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Old 03-08-12, 10:49 PM   #1
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My idea of a "commuter bike"...

...may differ from yours. It was so nice and sunny this morning that I decided to snap a pic of my "winter bike" after swapping on the new (non-studded) tires.


http://s36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...re-commute.jpg

It's an 80's mountain bike that has been converted to fixed-gear and the flat bar replaced with drops for more hand positions. Got a Serfas 500-lumen headlight and a Cateye TL-LD1100 in the rear for visibility. A change of clothes goes in the backpack.

Had a blast riding both ways today, and I wouldn't have minded if the commute were longer.
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Wow, that looks like a cool urban assault bike. It initially looks funny with the wide tires and drop bars, but if it works for you, that's all that matters.

Are the wheels still 26 inch? Did you have a rear fixed wheel built?
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I don't know why, but there's something about that frame that really turns me on!

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Mine is similar. No picture taken yet, though.

Bought an old rigid mountain bike a few months ago. Switched out the tires for 1.6" slicks, threw on some fenders, and most recently had some drops put on.

Looks nearly the same as yours, OP, except mine is green and has big ol' fenders.
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Urban assault bikes are a blast... put a ton of miles on mine last year.

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I really like that yellow bike. But I don't get why fixies exist. The blue is nice too. 65er, that is an interesting stem mount on the top of the headtube.
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Thanks, guys! I rode it again today and had fun, even with the stiff headwind.

svdodge: It's still 26"/MTB, running 1.75" Paselas. A friend helped me with the wheelbuild.

a1penguin: Without getting too evangelical , riding FG has helped me break some bad habits and increase my overall comfort level on bikes. It presents different challenges than a freewheel bike, so I really dig having it in the fleet.
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...may differ from yours. It was so nice and sunny this morning that I decided to snap a pic of my "winter bike" after swapping on the new (non-studded) tires.
Love it. My first LBS-bought proper bike was a early-mid 90s black Diamondback Outlook. It was eventually stolen from a train station back when I used to for multi-modal commute to college. I miss it.
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Lovely bike.

I still don't like riding with a backpack though, specially not with drop bars.
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Very cool... I had once thought about doing something like this to my Gary Fisher Wahoo, and kind of regret not having done so. The picture makes me think it could be in one of those Cheetoh commercials... "It ain't easy being cheesy."
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Thanks, guys! I rode it again today and had fun, even with the stiff headwind.

svdodge: It's still 26"/MTB, running 1.75" Paselas. A friend helped me with the wheelbuild.

a1penguin: Without getting too evangelical , riding FG has helped me break some bad habits and increase my overall comfort level on bikes. It presents different challenges than a freewheel bike, so I really dig having it in the fleet.
My complete commuter rig consists of 2 bikes. One's a multi-gear CX w/rack/panniers, etc. My other commuter is a fg w/a seatpost rack/trunkbag combo. Riding fg has strengthened and smoothed out my stroke overall. Find myself maintaining cadence where I may have freewheeled before riding fg.

a1penguin: Maybe if you tried one out you'd understand why they exist.
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Urban assault bikes are a blast... put a ton of miles on mine last year.
How does the adjustable stem work for you? Does it creak or flex when you climb out of the saddle?
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Some day I'd like to find a rigid frame 29er and put drops and some big road tires on it and use that for commuting. I love the bikes you guys posted, they have character!
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I really like that yellow bike. But I don't get why fixies exist. The blue is nice too. 65er, that is an interesting stem mount on the top of the headtube.
It is just a rigid Nitto quill stem with a 45 degree rise... I think the placement of the bell throws people off and makes them think it is adjustable.

I prefer the level position of the bars as I ride the bike on and off road and like to be able to get back and unweight the front end... there are also cross levers mounted that are hard to see in this picture.

I usually run the bike with semi slick tyres as it sees more road and hard pack than single track and it has served me well on rides in excess of 100km... it is an excellent all rounder and I have fenders that can be swapped on and off in all of 5 minutes.

When I first built it up it was a single speed and weighed a speck over 21 pounds... it is a custom made XC racing frame and fork and is as light as any high end steel road frame.

In hard core commuting mode... was running a 1 by 8 drive here.

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Some day I'd like to find a rigid frame 29er and put drops and some big road tires on it and use that for commuting. I love the bikes you guys posted, they have character!
Monster cross...

My bike was built in 89-90 and was flat bar equipped although back in the day there were a few that ran their mountain bikes with drops, most notable would have been John Tomac.

Am now seeing modern builders offering similar bikes, albeit as 29r's that are all about big tyres and drop bars and you would be impressed at how well these roll out and how comfortable they are as those big boots really suck up bad roads.

As soon as my new frame shop is tooled up I will be building another bike based on the Moulden as I have a customer who saw it and wanted it... but I am not parting with what has become one of my favourite bikes.

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I'm always surprised to see "winter bikes" with rim brakes. Nice bikes though.
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I'm always surprised to see "winter bikes" with rim brakes. Nice bikes though.
Yeah, I'd like to rebuild the front wheel with a drum hub, but didn't get around to it this winter. The nice thing about the slower riding with studded knobby tires on a fixed-gear is that I rarely need to use the brake.
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We need Mudguards , where I live.
and riding home into the winter storms, though the west side road is pretty flat,
requires gearing down.
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