Here's my new Soma Buena Vista. First commute with it will be tomorrow!
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.
Another build from Nashbar frame sale.
Finally able to post up some pics of my new commuter. Went from riding my beach cruiser to a Marin Ignacio with a 2 speed hub. I wanted a fixie style bike, but didn't want to ride fixed gear. Came across this on Craigslist still in the box for $300. I am loving it so far. Work is one mile from home and I can get there faster on my bike now.
^Definitely. Looks like a great build, just the way it is.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas A. Edison
Just finished this for the little brother in DC. Started out as a Windsor frame from Bike Island. Swapped the carbon fork out for a cro-mo one I had laying about and saved the former for a road bike proj (more anon). Running 3x7 with SRAM x3 in the back and some mish mash friction set up front cobbled together from parts found at the local co-op. Rolling on 700x28 CST city tires. Sorry for the silver on white photo. Not the best, but was in a hurry. All in all, I was quite pleased at the result: a cheap, reliable, non-descript city bike.
here she is
Been riding this as my commuter exclusively since I got it, with my MTB being dedicated to trails until the winter hits. Featuring my first set of (free from a friend) clipless pedals! Just gotta sit down and peel/scrape off them flashy wheel decals one of these days, and swap the locking skewers from my MTB road wheels so I can actually park it at school.
Last edited by awfulwaffle; 08-29-13 at 10:48 PM.
http://www.chicagobikeshops.info/shopDetails.php?id=128). He really did have the bike sitting around new since then. Kind of par for the course at that shop. It was his idea to put 100psi 26x1.5 slicks on it. I blew out the back gumwall tire and we couldn't get a replacement so it's black now.
The kid seat is actually not that bad. It's called a wee ride and I feel pretty stable and can see and interact with my son while we are riding. He loves it so it's totally worth it. The seat itself comes right off with a single thumbscrew so I can ride unimpeded when alone.