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    Quote Originally Posted by FedericoMena View Post
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    My LBS-built beauty. It had flat bars, but I couldn't get really comfortable on them. Switched it to drop bars and the Tektro brake levers that let you use V-brakes, and it's great!

    That is pretty sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I would send you my mini-velo, but you can probably get one quicker there.
    Ha, thanks! Yeah, I'm already considering new minivelo options. A new colleague of mine is actually a BF member too, and a minivelo enthusiast!

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    My recently purchased Finnish city bike, a Helkama Trekking with a Nexus 7-speed hub. I would think about 15 years old or maybe more since it has a cantilever brake on the front. V-brakes are much more common here in Sweden now.

    HelkamaTrekking01.jpg

    As the woman who sold it to me in the new shop here in my neighborhood said: "looks like crap, but rides okay."

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    And rides much better after I adjusted the barrel adjuster on the cable by the 8 turns it took so that the indicators line up. This is my first experience with internally geared hubs, and my first experience in something like 25 years with a coaster brake. I'm finding I really enjoy the internally geared hub, not so sure about the coaster brake.

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    Will be real glad when breakup finishes up as I am tired of Cambell Creek Trail being almost unrideable due to the slush in the afternoons. And the road dust is killer everywhere else.

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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):


    Non-drive side:


    Front side:


    Backside (lol):


    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Ha, thanks! Yeah, I'm already considering new minivelo options. A new colleague of mine is actually a BF member too, and a minivelo enthusiast!
    Mine is a pile of crap that rides on 451s, and I think the frame is bent, too. It had so much promise...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Stolen today



    I hadn't been using it as a commuter for a while, but my fiancée -- who's much better sized for the bike than I am -- adopted it and customized it with a front basket, loved it. Stupid thieves.
    That's a real shame. I'm sorry.
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    How did you mount the zebralight and how is working out for you. Is it a mkII?
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    A few more pics.








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    That Zebra is an old SC60w; it's at least three years old, and they don't make them anymore, unfortunately. They do have a newer version of it out, the SC62d that I'm thinking about getting. I was thinking about getting an SC600w mkII, but they've been out of stock of them for months, unfortunately, and I have no idea why. If they come into stock again, I'm going to get one as soon as I can.

    The mounting method is a Minoura accessory mount; here's a link for one from the place where I bought mine:

    Universal Cycles -- Minoura CS-500 Headset Spacer Accessory Mount

    It's attached with a twofish lock-block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
    That's a real shame. I'm sorry.
    Thanks, yeah. She tried looking around nearby markets for it, but no luck

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    Replacement commuter for my stolen Masi... this is a Trek District S, and it's not as special but it's a lot of fun. Fixed gear with lots of fender and tire room, forward horizontal dropouts. MKS GR10 pedals on order for my caveman-width feet.

    I'm liking the all black stealth look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs View Post
    As the woman who sold it to me in the new shop here in my neighborhood said: "looks like crap, but rides okay."

    I like it. Understated and sleek.

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    GMC Denali Road Bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awfulwaffle View Post
    That is pretty sweet.
    Thank you! I really couldn't be happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brita View Post
    Loved the photos, the adorable puppies (what breed or mix is the black pup? So cute!) and the bike. I'm a transplant to Anchorage and I've noticed how treacherous it can be to bike (and walk, but that's another story) in my area. I am building up my commuter bike as we speak, hope to have it done for Bike Month, and plan to go a bit out of the way to stay on the most MUPs.
    Welcome to Anchorage! The black dog is a Pit Bull-Boxer mix, I think; rescued dogs rarely come with papers. If you plan on walking or biking regularly in the winter, invest in some studded grippers for your shoes and studded tires for your bike; your coccyx will thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by deeth82 View Post
    Late to the party here, but that bike is dead-sexy, and those are two good-lookin' pups!! I know they love running with ya!
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lug View Post
    Will be real glad when breakup finishes up as I am tired of Cambell Creek Trail being almost unrideable due to the slush in the afternoons. And the road dust is killer everywhere else.
    Chester Creek Trail is just as bad, with slush easily 6 inches deep in sections by the time I head home. The fat tires help in that I can hold my line and not squirrel all over the trail, but it's slow going regardless. It took an extra 20 minutes to get home last Friday, during which time I decided that the fat bike was done as the winter commuter, because it was time to stick to the road until breakup was over. Speaking of...

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    ...bring on the road bike! Frame is Surly Straggler, built up with the components from my old Nashbar X.







    Philosophical question: if the frame is new but the components are used, is it a new bike? For a frame without components is not a bike, nor are components without a frame. Where does the soul of the bike, the very essence of 'bikeness', reside?



    Oh, and yes, my summer and winter bikes match. Because I'm a dork.

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    The frame, of course, which I think plays the largest part in how the bike feels when riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GriddleCakes View Post
    ...bring on the road bike! Frame is Surly Straggler, built up with the components from my old Nashbar X.







    Philosophical question: if the frame is new but the components are used, is it a new bike? For a frame without components is not a bike, nor are components without a frame. Where does the soul of the bike, the very essence of 'bikeness', reside?



    Oh, and yes, my summer and winter bikes match. Because I'm a dork.
    Very nice. Will have to keep my eyes out for you on the trails this summer, once the slush goes away. My "street" route is clear enough that I am tempted to ditch the 2.3 inch wide studded Nokians and go with regular knobby mtb tires. Once I get my rear wheel respoked.

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    Was travelling light today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GriddleCakes View Post
    Pardon my ignorance. But what is that thing attached to the spokes of your front wheel?

    Quote Originally Posted by GriddleCakes View Post
    Oh, and yes, my summer and winter bikes match. Because I'm a dork.
    Like the matching bikes, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_tool_man View Post
    Pardon my ignorance. But what is that thing attached to the spokes of your front wheel?
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    As promised, I took some new photos of my commuter after I gave it a thorough cleaning and tune-up. It's a 1983 Fuji Touring Series IV, purchased new, while I was between high school and college.

    This go-round, I replaced the saddle with a Brooks B17. I replaced all of the cables and brake cable housings with new Jagwire pieces. And I replaced the original, dried out, gum rubber brake hoods with new, black Cane Creek ones.



    This decal lies. I converted the bike to 3x7 years ago.



    I added the NOS Suntour bar ends a few years ago, and love them. I'm looking for something more elegant than cable ties to secure the shifter cable housings, but haven't found anything. I still use foam Grab-on grips, just like when new. This is probably my tenth set. The Cane Creek hoods look pretty good with all the black, I think.



    When I attempted to remove the stem, I found it frozen to the steerer tube. As I had to get it back on the road, I left it, rather than risking damage. I was still able to service the headset in-situ. And, of course, I had no need to adjust the height. When I get an opportunity, I'll soak the stem/steerer joint and free it up. For now, I was able to polish up the stem and get it looking nice.



    Non-drive side. Extra spokes require unconventional mounting of cadence/speed sensor. But it works.



    Sticker from bike shop where I bought it. They're still in business, and have a shop in the town where I now live. They get a kick out of seeing my bike on occasion.



    I have no idea how many miles I have on this bike. But it's still in pretty good shape for being 30 years old, I think. I still haven't taken that cross-country tour. But some day...
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_tool_man View Post
    As promised, I took some new photos of my commuter after I gave it a thorough cleaning and tune-up. It's a 1983 Fuji Touring Series IV, purchased new, while I was between high school and college.
    I don't always like the frame shapes of bikes of this era but this one is beautiful (the spit and polish doesn't hurt either). Very nicely done!!!
    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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    GriddleCakes, your Straggler looks great! Those gold rims actually look good somehow. First Straggler I've seen except for promo photos. I'm surprised the brake cable is run under the top tube -- I guess it's not really a "disc-check"

    Once you figure out whether your bike (new frame, used parts) is new or not, you can get to work on that Ship of Theseus question, I hear they haven't figured that one out yet either.

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