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Old 03-22-14, 09:24 AM   #11951
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This is my commuter/pleasure bike. While this is a stock photo, mine looks just the same except for the addition of a trunk rack and Dinotte lights. I run the bar ends in friction shifting mode...makes riding a little more fun. A very enjoyable ride.

How does she ride and shift? I was thinking of this one for my next bike. I wasn't sure it was worth the money.
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Old 03-22-14, 03:36 PM   #11952
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My Felt is now a proper commuter bike!

Whats going on here? Is your office a futuristic silo of some sort?
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Old 03-22-14, 04:31 PM   #11953
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No, that's where Scotty beams it up from.
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Old 03-22-14, 04:53 PM   #11954
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I just got a job at a bike shop closer to home and school so it looks like this will be part of my daily commute!

EDIT: I forgot to point out the Goal Zero solar charger up front. Top off my USB lights and cellphone while I cruise. I can adjust the angle by messing with the handlebar bag. It works great!

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Old 03-22-14, 05:04 PM   #11955
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The Raleigh shifting is very smooth, in either friction or index. The ride is very comfortable,I was very pleasantly surprised. A heavier bike, weight in the low 30's, I wouldn't want to carry it up several flights of stairs, but it is not difficult to carry it up my steps to the deck, say. Not a racing bike, but I'd describe it as quick and nimble, great as a commuter and for longer distance.
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Old 03-22-14, 05:36 PM   #11956
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I have a question about a Louis Garneau Profile R-16 Bag because I just bought one. I love the bag but the only problem i have is that the bag is much wider then my bike back rack so I'm unable to really secure it with the Velcro. What kind of back bike rack do you have? Looking at the pic it seems to fit perfect on your rack. Thanks!
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Old 03-22-14, 06:38 PM   #11957
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Great find on the Cannondale and that green Surly is nice!
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Old 03-22-14, 07:48 PM   #11958
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This thread has inspired me... I think I will try to take and post a decent picture of my commuter tomorrow. Nice Raleigh, Felt and Surly!
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Old 03-22-14, 09:20 PM   #11959
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THose gum (brick-red?) tires look cool -- what are they (and what size)?
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Old 03-22-14, 10:47 PM   #11960
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THose gum (brick-red?) tires look cool -- what are they (and what size)?
Schwalbe Big Ben 622x50 but is more like 47 on these rims.

Really cush, reflective sidewall, kevlar belt, decent tread for gravel/dirt and pavement. A little slow to get up to speed compared to the Gator Skin 28 I used to ride but they hold momentum so they're great once you get rolling.
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Old 03-23-14, 06:41 PM   #11961
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Whats going on here? Is your office a futuristic silo of some sort?
It's actually a light tower that sticks up above the roof. It was still dark outside so those lights inside were still on, shining up and illuminating the tower from outside. In the daytime the tower brings natural light down into this area, the middle (and darkest) part of the office. This was an old house turned into an office, which we then renovated before we moved into it.
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It's actually a light tower that sticks up above the roof. It was still dark outside so those lights inside were still on, shining up and illuminating the tower from outside. In the daytime the tower brings natural light down into this area, the middle (and darkest) part of the office. This was an old house turned into an office, which we then renovated before we moved into it.
Nice! Sounds like a pimpin' office and functional as well.
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Nice! Sounds like a pimpin' office and functional as well.
Yes, it was one of the first LEED Gold certified buildings in Mississippi when we finally got the certification in 2009. We moved into the office in early 2008.
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Old 03-24-14, 09:16 AM   #11964
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I just got a job at a bike shop closer to home and school so it looks like this will be part of my daily commute!

EDIT: I forgot to point out the Goal Zero solar charger up front. Top off my USB lights and cellphone while I cruise. I can adjust the angle by messing with the handlebar bag. It works great!
Clever use of that fork braze-on, love the light placement!
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Old 03-24-14, 09:56 AM   #11965
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Clever use of that fork braze-on, love the light placement!
Besides freeing up space on the handlebar the low mounting position makes cracks/potholes/bumps more visible and allows me to run the light at higher power modes without worrying about blinding others.
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Old 03-24-14, 11:45 AM   #11966
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Here's my commuter in it's current set up. Also serves as a training bike for road miles.

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Old 03-25-14, 09:25 PM   #11967
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My 2005 Jamis Coda Sport

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Great Bike! Still one my favorite flat bar commuters. A classic.
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Time flies doesn't it ?

My daughter was testing her new road bike last week... will be adding a rack as she wants to do longer rides and might want to use it for her school commute as well although her Raleigh 20 is her townie.



Last year she moved up to a 24 inch wheel on her mtb.
I know I'm bumping a post that's over a year old here (this one is on page 387), but I scrolled through the following few pages and no one mentioned anything about this... Does this tyke have two drastically different sized wheels on the same bike? It looks like a 27" in the rear and a 26" in the front, or something. Am I missing something obvious, or is this an attempt to go back to the penny-farthing days?!

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Possibly even a 24" front wheel? Wondering how that works since the rim brakes are obviously in the right place for each wheel size.
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Old 03-27-14, 08:43 AM   #11970
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Kind of like a Terry, no?
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Old 03-27-14, 09:02 AM   #11971
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My 1983 Fuji Touring Series IV, currently set up for commuting duty. Sorry for the blurry photo:



I'm about to do a thorough tune-up and replace the saddle in the next few days. I'll try to get some better photos, then.
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Kind of like a Terry, no?
Ah, and there it is. I didn't know bikes like that existed. But after a quick google search, I think this is the one - 2001 Terry Isis - BikePedia
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Mainly for women's frames where a smaller front wheel is needed to make the geometry possible (or pursuit bikes, but that's a whole different ball game trying to get the front as low as possible to make it as aerodynamic as possible).
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Kind of like a Terry, no?
It was a Norco built bike and after finding a Centurion road bike on 650c wheels we found a new owner for the Norco... a woman who was not much bigger than my daughter picked it up after she called the shop asking about a really small road bicycle.

The small front wheel allows for standard geometry and does not impact gearing.
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Old 03-30-14, 06:42 PM   #11975
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My latest build.



I am really happy with it. It is working as I envisioned. A fairly lightweight, steel frame, "go to" bike.

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