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Old 10-19-06, 12:35 PM   #1326
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Wow that is definately one good looking bike. Are those reflective strips or some sort of flourescense ? They are amazing - me wants !!!!
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Old 10-19-06, 12:49 PM   #1327
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thanks! I'm gonna start commuting to my local mtb trails after a fixing up a new bike rack.....

Holy cow, I love that chopper and the setup! Towing a bike and a skateboard! You're well prepared.
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Old 10-19-06, 01:26 PM   #1328
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Here is my new winter commuter. Pulling my son's trailer bike.



http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...ictures200.jpg

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Old 10-19-06, 01:29 PM   #1329
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nice bike fender1! internal hub?
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Old 10-19-06, 01:32 PM   #1330
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nice bike fender1! internal hub?
Thanks and yes, nexus 8 "red band"
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Old 10-19-06, 01:35 PM   #1331
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mmmmmmm...orange and chrome....I think I need help...I'm now drooling over bicycles
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Old 10-19-06, 10:00 PM   #1332
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no you dont need help, you just need another bike...LOL
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Old 10-20-06, 07:27 AM   #1333
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Thanks and yes, nexus 8 "red band"
That looks like a great commuter with fenders and the Schmidt generator.

How did you mount the Nexus twist shifter on the drops?
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Old 10-20-06, 08:05 AM   #1334
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I used the hubub bar end adapter from Harris Cyclery to mount he shifter on the drops. I works very well.
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Old 10-20-06, 07:52 PM   #1335
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fender1,
That bike is sweet & mean, hot & cool, and wicked & righteous.
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Old 10-21-06, 12:05 PM   #1336
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Wow that is definately one good looking bike. Are those reflective strips or some sort of flourescense ? They are amazing - me wants !!!!
Reflective tape
The 3m brand is sold at Kragen Auto and some other brand is sold at Pepboys for half the price (but isnt as good)
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Old 10-21-06, 06:37 PM   #1337
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here's mine. it's a Rescued Trek 800. it's got the original Shimano Exage shiftig components and brakes, and biopace chainrings. I got the rear rack used and the front rack is an NOS Vetta $5 each from the LBS, the rear crate originally belonged to the 7-UP/Dr. Pepper Bottling company. (the one that holds 3 8 pks of 20 oz bottles.) the saddle is from a Schwinn sidewinder, the front fender is from a 1952 Schwinn Traveler 3 speed. I don't have the rear fender mounted yet because i need to make a bracket for it. I have a CatEye opticube 800+ candlepower headlight and a blackburn Mars 2.0 blinkie. as a backup I have the lightset from the '52 schwinn as well. my rear panniers are not mounted right now, but the front one is actually a Rhode Gear "diaper bag" that is supposed to mount on a child seat. it works great to hold tools and stuff I may need to access while riding. I ran out of reflective tape before I could go to crazy with it, but I think I will be seen. I carry/attatch various other things depending on where I'm going. this is my all purpose bike and it handles well. the pic shows it with a 25lb Pumpkin on the back, but I've had 2 bikes strapped on there before. sometimes I see what I can carry just for the sake of saying hey, I can do it. the other pic is when I got it before I had a chance to fix/geek it up
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Gave up trying to make the '99 Gary Fisher Tassajara a commuter/beater (frameset is available for trade - looking for a nice 531/Columbus SL road machine), and traded a local cyclist some parts for an ugly Benotto 800-series frameset to cobble together into a decent all-around machine. Rides excellent, although it takes a little getting used the combination of North Road handlebars and rather twitchy racing geometry. Weighs 30 pounds - not bad, considering.

Few things still have to be fine-tuned on it (particularly, mounting a pair of spare Conti 1000s I have on it), but it's perfectly ridable as-is. Could use an Airzound for it though

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thanks! I'm gonna start commuting to my local mtb trails after a fixing up a new bike rack.....



whoa, your garage is immaculate--tell me your secret!




dwoloz, i love that reflective tape because it looks like lightsabers or something. i'm hearing the sound effects in my head right now.
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Old 10-22-06, 11:53 PM   #1340
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Picked up a new bike today. 198x? Miyata One-Ten. $65 from Craigslist.



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Old 10-23-06, 11:26 AM   #1341
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First of 2 other people's bikes at the farmer's market this weekend.

On Saturday, a Pedersen, that I'd never heard of before.

http://www.pedersenbicycle.dk/
http://www.dursley-pedersen.net/

I still can't really picture how it works. It had one chainring, maybe 32T?
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On Sunday, parked in the same spot, a Rivendell Atlantis. I assume the front wheel was stolen but maybe the owner took it with him/her while shopping. If stolen, not a recommendation for those mini U locks I guess.

My red Gary Fisher mtn bike is in both pix, I think you can only see the reflective sidewall in this one.
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Old 10-23-06, 12:52 PM   #1343
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Here's my "new" commuter, I took an old Sears and removed the brakes/levers, etc, and put on a rear wheel from a Columbia which is equipped with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed/coaster brake. It's perfect for my extremely short commute - and looks bad enough that no crack heads will steal it.
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Old 10-23-06, 02:55 PM   #1344
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Here's my "new" commuter, I took an old Sears and removed the brakes/levers, etc, and put on a rear wheel from a Columbia which is equipped with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed/coaster brake. It's perfect for my extremely short commute - and looks bad enough that no crack heads will steal it.
That bike is Cool! I haven't seen an STP sticker for a long time.
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Old 10-23-06, 03:00 PM   #1345
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On Sunday, parked in the same spot, a Rivendell Atlantis. I assume the front wheel was stolen but maybe the owner took it with him/her while shopping. If stolen, not a recommendation for those mini U locks I guess.
That the wheel was stolen (if indeed it was) has nothing to do with how good a lock that mini U is. That's a terrible locking job. I would have expected a Riv owner to know better. That's a real shame.
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Old 10-23-06, 03:28 PM   #1346
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Here's my new ride: '06 Gary Fisher Kaitai 29"
http://lightripples.com/displayimage.php?album=2&pos=0

...and here's the one that started it all... The Green Anvil!
http://lightripples.com/displayimage.php?album=2&pos=1

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Old 10-26-06, 09:37 PM   #1347
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<img src="http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/344/p1010004iq3.jpg" border="0" alt="" />

An old picture, now I have the dorky neon orange milk carton basket on the back of my rack to hold my stuff

It works though

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Old 10-27-06, 08:12 AM   #1348
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Here's mine w/o the panniers, it looks funny.

I am older and have an old neck injury from an old bicycle wreck so can only bend my neck so far. Plus being female I have short arms. Even though my bike looks funny I can get on the drops and have several comfortable postions to choose from. I also have arthritus in my hands and can only put so much wt on them. I didn't realize how wierd my bike looked until I took pics yesterday. My raleigh doesn't look that bad and I am postitioned almost the same on both bikes. And without further ado:





Here is my raleigh for comparison.




The thing I have attached to the rack on the nova is an rei backpack accesory bag, or whatever you call it. They are too bulky for my backpack but perfect for the rack. I cable tied it on. I dont' like a tall trunk bag. I also just got some sunlight panniers. Here she is loaded up and ready to go.



I used to live car free in bft SC but sold my bike when I moved to savannah in 1988. I got a lifecycle stationary bike instead. I had some bad bicycle wrecks and did not want to repeat the experiance after I graduated and moved. I am not carfree right now but am trying to work more commutes into my life as I now live where I can safely ride quite a bit. Mostly I ride for fun and exercize. One shop tried to steer be towards comfort bikes, not that there is anything wrong with that but I met some folks at the local bike touring club that had comfy road bikes and was able to adjust my riding to suit my aging neck and hands, I can still go fast and ride with clipless pedals. My next bike will probably be a recumbent, I'll keep the ones I have but I want to add to my stable so I can enjoy riding my entire life.
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Old 10-27-06, 08:47 AM   #1349
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I'm setting up a new commuter using a mid 1980s Schwinn Mesa Runner MTB that I intercepted on its way to a trash pile.
This is the "before" picture. I'll post the "after" photo next week when I'm done.

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Even though my bike looks funny I can get on the drops and have several comfortable postions to choose from.



Here she is loaded up and ready to go.

Great looking bike but maybe I'm partial since my commuter is also a Jamis Nova.
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