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Old 08-19-13, 12:07 PM   #11426
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Not mine, but a bike I built for a friend with parts found round the shop. She wanted a 'road bike' but we didn't have any 700c frames small enough...so I turned a 26 inch bike into a drop bar commuter and it worked way better than expected. One of the more fun projects I've done b/c the now owner was so incredibly stoked to start riding.

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Old 08-19-13, 12:22 PM   #11427
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That looks awesome! l've Always wanted one of those Trek Antelopes, ever since my coolest friend had one around 1990.

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Not mine, but a bike I built for a friend with parts found round the shop. She wanted a 'road bike' but we didn't have any 700c frames small enough...so I turned a 26 inch bike into a drop bar commuter and it worked way better than expected. One of the more fun projects I've done b/c the now owner was so incredibly stoked to start riding.

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Old 08-19-13, 12:32 PM   #11428
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i have the Hotshot myself and love it. Tests I've seen show it to be brighter than the PBSF, and it's rechargeable to boot. I need to get one or two more of them.
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Old 08-19-13, 01:29 PM   #11429
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ive been using the superflash for about a year and i have no complaints

gonna get the hotshot next time i need a new light, though ive heard that the mount sucks
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Old 08-19-13, 03:10 PM   #11430
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On the contrary, the Hotshot mount works great for me. I will say that I decided to add a few small washers in the mount clamp to make the clamp a bit more rigid when I tightened down the clamping screw (gives the screw something to tighten against instead of just pushing the 2 clamp ends closer and closer together). But doing that makes the mount very solid. The light itself goes into the mount with a nice solid "click" and also comes out of the mount easily enough, but not so much that you feel like it will come out on a harsh road surface.
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Old 08-20-13, 01:49 AM   #11431
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Here's my cx bike turned commuter. Just got the Zefal Trail fenders and they work wonders on my GT, not to mention look great as well. Nothing special at the component level, but I am loving this ride so far!
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Old 08-20-13, 08:09 AM   #11432
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That looks awesome! l've Always wanted one of those Trek Antelopes, ever since my coolest friend had one around 1990.
THAT IS MARVELOUS!
What a fantastic idea!
How's the fit and ratio's for her?


My bike, in it's spot at the office.
I'm trying to commute 1 day a week. It's 23 miles there a bit over 24 back.

I put insane miles on the car due to family duties. But this day is for myself.
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Old 08-20-13, 08:28 AM   #11433
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what kind of reflectors do you have on those spokes? i bet they look really cool when rolling.
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Old 08-20-13, 09:53 AM   #11434
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They are called "Lightweights for wheels" comes in a pack of 80 or so (more than enough) , go on quite easy and are almost unnoticeable unless at nighttime. I'll see if i could get a shot of the wheels spinning and see what it looks like. Thanks!
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Old 08-20-13, 10:27 AM   #11435
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They are called "Lightweights for wheels" comes in a pack of 80 or so (more than enough) , go on quite easy and are almost unnoticeable unless at nighttime. I'll see if i could get a shot of the wheels spinning and see what it looks like. Thanks!
I'm surprised I've never seen those mentioned here in the Commuting forum before. They look very effective!
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Old 08-20-13, 10:52 AM   #11436
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I'm surprised I've never seen those mentioned here in the Commuting forum before. They look very effective!
I have them on my road bike. Sometimes when the sun hits them right (and they're very clean!) you can see them in the day time.

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Old 08-20-13, 01:00 PM   #11437
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I have them on my road bike. Sometimes when the sun hits them right (and they're very clean!) you can see them in the day time.

Nice Schwinn! I like their frame graphics from the late 80s, Tempo probably being my favorite
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Old 08-20-13, 05:41 PM   #11438
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Can't speak for the Cygolite, but I run the PlanetBike Super Blinky, and can confirm that it is visible from low-earth orbit. People have actually stopped and asked me if I know how bright my tail light is; riders I pass on the MUP curse my name; motorists are intimidated into a respectful follow distance; small animals flee into the underbrush as the red blinky terror approaches. I love that light.
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Old 08-20-13, 10:15 PM   #11439
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I wore out a le tour of that vintage I wanted a tempo but couldn't find the extra money. Great to see you still riding it although the concept of a "clean" bike confuses me.
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Old 08-23-13, 07:12 AM   #11440
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Overhauled my right ergo and swapped out the red cork for black tape, think I'm done toying with this for a while. I'll call this bike finished. For now.

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Old 08-23-13, 08:49 AM   #11441
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Old 08-24-13, 09:52 AM   #11442
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Old 08-24-13, 02:34 PM   #11443
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Brake cable's a little long there, eh?

Lovely bike otherwise. (And I probably wouldn't even have noticed the cable except it's bright red!)
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Old 08-25-13, 08:45 AM   #11444
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Just finished modding my two vintage commuters with lights, reflectors, racks, and fenders. I'm still thinking about adding mirrors and a better front light than my trusty cateye. My two vintage commuters are a 1993 Bridgestone XO-2 and a 1989 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp:

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Old 08-25-13, 11:35 AM   #11445
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Here's my new Soma Buena Vista. First commute with it will be tomorrow!

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Old 08-25-13, 11:42 AM   #11446
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Here's my new Soma Buena Vista. First commute with it will be tomorrow!

Nice; my first "real" commute is tomorrow as well as I just drove to my office to leave my sports jackets hanging behind the door. I've commuted a fair bit but only on days that I didn't have to worry about the dress "code."
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Old 08-25-13, 11:52 AM   #11447
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Fortunately, I don't have a formal business dress code and a pretty short distance to go. I'll just ride in my work clothes. Of course, I have a backup outfit in my office just in case.
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Old 08-26-13, 01:36 PM   #11448
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Another build from Nashbar frame sale.

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Old 08-26-13, 01:54 PM   #11449
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Just finished modding my two vintage commuters with lights, reflectors, racks, and fenders. I'm still thinking about adding mirrors and a better front light than my trusty cateye. My two vintage commuters are a 1993 Bridgestone XO-2 and a 1989 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp:

Love the Specialized
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Old 08-26-13, 05:13 PM   #11450
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Another build from Nashbar frame sale.

That looks cool. Did that fork come with it? Is that a suspension seatpost?
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