be very strong with hubs that roll like buttah.

    I could go touring on this bike quite easily... all I would need to do is mount a set of low riders on the front fork and do plan to add some eyelets on the fork for this purpose... also plan on refinishing the frame over the winter after I do the little frame and fork modifications.

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    Here is my commuter, a Trek Allant:

    Screen shot 2012-06-12 at 5.14.44 PM.jpg
    At the moment, I only have the time (and energy!) to do my commute once or twice a week. By the end of the summer, I'm hoping for 3 or 4 days a week. It's 35 miles round trip, with ~1,000 feet of climbing on the way out and ~1,300 on the way back, and most of the climbing is within just a few miles. Anyway, I love this bike, I got it last summer after not riding a bike for ~15 years. I feel like I'm ready to move to a road/touring bike, but only when money will allow. So, this will do for the meantime. Recently it took me on the 80 mile route of Portland's Reach The Beach ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoshnasi View Post
    Took a picture of my stead. Ready for the commute tomorrow.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I think this is one of my hardest working bikes... it was a fixed gear and winter / messenger bike, 3 speed winter bike and rain bike, and now has 21 speeds and is a little more refined.

    My Cascade has an Ishiwata quad butted tubeset and in '88 the Shasta came with an Ishiwata EX triple butted frame (much better than the '87 straight gauge frame).

    The original group on the '88 Shasta was 6 speed Exage but has been upgraded to some vintage Deore (crank, DX rear derailleur, XT friction shifters) and am running some Suzue high flange hubs and Araya wheels that came off an earlier model Kuwahara that I have found to be very strong with hubs that roll like buttah.

    I could go touring on this bike quite easily... all I would need to do is mount a set of low riders on the front fork and do plan to add some eyelets on the fork for this purpose... also plan on refinishing the frame over the winter after I do the little frame and fork modifications.

    Is there a definitive way of identifying the '88 Shasta? Does the group set and Ishiwata EX triple butted enough to id it as '88? btw, I also use Suzue hubs (low flange) with Ukai rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpookyReverb View Post
    Here is my commuter, a Trek Allant:

    Screen shot 2012-06-12 at 5.14.44 PM.jpg
    At the moment, I only have the time (and energy!) to do my commute once or twice a week. By the end of the summer, I'm hoping for 3 or 4 days a week. It's 35 miles round trip, with ~1,000 feet of climbing on the way out and ~1,300 on the way back, and most of the climbing is within just a few miles. Anyway, I love this bike, I got it last summer after not riding a bike for ~15 years. I feel like I'm ready to move to a road/touring bike, but only when money will allow. So, this will do for the meantime. Recently it took me on the 80 mile route of Portland's Reach The Beach ride.
    I really dig the Allant, I was admiring one at a shop recently.
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    Haven't posted in a while sorry guys, I've gotten busy. Still riding the Kuwie every day (well almost) and she missed you all and wanted to say hello.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberphat View Post
    Is there a definitive way of identifying the '88 Shasta? Does the group set and Ishiwata EX triple butted enough to id it as '88? btw, I also use Suzue hubs (low flange) with Ukai rims.
    There is a serial number on the non drive side of the seat tube... the first two digits are the year of manufacture.

    This only seems to apply to Japanese built Kuwaharas and Apollos... the Taiwanese produced bicycles do not have the serial number on the seat tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberphat View Post
    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,
    Not my usual commuter as I save the Cascade for touring but today I ran all over the city with the old lady... figure that I have ridden this bike at least 40,000 km since I bought it for a whopping $25.00.


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    Yay lot's of Kuwies on this page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Not my usual commuter as I save the Cascade for touring but today I ran all over the city with the old lady... figure that I have ridden this bike at least 40,000 km since I bought it for a whopping $25.00.

    Nice Cascade. Thanks for posting the this pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fizzaly View Post
    Haven't posted in a while sorry guys, I've gotten busy. Still riding the Kuwie every day (well almost) and she missed you all and wanted to say hello.
    Always nice to see this bike... such a beauty.

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    I just mounted a set of full SKS fenders and Lenzyne Power rack on my Kona Paddy Wagon last night. My bike went from being a fast single speed commuter to an all weather tank. I swear the old girl gained 6 pounds. The jury is still out on if I'll keep it but it was nice to ditch the backpack and use my ortlieb panniers this morning. I'll post pics later tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Always nice to see this bike... such a beauty.
    +1 Thats such a well put together bike. Heck if you didn't know its story an untrained eye might expect it came from the factory setup mostly like that.

    Hey Fizzaly, how did you end up liking your rideable replica leather saddle?
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    Nice bikes everyone i like the ones with the most storage most but there all nice. Id love to be able to get a decent load of groceries on my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
    Here's my daily commuter, a 40 year old French road bike converted to 1 x 5 drivetrain with porteur bars, porteur rack and dynamo lighting:





    I'm new to the forum... and I think I'm in love... ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsnelson View Post
    I'm new to the forum... and I think I'm in love... ;-)
    +1, aren't we all?
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    Took this at the City Hall this morning after breakfast with a friend...


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    I have owned a lot bikes that are better, but nothing will exceed this old beater that accompanied me for my entire childhood.
    most produced and used commuter bike in the world, the Chinese flying pigeon single speed, circa 1980.
    last time i was in Africa I saw some of these on the street. made me laugh out loud
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsnelson View Post
    I'm new to the forum... and I think I'm in love... ;-)
    I think I'm in love with yuor bike! What make is it???
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    Quote Originally Posted by theEconomist View Post
    I have owned a lot bikes that are better, but nothing will exceed this old beater that accompanied me for my entire childhood.
    most produced and used commuter bike in the world, the Chinese flying pigeon single speed, circa 1980.
    last time i was in Africa I saw some of these on the street. made me laugh out loud
    Set aside commuter bike...I've heard that it's the most-produced vehicle in the world!

    You may be interested to know that there's a popular bike shop in LA named Flying Pigeon--they started out by importing the Flying Pigeon bikes and selling them as cheap, dependable bikes. They've expanded to carry other classic-looking bikes (like Pashleys and authentic Dutch city bikes) and cargo bikes.

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    Not the best photo, but there she is. Still have a few things to do to it though.

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