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  1. #10176
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    1973 Mercian Pro on the way to work last week. Rode it to work today too.



    Riv Homer Hilsen, parked at work. Commute on it about half the time, the other half on my Bob Jackson:



    Bob Jackson, shown just outside where I work, set up similar to the Hilsen:

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    When I first Got Her


    This Is Her Now


    Sorry for repst. Thought I was in other forum and wanted to show changes over the years.
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    How hard was it to convert over to the drop bars? Been considering it for some time now.



    Quote Originally Posted by X-LinkedRider View Post
    When I first Got Her


    This Is Her Now


    Sorry for repst. Thought I was in other forum and wanted to show changes over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djyak View Post
    How hard was it to convert over to the drop bars? Been considering it for some time now.
    Well i did it in many stages. but essentially. You need new shifters, brakes, cables and housing if you are keeping the same gearing setup.

    I went from a 3x8 Sram with inline brakes to 2x10 Shimano with Canti brakes so obviously I also had to change my BB, Crankset, Derails, Cassette and chain. If you like building bikes, it's not hard at all. it is fun. if you don't know what you are doing. it's never a bad time to teach yourself.
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    Finally got around to adding a full chaincase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-LinkedRider View Post
    When I first Got Her


    This Is Her Now


    Sorry for repst. Thought I was in other forum and wanted to show changes over the years.
    I've seen this bike in many earlier posts and each time it seems to morph into something else. Not sure I've seen more personalities in a bike - except my own
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckfox View Post
    I'll post a picture of my rig...if you guys promise not to laugh! Here is a sneak peek.

    Picture from 4/9/04. Not that I want to clog up this thread with this, but it would be interesting to see which bikes are still around and how they may have faired over the years (or taken on a different "personality").
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenway View Post

    Finally got around to adding a full chaincase.
    That is really a nice looking set up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridefreemc View Post
    I've seen this bike in many earlier posts and each time it seems to morph into something else. Not sure I've seen more personalities in a bike - except my own
    Yeah it has been through a lot. It was my first real bike I ever bought and I toured cross country with it pretty stock. I don't have the heart t get rid of it, and the frame seems to be useful for pretty much any setup. Thanks for following
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    early 2000s trek 1000 with a mostly tiagra drive chain, 28s, and a transit torrent pannier. looking to switch up soon and get a steel frame single speed that can take bigger tires/fenders. it's also a little too big for me.

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    With that much seat post showing, I don't see how it could be too big for you, unless you have short arms/torso.


    Quote Originally Posted by aquateen View Post


    early 2000s trek 1000 with a mostly tiagra drive chain, 28s, and a transit torrent pannier. looking to switch up soon and get a steel frame single speed that can take bigger tires/fenders. it's also a little too big for me.
    Hey, I'm just this GUY...you know?
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    it's too long for me. i'm 5'9 and its a 56cm frame

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    How do you commute without fenders? :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by aquateen View Post
    it's too long for me. i'm 5'9 and its a 56cm frame
    Shorten the length with a Flatter/ shorter Stem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
    How do you commute without fenders? :/
    ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igo View Post
    ???
    Fenders, mudguards. What do you call it?

    I see a lot of pics without fenders. What do you do when it rains? How bad is it? You have to change all your clothes when you get to work?

    I'm asking because I've started commuting on my road bike this summer. It is superfun, but rain without fenders worries me. This rainy morning I was back on the hybrid bike. How do you make it work without fenders?
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-LinkedRider View Post
    Shorten the length with a Flatter/ shorter Stem.
    yeah this stem is actually shorter than the one i had originally but still doesnt cut it. i was also looking for a more upright position. my road bike is a 54 and that is much more comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
    How do you commute without fenders? :/
    i get wet

    my commute is 12 miles one way so i definitely need to bring a change of clothes. but if i have to choose between wider tires (a softer ride) and not getting muddy i'll take the tires for now at least. i am also new to this as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
    Fenders, mudguards. What do you call it?

    I see a lot of pics without fenders. What do you do when it rains? How bad is it? You have to change all your clothes when you get to work?

    I'm asking because I've started commuting on my road bike this summer. It is superfun, but rain without fenders worries me. This rainy morning I was back on the hybrid bike. How do you make it work without fenders?
    Depends on the weather and your needs. In my hometown in South Florida, there seems to be a wet part of the year where I'm soaked no matter what and just keep a towel and change of clothes in my bag, and it's pretty reliably dry the rest of the year. Some afternoons are a little rainy, but I'm going home anyway, so I don't mind getting a little wet.

    I usually keep my bag strapped to the rear rack, which makes it act as a fender, but I could get by without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquateen View Post
    yeah this stem is actually shorter than the one i had originally but still doesnt cut it. i was also looking for a more upright position. my road bike is a 54 and that is much more comfortable.
    Try moving the saddle forward too. Makes a lot of difference in comfort in my experience.

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    I'm thanking GAWD I managed to get this in black, get a rear rack on it, and change out the horrid carrier handlebars. This bike flies!!!



    I also have this trunk bag on the rack now, for my work clothes & stuff:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o05_s00_i00

    PS: I'm just glad I found a Puma bike that didn't look like THIS:

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    Here's my new commuter. I will start my 25 mile round trip commute Tuesday.


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    flat-(ish) bar-ing it now


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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    flat-(ish) bar-ing it now

    Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyStickman View Post
    Love it!
    +1, that's one badass LHT!

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