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Old 11-10-12, 09:28 PM   #10401
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Old 11-10-12, 10:13 PM   #10402
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And yes, I got a silly custom printed cap with my personal slogan on it.
Remember, all stars begin as gas.
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Old 11-10-12, 11:44 PM   #10403
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I've REALLY got the itch for a fat bike.
Now you've gone and posted yet another of your impressive stable, and it is a fat bike at that. Sixty, you'll get me into alot of trouble with this!
I think that if you live in Colorado you can justify it.

From today... has been great in the foot of snow we have received in the past three days.

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Old 11-11-12, 09:11 AM   #10404
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Remember, all stars begin as gas.
Okay, now i've got that "The Sun is a mas of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace" song in my head!
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Old 11-11-12, 12:33 PM   #10405
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I think that if you live in Colorado you can justify it.

From today... has been great in the foot of snow we have received in the past three days.

I love every fatbike I see. I can't wait for them to start getting more attainable.
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Old 11-12-12, 08:08 AM   #10406
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65er, what's on the bottom of your down tube?
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Here's my 71/72 Super Course getting gassed up. NJ is the last place where self-serve gas is still not legal, so this is the attending putting gas in it.

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Old 11-12-12, 08:45 AM   #10408
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65er, what's on the bottom of your down tube?
Looks like some kind of shield to keep stuff from flying off the tires and hitting him in the face.
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Old 11-12-12, 10:04 AM   #10409
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I think the deal I got on these bags, and why they were surplus, stems from them being rather poor backpacks due to the narrow shoulder straps and amount of weight they are designed to carry... I adapted the three point straps with the gear clips to serve as my top straps and this provides a quick release and removed the shoulder straps.







I re-purposed the shoulder straps and generous strapping they came with and used the male clips to serve as removable deck tie downs that will clip into the smaller top loops I created for tubular items like my tent and sleeping bag as I am pretty sure there are some camping trips to come.

Am not sure I will keep the helmet webbing as it really is not that practical unless I want to carry soccer balls or whole frozen turkeys...

Will have to top load the bike to demonstrate how it works... it is pretty slick.

The only other thing I have to do is swap one of the small male ends at the bottom by the compression strap for a female clip so these can serve to secure the bags against the frame... right now they are just tied down with those straps.

You should be familiar with the set up of the bag and should see the free female end that the removable top straps will attach to... they are just tucked away in the side pocket


I have been looking for a setup like you have for a LONG time. Are there any identifying marks in those bags? Where did you happen to find them?


Those things are awesome!




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Old 11-12-12, 10:41 AM   #10410
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NJ is the last place where self-serve gas is still not legal
It's not legal in Oregon, either. Whenever I go across the border to CA I end up sitting in my car for a minute wondering where the attendant is before I remember.
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Old 11-12-12, 12:16 PM   #10411
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Looks like some kind of shield to keep stuff from flying off the tires and hitting him in the face.
It is a spray shield... does more to protect the bike from spary than me as those tyres do not throw up much in the way of water or snow. Attached with velcro so I can take it on and off depending on what I am doing.
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Old 11-12-12, 01:03 PM   #10412
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Old 11-12-12, 01:17 PM   #10413
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Damn, that is COOL
a few more pics. I don't own a car. I've had the Hunter 29er for about 3 years now, and have used it for many things, including touring, an attempt at the tour divide, club rides, and of course mtb rides...
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Old 11-12-12, 01:23 PM   #10414
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wow that front brake rotor is HUGE!
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Old 11-12-12, 03:52 PM   #10415
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oops. See below...
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All your attachment links say invalid link specified. Man I want to see it!
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Here's my 71/72 Super Course getting gassed up. NJ is the last place where self-serve gas is still not legal, so this is the attending putting gas in it.

best photo in thread!

while the rest of these clowns drool over the newest Surly whatever, you post original content ... keep it coming and

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Old 11-12-12, 09:45 PM   #10418
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Old 11-12-12, 09:47 PM   #10419
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These are those MKS Lambda pedals I was talking about a few posts up (and the small spacers I used to move 'em out a touch). Love, love, love these pedals.
Agreed, the Lambdas are quite nice. I still want to try the MKS RMX pedals, though.

What are those extender-looking doohickies the pedals are screwed into?
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Old 11-14-12, 03:21 AM   #10420
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My urban assault vehicle: a '93 Specialized Crossroads with Nashbar Townie bags, Nashbar Trekker handlebars, and a Nordic trailer. Now, 'this' is a ride!!!!!


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Old 11-14-12, 01:46 PM   #10421
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Nice ride. What kind of lights are those?
A couple of these:
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I run one on steady and one on flash. Great deal for the money, and the AAA battery life is excellent.
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Old 11-14-12, 04:51 PM   #10422
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From a ride to the store this morning.
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My new "lite" commuter:







Bike started life as an employee purchase, wicked cheap, of a 2005 Gary Fisher Cronus urban bike. 1x9, balloon tires, BB7 brakes (205mm up front -- yowza!), Bontrager Switchblade Al fork.




As soon as it arrived, it got chopped and given to my dad. 700c x 35 front w SA 70mm drum brake, 24 x 2.5" rear, B67 saddle, ape-hangers, brakes linked to one lever with Problem Solver 1-into-2 gizmo:




He wasn't thrilled with it, traded him a Dahon to get it back, at which point it became my drop bar commuter. 2x9 drivetrain, Ultegra bar-ends, Ultegra GS rear der, LX fd, Cane Creek brake levers, 26 x 1.25 tires. (Historical Note: that's a tanker going through the old Memorial Bridge, connecting Portsmouth NH to Kittery ME, RIP):




Traded to a friend for work on the shop website as a mtn bike. 3x9 drivetrain, XT cranks, XT low-normal RD, XT integrated brake/shift levers, 26 2.2 knobbies:




...and back to it's current incarnation:



Still with the same XT/LX drivetrain, 46/34/24 chainrings, 11-32 cass. Upside down townie bars from a Trek Zara. Hand-stitched leather grips and tt protector. Brooks B17 Special saddle. Carradice bag and QR support. Trek Flare 2 rear light and another Planet Bike on the nds seatstay; Niterider 250 on the bars, Trek Ion 2 on the nds fork leg. Shimano A-520 pedals -- spd on one side, flat on the other. Stars of the show are the Big Apple 2.35 tires, 26 on the rear, 29 up front. The fork is a SASO carbon leg fork (Rockshox sticker is a joke...) with 5mm more offset than the original Bontrager Switchblade, but same crown to d/o measurement which quickened steering appreciably; 29er replacement rim up front slows the steering back down. 205mm front disk was way overkill and noisy, so it got replaced with a 160 rotor.

The 250 lumen light is as low as I'd ever go for night commutes and will probably be upgraded to a Cygolite 410. Carradice bag and support was on closeout from Peter White and holds just enough for a day's work. Love the positioning on the bike, kind of a mid-drop, but might explore other bar options. This bike is super for my 38 mi r/t commute, speedier than it looks and great over gravel and crappy New England roads. This will be my snow bike, outfitted with studded tires once snow and ice start sticking, and will get fenders.

For now, it's an absolute hoot to ride and super fun.
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I love me some 2.35 Big Apples, Mconlonx!
My commuter is in the same vein, though I've since gone to the 50mm Marathon Supremes.
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I love me some 2.35 Big Apples, Mconlonx!
My commuter is in the same vein, though I've since gone to the 50mm Marathon Supremes.
I'm shocked how good they are. The 2.2 Bontrager Hanks that came with the original bike felt wicked sluggish, but the Schwalbes are fantastic.
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