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    Joyota's Garage

    Hey y'all,

    Since I've been commuting regularly for a couple weeks and decided I'm definitely hooked on it, I figured starting a thread about my bike (and I'm sure that "bike" will be "bikes" someday) would be a good idea as I'm sure it will be going through a number of changes over the years. It's already looking considerably different than it did a month ago.

    Here's my bike as of 6/7/2013 completely stock with the exception of the saddle. It's a 1998 Nishiki Blazer, bought it new from the LBS in 2001.


    I tried out some Kenda K838 26x1.95 slicks but eventually decided I like my Continental TourRIDE 26x1.75 tires the best.


    Shimano Acera 21 speed drivetrain with trigger shifters, nothing fancy.


    Cateye Commuter wireless computer, I lost my Strada >.<. Oh well.


    Mirrycle Handlebar Mirror and Ergon GP1 Large grips (grips are a total hand saver!)


    Added some silver PB Cascadia fenders.


    Got my cargo rack today (7/11/2013)! A Topeak Explorer.


    Topeak MTX basket (7/15/2013) Gave the frame a bath and thoroughly cleaned the drivetrain. Minus the second bottle cage, this is what it looks like now. (8/30/2013)


    Upgrades still to come:
    Trunkbag/panniers (maybe...I've kinda been thinking about sticking with the basket and backpack setup.)
    Last edited by joyota; 11-08-13 at 07:48 AM.
    "The ratio of wheels per passenger should never exceed 2:1." - Me


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    (9/8/2013) I finally got another bike so I can dedicate my Nishiki to commuting and take something else out on the dirt trails.

    It's a Trek 4500 that I bought used on Craigslist for $80. It needed some work and a really healthy cleaning, but nothing that a buddy of mine and I couldn't handle with what we had lying around. Here are the highlights.

    Rock Shox Judy 80mm fork in decent condition. Still travels well. I got brand new CST Copperhead 26x2.0 tires with it! (10/18/2013) I've since removed the bar ends, just haven't taken new photos.


    The FD is an Altus. It was knocked way out of whack when I bought it and the cable had about 3 strands still holding it together. We replaced the cable and got it realigned no problem.


    My buddy and I replaced the Shimano Deore RD that was on it with an older Deore he had lying around in his garage because the threads of the barrel adjuster snapped off inside the original. The rear cassette is a brand new 8 speed cassette. The seller said he had REI replace it. It's 11 - 32. That's all I know about it.


    The drivetrain's in pretty good nick now that I spent an entire evening cleaning out all the mud and crap that was caught in it. I'll bet it had never once been cleaned the entire time the previous owner had it. The teeth on the middle front ring are a little worn, but they've still got life. Not quite shark fins yet. Also, I took my Shimano SPD pedals off the Nishiki and put them on.


    (9/19/2013) I replaced the chain and upgraded the crankset to a Shimano Alivio FC-M410. Now I have removable front chain rings. What a concept!


    (10/18/2013) DIY chainstay protector from an old inner tube.


    (10/26/2013) Current photo
    Last edited by joyota; 11-21-13 at 07:00 AM.
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    I'm sure I'll someday have at least one road bike, so I'm reserving this position for that.
    "The ratio of wheels per passenger should never exceed 2:1." - Me


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    Very nice! I bought a rigid MTB from craigslist that is getting a similar treatment to your Nishiki. Fun stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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