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Old 02-28-14, 05:31 PM   #11876
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Sadly I don't have a decent picture of the bike yet but I do have a video of me giving it a good wash one crazy night as I rode home falling fowl of a fast flowing ford!

http://youtu.be/9qpMDWx1Lk0

Certainly not recommended lol.

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Old 02-28-14, 07:27 PM   #11877
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2013 Jamis Nova Sport. Pretty stock other than some lights and a computer. I'm getting a bike rack and more lights soon.


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Old 02-28-14, 07:50 PM   #11878
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That was certainly worth a laugh!

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Old 03-01-14, 07:34 AM   #11879
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Where do you put your hat?
Moved the coat rack back in on the other side of the bike. I actually hang on my commute clothing afterwards on the coat rack as well..
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Old 03-01-14, 08:00 AM   #11880
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Built this up for commuting, city/path rides with the daughter, and grocery getter.


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Old 03-01-14, 12:09 PM   #11881
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took this one on my ride in to work this morning. The news would have you believe that So Ca is under water from our massave storm.....it was actually a beautiful ride in. The ride home could be a different story....lol.
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Old 03-01-14, 11:27 PM   #11882
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It's coming.....

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Good lord, those are some hoods!

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Old 03-02-14, 12:42 AM   #11884
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Good lord, those are some hoods!

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Disc/v-brake version tektro, they look huge due to the tiny bars they're the shallowest drops I could find I should actually just go back to mustache bars.
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Old 03-02-14, 07:27 AM   #11885
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Disc/v-brake version tektro, they look huge due to the tiny bars they're the shallowest drops I could find I should actually just go back to mustache bars.
I have a set of TRP levers and I can't stand how long the hoods are. I bought them for a bike I was building up and I wish I hadn't. It might not bother some people but for me, these are the worst levers I have ever tried.
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Old 03-02-14, 09:39 AM   #11886
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I have a set of TRP levers and I can't stand how long the hoods are. I bought them for a bike I was building up and I wish I hadn't. It might not bother some people but for me, these are the worst levers I have ever tried.
I like the long hoods, I pretty much live in them, and they're really nice in the winter when wearing thick gloves gives you plenty of room. I just wish they angled up more.
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Old 03-02-14, 12:26 PM   #11887
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I like the long hoods, I pretty much live in them, and they're really nice in the winter when wearing thick gloves gives you plenty of room. I just wish they angled up more.
Kinda funny, like tires, what works for one guy is terrible for another. Cool project by the way, I too am working on a drop bar mtb commuter.
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Old 03-02-14, 05:15 PM   #11888
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This is my winter bike for going to and from work/school. Specialized Hard Rock with studded tires. Just added leather mud flaps and a mirror in the second picture. Works great.

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Old 03-03-14, 03:29 PM   #11889
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Here is one of my daily commuters. It's a Rocky Mountain frame, Surly 1x1 fork, mismatched handbuilt wheels from the 90's, Salsa handlebars from my fat bike, a Bontrager stem and crank from a road bike that was salvaged from a burned down garage, Surly 42t stainless chainring and 21t cassette cog, DMR tensioner, Shimano Deore v-brakes, and some studded Nokian tires. Stupidly comfortable bike. The frame I got off of ebay, and I've been led to believe it was a prototype frame. I'm not quite sure about that, but I can't find a matching production model. I actually have two of these, but one is too small so I built it into a mountain bike for a friend - after I had raced it for 6 months.

My commute is about 50 feet, so it mainly gets grocery duty. I have a green Surly Cross Check that gets ridden when I need to go any certain distance or get places quicker.

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Old 03-03-14, 04:00 PM   #11890
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I love seeing commuter bikes with coffee cup holders. I know it is not for everyone but somedays it it just going to work , not a ride.
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Old 03-04-14, 01:21 PM   #11891
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They're 1" long strips of 3M white reflective tape. Some people like a quarter of their wheel covered by it so it flashes as the wheel spins. I had extra time so I just covered the whole inner rim. Makes for two nice glowing rings of light in front of cars, it looks pretty cool.
As you can see though, the spoke reflectors don't work for squat. The reflective stuff though works good, under regular lighting without the flash the stickers are so filthy they're actually a dull gray. Which reminds me, I better wipe them down right now!
I like tape, but after a long search and plenty of testing, found a product called Reflect-All. It's a new spray that you can put on almost anything. I'll try and get a night photo - but it's amazing how well it works.
You can tape off your ride for nice effects too.
Not sure where to pick it up, ordered mine from reflectallaz.com
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Old 03-04-14, 07:32 PM   #11892
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Old 03-04-14, 10:48 PM   #11893
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I love this thread, because so much thought goes into these bikes.

bikerdude222, what a great idea. I might try it. You may want to try masking with liquid latex. It's a little hard to find. You can apply it with a very fine brush. When you're done painting, rub the latex off with your fingers. I'm using it to mask the chrome lugs on a frame I'm painting.
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gus6464, the head angle on your bike looks steep. Is it?
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Old 03-04-14, 11:07 PM   #11895
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Since this pic I have moved the stem up one spacer, but flipped it down. Looks much better, I think. Also it will be getting a rack and (hopefully) trunk bag fairly soon. Already have the seat post clamp sitting at the LBS with rack attachments on it.

You should repost this in the "hot or not" thread. Although that isn't usually my taste, I'd say this ride is hot!
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The head angle is 72.5.
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Old 03-07-14, 10:39 AM   #11897
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You should repost this in the "hot or not" thread. Although that isn't usually my taste, I'd say this ride is hot!
Yeah I did before, but I might again. I want to take another pic of it with the fenders mounted and the flipped stem. I may wait until I get a Topeak rack mounted up on there. Already have a Problem Solvers seat post binder installed with the threaded holes for the rack stays.
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Since this pic I have moved the stem up one spacer, but flipped it down. Looks much better, I think. Also it will be getting a rack and (hopefully) trunk bag fairly soon. Already have the seat post clamp sitting at the LBS with rack attachments on it.

Is that a pump under your top tube or are you just happy to ride?
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well I'm always happy to ride! But yeah I carry a Topeak Road Morph G pump.
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Put some LIT ultra-reflective sidewall tires on the commuter. They are indeed astoundingly reflective, from almost every angle. Ride really nice, too. I'm very very happy with them so far.

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