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Old 12-19-07, 12:37 PM   #2451
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While im sure a full-suspension MTB has a comfy cozy ride, i dont think it is best suited for commuting. It just looks weird with the slicks on it. I say you use your other bike as the commuter, throw some knobbies on the santa cruz, and rip up the mountiain!
It makes sense to me, though. Those skinny tires are definitely better for going fast on pavement, and the suspension helps deal with curbs and potholes better than a rigid bike can.
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Old 12-21-07, 03:43 PM   #2452
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Here'y my winter commuter. I just finished all my christmas shopping with my "trunk"

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Old 12-21-07, 08:18 PM   #2453
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I put up a similar post in today's ride report, but wanted to add pictures:

This bike is still mid transition from the state it was in when an awesome co-worker gave it to me. I put my new studs on last week, but was then disappointed to not need them... until a very frosty ride today!

The real fun was the ride home, though. Roads were thawed, and I was feeling confident on the studded knobbies, so dove off the pavement and bombed down the lawn (1/3 mile with 250 ft drop; rocks, roots, tall grass...) I've done this before on my MTB, but never with this bike. I couldn't believe how well it handled! I hopped off the road several more times on the way home - even rode through a flooded culvert. Now I just need the snow to come down a little lower...





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Old 12-22-07, 02:52 PM   #2454
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My Commuter. (Actually, it is my "Go everywhere" bike.)
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Old 12-23-07, 11:04 AM   #2455
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Schwinn Super Sport DBX. Now that it's all outfitted for wet weather, and we finally have had some wet weather, I'm digging it.



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Old 12-27-07, 02:49 AM   #2456
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My bicycle

This is my bicycle. Maybe you think it's so mini.
Yes. It's a mini bicycle.
Because I'm a girl! It is light so I can take it easily.
What do you think about my bike?
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Old 12-27-07, 11:55 AM   #2457
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This is my bicycle. Maybe you think it's so mini.
Yes. It's a mini bicycle.
Because I'm a girl! It is light so I can take it easily.
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Lovely! I like folders too.
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Old 12-27-07, 03:56 PM   #2458
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I finally bought a bike specifically for commuting this year. During the good weather I would ride my Trek 5200 Triathlon bike into work, and ride my mountain bike in the bad weather. I had put studs on the mountain bike, (Cannondale Rush) but the snow and road salt was killing it.
I bought a Surly 1X1 on Craig's list for $300, and have to admit it has become my favorite bike to ride into work. There are very few moving parts, so even with the snow and road salt there is very little maintence. I think that even when the weather turns for the better I am still going to use this bike for my year round cummuter.

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Old 12-27-07, 04:13 PM   #2459
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Here'y my winter commuter. I just finished all my christmas shopping with my "trunk"

I love the peugeot. I also have one that I have converted to a single speed. It remains one of my favorite bikes. What are those brake calipers? Are they better than the old center pull originals? Looks like there is some significant clearance on those? I would love to hear more about them as both myself and my father are looking to replace our old weinmann center pulls on our peogeots but need a long reach caliper.

I also love the open pros with black spokes. I just received a pair of black spoked open pro/ultegras for christmas!!!
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Old 12-27-07, 06:32 PM   #2460
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This is my bicycle. Maybe you think it's so mini.
Yes. It's a mini bicycle.
Because I'm a girl! It is light so I can take it easily.
What do you think about my bike?
Very nice. Sometimes I wish I had a folder, just so it took up less room in the house.
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Old 12-28-07, 10:56 AM   #2461
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Here's mine. I know, no fenders. Doesn't rain here much and I drive to work when it does. Only two days since September. Early 80's Fuji, resurrected with 8sp drive train, bar end shifters, 700c wheels and new long reach brakes.
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Old 12-29-07, 04:21 PM   #2462
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Old 12-31-07, 04:29 PM   #2463
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after months on the board i finally took pics of my bike



overall bike pic


horn and headlight


front of bike and headlight on


side marker, theres another on the other side


battery in the trunk 7ah, 12v


front headlight plug


taillight 21 watt, 1157 bulb, makes me look like a motorcylce


back and mounting of headlight, drilled hole in swamp light from harbor freight.

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Old 12-31-07, 05:10 PM   #2464
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My new winter ride: SOMA Double Cross 1x9 (42thfront w/11-34 in the rear) w/ Schmidt hub & Supernova 3w LED headlight. Planet bike Super flash in the back. I am really liking the Powergrips. I put the studded tires on 2 weeks ago and as you can see by the green grass in the pics, winter has not really shown itself in southeastern PA yet.

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Old 01-01-08, 02:47 AM   #2465
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My new winter ride: SOMA Double Cross 1x9 (42thfront w/11-34 in the rear) w/ Schmidt hub & Supernova 3w LED headlight. Planet bike Super flash in the back. I am really liking the Powergrips. I put the studded tires on 2 weeks ago and as you can see by the green grass in the pics, winter has not really shown itself in southeastern PA yet.

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That's a beauty. How do you like the double cross frame?
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Old 01-01-08, 08:24 AM   #2466
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Thanks! I really like the Double Cross frame. It has all of the needed eyelets & braze ons, plenty of clearance for large tires and I was able to get the handlle bars to the right height without a bunch of spacers. SOMA makes the head tube a bit longer for this reason. I find it very comfortable and would reccomend it to anyone looking at building a commuter/do-everything bike. I find it stiff enough when climbing with very little flex. I am a bigger rider 6'1'' 185lbs.

I got this 2007 double cross as a complete build from ebay and made changes to suit my needs. The previous owner had it set up w/ full Ultegra. It had brifters, deep v's etc. I had all of the current parts on hand as I was gathering parts to build a new winter bike. I flipped a couple of old Trek touring bikes (not my size) I got locally from craigslist on ebay and had the money for this bike. I paid $600 including shipping for the whole thing as the auction was mislisted and had no other bidders. Now I have all of the Ultegra stuff so I think I need to make another bike for myself!
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Old 01-01-08, 05:28 PM   #2467
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Old 01-01-08, 09:11 PM   #2468
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My Trek 7100 commuter - with some mods .
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Old 01-02-08, 01:44 AM   #2469
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@conurejade Nice bike. Is the handlebar pouch for bird feed!
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Old 01-02-08, 01:46 AM   #2470
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Old 01-02-08, 02:23 AM   #2471
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Very nice. How do you like it?
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Old 01-02-08, 07:47 AM   #2472
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@conurejade Nice bike. Is the handlebar pouch for bird feed!
Nah....I use if for my cell phone, ID, anything I need to get to really quickly without getting off the bike. The birds get enough food as it is
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Old 01-02-08, 08:31 PM   #2473
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My new winter ride: SOMA Double Cross 1x9 (42thfront w/11-34 in the rear) w/ Schmidt hub & Supernova 3w LED headlight. Planet bike Super flash in the back. I am really liking the Powergrips. I put the studded tires on 2 weeks ago and as you can see by the green grass in the pics, winter has not really shown itself in southeastern PA yet.
Nice looking bike. How do you like that headlight setup?
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Old 01-03-08, 02:21 PM   #2474
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I like it very much. The 3w LED replaced 2 E6 halogen lights. I like having the light attached to the fork crown more so that being attached to the fork blades. The LED is very bright and has more "spill" where as the E6 were very focused and the beam a bit more narrow. The only thing that I don't like is that the headlight does not have a standlight, although the newer version does.
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Old 01-07-08, 12:35 PM   #2475
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