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Old 01-13-14, 10:29 AM   #11801
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Was originally built so it would not be stolen or sold. Now I escort 6 kids to back and forth to school on this every school day, rain or shine.
I love this... can you run gears with this setup?
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Old 01-13-14, 02:41 PM   #11802
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Was originally built so it would not be stolen or sold. Now I escort 6 kids to back and forth to school on this every school day, rain or shine.
Oh god, those poor kids!

Seriously, this bike is charmingly offensive. I like it.

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Old 01-13-14, 06:01 PM   #11803
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The banana seat accommodated carrying a small passenger and the wooden board was their foot rest. The seat and trick bars provide a very comfortable riding position. Don't need multiple gears for flat riding with young kids. Four gears were removed from the 5-speed cluster for simplification (didn't have a SS freewheel) and to continue running the thin chain. A 70's Schwinn badge was added to the head tube to confuse people...really gets them scratching their heads. Just added the 24" aluminum rim to improve braking when wet at the expense of patina. Wish I could add front shocks but won't give up the basket for carrying backpacks, gallons of milk, etc. Oh yeah, been through a couple sets of used pedals, too.
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Old 01-15-14, 01:48 PM   #11804
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Soon to be revamped with a new fork, new brakes, new bars, new front wheel, new chain rings, very excited.
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Old 01-15-14, 11:09 PM   #11805
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Almost finished with my new commuter build. Still deciding on a handlebar and have new wheel set parts sitting on my bench waiting to be laced up.




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Old 01-16-14, 07:50 AM   #11806
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it's funny because that wheel looks so puny in the fork! Your lighting setup looks pretty sweet.
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Old 01-16-14, 04:44 PM   #11807
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Was originally built so it would not be stolen or sold. Now I escort 6 kids back and forth to school on this every school day, rain or shine.
I love it!
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Old 01-16-14, 05:10 PM   #11808
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Oh god, those poor kids!

Seriously, this bike is charmingly offensive. I like it.
In Mexico, this bike would have foot pegs front and rear, and carry a family of 5 (once I saw 6, counting an infant in a sling).
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Old 01-16-14, 10:31 PM   #11809
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it's funny because that wheel looks so puny in the fork! Your lighting setup looks pretty sweet.
Yeah that 38mm is a bit thin looking. Once the fender goes on won't be so obvious. Thanks on the light set up. Dual cygolight 700's on brackets I made out of spare kickstand parts.
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Old 01-17-14, 12:32 PM   #11810
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Here she is at work. 2012 Trek Wahoo with a Cygolite halogen and a Blackburn mini tail light.
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Old 01-17-14, 09:02 PM   #11811
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Old 01-17-14, 09:26 PM   #11812
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Work-in-progress project bike (Panasonic Sport 500) that'll become a bad-weather single-speed with a front drum brake. It also looks like my Topeak rear basket will fit it better than my other bikes, so it'll likely take on grocery duty, too:
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Old 01-18-14, 09:10 AM   #11813
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agmetal, I like your bikes and your project. I made a commuter bike out of a mid-90's Bianchi Volpe. It weighs almost 40 lbs. What does yours weigh? I have a rear rack, a dynamo hub, headlight and tail light, and fenders. Despite the weight, it runs so well and fits me so well that it doesn't feel very heavy.
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Old 01-18-14, 10:44 PM   #11814
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agmetal, I like your bikes and your project. I made a commuter bike out of a mid-90's Bianchi Volpe. It weighs almost 40 lbs. What does yours weigh? I have a rear rack, a dynamo hub, headlight and tail light, and fenders. Despite the weight, it runs so well and fits me so well that it doesn't feel very heavy.
No idea on the weight...I don't have a bathroom scale or anything at home, so I've never attempted to weigh it! It doesn't strike me as terribly heavy, though, especially when I have my u-lock in my bag, as opposed to the rear rack. It actually feels quite light without the lock on it!
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Old 01-19-14, 01:12 PM   #11815
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Just picked her up yesterday!

Norco Threshold A2 in a size 60
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Old 01-19-14, 01:30 PM   #11816
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Norco Threshold A2 in a size 60
That looks slick...
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Old 01-19-14, 01:35 PM   #11817
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Old 01-19-14, 02:05 PM   #11818
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handlebars = soma sparrows?
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Old 01-20-14, 12:04 PM   #11819
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They are VO Milan bars.
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Old 01-22-14, 08:23 AM   #11820
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Here are some shots of my 94? Trek 370 commuter. This bike was given to me in exchange for installing a roll cage in an old Jeep so not much invested other than fenders, lights and tires.
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Old 01-22-14, 09:23 AM   #11821
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Hi everyone, let me introduce you my commuter/everyday bike, it's a early '90s (I guess..) Atala Tour that I bought at an auction of abandoned bikes 10 years ago. I had to replace rear wheel, fenders, lights, dynamo, brakes, get a saddle (and then matching grips, because..you know!) front wheel bearings and cranks bearings and now it flies! The derailleur it's a (crappy) low-end Shimano SiS and that's the only thing soon or later I'm going to replace because no matter what I (or bike mechanics) do it won't work smoothly!
To make it more functional I'm thinking of getting one of those wonderful olive green Carradice Barley bags..

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Old 01-22-14, 09:24 AM   #11822
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A couple shots of my single speed. If I keep it I'm going to get fenders and change the bars to something more upright. I've got it on CL for now. I replaced / built this up from an 80s Schwinn Traveler. Only things original are frame, pedals, crank/bb, headset/fork/stem/bars, & brakes/levers
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Old 01-22-14, 08:29 PM   #11823
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Really nice bikes here lately. Welcome to the new folks!
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Old 01-25-14, 07:01 PM   #11824
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Really nice bikes here lately. Welcome to the new folks!
Thanks!! I feel at home in this sub-forum. Been commuting 20-25km a day, and it's really addictive. Looking at the tons of good/great bikes here inspire me to make my ride 'better'. Little new projects coming (trekking bar, upgrade of drive train), preparing for a century ride in the middle of the year *finger crossed*. Anyway, great thread!!
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Old 01-25-14, 10:27 PM   #11825
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This is my "commuter" bike, really it's my only bike. 2014 Kona Jake, I had a cheap GT Timberline hardtail before, decided I wanted to start commuting to school everyday, so I sold that and bought this. I love it, to say the least. Tiagra components, disk brakes, and the bike fits me really well. Anyways, just wanted to drop my 2 cents in. I'm pretty new to cycling, been riding for about 6 months so far.
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