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Old 12-30-13, 02:01 PM   #11751
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Recently added a Brooks B17 seat, new Michelin City tires after getting a flat on the stock Bontragers, and a White Industries ENO freewheel. I love riding this bike.

I test rode a Soho S back when it first came out and it was so much fun. The single speed was so quiet and reminded me of riding a my BMX bike as a kid. just plain fun. I dont think i would enjoy commuting on it but a single speed still intrigues me.
I have Michelin City tires as well. I like them too.
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Old 12-31-13, 09:20 AM   #11752
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Forgive me father, for I have sinned. It's been nearly 4 years since my last confess... err... commute

Made my bike winter ready this afternoon. As costs are going up I've decided to get back to bike commuting. It's a 40km one-way-ride into the office. Several days of the week I get to carpool, so it will not be a full time commute. Though, even as it's getting colder, I'm looking forward to it.

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Old 12-31-13, 09:40 AM   #11753
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My 1995 Trek 850 Mountain Track Commuter Bike

I have logged nearly 100 miles on my old Trek 850 Mountain Track since i started commuting (part of my long drive) into work back in late October:



I wish I could ride the all the way from home into work (16 miles), but there is a long, winding 55 MPH 2 lane road that is just too dangerous for cyclists.
I usually park 3 miles from work and ride in on bike paths and side walks. It's a great way to start the day!
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Old 12-31-13, 02:32 PM   #11754
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Had to do a slight rebuild of this years winter bike to fix a few bugs but she's back up and running, it'll only have the drops for a few more weeks and it's going back to MTB bars so I can put the hydros back on and hit the trails. Have a few chances to use the new nokian (Suomi) extreme 294's the things grip like crazy, just front try and corner fast on pavement.




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Old 12-31-13, 04:15 PM   #11755
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You neglected to say what your badgeless frame is; with all the bontrager components, I'm guessing Trek? Do they make rigid mtb, or did it start life as a flat-bar commuter of some sort? I like the Orca paint scheme too.
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Old 12-31-13, 05:09 PM   #11756
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You neglected to say what your badgeless frame is; with all the bontrager components, I'm guessing Trek? Do they make rigid mtb, or did it start life as a flat-bar commuter of some sort? I like the Orca paint scheme too.
I actually don't know what the brand is, I bought it without any decals used at the local bike co-op, my best guess is Jamis? I bought most the parts as new takes offs from bike shops, eBay etc. it's also my MTB but I don't have any photos of it in that form yet(waiting for forks). I've always like the orca style schemes so I went ahead and did it.
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Old 01-01-14, 12:11 AM   #11757
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Oh, well that makes sense then. In any case you put together a nice looking package.
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Old 01-01-14, 12:21 AM   #11758
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I got a 5' length of 3M Conspicuity reflective tape off eBay for a few bucks, chopped it up and decorated my kittier, so now this is what I will look like from behind in the dark (plus a red blinkie of course)

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Old 01-01-14, 03:07 AM   #11759
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I actually don't know what the brand is, I bought it without any decals used at the local bike co-op, my best guess is Jamis? I bought most the parts as new takes offs from bike shops, eBay etc. it's also my MTB but I don't have any photos of it in that form yet(waiting for forks). I've always like the orca style schemes so I went ahead and did it.
Try looking for a serial number, mostly they're on the bottom bracket. With that you might be able to track it back to its roots.
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Old 01-01-14, 10:23 AM   #11760
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Try looking for a serial number, mostly they're on the bottom bracket. With that you might be able to track it back to its roots.
Tried that route for a couple of months looked at hundreds of pictures to no avail, I posted to three or four forums every bodies best guess was a Jamis so I'm just going with that.
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Old 01-01-14, 11:59 PM   #11761
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Old 01-02-14, 09:02 AM   #11762
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Stopped to take a pic of my bike today to rest from riding in fresh snow!
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Old 01-02-14, 10:17 AM   #11763
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dang man that looks intense! What do you use to keep your feet/toes from freezing? Or do they freeze on your commute?
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Old 01-02-14, 10:33 AM   #11764
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dang man that looks intense! What do you use to keep your feet/toes from freezing? Or do they freeze on your commute?
The first layer is a pair of good all synthetic athletic socks, then a plastic bread bag, then the thick wool socks. My toes got a bit cold, but I don't have show covers yet. My brother-in-law got me some for Christmas. I've been under the weather a bit, so I'll report back after my next ride.
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Old 01-02-14, 10:35 AM   #11765
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dang man that looks intense! What do you use to keep your feet/toes from freezing? Or do they freeze on your commute?
No "Snotsicles" means its not too cold.
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My most recent commuter build. It's a Habanero Ti frame with Mavic Open Pros on Gatorskin 25's and SKS Longboards. I've only had it up and running for a week, but am finding it quite adequate for non ice and snow commutes.
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Old 01-02-14, 01:35 PM   #11767
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Ti bike looks superb!
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Old 01-02-14, 02:36 PM   #11768
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I may have to get me a Habanero one of these days.
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Here's my 2013 GT Eightball.

All stock except for a Brooks B17, Paul seat post and Snap S2 Pro stem.
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Nice!

Could you provide the specs on that front fender as I'm looking for one to use on the MTB I have in Germany.

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Here's my 2013 GT Eightball.

All stock except for a Brooks B17, Paul seat post and Snap S2 Pro stem.
Very nice! I'd be tempted to put bullhorns (handlebars, not real ones, sheesh!) on this beast.
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This is my work-end lock-up beater.

Early 90s C'Dale M800 "Beast of the East" with typical cracked off plastic cable guides, 2-3 layers of spray bomb.
- Double chainring (med, low) front shifted by Fox shock lockout switch to Suntour FD.
- 8sp out back shifted by cheap Gripshift to Sachs New Success RD.
- Innova studded tires.
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- I bring a clipon rear fender with me, carry stuff in a Chrome backpack.
- Bontrager Flare 1.5 blinky on my helmet; Niterider 350lumen hbar mount.

I can't find studded tires in Birdy folding bike tire size (18"), so I do a two-bike commute, dedicated commuter to the bus station; bus; this bike to work. Once chances of snow and ice are over, this will come back home and resume mtn bike duty.
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Nice!

Could you provide the specs on that front fender as I'm looking for one to use on the MTB I have in Germany.

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