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Old 04-29-13, 12:10 PM   #11026
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Testing out another Carradice SQR saddlebag/mount (this one is the "Your" model):

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Old 04-29-13, 01:02 PM   #11027
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1988 Lotus Classique - Pretty good for a curbside rescue that I fixed up. Mostly originally parts.
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Old 04-29-13, 01:50 PM   #11028
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great picture H.S Clydesdale. are those 650b wheels?
Thanks Matthew, they are 700c velocity chukker rims with 32 tires. They probably just look like 650b because the bike is so tall. Though I do consider the bike my personal 650b experience. My inseem is 37", or 1.5x the rim diameter of a 700c wheel. This would be like someone with a 30" inseem riding a 650b conversion. (30" is 1.5x the diameter of a 650B wheel). I used to have 38c tires to better match the analogy, buy they were slow and I am very happy with the 32c. They seem just as soft and cushy, but also much easier to roll.

Oh, and those are 200mm cranks, so if your looking at crank length vs wheel diameter, that would throw you off as well. Proportional size cranks do make a HUGE difference. I am fimrly in Zinn's camp on this issue.

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Old 04-29-13, 01:55 PM   #11029
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1988 Lotus Classique - Pretty good for a curbside rescue that I fixed up. Mostly originally parts.
sweet. Is that a 64cm? Looks pretty tall.

Also, nice physics page. I have a Physics undergrad but converted to Material Science for graduate studies. I think there are a lot of scientists on this forum, there seems to be something about science and bikes that goes together. Not sure what.
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Old 04-29-13, 03:17 PM   #11030
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My weekend commuter. This is my first year with the trail-a-bike in between the bike and trailer like that, but it rides pretty well. Strong wind can make it a much less pleasant experience though!
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Old 04-29-13, 03:46 PM   #11031
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I like the way this looks nice job FRpax...
Thanks!

Many people think that I need to add fenders. Then I point out that I live in the Phoenix area of Arizona...
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Old 04-29-13, 04:19 PM   #11032
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I live in Southern California but i still think i need some fenders. I figured especially since summer is coming up it could wait. However it seems that with daylight savings, everyones sprinklers started to turn on at 7 when i leave for work, instead of at 8 when i get to work. And i mean EVERYONE! it sucks there are huge gutters full of nasty water everywhere! And there is an underpass that is the fastest route to work that is infested with pigeons, so it is COVERED thick with bird poo.

my point being, its not only fresh fallen rain that fenders protect you from. something i am learning the hard way lol.
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Old 04-29-13, 04:55 PM   #11033
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That is the exact reason I leave the fenders on my commuter year-round now, too. Lots of nasty sprinkler water puddles and rivers all along my preferred route. It's nice to not worry about kicking up a dirty water tail on my back anymore.
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Old 04-29-13, 08:00 PM   #11034
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I did have fenders on my Trek at one time, but they constant rattling of pebbles being picked up by my tires was more than I could bear.
I do have the occasional sprinkler river to deal with, but so many homes & businesses here have "desert landscaping", so I really do not have much water to deal with ever. Besides, where I live, people have their sprinklers run VERY early. Like 4~5 AM early. When the sun comes up and it's 100F by 8AM, if you water your lawn then, you'll fry the grass dead!
I still have the fenders for if ever I feel the need to put them back on.
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Old 04-29-13, 11:16 PM   #11035
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megalowmatt, what's the bag brand you have on the handlebar? Looks great with your nice Bianchi!
Sorry - just saw this. It's from Out Your Back Door. The guy makes them out of army surplus bags.
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Old 04-30-13, 11:11 AM   #11036
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Old 04-30-13, 11:50 AM   #11037
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Thanks!

Many people think that I need to add fenders. Then I point out that I live in the Phoenix area of Arizona...
i would imagine fenders would be a tad bit unnecessary in Phoenix. You probably need shade more! haha
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Old 04-30-13, 04:10 PM   #11038
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First commute to school today. 12 miles round trip. Taking baby steps. Driving half way, then biking the remainder to school. Then back to my car in the afternoon.
The Topeak MTX rack system is great. So simple to get on and off, and it holds quite a lot - my work clothes, papers/folders, lunch, and basically a lot of empty space since I don't need to bring much else! Loving it.
Looking forward to riding the rest of the week (and school year if weather permits)
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Old 05-01-13, 01:00 AM   #11039
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Very sensible setup. I really like what you do with your old 790.
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Old 05-01-13, 01:04 AM   #11040
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My weekend commuter. This is my first year with the trail-a-bike in between the bike and trailer like that, but it rides pretty well. Strong wind can make it a much less pleasant experience though!
I use a similar setup, at times. Did so today. Pulls best w/ old mtn bike commuter, then trailabike, then double chariot, for us.
Long rig.
Fun haul.

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Old 05-01-13, 01:37 PM   #11041
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Rode the bike to work today...the weather was perfect, but I'm kind of dreading 95+ degrees it'll be on the way home this evening.

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Old 05-01-13, 06:40 PM   #11042
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Very sensible setup. I really like what you do with your old 790.
Thank you!

I haven't used the front rack yet, but dang it looks SO cool!
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Old 05-01-13, 06:44 PM   #11043
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Rode the bike to work today...the weather was perfect, but I'm kind of dreading 95+ degrees it'll be on the way home this evening.

At least the heat is on the way home! I hate commuting TO work in the hot stuff... don't really care about the ride home.
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Old 05-01-13, 08:21 PM   #11044
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The heat actually wasn't that bad. The wind helped. Luckily I didn't have much of a head wind except for the last few miles. I just tried to stay hydrated.
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I really like your Hunter. What bars do you have on on there?
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Old 05-08-13, 08:35 AM   #11046
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Old 05-08-13, 10:00 AM   #11047
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I really like your Hunter. What bars do you have on on there?
On One Mary Bar, mounted upside down
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Old 05-11-13, 07:25 PM   #11048
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On One Mary Bar, mounted upside down
I think I want to hump that bike....or at least ride the wheels off of it. Details *Please*! What frame is that?
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Old 05-12-13, 06:15 AM   #11049
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Here are a couple of my 2013 Raleigh Misceo 2.0. I've put about 550 mi. on it. I really do like this bike. It was an ideal choice for my in-town commute. A few upgrades to make the commute easier and a couple for pure aesthetics, or personal preference. For those who remember my saddle dilemma, I went back to the C-9. I have come to the conclusion that the way to be comfy on a 20mi ride is to do some 40mi rides!

Pics are taken along the Ohio River. As you can see it is well beyond flood stage. All the rain that fell last weekend in east TN, east KY, WV, PA, and OH will come past where these pics are taken. It has not even made it here yet. The Big Muddy is full so this will be slow in going down.

From the downtown riverfront. The river is 1 mile wide at this point.

This is our event stage at the riverfront.

At our Downtown Farmers Market. This spot was very influential in turning me on to cycling. It was so much fun for me and the wife to ride down there on weekends for the yummy, fresh veggies, baked goods, and such.

The US Hwy 45 bridge (The Irvin Cobb) over the Ohio. Bike is on part of our new Greenway that will, when completed, extend from the downtown area to within a mile of our house. It is built on top of the floodwall that encircles the town. As it stands, it gives me a great 8+ mile RT commute with little traffic!

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Old 05-13-13, 07:48 AM   #11050
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An updated pic of my daily mule... who but bicycle riders and gear heads post pictures of their stuff?!
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