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gregjones 11-03-13 08:46 PM

I finally carried a camera on a ride.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...5060f49f20.jpg

Details and a few more pics here.

deeth82 11-05-13 11:43 AM

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Welp, I did it...I went through this entire thread, starting from page 1. Took me about a month and a half, but I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your lovely/new/old/beautiful/unique/hardworking commuter rigs. I haven't taken many proper pics of my fleet, but I'll drop a quick snap from this morning, taken after the ride into work:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=349334

Rode the Tank today...not pictured: Topeak MTX Beamrack (E-type) and MTX trunk bag (the one without side panniers). The roads here are a mix of loose gravel, cracked magma field-like asphalt, and smooth sailing fresh paving...with a surprising number of hills, so the Tank's gearing and big, balloon-y Fat Frank's were perfect for an easy cruise this morning.

Bonus pic: The sunrise this morning over Columbia Metro Airport:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=349335

RubeRad 11-05-13 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by deeth82 (Post 16221416)
Welp, I did it...I went through this entire thread, starting from page 1. Took me about a month and a half, but I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your lovely/new/old/beautiful/unique/hardworking commuter rigs.

That is quite an achievement! Looking forward to more pics from your stable...

bigbenaugust 11-05-13 02:56 PM

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Originally Posted by deeth82 (Post 16221416)
Welp, I did it...I went through this entire thread, starting from page 1. Took me about a month and a half, but I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your lovely/new/old/beautiful/unique/hardworking commuter rigs. I haven't taken many proper pics of my fleet, but I'll drop a quick snap from this morning, taken after the ride into work:

A month and a half continuously, or did you pause to eat, sleep, and ride? :D

gregjones 11-05-13 02:58 PM

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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust (Post 16221971)
A month and a half continuously, or did you pause to eat, sleep, and ride? :D

:lol:

deeth82 11-05-13 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 16221846)
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!

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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust (Post 16221971)
A month and a half continuously, or did you pause to eat, sleep, and ride? :D

To quote the wise prophet, @gregjones: :lol:

That brought to mind so many images of internet binges gone bad. :)

mconlonx 11-05-13 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by mrbubbles (Post 16108442)
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...

MileHighMark 11-05-13 04:38 PM

Volagi Viaje in daily rider mode:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3801/1...eda8c604fc.jpg

RubeRad 11-05-13 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by MileHighMark (Post 16222258)
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.

MileHighMark 11-05-13 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 16222414)
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.

deeth82 11-06-13 06:32 AM

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Originally Posted by MileHighMark (Post 16222258)

Beautiful bike; beautiful scenery...it would be hard not to ride with such conditions present!

tarwheel 11-06-13 08:39 AM

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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.

deeth82 11-06-13 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by tarwheel (Post 16223762)
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. :)

tarwheel 11-06-13 10:00 AM

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.

deeth82 11-06-13 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by tarwheel (Post 16224007)
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! :)

fun29er 11-06-13 03:19 PM

Shimmy?
 
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A Nashbar Mk. III (Ishiwata Steel!) frame I found and and then cobbled together as an about town bike.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3722/9...8a21d5f1_c.jpg

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...

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=349505

cookiejar 11-06-13 03:28 PM

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blakcloud 11-06-13 04:14 PM

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.
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/k...ps163d4ff3.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/k...ps0a35600b.jpg

Zach_Stone 11-07-13 08:39 AM

[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...

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=349505
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!

arsprod 11-07-13 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by deeth82 (Post 16224108)
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!!

fun29er 11-07-13 09:22 AM

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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.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=349652

Sasquatch. 11-07-13 11:28 AM

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

[IMG]http://i39.tinypic.com/352m1oh.jpg[/IMG]

bigbenaugust 11-07-13 12:14 PM

I thought they'd switched the Safari to discs... wow.

PennyTheDog 11-07-13 01:08 PM

Wow, that's beautiful! What year is that? Is that black leather bar tape?

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Originally Posted by Sasquatch. (Post 16227300)
This has become my new favorite commuter/utility do everything bike.

[IMG]http://i39.tinypic.com/352m1oh.jpg[/IMG]


UserM4 11-07-13 02:39 PM

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

http://i.imgur.com/u8X6mEh.jpg


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