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    Latest iteration of my commuter:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafn8 View Post
    I've had the same problem with Kwests. Never with that few miles, but they would start to go "thumpity thump thump" well before 4000 miles- probably before 1000. It might be worth mentioning that I'm a pretty big guy and generally ride with a load on the back.
    I concur. I just purchased some Kendas for a vintage Schwinn overhaul and the tires are absolute garbage. I get that "thump thump thump, no matter how many times I've deflated and attempted to re-seat the tire. I've asked around and the general consensus is that I got a defective tire with a bad belt. This will be the first, last, and only time I buy Kendas. Armadillos all the way, baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by byrnemm View Post
    Latest iteration of my commuter:

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    Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arsprod View Post
    Nice job! I love seeing old bikes given a new life
    My eyes bugged out when I read that. How old is it? It looks pretty young for a bike to me.

    Of course, my view may not be typical. I've been messing with bikes and riding since 1975, and I don't think a 40-year-old bike is very old, since it's still so useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    My eyes bugged out when I read that. How old is it? It looks pretty young for a bike to me.

    Of course, my view may not be typical. I've been messing with bikes and riding since 1975, and I don't think a 40-year-old bike is very old, since it's still so useful.
    About 10 years old because any older than that, a low end hybrid wouldn't have a spongy fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
    About 10 years old because any older than that, a low end hybrid wouldn't have a spongy fork.
    Haha, yes you're right-- it isn't very old. But it wasn't being used, and now hopefully it will be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    My eyes bugged out when I read that. How old is it? It looks pretty young for a bike to me.

    Of course, my view may not be typical. I've been messing with bikes and riding since 1975, and I don't think a 40-year-old bike is very old, since it's still so useful.
    Ok I'll restate, I like seeing unused, unloved bikes gjven a second chance!
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    Cross Check v2.0


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    i joined the dark side...

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    Here are few of my touring/commuter:

    photo (5).JPGphoto.JPGphoto.JPGphoto (2).JPGphoto (3).JPGphoto (4).JPG

    Not the greatest pics, the bike isn't cleaned up (and it rarely gets cleaned up.) It has been a steady companion for 5+ years now. It will haul a load (me included.) It has fully met my expectations. I think the bike will out last me (I won't be able to resist buying a new commuter when I can get one with hydrolic disc brakes with a drop bar.)

    The bike has some nice little bits and pieces. The fenders are stainless steel berthoud, powder coated to match the frame. The rear rack is a Tubus Cargo rack. I swapped the bar for an ergonomic drop bar that has a flatter section on the tops to spread out the pressure on my hands. A dynamo hub that powers the B & M front and rear lights. A brooks B17 champion saddle (it's covered... gotta keep it dry.) The drivetrain is a Shimano Tiagra 9-speed with STI integrated shifting (a bit unusual for a touring bike.) The frame is made from Reynolds 853 steel tubing... a stronger but lighter tubing than Reynolds 520 which is used on several touring bikes. I have shimano m520 pedals with an aluminum platform (for riding without cycling shoes) mounted on the other side. I use a set of Ortlieb classic panniers that just won't wear out. Tires are specialized armadillo all condition... only one flat in 5 years.
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    InTheRain, that's very nice. I think I'll mount my battery-powered taillights similarly. I also have front and rear dynamo-powered lights, which are my primary lights.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    InTheRain, that's very nice. I think I'll mount my battery-powered taillights similarly. I also have front and rear dynamo-powered lights, which are my primary lights.
    I had to use some spare rubber tubing on the inside of the mounts to fit them snuggly to the rack. The flashing and the solid lights seem to get the attention of drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheRain View Post
    Here are few of my touring/commuter:


    Not the greatest pics, the bike isn't cleaned up (and it rarely gets cleaned up.) It has been a steady companion for 5+ years now. It will haul a load (me included.) It has fully met my expectations. I think the bike will out last me (I won't be able to resist buying a new commuter when I can get one with hydrolic disc brakes with a drop bar.)

    The bike has some nice little bits and pieces. The fenders are stainless steel berthoud, powder coated to match the frame. The rear rack is a Tubus Cargo rack. I swapped the bar for an ergonomic drop bar that has a flatter section on the tops to spread out the pressure on my hands. A dynamo hub that powers the B & M front and rear lights. A brooks B17 champion saddle (it's covered... gotta keep it dry.) The drivetrain is a Shimano Tiagra 9-speed with STI integrated shifting (a bit unusual for a touring bike.) The frame is made from Reynolds 853 steel tubing... a stronger but lighter tubing than Reynolds 520 which is used on several touring bikes. I have shimano m520 pedals with an aluminum platform (for riding without cycling shoes) mounted on the other side. I use a set of Ortlieb classic panniers that just won't wear out. Tires are specialized armadillo all condition... only one flat in 5 years.
    That is nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheRain View Post
    Here are few of my touring/commuter:

    photo (5).JPGphoto.JPGphoto.JPGphoto (2).JPGphoto (3).JPGphoto (4).JPG

    Not the greatest pics, the bike isn't cleaned up (and it rarely gets cleaned up.) It has been a steady companion for 5+ years now. It will haul a load (me included.) It has fully met my expectations. I think the bike will out last me (I won't be able to resist buying a new commuter when I can get one with hydrolic disc brakes with a drop bar.)

    The bike has some nice little bits and pieces. The fenders are stainless steel berthoud, powder coated to match the frame. The rear rack is a Tubus Cargo rack. I swapped the bar for an ergonomic drop bar that has a flatter section on the tops to spread out the pressure on my hands. A dynamo hub that powers the B & M front and rear lights. A brooks B17 champion saddle (it's covered... gotta keep it dry.) The drivetrain is a Shimano Tiagra 9-speed with STI integrated shifting (a bit unusual for a touring bike.) The frame is made from Reynolds 853 steel tubing... a stronger but lighter tubing than Reynolds 520 which is used on several touring bikes. I have shimano m520 pedals with an aluminum platform (for riding without cycling shoes) mounted on the other side. I use a set of Ortlieb classic panniers that just won't wear out. Tires are specialized armadillo all condition... only one flat in 5 years.
    The first things I noticed were the Shimano dynamo and integrated lights.

    I didn't even need to make the pics large.

    Nice to see people doing that with drops.

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    my crosscheck in its current daily state.

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    I love this damn thing, sorry for the instagram seems to be the best way to get it from my phone to computer when I am at work. Yes its not properly locked up, I just stoped to get a espresso before the rest of my ride. I have come a long way from my $500 '09 schwinn, but really also kinda came right back arround... hmm..
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    2013 Bianchi Volpe (55cm), replaced an older Trek 1000 that was my commuter (30 miles round trip, 3x per week). Only changes are Conti gatorskins 700X32, SKS fenders, Specialized Riva saddle, Trek interchange rack (and panniers) off of the old bike. Really enjoy this bike:

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    Took this pic a few weeks ago after coming home from work. I stopped at the car dealership on the way home to pick up a new window regulator, hence the big box. 539631_10200741194999309_1548658592_n.jpg

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    My new (to me) Schwinn Sporterra.



    Will soon get decked-out with commuting neccessities.

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    My Commuter v.4.0.1

    New bar tape this evening required a few glamour shots:




    New in v.4.0:
    - IRD Super Long Cranks 200mm
    - New Handelbars off a 1987 Nishiki Sport (though may not have been original to that bike). These are wider, and have a better drop geometry. They say "champion" but are of lower quality than the SR Road Champions which came with this bike.
    - Kool Stop Eagle Claw Salmon brake pads. I am surprised at how well they integrate with the overall look of the bike, considering they are such a drastic change. MUCH better performance.
    - New Bar Tape, Genetic Animal Skin or some something. It was the only brown tape the LBS had in stock. It was cheap enough I figured I'd give it a go.
    - Laced my Nexus 7 internal hub to the Velocity Chukker rim with DT swiss 14G spokes. It is a marriage made in heaven.

    new for v.3.0:
    - Velocity Chukker rims with Formula/Origin8 front hub, courtesy velomine.
    - Speciallized Nimbus Armadillo Tires, 38c
    - Cane Creek SCR-5 aero levers
    - Technomic Quill Stem, 13cm

    new for v.2.0:
    - Brooks B67, brown
    - Nexus 7 internal hub with J-tek bar end shifter
    - Wippermann 1R8 chain

    still needs work;
    el cheapo platform petals. Need to replace

    From original, v.1.0;
    - Dia Comp 500G brakes
    - seat post
    - chainring (sugino), and bottom bracket (JIS square taper)
    - Headset (in very good condition, smooth as butter)
    - Frame is a 1983 Sanwa 700, 67cm or 26.5" seat tube. Tange #2 main tubes, with high ten stays and fork, as near as I can tell. I cant seem to find any info on the Sanwas, other than they were Japanese bikes imported to Wisconsin. Frame was originally sold in Green Bay. It looks a LOT like a centurion lemans 12, and I suspect, whoever made centurion bikes also made these sanwa frames. But who knows. The serial number is on the bottom bracket; K3N6265
    Last edited by H.S.Clydesdale; 02-26-13 at 12:28 AM.
    Bike 1) 66cm 1987 Nishiki Sport + Nexus 7 IGH + Velocity Chukkers + 200mm cranks
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    Quote Originally Posted by DVC45 View Post
    My new (to me) Schwinn Sporterra.



    Will soon get decked-out with commuting neccessities.
    nice IGH, which one is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by H.S.Clydesdale View Post
    New bar tape this evening required a few glamour shots:




    New in v.4.0:
    - IRD Super Long Cranks 200mm
    - New Handelbars off a 1987 Nishiki Sport (though may not have been original to that bike). These are wider, and have a better drop geometry. They say "champion" but are of lower quality than the SR Road Champions which came with this bike.
    - Kool Stop Eagle Claw Salmon brake pads. I am surprised at how well they integrate with the overall look of the bike, considering they are such a drastic change. MUCH better performance.
    - New Bar Tape, Genetic Animal Skin or some something. It was the only brown tape the LBS had in stock. It was cheap enough I figured I'd give it a go.
    - Laced my Nexus 7 internal hub to the Velocity Chukker rim with DT swiss 14G spokes. It is a marriage made in heaven.

    new for v.3.0:
    - Velocity Chukker rims with Formula/Origin8 front hub, courtesy velomine.
    - Speciallized Nimbus Armadillo Tires, 38c
    - Cane Creek SCR-5 aero levers
    - Technomic Quill Stem, 13cm

    new for v.2.0:
    - Brooks B67, brown
    - Nexus 7 internal hub with J-tek bar end shifter
    - Wippermann 1R8 chain

    still needs work;
    el cheapo platform petals. Need to replace

    From original, v.1.0;
    - Dia Comp 500G brakes
    - seat post
    - chainring (sugino), and bottom bracket (JIS square taper)
    - Headset (in very good condition, smooth as butter)
    - Frame is a 1983 Sanwa 700, 67cm or 26.5" seat tube. Tange #2 main tubes, with high ten stays and fork, as near as I can tell. I cant seem to find any info on the Sanwas, other than they were Japanese bikes imported to Wisconsin. Frame was originally sold in Green Bay. It looks a LOT like a centurion lemans 12, and I suspect, whoever made centurion bikes also made these sanwa frames. But who knows. The serial number is on the bottom bracket; K3N6265
    nice IGH ... interesting ride.
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    Rohloffs seen on the commute: 3

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    Nice bike H.S.Clydesdale! How tall are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    nice IGH, which one is it?
    Nexus 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DVC45 View Post
    Nexus 8.
    have you done any maintenance on it yet? i'm curious about the durability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commutersport View Post
    Nice bike H.S.Clydesdale! How tall are you?
    I am 6'7", but I have short arms and legs for my height. I learned this on the highschool basketball team when a couple guys who were 6'3" actually had a higher reach than me. But I am not the weird one, they were lanky. Anyway, my inseam is 37". Many folks shorter than me have a similar inseam. This bike fits me quite well.

    I am also 240lbs, which is why I went with the velocity chukkers (36h both), and the B67 saddle, as opposed to the more popular B17. I am not sure I'm sold on the seat springs though, I want to try a B17 and see if I like it better.
    Bike 1) 66cm 1987 Nishiki Sport + Nexus 7 IGH + Velocity Chukkers + 200mm cranks
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