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Old 12-12-12, 05:14 PM   #10501
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A build I finished for my wife... and an early xmas present:



and in commuter mode:



its kind of a weird bike... it actually has 26" wheels and clearance for MTB tires. thread for this build here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...tone-XO-1-1992
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Old 12-12-12, 05:20 PM   #10502
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Wow, how does it fit your wife? Looks like she might be either stretched forward really well or sitting too low.. Hope I am all wrong. I really like the build though, looks great!
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Old 12-12-12, 05:24 PM   #10503
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Wow, how does it fit your wife? Looks like she might be either stretched forward really well or sitting too low.. Hope I am all wrong. I really like the build though, looks great!
haha its a very very weird bike. based on 26" wheels. the frame is a 48cm size. my wife is 5'4" and it actually does fit her fine. details on this build here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...tone-XO-1-1992

the first picture has a 80mm stem for my wife. I put on a 120mm stem (2nd picture) because I went for a ride with it today to test out the fenders.
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Old 12-13-12, 03:31 PM   #10504
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New Surly. Single-speed and bulletproof for my upcoming car-free winter.
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Old 12-14-12, 12:15 AM   #10505
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A build I finished for my wife... and an early xmas present:



and in commuter mode:



its kind of a weird bike... it actually has 26" wheels and clearance for MTB tires. thread for this build here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...tone-XO-1-1992
Is the color on the fenders slightly off or is it me?
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Old 12-14-12, 12:32 PM   #10506
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Is the color on the fenders slightly off or is it me?
It wasn't meant to be an exact match. These are 'cream' colored fenders, while the bike is a pearl tusk color.
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Old 12-14-12, 12:34 PM   #10507
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and runningDoc - you've done an amazing job on that build. A+ for you.

You're right though; that chain-ring looks pretty comical on that frame. It doesn't look bad by any stretch, but I did have to rub my eyes and squint as I took a look at that!
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Old 12-14-12, 01:01 PM   #10508
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The last of the 2012 orange paint. I totally lucked out finding this one heavily discounted, (Thanksgiving weekend), the vanilla white color of the '13 models is a highly undesirable color for me.


Nice bike! I am more of a "stealth" bike guy, so I went with the charcoal gray. Vaya's are amazing bikes. I have used mine for commuting, single track and have weekend toured through several states. I am not taking anything away from other people's bikes, but you bought probably the best all around bike on the market in my humble opinion. I've had it loaded down with 50lbs of gear and it still rides like a dream! Congrats!
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Old 12-14-12, 01:32 PM   #10509
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RunningDoc- Very nice build! I love it!
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Old 12-14-12, 03:31 PM   #10510
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It wasn't meant to be an exact match. These are 'cream' colored fenders, while the bike is a pearl tusk color.
Looks pretty darn sweet. Kind of cappucino-ish.
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Old 12-16-12, 08:45 PM   #10511
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My mostly stock Bergamo that this 69-year old rides 7 miles to a volunteer job 2 or 3 days per week. It's not fast, but neither am I.
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Old 12-17-12, 09:47 PM   #10512
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A few pics of my Salsa Vaya. I bought it as a frameset a couple years ago....











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Old 12-17-12, 11:24 PM   #10513
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Thanks for sharing all your experiences.
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Old 12-18-12, 09:19 PM   #10514
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Great Vayas!!!!

Here is my Vaya, after almost 3000 miles since January. The best long distance commuter bike ever!!!! Now with wild new handlebar tape. The Retroshifters are probably the best upgrade I've ever made to a bike.


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Old 12-18-12, 09:23 PM   #10515
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The last of the 2012 orange paint. I totally lucked out finding this one heavily discounted, (Thanksgiving weekend), the vanilla white color of the '13 models is a highly undesirable color for me.


Nice bike!!
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Old 12-18-12, 09:25 PM   #10516
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Keeping with the Salsa theme here is my Fargo wearing its new Multicam clothes in the snow today!

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Old 12-19-12, 12:59 AM   #10517
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Is Salsa going to take over for Surly as the official bike of BF Commuting?
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This is what I have been riding this winter. I use a backpack instead of racks, I'd have to order another set or transfer from my summer bike. I think I'll order another set but wait until next year.

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Old 12-20-12, 01:16 PM   #10519
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This is Kate, my wife's Torker Tristar which I'm upgrading from a 3 to a 5 speed S-A IGH for Christmas, and my own Ivy Mike, a Novara Fusion on which I commute daily in whatever weather we're having here in Austin.
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No pics yet but I just got a 50cm 2012 Salsa Vaya Ti bike. I've had a 10 minute ride on it before it snowed and got a lot colder here. It's in in the bike stand now getting some parts from my LHT moved over to it. I'll probably be on it regularly in a day or two. I've been wanting a ti frame bike for a while and it was heavily discounted....
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Is Salsa going to take over for Surly as the official bike of BF Commuting?
I got a 2012 Vaya Ti for 20% off. Haven't had a chance to build it up yet. I am not thrilled with the stock build so I am in the process of trying to sell the stock crank, wheelset, rotors, tires, and bars.

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I got a 2012 Vaya Ti for 20% off. Haven't had a chance to build it up yet. I am not thrilled with the stock build so I am in the process of trying to sell the stock crank, wheelset, rotors, tires, and bars. Haven't had a chance to build it up yet.
Mine looked exactly like that when I opened the box. Where did you order yours from? I got mine from Competitive Cyclist, ~30% off. It was the last one they had.
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Mine looked exactly like that when I opened the box. Where did you order yours from? I got mine from Competitive Cyclist, ~30% off. It was the last one they had.
Ordered it from backcountry.com but it came in a Competitive Cyclist box. Guess they are the same company.
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Ordered it from backcountry.com but it came in a Competitive Cyclist box. Guess they are the same company.
Yes, they are both the same company. When I ordered they only had a 50cm left.
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Old 12-20-12, 09:34 PM   #10525
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This is what I have been riding this winter. I use a backpack instead of racks, I'd have to order another set or transfer from my summer bike. I think I'll order another set but wait until next year.
That is a very pretty bike, nice lines and colours. I think if I were you I'd leave the racks off and keep using a backpack, because I think a rack/bags would ruin the art. Cool bike!
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