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Old 11-29-12, 06:29 PM   #10451
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Heres my 700c schwinn varsity. Love it so far.
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Old 11-29-12, 06:38 PM   #10452
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I bet that wheel looks awesome while spinning... is that a DIY thing? Pretty cool.

However, that seat... is it actually comfortable for you while nosed down like that?
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Old 11-29-12, 06:48 PM   #10453
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the seat I can take it or leave it. It's better than what was on it before but not fantastic. I find myself standing on the pedals when there's a bump in the road.
The wheel looks killer when its moving and it gets compliments a lot. Its actually waxboard cutout thats zip tied to the spokes. It was on the bike when I got it so I have no clue where it came from.
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Old 11-29-12, 08:08 PM   #10454
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I've been gone a while folks figured I would give you a pre-invite to the winter commuter I'm building. As usual for my builds nearly all second hand and strange looking(seems to be my thing). I'm thinking about calling it the Peppermint Bomber.

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Old 11-29-12, 09:18 PM   #10455
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!988 Panasonic MC3500 all "Rivendelled" out.
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Old 11-29-12, 09:52 PM   #10456
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Because small wheeled bicycles give up very little to their full sized counterparts and take up less space, accelerate quickly (great for urban stop and go), and the low centre of gravity and right geometry will make them out handle most bikes.

They also make great touring bikes.
You've mentioned this before and I'm intrigued. When I finally get the fleet* laying around me built up I think the next N+1 bike will be something with small wheels. My commute has a lot of stop and go over its 8 miles and I enjoy touring. I'm wondering if I can get the true feel of what it is like on a little bike on a fairly inexpensive one to start with. If I like it then I'd be willing to plunk down the dough for a tour capable one, especially something classy looking with a decent range of gears.

* Conversion of an old MTB for my girlfriends new commuter, repairs to her mountain steed, overhaul and winter conversion (snow and ice) for my mountain bike/foul weather commuter, complete my rebuild of my touring rig and the seemingly never-ending maintenance for my commuter. Other than her touring rig (which is thankfully complete now) all of those bikes are '88 to 2000 mountain bikes. Oh, and finish converting an MTB into a commuter for a friend of a friend, gift of a bike that was a little too small for me. I can't consider an N+1 bike right now!

Oh, and since it is a commuter bike pic thread, I'll post this:

Not the most flattering angle, I was trying to illustrate fender coverage for this shot. I need to take some more pictures, but have been holding off as there is just a little more tweaking I am going to do to this build, but it is basically complete.

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Old 11-29-12, 11:44 PM   #10457
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That is a sexy beast Fizz.

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I've been gone a while folks figured I would give you a pre-invite to the winter commuter I'm building. As usual for my builds nearly all second hand and strange looking(seems to be my thing). I'm thinking about calling it the Peppermint Bomber.

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Old 11-30-12, 02:59 AM   #10458
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^ +1 I'm loving it so far. Winterized my commuter:

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Old 11-30-12, 05:52 AM   #10459
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^ +1 I'm loving it so far. Winterized my commuter:

Nice!
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Old 12-02-12, 05:39 PM   #10460
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Old 12-02-12, 05:39 PM   #10461
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^ +1 I'm loving it so far. Winterized my commuter:


I like it.
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Old 12-02-12, 05:44 PM   #10462
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Here's the current configuration of the Singular Gryphon - commuting mode. Supernova E3 lighting, Shimano Dynamo, Nuvinci N360 IGH, Avid BB7, Marathon Supreme 50mm, Jeff Jones Loop Bar. It's about a year old now, and I've tweaked and changed things since I did the original build.
This is a great riding bike. It handles heavy loads (groceries, etc) with ease, and feels nimble for its heft. So far, so good. I love it.




The bike is very similar in design to the Salsa Fargo - fully rigid 29er by design. Here it is in single track mode:
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Old 12-04-12, 05:12 PM   #10463
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turned this fuji frame into my commuter. (local markets & grocery store)


now.
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Old 12-04-12, 05:52 PM   #10464
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Because small wheeled bicycles give up very little to their full sized counterparts and take up less space, accelerate quickly (great for urban stop and go), and the low centre of gravity and right geometry will make them out handle most bikes.

They also make great touring bikes.
I agree with you on the first point, but not the rest.
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Old 12-06-12, 03:29 PM   #10465
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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...
These pics are fantastic! You and this bike have been through it all. Love it.
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Old 12-06-12, 03:32 PM   #10466
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Sometimes you have to brush the snow off the bike too...

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Old 12-06-12, 03:35 PM   #10467
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I agree with you on the first point, but not the rest.
On a 200 km weekend trip...





Was riding this bike 100km a day and 160 km on the weekends...

After the custom work was done it just got that much better...

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I see your point. Mine is 451-20" non-folder. I'm not a fan of folders because they ride rubbish.

Anyway, do you park your bike outside overnight everyday? I see your lights are attached to the bike too.
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I see your point. Mine is 451-20" non-folder. I'm not a fan of folders because they ride rubbish.

Anyway, do you park your bike outside overnight everyday? I see your lights are attached to the bike too.
The Extrabike has been parked outside for a few days as I renovate the shop... it takes up a little bit of parking space and unless it melts the snow is not an issue.

Just the rear blinkie is attached... the expensive lights are in the house with the e-bike's battery.
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Old 12-06-12, 04:22 PM   #10470
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the seat I can take it or leave it. It's better than what was on it before but not fantastic. I find myself standing on the pedals when there's a bump in the road.
The wheel looks killer when its moving and it gets compliments a lot. Its actually waxboard cutout thats zip tied to the spokes. It was on the bike when I got it so I have no clue where it came from.
It may sound odd, but you'd be surprised how comfortable a seat can be if you tip the nose up slightly. You have to lower it first, though. A seat tipped down is a sign that it might be too high.
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totally awesome!
same goes for your sweet all-rounder. I've always admired that bike.
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Old 12-10-12, 03:06 AM   #10473
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I'm digging this bike, but that rear wheel has got to be hell in a crosswind.

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Heres my 700c schwinn varsity. Love it so far.
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Old 12-10-12, 09:41 PM   #10474
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My Schwinn Mirada; mtb-to-townie conversion.


I like it.
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Nice bike man. Are those retro-shifters? How quick is that compared to a traditional 700c? What would you guess is your "average" riding speed?

Again, very cool.
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Because some cities allow 24" and under size wheel bikes are allow to ride on the sidewalk?
Where I live they allow motorcycles on the sidewalk. I ride in the street though.

I prefer the handling of 20" wheels to 700c. They accelerate faster and I like the way they corner. The only real downside is that the very short wheelbase makes cross-chaining more of an issue.

I don't use a speedometer but the world record for upright bicycle speed was set on a Moulton with 17" wheels so I don't really think the 20" wheels are any slower than 700c. They're illegal in UCI racing though, and racing tends to set the aesthetic of what is fast.

They are retro-shifts, and I really like them but they're overpriced.

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