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Old 08-14-13, 12:02 PM   #251
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nope still not hot and it's still too small...

$.50 at a bike shop will buy you a seat pin so you can get rid of that quick release.

$5 on ebay should get you some new hoods

$100 on Nashbar will buy you a frame that fits and you can reuse all your parts.
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You still need to cut the grass shorter. What is your mower set to?
I'm not playing golf in my backyard! The guys we hired to weed 'n feed the lawn this year tell me it's too short!
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5CM zu klein

you have 8 inch's of seat post showing and a tall saddle, the bike is to small
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some bulbous thing on the stem
Bell, actuated by the otherwise useless rear brake lever (a trick I stole from Sixty Fiver). Surely such jury-rigging earns me some hot points?

Oh, and you missed something.
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you're right cable casing on the front is a new color..

The bike is OK like the kinda punk/Dario inspired decals, I even sorta like the white on black thing. I dislike the white tire's seat post and saddle.

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You do have a nice looking and kid friendly yard though
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you have 8 inch's of seat post showing and a tall saddle, the bike is to small

I don't know what you're telling your wife, but that's only 6 inches of seat post... I just measured it.
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I don't know what you're telling your wife, but that's only 6 inches of seat post... I just measured it.
which is 2 to 3" too much or 5 to 7.5CM to much

Traditional frames are a handful.

The bike looks 52/53 you should be on a bike no smaller than 56/57 and on a commuter 58.
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which is 2 to 3" too much or 5 to 7.5CM to much

Traditional frames are a handful.

The bike looks 52/53 you should be on a bike no smaller than 56/57 and on a commuter 58.
I'll keep that in mind when I inevitably go shopping for a new bike, possibly in the spring. Thanks for the info.

I had guessed it was a little small but it was cheap, handles nicely & it's fun to ride so I overlook it.

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I'll keep that in mind when I inevitably go shopping for a new bike, possibly in the spring. Thanks for the info.

I had guessed it was a little small but it was cheap, handles nicely & it's fun to ride so I overlook it.

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These are not things you overlook..
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I don't know what you're telling your wife, but that's only 6 inches of seat post... I just measured it.
Not sure if anyone really got that... Next poster said it was 2-3" too much. haha
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I like the tires but let's face it, the finish on that bike has seen it's better days and it will take more than tires to make it hot.

Some of the bikes posted in this thread have been so ugly that you've got to give credit to the posters for having the nerve to even ride them. Unfortunately this bike doesn't fall into that category either.

Perhaps a story would help. For example, if the finish got tore up because you somehow saved an infant by riding up against a guardrail at 20 miles an hour that could sway me. I won't go so far as to say the story has got to be true since I have no way of verifying it anyway.

Also, while not trying to discourage you, I must say the photo itself just begs for a rating of not hot. Anybody can take an old bike and prop it up against a desk. Speaking from experience, you either need to have a bike the screams hotness or you've got to waste a good hour staging the photo in the vain hope that it will make a difference.
since when have bikes been about vanity?!
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I don't know what you're telling your wife, but that's only 6 inches of seat post... I just measured it.
In the Roadie Hot 'r Not thread, you have to have a minimum of 6" of seat post showing to get a "Hot".
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since when have bikes been about vanity?!
Probably since the first bike.

Honestly this thread was intended to be at least partly tongue and cheek. In spite of that I've learned a few things about photography and ways to improve the set up on my bike. As example, I was chastised for having my saddle too far forward. I had completely forgotten I had done that so that it would be a better fit for my son and I was wondering why I felt so cramped on it when I didn't before. Also the same guy recommended a change in handle bar angle which actually made it more comfortable, though I'll probably replace the bars if I keep riding it anyway.
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I'm not playing golf in my backyard! The guys we hired to weed 'n feed the lawn this year tell me it's too short!
Actually, I need to go stick my bike in the grass and compare the coverage.
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I'll keep that in mind when I inevitably go shopping for a new bike, possibly in the spring. Thanks for the info.

I had guessed it was a little small but it was cheap, handles nicely & it's fun to ride so I overlook it.

Cheers
The bike I posted is more of a vintage machine with a horizontal top tube. Its seat post is extremely short compared to modern ones and I can barely extend it far enough to get the correct amount of leg extension. I know the frame is too small for me but I ride it anyway because I don't want to buy another bike for it's intended purpose. It's really supposed to be my wife's anyway.

So I get where you're coming from. No one flamed me for it on my bike since there were more readily identifiable issues.
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Bell, actuated by the otherwise useless rear brake lever (a trick I stole from Sixty Fiver). Surely such jury-rigging earns me some hot points?
Hey, I like that idea !
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The bike I posted is more of a vintage machine with a horizontal top tube. Its seat post is extremely short compared to modern ones and I can barely extend it far enough to get the correct amount of leg extension. I know the frame is too small for me but I ride it anyway because I don't want to buy another bike for it's intended purpose. It's really supposed to be my wife's anyway.

So I get where you're coming from. No one flamed me for it on my bike since there were more readily identifiable issues.
You have all that junk in your trunk, thats why I didn't notice it's not as obvious.

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alright finally went out and snapped a few pics of my commuter.
$150 craigslist for the bike. i added all the accessories for commuting.





Close. The mirror, orange bar ends and minipump are warm. Ditch the computer -- it detracts from the polished lines of the nicely angled stem. I think green fenders would really make me notice this bike on my commute.
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Find at least 6 differences between these two pictures:
1. different stem
2. added a bell(?)
3. added water bottle cage
4. removed the rear brake
5. front brake cable housing changed from white to black
6. added rear light bracket
7. no more writing on the wheels
8. changed the saddle tilt
9. no more wheel reflectors
10. switched to drop bars

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Is it getting warmer?
Yeah, a bit warmer. Still not hot.

For me, the bell (or whatever it is) detracts, especially because of the clamp.

I like rear brakes, but I also like my front and rear brake to match.

The biggest thing that would make it hotter is if you rode it a bit. White tires and chains are so not hot.
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Maybe this picture will be better... though likely not.
I think this bike has potential. I can forgive the paint scheme, and the tires are even a bit fun. With the right staging you could probably make the paint look good.

The things that I don't like are the saddle and the brake levers, especially the latter. Old bikes are cool, but old components (particularly old components that used to be white) aren't.
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The biggest thing that would make it hotter is if you rode it a bit. White tires and chains are so not hot.
Working on it. Actually commuted on it for the first time on Wednesday. I've made one more change since that picture was taken...the stock chainring was too small, so I installed a bigger one, which also meant a new chain - bye bye white chain!

I'll replace the tires eventually, but they're perfectly functional, so I'll stick with them until they wear out.

If I get really ambitious, I'll disassemble the bike and rattle-can flat black over the frame. But that'll be a while.
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Nobody wants to rate this bike, eh? Maybe commuter peeps are just too kind for a proper Hot or Not thread.

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Close. The mirror, orange bar ends and minipump are warm. Ditch the computer -- it detracts from the polished lines of the nicely angled stem. I think green fenders would really make me notice this bike on my commute.
syracuse orange bar tape on purpose
understand your thought about the comp, but i like to use it to track my speed and time. i also use it on weekend rides to see how far we've gone, etc.
i don't care for fenders, so i won't be adding those.
thanks for the input!

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Nobody wants to rate this bike, eh? Maybe commuter peeps are just too kind for a proper Hot or Not thread.

well if we're just rating strictly bikes as commuters, i'd say yeah. clean lines, clean bike, nice and bright.
but for me, i strongly dislike the look beach cruisers and wizard of oz baskets on the front of any bike. i may add extra points for the sheer campiness of the coaster breaks though.
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Nobody wants to rate this bike, eh? Maybe commuter peeps are just too kind for a proper Hot or Not thread.
Yeah, probably so because I think that bike is a hideous, ugly, overweight monstrosity, but I'd never say so publicly.
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