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Old 06-27-06, 08:29 PM   #1051
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WOOHAAAA!!!

Finally. After giving my 1986 world sport single speed to an ex NYC messenger who was in need of a bike for work... I finally came across this ebony princess !

58cm (approx)
1987 World Sport
Sugino RD 170mm crank arms.
48 x 18
GodSpeed tensioner
Vuelta extarlite wheels
KMC 1/8 bmx chain
Mercier Kilo TT saddle.
Almost everything else on it is stock.

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I can't wait to ride it to work !!!! YESH !!!!!!!
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Old 06-27-06, 10:06 PM   #1052
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Nice bike Ford, looks good!
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Old 06-28-06, 06:07 AM   #1053
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Nice bike Ford, looks good!

THanks !

I just made it to work, 7.2 miles... totally awesome ride.

I definately need a taller seat post, and I already have the stock one 10mm above the minimum line and its still too short.. =)

So I rode in the drops most of the way to give me a similar feeling to my Dawes lightning DLX road bike that I've been using for a few months...

=)

The bike feels very light, and I think its only a pound or 2 lighter than the dlx, however the ride from this frame is much smoother. =)

The 48x18 gearing was also very light and easy to push with the 170mm cranks... Overall I think I made a good choice with going back to this frame !
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Old 06-28-06, 02:05 PM   #1054
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My Commuter round two. Got nailed by a car pulling out so I had to do some rebuilding but it's back. Did my first commute and it starts off with a couple of hill as soon as I walk out my door. Gotta find a way to warm up first. lol

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Old 07-01-06, 01:08 PM   #1055
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dude, who are you trying to kid? That fork with the celeste paint job screams out Bianchi. There's no other bike with that type of color.
It's not celeste. Bianchi calls is "gang green", I would say its a mix of army green and celeste. It looks a lot more celeste in those pics than in person.

I did the rubber because I liked the look and the idea of protecting the top tube from scratches somewhat. The red decals also aren't exactly my favorite. I was concerned it might have some effect on the finish though, and took it off yesterday to check, and to redo some of the wrapping where I had done a bad job.

I found that it is messing with the finish a little bit (leaves a mark in the clearcoat where the edge of the rubber is on each turn), so I'm going to forgo it. I guess I will just have to get used to the red.

Here are the new pics, with my new Brooks and Specialized All Condition Armadillo's in 28c on it.



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Old 07-03-06, 11:51 AM   #1056
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Ha! Now that I've FINALLY taken pictures, I can introduce my own rig!

This is a 1972 Schwinn Super sport I got at a garage sale for $10 about two years ago. I've probably put over $200 into repair since then, but it's been worth it. I've dubbed it 'El Chupacabra' in honor of a Costa Rican friend of mine.

I use this bike to get to work, the bank, grocery stores, bars, my garden, etc, so I've more than recouped the costs in saved gasoline. It weighs about 60 lbs with rack, tools, and crates included. The toolbox weighs approximately one pound.
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Old 07-03-06, 03:49 PM   #1057
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My wife swears up and down by her worldsport (1988ish, she bought it new when she was in high school). I just can't get her to ride it too often w/ me. I got a couple months' commuting out of it (stock, she may have put new pedals on it once in all that time) before I got driven to looking at a new bike.
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Old 07-04-06, 05:39 PM   #1058
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10km Commute on FS MTB

This is my first post. I am new to bike Commuting.
My Ride to work is just over 10km . So far i have rode 9 times this year, all in the last 3 weeks.
The bike i ride is a 1998 NORCO Voltage, I bought it used with no stickers on it but I am pretty sure on the Model. I am not sure about the components but after all this time they still work flawlessly. I have upgraded a bit by adding slicks, I think they are IRC Metro 2 but Im not sure of the width 1.5" I think. I have also added a CCM computer A blinky taillight on my seatpost and a CCM cheapo headlight that doesent work. I also stole the bar end off my wifes bike and installed them in the middle of my bars for a Aero type bar, They work awsome if there is a strong headwind and give me 3-4 diferent hand positions. I had to add some old Primo grips to the barend/areo bars.

As I am sure you have noticed the Full suspension. i tightened up the rear suspension really tight, to the point where it only gives if i purposly bounce on it. i couldnt do much about the front suspension as it is not adjustable. When I ride i dont think the rear suspension takes up too much power as i make sure i dont get bouncing on it. it makes for a Comfy ride as i do feel it absorb some of the big ruts and holes that i encounter.

i added the rack when I bought the seat for my Daughter, the seat comes on and off in under a min. The manual said not to install on a FS bike but i did anyway, taking into consideration that the rear triangle had to flex a little bit (1/2 inch)
So thats about it.
my odometer reading - 1200km
Top Speed - 65.3km/hr
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my new comuter... got it for 60eu, looked like a cruser, so i lowerd the head and and higher up the seat to max (that little line thow shal not pass)... it says, or more like said malibu or somthing like that on the down tube... its a real nice 4 speed nexus... i cleaned up the chain with some fairy (dish soap) and a scotch pad... i wire tied a front basket to the rack. i took apart the gear changine thing/brake lever (yup there one pice !!!) and put it back to gether and added a bit of contact (rubbery) glue because it was kinda cracked...
i wana get some chrome fenders (mud gaurds) and a new rack, this one sucks! and i gota true the wheels and get new tires and tubes... lol so much for 60eu...








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Old 07-05-06, 10:57 AM   #1060
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my new comuter... got it for 60eu, looked like a cruser, so i lowerd the head and and higher up the seat to max (that little line thow shal not pass)...
For around $20 US you can buy an really long seat post, so you can raise the seat to whatever height you need (that's what I had to do on my poorly sized MTB).

Your handlebar looks really low relative to the seat, is that comfortable?
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Old 07-05-06, 11:09 AM   #1061
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It is comfy... i like to rest some weight on my arms... i will realy feel it out next ride (tomrow) and see if i want it diffrently... you know the kona hukunuku mocha cheese what ever... im thinking if i go with a total cruiser fit on this bike... i want those handle bars...but im not sure my comute will be any faster...
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Old 07-05-06, 10:37 PM   #1062
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Yet another revamping of my Nishiki

This is the latest iteration of my now twice-repainted Nishiki fixed gear commuter. I replaced the plastic SKS fenders with Berthoud stainless steel fenders (acquired from Wallingford Bike in New Orleans) which, I must say, outclass the SKS in every way possible except for ease of installation.

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Old 07-06-06, 06:02 AM   #1063
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This is the latest iteration of my now twice-repainted Nishiki fixed gear commuter.
That bike just keeps getting cooler. Though I did like the front rack you had on it.

I'm glad to see you've got a new bag page up. I'm in the market for some cool custom gear.
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what kind of handle bars are you using on that bike, FlippingHades? EDIT: sweet bike, how are you painting it, DIY?
oh and fillthecup, i rasied my head to the max... and its all good i think im going to get a new head and go even higher.
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Old 07-06-06, 08:24 AM   #1065
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what kind of handle bars are you using on that bike, FlippingHades? EDIT: sweet bike, how are you painting it, DIY?
oh and fillthecup, i rasied my head to the max... and its all good i think im going to get a new head and go even higher.
They're Nitto bullhorns - I forget which model, exactly, maybe RB-09? The painting is indeed DIY. I took a whole bunch of photos of the first repaint. For this second one, I didn't take nearly as much care, because I know it's just going to get chipped up in 6 months anyway .

I am eventually going to repaint the rack too and put it back on.
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Old 07-06-06, 08:36 AM   #1066
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thanks for the pics... i wana do my bike too, lol.

why does it chip? bad paint?? to thick? is it you? lol?

EDIT:
lol my bikes a very similar color (to the green you had before that remover atacked it) ATM... and that remover, WHAT IS IT DOING!, its eating up the paint and then curling it up LOL!!! i gota use paint remover when i try to pain, first im going to start painting the fork and see how every thing works then ill move to the frame...

EDIT2: nice bags, im not so in to cool bags though...

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Old 07-06-06, 09:31 AM   #1067
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Step 1, drop the kids off, step 2, come back home, drop the trailer, put on the panniers and ride out to work.

That's a new schedule, in the past I would leave the trailer at their daycare then go straight to work, but various other things have come up and made this routine more efficient for now.
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Old 07-06-06, 11:51 AM   #1068
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'Cross commuter

Here's my build up. I finished it in March and have ridden every day since. I need to get a newer picture on there with the rack on it (and the seatpost fixed). I may end up switching to some MKS toeclip pedals, as I'm having a hard time adjusting to these Shimano ones. They have this little lip on them that makes it a bit harder to get into them. I love my old Suginos, but I can't seem to find new clips for them.



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* Nashbar "X" Aluminum Cyclocross Frame
* Nashbar Steel 700c Trekking/Cyclocross Fork
* Shimano 5500 Bottom Bracket 68X118.5
* Shimano 105 Crankset - Double 172.5 (53x39t)
* Cane Creek C-1 Threadless Headset
* Shimano HG53 9 Speed Chain
* Shimano 105 Front Derailleur 1/4
* Shimano 105 Rear Derailleur SS
* Shimano 105 HG70 9spd Cassette 12X25
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* 3TTT THE Seat Post (aluminum)
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* Continental Contact City/Trekking Tire 700X32
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Here is my commuter:

It is a Bacchetta Giro 26 with Novaro Round Town Panniers
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WOOHAAAA!!!

Finally. After giving my 1986 world sport single speed to an ex NYC messenger who was in need of a bike for work... I finally came across this ebony princess !
Kind of looks like horizontal dropouts in the pictures. Why the chain tensioner?
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I feel stupid, very stupid. I commute on an 89mm front sus MTB with 1.9" knobbly mtb tyres....... Im thinking of changing some things.

Maybe getting some slick tyres, reversing the stem and getting a flat bar instead of the riser I have now.... anything else you would advise for commuting mods?

Heres my ride currently;
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hal, how long is your comute, and what kinda terain is it, if its road, and under 10km get a beater bike, the sub 100$ road bike/cruiser...
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well its allways all road, but i go out riding on weekends on towpaths and tracks etc, it has been 9.5K for the last three weeks but is normally just a couple of kms. what is a beater bike?
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Here's my brand new '07 Trek 7.2FX:



It's my all-purpose bike. My commutes are really short (no longer than 3 miles one-way) so I make do with a backpack. I'll probably put a rack on eventually. That photo was taken the day after I brought it home; I've since added a bottle cage, lights, a frame pump, a seatpost bag and a computer, and I've lowered the adjustable stem and jacked the seatpost up. I'll be adding the Nashbar trekking bars and another bottle cage soon enough, and might dump that suspension seatpost.
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I just use a backpack and or courier bag, i dont really like racks and panniers
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