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Old 07-09-11, 07:26 AM   #1
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New commuter and newly configured commuter rigs

Thanks to this forum I am now commuting to work (part-time). Last year I posted about commuting to a building with no showers. Thanks to the many responses I decided to do it. Since I have an office, when I lock the door, towel off and use some baby wipes and deodorant. I then rinse my hair (it's cut very short) in a restroom sink and dry with a towel. My colleagues do not seem to avoid me so I think the system works.

While I am a new commuter I am not new to cycling. I started riding seriously in the late '70s but I am just getting back on the bike after a few years. I have two commuter rigs to choose from.

The first bike pictured below is my RedLine 925 fixed gear. I am currently riding a pretty low gear of 42x17. I really like riding the fixed gear bike but the problem is that my daily commute is about 10 miles each way and involves a long gradual descent into a river valley and a short steep climb out. The two things that are hard on a fixed gear bike are going up hill and going down. For me going down is worse



My other commuter is a 1991 Bridgestone RB-1. A couple of years ago I did a major overhaul of the bike, I added an Ultegra triple crank with TA Alize rings swapped out the derailleurs and brakes and had the frame powdercoated. This year I had lowrider braze-ons added so I could use front panniers to commute. If you look really closely, you can see that I have a 24x24 bailout gear, certain proof that I am now an old man.

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Old 07-09-11, 07:33 AM   #2
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I love the RB-1. I'd be the heretic that swapped STI compatibile equipment on to it though... downtube shifters are some serious scary for my fingers.
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Old 07-09-11, 08:00 AM   #3
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You've got a couple of great commuters on your hands. I like the idea of front panniers, but don't you get a muddy skunk stripe without a rear rack or fenders?

I ride my SS in the winter when salty sandy roads make maintenance a serious issue. I have some serious hills on my commute, but I find that I don't get quite as worn out on those hills when it's only 20 degrees out.
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Old 07-09-11, 08:00 AM   #4
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Beautiful rigs! Very clean and detailed. Congrats on making the jump. My primary commuters are pretty similar. My 'mule' is this bike: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cross_cx2.htm I use it for heavily loaded commuting and utilitarian needs. Only the rack and bags are on the rear. Full coverage fenders, lights, framepump, toolkit, chaintool, etc. complete the rig. It's loaded w/a weeks worth of clothes/food on Mondays. Gearing is 50/40-26x12

My 'fast bike' is an early 80s Fuji Del-Rey fg conversion I had sb/pc as well. The frame was nicked up. I use a seatpost rack/expandable trunk bag combo for bringing my work clothes home and carrying my wb/id/toolkit, etc. Frame pump is held on w/cable-ties...I know it looks like ****, but I've got a friend who owns a bike shop and were going to 'tap' a set of holes for a wb holder and pump mount. At least the cable-ties are black matching the bike. Oh yeah, it's, also got SKS Raceblades that are effective for wet streets and light rain, but I'm going full coverage as soon as fundage becomes available. Gearing is 48x16. Both bikes are equipped w/Schwable Marathon Plus. 28mm and 25mm, respectively.

Wish I was tech savvy enough to post pics.

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Old 07-09-11, 08:15 AM   #5
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Man I love that Redline. What a cool bike.

I have been wanting to commute for a while now. The big problem is my job. I drive to jobsites alot, and once I get to the office on the bike, I would have to drive one of the vans. So, while the ride would be fun and provide some exercise, having to drive an extended E250 around all day takes away any environmental impact the bike would have.
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Old 07-09-11, 10:11 AM   #6
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Lovely rigs there wooljersey. I commute 18 miles each way to work on all three bikes in my signature below.
I love commuting on the Surly fixie. Your legs will speed up and you'll be riding smooth, fast and safely after a few months.
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You've got a couple of great commuters on your hands. I like the idea of front panniers, but don't you get a muddy skunk stripe without a rear rack or fenders?
I am a fair weather commuter
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