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Old 10-12-07, 11:39 AM   #2251
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Had to add stem riser, longer stem (140mm adjustable) and seat post to the hideously charming commuter bike.

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Old 10-12-07, 12:02 PM   #2252
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Here mine. More road/touring than short commuter but it's still new so the options are endless.
I'm not hating, but did you mount your rack backwards intentionally?
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Old 10-12-07, 03:04 PM   #2253
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Holy crap KT, that thing wins Most Fredeous bike evar!
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Old 10-12-07, 04:47 PM   #2254
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Holy crap KT, that thing wins Most Fredeous bike evar!
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OK haven't posted my rig in a while.

The fully loaded fall and winter editon:

There's a bungy-like cord that came with that Transit bag (on top of it) ...it fits a rolled up jacket quite nicely. I changed the location of the frame pump...looks alot cleaner where it is now. I haven't went clipless as of yet...so score me some good Fred points for the cheapo Wally World MTB platforms, I destroyed one of the 26 year-old rat traps that came with bike about a month ago.



This was my second attempt at wrapping bar tape...not bad I think...but still not perfect. That Garmin Etrex I got for a Christmas present, I'm a data geek...sometimes on the commute or other rides...I like to use it.



This is the view other cyclists get of the rig when I drope 400 watts. (well not really)



My DIY rack mount for my bell blinky. A can of metallic-color spray paint, a nut, bolt, and washers I had in my garage, and a 3/4in PVC T and voila! A place to mount the blinky. I like it.

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Thanks for the tip on installing the tail light. I've been trying to figure out how to install mine on my rear rack.

What did you use on the bottom of the "T" to secure the nut? I can see the washer but did you use something else since I assume the washer alone wasn't wide enough.
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Old 10-12-07, 07:17 PM   #2257
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Thanks for the tip on installing the tail light. I've been trying to figure out how to install mine on my rear rack.

What did you use on the bottom of the "T" to secure the nut? I can see the washer but did you use something else since I assume the washer alone wasn't wide enough.
There's like 4 washers there...increasing in size...the last one is large enough to "cover" the diameter of the pipe.
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Thanks again for the tip...it worked.

I made a slight modification. I used a 1/2 inch PVC end cap.
It was the perfect length and since it's an end cap, all I needed
to do was drill a hole for the bolt to go through. No need for the washers.

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Thanks again for the tip...it worked.

I made a slight modification. I used a 1/2 inch PVC end cap.
It was the perfect length and since it's an end cap, all I needed
to do was drill a hole for the bolt to go through. No need for the washers.

Bill
Darn it...now you know I gotta try that! And you're right...I think I got the 1/2 PVC, not 3/4.
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My old and trusty friend. Started life as a '89 Trek 830, frame broke in '98, Trek honored their warranty and for a hundred extra they sent their best chromoly Ox 3X butted frame. Used to commute 30 miles to work and back on it but 88 miles one way is a bit excessive these days. It's now my do everything/around town bike. Switch back to knobby's and it's still a nice mtb.

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Old 10-15-07, 10:11 AM   #2261
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Just testing out some platforms on the fixed gear bike today =)

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Old 10-16-07, 08:40 AM   #2262
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My commuter is flat AGAIN

I have a Paddy Wagon as well that I use for commuting and I love it. The steel frame and 28c tires provide a nice smooth ride, yet still allow for some nice giddyup. I was so anxious to ride it the first week after I received it that I was taking it to and from work, a 20 mile round-trip, without a spare tube and I hit a bump that put a snake bite in the tube halfway home. It was a boring and embarrassing 5 mile walk home
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That bike is too small for you if you need to add that stem riser.
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That bike is too small for you if you need to add that stem riser.
No joke....but I don't have dough to just go out and buy a new bike on the spot.
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Is ther Mercier bike off of Ebay? If so, how do you like the frame quality?
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Not a new bike, but it's interesting (to me at least) to see how the bike has changed since I started commuting on it.

In the beginning


A few months after I got it


Last winter


Now, w/ narrower bullhorns for more lane splitting fun. The bike ID is from the MS Tour this past weekend.
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Interesting ride Jyo....a fixie with no rear brakes.

which do you prefer the bullhorns or the drops?
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Interesting ride Jyo....a fixie with no rear brakes.

which do you prefer the bullhorns or the drops?
Most fixed gear riders prefer just the front brake since that's where most of the stopping power is. The rear brake is their legs.

I prefer the bullhorns although the risers were fun as well, but on long rides, the lack of hand positions was annoying. The drops were good for getting down out of the winter wind, but I only put them on because they're really narrow and I wanted to see if I liked the narrow bars before I bought new bullhorns. I went from 46 cm to 40 cm bullhorns and the drops were 38 cm.
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Just testing out some platforms on the fixed gear bike today =)

So far so good !!
That'd scare me, even w/ the front brake. I'd throw on a rear just for safety.
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awesome bike you got there jyossarian
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No joke....but I don't have dough to just go out and buy a new bike on the spot.
I disagree. If that is a comfortable saddle height for you, then that bike is not at all too small for you. You obviously like to ride in a more upright position.

That bike is pimped out in your style, works for you, rock on brother.
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I disagree. If that is a comfortable saddle height for you, then that bike is not at all too small for you. You obviously like to ride in a more upright position.

That bike is pimped out in your style, works for you, rock on brother.
The point he was making was that if I had to use a stem riser then the bike was a bit small and he's right. I've had to add a stem riser, longest stem I could find (140mm adjustable) and find a seat post with more setback to put more distance between me and handlebars. If I'd gotten the bike one size bigger, it would have been perfect in terms of size.
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The point he was making was that if I had to use a stem riser then the bike was a bit small and he's right. I've had to add a stem riser, longest stem I could find (140mm adjustable) and find a seat post with more setback to put more distance between me and handlebars. If I'd gotten the bike one size bigger, it would have been perfect in terms of size.
Bummer.
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