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Old 01-22-13, 10:19 PM   #10626
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Just finished building up this Velo Orange Campeur. Am pleased with how I solved the problem of my rear bag rubbing against the brake cable. I set up a Sunlit mini front rack on the rear and the bottom bag strap perfectly attaches to it! Keeps it off and the color matches on my bike.
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Old 01-23-13, 04:28 AM   #10627
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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.

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That pedal set up u have there caught my eye! could u take some pictures that show how the set up is?
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Old 01-23-13, 08:51 AM   #10628
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That pedal set up u have there caught my eye! could u take some pictures that show how the set up is?
Sure thing! They're Power Grips and I've been using them for many years. These happen to be the argyle version, only because I found a used set at the local bike co-op (after I'd already bought another set from Amazon!). I don't understand why more people don't use them, but guess I'm weird. I introduced my son (a dedicated bike only transportation guy) and he loves them too. Must be genetic
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Old 01-23-13, 09:18 AM   #10629
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Old 01-23-13, 09:20 AM   #10630
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I wish my sons (20 and 17yrs) would enjoy cycling as much as I do.
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Old 01-23-13, 09:50 AM   #10631
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I wish my sons (20 and 17yrs) would enjoy cycling as much as I do.
well, careful what you wish for - he's 19, never had a driver's license (refuses to get one) which seriously limits my prospects of getting him outta my house!
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Old 01-23-13, 10:52 AM   #10632
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I rode it in the rain awhile ago. The disc brake still amazes me.


Nice! I got a SuperSport DBX as well! Had to rebuild the wheels as the hubs started leaking grease and the rims were a bit shoddy. Which fenders are those? I can't for the life of me find full coverage fenders that will mount to the seat stays with my rack already accommodating the eyelets. Those look like they fit the bill of what I need.
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Old 01-23-13, 10:57 AM   #10633
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well, careful what you wish for - he's 19, never had a driver's license (refuses to get one) which seriously limits my prospects of getting him outta my house!
Getting them on bikes would enable me to sell our 2nd car although I don't know what they look like, I rarely get to use the cars right now, my requests either get bumped or when my turn comes up, I head out to the driveway to find it empty.
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Old 01-23-13, 11:28 AM   #10634
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My every day commuter is a Schwinn Super Sport DBX. Headlight: Gloworm X2, Tail lights: PBSF, Moon Shield, Moon Comet
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Old 01-23-13, 12:20 PM   #10635
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Nice! I got a SuperSport DBX as well! Had to rebuild the wheels as the hubs started leaking grease and the rims were a bit shoddy. Which fenders are those? I can't for the life of me find full coverage fenders that will mount to the seat stays with my rack already accommodating the eyelets. Those look like they fit the bill of what I need.
The fenders are the ones that uses rubber bands for attachments (Planet Bike SpeedEZ). The top, seat stay mount is done with zip ties.

This is a "franken build". I got the frame on sale from Nashbar ($75), everything else is either from eBay, CL or bike swaps.

The Avid BB7 disc brakes are phenominal.

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Old 01-23-13, 02:19 PM   #10636
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Sure thing! They're Power Grips and I've been using them for many years. These happen to be the argyle version, only because I found a used set at the local bike co-op (after I'd already bought another set from Amazon!). I don't understand why more people don't use them, but guess I'm weird. I introduced my son (a dedicated bike only transportation guy) and he loves them too. Must be genetic
Thanks for the quick reply man!

Those look quite tempting. And right now that is cold as hell I would like to do something for the bike instead of "on" it
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Old 01-23-13, 05:30 PM   #10637
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Can you give the specs on that (frame, wheels, tires, etc)? Very cool bike.
Haha, thanks. You know it's funny, I get more compliments on this bike both in person and online than any others, but it's by far the cheapest one in my stable and nothing on it is really that nice. It's a BAMF Piledriver from Giantnerd.com: http://www.giantnerd.com/bamf-piledr...rban-bike.html -- I got it on a closeout deal for about $300 shipped on a whim, just to see what it's like to have a fixed gear bike. Turns out, it's pretty great, I commute on it about 90% of the time now.

The tires are 700x40 Kenda Kwests, they came stock, as did the cool looking (but complete boat anchor) generic deep V wheelset with Quando hubs. All I replaced, were the stock riser bars and weirdly long stem and tiny BMX brake lever, with a shorter Soma Shotwell stem, Soma bullhorns, and a Tektro cross lever. Added some 105 pedals I got a great deal on via CL, new Planet Bike Cascadia 45mm hybrid fenders, new Light & Motion VIS 180 tail light, and threw on an old Timbuk2 saddle bag. I also have a frame-fit pump for it now, Zefal HPX classic.

It weighs upwards of 26lbs as configured which is a bit ridiculous... cheapo steel frame. But it rides surprisingly well and hasn't given me any problems yet; got it in September and have put around 1000 miles on it so far.

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Old 01-23-13, 07:23 PM   #10638
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1987 Miyata 1000LT
20 Mile round trip commute, weather permitting
No commuting in the rain = no fenders.

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Old 01-23-13, 08:07 PM   #10639
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Both specimens were unearthed somewhere around the K-T Boundary.
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Old 01-24-13, 11:39 AM   #10640
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cali - thanks for the response. Pretty cool it's pretty much stock. It's a great looking bike.
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Also, the vendor's description is good for a chuckle or two.

26 pounds is pretty light, especially for a commuter bike. I like to ride fixed sometimes, but I'm not a fixed-gear zealot. I'm slowly building a lightweight fixie, using a 1974 Raleigh International frame-set. It's full Reynolds 531 and pretty light.
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Old 01-24-13, 07:42 PM   #10642
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Here are some pictures of a Surly Ogre that is my new commuter. The build includes a Rohloff IGH, Dynohub, White Industries crank, Velocity Blunt rims, Avid BB7 brakes. The frame is 24" and it came in at 36.75lbs. The build replaces a LHT and after about 300 miles I find it just as fast (or slow and more fun.

















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Here are some pictures of a Surly Ogre that is my new commuter. The build includes a Rohloff IGH, Dynohub, White Industries crank, Velocity Blunt rims, Avid BB7 brakes. The frame is 24" and it came in at 36.75lbs. The build replaces a LHT and after about 300 miles I find it just as fast (or slow and more fun.

















That's a fantastic build, but nothing could ever replace my LHT.
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My '94 Nishiki Sport XRS, on my commute today (36 miles round trip)

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+1 on mrlassiter's comment... Schweeeeeet!! I'm starting to get a Brooks saddle complex
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I've got 6 bikes, and 5 of them have Brooks saddles. The one on the Nishiki I bought new, but three of the ones on my other bikes I picked up cheap off Craigslist, swap meets, etc.
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I've got 6 bikes, and 5 of them have Brooks saddles. The one on the Nishiki I bought new, but three of the ones on my other bikes I picked up cheap off Craigslist, swap meets, etc.
doesn't that defeat the "breaking into your butt" thing?!
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Zazzix fruzz blatz.

Just picked up this 2012 GT Zum City Bike from Performance. Ship to store, they waive shipping and put it together for you. $300 + sales tax, out the door.

Single 46t chainring, 8 speed cassette 10-30t. Tires are 700 x 40c, fat enough for the trails, not bad at all on the road. I think they smooth things out a bit compared to skinny tires.

The low gear gets me up the hills that have been my bete noir up to now. That was my main worry. And the top gear is tall, tall. Plenty of steps between. I love riding this thing more than I expected to.

As you can see, I have already put some junk on it.

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