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  1. #10676
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    The winter beater!


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    or tarckeemoon, depending marqueemoon's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Updated/graded the frameset on my commuter and now the parts are hanging on a new-old-stock 2009 Spesh Singlecross. My shop buddies saw it in the "blems" section of the dealer website, but nothing is wrong with it; it's just old. It was a frameset originally for warranty (per the PN on the box) but never got used, so they put it for sale super cheap. Nabbed this for $450, still boxed with all the tubes bubble wrapped.

    Awesome.

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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


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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Also, how did Commuter Bicycle Pics fall to Page 2?
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    I decided to make some significant modifications to one of my bikes. The 'Green Monster' has a bullhorn bar, as well as a double crank and more road-like gearing than my other hybrid, though mechanically they were almost identical. I decided to get some brifters and cross levers for the Monster, as I wanted to have the ability to brake and shift from the horns, where I spend most of my riding time. I did all the mechanical work myself, and the results are shown in the photos below.
    2013-02-01 16.21.50.jpg2013-02-01 16.22.28.jpg2013-02-01 16.22.52.jpg


    Aside from some minor adjustment issues with the mini V-brakes I bought to work with the brifters, I couldn't be happier with the results. I've since ridden it over 100km, and I've been very impressed with the functionality of the Sora 3500 brifters I bought. It's also allowed me to be faster, as I don't have to move out of the horns to shift, and safer as I don't have to move out of the horns to brake. I was thinking of putting narrower tires on it (it has 28c tires at the moment) but I don't think that anything narrower would be able to put up with the broken pavement commonly found on many streets in Shanghai.
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    Chemist, cool, functional cockpit design... I'll have to keep that in mind...

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    I don't get out enough polishmadman's Avatar
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    I'm lovin' it ^^^
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    This is Frankenfisher. I love this bike. She needs new brakes, I know. I used what i had available. I'm also waiting for my LBS to order the Surly 1+1's, so I get rid of that stupid old fork. She is so much fun to ride.
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    Nice setup there Chemist. Only thing I dislike about Sora brifters is the cables coming straight out the sides instead of running back under the bar tape. But other than that it looks pretty sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polishmadman View Post
    This is Frankenfisher. I love this bike. She needs new brakes, I know. I used what i had available. I'm also waiting for my LBS to order the Surly 1+1's, so I get rid of that stupid old fork. She is so much fun to ride.
    Nice tires, same ones I was running on my KHS for awhile. Is there no way to get the cables from sticking out ahead so far?
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    I don't get out enough polishmadman's Avatar
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    Not with those brake lever. But I'll be replacing as soon as I can. I really like those tires also. No flats for the past year. Knock on wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polishmadman View Post
    Not with those brake lever. But I'll be replacing as soon as I can. I really like those tires also. No flats for the past year. Knock on wood.
    double duty - you can use them for fly fishing too
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    new lht commuter/tourer. don't have the front rack attached and i'm waiting for a new set of fenders because my old ones got mangled

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    Quote Originally Posted by polishmadman View Post
    ...She needs new brakes, I know. I used what i had available...
    That's what Frankenbikes are all about, using what you have and I like this one. As for the levers, have you tried reversing them so that the cable's point towards the rear of the bike? That's what I usually do when mounting MTB levers onto bullhorns because it shortens the cable length and cleans up the cable routing. Reversed levers may take some getting used to but they feel pretty natural after a short period of time.

    **UPDATE**

    Wait a sec... I just realized that those levers look a lot like in-line levers. If so you should be able to leave them mounted the way you have them but feed the cable in the opposite direction.
    Last edited by BassNotBass; 02-01-13 at 05:29 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic_cowboy View Post
    new lht commuter/tourer. don't have the front rack attached and i'm waiting for a new set of fenders because my old ones got mangled

    Isn't the front QR on the wrong side?

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    i've never really given much care to the orientation of the qr on the front wheel as i don't think it makes a technical difference (does it? i dunno)... the tread on the tire is facing the right way, though
    all horsepower corrupts

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic_cowboy View Post
    i've never really given much care to the orientation of the qr on the front wheel as i don't think it makes a technical difference (does it? i dunno)... the tread on the tire is facing the right way, though
    It makes no difference.

    Reason for it being on the non drive side is that most of us are right handed and when you are changing a wheel this puts the lever on your right.

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    Not doing much commuting right now but when I do...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Not doing much commuting right now but when I do...

    Sixty Fiver, what brand of panniers are those? IIRC from your other photos they have loops to hang a U-lock from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic_cowboy View Post
    i've never really given much care to the orientation of the qr on the front wheel as i don't think it makes a technical difference (does it? i dunno)... the tread on the tire is facing the right way, though
    Didn't mean to make you think it was technically wrong to have the qr on the right, I do bike assemby in LBS and was always told to put them on the left. Most people mount the bike from the left and it gives you an opportunity to do a quick scan at them before you start to ride. I usually have mine in a certain position so I can see if they have been messed with by doing a quick look.

    Had some kids loosen mine once when I went into a sub shop to get a sub, I guess they thought it was funny. So now I just give a quick scan before I ride if I left it parked unattended somewhere. Guess I'm a little paranoid after that experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curly666 View Post
    Most people mount the bike from the left
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    The seatpost mud guard is whimsically incongruous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrouchoWretch View Post
    whimsically incongruous
    I'm going to find a situation where I can use that sometime today.

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    I finally racked and pannified the winter bike. Looking forward to ditching the backpack as the weather gets warmer.


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