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Old 09-12-12, 11:50 AM   #10176
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When I first Got Her


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Sorry for repst. Thought I was in other forum and wanted to show changes over the years.
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Old 09-12-12, 12:10 PM   #10177
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How hard was it to convert over to the drop bars? Been considering it for some time now.



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Old 09-12-12, 01:37 PM   #10178
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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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Old 09-12-12, 08:46 PM   #10179
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Finally got around to adding a full chaincase.
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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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Old 09-13-12, 05:54 AM   #10181
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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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Old 09-13-12, 09:40 AM   #10182
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Finally got around to adding a full chaincase.
That is really a nice looking set up
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Old 09-13-12, 12:36 PM   #10183
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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.


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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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Old 09-14-12, 04:35 AM   #10186
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Old 09-14-12, 12:43 PM   #10195
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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:
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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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