"Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to bike. Bike to work." --Anonymous ||| "late & alive > early & dead." ~Steely Dan
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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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
[QUOTE=GriddleCakes;16766157]My lady's Surly Cross Check:QUOTE]
I really love the look of that bike; I bet it rides great.
wet rims require increased stopping distance
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.
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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ricky, that looks like a lovely area to ride in every day
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.
Ugly and functional, I like it. What brand of frame bag is that?
I hardly use my car anymore! I ride my CAAD 10 to work 3-4 days a week.
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).
The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition.
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!
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!
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:
Brompton parked in the lockerroom by 1nterceptor, on Flickr