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  1. #12501
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Norco has been in the bicycle business for a long time... probably better known in Canada than the U.S. and they were the importer for Nishiki in Canada for decades and offered comparable models with Norco branding.

    They are also heavily involved in mtb racing and make some nice road and touring bicycles.
    I don't think any bikes sold in the US carried the name Norco. The few I've seen were probably brought down by the individual owners.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bug Shield View Post
    My commuter for the month of August.



    Normally with a set of Ortlieb panniers at each end.
    Complete with beverage service and digital entertainment for the rear passenger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Bikepooling? Or is the rumble seat for picking up the ladies on your way home?
    My wife works in the same town as I do and, though not normally a bike commuter, is motivated by a mileage competition.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cobrabyte View Post

    I really like this.


    Just out of curiosity, what kind of bar tape is that?

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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    I don't think any bikes sold in the US carried the name Norco. The few I've seen were probably brought down by the individual owners.
    Norco has been in business for 50 years and has produced and imported bicycles for the North American market... they are a household name here.

    My Extrabike is based on a Norco Katmandu...


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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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bug Shield View Post
    My wife works in the same town as I do and, though not normally a bike commuter, is motivated by a mileage competition.
    So do you divide your miles ?
    You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis

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    aaand....





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    I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingMatthew View Post
    So do you divide your miles ?
    By 1.

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    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!
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    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bug Shield View Post
    My wife works in the same town as I do and, though not normally a bike commuter, is motivated by a mileage competition.
    That's cool! Have you guys done one of these challenges before?
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    That's cool! Have you guys done one of these challenges before?
    I have submitted my numbers for the cause but never gone out of my way to ride any more than usual. My wife is participating for the first time and in it to win.

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    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.
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    My Bikes: 2010 Breezer Uptown EX | 1980 Miyata 610 | 1970 Hercules | 198? Miele ?
    Wife's Bike: 2008 Globe City 7

    My Blog, a mix of bicycling, tech, and family.

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    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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    This is my commuter. Unfortunately this isn't on my commute.

    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    My Sunday commute... I have been setting up to mobile repairs all summer at my friend's store(s).


  19. #12519
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    Big update on the Klein this weekend. Put a Surly 1X1 fork, Continental Sport Contact 26 x 1.6's, Fyxation pedal straps, and a Selle An-Atomica saddle on it. This has become my fun-commute bike! This thing is FAST now.....and lighter than my road bike. Such a blast.

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    That guy from the Chi Chitown_Mike's Avatar
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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.

    Quote Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
    This is my commuter. Unfortunately this isn't on my commute.

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    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chitown_Mike View Post
    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.
    It might be a 2014. I bought it in Feb. It is a 3700.

    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.

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    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..

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    Also, she's really beggin for some drops...maybe if I stumble into money

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    I dunno, that trekking bar is pretty cool and unique

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernGent View Post
    Big update on the Klein this weekend. Put a Surly 1X1 fork, Continental Sport Contact 26 x 1.6's, Fyxation pedal straps, and a Selle An-Atomica saddle on it. This has become my fun-commute bike! This thing is FAST now.....and lighter than my road bike. Such a blast.

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    I put the same fork on my Gary Fisher. What an improvement to the ride. God, I love to ride that bike.
    12 Schwinn Tourist, 90 something Gary Fisher Marlin (Ss conversion), ?? Bike E RX

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_senjaya View Post
    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.

    Nice bike. I plan to order one of these this fall.

    What is your saddle height?

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