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Old 04-06-14, 06:01 PM   #12026
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Recently posted in the hybrid sub-forum. This is the current iteration of my commuter (2009 Felt QX75), some 400 miles after my last post in January (http://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/49471-commuter-bicycle-pics-473.html#post16395669). Since then I have upgraded the drivetrain to 9-speed Shimano Deore system: HG61 cassette 11-28T, chain, FD, crank, rapid fire shifters, V-brakes and levers. The upgrade was really worth it because I can feel the difference in shifting (much smoother and crisper). I decided to keep the old Alivio M430 RD since it can run 9-speed as well (or even better than it did at 8-speed, I would say). Around the same time, I started using trekking bar (Zoom), which I find very useful, relieving me from wrist pain in long rides (>20km). I changed the pedals to Wellgo platform since the last pedals started making crazy noise. I had to go with white since my LBS didn't carry other colors at that time. And the latest update was the Selle SMP TRK saddle, a relief for the nether region. * my ride*

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Old 04-06-14, 07:54 PM   #12027
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I love my selle smp trk saddle. It looks wierd but it's so comfortable
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Old 04-07-14, 03:11 AM   #12028
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gbcb - Nice bike. Are you using power grips on your pedals? If so, how do you like them?
Thanks! I bought it after I got my first job, even though I couldn't really afford it... Probably wasn't the best financial decision, but in the long run it has been worth every penny.

Powergrips are great -- really easy to get into and out of, and they secure my feet well. I rode clipless for a while and really liked it, but the desire to wear normal shoes won out. I haven't used toe clips in a long, long time so can't comment on how they compare.
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Old 04-07-14, 09:05 AM   #12029
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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.
That's amazing you can haul an entire tow truck, but don't you feel a bit imbalanced to the right side?
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Old 04-07-14, 09:10 AM   #12030
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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:

That is such a nice job on that bike. How does it sound in that room?
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Old 04-07-14, 09:12 AM   #12031
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I love all the really good looking commuters on this thread. This is mine:

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Old 04-07-14, 02:27 PM   #12032
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Has anyone seen that room that is known as the world's quietest room? It's rated at MINUS 9 dB and it's said most people can't stand to be in there more than a few minutes. For sure they can't stand up, you really have to sit down as the lack of all noise really messes with your head. They say you can hear your organs functioning inside your body in that room.
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Old 04-07-14, 02:33 PM   #12033
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RALEIGH_COMP, cool anechoic chamber! (I assume that's what it is)
What line of work are you in?
EMI/EMC aerospace testing
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Old 04-07-14, 03:58 PM   #12034
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That's amazing you can haul an entire tow truck, but don't you feel a bit imbalanced to the right side?
Oopx, how silly of me! Looking at the pics more closely, I see you are able to mount the tow truck to either side, which I guess allows you to switch if you get tired of it hanging of one side or the other...
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Old 04-07-14, 04:47 PM   #12035
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All the snow has finally melted,
and no more coming I hope.

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Oopx, how silly of me! Looking at the pics more closely, I see you are able to mount the tow truck to either side, which I guess allows you to switch if you get tired of it hanging of one side or the other...
Tough crowd in here...
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I know, right? Funniest thing I've said all month, and crickets!
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Testing generator and battery lighting systems for EMI/EMC?
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Anything electronic that goes on an airplane.
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I should have put a j/k at the end of my post. I'm an old power supply engineer, I've spent too much time in those chambers.
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Old 04-08-14, 12:44 PM   #12041
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Hi all... New to the forums, but here is a pic of my new commuter/every-day bike. Had her for about four days now and am already in love! Got two compliments on the train to work just this morning!

Sorry in advance for the low quality of the pic, but here she is...



I bought the complete bike from American Cyclery in San Francisco. I didn't care for the stock wheels, so put the DT Swiss wheels I had on it with Conti Contact 2's in 28c. The spoke nipples are black anodized brass, but I have a box of silver alloy ones that I'll be replacing the black ones with.

I put a Minoura accessory bracket in the headset stack for my front light. I really like the positioning of it there, centered and low, and I have it adjusted so its primary illumination is out to about 10' - 12' out. I also use a light on my helmet for downrange illumination and to have light where ever I'm looking.

Next month I will be upgrading the rear rack to a silver Logo Evo, and replacing my old Backroller classics, which are over ten years old and have survived literally years of commuting duty.

That's all for now... any comments are appreciated.

Edit: here's a better pic that shows the bike and accessory bracket for the front light.

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Old 04-08-14, 12:49 PM   #12042
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I should have put a j/k at the end of my post. I'm an old power supply engineer, I've spent too much time in those chambers.
I currently spend too much time in those chambers lol
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Old 04-08-14, 12:58 PM   #12043
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Hi all... New to the forums, but here is a pic of my new commuter/every-day bike. Had her for about four days now and am already in love! Got two compliments on the train to work just this morning!

Sorry in advance for the low quality of the pic, but here she is...



I bought the complete bike from American Cyclery in San Francisco. I didn't care for the stock wheels, so put the DT Swiss wheels I had on it with Conti Contact 2's in 28c. The spoke nipples are black anodized brass, but I have a box of silver alloy ones that I'll be replacing the black ones with.

I put a Minoura accessory bracket in the headset stack for my front light. I really like the positioning of it there, centered and low, and I have it adjusted so its primary illumination is out to about 10' - 12' out. I also use a light on my helmet for downrange illumination and to have light where ever I'm looking.

Next month I will be upgrading the rear rack to a silver Logo Evo, and replacing my old Backroller classics, which are over ten years old and have survived literally years of commuting duty.

That's all for now... any comments are appreciated.
Very nice! Front and rear disks = ace.

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Old 04-08-14, 01:15 PM   #12044
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That's a pretty trick ride MEversbergII! I like that headset-stack accessory mount!
I'm also diggin on the all-black theme. I don't know why you would go from stronger matching black brass nipples to non-matching weaker alloy nipples. If I were you, I would try to complete the blackification at least by taking the stickers off the rims, and getting a black water bottle cage, if not looking for a black crankset. Also, if you feel you need to replace the rack, why not stick with black? As it is, the black theme is so comprehensive, the few silver elements you have are sticking out (visually)

Also, looking closer, what kind of crazy stretch cage is that? Is that a rail that a top-clamp can slide up and down to adapt to whatever length bottle? Pretty *****in (especially if you could've gotten a black one!)
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New Albion Cycles Privateer set up by the folks at SOMA Fabrications:

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That looks cool. Do you have any closer shots of it?
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New bars, new stem, new pedals, new brake pads, new cables and housings and a wheel truing later, she's finally done! Here's mine after tonight's inaugural ride:



The folks who told me that these are known for riding very well loaded were right. That's a 45 lb pack on there loaded with all my textbooks, notebooks and computer, and u-lock and the bike rode smooth as butter. I'm excited
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New bars, new stem, new pedals, new brake pads, new cables and housings and a wheel truing later, she's finally done! Here's mine after tonight's inaugural ride:



The folks who told me that these are known for riding very well loaded were right. That's a 45 lb pack on there loaded with all my textbooks, notebooks and computer, and u-lock and the bike rode smooth as butter. I'm excited
Awefully small C'dale.. What Size??? 52??
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Awefully small C'dale.. What Size??? 52??
Nope, 48cm (technically 19" by the 1990 brochure). Ah, the adventures of stumpy-legs-long-torso-man I was ever so excited when the fella selling it replied to my CL ad
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That's a pretty trick ride MEversbergII! I like that headset-stack accessory mount!
I'm also diggin on the all-black theme. I don't know why you would go from stronger matching black brass nipples to non-matching weaker alloy nipples. If I were you, I would try to complete the blackification at least by taking the stickers off the rims, and getting a black water bottle cage, if not looking for a black crankset. Also, if you feel you need to replace the rack, why not stick with black? As it is, the black theme is so comprehensive, the few silver elements you have are sticking out (visually)

Also, looking closer, what kind of crazy stretch cage is that? Is that a rail that a top-clamp can slide up and down to adapt to whatever length bottle? Pretty *****in (especially if you could've gotten a black one!)
I agree, keep the black brass. Also noticed the water bottle cage, that thing is insane. Wish I had disc brakes...

Very jealous of that ride
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