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EnsitMike 03-20-14 01:45 PM

Just grabbed this bike off craigslist for short rides to dinner with the girlfriend and other random trips. The left shifter had to be adjusted to get the indexing to work, but other than that the bike is perfect. All I've added so far are the lights, pedal straps with temporary azonic pedals off my mountain bike, the rack, and the perfectly matching OEM saddle off my SuperSix.

Nearly mint condition :D Lucky find here in LA where no one seems to take care of their bikes.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...psfa5e84c6.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...ps05fede2b.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...ps7a2ff1e2.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...ps540da09b.jpg

mstraus 03-20-14 05:11 PM

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Originally Posted by EnsitMike (Post 16596005)
Just grabbed this bike off craigslist for short rides to dinner with the girlfriend and other random trips. The left shifter had to be adjusted to get the indexing to work, but other than that the bike is perfect. All I've added so far are the lights, pedal straps with temporary azonic pedals off my mountain bike, the rack, and the perfectly matching OEM saddle off my SuperSix.

Nearly mint condition :D Lucky find here in LA where no one seems to take care of their bikes.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...psfa5e84c6.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...ps05fede2b.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...ps7a2ff1e2.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...ps540da09b.jpg


Looks like a nice find. Curious - why do you have your light mounted upside down? What model niterider is it?

It seems that the beam pattern is designed for being mounted a particular way, so mounting upside down would impact the beam pattern. Is this partially why you have it pointing very far down?

EnsitMike 03-21-14 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by mstraus (Post 16596616)
Looks like a nice find. Curious - why do you have your light mounted upside down? What model niterider is it?

It seems that the beam pattern is designed for being mounted a particular way, so mounting upside down would impact the beam pattern. Is this partially why you have it pointing very far down?


Thanks! Upside down is mainly because I like a clean bar to look at. I sometimes even forget it's mounted there. It's pointed down because the light is bright as hell and I try to keep it out of pedestrian and motorists eyes. I have it just loose enough to adjust depending on the situation. If I am on a street to myself I'll let it throw further. It's the nightrider MiNewt 500.

bigbenaugust 03-21-14 11:08 AM

That old Cannondale is hot.

That is all.

TrekCommuter 03-21-14 04:50 PM

I would love to find a Cannondale like that! Awesome.

mstraus 03-21-14 05:07 PM

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So here is my current commuter bike. It is a 2004 Felt F30. Aluminum with carbon fork and seat stay. I brought this bike in 2005 (got a good deal) to do road bike riding (I only had a mountain bike before that). It got a fair amount of use for a number of years doing road rides with friends or on my own. Then it started collecting dust for a few years until I took a new job last summer and decided to try commuting by bike, making this my primary/only commuter bike. About all I did to make it a commuter was get some lights and replace my tires with gatorskins (after a few flats my first few weeks).

Soon this bike will go back to road bike and backup commuter (or when I feel like going fast on a nice day) as I am getting a N+1 bike for commuting and some light touring.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370135
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LordMarv 03-22-14 12:45 AM

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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.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370229

EnsitMike 03-22-14 01:11 AM

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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust (Post 16598566)
That old Cannondale is hot.

That is all.

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by TrekCommuter (Post 16599546)
I would love to find a Cannondale like that! Awesome.

I'm sure there is another one out there just for ya :thumb:



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Originally Posted by LordMarv (Post 16600427)
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.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370229

Not sure how friction equates to more fun, but classy ride none the less.

LordMarv 03-22-14 01:45 AM

Well, grew up with friction shifting. Had a fondness for it. Using it is not difficult and quickly becomes automatic, like driving a car stick shift. There is a youtube video of a kid commuting in city traffic with a downtube shifter bike, he does pretty well: Downtube Shifter Commute - YouTube

And too, the bar end is a little less of a reach than downtube levers. I dunno, index shifting is precise and easy, but yes, I do think for me friction shifting is more enjoyable.

PatrickGSR94 03-22-14 07:48 AM

My Felt is now a proper commuter bike! :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psuounixbj.jpg

polishmadman 03-22-14 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by LordMarv (Post 16600427)
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.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370229

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.

SpeshulEd 03-22-14 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 (Post 16600822)
My Felt is now a proper commuter bike! :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psuounixbj.jpg

Whats going on here? Is your office a futuristic silo of some sort?

FBinNY 03-22-14 04:31 PM

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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd (Post 16601713)
Whats going on here? Is your office a futuristic silo of some sort?

No, that's where Scotty beams it up from.

Nick The Beard 03-22-14 04:53 PM

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...06832926_n.jpg

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!

LordMarv 03-22-14 05:04 PM

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.

Deechss 03-22-14 05:36 PM

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!

megalowmatt 03-22-14 06:38 PM

Great find on the Cannondale and that green Surly is nice!

TrekCommuter 03-22-14 07:48 PM

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!

RubeRad 03-22-14 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Nick The Beard (Post 16601893)

THose gum (brick-red?) tires look cool -- what are they (and what size)?

Nick The Beard 03-22-14 10:47 PM

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Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 16602469)
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.

PatrickGSR94 03-23-14 06:41 PM

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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd (Post 16601713)
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.

SpeshulEd 03-23-14 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 (Post 16604581)
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.

PatrickGSR94 03-24-14 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd (Post 16605016)
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.

bombardier 03-24-14 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Nick The Beard (Post 16601893)
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...06832926_n.jpg

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!

Nick The Beard 03-24-14 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by bombardier (Post 16606069)
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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