Unless the paint is in terrible shape, I wouldn't powdercoat it. I really like how it is now.
I have three commuters. I sometimes think I am a little greedy. I do most of my own repairs, when I feel like it.
Bridgestone 400 my roadie (68cm!) needs new tape
Giant Cypress hybrid upright, old reliable
and my new fav the Rans Vrex (one of the few bents that actually accomodates tall ppl)
A few tips after breaking your wallet for one of these: You can cut the bottom out of a side pocket out of a regular messenger bag (get the right size) to slip over the seat instead of shelling $120 on a RANS bag. You can use a regular rear rack and affix it to the seat stays with hose clamps instead of paying $45 for RANS rack. Thats an SLA cygolite on the front, I go up a very dark hill at 11pm.
So here is my ride. I've had her for just about forever, but she has been out of service for some time now. Recently, however, she has been called back into service, as I sold my other bike last Friday. So, while I build up a Surly, this is what I will be making my 18 mile round trip commute on, and she's doing well so far. I only want to have one bike, but I am starting to think that after the new bike is built, I will keep this one around as a backup. We'll see...
Been riding it for about 3 months, 3x a week, 7 miles one way. (I bus down to work.) Lovin it!
I know it's a low end bike, but I really like it. If I keep this up, for another year, I'll upgrade at sale time at the end of the '08 season. This has been a great learning experience for me. So far I am doing well riding in the cold and hope to keep it up through winter.
The cost of the SPD pedals and on-sale shoes, lights (nitkhawk dual pro, 85$ on sale - I ride in almost pitch dark for about 3 miles, very sparse streetlights), rack and bag, fenders, blinkies, horn (it's an ordinace where I live. So far I used it only once), low end computer, kickstand and tools 'n stuff, helmet and warm weather clothing,all cost way more than the bike itself haha).
I have as much fun outfitting it, as I have riding it
I have a mirror, but my garage is so narrow, my wife cant park inside (non-negotiable) with it attached.
I'm doing commuter-bike routlette - easy to do with used bikes without losing a bunch of money. My commute is 10.5 miles each way, mostly suburban, few stops.
Got this 90s Specialized Hardrock MTB second-hand in 2003. Started commuting in summer 2006. The slicks made a big difference in on-road speed and comfort. Low gearing, upright position, but sublime ride. Put 700 mostly road miles on in the last four years. Just sold it.
Bought this ~1998 Trek 520 this past spring. 25" frame. My first road bike. Put 700 miles on this year. Tall gearing, heavy like a tank, stiffer ride than I expected from a steel frame - perhaps because it's a tourer not a light commuter. Decided the reach is too long to be comfortable on rides over 10 miles, so it's up for sale.
Read too many threads about 80s steel 12-speeds. Searched and found this clean, Japanese-built 1986 Puch 190 at an LBS a few weeks ago. The narrow handlebars may get swapped, and new brake levers for improved braking. About 100 miles down so far. Softer ride than the Trek. Downtube levers required planned shifts.
Got my eyes on a clean, early-'00s Bianchi Volpe that popped up on Craigslist for cheap money. Might pick it up once the garage clears up.
recently picked up the new sutra, pretty tough little beast but also nimble and adgile,
Heard a few reports on the rear brazeon's but seeing as this is a cmmuter bike it wont be carrying much weight, great stopping power thanks to the avid disk brakes and a general pleasure to commute on
A shot I took after doing my shopping tonight... I wrapped the bars in cloth and added some 3M scotch-lite reflective strips to increase my night-time visibility.
Last edited by Sixty Fiver; 11-12-07 at 12:49 AM.
LordBass: Light and commuter don't belong in the same sentence unless you are talking about that thingy that makes the road in front of you brighter..
I'm riding again in the Tour de Cure, and of course looking for sponsors and riders: My TDC page
My family tree is full of nuts
potato chips have sharp edges..they are like little snowplows for your arteries
Oh believe me I know -- I pack that trunk bag to the gills like I'm commuting to Montana every day. Average speed is "I get there eventually". .. Still, I like that the "new" Puch is lighter than the Trek.
LordBass, it sounds to me that you just need a shorter stem on that Trek and you would like the ride of it alot more. That just seems to me to be just about as perfect of a bike to have. Comfy touring geometry, mucho brazeons, not a flasky theif magnet (I mean that in a good way!) I guess what I am trying to say is, that is the bike I want but to cheap to pay for, haha.
The Trek is quite nice - it ticks all the right commuter boxes and is way more than I'd ever buy new, but I think I'd be happier on a 23" frame. I tried a shorter 80mm stem with a slight rise (stock is a 120mm quill). Made it bearable but still a long reach across that top bar.
Kona is still a young company isnt it? When did they show up? They look like nice bicycles, very rugged.
It's had a few modifications from it's original form to make it a lighter, faster, and more packable bike... there is also a trailer / suitcase in the works as I would like to take it with me on a little winter getaway I am planning.
I don't know what Twenty's are selling for on e-bay but I believe they often command a little more than $30.00 if they are in nice shape.
I get to take this inside at work and keep it in our changing area. I also ride my CAAD8 to work a LOT, but between the two, the Bad Boy is definitely better at being the commuter bike within my neighborhood. Upright, sturdy, with short gearing that's still tall enough to keep up with the slug-like pace of traffic.
I dont think I have posted a pic of my newest commuter yet. Its an older Panasonic. I cant believe how much faster those skinny 700x25 tires feel compared to 26x1.5 slicks on my MTB!! I actually rode my old MTB to school today since I has the milk crate on it and I can just throw my back pack in it and go, man it felt like a bus. But it sure was fun not to have to worry about "braking the rims" again
Here are my commuter bikes. The black Schwinn is my everyday bike.
The Nishiki is the bike i just picked up from the swap meet for $30. The bigger chain ring had a couple of broken teeth. I removed the ring and derailer. Now she's a six speed. I'm thinking of making this my winter bike.
Since I pretty much commute on all my road bikes here are the other two I use for when its not raining at all.
The Schwinn gets more attention though since I am a bit more upright on it and I can treat it rougher.
Last edited by mtnwalker; 11-13-07 at 11:54 PM.
"Of all the things I like bestos, I like asbestos." - A co-worker
Powergrips, i am so tempted to try some out, but i still don't have a worthy bike, the fixed gear conversion runs spd's. And the winter/rain bike runs some dirt platforms with large studs (spikes). I think its time to take pics of the rides (in their updated form).