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Old 06-03-14, 09:15 AM   #12276
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Here is mine, Specialized Rockhopper 94 Sport.
No need for fenders right now, maybe when summer will be over.
Che, looks pretty nice (love the bullhorns), but has that fork suffered an impact? It could be an illusion of the photography, but to my eye it looks like it bends back before sweeping forward.
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Old 06-03-14, 10:41 AM   #12277
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Che, looks pretty nice (love the bullhorns), but has that fork suffered an impact? It could be an illusion of the photography, but to my eye it looks like it bends back before sweeping forward.
Yes it had, I don't know when or how, it must be the previous owner of the bike.
I have the bike for a year and half, rode it almost 10.000 km and haven't got any problem with the fork, but I'm sure I will change it soon.
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Old 06-03-14, 07:21 PM   #12278
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Nice horse you got there...
That's my style of ride there.

makes me wanna rethink my handle bars
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Old 06-04-14, 12:25 PM   #12279
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Here is mine, Specialized Rockhopper 94 Sport.
No need for fenders right now, maybe when summer will be over.
Not to be rude, but the forks looks bent. ' sure hope it isn't.
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Some people don't need an optimal bike to commute on it. BMX is just fine for some people. It does the job. Just about any bike will take you places.
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Old 06-04-14, 12:51 PM   #12281
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Some people don't need an optimal bike to commute on it. BMX is just fine for some people. It does the job. Just about any bike will take you places.
That is definitely true; it just becomes a question of how far away the places are, and how comfortable/fast you can be getting there.
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Old 06-06-14, 09:21 AM   #12283
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This is Tilly, my Fuji Crosstown.

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i like that a lot. what model of Ortliebs are those? I am looking at getting some this year to replace my panniers. Did you build the bike or what kind of frame is that?
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Very sharp! I'm not fully set up yet, and I only have bad pics, but what the heck.
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My Frankenbike. It's more like an SUV versus commuter as I'm using it for bikepacking, commuting, grocery store runs and overall enjoyment. Old Bianchi mountain bike with no model name other than "Mountain". Fits great, works like a champ and a bit heavy. I'm not a fan of flat bars so my LBS had a set of drop bars from a demo model, converted it to a quill adapter and I picked up some Shimano Tourney STI shifters and voila. Still need a set of fenders and some commuter tires as those knobby tires create a whole lot of friction. Total blast to ride.

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2002 Bianchi Brava that I paid too much for. Gets me to work and the ladies', however.


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Old 06-07-14, 11:38 AM   #12289
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My current commuter, and only bike actually, until my Gunnar Sport arrives!. A 2009 Bianchi Pista fixed gear, pretty much stock aside from the saddle and pedals. Usually just toss a backpack on and head out to school/work. 'Bout an 8 mile round trip with occasional elevations. Not too bad. Looking forward to having gears and being able to coast though! Will post pictures of the new steed when she gets here in a few more weeks.

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Old 06-07-14, 11:47 AM   #12290
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Old 06-08-14, 04:00 AM   #12291
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This is my 1963 Higgins Roadster Trike one wheel drive. Its a lovely commuter and really nice to ride.

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Yes, cycle comuting doesn't always result in weight loss. But it doesn't hurt. It's even possible to gain weight while riding an hour a day.

OTOH- cycling even that little, or at low effort levels, generally replace some body fat with muscle, so even at the same weight, you're still healthier.

Weight is a poor indicator of condition, and over emphasized because there's not an easier index, but I'll venture that a 250# football player is likely fitter than most people with very favorable BMIs. Proponents of the BMI even had to come up with a category -- the fit fat -- to get around the statistical issues with the system.

IMO, those Clydesdales who take up biking should focus less on the scale, and more on their belt size. This will usually show more progress and be less discouraging than the scale.
Yeah. I don't weigh myself and have no idea if I've lost weight commuting, but I'm going to have to drill yet another extra hole in my belt soon. Can't complain about that.
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Yes, cycle comuting doesn't always result in weight loss. But it doesn't hurt. It's even possible to gain weight while riding an hour a day.

OTOH- cycling even that little, or at low effort levels, generally replace some body fat with muscle, so even at the same weight, you're still healthier.

Weight is a poor indicator of condition, and over emphasized because there's not an easier index, but I'll venture that a 250# football player is likely fitter than most people with very favorable BMIs. Proponents of the BMI even had to come up with a category -- the fit fat -- to get around the statistical issues with the system.

IMO, those Clydesdales who take up biking should focus less on the scale, and more on their belt size. This will usually show more progress and be less discouraging than the scale.
Tell me more (or point me to what to read) about how BMI is not a good indicator. Seems like a better one than weight. I also gained weight after bike commuting, while my waist size shrank.
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Tell me more (or point me to what to read) about how BMI is not a good indicator. Seems like a better one than weight. I also gained weight after bike commuting, while my waist size shrank.
BMI is an index based on weight and height. It ignores weight composition. If you go on a very successful diet and sit on the couch all day you'll see major improvements in BMI. But even healthier for you would be to go on a diet and exercise a lot. You end up dropping a lot of fat weight but gaining muscle mass for less total weight loss. The latter is better for you but BMI will show less or no improvement that way. A lot of professional athletes are considered overweight or obese by BMI just because they have a ton of muscle weight.

BMI does a pretty good job with most people of typical fitness but it's very misleading with both skinny couch potatoes and athletic sorts. And it's not going to do a good job reflecting lifestyle changes that take you from the fat couch potato category to the athlete category. You could see no change in BMI doing that.

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Oh! I confused BMI with percentage of body fat. What about that? There are machines that use ultrasound or something like that which quickly measure your fat fraction by measuring how much vibration comes back to the source.
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When you have your true BMI done. They actually take measurements of your neck, chest, waist, arms, and legs. These measurements and your height and weight gives you your true BMI. Much more accurate than those apps and weight machines.

With that being said, watching your belt size go down is a lot easier.
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Sorry for the crappy photo. But one of things about the early morning commute is catching the sunrise.
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This is my 1963 Higgins Roadster Trike one wheel drive. Its a lovely commuter and really nice to ride.
Nice ride. Looks like the rear wheels are set far enough apart that water spray misses you.
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The 1990 Stumpjumper that I got back from the powder coater on Friday and built up Saturday. Took it out on the trails for 20 miles yesterday. A joy to ride. Does make me wish I had blue Ortliebs instead of red.

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Heres my everyday commuter!
I bike about 7 miles to work, i also use this bike for all my grocery shopping too.



Sorry i dont have a closer picture! its an early 2000's specialized crossroads.
Its not my favorite bike but i got it for free and its super light and comfortable, perfect for commuting.
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