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Old 01-09-13, 01:49 PM   #10576
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Almost done converting my road bike to commuter


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And now I have to disassemble it, put in the box and shipped to Dublin
Nice ride!

Sorry for being nosy but why are you shipping it there? where from?
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Old 01-09-13, 01:53 PM   #10577
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Thanks seansimp925, it's a single-speed. My route to and from work is relatively flat. Also, I geared it relatively low because this is part of a personal experiment to ride (to work) like the Dutch.

Thanks chaadster. For reference, Stop Cycles (One Ghost Industries) is the manufacturer. The model name is Proletariat.
Who did you buy it through? Joe Bike or did someone piece it together? Really interested in building a commuter on that frame with the belt drive.

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Old 01-09-13, 04:04 PM   #10578
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Nice ride!

Sorry for being nosy but why are you shipping it there? where from?
I'm moving from France back to Dublin, and prices of bicycle in Ireland are very expensive. So I'm shipping my 3 bicycles
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Old 01-09-13, 04:32 PM   #10579
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Still need some pedals and a few other dodads. Just got it Monday night.
That's tasty.
Might consider a good lock for it unless it ill always be in a relatively safe spot.
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Old 01-09-13, 08:09 PM   #10580
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Hi,

Was too busy with too many projects and pastimes (including a lot of racing) to get this finished in a timely manner. Finally got it done near the end of 2012:

Only ridden it a few times and only one time to work so far. It's a combination of brand-spanking new and old to very old parts.
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Who did you buy it through? Joe Bike or did someone piece it together? Really interested in building a commuter on that frame with the belt drive.

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Cleave, I like your bike so much that I just bought the Proletariat frame/fork package from OneGhost for $200! They are discontinuing the package after plans changed and only have a limited supply left.

seansimp925, here is where you can get more info:

http://www.oneghost.net/One_Ghost_In...OLETARIAT.html
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Old 01-09-13, 08:16 PM   #10581
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My wife modeling with my commuter. An old 86 Trek 560. I changed the seat, dumped the quick release, and went with 25ers, but otherwise, she's perfect.

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Who did you buy it through? Joe Bike or did someone piece it together? Really interested in building a commuter on that frame with the belt drive.

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Cleave, I like your bike so much that I just bought the Proletariat frame/fork package from OneGhost for $200! They are discontinuing the package after plans changed and only have a limited supply left.

seansimp925, here is where you can get more info:

http://www.oneghost.net/One_Ghost_In...OLETARIAT.html
Hi, I got the frame, fork, crankset, and belt drive components from Joe Bike. I got the other new parts from several different sources. I originally tried to get the frame directly from One Ghost Industries but after being told they had my size in stock they later said they were out of stock.

There is one idiosyncrasy about the frame. With the Avid BB7 brake, there isn't enough clearance between the disc and the caliper to pull the wheel out of the dropout. You have to remove the bottom bolt holding the caliper to the frame and swing the caliper up. However, on the Hope hub, a heavy bolt screws into the axle and supports the hub in the dropout. When you remove the bolt completely from the hub, you can drop the hub straight down out of the frame so that solved the problem for me.

I don't know if different brakes would also solve the problem. The people at Joe Bike and One Ghost Industries weren't aware of the problem with the BB7 brake. I'd check with One Ghost Industries to see which brake they recommend.
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...There is one idiosyncrasy about the frame. With the Avid BB7 brake, there isn't enough clearance between the disc and the caliper to pull the wheel out of the dropout...
Thanks for the heads-up Cleave...
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Old 01-10-13, 03:21 AM   #10584
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My wife modeling with my commuter. An old 86 Trek 560. I changed the seat, dumped the quick release, and went with 25ers, but otherwise, she's perfect.
That is a beautiful bike!
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Old 01-10-13, 06:05 AM   #10585
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My wife modeling with my commuter. An old 86 Trek 560. I changed the seat, dumped the quick release, and went with 25ers, but otherwise, she's perfect.

Very nice, I love the lines on the old Treks. I had a 1985 520 (longer wheelbase touring bike) that I rode about a billion miles. I bought it new in 85 and traded it straight across for a brand new Giant city bike just 7 months ago . . . Did you get your 560 new or is it a recent purchase?
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Old 01-10-13, 06:56 AM   #10586
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My wife modeling with my commuter. An old 86 Trek 560. I changed the seat, dumped the quick release, and went with 25ers, but otherwise, she's perfect.

Looks great! Such a good picture. Your bike looks nice, too.
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Old 01-10-13, 05:21 PM   #10587
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new commuter! first single speed, love it so far. all it's missing is a bell
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Old 01-10-13, 07:18 PM   #10588
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^^^ Very civilised (English spelling intended), Aquateen. Nice!
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Old 01-10-13, 08:24 PM   #10589
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thanks! i'm debating about adding a bike chain/inner tube saddle lock to it
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Old 01-10-13, 09:41 PM   #10590
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Very, very nice job, Aquateen
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This is my first MTB conversion which is what I think is a 92? Bridgestone MB4.

First photo is stock when I got it home from Craigslist. Original everything except pedals and saddle, even included the owners manual!

Second is when I was experimenting with mustache bars and decided they didn't work well with long top-tube bikes like this. This was during a big grocery run that included buying a laundry basket and a whole bunch of other stuff, as you can see.

The third is the current configuration on a grocery run. I want to change out the mushy saddle and add some fenders still but overall I'm pretty happy with it.

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aquateen, add me to the list of fans of your bike. You definitely need to do something to mitigate saddle-theft risk if you lock the bike outside in the city.

Did you start with a bare frame, or did you modify a ready-made bike?
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zeppinger, that's one serious hauler. Looks great.

Do you have 175 mm cranks on it? I think the reason I can't stand MTB's is that they have long cranks. I find it hard to believe that 5 mm makes a difference, but it really does for me. I can't even explain it, but I've had three bikes with long cranks, and I hated them.
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zeppinger, that's one serious hauler. Looks great.

Do you have 175 mm cranks on it? I think the reason I can't stand MTB's is that they have long cranks. I find it hard to believe that 5 mm makes a difference, but it really does for me. I can't even explain it, but I've had three bikes with long cranks, and I hated them.
Good question but I have no idea, sorry! My other bike is a LHT and I dont notice a difference between the two. Like I said, I don't even know exactly what year the bike is so I can't look it up.
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This is my first MTB conversion which is what I think is a 92? Bridgestone MB4.

First photo is stock when I got it home from Craigslist. Original everything except pedals and saddle, even included the owners manual!

Second is when I was experimenting with mustache bars and decided they didn't work well with long top-tube bikes like this. This was during a big grocery run that included buying a laundry basket and a whole bunch of other stuff, as you can see.

The third is the current configuration on a grocery run. I want to change out the mushy saddle and add some fenders still but overall I'm pretty happy with it.


Looks nice. To all who do this conversion - do you start with an mtb that is one size smaller to compensate for the top tube length?
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aquateen, add me to the list of fans of your bike. You definitely need to do something to mitigate saddle-theft risk if you lock the bike outside in the city.

Did you start with a bare frame, or did you modify a ready-made bike?

thanks! i bought the full bike from bikeisland and replaced the handlebars, stem, brake levers, and saddle
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Aquateen,

Another thumbs up on your setup. Looks fantastic and fun to ride as well.
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Got the bike at Thanksgiving. The high school soccer team I coach gave me a gift certificate to a LBS. They didn't have two red or two green tires so I improvised.

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Three years ago, I got my lovely 89' Trek 400. I stripped of the old, red paint and sanded the rusty frame last winter. Every once in awhile, I lean my bicycle onto a bike rack or light pole and chip off paints. I don't have time to disassemble my bicycle and spray it, so I bought a can of enamel paint and spot-painted. My paint job is not the best, but hey! It stops rusting!



Over the years, I removed a big, ugly gel saddle and put on a sleek one. The front derailleur was taken off, as I never use the big ring (I live on a hill). I installed a new set of fenders last winter, and I no longer suffer from wet-ass. Sadly, my bike wouldn't fit full fenders. Occasionally, jeans and shoes are soaked by splashes. Two weeks ago, I bought a pair of clips and straps; they've worked just fine. I pedal with less effort, and dismount easily. The only problem is that I can't always tuck my left feet into the clip at first. Then, I decided to give clipless pedals a try, and ordered a set last night.

I guess I'll stick with this steel frame until it breaks into pieces. Not sure if that will happen or not, though.
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