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Old 10-09-06, 03:59 AM   #1301
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my new sunny day commuter

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Old 10-09-06, 12:04 PM   #1302
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my new sunny day commuter


Nice bike, but I'm afraid we won't have too many sunny days in the next 4-6 months in these parts!
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Old 10-09-06, 01:03 PM   #1303
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Nice bike, but I'm afraid we won't have too many sunny days in the next 4-6 months in these parts!
Bite your tongue and look outside!
From this mornings ride...

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Old 10-09-06, 09:36 PM   #1304
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The folding multi-modal commuter:



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Old 10-09-06, 10:22 PM   #1305
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From this mornings ride...

You're quite right, today I did about 10 miles in the beautiful weather on my first decent bike:



2006 GT Avalance 3.0 disc

CATEYE HL-EL210 5-LED headlamp
CATEYE TL-LD600 LED tail lamp
CATEYE Enduro 8 computer
Cheng-Shin tires
TOPEAK Defender front & rear fenders

I got the bike on Saturday, figuring I'd be able to go without the accessories, but I was wrong. I got tired of getting sprayed in the face by gravel flying out of the stock Tioga tires. I changed tires to something more suited for the road, but with some tread on there to handle a little bit of loose stuff and rain. The fenders were a must with it coming into the rain here in the PNW, and with showers a questionable thing at work, I'd rather not show up speckle-faced.

Top speed so far: 44.0MPH blowing by cars coming down Fairgrounds Rd. heading towards 303 in East Bremerton.
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Old 10-11-06, 02:19 PM   #1306
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The Blue Samurai!

Here is my relatively new build up. I usually ride it fixed and with panniers for the commute. This machine is pretty much the real deal. Nishiki Cresta GT frame, Nitto moustache with cloth tape and twine whipping instead of electrical tape, velocity deep V - 32 3X on formula high flange hubs, 7410 DA crankset, Brooks Team Pro, MEC 40L panniers, incredibell,etc, etc. Steel is Real!
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Old 10-11-06, 03:00 PM   #1307
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Cross-posted with another thread about the utility of an old Specialized as a commuter. Here's the Bomber, now with drops and brifters:



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Old 10-11-06, 03:19 PM   #1308
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Very nice looking rig, should get many happy miles out of that one. I myself am waiting on a GT frame from the 90's to show up from fedex today. I just hope the frame is not damaged. If so, No biggie, the whole thing was like 18 dollars including shipping.
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Old 10-11-06, 03:27 PM   #1309
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Here is my relatively new build up. I usually ride it fixed and with panniers for the commute. This machine is pretty much the real deal. Nishiki Cresta GT frame, Nitto moustache with cloth tape and twine whipping instead of electrical tape, velocity deep V - 32 3X on formula high flange hubs, 7410 DA crankset, Brooks Team Pro, MEC 40L panniers, incredibell,etc, etc. Steel is Real!
Brokenankle: This is gorgeous. Well done!
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Old 10-12-06, 12:18 PM   #1310
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Here is "Bones," one year old this month, outside my place of work. I am constantly tweaking things (even the ergonomic grips replaced the silicon cylindrical ones, just yesterday, for hand pain/numbness). No flats, even regularly going over some horrible trash / nails/ broken glass, until a valve broke this weekend.

I usually fit everything I need in the trunk, not really having needed to drop the mini-panniers to use yet.
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Old 10-12-06, 08:14 PM   #1311
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So, a while back I posted a photo of my commuting/touring/do everything bike:


Alas, I rear-ended a car in August - talk about embarrassing! - and tweaked the front end of the Miyata in the collision. The frame could no longer be considered safe to ride, so I had to purchase a new bicycle. I scraped together some funds, borrowed some dough from my parents, salvaged as many parts as I could from the old bicycle and went down to the LBS and ordered a Surly Long Haul Trucker! The LHT is intended to perform the same duties as the old Miyata in supporting my car-free lifestyle. It's not as pretty as my old Miyata, but it's an amazing ride. It's a 30 lb unstoppable tank of a bike, and I love it. It rides like it's on rails and just soaks up rough pavement. Tons of clearance for big tires and fenders, and I'm sure it'll haul any load with aplomb and style. I'll be replacing that beat-up old saddle with a Brooks B-17 real soon, probably this weekend. Without further ado, here it is:


See that huge gap between the rear fender and seatpost? That where my road morph pump goes!


This color really needs to be seen in bright sunlight to be fully appreciated - it sparkles and gleams. It really looks incredible. It is a bit dull in dimmer light. Next time I wrap the handlebars, I intend to give it a bit more "flash."


Random gratuitous drivetrain shot! Deore derailer on an 8-speed cassette. That huge cog in the back there is a 34-tooth. Useful for hauling a full load of groceries up the ginormous hill I live near!
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Old 10-12-06, 08:50 PM   #1312
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congratulations, grolby. she's beautiful!
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Old 10-12-06, 10:00 PM   #1313
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Grolby: VERY NICE. I like *very* much!
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Old 10-13-06, 10:25 AM   #1314
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Aww, thanks guys, you're making me blush!

I just finished installing that Brooks on the Surly - it looks great, feel about as hard as wood! I'm just about to take it on its first ride, out to do some errands around town and then off to work for a few hours. Wish me luckl!
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Old 10-13-06, 10:31 AM   #1315
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Grolby, what an outstanding bike. Are those 26in or 700c wheels?
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Old 10-14-06, 02:15 PM   #1316
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Caloso - thanks! Those are 26" wheels (I'm a short fella with a 50cm frame).
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Old 10-14-06, 04:14 PM   #1317
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grolby, i am so jealous. it's beautiful!
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Old 10-14-06, 05:28 PM   #1318
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BAH, man, you do some beautiful photography!
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Old 10-15-06, 10:10 AM   #1319
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Here's mine. 2002 Schwinn Mesa GSD. Changed the front fork out for a Nashbar steel suspension corrected fork, Specialized Armadillo 26x1.95 semi slicks, put some Nashbar trekking bars and the goodies for riding at night. Seems to work pretty good so far.
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Old 10-16-06, 09:55 PM   #1320
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BAH, man, you do some beautiful photography!
wow, i completely agree. brokenankle's is pretty fantastic as well IMHO FWIW LOL
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Old 10-16-06, 11:20 PM   #1321
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thanks! I'm gonna start commuting to my local mtb trails after a fixing up a new bike rack.....










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Old 10-16-06, 11:24 PM   #1322
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thanks! I'm gonna start commuting to my local mtb trails after a fixing up a new bike rack.....
That setup is awesome, definitely the most practical use of a chopper I've seen! How fast can you go? Is the singlespeed-ness a problem?
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Old 10-16-06, 11:43 PM   #1323
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I really like the pics BAH the rack looks good, are the photos of you during a race on bikerubbish?
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Old 10-17-06, 12:13 AM   #1324
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I always wondered to myself how would one transport a bike with another bike

Well I guess that solves it
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Old 10-18-06, 04:29 PM   #1325
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Heres my bling bling commutemobile

Thinking about adding a front rack since I have the eyelets for it
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