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Old 02-10-07, 01:01 PM   #1551
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Here is my Thorn Raven Tour. Not everyone's cup of tea but I built it up to be just about the perfect commuting bike for me. I love the dynohub and the LED headlight and taillight with the standlight feature. The dynamo system is turned on most all of the time, the HID is turned on for about half of the commute. I was worried about the eccentric bottom bracket because I hate any little creaks but it's been great. Except for the typical Rohloff noise in certain gears this bike is completely silent.


Wow. I am incredibly envious. Very close to the dream bike for me. OK, one of many dream bikes, but...
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Old 02-10-07, 07:30 PM   #1552
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Doggle,

I see you already have the DLumotec.
Then a nice combo that works really well from the comments I read on the Randon list is to use a Schmidt E-6 secondary headlight.
Because the DLumotec takes a relatively low amount of power, the E-6 will start to shine at 9-10 km/h and will be bright at 15 km/h. So you'll get a brightly lit mainlight at 2-3 km/h (which is enough to see your way when you are that slow), and at 15 or 20 km/h, you'll have both your DLumotec and E-6 at full brightness; the E-6 will light your main path and the DLumotec will provide spill light to the sides.

As for lighting the trailer, I have to say this is one of the reasons I stayed away from the wired taillights.
My first hub generator dates from 2001. At that time, I was riding my single bike either solo, or with a trailercycle, or with a child trailer or with both. I thought it was simpler to attach a couple of Vistalites on a single bracket behind each of these vehicles. So I went with a 3 W headlight and battery taillights.

Now that we have the newer crop of taillights (TL-LD1000 and Superflash), I have replaced those old weaklings by the new stuff which is about 10 times brighter
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Old 02-11-07, 07:22 PM   #1553
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Doggle,

I see you already have the DLumotec....
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Thanks for the good advice. It makes a lot of sense and I think I'll go with what you said.

To everyone, thanks for compliments. I really like this bike a lot. There are still a few other things I want to do. The WTB laser V stealth is very nice and comfortable but I think I'll try a black Brooks B17 and see if I like it (after a few thousand miles). Also, need to order a frame pump to fit on that tab behind the seat tube and add some mud flaps to the fenders (especially if I pull a trailer, my dog will thank me).
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Here are a couple of my daily vehicles

Here are my commuting bikes. One is a Flying Furniture PBP Special Recumbent that I use almost every day, in all weathers. The other is a Burco Super Riviera from the 1970s fitted with a suntour five speed, dynamo, brooks saddle and mudguards.
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Old 02-12-07, 04:27 AM   #1555
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HEres my rides the MTB and the Flatbar generally has racks and panniers for the 48km daily routine

enjoy


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Old 02-12-07, 08:16 PM   #1556
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Here's my new commuter.....Not the best of pics, but it's what I could take tonight....

I found a brand-new '06 Kona Jake the Snake for an awesome price at an LBS near Rochester, NY. Even with shipping to here, it was still a LOT less than I could find a Tiagra-equipped cyclocross bike in this area. Even with going to Ibex, I would have spent more for their X-Ray Race, and I might have spent a little less at BikesDirect for a Fantom Cross, I got a great bike at a great price.

Since my commute is on roads, streets and an MUP with only a short gravel section, I swapped the tires out for Michelin slicks, added Freddy Fenders and a Topeak Explorer rack with an MTX EX rack trunk. On the back, I've got a Blackburn Mars 3.0 and Cygolight flashers. I'll be adding a Topeak Redlight to the back of the rack with its factory mount kit. I also flipped the stem to raise the handlebars to a more comfortable height.

I haven't added front lighting or a computer yet, but that'll come in the next week or so....It's getting light enough that I don't need front lighting to see, but I may move my PlanetBike flasher off of my hybrid for visibility....

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Old 02-14-07, 12:54 AM   #1557
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What pedals are those? I'm on the market for a good pair (need to buy shoes as well, of course) for my commuter that I can use without shoes foe quick one mile hop down to the store or whatever if need be. Yours look like they'd do the trick.
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Old 02-14-07, 05:57 AM   #1558
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They're Shimano SPD M520's....they came stock with my Giant OCR C2, as well as with the Kona. (I put Looks on the Giant, though). They're double sided clipless, with a platform insert on one side, so you can ride either way. They may come stock with a new pair of pedals, or you may be able to get them separately.....

If you already have SPD's without an insert, you can also get Winwood Deckster pedal inserts that clip into SPD's....you can get them @ PBS.

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here are some low-res pictures of my commuter. it's an NYCBikes cyclocross frame (it's inexpensive, indestructible, and a bit heavy) with a smattering of different parts. the yellow fenders make the bike. it's got studded snow tires on it in the pictures, but when it's not snowy, it has michelin transworld city tires. and that's my lock riding on the rack on the rear. i think kryptonite calls it the new york 3000 because it weighs 3000 grams. really, it's not far off of 3kg. anyway, it matches the fenders too.



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Old 02-14-07, 03:01 PM   #1560
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Man, the PB yellow fenders seem to be super popular these days. Pictures of my two bikes are attached.
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Old 02-18-07, 12:36 PM   #1561
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You need a snowmobile.

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Old 02-18-07, 04:53 PM   #1562
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My bike is nothing compared to some of the bikes i'm seeing in here, but it's still fun nonetheless:


And when the weather is nice, I commute on this:
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Old 02-18-07, 06:25 PM   #1563
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I rode to work on a Specialized mountain bike with slicks last year - this year I switched to a Jamis Commuter 3.0 which I just picked up and tried out this weekend through Cleveland slush:

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Old 02-18-07, 09:43 PM   #1564
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And when the weather is nice, I commute on this:
This bike is the most beautiful bike I have ever seen.. It's up there anyways.
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Here is my Mongoose IBOC Comp...

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Drop bars and fork suspension.

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Here's my daily bad weather commuter.

I still need :

Fenders
Pedals
New cog or chainring for daily commute.

Please feel free to comment or give feedback. I'm a bit of a newbie.

Thanks for looking.
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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
I have a '84 Trek 850, it's 35 lbs with stock components.

I want to lighten it, what is making it so dang heavy? Ibexbikes.com sells a hybrid bike for $369, which is only 22 lbs.
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2nd hand Gazelle 'champion mondial' cross bike (late 70's - early 80's) bought for 75€. New tires, fenders, brake pads & hoods + a few bits and pieces for about the same amount and I've got me a VERY sweet ride indeed!

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Old 02-22-07, 08:30 AM   #1571
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OK...here's my new commuting steed:



A 1986 Raleigh Marathon, bought off of craigslist 2 days ago, near perfect condition, barely ridden at all (it still had the factory decals on the rims that should have been peeled off 21 years ago) it came with the original manual, it rides like a dream, and fits me perfect. I still need to lose the front reflector and add a cyclocomputer to it. I already added lights, a rack, and bottle cage.

Weather is starting to turn warmer so I'm going to get in the groove again. I'm sure this baby will shave off some time in comparison to my Target-bought Schwinn Ranger.
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^^^^Nice snag. Doesn't still have the original tires on it does it?
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^^^^Nice snag. Doesn't still have the original tires on it does it?
It does. They look like they don't have more than 100 miles on them.

And that brings up an interesting question...should I replace the tubes and tires due to its age? Or run whats on there till the first flat?

You can't tell from the pic...but they really dont look like they seen much road at all.
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I would be concerned about dry rot on tires that old. Depends on how brave you are or how fast you ride. But if they look sound then I would just ride them until you need to replace them.
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It does. They look like they don't have more than 100 miles on them.

And that brings up an interesting question...should I replace the tubes and tires due to its age? Or run whats on there till the first flat?

You can't tell from the pic...but they really dont look like they seen much road at all.
You'll be riding on your head if you try to push it with those old tires/tubes on there !!!

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