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HDavidH 12-13-13 10:46 AM

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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...
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=354938

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.

DVC45 12-14-13 02:56 PM

' tis the season..

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps8bcfc7d0.jpg

:)

AlTheKiller 12-15-13 01:29 PM

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.

Sixty Fiver 12-15-13 02:50 PM

Winter crew...

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...ikes%20(1).JPG

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...ikes%20(4).JPG

Gezman 12-15-13 04:07 PM

I don't know its just comfortable to me I guess...

e0richt 12-17-13 09:39 AM

here's my winter commuter
 
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Originally Posted by Gezman (Post 16332490)
I don't know its just comfortable to me I guess...


BikeCultureGuy 12-18-13 01:16 PM

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Here's my ride in sunny South Florida in December :lol:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=355673

MEversbergII 12-18-13 01:47 PM

Digging the wood rack-platform. Is it DIY?

M.

Standalone 12-19-13 09:32 PM

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/b...pse96ddd81.jpg

awfulwaffle 12-19-13 09:40 PM

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ps400bd29c.jpg

Same bike, different shoes. First season doing any kind of lengthy snow biking. Good lord do those disc brakes make a racket in the cold!

azgreg 12-19-13 09:45 PM

Love the BRC Sixty Fiver!

SpotOn 12-22-13 01:12 AM

The bike was meant for commuter riding and/or just a get-around-bike. It was bought initially for $15 with front/rear lights on it, as well as a choice of a comfort seat and a regular (the one pictured). Let me put it nicely; I do not like the comfort seat, so I changed to the normal one... However, the rear inner tube did not hold air properly, so bought a new inner tube ($6). Everything seemed to work fine until recently, where at a stop light the rear tube bursted out from the rear tire and exploded, making me have to walk an hour all the way to where I was going. I decided to buy a completely new rear tire as well as a new inner tube ($20 + $6), since the rear tire was very old with many cracks. Taking the tire off the rim was quite a challenge with only 2 plastic tire levers and one person working it (a very tight rim/tire ratio). The super-cheap bicycle ended up totaling right under $50, but the process of fixing it myself made the entire journey enjoyable.

http://i41.tinypic.com/15yxdlx.jpg

RubeRad 12-22-13 09:56 AM

Good work spotty, and I like the color too. And yes, bikes are so much cheaper than cars it's not even funny; especially used bikes, there are so many deals out there!

Medic Zero 12-23-13 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Standalone (Post 16344897)

Interesting, what frame is that? Is it a folder? Looks good!

BikeCultureGuy 12-23-13 05:21 AM

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Originally Posted by MEversbergII (Post 16340553)
Digging the wood rack-platform. Is it DIY?

M.

The add-on to the rack is a "cargo cradle." I design and make these myself and sell them on eBay and Etsy. You can see some pics of these cargo cradles on BikeCultureRising.com or do a search for "cargo cradle" on eBay or Etsy.com.

Standalone 12-23-13 06:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Medic Zero (Post 16352658)
Interesting, what frame is that? Is it a folder? Looks good!

Thanks. It's a Dahon Espresso, one that has been through several upgrades and iterations. It now has nothing original on it except for the frame, fork, and maybe the seatpost clamp. (wow, I just realized that!) Even the headset has been replaced, but all over time and all I suppose as needed.

Dahon's Espresso and Matrix both use this frame, and I think so does the Jack.

I'm 6'4", so the Dahon Curve D3 that I originally rode around was just never big enough. This one isn't quite large enough, either, though! :)

I think that I have seen Dahon frames like this on sale, bare frame. They make a good platform, are reasonably light, and fold well.

AusTexMurf 12-23-13 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by azgreg (Post 16344934)
Love the BRC Sixty Fiver!

+1
The BRC is clean, simple, classic. Spry winter bicycle, too, I am sure.
Nice ride, as are all of your bikes, Sixty Fiver.

djyak 12-23-13 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by SpotOn (Post 16350299)
The bike was meant for commuter riding and/or just a get-around-bike. It was bought initially for $15 with front/rear lights on it, as well as a choice of a comfort seat and a regular (the one pictured). Let me put it nicely; I do not like the comfort seat, so I changed to the normal one... However, the rear inner tube did not hold air properly, so bought a new inner tube ($6). Everything seemed to work fine until recently, where at a stop light the rear tube bursted out from the rear tire and exploded, making me have to walk an hour all the way to where I was going. I decided to buy a completely new rear tire as well as a new inner tube ($20 + $6), since the rear tire was very old with many cracks. Taking the tire off the rim was quite a challenge with only 2 plastic tire levers and one person working it (a very tight rim/tire ratio). The super-cheap bicycle ended up totaling right under $50, but the process of fixing it myself made the entire journey enjoyable.

http://i41.tinypic.com/15yxdlx.jpg


Nice job! Amazing how a little work can make it all worth while. Something as simple as a bike can make a guy so happy.

noglider 12-23-13 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by BikeCultureGuy (Post 16352759)
The add-on to the rack is a "cargo cradle." I design and make these myself and sell them on eBay and Etsy. You can see some pics of these cargo cradles on BikeCultureRising.com or do a search for "cargo cradle" on eBay or Etsy.com.

Fantastic blog!

AusTexMurf 12-23-13 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by BikeCultureGuy (Post 16340468)
Here's my ride in sunny South Florida in December :lol:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=355673

http://bikeculturerising.com

Great site.
Thanks for sharing.
Happy AllTheDays.

Sixty Fiver 12-23-13 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by AusTexMurf (Post 16352948)
+1
The BRC is clean, simple, classic. Spry winter bicycle, too, I am sure.
Nice ride, as are all of your bikes, Sixty Fiver.

It was $50.00 well spent... it looked like a garage queen and still had fuzzy tyres which let me know it could run 38's and could probably handle 45's.

The upgrades came from my stash and it is a very spry bicycle that is very pleasing to ride... it has nicely balanced steering and the 700c wheels and tyres are good on warmer slushier days and with the front studded tyre it handles the packed snow and ice really well.

FatPow 12-23-13 04:33 PM

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Here's mine. All City Nature Boy, fixed 36x16 for the winter and the hills, and I just cruise slowly in the summer. Studded winter tires, 2mmx1.5mmx2mm spokes, Dyad rims.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=356360

Medic Zero 12-24-13 03:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Standalone (Post 16352825)
Thanks. It's a Dahon Espresso, one that has been through several upgrades and iterations. It now has nothing original on it except for the frame, fork, and maybe the seatpost clamp. (wow, I just realized that!) Even the headset has been replaced, but all over time and all I suppose as needed.

Dahon's Espresso and Matrix both use this frame, and I think so does the Jack.

I'm 6'4", so the Dahon Curve D3 that I originally rode around was just never big enough. This one isn't quite large enough, either, though! :)

I think that I have seen Dahon frames like this on sale, bare frame. They make a good platform, are reasonably light, and fold well.


Thanks for the info! Someday I'll end up adding a folder to my fleet, and I like the looks of this one. I'd also like to try out a small wheeled folder, but well, you know, N+1! :lol:

link0 12-24-13 02:41 PM

My everyday commuter bike in LA, rain or dry. 1989 Schwinn Prologue 2x7 speed that originally came with full Shimano 600 (purchased for $150).

I've since upgraded some parts very cheaply (mostly used), including:

A ton of black and grey honda touch up paint
Ultegra 6600 compact crankset and brake calipers
105 5700 rear derailleur
Tektro brake levers (awesome stuff)
Shimano RS30 wheelset
MTB wide range cassette 12-28 (lots of hills in the downtown LA area)
Generic stem and seatpost
M520 double sided spd pedals

http://i.imgur.com/HMDGwzY.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/9sQYe6s.jpg

The night I bought it:
http://i.imgur.com/3tPCKKq.jpg

RubeRad 12-24-13 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by link0 (Post 16356558)
My everyday commuter bike in LA, rain or dry. 1989 Schwinn Prologue 2x7 speed that originally came with full Shimano 600 (purchased for $150).

I've since upgraded some parts very cheaply (mostly used), including:

Ultegra 6600 compact crankset and brake calipers
105 5700 rear derailleur
Tektro brake levers (awesome stuff)
Shimano RS30 wheelset
MTB wide range cassette 12-28 (lots of bill hills in the downtown LA area)
Generic stem and seatpost
M520 double sided spd pedals

That is one hot Schwinn! Funny, the toptube decals are worn off, I thought the model was "Cholo" (which you'll probably appreciate since you're in LA). I see you've already gotten some Tektro levers, but if you want to move your shifters up front, you might consider a pair of Retroshift CX2 for $129. Likely the same (rebranded, modified) brake levers, plus shifter bosses.


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