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    Commuter Bicycle Pics

    Sorry, I do not have my pics here yet. I was thinking that in the other forums, there are pages and pages of bike pics. It would be nice to have pics of the bikes people commute on. I know around here I like checking out people commuting rides to see how they have modified them for comfort, visibility, utility, and style. Has this been started on this forum before? Could we lobby for a sticky?

    I'll post some pics after the weekend when I can get some pics.

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    Great idea! I'm highly interested. I will post the picture of my bike over the weekend.

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    I've posted a picture of my bike elsewhere on the forum, but what the hey, here we go again . The front end picture (not shown here before) highlights the home-brew light setup.
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    I'll post a picture of my rig...if you guys promise not to laugh! Here is a sneak peek.


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    Here's a pic of my commuter/tourer/only bike as it's currently setup. Took this on a beach on Whidbey Island last Saturday from a tour training ride, hence the full pannier setup. Currently though I am riding everyday with all four panniers as part of my training regimen. However my rear panniers are an Arkel briefcase and an old Jandd instead of the shown Arkels.
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    Great looking bikes.

    Blueline, what kind of wheels do you have on your trek? Are those 540s with 25 tires?

    Chuckfox, I really like the handlebar set up you have. It is something I have always wanted to try, because I spend all my time on the hoods anyway.

    Kodama, Is that the safari? I saw one on a thread somewhere else in this forum. They look like pretty versatile bikes.

    My own bike is an '03 allez sport. It is not too heavily modified compared to the bikes already posted here, but I will post a pic later this weekend so you can see for yourselves.

    I am off to commute home.

    Happy riding

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    Thanks. Everything is stock '04 Trek 1500 (except for the rear tube - the valve stem and tube parted ways one day while I was pumping up the tire). The wheels are Bontrager Select and the tires are Bontrager Select 700x25c.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenFix
    Great looking bikes.
    Kodama, Is that the safari? I saw one on a thread somewhere else in this forum. They look like pretty versatile bikes.

    Happy riding
    Yup, a 2003 Novara Safari. Great bike, it is tons of fun for just bombing around on or off road. I love to ride it like I used to ride my dirt bike as a kid -- freely exploring and going from trail to street. The only downside is that I should have bought a bigger size They are particularly good commuter bikes in my mind, the Aluminum frame won't rust in wet winters and there is tons of clearance for fat tires and fenders.
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    Here's mine taken outside work a few minutes ago....



    Closeup of the rear panniers....



    Closeup of some stickers on it....






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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenFix
    Great looking bikes.

    Chuckfox, I really like the handlebar set up you have. It is something I have always wanted to try, because I spend all my time on the hoods anyway.
    I agree, seeing these commuters is great--it's fun to see how other people have solved the transportation problem. I used to use drop bars on this bike, but like you I found myself riding the hoods constantly. What I like about this setup is it puts all the controls at your finger or thumbtips. When commuting in traffic I am much more comfortable with this brake setup. Not that traffic is that big of a deal in Ames, but a few people have tried to run over me...probably friends. I'll post a pic of the whole thing when I get home from work...I'm off to ride home!

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    I've got a few i cycle through :

    the wheelie king (soon to be given to a friend) :



    the uber-beater - old kona frame :



    and the latest addition, captain america!


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    Just got this one. I'll be putting a rack on for my panniers and probably a set of bull horn bars. A set of full fenders is also on the list for upgrades.


    The one below is mainly for winter and weighs in at around 60lbs!
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    Okay, here is the whole big long thing...freshly home from work!


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    My Thrift Store Raleigh Olympian with a few upgrades like the bars, brake levers, shifters, and pedals. I added the rear rack, Caradice saddlebag and front fender.

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    I love this bike. I got it about 10 years ago. I went to buy a set of rollers from a guy in Charlotte who advertised them for sale in the local paper. I finagled my way into a wind trainer in addition to the rollers for about $50 more. To cap off the deal, I half-jokingly said, "if you throw in the Bianchi, it's a deal." Much to my surprise, he agreed. I think the total was $125 or so.

    I got this mid 80s Bianchi Nuovo Record for free! I later added 172.5 Athena crankset, Stronglight headset and Mavic Open Pro SUP wheels on the record hubs. I ride to work a couple of times a week in the Winter and nearly every day in the Summer on my friction shift Bianchi.

    By the way, every Winter I still use the rollers and the wind trainer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blueline
    Thanks. Everything is stock '04 Trek 1500 (except for the rear tube - the valve stem and tube parted ways one day while I was pumping up the tire). The wheels are Bontrager Select and the tires are Bontrager Select 700x25c.
    Funny thing. On my new Trek 520 both of the valve stems and tubes parted ways as well. I thought it was just the cheap tubes the bike shop used. I suppose it's the tubes Trek sent with the bike. Peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckfox
    I'll post a picture of my rig...if you guys promise not to laugh! Here is a sneak peek.


    WHY would anyone laugh, it's a nice looking rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeTheChange
    Funny thing. On my new Trek 520 both of the valve stems and tubes parted ways as well. I thought it was just the cheap tubes the bike shop used. I suppose it's the tubes Trek sent with the bike. Peace.
    Hmmmmmm. Well, the replacement tubes I picked up at my LBS are Specialized (since they didn't have any more of the Bontrager tubes with short stems). We'll see how long the replacement lasts vs. the remaining Bontrager tube. The Specialized tubes were nearly half the price of the Bontrager tubes, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenFix
    Sorry, I do not have my pics here yet. I was thinking that in the other forums, there are pages and pages of bike pics. It would be nice to have pics of the bikes people commute on. I know around here I like checking out people commuting rides to see how they have modified them for comfort, visibility, utility, and style. Has this been started on this forum before? Could we lobby for a sticky?

    I'll post some pics after the weekend when I can get some pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenFix
    Sorry, I do not have my pics here yet. I was thinking that in the other forums, there are pages and pages of bike pics. It would be nice to have pics of the bikes people commute on. I know around here I like checking out people commuting rides to see how they have modified them for comfort, visibility, utility, and style. Has this been started on this forum before? Could we lobby for a sticky?
    Sticky hence granted.

    I'll post a picture of my set-up from Narrowneck next week, if I can remember.
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    Mine is a REI Novara Triompho. I call him "Ray." Haven't done much to it since it's my rain trainer and all-around "B" bike as well as the daily commuter.
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    Here's my rain bike 1982? Centurion Pro Tour: Tange Champion #2 butted tubing. Metallic blue paint over a chrome plated frame. Ancient Dynohub powers a modern LumoTec headlight with the "standlight" feature. That's a Zefal hf635 light on the bar, I just use its 3 yellow blinkie lights for added visibility but it also has a halogen light available for backup if I ever have problems with the LumoTec. Don
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso
    Mine is a REI Novara Triompho. I call him "Ray." Haven't done much to it since it's my rain trainer and all-around "B" bike as well as the daily commuter.
    Do you have reflective handlebar tape there, or am I seeing things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohio Trekker
    WHY would anyone laugh, it's a nice looking rig.
    Thanks, it does a great job of getting me back and forth from work (6.3mi each way) through all kinds of midwest weather, and boy it has a lot of miles on it!

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