Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014)
Current Linux Usage (by machine): Arch: II openSUSE: II
This is my new commuter -a 56cm Soma Double Cross Graphite. The frame arrived a few weeks ago, and then was mostly built using parts from my old bike (wheelset, drivetrain, brifters, handlebar & tape, saddle, bottle cage) + some new parts: seatpost & clamp, touring pedals and brakes (Tektro AL926 mini-V). This frame is a bit longer than my old one so I have to switch to shorter stem. I have not had the chance to weight the bike, but it feels significantly lighter than my alloy Felt QX75 bike, the ride is much smoother, steadier, and faster pick-up on any given terrain. Overall I'm impressed and overjoyed with this built, thanks to Soma!! Rack and fenders are in the pipeline, definitely not in a too far future.
Sorry for the low quality image, it was taken using a tablet.
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thanks Marc40a: it's my favorite cloth h-bar wrap made by Newbaums. Cotton Bar Tape from Newbaum's
I've seen a few Norcos here in Florida aka Southern Canada
I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.
On mornings when my Surly Cross Check isn't ready (like today, because it's raining and my front fender is broken), I usually take this as my back-up bike. It's a 2003 Trek 7200 comfort bike, but I think the only remaining original part is the front wheel. The fork is a Surly Instigator, and it's set up 1x8 with a bar-end shifter. The seat is a brooks B17. My wife bought it for me new 11 years ago, and it was the first bike I used for commuting. It's getting cooler with age!
Here's my hoopty. It's a Bridgestone MB-4 21" size. I bought it for $40 and it's my most used, favorite bike. The rear wald baskets are one of the best investments. I usually bring about a half cart of groceries bungee netted to the back and the front panniers are for any "overflow" items. It gets pretty wobbly when it's fully loaded with groceries, but it's a really good way to haul stuff without getting into cargo bike territory.
My old '88 Bianchi. powdercoated and upgraded to 7speed around 1992. Started commuting a few months ago so bought new tires, seat, lights, cell phone holder, and replaced the 12-24 freewheel with the 13-28 freewheel from my Fat Chance. It helps this old man get up the hills! Also pirated the Deore XT pedals from the mtn bike for now. It had Look pedals before but I don't like the cleats for the stairs at the Metrolink.
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Is that a 2014 3700? I almost bought that one but it was a bit out of my price range for a designated commuter, especially since I have my nicer roadie to roll around on.
What rack is that on the back? I couldn't get one to fit with the disc brakes on mine because Trek has used the hole to hole the brake caliper on.
Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....
The rack I bought separately then had to take back for the same reason. They found a longer bolt that goes thru the brake and rack. I should of thought of that myself. Just as well. I'm not up to working on the disc breaks yet.
new (cheap) saddle, pedals. Attempted to fix the fender-line somewhat. I really don't like installing the SKS chromoplastics but perhaps I'm ********? I got the 700c ones because they were on sale, which might also explain the difficulty..
Also, she's really beggin for some drops...maybe if I stumble into money
I dunno, that trekking bar is pretty cool and unique