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Old 07-26-14, 07:28 PM   #12451
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48 cm . Cursed with stumpy legs
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Three days of commuting so far and loving it...

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Old 08-01-14, 10:49 AM   #12453
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I always wanted a bikeE.
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I always wanted a bikeE.
A lady I met said she had a recumbent she wanted to sell and those were the only details I got... I was pleasantly surprised by the bike and the price and had to pay her a little more than she was asking.

In checking it seems like you can get one in decent shape in the $300.00 - $500.00 range (I paid less than this) and they are a very nice ride.

The CT is pretty stiff but it is also lighter and pretty quick although the design really suits moderately paced riding... I can tick along at 25kmh with very low effort and it comes off the line like a rocket because of how much torque you can lay down.
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Old 08-01-14, 12:42 PM   #12455
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Still a work in progress, by took my first little stroll with the new seat tonight, now I understand why they cost so much........ Just need to get the appropriate seat bag and matching handlebar bag, a front rack, and make the switch to metal fenders...........

That is some nice progress.
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Old 08-01-14, 12:56 PM   #12456
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A lady I met said she had a recumbent she wanted to sell and those were the only details I got... I was pleasantly surprised by the bike and the price and had to pay her a little more than she was asking.

In checking it seems like you can get one in decent shape in the $300.00 - $500.00 range (I paid less than this) and they are a very nice ride.

The CT is pretty stiff but it is also lighter and pretty quick although the design really suits moderately paced riding... I can tick along at 25kmh with very low effort and it comes off the line like a rocket because of how much torque you can lay down.
There is a rear-suspension model on CL out past Raleigh for $450... :drool:
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Old 08-01-14, 03:14 PM   #12457
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So this is my designated commuter, I have a roadie (Trek 1.5) that I do my fun rides or if I feel like a blast to work since there are several Strava segments I'd like to best other on.

2013 Trek 3500 Disc - completely factory and has the Trek Care Plus so I have nothing to worry about for 3 years (basically) and I am sure I'll see a lot of use out of it since this will be ridden year round in Chicago's lovely weather. I have some Planet Bike Cascadia fenders since nothing else seemed to work because of the brakes. I had a Ibera rack but I didn't like the way the bike rode with it installed so I will just backpack it up.

Have some nice Nokian studded tires for the winter so expecting no issues.

For a stock, base model, it rides and stops really well. I am surprised by how much less pressure discs need over rim brakes. My roadie seems to take forever to stop at times.



And yes it looks like I am cross chaining but it isn't.....
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Old 08-01-14, 09:17 PM   #12458
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Just upgraded the fork.
Still the same 10 mile commute each day...
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Old 08-04-14, 09:50 AM   #12459
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An Avenir Urban 2014
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Old 08-04-14, 10:41 PM   #12460
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My back-up commuter painted in Monstaliner truck bed liner.

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Old 08-05-14, 01:58 AM   #12461
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Except for when they should be white
You know, i really like the transparent strips on my fenders. They are composite polycarbonate with aluminum inside for rigidity. Rear fender uses the aluminum as conductors to get the dyno power to stand light and capacitor from down near bottom bracket, less wires that way.

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Old 08-05-14, 08:45 AM   #12462
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My back-up commuter painted in Monstaliner truck bed liner.

Well that's creative. Almost as creative as the dude who did his bike in chalkboard paint, which might be elsewhere in this thread.
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Old 08-06-14, 10:20 AM   #12463
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I have two work-horse, year-round commuter bikes. My new bike is just for special days in nice weather. It's a 1990 Specialized Sirrus that I bought from my friend and just finished fixing up. I have seven speeds in the back, and a single 42T chainring on the front. It's my first downtube shifter. It feels pretty strange right now-- I might eventually change it to a bar end (but not yet, because it would ruin the new tape and cable). I'm also going to put a leather saddle on it. It's a lot of fun to ride!
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Old 08-06-14, 12:02 PM   #12464
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I got a few second takes when people saw me putting gas in my bike this morning...

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Old 08-06-14, 12:12 PM   #12465
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I might eventually change it to a bar end (but not yet, because it would ruin the new tape and cable).
I say this a lot, but consider also Retroshifts.
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Old 08-06-14, 12:28 PM   #12466
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Here's my Rapid. Haven't used for commuting much (yet), mostly for fetching groceries and fitness and pleasure rides.

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Old 08-09-14, 09:44 PM   #12467
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I picked this guy up today for a steal. It's not the best bike out there but it will fit the bill of daily use.

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Old 08-09-14, 10:11 PM   #12468
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Quick, grind off the serial number.
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Old 08-10-14, 06:04 AM   #12469
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Here is my Birdy taken on my morning commute. Its about 30km to work and at night I ride about 9km and fold the bike on the train.
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Old 08-10-14, 08:00 AM   #12470
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As they say on another forum, proper.

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500 pages of pure awesome...
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I agree and I can add my bike up her once I buy fenders, lights, and maybe a rack
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Old 08-13-14, 08:32 PM   #12475
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That is really slick. I'm still trying to decide on cable color for a similarly colored frame with honey saddle and tape and light cream sks longboard fenders. Have it narrowed down to yellow like yours, blue or white. Leaning toward white to match the frame decals, but I do like your yellow.
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