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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    A month and a half continuously, or did you pause to eat, sleep, and ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    That is quite an achievement! Looking forward to more pics from your stable...
    Thanks! I look forward to seeing more awesome rides on this thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    A month and a half continuously, or did you pause to eat, sleep, and ride?
    To quote the wise prophet, @gregjones:

    That brought to mind so many images of internet binges gone bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbubbles View Post
    Any reasons why you chose the birdy over a dahon (or other brands)?
    Oops, this was a while back...

    Basically, it was just the right deal on a used folder which works out perfect for my new commute. Happenstance more than anything else.

    I've liked the Birdy design forever but never really had a good excuse to need a folding bike. I posted a WTB: folder in the folder subforum here on BF and this turned up. Price was right and it matches my needs, so it is now mine. There's not many times when reality exceeds expectations, but the Birdy is one of them.

    ...and, one of our cats died this past May. Cat's name was "Birdy." So in a way, this is a tribute: one Birdy gone, another stops by for a while...
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Volagi Viaje in daily rider mode:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    Volagi Viaje in daily rider mode:
    Oooh, pretty. Volagi Viaje is my N+1! (Probably not for 5+ years though).

    I wandered through your flickr stream, and I see you're running a lot of Microshift. How's that workin out? Did you put that on the Viaje, or just on your Dillinger?

    Also I saw your tire stack and recognized Vee Rubber V12, among other Vees. I was disappointed as my V12 29x1.75 basically 50% wore out after about 500 miles, mostly asphalt. I took them off to reserve them for trails only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    Oooh, pretty. Volagi Viaje is my N+1! (Probably not for 5+ years though).

    I wandered through your flickr stream, and I see you're running a lot of Microshift. How's that workin out? Did you put that on the Viaje, or just on your Dillinger?

    Also I saw your tire stack and recognized Vee Rubber V12, among other Vees. I was disappointed as my V12 29x1.75 basically 50% wore out after about 500 miles, mostly asphalt. I took them off to reserve them for trails only.
    The Viaje came equipped with 105 and a 9-speed XT rear mech. The latter was needed for compatibility with the 11-36t (10s) cassette. Since it's a demo/loaner, I've pretty much left it stock.

    My Black Mountain sports a microSHIFT Centos/R10 mix, and I really like it. I'll get burned at the stake for saying this, but I prefer the microSHIFT interface over the Campy levers I was previously using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    Volagi Viaje in daily rider mode:

    Beautiful bike; beautiful scenery...it would be hard not to ride with such conditions present!
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    Here are some shots of my newest commuter bike, a Gunnar Crosshairs. I just had it built and have not ridden it to work yet, but it's ready to go. Added the rear rack and the reflective tires for commuting, and I have some SKS Raceblade fenders that I can strap on when the weather is iffy.

    The Crosshairs is replacing my Gunnar Sport, which was a nice bike but I prefer the versatility of a cross frame. I've got the Sport for sale in the market place forum here.

    I've also been commuting some on my Ritchey Breakaway Cross that I picked up used earlier this summer. I don't want to put fenders on this bike since I also use it off-road, so I only ride it on days when rain is unlikely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    Here are some shots of my newest commuter bike, a Gunnar Crosshairs. I just had it built and have not ridden it to work yet, but it's ready to go. Added the rear rack and the reflective tires for commuting, and I have some SKS Raceblade fenders that I can strap on when the weather is iffy.

    The Crosshairs is replacing my Gunnar Sport, which was a nice bike but I prefer the versatility of a cross frame. I've got the Sport for sale in the market place forum here.

    I've also been commuting some on my Ritchey Breakaway Cross that I picked up used earlier this summer. I don't want to put fenders on this bike since I also use it off-road, so I only ride it on days when rain is unlikely.
    Is that a Blackburn rack on the Gunnar? And what make/model of saddle rack is that?

    These bikes have me drooling. I think I like the Ritchey the best...something about those orange bikes, especially when they bridge that look between classic and modern.
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    The rack on the Gunnar is a Planet Bike Koko. It only cost about $35 at my LBS and is very adjustable. Quite the bargain for a rack and load capacity is 55 lbs.

    http://ecom1.planetbike.com/4005.html

    Regarding the Ritchey, I had been looking for a Swiss Cross for years but never found one in my size that I could afford. Saw the Breakaway Cross for sale on eBay and bought it for a bargain price. It really suits my needs better than a Swiss Cross because it has mounts for fenders and racks, plus I really like the orange color as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    The rack on the Gunnar is a Planet Bike Koko. It only cost about $35 at my LBS and is very adjustable. Quite the bargain for a rack and load capacity is 55 lbs.

    http://ecom1.planetbike.com/4005.html

    Regarding the Ritchey, I had been looking for a Swiss Cross for years but never found one in my size that I could afford. Saw the Breakaway Cross for sale on eBay and bought it for a bargain price. It really suits my needs better than a Swiss Cross because it has mounts for fenders and racks, plus I really like the orange color as well.
    Oh wow! I have the Koko on my Amazon wish list, but never actually saw one "in the wild". Looks great! I may end up adding it to my already-ridiculous collection. Good catch on the Breakaway!
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    Shimmy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zach_Stone View Post
    A Nashbar Mk. III (Ishiwata Steel!) frame I found and and then cobbled together as an about town bike.
    Zach,
    I commute on a very similar bike this size (Nishiki). The frame seems to be very flexible and could benefit from a second top tube. Do you have any issues with shimmy? I once attached a seat-post mounted rack with 10 lbs on it. This caused a shimmy so horrible that I never even try to put anything in the back anymore...

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    An update of my daily three season commuter.

    FSA Metropolis bars, Paul Thumbies with Dura Ace bar ends, porteur rack with Wald basket, Salsa Delgado rims on LX hubs and dynamo up front, Edulux front light, Dutch frame lock and kickstand.



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    [QUOTE=fun29er;16224994]Zach,
    I commute on a very similar bike this size (Nishiki). The frame seems to be very flexible and could benefit from a second top tube. Do you have any issues with shimmy? I once attached a seat-post mounted rack with 10 lbs on it. This caused a shimmy so horrible that I never even try to put anything in the back anymore...

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    Never had that problem? But I also never really get rolling on it. But even the one time it has crested, say 25mph, descending a gravel pass in Nelson County it felt pretty rock solid even with 15lbs (of beer) in the seat bag. I use a bag man to support the bag from the saddle, not the post, and the flex of ths steel rack gives the bag abit of suspension.

    More imporantly, what is/where did you get that frame bag and can it take a laptop? been looking for one just like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeth82 View Post
    Oh wow! I have the Koko on my Amazon wish list, but never actually saw one "in the wild". Looks great! I may end up adding it to my already-ridiculous collection. Good catch on the Breakaway!
    I just looked on amazon and bought one - that's a NICE rack for great price! Thanks guys!!
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    [QUOTE=Zach_Stone;16226783]
    Quote Originally Posted by fun29er View Post
    Zach,
    Never had that problem? But I also never really get rolling on it. But even the one time it has crested, say 25mph, descending a gravel pass in Nelson County it felt pretty rock solid even with 15lbs (of beer) in the seat bag. I use a bag man to support the bag from the saddle, not the post, and the flex of ths steel rack gives the bag abit of suspension.

    More imporantly, what is/where did you get that frame bag and can it take a laptop? been looking for one just like that!
    I'm thinking my issue had to do with the weird weight distribution created by the post-mounted rack. It's good to know that a seat bag should work fine.

    The beauty of riding a 27" frame is being able to just hang an actual laptop bag from the top tube! I think this old bag is from the late 90's. It has a metal lining at the top as part of the original design. I removed the handle and riveted (!) the four Velcros to it. Any reasonably thin laptop bag can be attached this way, as long as the top is held up by more than just fabric. If I were using a modern laptop bag without the metal lining, I would probably use a strip of metal from a can of pop and rivet/bolt it to the Velcros from the inside.

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    This has become my new favorite commuter/utility do everything bike.

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    I thought they'd switched the Safari to discs... wow.
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    Wow, that's beautiful! What year is that? Is that black leather bar tape?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch. View Post
    This has become my new favorite commuter/utility do everything bike.

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    Haven't done any actual commuting on it but I'm sure it'll be a painful learning experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I thought they'd switched the Safari to discs... wow.
    It comes disc ready, It has disc hubs and the frame and forks have mounts. I think thy went with v-brakes to help keep cost down. Is that wow a good wow or a bad wow?

    Quote Originally Posted by PennyTheDog View Post
    Wow, that's beautiful! What year is that? Is that black leather bar tape?
    Thanks, It's a 2013 the bar tape is cheap pleather type material.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch. View Post
    It comes disc ready, It has disc hubs and the frame and forks have mounts. I think thy went with v-brakes to help keep cost down. Is that wow a good wow or a bad wow?
    good wow.
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    This is over the major highway that runs through my town at sunrise.

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    W plus 1 for the wet slush and snow... added the fenders and swapped the thumbies for some LX STI's this evening. Things had warmed a little by the time I was on my way back and things were wet and slushy and those fenders were most appreciated.

    Bike is late 80's BRC Ricochet hybrid in pretty much new shape... warrants a better picture now.

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