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  1. #10601
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by aquateen View Post


    new commuter! first single speed, love it so far. all it's missing is a bell
    Very sexy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocsDad View Post
    Very nice bike.. u will be spending money on fenders before u know it.. fenders make the difference between an ok ride and a nice ride!

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    Here's my winter fixed gear road bike I pieced together using Nokian M&G studded tires.

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    This is my bike for the snow, I'm working on homemade studded tires.IMG_0319.jpgIi
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    Wow, that is a sweet ride, beautiful. I'll bet it is stealthy.

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    Handsome bike, nice photo - interesting backdrops. Gotta love orange and black.

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    Very nice rides

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    Took this photo to see what I looked like from behind.

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    ^^^ Pretty sweet rig there. What are the yellow (velcro?) straps dangling from the top tube for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    ^^^ Pretty sweet rig there. What are the yellow (velcro?) straps dangling from the top tube for?
    Don't know about the OP but I usually hang mine on the bike like that so I know where they are when I want them, also a little extra eye catching attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    ^^^ Pretty sweet rig there. What are the yellow (velcro?) straps dangling from the top tube for?

    Reflective pant bands.......Extra reflectors that ride on my top tube and D-rings on the panniers. I have a wife and 4 kids that all get around on bikes. 12 year old and 9 year old ride their own bikes and my 2 and 4 year old either ride in the chariot trailer and/or Adams TrailaBike.
    Someone in my fam is always needing a band to keep their work/school pants out of the chain.
    Just easier and multitasking to store them on my rig.

    I also have a converted steel frame Trek mtn bike on big apples that I use as a commuter as well. Both bikes have trailer hitches and racks, but the mtn bike pulls my two TrailABikes for my younger kiddos.

    The bike shown is my main daily ride in Austin. It is an Origin8 CX700 build that is probably the most versatile all around bike I have ever owned. Running Continental Travel Contacts 700X37, and I love their smooth ride, durability, and ability to handle pavement, bike path, dirt trail, and even rocky single track.

    Also, we have many different panniers. My preferred setup is an Ortlieb shopper on one side and a Racktime Workit Pro on the other side of the rack. Very versatile for daily urban living.

    Thousands and thousands of miles on our Chariot double trailer as well. Worth every penny.

    I am in my mid 40's and have lived in Austin for the past 20 years but I still return to Memphis at least once a year to visit my grandmother. All four of my grandparents lived in Memphis. Every time that I am able since I was about 14 years old, I take a bike with me when I go back to visit. I really enjoy exploring Memphis, the river, its central neighborhoods and parks, museum, etc.....especially up and down the Poplar corridor and other sections of midtown. Also can find interesting cycling out towards germantown and collierville. I love taking bikes with me to hit memphis and then new orleans on the way back to texas. Two old southern cities that are very interesting and surprisingly bikeable.

    Also, Birmingham, Al is a cool southern city in which to get around on bike.

    Enjoy your ride.
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    Heck yea man, I grew up in Memphis (all 4 grandparents lived here, also), but now live just outside to the south in North MS, and I probably cycle more in Memphis than I do in my own area of town. I just like it more - more to see, more culture, more character, etc. And not as hilly! I SOOO wish I lived and worked in Memphis and could cycle commute, but right now where I live and work, it's just not in the cards, sadly.
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    My baby, changes are happening currently though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by apoZ View Post
    That is a beautiful bike!
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    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?
    Picked it up when I moved here. Sold one of my road bikes and picked it up. Looks pretty beat, but it runs great!

    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    Looks great! Such a good picture. Your bike looks nice, too.
    lol

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    A lot of nice bikes here. Then There's mine. Here I am, about to shove off on it.

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    Here we are at the airport.

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    Look at my groovy dropouts, mashed with care into the stays and spot welded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrouchoWretch View Post
    A lot of nice bikes here. Then There's mine. Here I am, about to shove off on it.

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    Made me laugh

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    IMAG0629.jpg My "new" winter bike. Frame's from local co-op, the rest from wife's old bike and garage parts. Only new parts are chain and fenders. Studded tires next
    I'm slow, go around

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    Great frame and setup... but fix that front fender's positioning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arsprod View Post
    IMAG0629.jpg My "new" winter bike. Frame's from local co-op, the rest from wife's old bike and garage parts. Only new parts are chain and fenders. Studded tires next
    As Cali Axela, you do need to fix the front fender, not just for looks, but it will work better that way, too.

    Also, consider attaching a mud flap to it. Even better.

    Very nicely equipped, and it looks nice to ride. Enjoy it.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    Yep, the closer they are to the tire the better, up to a point, and they should be evenly spaced both for looks and because they'll be more stable and resistant to lateral movement over bumps etc. Like this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    As Cali Axela, you do need to fix the front fender, not just for looks, but it will work better that way, too.

    Also, consider attaching a mud flap to it. Even better.

    Very nicely equipped, and it looks nice to ride. Enjoy it.
    ok, ok... it's fixed! I was in a hurry to get the fenders on and didn't want to mess with shortening the rods - did it yesterday with my handy dremel. Also added power grips and swapped out the stem for one a little less aggressive.

    IMAG0634.jpg Better!
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