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Old 01-01-12, 09:05 PM   #3276
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I finally committed to a bike build. I got caught up in the Rivendell philosophy and my original plan was to build this bike up with a very upright riding position (check out the bars still on it!) and fat tires. After riding it a bit that way I've decided to make the bike more aggressive. I'm not really into casually riding around, I like to push it and go hard and fast!

I plan to change the 700 x 38c tires to something in the low 30's, replace the ridiculous rise handlebars with something in the 30-50 mm range of rise and maybe replace the Ergons with the variety that have bar-ends attached. Long-term, I will have a custom wheel set built (I'm a super clydesdale), replace the 7-speed cartridge with an 8 or 9 speed, finally decide on shifters (using cheap friction thumb shifters for now) and get the frame powdercoated. Unless I get bit by the distance bug, this will probably be my only bike for years to come.

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Old 01-02-12, 09:00 AM   #3277
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...One thing. PLEASE, lose the kick stand!
Why? This is not the 41.

Most people here in Japan use a stand on their bikes.
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Old 01-02-12, 09:02 AM   #3278
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Hi folks, still pretty new to this forum, so i thought i'd share some pics of my hybrid. Its a K2 escape that I got for fathers day, and its a pretty solid bike thats gotten me to do a lot more riding. I put in an 8 speed cassette (from a 7 speed freewheel), Shimano bar-ends and a drop bar. I know when I was doing research and asking around, a lot of people tried to shy me away from doing the conversion, but it rides just the way I like.
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Nice looking bike. The drop bars suit the bike and if it's what you prefer, go for it.
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Old 01-02-12, 09:12 AM   #3279
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I thought I posted this but maybe not..... this was from a ride a week before Christmas, 44 miles of (mostly) unpaved roads.

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Old 01-02-12, 09:13 AM   #3280
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Some new pics of my Sirrus Elite, new tyres, mudguards, brakes, and spoke reflectors:






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Old 01-02-12, 11:04 AM   #3281
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^^ THAT BIKE IS HAWT. I'd lose the whitewalls, though.
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Old 01-02-12, 11:11 AM   #3282
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Finally got around to taking some pictures of my bike


That's my bike!! I like the saddle choice! I like all of your upgrades. The upgrades on my Astral 2.0 include: Barends, bar tape for the barends, new grips, flipped stem, brake pads, 28mm tires, PD-M520 pedals, Specialized MTB saddle, new rear wheel, white Jagwire housings and cables, chopped down handlebar, cyclocomputer, bottle cage. I need to post new picture soon!
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Old 01-02-12, 11:32 AM   #3283
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Here's a picture showing the newest upgrades. I got some $5 ergonomic-style Forté grips to replace my old ones that were shedding dirty rubber on my gloves and some new white tape. The rubber that came from the grips got transferred to my gloves and then to the bar tape, consequently making it dirty. I also got some new gloves .

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Old 01-02-12, 03:56 PM   #3284
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I finally got my 2012 Jamis Coda Eclipse last week. I'm liking it pretty well - good solid bike and it rides comfortably.

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Just picked up a 2004 Canondale Adventure 1000, hybrid, for a mere sum of $150.00, it's set up to be my, "utility/back up" bike. It's got a really weird drive train, Sram Direct Drive 3 Speed Rear Hub with a attached, 9 speed cassette so in theory it's got 27 speeds, even though it only has "SINGLE" chain wheel on the cranks. A "head shock", 50mm fork and it should be FUN on the local, dirt parts of the Pikes Peak Greenway!

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Old 01-05-12, 07:07 PM   #3286
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I finally got my 2012 Jamis Coda Eclipse last week. I'm liking it pretty well - good solid bike and it rides comfortably.

Now this is nice!!! Love the Disc brake setup on this bike. Please provide us with updates after some real miles.
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Old 01-05-12, 07:12 PM   #3287
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Also, I forgot to mention, I am getting some new wheels for my touring bike. Which is the Giant FCR Dropbar build. My new set of Fuzion M1's 24-2x/28-3x wheels should be at my door sometime on Tuesday. I get sick of truing wheels after a while. Any handbuild wheels are a huge improvement and i got these for a ridiculous steal. I already have a set of the F1's for my backup road bike and they are NICE!
As soon as they get here I will change over the tires which are Specialized Infinity 700x32s unless I pick up a set of 700x28s Schwallabe Randoneres by then and post and updated picture.
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I didn't see the is earlier...Great looking bike and well co-ordinated.
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Old 01-05-12, 07:48 PM   #3289
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Just picked up a 2008 Canondale Adventure 1000, hybrid, for a mere sum of $150.00,...
I wish I could find bargins like yours. I've been searching for a second hand MTB for months on auction here in Japan, and they are going for crazy high prices.
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Old 01-06-12, 09:22 AM   #3290
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Yes, nice pickup as well there bjj. That's a great trail to ride along the PPGreenway. Pikes is a superb hike, bike, drive, trainride.
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1990? Specialized Crossroads. Bought it new but has been in the basement unused for 12 years after moving. Cleaned it up and replaced dry rotted tires. Also put on new seat and post.

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Old 01-06-12, 08:36 PM   #3292
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Just picked up a 2008 Canondale Adventure 1000, hybrid, for a mere sum of $150.00, it's set up to be my, "utility/back up" bike. It's got a really weird drive train, Sram Direct Drive with a 9 speed cassette so in theory it's got 27 speeds. A "head shock", fork and it should be FUN on the local, dirt parts of the Pikes Peak Greenway!
I've got a 9 speed cassette, too. Out of the 27 available speeds, I use maybe 5 of them, all from the middle crank up front. The small one is too torquey unless I'm mountain biking with it and the large one is far too tall. I can hit 30 mph on flat ground in 7 and 2; I don't see the need for the large crank.
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I've got a 9 speed cassette, too. Out of the 27 available speeds, I use maybe 5 of them, all from the middle crank up front. The small one is too torquey unless I'm mountain biking with it and the large one is far too tall. I can hit 30 mph on flat ground in 7 and 2; I don't see the need for the large crank.
Whip your small and large chain rings off, and go 9x1. You'll be one of the cool-cats.
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Have you put many miles on it with the new setup yet? Looks like a pretty hot bike.
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Old 01-07-12, 10:42 AM   #3296
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I didn't see the is earlier...Great looking bike and well co-ordinated.
She's a beaut!

I remember back in the early 00s I was working at5 a shop that sold Specialized and we had a couple of 'Crossroads Elite' bikes with (I think) Xt derailleurs, a lightweight, short travel susp. fork and an aggressive layout for performance riding. Some of the bike snobs at the shop were saying 'wtf is that??!!!?" and "Who would buy a $1200 hybrid??!!?" as if it was painful for a 'true cyclist' to say the word hybrid. Those bikes were sold out faster than any other we had on the floor, I think, and have probably accounted for more miles of riding than most of the $3000 road bikes sold that year.
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Have you put many miles on it with the new setup yet? Looks like a pretty hot bike.
unfortunately no I just finished setting it up last night, and thanks. I plan on changing the wheels and pedals later on so its not really done being customized yet.
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Whip your small and large chain rings off, and go 9x1. You'll be one of the cool-cats.
I always wanted to be a cool cat...
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My foray back into the hybrid world - a 2011 Trek 7.5FX purchased off CL w/ 160 miles on it.



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I have that exact same bike,its a great bike you will love riding it
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