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Old 03-04-07, 03:31 PM   #1601
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[QUOTE=jdeane4]New Pics. Got it stickered up. Now it makes some statements, which I have got positive feedback from already and it deters thieves a little.

Wait a second. This is the bike that you don't want to mount fenders on permanently because you don't like their looks?

They would at least provide some more surface to mount stickers.
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Old 03-04-07, 04:23 PM   #1602
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I'm finally posting pics of my new commuter. It's a 2007 Marin Kentfield. right now I've got the Innova studded tires on it but I hope the weather will change so I can switch back the the Kenda Kwest tires that came on it. I added SKS Chromo-plastic fenders, a Wald rear rack (until I get a better one) Wald folding grocery baskets, a Vetta front rack (NOS at LBS) Topeak Peakini mini pump, CatEye rear blinkie Bell rear blinkie, Bell seat bag, 2 bottle cages, CatEye EL510 opticube headlight, Rayovac 4 LED flashlight attatched to front rack, Schwinn computer, St. Christopher bell (thanks to Bossman), Vintage amber wheel reflectors in addition to the original white ones. and of course, the personalized license plate which was a Christmas present from my mother in law...
I threw in pics of my two previous commuters too, just for fun
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Old 03-04-07, 04:41 PM   #1603
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I was at my LBS yesterday to get some replacement brake pads for my Trek 7.2FX snow bike...the winter grit just tears them up...and also to look for a cheap hybrid or mtb to replace my kid's old Huffy mtb beater that finally gave up the ghost beyond what I felt was worth repairing. They had this 2005 Raleigh Route 24 on closeout for a really good price. So I ended up with new brake pads AND the Raleigh...except that after a few hours of maintenance, cleaning and swapping parts, I gave the Trek to the kid and the Raleigh is now MY new bad weather/winter commuter.



The Freddy Fenders off the Trek would have been a real pain to mount because of the disk brakes, so I ended up pulling the SKS fenders off my One-Way and putting them on this bike and putting the Freddys on the One-Way.

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Old 03-04-07, 07:34 PM   #1604
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My "new old commuter "1981 710 Trek w/ custom head tube & paint by Dr. Deltron (he posts here alot)

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1976 Raleigh Super Course Mixte retro-fitted w 7-speed Nexus Hub w/ a coaster brake, for my wife. I folwed Sheldon Brown's instructions

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Old 03-04-07, 09:14 PM   #1605
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the bike

it sure looks like a sweeeeeeeeet ride to me.
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Old 03-04-07, 10:53 PM   #1606
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Just redid it, added a few components, gnawed off most of the fenders except what's needed to keep the drive train clean (i don't ride in the rain anymore.)

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Old 03-04-07, 10:56 PM   #1607
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Just redid it, added a few components, gnawed off most of the fenders except what's needed to keep the drive train clean (i don't ride in the rain anymore.)

hubba hubba....
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Old 03-05-07, 12:36 PM   #1608
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I re purposed my 1987 Schwinn Sierra into a commuter bike. I bought this bike new in 1988. It was loaned to a friend in VA for a while. I had him bring it to me about 10 years ago. I finally got around to setting it up for commuting and touring last summer. A few recent adjustments and the discovery of this forum calls for a picture post:



More Pictures - 1987 Schwinn Sierra Commuter

I added a speedometer, fenders, Panaracer 1.5 tires, rear light, and some touch up paint.

I had some 1.25 tires on there last year, but they were mixed and one was starting to dry rot. These will probably not be as quick, but on the ride in today I noted the are more comfortable.
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Old 03-05-07, 03:18 PM   #1609
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Wow, it looks like you spend some serious coin on roadie mods. How about some details!
The mods I made to the bike are:

Switched out the saddle to a Brooks B17 ($95)

I already had the headlight - Dinotte 5W LED ($159)

I already had the Cateye computer ($49)

Tail light - Planet Bike Superflash ($22)

I already had the tubus cargo rack for panniers ($105)

I bought the Ortlieb Classic Roller panniers off Craigslist ($45)

The bike came with many road components - you can see the specifications at www.bikes.com. Go to the bottom of the dropdown box and select the Sherpa 30 under the touring models.
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Old 03-05-07, 06:41 PM   #1610
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Thanks Slvoid, that's a much better view of the book case, but what the hell are you watching?
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my commuter


2005 Rocky Mountain Whistler (RMB7005)
Devinci Amsterdam fork
Easton EA50 stem
Rocky riser bars, cut down with Axiom bar ends
Axiom rack with Raleigh pannier and full flaps
Cat Eye computer, blinker and headlight adapted to accept 2x cel. pnone batteries
IRC 35x700 front folding cross tire, Bonte 32x700 rear folding cross tire
Fizik seat on Axiom post

This bike works great for me as it's almost the same geometry as my road bike and feels quite cushy with the wider tires. Another plus is in the excellent handling and V-brakes. Even the bear trap EZ fire shifting is well suited for ice and muck. This is my daily bad weather commuter and...'the bike I can always just hop on and ride'. This will be the bike I use if I ever do some loaded touring...works great with clip-ons as well.
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Old 03-08-07, 03:00 PM   #1612
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Dang that Trek is purty.
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Old 03-08-07, 03:06 PM   #1613
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I re purposed my 1987 Schwinn Sierra into a commuter bike. I bought this bike new in 1988. It was loaned to a friend in VA for a while. I had him bring it to me about 10 years ago. I finally got around to setting it up for commuting and touring last summer. A few recent adjustments and the discovery of this forum calls for a picture post:

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More Pictures - 1987 Schwinn Sierra Commuter

I added a speedometer, fenders, Panaracer 1.5 tires, rear light, and some touch up paint.

I had some 1.25 tires on there last year, but they were mixed and one was starting to dry rot. These will probably not be as quick, but on the ride in today I noted the are more comfortable.
What kind of bars are those?
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Old 03-08-07, 03:33 PM   #1614
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What kind of bars are those?
Scott AT-4. I bought them from performance or nashbar around 1990. It turns out that they didn't lead me into a sponsored pro career, but they do offer some comfortable position options for commuting and touring. I don't think they are extremely light, but they are aluminum. They are an odd slice of mtb gadget history. I will probably keep them in use for a long time to come. At the time I got them, Scott also offered AT-2 and AT-3 models which both had slightly less degree of bend.

I wouldn't have thought that they are still available outside of ebay / craigslist, but who knows.

The rubber grips that I have on the bike are sort of decomposing. When the grips finally quit, I plan to wrap the bars with bar tape them all the way into the brake levers. The transition from the rubber grips to the bar tape is currently a little uncomfortable.
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Old 03-08-07, 03:42 PM   #1615
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I finally got around to taking some pix of my commuter. Sometimes I use just a trunk rack, sometimes I use the saddlebags. When I use the trunk rack, I stick the seat bag in it.

The main headlight is a 13w DIY HID. The battery will run for more than seven hours (I measured it at 7 hours 45 minutes). Both the saddle and the handlebar tape are Brooks. the tape was a gift, I wouldn't pay that much for handlebar tape. But I still love it.

Edit: Looking at the pictures, I love how the sidewalls of my Schawable Marathon Pluses light up with the flash, even though they're dirty and have a lot of miles on them.
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Old 03-08-07, 11:36 PM   #1616
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Scott AT-4. I bought them from performance or nashbar around 1990. It turns out that they didn't lead me into a sponsored pro career, but they do offer some comfortable position options for commuting and touring. I don't think they are extremely light, but they are aluminum. They are an odd slice of mtb gadget history. I will probably keep them in use for a long time to come. At the time I got them, Scott also offered AT-2 and AT-3 models which both had slightly less degree of bend.

I wouldn't have thought that they are still available outside of ebay / craigslist, but who knows.

The rubber grips that I have on the bike are sort of decomposing. When the grips finally quit, I plan to wrap the bars with bar tape them all the way into the brake levers. The transition from the rubber grips to the bar tape is currently a little uncomfortable.
Thanks for the info! I really like the shape of them. Trekking bars are similar and I like them but with these they're almost like built in aero bars (sometimes I just want to put my hands close and out front like that)
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Old 03-09-07, 12:07 AM   #1617
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I think that Rocky Mountain Whistler needs studded tires if it plans to be a goalie.
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Old 03-09-07, 10:20 AM   #1618
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My commuter/errand bike. It's a '1984 five-speed Finnish-made Nopsa, still featuring the original Shimano Positron, the worst derailer/shifter ever built by man. Apart from that, everything works perfectly, but I keep the rust on the outside so bad people have less incentive to steal it
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Old 03-09-07, 04:30 PM   #1619
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Not my every-day commuter, but I have to show off the new ride in the forum I spend the most time in. FWIW I did commute on this one Monday. It was a little slow, with a whole lot of spinning, but new bikes are just fun! No matter what...

Here's a little about the new ride.

06 Surly Karate Monkey
Surly Hubs laced to Salsa Delgado rims
Phil BB
White Industries ENO Cranks 34t
White Industries ENO 17/19t freewheel
King Headset
On One Mary Bars
Avid SD7 Brakes & Levers
Thomson Elite post & stem
WTB Saddle (waiting on the $$$ for a brooks swift) & ExiWolf tires
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Old 03-09-07, 07:39 PM   #1620
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^^^ I like it, jimcross...great minds think alike!

This is my monkey in its latest configuration. Lost the Big Apples, put Conti Top Touring Tires and Planet Bike Fenders on. Brooks Swallow saddle to round it out. I have a Carridice Nelson on order.



I commuted on this today!!
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jimcross, how do you like those bars (and what are they)? I have a similar pair on my beater bridgestone I use as a commuter that I have mixed feelings about.
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They are the "Mary" bars by On One (http://www.on-one.co.uk/). I really like them on this bike. They handle great and provide lots of leverage without the wrist pain, and no need for bar-ends. I've read in a couple of threads that people wish there was no rise to them, but that is the only complaint I have seen.

I've used them for commuting, but prefer them on the MTB. I had them on the cross-check for about 6 months, but went to the "Midge" bars (again by On One) to get the drops to get out of the wind.

Here is a little better picture of the bars before grips and levers.

Hope this helps.
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They are the "Mary" bars by On One (http://www.on-one.co.uk/). I really like them on this bike. They handle great and provide lots of leverage without the wrist pain, and no need for bar-ends. I've read in a couple of threads that people wish there was no rise to them, but that is the only complaint I have seen.

I've used them for commuting, but prefer them on the MTB. I had them on the cross-check for about 6 months, but went to the "Midge" bars (again by On One) to get the drops to get out of the wind.

Here is a little better picture of the bars before grips and levers.

Hope this helps.
Very interesting. They're actually quite different from my bridgestone, the bars on that back merely sweep back a bit. Those are intriguing though, and as I'm planning on rebuilding the aforementioned bridgestone anyways, those look like a real possibility.

Thanks!
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^^^ I like it, jimcross...great minds think alike!

I commuted on this today!!
What saddle bag is that? It looks huge. Does it hold a lot?
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cheap

don't worry about chep, bikes are bikes , better to have something you can haul around and fix for cheap, than spending big cash for a name/logo.
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