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Old 08-20-13, 10:42 PM   #401
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I'm glad to see this thread is getting back on track. I shall do my best to keep it that way. Here's a new submission although I have to confess that it is not my bike. I just saw it at lunch today.

The helmet is a nice touch.
Definitely hot. Except for the safety flag. That's a total turn-off. Ruins the counter-shading effect that protects the rider from Lion attacks.

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Old 08-20-13, 11:14 PM   #402
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Thanks for all the comments, favorable or not.

I am glad we are back on track again. Lets see some more entries/pics!

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which is hilarious and exactly my point.

London, and the UK, has almost no native cuisine, even less than Germany, and yet, you select London, it's all imported again like PDX.

why the hell would I go to a Tapas place in London when I go to southern Spain? Why would I eat Indian/Pakistani in London, when a Frankfurt to London flight costs as much as a Frankfurt to Mumbai flight?

seriously? bringing up London is one of the worst choices for authentic food. might as well fly to Munich/Stuttgart rent a BMW/Audi (or take a 200mph train, if that's your thing) over the Alps and eat your way through the Dolomites and into Toscana.

London ...


But you know, then the locals see you only as a walking moneybag from abroad.. Especially if it's a poorer farming region, like Basilikata in Italy, where you find some fantastic food. Personally I think it kills all the fun. The proper way to enjoy your time abroad is to get there a job for a couple of years, with a close-to-average salary, or get married to a local. Hitchhiking and bicycle touring is still somewhat okay, as it leaves a certain sign on your face.

But if you just want to try a good and diverse food then London, Hamburg, FM, LA, NYC should be just fine.

Oh wait, what's this thread called....
Here is my tourer/ winter commuter / kids hauler. It has been posted in 20th already, but was modified again. I am super happy about the fit. Except for a carbon fork I can't think of what else I would like to change.


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And this is my summer day-and-night long distance commuter. I am sorry if you find it has a penis, but you know, in Germany socks and sandals combination is legal.
Fortunately it's easy to get this paraphernalia off and i still use this bike as a sort of training bicycle. It's also a randobike wannabe.

Is it 'not'? Or not?


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But you know, then the locals see you only as a walking moneybag from abroad.. Especially if it's a poorer farming region, like Basilikata in Italy, where you find some fantastic food. Personally I think it kills all the fun. The proper way to enjoy your time abroad is to get there a job for a couple of years, with a close-to-average salary, or get married to a local. Hitchhiking and bicycle touring is still somewhat okay, as it leaves a certain sign on your face.

But if you just want to try a good and diverse food then London, Hamburg, FM, LA, NYC should be just fine.

Oh wait, what's this thread called....
Here is my tourer/ winter commuter / kids hauler. It has been posted in 20th already, but was modified again. I am super happy about the fit. Except for a carbon fork I can't think of what else I would like to change.

The carpet and drapes don't match, and the front of the front fender is not inline. So, Not you do get points for the IGH

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And this is my summer day-and-night long distance commuter. I am sorry if you find it has a penis, but you know, in Germany socks and sandals combination is legal.
Fortunately it's easy to get this paraphernalia off and i still use this bike as a sort of training bicycle. It's also a randobike wannabe.

Is it 'not'? Or not?

This bike has a penis so, not.

If it didn't it'd be OK, but we'd have to get into the reasons why anyone would defame a perfectly good bike with Shimano
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If it didn't it'd be OK, but we'd have to get into the reasons why anyone would defame a perfectly good bike with Shimano
Well, fair enough. I saw it coming, but otherwise it would have too little to do with commuting. Though later it might get a Tubus disco with QR and seat collar with rack mounts.
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Well, fair enough. I saw it coming, but otherwise it would have too little to do with commuting. Though later it might get a Tubus disco with QR and seat collar with rack mounts.
The tubus QR mounts are nice and give you a couple positions to keep the rack level, I think I paid 15 euro for the kit last year. Is the penis click fix? As I was searching for a 30.9 seatpost last night I saw some clickfix kits for normal racks at BikeMaxx .
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The tubus QR mounts are nice and give you a couple positions to keep the rack level, I think I paid 15 euro for the kit last year. Is the penis click fix?
yep, klickfix Magnum bag from Rixen and Kaul. For the normal rack i've got this already, when the rack is not needed i'll just remove the axle, the rack and the seat collar together as one piece, seems to me like a clean and fast solution.

One thing i dislike about those seatpost bags is that the bike becomes a bit wiggly, even though it's just 3 extra kilos at most.

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Actually...You live in a country with super interesting commuting bike options (holder for translucent umbrellas anyone?)...
Acid,
You're silly.

Those "super interesting commuting bikes" are nice for doing slow errands within a neighborhood at speeds up to about 15kph, and only for short distances. beyond that, they fall flat. I borrowed one of those "super interesting commuting bikes" for a month after moving here. I gave it back as soon as I could.

...Unless you are specifically talking about the holders for umbrellas mounted to bikes and the garbage plastic umbrellas bought for little more than single use; in which case it's a different matter. 1) Those holders are illegal in most prefectures. 2) There's a reason why a sane person does not go for a jog in the rain with an umbrella expecting to remain dry, or the umbrella to be of much use.

The rest of your post was either b.s., silly, or below contempt.
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...thankfully I'm Canadian which means I'm very polite thank you very much, eh?



I like the way it looks, except for the cables coming out of the top of the hoods. Ever since I had a bike with brake cables that were that way I've had a nagging fear about getting my hands tangled, or blocked from doing something by those cables...that could just be me...


Oh, and I fixed your post for you. You're welcome.
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Definitely hot. Except for the safety flag. That's a total turn-off. Ruins the counter-shading effect that protects the rider from Lion attacks.
Astute observation webtwo. It's surprising how many people make that simple yet so often tragic error.
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And please turn off the date stamp feature of your camera, if you haven't already.
didn't notice this before but OH MY GOD YES.

i don't even understand why this is an option. as a photographer, it's one of the few things that makes my blood boil.
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i like the bike itself aside from the mini drop bars, but the seat post rack and the top tube bag make it an instant no for me.

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again, i like the bike itself, but the front fender is wonky. i like the contrast of the white fenders with the dark bike though. dislike the leather bar wrap though. doesn't match. fix those two things and it'd be a hot for me.
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Here's mine, ready for today's commute. I'll take my lumps in advance for the iPhone's inability to take good pictures in any light:

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Here's mine, ready for today's commute. I'll take my lumps in advance for the iPhone's inability to take good pictures in any light:

Is that red bowl really going to get clean sitting like that?
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Is that red bowl really going to get clean sitting like that?
Sadly, that dishwasher is on the fritz so it just functions as a drying rack.
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Here's mine, ready for today's commute. I'll take my lumps in advance for the iPhone's inability to take good pictures in any light:

never been a fan of the camo handlebar tape. and the cable coming out straight up is distracting. otherwise, a solid looking. but i wouldn't say hot.
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Here's mine, ready for today's commute. I'll take my lumps in advance for the iPhone's inability to take good pictures in any light:

This is hot! The matching bar tape and chain are nice touches. I don't usually like gumwall tires, but here it works, in fact, what tires are those? Fenders look good, and points for being an unusual choice, again, which are those? Big commuter points for the mirror of course!

This could well be the hottest bike in the thread so far!

To stay properly in character for the thread, I'm going to have to dock you points for taking the picture indoors and the dishwasher being open! Reshoot it artistically, and I think you've got an "11". That cable is a little distracting too!
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That's a great background for that bike. Maybe for any bike.

As for the bike itself, I'd say it ticks all the right boxes. I agree that the current fork doesn't do much aesthetically for the bike but I'd still call it hot.
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I knew this thread could get interesting since what might make a bike "hot" for commuting/utility purposes might definitely make it "not" for aesthetic reasons.

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never been a fan of the camo handlebar tape. and the cable coming out straight up is distracting. otherwise, a solid looking. but i wouldn't say hot.
Fair. Bar tape was $1, and the canti cable stop is in the stem, so there's no good "aero" way to route the cable. In fact, I think aero routing is overrated, apart from aesthetic concerns.

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This is hot! The matching bar tape and chain are nice touches. I don't usually like gumwall tires, but here it works, in fact, what tires are those? Fenders look good, and points for being an unusual choice, again, which are those? Big commuter points for the mirror of course!

This could well be the hottest bike in the thread so far!

To stay properly in character for the thread, I'm going to have to dock you points for taking the picture indoors and the dishwasher being open! Reshoot it artistically, and I think you've got an "11". That cable is a little distracting too!
Thanks! The tires are Panaracer Pasela 26"x1.75" -- probably not the fastest 26" tires out there, but far better than knobbies. Fenders are a set of Serfas 26" that I got for cheap. I'll no doubt try to get a better shot of this bike soon.
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But you know, then the locals see you only as a walking moneybag from abroad.. Especially if it's a poorer farming region, like Basilikata in Italy, where you find some fantastic food. Personally I think it kills all the fun. The proper way to enjoy your time abroad is to get there a job for a couple of years, with a close-to-average salary, or get married to a local. Hitchhiking and bicycle touring is still somewhat okay, as it leaves a certain sign on your face.

But if you just want to try a good and diverse food then London, Hamburg, FM, LA, NYC should be just fine.

Oh wait, what's this thread called....
Here is my tourer/ winter commuter / kids hauler. It has been posted in 20th already, but was modified again. I am super happy about the fit. Except for a carbon fork I can't think of what else I would like to change.

I was waiting for this bike to show up. Definitely hot in my book, despite the front fender glitch.
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This one still on the works.




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OK, here's mine. I thought I'd wait until I get a taller stem to level out the basket, but then I realized I'm so lazy it'll probably be 2015 before I get around to doing that.

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