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Old 11-11-13, 06:16 PM   #11651
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Thanks. Need to pick out a rear rack (already have a new pannier/backpack). In the meantime have an older bike-backpack that will do.
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Old 11-11-13, 08:08 PM   #11652
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Nice to see a fellow Safarian... I have really enjoyed mine.
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Old 11-12-13, 06:25 PM   #11653
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Old 11-12-13, 11:40 PM   #11654
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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?



Thanks, It's a 2013 the bar tape is cheap pleather type material.

IIRC the Safari's were rigged with disc brakes for a year or two. My girlfriend picked one up, two years ago now (?) and it came as you described; disc hubs, tabs for disc cable routing, but equipped with V's.
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Old 11-12-13, 11:55 PM   #11655
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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?



Thanks, It's a 2013 the bar tape is cheap pleather type material.

IIRC the Safari's were rigged with disc brakes for a year or two, but have since come equipped with V-brakes. I've seen at least one locked up on the street with discs that looked like they came from the factory that way (everything else was bone stock). A look at Bikepedia might clear this up. My girlfriend picked a new one up, two years ago now (?) and it came as you described; disc hubs, tabs for disc cable routing, disc compatible rear rack, but equipped with V's. Also in an awful poop brown color, came with grip shifters, and weighs more than my old low end GT's. Who chooses to sell bikes in poop color?

We're stuck with it for now as it's sunk cost, put it's just a placeholder for a better touring bike someday. She hates it, it's heavy and she doesn't like the way it handles at all. Luckily, I built up a repurposed old MTB for her that she adores, so she does get out riding. If all she had were the Safari, I don't think she'd hardly ever ride.

Given the positive response yours got, I should post a pic of hers. She commuted on it a few times, and I've got it outfitted with really nice Woody's fenders, Tanaka copper water bottle cages and a few other accents trying to compliment/distract from the poop brown color of the frame!

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Old 11-13-13, 12:08 AM   #11656
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You should re-post that in the "hot or not" thread!

Hot!
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Old 11-13-13, 09:04 AM   #11657
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Nice bike vs ugly road
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Old 11-13-13, 09:17 AM   #11658
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I usually just wear a backpack if I need to transport food. Add-ons aren't my thing.
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Old 11-13-13, 09:59 AM   #11659
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Another one of mine.

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Old 11-13-13, 10:43 AM   #11660
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Nice to see a fellow Safarian... I have really enjoyed mine.
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Old 11-13-13, 11:25 AM   #11661
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My 'muters

Here is my main commuter (yellow), and my rain/snow bike (red).
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Old 11-13-13, 10:48 PM   #11662
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Old 11-13-13, 10:54 PM   #11663
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This is my "new" commuter, a 1991 team specialized stumpjumper which is pretty much complete (I need to pick up some fenders for it, though):



I'm really enjoying the bike. My other "new" commuter is a 1991 bridgestone XO-2; I tend to ride it when the weather is better:

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Old 11-13-13, 11:03 PM   #11664
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Another one of mine.

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is that an Escape City, or did you get one of the #s and add some stuff to it?
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Old 11-13-13, 11:20 PM   #11665
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is that an Escape City, or did you get one of the #s and add some stuff to it?
Thanks! If I remember correctly it's an Escape 3.
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Old 11-14-13, 11:58 AM   #11666
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never was a fan of giant saddle bags ike that. but i'd love to see more of your bike unless i missed it somewhere in the past posts
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never was a fan of giant saddle bags ike that. but i'd love to see more of your bike unless i missed it somewhere in the past posts
The bike's setup changes quite a bit, but there are some photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/justrid...7631544467026/

Here is the review that I wrote last year:
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Old 11-15-13, 01:26 PM   #11669
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Are there no provisions for attaching a rear rack to the seat stays near the rear brake on that BMC frame?

Looks like a really nice ride!
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Are there no provisions for attaching a rear rack to the seat stays near the rear brake on that BMC frame?

Looks like a really nice ride!
It has no seatstay rack bosses. The most it will ever carry is that Carradice saddlebag, and for that I use a saddle-mounted (Bagman) support.
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I know I was just asking about it if I were to consider that frame for a commuter bike. But I'd probably have to pass if there are no rack mounting provisions.
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Old 11-15-13, 02:18 PM   #11672
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I know I was just asking about it if I were to consider that frame for a commuter bike. But I'd probably have to pass if there are no rack mounting provisions.
P-clamps would work.
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well yeah I know but I wouldn't want to booger up a nice frame like that with fugly p-clamps.
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Old 11-15-13, 02:55 PM   #11674
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well yeah I know but I wouldn't want to booger up a nice frame like that with fugly p-clamps.
Personally, I wouldn't want a rack/panniers on it. For a dedicated commuter, I'd opt for something from SOMA, Surly, etc. The BMC rides beautifully unloaded.
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well yeah I know but I wouldn't want to booger up a nice frame like that with fugly p-clamps.
How about a seat post clamp to mount rack.
http://www.jensonusa.com/!AXct7rAJCF...FUwV7AodXzIABw
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