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    A different incarnation of this bike has been posted before, but not in this thread. It's a repainted 31 year old Trek with a modern drivetrain. The fenders are tight around these 32's. I'm probably going to go with wider ones at some point.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Not too shabby as a very basic bike for a short commute.
    I had the 2008 X-Fire in the past and regretted selling it, been looking for a reason to replace for a very long time. This one brings all of those good memories back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puckett129 View Post
    A different incarnation of this bike has been posted before, but not in this thread. It's a repainted 31 year old Trek with a modern drivetrain. The fenders are tight around these 32's. I'm probably going to go with wider ones at some point.

    That looks awesome! And thank you for the great idea on where to stick my lock when I commute

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    Quote Originally Posted by awfulwaffle View Post
    That looks awesome! And thank you for the great idea on where to stick my lock when I commute
    Thank you. I use a little toe strap that I trimmed to keep it from flopping around too much. Works like a charm. I keep the bike inside the bike room at work (where else?), but I like to be prepared to stop at the store on the way home. So far that has been just a "what if?" though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xixiviii View Post
    I have started commuting again (as a challenge to a co-worker) and here is what I built for the task...

    What do you win if you win?

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    Quote Originally Posted by puckett129 View Post
    What do you win if you win?
    That is an excellent question!

    To win I have to ride to work 80% of the time for the rest of the year, but I don't actually know what I win.

    I should probably work on my negotiating skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puckett129 View Post
    Thank you. I use a little toe strap that I trimmed to keep it from flopping around too much. Works like a charm. I keep the bike inside the bike room at work (where else?), but I like to be prepared to stop at the store on the way home. So far that has been just a "what if?" though.
    I often carry my locks this way too, the strap is a good idea as I have had locks eject themselves, the velcro straps used for pumps also works well for this.

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    That is where I keep the lock when I am running with one pannier. But the lock I have I actually lock up around the rack legs, so flopping and ejecting are not possible.
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    Giant Defy.jpg

    Here's my ride. Its a 2012 Giant Avail 3 Composite. I ride about 19 miles each way once a week for now. I'm working on adding another day but my wife isn't always happy about having to watch our daughter by herself for an extra hour so I can commute.

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    Man, I really like that Raleigh...

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    TheDavid, when I see those bikes (and your avatar), I just want to say sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    t!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    TheDavid, when I see those bikes (and your avatar), I just want to say sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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    t!

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    image.jpg my new commuter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDavid View Post
    TheDavid, if you like that actor, you'll enjoy his very different character in the movie Cedar Rapids. Or here's a clip at least... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIxh2j8JBtg

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDavid View Post
    Very nice!!! Where do you work? Where do you keep the bike lock keys?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    TheDavid, if you like that actor, you'll enjoy his very different character in the movie Cedar Rapids. Or here's a clip at least... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIxh2j8JBtg
    Funny thing is I don't watch TV and rarely watch movies. I remember stumbling into a clip of him saying 'sheeeeeeee' years ago and I loved it. Have been saying it since then.

    Quote Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
    Very nice!!! Where do you work? Where do you keep the bike lock keys?
    Out west my friend. I'm out west. I have yet to take this one out for a spin this year. It was hibernating during winter and last week I changed the shifters, cables, RD, chain and cassette. Looking forward to commuting with it once the roads are cleaned up.

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    Just built up, want to ride it in stock trim for awhile before adding a rear rack and more pavement worthy tires. Saw dirt/gravel/rocks for the first time today. I have to say the bike is much more capable than I am in dealing with that terrain.

    Last edited by AlTheKiller; 05-05-14 at 11:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastbay71 View Post
    I'm working on adding another day but my wife isn't always happy about having to watch our daughter by herself for an extra hour so I can commute.
    I heard that. I can only ride Tues/Thurs because my wife teaches Zumba on Mon/Wed, and the days I don't ride she's like "oh you'll be home earlier then!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDavid View Post
    I really like that Cannondale. I will own one someday.

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    Hey guys, new to the forum. I wanted to post my a pic of my bike but I wasn't sure if I should revive this thread or just start my own. Anyways, here's my commuter. It's a cyclocross rig i picked up on CL. I don't need fenders as I live in Phoenix and it NEVER rains (just moved out from TN so i'm still in shock.) but other than that what would you guys recommend for her? Thanks
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    Looks pretty nice. I would start by getting that seat closer to level -- but seat config is a very personal preference. Before that even, red blinky light for the rear. This one is (like most) pretty cheap, plenty effective and (unlike most) comes with not just a seatpost clamp, but also a bracket for attaching to the back of your rack if it has a tab sticking down. Then, depending on whether you EVER ride in the dark, you'll be wanting a headlight. Opinions in that department are even more personal and contentious, but my personal (and not very contentious) recommendation is this reg'lr flashlight, attached with two interlocking hose clamps. It's as bright as the sun, and with the adjustable 'focus', I find I can get a really good beam pattern from it. 12 minutes left on the auction, if you hurry you might get that one! Or another just like it for $25 or better. At that price, expect the batteries to be crap, and spend $10-15 from a better pair of 18650s (from an American company), and you'll be set.

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    Thanks for the advice. As for the seat, I like it really downturned and was actually wishing it would go further. You should see my mtn bike seat lol. I ride with the chair up pretty high because i have long legs but it also causes it to hurt my "gooch" after a while if it's level. I actually do have a tiny little red blinker attached to the bottom of the rack, although it's a little hard to see in the pic. I'm definitely in the market for some better front and rear lights though. Too bad I missed that auction lol.

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    There's lights like that one available all the time. Just search for CREE XML T6 BATTERY CHARGER ULTRAFIRE and pluck one out of the neverending stream flowing out of fleabay.

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