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Old 05-11-14, 08:50 PM   #12176
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Here's my commuter. Kona Paddy Wagon.
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Old 05-11-14, 09:02 PM   #12177
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Here's my commuter. Kona Paddy Wagon.
Nice scenery. I would take almost any bike to commute here.... ;-)
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Old 05-12-14, 07:27 AM   #12178
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Alright, I'll finally jump in after lurking on this site for waaay too long...recently picked up this Lemond Croix de Fer in great shape ('06 I think?). So nice to be rolling on steel again after commuting on an aluminum Allez for the past few years. I had the guys at WaterField customize one of their SleeveCases for me so I can strap my laptop directly to the frame, allowing me to ditch the rear rack from my prior commuting rig (since my computer is really the only big thing I need to carry). Works great.
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Old 05-12-14, 08:12 AM   #12179
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I had the guys at WaterField customize one of their SleeveCases for me so I can strap my laptop directly to the frame, allowing me to ditch the rear rack from my prior commuting rig (since my computer is really the only big thing I need to carry). Works great.
That looks pretty cool. The customization is adding the straps? They should make that a regularly-offered model for cyclists, looks like a great fit!
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Old 05-12-14, 11:31 AM   #12180
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That looks pretty cool. The customization is adding the straps? They should make that a regularly-offered model for cyclists, looks like a great fit!
I had them add webbing tabs to the back of the case, allowing me to pass through my own straps (I use voile ski straps) to cinch the case to the frame. They even angled the tabs to match my down tube and seat tube angles, although it turns out I only really need the seat tube strap to keep the laptop locked down. Here's a photo from the back side:
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Alright, I'll finally jump in after lurking on this site for waaay too long...recently picked up this Lemond Croix de Fer in great shape ('06 I think?). So nice to be rolling on steel again after commuting on an aluminum Allez for the past few years. I had the guys at WaterField customize one of their SleeveCases for me so I can strap my laptop directly to the frame, allowing me to ditch the rear rack from my prior commuting rig (since my computer is really the only big thing I need to carry). Works great.
Nice bike and nice solution to your portage problem.
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Here are mine. The red one is a bike from a small German manufacturer in Bremen. I bought in 1994. 28" wheels. Solid steel frame. Brought with me when I moved to the US in 2001. A few years ago I thought I needed to replace it with a more modern mountain bike. Well I discovered that this bike is actually the much better bike and the mountain bike is now sitting in my garage.
What I like about the bike is the shifter. Unusual but great. Ideal for city driving. 21 speed with 7 speed derailleur in the back and 3 speed hub shifter in the back. I still have a chain guard for bad weather and I can shift the gears when stopped or driving. Great when you have to start at a traffic light and did not have time to shift down before stopping.
The paniers (Ortlieb backrollers) are as old as the bike and still in great shape. One carries my laptop and the other my clothes and lunch.
The white one is my wife's old bike. An original 28" Gazelle from the 80s. We also brought this from Gemany when we came here. She did not like it anymore because this bike is really heavy. Everything is steel except the chain guard. We replaced it with a more modern hybrid some years ago. After years in storage I got the bike back out and decided to make it my shopping bike. Only 3 speed but hey, it is flat here in Texas. ;-)
I replaced the saddle with Brooks saddle which I brought back from Germany and also the fender skirts. The original ones were clear yellowish plastic and ripped and broken. These with news paper prints I got in Germany. I also added the foldable baskets, the front basket and the center kick stand. Perfect bike for short trips to the local grocery store.
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I still have a MTB in Germany. And a German city bike in Hungary. I do miss them both and love it when I get to ride them!

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Old 05-12-14, 09:52 PM   #12183
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Just me and my kuwie, I entered it into a local Builders gallery show in the daily rider catagory I didn't win got beat out by a really nice rivendale. Part of the enterance fee was getting a little photo shoot.

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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.
The bike's nice, but the commute seems really special. Where are you?
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Old 05-12-14, 11:55 PM   #12185
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The bike's nice, but the commute seems really special. Where are you?
Napa, CA. Granted, I can get to work on about 2.5 miles of pavement, I usually stretch it out closer to ten miles either before or after work. Since having this bike I take a small detour at this "park" which has some gravel climbing, non technical single track, or a bunch of hard pack like you see here.

It would be awesome if I actually had to traverse rich, wine valley country side to get to work, though.
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Old 05-13-14, 02:09 AM   #12186
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That's a fine looking whip, Fizz, fast and functional. Cool t-thirt, too.
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Old 05-13-14, 08:07 AM   #12187
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That's a fine looking whip, Fizz, fast and functional. Cool t-thirt, too.
He builds some nice stuff.
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This new acquisition replaces my trusty, well loved cross check. Compared to the CC The Stigmata is a CX race bike so its stiff, light, really responsive, remarkably comfortable. It's fast and a it's a blast.

It doesn't have rack and fender mounts, but I have other bikes for rain and winter. Using a Carradice nelson long flap with a bagman rack for my commuting junk, (holds plenty including my laptop) Have some race blade XL clip on fenders for rain. Shimano DA 7900 10sp group, Kysrium equip wheels, kenda small block 8's 35mm.

This is my 3 season commuter/gravel bike. Weeee!

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That's a fine looking whip, Fizz, fast and functional. Cool t-thirt, too.
its only fast downhill, but that's due to it weighting a ton and a half.
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Old 05-13-14, 05:15 PM   #12190
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Just me and my kuwie, I entered it into a local Builders gallery show in the daily rider catagory I didn't win got beat out by a really nice rivendale. Part of the enterance fee was getting a little photo shoot.
Very cool bike. Where does one fine one of those keep-the-front-wheel-straight-springy-things that clamps to the downtube?
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Old 05-13-14, 05:32 PM   #12191
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Very cool bike. Where does one fine one of those keep-the-front-wheel-straight-springy-things that clamps to the downtube?
I get mine from velo orange,

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Awesome, thanks! Methinks my days of front wheel turning and bike trying to tip over while I load it might finally be over!
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That's a LOT goin on with all that white on black. makes me a little dizzy, can't imagine if it was in motion!
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