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  1. #11976
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick The Beard View Post
    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.
    how did you mount it? i'd be up for doing something like that on my cross check
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    Well, it finally happened: I jumped aboard the fat bike bandwagon. Surly Necromancer, limited edition yellow Rolling Darryl rims, Alfine 8 hub, 45 North Dillinger tires.

    Drive side (pannier set as far back as possible because of serious heel strike):


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    Puppy side (oh god that sounds terrible, like a poison made specifically for puppies):

    See how nicely they're sitting? That's because this is at mile 5 of the 6 miles of single track that we run or bike every day out to the dog park and back. You want obedient dogs, you gotta wear the SOBs down (or DOB, in the black dog's case).

    I've gotten by for over a decade now riding all winter with studded mountain bike tires and studded 'cross tires, opting to ski or take the bus on snow days, but this summer my commute went from 2 miles to 7 miles, which is farther than I'm willing to ski to work, my bus ride went from 10 minutes to 50 minutes, and 45 North (go Canada!) released a studded fat tire this season, the lack of which had been a deal breaker for me when considering a fat bike as a commuter. I'm incredibly lucky in that 6 miles of my route is on groomed ski trail, like this:


    But the remaining street mile looks like this pretty much all winter:


    Not to mention spring daytime melt/nighttime freeze conditions in the tunnels and underpasses (if it isn't obvious, that tunnel is solid, smooth, skate-able ice):


    Seriously icy:


    So yeah, studs are a must for me, and now they come in fat! This bike is so much fun, and there's loads of winter only single track around my end of town, so this has become one of my favorite winter toys as well as my daily beast of burden. The only thing it's missing is full wrap fenders, which is why it's so dirty; we're in full breakup here, 40's during the day and single digits at night, so it's a frozen ride to work in the morning and a slushy ride home in the afternoon. I tried the SKS grandmom and granddad clip on fenders, but they sucked, so I've got a set of full wraps on order from MK Fenders. He's really backed up though, 8 to 12 weeks for production and delivery, and it's been 9 weeks since I ordered; at this rate, they'll arrive just in time for the road bike to come out.

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    Ah well, at least you'll have them for next winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bombardier View Post
    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
    I am pretty sure that is a "CO" on the frame, so this one might be a Norco (he is in Canada, after all). But if you PM Sixty Fiver, he would likely be more than happy to tell you all about that bike. Or he will jump right in here.

    But Terry has made many bikes like that over the years also.
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    Griddlecakes, loved your photojournal there! (I am so jealous of the groomed trail you get to ride every day to work! (And also jealous of those who get to ride MUPs every day to work (but also thankful I'm better off with my ample and clearly-marked bike lanes than so many commuters who have to fight cagers for their few inches of shoulder every day)))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huffandstuff View Post
    Here's my commuter in it's current set up. Also serves as a training bike for road miles.

    Is that a Throne frame/bike? It looks like one (but I don't see the logo on the frame).
    Yeah, I've been thinking about it and I've come to the conclusion that being an adult isn't going to work for me.

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    RubeRad, MUPs are mixed blessing. All winter traffic is sparse, mostly skiers either plodding along in the classic tracks or skating hard down the main lane, with enough room for all; but come summer it gets crowded enough that the ride can be joyless, with more time spent braking than pedaling. Sunny summer afternoons I often opt for the road route. Unfortunately all of the cross-town roads in Anch are 45 mph with no bike lane and often no shoulder, just sidewalk; so I'm stuck stitching together a ride from neighborhood to neighborhood, hitting sidewalks where I must, and stopping (or at least slowing) at all the stop signs and lights involved in a cross-town commute. However, in the early morning MUP traffic is light, and usually it's just me, the trees, ducks, moose, ravens, and occasional cyclist or runner; frequently I can forget that I'm riding through the middle of a city.

    I would love to see bike lanes on every street in Anch, and would happily use them, to garner a bit more reliability in my commute time (ever been stuck behind a moose on a MUP?) and to help combat the "bikes belong on the path or the sidewalk, not on the road" mentality that is so pervasive in this town. But I would definitely miss the quiet and peaceful feeling of riding a nearly empty trail through the woods, creek running beside me, ravens quorking overhead, or along the coastal trail, with the sound of the inlet waters lapping the beach at high tide.

    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Ah well, at least you'll have them for next winter.
    This is Alaska, winter ain't over yet. I mean, I could really use them right now, but we'll probably get more snow come late April, or early May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    how did you mount it? i'd be up for doing something like that on my cross check
    There are a few commercially available options but I grabbed a piece of aluminum tubing (handlebar or seatpost trimmings aren't too hard to find if you ask at an LBS), some bar plugs, a bolt, and a lock washer.

    Run the bolt through a lock washer (to keep the mount from spinning) and through one of the bar plugs and then put the tube over that, and the cap on the other end.
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    Back to backpack commuting. Not as bad as I remember, but I'm sure when I really start logging more commute miles and shopping I'll start really figuring out a good commute bike with rear rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GriddleCakes View Post
    ever been stuck behind a moose on a MUP?
    Haha no, not in San Diego. But I have run over a rattlesnake though (apparently they can only strike from coiled position, so when they're stretched across the trail, no worries). Also I chased a coyote once until he dropped what was in his mouth -- turned out to be the front half of a cat.

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    Wow, it's so beautiful there. I wish I could ride that beastly fat bike through the woods. Idk how well I'd ride on ice though. Lmfao
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
    Is that a Throne frame/bike? It looks like one (but I don't see the logo on the frame).
    Nope, just your standard Leader 735. Thick tubed aluminum frames are a dime a dozen nowadays.

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    Nothing fancy, but I have been very happy with it. Bought her new in 2011.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekCommuter View Post
    Nothing fancy, but I have been very happy with it. Bought her new in 2011.
    Is that a Topeak rack on the back ? MTX model ?

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    Yes and the rack and bag work great. Much better than using a backpack for commuting in my opinion.

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    My wife's Peugeot UE19... I swapped the double for a triple today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GriddleCakes View Post
    In the early morning MUP traffic is light, and usually it's just me, the trees, ducks, moose, ravens, and occasional cyclist or runner; frequently I can forget that I'm riding through the middle of a city.
    ....
    the quiet and peaceful feeling of riding a nearly empty trail through the woods, creek running beside me, ravens quorking overhead, or along the coastal trail, with the sound of the inlet waters lapping the beach at high tide.
    You're killing me. I can route part of my ride along a creek that recently became capable of supporting life (hooray!), but it means contending with swarms of honking scooters and aggressive drivers trying to get around said scooters, and inhaling several lungfuls of construction dust along the way. One day I'd like to ride an MUP just to see what it feels like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    My wife's Peugeot UE19... I swapped the double for a triple today.

    Gorgeous.

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    My commuter (from the wrong side)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Doofus View Post
    Gorgeous.
    She is... and the bike isn't bad either.



    It was nice that this 105 framed Peugeot was B.S.A. and not French / Swiss threaded... it made the crank swap really straightforward and I have been meaning to do this for a while.

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    just got the fenders and kickstand! Two items that have been long overdue.
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    That's a serious commuting machine, Raleigh Comp. I like the north road bars. Do you use both racks often?
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    Wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by sixty fiver View Post
    my wife's peugeot ue19... I swapped the double for a triple today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    That's a serious commuting machine, Raleigh Comp. I like the north road bars. Do you use both racks often?
    Yes and no. I use the rear a lot with my daughter, as it receives her kid seat. And when the rear is occupied by her, I keep whatever couple items I have up front. I would make much better use of them if I had a nice set of bags, but that is money to be spent later. I got a couple of plastic bins that I mount on them too, good for small store trips.
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