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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    Sixty Fiver, I agree with Giant Doofus and the others. Your wife's bike is gorgeous. I hope she agrees!
    I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter. --Blaise Pascal

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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Fatter tires and camo bar tape. I rode through the Carolina North Forest on the way to work this morning to shake it down.
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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    Sixty Fiver, I agree with Giant Doofus and the others. Your wife's bike is gorgeous. I hope she agrees!
    I do get a lot of smoochies.



    I am in the process of restoring a 1946 CCM roadster for her now... will be fitting that out with an SA 3 speed with a coaster brake.

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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post

    Fatter tires and camo bar tape. I rode through the Carolina North Forest on the way to work this morning to shake it down.
    Sweet... I am a sucker for orange bikes.

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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick The Beard View Post

    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!
    Sweet set up... I need to add a solar charger to my kit.

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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Sweet... I am a sucker for orange bikes.
    2 years and 5400mi later, there is almost no fading, either. Just the slightly-off-color orange Scotchlite and a little spray paint on the headtube to cover up all the paint I knocked off trying a carrier landing last week.
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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigrpal View Post
    I still think that the Breezer is still one of the best off the peg bikes there is for commuting... my wife's 2007 Breezer has been nothing but bulletproof and has proven itself as a really decent winter bicycle here.

    It wore studded tyres all winter... these will stay on a little while longer as even though the roads are clear and the temps are finally coming around we haven't hit spring yet.



    Our youngest daughter has been rocking my Raleigh 20... with the Marathon winter tyres she is fearless and next year she should be able to ride to school every day as the new school is closer and has a new bike path that runs from here to there.





    My BRC was out on loan for a while and came back this week... it is perfect for these slushier and wetter days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    ... to cover up all the paint I knocked off trying a carrier landing last week.
    Youch. Stealth wire across a path?
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Youch. Stealth wire across a path?
    Non-stealth chain across the back driveway at the church. Shiny steel chain over gray asphalt on a cloudy morning at 0700... almost invisible even with 500 lumens of LED pointed at it. It hit my front brake cable first (at probably 10-12mph), then the head tube. My knee is still bothering me, but I have been riding all week.
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    Here's my little sweetie. Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker.

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    Old Frame with New Parts

    I really like how the old Schwinn Super Sports and Sports Tourer frames handle and the heavy tubing works great for loaded rides. This is the third or fourth version of a SS/ST framed bike. I like the look of the exposed brass filet joints and I wanted to cover the three main tubes with something unique and old fashion.

    I started with a 26” Schwinn Sports Tourer frame, Opaque Blue. I purchased the frame and fork from a local bike COOP for $40. It was dentless but well scratched and rusted, it rode no-hands straight and true. Perfect candidate for my Ultimate City Bike. I stripped the paint, primed the three main tubes and decoupaged on some old labels I had lying around. Then some UV-resistant varnish to protect the entire frame/fork.



    Cockpit with cellphone holder and extra blinky headlight for street riding. The brass bell matches the fillet lugs.



    Old school Weinman Tourist Levers help the look. Misfit FU bars, 70's era Sanshine forged .833 stem, stock headset and Ergon grips let me steer this beast. Homemade head badge makes some sort of statement?



    Sturmey-Archer 90mm front drum/dyno makes power for the battery-free system and provides braking under any weather conditions. I have the original chrome fork but this one looked better. It's off a Super Sport, same fork without chrome.



    The new Phillips SafeRide 60 headlamp is the best generator powered headlamp I've ever used. It really lights up dark bike paths without any hot spots. I don't have to worry about charging batteries , just ride and enjoy. Worth every penny!



    In order to make a clean look, I removed all the excess braze-ons with a torch and file. Here’s the cables at the bottom bracket.



    No cable housing back to the rear Nexus 8 hub. A set of Tiagra cranks was perfect for the euro bottom bracket. Shimano 324 pedals work with clipless or regular flat shoes. I even hacked off the derailleur hanger. Wheels use 700C Mavic 319 rims, DT 2.0 spokes and Panaracer 32mm tires with Kevlar liner.



    No housing for the rear roller brake, this takes all the mush out of the action. I love the heavy-duty Schwinn brazed on kickstand!



    NOS Brooks B-72 bought new in ~1982, about time it got used! A Laprade post with dual rail adapter keeps everything in place. Original seat post clamp just looks right.

    Here’s the Phillips LED taillight, it’s made to work with the headlight and has a standby function while standing still (when waiting at a traffic light). I have my smaller rack bag mounted, perfect for night rides to adult beverage dispensaries.



    I bought the Topeak rack that allows panniers and the basket simultaneously.



    Able to haul lots of groceries (or a pair of growlers)! SKS fenders keep me dry in any weather.

    Thanks for looking in at my commuter.

    Eric

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    Prep'ing the old frame for my commuter:

    I stripped the paint with zipstrip, it takes several coats, the old Schwinn paint is really attached!


    Lots of elbow grease to get it to this point:


    Then I soaked the stripped frame in oxcilic acid to remove all the rust.



    Taped off everything but the three main tubes and primed them so the labels would attached and stay put.



    I glued on all the labels with type II wood glue (water-resistant) and used UV resistant polyurethane varnish to clear coat the entire frame/fork.

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    Thanks for the pics Mr IGH. Great bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post


    Fatter tires and camo bar tape. I rode through the Carolina North Forest on the way to work this morning to shake it down.
    Nice, I bet there's there's room on that rack for a kitty litter pannier.

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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Nice, I bet there's there's room on that rack for a kitty litter pannier.
    I have been on regular panniers since December or so... carrying all of the wardrobes for the wildly varying weather was a bit much for running one-sided.
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    First ride to work with the new fenders, lots of sprinkler puddles and wide gutters. Fenders did their job perfectly. Took a couple nice shots at work too:

    https://sundaybikeride.wordpress.com/

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    Sound dampening room? Or one of the levels from Doom?

    M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I have been on regular panniers since December or so... carrying all of the wardrobes for the wildly varying weather was a bit much for running one-sided.
    Even this fair weather commuter has a hard time getting all my layers packed this time of year. It seems like the answer to what clothes do I bring with is everything, and leave room to take some of them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Nice, I bet there's there's room on that rack for a kitty litter pannier.
    It's called a "kittier"...

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    The steed. Indeed. From today's commute.

    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    RALEIGH_COMP, cool anechoic chamber! (I assume that's what it is)
    What line of work are you in?

    Beautiful day today, so I took some glamour shots on the ride home from brunch. I haven't installed fenders yet since we haven't needed them in the past week (I've got a spare pair at home). But knowing Shanghai weather I'm pushing my luck without them...

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    Last edited by gbcb; 04-06-14 at 04:09 AM.

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    Sunday morning commute in central Ohio.
    Beautiful ride, beautiful day.
    Riding my all conditions touring setup w/ town panniers on back.
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    The kuwies back together, currently running just the front rack as the rear is getting repaired.




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    Nice sticker
    Giant Rapid 3- COMMUTERIZED *IBERA*Nashbar*Tiagra*105*Velocity*Selle SMP*Gatorskin
    Every commute is a race. I do victory laps in my driveway

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    gbcb - Nice bike. Are you using power grips on your pedals? If so, how do you like them?

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