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  1. #11701
    Keepin it Wheel RubeRad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Mr. Blackburn is no longer associated with the products that bear his name. The racks used to be made in the USA and were among the first products sold by Specialized (maybe before it was Specialized). The Blackburn Design name and company are now part of Bell Sports, and the racks are manufactured overseas, either Taiwan or China (whichever is cheaper)
    So does Mr Blackburn still make and sell a superior rack, or are they only available used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    So does Mr Blackburn still make and sell a superior rack, or are they only available used?
    Mr. Blackburn is off doing other stuff, maybe sitting on a tropical beach drinking Mai Tais. The racks haven't been made in the USA for something like 30 years. As to any quality differences, I can't say. For all I know, the Chinese are better welders than the Americans were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkbannon View Post
    Attachment 352379

    Still in search of a nice Jim Blackburn rack for this gal.
    wow. me gusta.

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    Thanks! Jim Blackburns fit a lot of my qualifications: silver, seat stay braze on mounted, simple, pretty to look at and period correct. Most other racks of that vintage use brake mounts or metal seat-stay clamping systems... I say if you've got them, use them!

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    Could someone point me in the right direction for finding a place on-line where I can have custom reflective decals made? I'm building a new commuter for my fiancee, and after I have the frame repainted, I want to spice it up, and make it more visible with reflective decals. I know that I could just get a roll of 3M tape and block out sections, like I did on my own bikes, but I'd like to put her name on the bike in big bold letters...instead of the frame's original brand.

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    Here ya go. Jamis Coda Sport, taken with the god awful camera on my Nokia
    WP_20131203_001.jpg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simpletommy View Post
    Could someone point me in the right direction for finding a place on-line where I can have custom reflective decals made? I'm building a new commuter for my fiancee, and after I have the frame repainted, I want to spice it up, and make it more visible with reflective decals. I know that I could just get a roll of 3M tape and block out sections, like I did on my own bikes, but I'd like to put her name on the bike in big bold letters...instead of the frame's original brand.
    I have used edecals.com for some decals. they looked great and even sent extras. I was pretty impressed with their professionalism. I don't know about reflective, but I know they have mirror finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simpletommy View Post
    Could someone point me in the right direction for finding a place on-line where I can have custom reflective decals made?
    I used a kit from Applied Graphics that are made for motorcycle helmets. The material really flashes up well when light hits it. You will get plenty of pre-cut pieces that are about the right shape and lengths for the various tubes of the frame.

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    Fresh from her first winter commute. My phone was cold so it took a really crappy picture.

    This is what happened to my bike earlier that day. The sidewalk plows got to her


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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieJayne View Post

    I LOVE this picture hahahahahaha.
    where do you live?
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    My Nishiki , it's my only bike, she's well worn but she moves. When I'm able I plan on getting a new bike and just fixing this one up until then she's my ride.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Gezman View Post
    My Nishiki , it's my only bike, she's well worn but she moves. When I'm able I plan on getting a new bike and just fixing this one up until then she's my ride.




    There's a bike in them pic's ?

    All I see is a nice 55 chevy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bent Bill View Post
    There's a bike in them pic's ?

    All I see is a nice 55 chevy
    lol surprisingly yeah two of them actually a wagon and a belair . Good eye btw.

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    red ice.jpg my commuter bike for 12 years! and proud of it.

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    I just put these studded tires on that I bought "used" (basically brand new - no missing studs) for $40. We'll see how it goes - everything was covered in ice today.

    All ready for poor weather!

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    regular commuter, adventurer/explorer of backroads and mtb trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieJayne View Post
    Fresh from her first winter commute. My phone was cold so it took a really crappy picture.

    This is what happened to my bike earlier that day. The sidewalk plows got to her
    Mild pain I am sure but really cool pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    I LOVE this picture hahahahahaha.
    where do you live?
    +1 that's amazing -- it's almost like you had your bike flocked like some people do with their christmas trees

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestMass View Post
    I just put these studded tires on that I bought "used" (basically brand new - no missing studs) for $40. We'll see how it goes - everything was covered in ice today.

    All ready for poor weather!

    Photo Dec 09, 6 03 29 PM.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    This is my "commuting" ride. But it's also my only vehicle at all. So commuting, shopping, errands, touring.

    http://www.walterstovall.com/my-bicycle/
    Wow! That's pretty incredible. I couldn't think of anything else you'd need. A swiss army of bikes! Nice job.

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    Here is my 2004 Kona Cinder Cone frame converted into a commuter. This bike has been a front suspension 26" cross-country racer, a rigid single speed 69'er (for racing) and now this...
    kona_as_commuter.jpg

    I put it together like this over the past few weeks with spare parts from the "bin". I did recently purchase the Velo Orange touring bars for a more upright ride but everything else comes from my parts bin of miscellaneous odds and ends. Interesting point: The fenders are Planet Bike 29'er fenders. Adjusting the rods makes them fit 26'ers just fine with an added benefit of actually giving a fuller radius of fender around the wheels. Much more splash protection and kinda cool looking for fenders.
    Last edited by HDavidH; 12-13-13 at 09:51 AM.

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    ' tis the season..




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    that nishiki is nice, but what's up with the brake lever placement? seems really awkward. repaired a bike that had the levers like that recently and test riding it was weird as hell, but his was really janky, saddle sloping way forward, etc... so I couldn't narrow down just how weird the levers were.

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