kona jake with borrowed pannier
kona jake with borrowed pannier
and wrote a fantastic book about it!), and he was paranoid about bike theft. He wrapped his entire frame in duct tape to disguise it, and I think it was just a Mongoose, not a tricked-out commuter with fenders and a leather saddle!
Love the DIY trunk. Probably what, $5 from home despot? Did you just cut holes and ziptie it to the rack? Is it waterproof enough that way?
RubeRad: Thanks! neon single speeds are all the rage now. Plus, I live and work somewhat near the airport - hence the lack of skyscrapers in this picture - and keep my bike locked in my apartment or office.
When I was living in busier areas, I had a Forever that nobody would've wanted anyway.
To answer RubeRad's question above, yes it is waterproof, I've been through some crazy rain storms with that thing. A month or so back when Colorado was flooding everywhere, I was carrying my textbooks and other valuables in that thing without any problems. I guess a few drops of water got in from the small zip tie holes underneath but it was extremely minimal and that could be easily rectified with a bit of silicone caulking (hasn't been enough of an issue for me to bother with it yet). I did just install the rear light so a bit of water might be able to get in where it is attached, so I think I will give it the silicone treatment soon. The tub also works as a fender .
I was originally going to use J-bolts to make it so I could remove it fairly quickly but then realized I really had no need for that feature. I also had no J-bolts but I did have a bin full of Adel clamps just the right size I'd probably never use, I had bought an assortment for an automotive project 15-20 years ago and these were the leftovers. Zip ties would have worked just as well though and had I not had the clamps would have been my next choice. Glad to hear it's as weatherproof as I had hoped, I haven't had to test mine yet.
I finally carried a camera on a ride.
Details and a few more pics here.
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:
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:
That brought to mind so many images of internet binges gone bad. :)
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...
Volagi Viaje in daily rider mode:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.