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Old 08-11-13, 02:45 PM   #176
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Since the "Rainbow Ironic Thing" has consistently been rated not hot by this esteemed panel, a reasonable person can only come to one conclusion, - you just haven't seen it enough.



To show I can respond to creative criticism, I have removed the limp rucksack and adjusted the seat.

I also thought that the bike could benefit from a little distance between it and the camera.

Note: "More Distance" does not qualify as creative criticism.
If you could raise the bike up, oh, say, 700mm, it would almost disappear into the background, especially if you squinted.
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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.


Not a bike I would ride, but still very nice. Hot.
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I have a soft spot for old school, rigid mountain bikes. I'm digging the fork style seat stays. Solid, reliable looking bike. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "hot," but I like it.
That's the one thing I don't like about it! Those are always hideous in my book. Not real keen on those chunky forks either, although I'm guilty of owning a few bikes with those too.
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That's the one thing I don't like about it! Those are always hideous in my book. Not real keen on those chunky forks either, although I'm guilty of owning a few bikes with those too.
i'd never seen seat stays like that before i bought the bike. but, it was $150 from craigslist and i wanted to grab it before someone else did so i just went with it so i'd have something to ride, weird forks be damned
after i get my cross-check i'll probably keep it as my bum around town/run errands bike
thing weighs about 4000 pounds
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that is awesome that you see the same in this bike that i do, i got it on the classifieds for $10, but the only reason i went with it was because of the rear triangle emulating that of a GT triple triangle. That and the fork is strangely modern in design in comparison to other rigid fork mountain bikes, modern in the sense of its taper and overall size.


do you have a picture of your bike you could put in here?

Okay folks! You see it right there, someone is requesting a picture of it! Maybe this will get me those coveted "persistence" points!





Here it is in commuting configuration! Like lipstick on a pig, those are Continental Gatorskins on there. They cost as much as the bike costed me!

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: I'm envious you scored your cooler Norco for ten bucks, I ended up paying $80 for this one, but other than a few dings to the paint (probably from car doors, it was garaged for 20 years) it was in brand new condition. Even the brake pads looked brand new.


There are a few more pictures of this bike further back in the thread.
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i'd never seen seat stays like that before i bought the bike. but, it was $150 from craigslist and i wanted to grab it before someone else did so i just went with it so i'd have something to ride, weird forks be damned
after i get my cross-check i'll probably keep it as my bum around town/run errands bike
thing weighs about 4000 pounds
Oh, I totally feel you. Check out the Sekai I've been posting. That was merely a placeholder while I was building up my commuter, so that I had something to ride! Recently my mountain bike that I actually use on dirt was stolen so I resurrected the neglected Sekai and built it back up as a mountain bike so that I had something for the couple of little mountain biking excursions we had planned this summer. Any bike is better than no bike!
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Fun stuff! Here's a series of my commuter...

...as it was two years ago when I got it:


...as it was a few months ago (sorry about the non-drive side shot):




...and tomorrow I'll get one of her current phase in life. Gum walls are back, but I finally submitted to the useability of "aero" brakes.
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Old 08-11-13, 10:41 PM   #183
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Great backdrop for that bike. Hot.
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We're going to put that theory to the test. Original bike. New staging. What say you?
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I have a few of both, is that OK. Should we just stop using them?
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I have a few of both, is that OK. Should we just stop using them?
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is good
It's the first thing I think of when I see your name. I miss it already
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It's the first thing I think of when I see your name. I miss it already
you can come back ya know.

I have zero intention on leaving here and going back "home"
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you can come back ya know.

I have zero intention on leaving here and going back "home"
Actually, I'm moving to England, not back to the US. The academic system in Germany has a huge bottleneck before the age of 42 or so, so I'll be back in a few years after I "mature" in England.

However, I did find a market town to live in with a local an indoor market that possesses a proper "Metzgerei" and a proper "Bäckerei" so all is not lost In addition, English beer isn't so bad.
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Actually, I'm moving to England, not back to the US. The academic system in Germany has a huge bottleneck before the age of 42 or so, so I'll be back in a few years after I "mature" in England.

However, I did find a market town to live in with a local an indoor market that possesses a proper "Metzgerei" and a proper "Bäckerei" so all is not lost In addition, English beer isn't so bad.
My wife has had few problems with the bottleneck of which you speak, but she works where she leaned so that may be it.

English beer is great, at certain times of the year better than German like in the spring. There is no competition for German bread, no matter what the French think.
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My wife has had few problems with the bottleneck of which you speak, but she works where she leaned so that may be it.

English beer is great, at certain times of the year better than German like in the spring. There is no competition for German bread, no matter what the French think.
German bread is very underrated. I also had to make sure where I'm looking to live had an Aldi and Lidi

Last month when it was super hot in Bayern, a Radler sure hit the spot
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When I first got here I thought that mix sounded horrible turn out it was OK. The Germans will mix anything with beer some of it good and some not so much, I still don't like cola-weizen at all though.

The one thing I do notice when I leave Germany for anywhere is how loud those places are Germany is so quiet.
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The one thing I do notice when I leave Germany for anywhere is how loud those places are Germany is so quiet.
I think it's more of an issue of where it's socially acceptable to be loud/quiet. In most places, at most times, it's not appropriate to be loud/noisy. For example, in most bars/biergartens it's not loud, at all, compared to English pubs/bars or American drinking establishments. It's also much louder in the Mediterranean countries and Eastern Europe.

However, when the party is on, i.e Fasching, it's really on, which can be quite nice if one wants to partake.

As an example ... note, this is not Oktoberfest ... it's one of the many festivals that most small-/medium-sized towns in southern Germany have.

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I think it's more of an issue of where it's socially acceptable to be loud/quiet. In most places, at most times, it's not appropriate to be loud/noisy. For example, in most bars/biergartens it's not loud, at all, compared to English pubs/bars or American drinking establishments. It's also much louder in the Mediterranean countries and Eastern Europe.

However, when the party is on, i.e Fasching, it's really on, which can be quite nice if one wants to partake.

As an example ... note, this is not Oktoberfest ... it's one of the many festivals that most small-/medium-sized towns in southern Germany have.

Yes, fest is loud but in small towns it's once a year and in my small town its last day is today. Fasching can be loud depending on where you are, I live in a little town outside of Stuttgart while working and it's not loud here at all. My home in Frankonia on the other hand is loud. I've lived here almost 10 years now and I've gotten used to how Germany is in my areas is so when we travel I key in on the differences. One of my families former exchange students is a Fin when we went to visit him 3 years ago it was the only place that was close to quietness of this this area. London on the other hand is louder than Munich and Stuttgart combined, it's a cheerful boisterousness but boisterous none the less. Italy, Spain, and Portugal don't hold a candle in clamor to Turkey, Egypt, Dubai, and Quatar. Next year we'll probably venture to Malaysia on vacation which I'm betting will be more boisterous too.
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Yes, fest is loud but in small towns it's once a year and in my small town its last day is today. Fasching can be loud depending on where you are, I live in a little town outside of Stuttgart while working and it's not loud here at all. My home in Frankonia on the other hand is loud. I've lived here almost 10 years now and I've gotten used to how Germany is in my areas is so when we travel I key in on the differences. One of my families former exchange students is a Fin when we went to visit him 3 years ago it was the only place that was close to quietness of this this area. London on the other hand is louder than Munich and Stuttgart combined, it's a cheerful boisterousness but boisterous none the less. Italy, Spain, and Portugal don't hold a candle in clamor to Turkey, Egypt, Dubai, and Quatar. Next year we'll probably venture to Malaysia on vacation which I'm betting will be more boisterous too.
I was quite lucky to catch the first evening of "fest" in Memmingen this year

Also, I agree. Istanbul is quite boisterous
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I was quite lucky to catch the first evening of "fest" in Memmingen this year

Also, I agree. Istanbul is quite boisterous
Yes, and it's quite fun but it's not something I could do everyday..

Memmingen is in BFE an hour plus from Munich, Stuttgart and the Bodensee? Did you teach down there?
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Yes, and it's quite fun but it's not something I could do everyday..

Memmingen is in BFE an hour plus from Munich, Stuttgart and the Bodensee? Did you teach down there?
gf's family is from Mooshausen, on the Baden-Württemberg/Bayern border (An dem Iller), so we spend a lot of time there.

I taught at Goethe Universität in FFM.
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While my creations aren't always appreciated here as the art they truly are, at least I know that there is a place where I can always find worse. That is the glory of these picture threads.


There was a thread awhile back asking people how they kept from getting bored on their commute. It never occurred to me this might be a problem. I don't know why exactly but probably one reason I don't get bored is that I'm constantly tweaking or trying something new.

My commuting history:

90's MTB
80's Road Bike
70's Road Bike upgraded to indexed shifting
700c MTB to drop bar conversion
MTB drop bar bike switched from derailleurs to IGH
Modern road bike with STI's
Modern road bike converted to Campy
Urban 29er built up from frame
Fixed gear built from spare parts

After throwing that fixie together a couple of weekends ago I couldn't wait to ride it to work even though I'd taken it on a few rides that weekend.

Every one of those bikes in pretty much every iteration has ended up posted on BF someplace. I do ride with a couple of different groups but for the most part they ride stock bikes and can't appreciate the sometimes weird stuff I do.

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