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Old 01-25-14, 11:00 PM   #11826
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put a new brake one it, and have a new TT brake lever in mail for it.
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Old 01-26-14, 05:13 AM   #11827
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These are basically my commuter bikes for everyday rides.
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Old 01-26-14, 08:24 AM   #11828
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I have posted this bike previously but I had the bike painted. Done by Velocolour here in Toronto. Still a few things to do like cable ends, installing my dynamo head lamp etc. The bike is a Masi Speciale Commuter, Chris King headset, Salsa Delgado rims on LX hubs (dynamo), Ultegra derailleurs, White Industries pedals, Bruce Gordon half clips, Gamoh porteur rack, Kenda Kwik Trax 32 mm tires (totally bomb proof), Specialized Avatar saddle, FSA Metropolis bars, Paul Thumbies with Dura Ace bar end shifters and the rest of the usual bits and pieces.



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Old 01-26-14, 09:14 AM   #11829
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This is my winter commuter, a Trek Portland. Changed from a 10 speed to 9 speed with XT rear derailleur, Ultegra front, FSA Metropolis bars, Ergon grips, SRAM Apex crank, Dura Ace shifters on Paul Thumbies, Specialized Avatar saddle, Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires 35 mm.





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Old 01-26-14, 09:20 AM   #11830
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4 posts and 4 orange bikes! Nice ones btw @blakcloud, I don't get what's the spring between fork and lower tube for..

edit: and now it's 5 orange-ish bikes on a row
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Old 01-26-14, 12:31 PM   #11831
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4 posts and 4 orange bikes! Nice ones btw @blakcloud, I don't get what's the spring between fork and lower tube for..

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It's to help stabilize steering and keep the bars straight when parked while having a front rack or basket. Source: I have one also
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Old 01-26-14, 01:22 PM   #11832
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It's to help stabilize steering and keep the bars straight when parked while having a front rack or basket. Source: I have one also
Got it! I've never had the need of stabilizing steer on a bike (I did on motorcycles though), keeping the bars straight instead would be useful especially on full-loaded bikes
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Old 01-26-14, 10:44 PM   #11833
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Some very dirty pics of the kuwie, added a front low rider rack from nashbar, and got bored after work one day so I added some diamond plate to the rear rack to hide some old attachment points I had drilled on the top. I think I'm gonna add some diamond plate to my upper front rack too.





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Old 01-27-14, 09:06 AM   #11834
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New bag day

leaving the house


getting to work

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Old 01-27-14, 01:18 PM   #11835
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what grade do you teach?
i left my bike in my classroom closet.
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Old 01-27-14, 02:08 PM   #11836
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This was my commuter today. My girlfriend bought this Allez a while back, but she can't really ride it. She feels like it's too big and doesn't like a racing riding position and just doesn't feel comfortable in general on it. Today I took it for a spin to work. It's a really nice ride. I did some research back when she bought it and am 99.99% sure it's a 3rensho built version based on some of the details, which seem to be pretty rare and sought after. She got it cheap, so i'm guessing the guy that owned it before didn't know what he had.

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Old 01-27-14, 02:15 PM   #11837
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bhop, I imagine not many women would like that bike! The reach is long, the bars are low, the drops are deep, the brake levers and calipers need a lot of force. Basically, it's all wrong for a woman.
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Old 01-27-14, 06:57 PM   #11838
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bhop, I imagine not many women would like that bike! The reach is long, the bars are low, the drops are deep, the brake levers and calipers need a lot of force. Basically, it's all wrong for a woman.
Yeah, she picked up a Bianchi mixte hybrid-ish type bike this past weekend and seems to love it so far. Upright ride with horizontal brake levers. I think when she was shopping this bike (allez) she wasn't really sure what she wanted. I like it though, might have to snag it off her.
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Yeah, if it fits, it looks great.
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Old 02-08-14, 08:58 AM   #11840
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This is my son's new commuter that I built up. I was going to build this up as my 650b back up commuter bike but I thought it would get better use if he used it. My rebuilt commuter is posted above at 11838. I still need to add the Dura Ace bar end shifters on Paul Thumbies and trim the cables, adjust the fenders etc. He hasn't decided if he wants a porteur rack and basket like mine but it is there if he wants me to install it.

Parts are as follows. Ultegra front and rear derailleurs plus cassette 12-27, SRAM Apex crank, Soma Track Pedals, MKS toe clips, Ambrosio Excellent rims on formula hubs, 700 x 28 Bontrager Hard case tires. Frame is a Masi Speciale Commuter repainted by Velocolour here in Toronto.

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This is my son's new commuter that I built up. I was going to build this up as my 650b back up commuter bike but I thought it would get better use if he used it. My rebuilt commuter is posted above at 11838. I still need to add the Dura Ace bar end shifters on Paul Thumbies and trim the cables, adjust the fenders etc. He hasn't decided if he wants a porteur rack and basket like mine but it is there if he wants me to install it.

Parts are as follows. Ultegra front and rear derailleurs plus cassette 12-27, SRAM Apex crank, Soma Track Pedals, MKS toe clips, Ambrosio Excellent rims on formula hubs, 700 x 28 Bontrager Hard case tires. Frame is a Masi Speciale Commuter repainted by Velocolour here in Toronto.

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Old 02-08-14, 01:37 PM   #11842
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Bhop -- Retro road bikes are things of beauty. Particularly like the gussets, fork crown, stem and those long flutes at the top of the seatstays.

Get those drops parallel to the ground (kidding -- it's what was yelled at me circa '81)!

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Old 02-08-14, 01:40 PM   #11843
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Winter fixed gear... so much fun to ride.

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Old 02-08-14, 05:17 PM   #11844
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Here is my new DeLorean. LOL! I mean Trek Crossrip LTD. I finally got to ride it a little bit today. First time I rode this exact model. Rode a std crossrip to get the fit right and then went for the one I had my heart set on. Really felt good. I upgraded the tires to Schwalbe Marathon Supremes.

I know a lot of folks are down on Trek but, this one ticked all of the boxes for me. I liked the long wheelbase as well as the disc brakes. I pushed the budget a bit to go ahead and get the 105 derailers/shifters. Its also the primary brand the LBS sells so, the service should be easier/better.


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My commuting loadout:

GT Traffic 5.0
Uvex Viva Helmet
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The bungee net didn't work out as well as I'd hoped... Gotta find a better way to carry my notebooks and such.



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Old 02-09-14, 07:36 PM   #11846
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Gamoh porteur rack,
Great bike! I've been looking at that rack too. What basket are you using with it?
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Old 02-09-14, 10:11 PM   #11847
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My commuting loadout:

GT Traffic 5.0
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The bungee net didn't work out as well as I'd hoped... Gotta find a better way to carry my notebooks and such.



Nice AP1 ya got there, you on Honda-Tech by chance?
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A commuter and his bike... chillaxin'

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Nice AP1 ya got there, you on Honda-Tech by chance?
AP2, and I lurk S2ki Mostly done with the car so don't go on forums as much anymore.
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lol whut, a car's never done! I don't do anything to my Integra like I used to, other than just keep it up and running, but I still frequent H-T since I joined 13 years ago.

We actually have a Honda-Tech cycle group on Strava, and some on-going road, MTB, and commuter bike threads in H-T's GDD forum.
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