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Old 05-16-14, 08:09 AM   #12201
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nice looking bikes.


that is such a classic looking bike. I really like the laptop case. makes sense if that is all you have to carry.


@modernjess that is a great looking bike too I really like the bright red color! happy riding!
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Old 05-16-14, 08:23 AM   #12202
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Finally got my build all finished and dialed in the way I like it.
Not sure how it'll do over 50 miles or more, but it handles 20 miles per day well and I've done some 40ish mile days .
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Old 05-16-14, 10:01 AM   #12203
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bmontgomery, I have one of those. It gives a harsh ride. How about yours? Oh, wait, I have the 722.
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Old 05-17-14, 03:38 AM   #12204
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My lady's Surly Cross Check:



I know that I posted this bike a few pages ago, but I really wanted to show it off again, especially now that it features The Most Tedious Bike Accessory I've Ever Installed That Didn't Require A Dremel Tool:



Serious PITA, that chain guard, but it sure is pretty; and solid as well, now that it's on.

It's an odd build, partially because the guy that I bought the bike from had built it up with an SRAM mountain group, including disc compatible hubs for some unfathomable reason. I'd like to eventually put some drop bars on it, because I think that my lady would like to go fast (she's skeptical, but I remain hopeful) but that'd involve changing out the v-brakes and SRAM mountain derailleur as well as buying new levers and handlebars, which just isn't in the budget right now. So, for now, I set it up with some Nitto Albatross bars, because they are awesome, and they fit MTB levers and bar end shifters, but mostly because they are awesome. Sure, they turn like a shopping cart pulling a trailer carrying a refrigerator, but they're as comfortable as a warm kitten purring in your lap. You might ride a little slower, but dude, warm kitten! I've ridden these bars on three different bikes now, and they are just so amazingly pleasant to ride, regardless of the frame.



The rest of the weirdness is all me, in that I put cross levers on it. I love those handlebars for their comfort, but if you want to go faster or get out of the wind, riding forward in the bends is the best place to be. It takes your hands away from the brake levers, which wasn't an issue until that one time that I rear ended my wife (we both saw a moose, and she though 'moose, I should stop' and I thought 'moose, better speed up'; unfortunately I was behind her at the time, and too busy watching the moose to notice my wife's braking maneuver). And now she insists on brake levers where ever her hands might be. Which, as the guy who hit her, and her husband to boot, I have a hard time arguing with.

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Ran into Herbie on my way home from work the other day.
That's a cute car, but not nearly as good looking as the bike in front of it. That looks like a really well thought out build.

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Not sure how it'll do over 50 miles or more, but it handles 20 miles per day well and I've done some 40ish mile days .
Even 20 miles a day on a single speed is impressive, in this the age of the ever-expanding cassette, so 50 miles on a single speed is downright amazing. Hats off to you, sir, and socks as well if that ride is fixed.

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Old 05-17-14, 06:13 AM   #12205
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Thanks man. Its fixed. Ive actually never tried any of my fixed gears as single speeds.
The only time its a challenge is on really steep downhills because I have a fairly low number of gear inches. Lots of spinning at 30 mph hahah
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Old 05-17-14, 08:23 AM   #12206
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My new bike, an Achielle Oma named Sassy:
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Sassy looks very classy!
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Old 05-17-14, 09:45 AM   #12207
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Thought I take another shot at mine. It disappeared.... Thought maybe I saw something about database issue in other thread?
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Old 05-17-14, 09:48 AM   #12208
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[QUOTE=GriddleCakes;16766157]My lady's Surly Cross Check:QUOTE]

I really love the look of that bike; I bet it rides great.
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Old 05-17-14, 06:59 PM   #12209
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Pretty sure I have posted a few of the previous builds of this bike of the past 7 years, but this is it in its current state. I have 5 other bikes, but this ugly beast built out of random parts rides the best and gets 90% of my miles.


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Old 05-17-14, 07:16 PM   #12210
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Here is my bike with the moon and you can just barely see the hangar in which I work in the background.
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Old 05-17-14, 10:34 PM   #12211
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My 7.1 Trek FX. My commute early in the morning fog and my bike at work.


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Old 05-18-14, 09:49 AM   #12212
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ricky, that looks like a lovely area to ride in every day
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Old 05-19-14, 01:25 AM   #12213
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2013 Giant Defy 1. Purchased it last Wednesday and broke it in with a 17 mile ride. I replaced the ****ty platform pedals with Shimano A520's. Gonna take her for a spin to get acquainted with the pedals.
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Old 05-19-14, 01:42 AM   #12214
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I really love the look of that bike; I bet it rides great.
Thanks! Like I said, those handlebars are super comfortable. If you haven't recently ridden an upright bike with a leather saddle, you might be missing out; it's like an armchair with pedals.

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Pretty sure I have posted a few of the previous builds of this bike of the past 7 years, but this is it in its current state. I have 5 other bikes, but this ugly beast built out of random parts rides the best and gets 90% of my miles.

Ugly and functional, I like it. What brand of frame bag is that?

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My 7.1 Trek FX. My commute early in the morning fog and my bike at work.
That shot with the fog in the background looks cool. I can't believe that I never thought to put a backpack inside a set of shopping panniers! I went from wearing a backpack, to strapping it to the top of a rack (which seriously effects the bike's handling), to breaking down and buying touring panniers, which I now regularly carry into the store to go shopping, usually wishing that they were shopping panniers. If only I had seen your setup four years ago.
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Old 05-19-14, 09:04 AM   #12215
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I hardly use my car anymore! I ride my CAAD 10 to work 3-4 days a week.



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Old 05-19-14, 09:16 AM   #12216
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My latest daily two hour round trip commuter. Rivendell Sam Hillborne, 650b, dynamo lighting.
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Old 05-19-14, 10:28 AM   #12217
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I hardly use my car anymore! I ride my CAAD 10 to work 3-4 days a week.



I would stop driving to work altogether if that were my commuter bike. Nice
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Old 05-19-14, 10:44 AM   #12218
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Thanks!! I plan on doing so once my lease is up and/or I get more biking clothes. Whichever comes first lol.
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I just bought my bike last week. I plan on commuting but I'm a big dude and woefully out of shape. My commute will be anywhere from 9 to 13 miles each way depending on which route I take. Plus there are a couple of pretty good sustained climbs. It will take me a while to get to the point where I can commute to work, but hopefully I'll have fun riding my fat-ass into some sort of shape (other than round).


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Old 05-20-14, 04:08 PM   #12220
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Good work! my fat ass is about 250# (well, that's the ass plus everything else) and I bike commute every day. You should pop over to the Clydesdale&Athena forum also for support and advice. You can do it, especially if you work up to it, and also consider options like partway using public transit, or drive partway with your bike, then ride the rest. Gradually increase the biking distance and #biking days, and before you know it you'll be a full time bike commuter!
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How do you get your folding bike past a secure lobby(cameras, doormen, doors you need a hologrammed ID to pass, armed guards)
to your office on the 20th floor? Garbage bag.

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Ugly and functional, I like it. What brand of frame bag is that?
Haha thanks. I have a few pretty bikes, but this one is always the go-to bike. The frame bag is a Nashbar. The panniers are the Nashbar Daytrekker panniers.

Btw, how is the commuting up there in Anchorage? The company I work for has an office in Anchorage and I believe they have a few commuters!
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How do you get your folding bike past a secure lobby(cameras, doormen, doors you need a hologrammed ID to pass, armed guards)
to your office on the 20th floor? Garbage bag.
Why can't you just carry the folded bike?
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Why can't you just carry the folded bike?
Most office bldgs.(and even some fancy residential bldgs.) in New York City;
do not allow any kind of bike inside. Especially ones like mine that has a
covered and shared(with the bldg. across the st.) bike rack by the entrance.
It gets full fast, especially on nice days like today. Most of the time I park my
bike in the locker room anyhow:

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