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Old 05-17-12, 09:30 PM   #3901
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Here's my new baby, purchased yesterday, a 2012 Trek 8.5 DS.

Sweet ride. You'll definitely have fun with it. I've had loads with my Utopia!
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Old 05-18-12, 07:27 PM   #3902
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My 2010 Gary Fisher Wingra


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Old 05-19-12, 08:47 AM   #3903
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Interesting location. Where is that?
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Old 05-19-12, 09:59 AM   #3904
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I have no clue if this is where MFBATZ was, but that looks like Newport Beach to me.
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Old 05-20-12, 12:45 PM   #3905
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Interesting location. Where is that?
Newport Beach back bay in Orange County, CA!

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I have no clue if this is where MFBATZ was, but that looks like Newport Beach to me.
You have a great eye! It's the back bay of Newport. I usually ride my bike on my lunch break from Irvine to the back bay twice a week.
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Old 05-21-12, 09:48 AM   #3906
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I've not posted a picture of my bike since I started using it, I've put about 100 Miles on it since December. I biked out from work to see my son play his baseball game, it was about 6.5 miles and not a bad ride.
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Old 05-22-12, 07:54 PM   #3907
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I've not posted a picture of my bike since I started using it, I've put about 100 Miles on it since December. I biked out from work to see my son play his baseball game, it was about 6.5 miles and not a bad ride.
Great bike! I've been looking at that Topeak bag, how is it?
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Old 05-23-12, 10:10 AM   #3908
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Great bike! I've been looking at that Topeak bag, how is it?
The bag is good, the sides zip out to provide more storage, and it locks to the rack and It holds a lot. I would have gotten the Topeak rack that except the kid seat attachment if I were to buy the rack again.
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If you guys want I'll take a vid of my same topeak bag after my siesta.
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Old 05-25-12, 07:21 AM   #3910
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This Giant Prodigy dates back to 1993 and was one of the first hybrids on the market.

This actually started off as a bike-nevolent project. Against my better judgement, it was rescued from the recycling bin and, after long hours in intensive care, more than a bit of cussing, new rubber and cables, pronounced ready for the road.

But having no place else to call home, it stuck around and volunteered for commuter and winter transportation services. That was a few years ago now and I guess it kinda grew on me. Always was a sucker for anything that followed a different drummer.

So parts have gradually been replaced using NOS or second hand parts whenever something interesting made itself available. I find bikes and original equipment are a lot like women and shoes - they never seem to be happy with what they have. At least this one doesn't obsess over its weight.

Tires are studded Nokian 240's on the original Japanese Araya single wall, welded rims. The concave braking surface profile is effective but pretty unforgiving of any vertical alignment issues. I can handle 'finicky' - they do shake off winter well and it doesn't look like I'll wear them out any time soon.

Brakes were originally 400CX cantis with KoolStops, and were recently upgraded to Shimano BR-B550's when the bushings started to show excessive play. Stopping power is progressive and even fully loaded, there's lots of it!

The 20/32/42 400CX crankset was eventually upgraded to a 30/39/50 FSA Vero, the RD swapped out for a low normal XT and a wider range 7-speed cassette put on the back. None of which changes anything in the snow, but has advantages when commuting or touring during warmer weather. Pedals are sixteen64 studded BMX pedals which work with just about anything - well anything except maybe dedicated cycling shoes.

Front and back 'fenders' are actually a single Topeak front fender that was cut up. Front section is still in front, but supplemented by a frame mounted Zefal unit. The rear section of the Topeak front is now bolted onto the rear of the rear rack. May look a little trashy but it keeps most of the slush off the rider, gives more clearance than full fenders in the winter, and handles with ease the kind of snow and slush conditions that keeps girlie bikes at home.

The original threaded fork was outfitted with a threadless adapter bonded to a carbon fiber lower extension so that a second stem could be installed below the main. The original handlebar was replaced with a cutdown Bontrager 6061-T6 flat-bar on a RaceFace stem. Ergon GC3's with taped over bar-ends provide both comfort and crash bar protection for hands and the LX 7-speed integrated controls. Important cause they don't make those any more and I don't want to downgrade this thing to more gears and less chain. Twenty-one speeds is plenty thank you very much!

The secondary mounting bar accepts lights and / or a handlebar bag, and lowers the COG of the bag when used. And it keeps everything off the main bar except for a wired Cateye computer.

The slight downwards tilt to the seat may depart from accepted norms, but facilitates pedaling while wearing ski pants. I just can't get spandex to work for me in the winter and never understood girls wearing mini-skirts at bus stops in below freezing temperatures. Some things are just dumb. My wife is much smarter - she simply refuses to take the bus.

Little things make a difference. A strip of black electrical tape lengthwise along the chain stay makes for cheap, effective paint protection.

Reflective tape on the frame, forks and rear-stays supplement double wheel reflectors since the Nokians weren't available with a reflective sidewall. In an aging population I try my best to augment old-peoples failing night vision. Its a survival thing - anything that ups my chances of not being hit by 2,000lbs of moving metal piloted by someone who probably shouldn't be driving sounds like a good idea to me.

A pair of Vision X LED's, fork mounted using Manfrotto camera clamps, and powered by a twin battery pack in a Cage Rocket, provide up to 9 hours of 1,500 lumen output. Sorry. No feeble, battery saving 'Low' setting and definitely no trendy 'Flashing' mode. Functionally these are wide beam driving lights complete with a cutoff, and their only job is to generate a great 'I can see everything in front of me' light anywhere - on or off-road.

A pair of Blackburn Voyager 2's mounted on the secondary bar normally provide daytime visibility in flashing mode and more than adequate night-time lighting on bike paths and anywhere there are streetlights. Contrary to the opinions of some people, these are seriously under-rated. The specs say 30 lumens. The stop signs two blocks away say thats a typo.

There's a Knog Skink on the seat-post but it gets blocked when there's a bag on the rack so I like to clip something to the bag, keep a couple Blackburns on the seat stays and occasionally run with a Mars on the back of my helmet as well. It's a survival thing. A friend got hit from behind in broad daylight a few weeks ago. I think peoples' IQs drop when they get behind the wheel ...

The rear winter rack is an Axiom and normally holds no more than a top bag. Winter's pretty messy and I use a backpack rather than panniers. The Giant's a real trooper but the panniers resent being covered in slush and would much rather be as far away from salt as possible. So they hibernate for the winter.

Summer morph includes full- length fenders, OMM racks, Mavic wheel-set, new brake pads, a Profile Design Aqua Rack, oversize Schwalbe Marathon tires and for touring, Arkel / Voyager touring bags - which completely changes the Giant's ride and appearance. The bike just got back from a bike-spa session so thought I's shoot and post a few pics before swapping out equipment. I may post summer pics later in the season.

A FredCycle or FrakenBike - call it what you want - in the winter when things get tough it's usually the only bike on the street so despite its age, its got absolutely nothing to prove. Last year when temperatures hit a record minus 30 - we went out for a 20 km jaunt - just because it was minus 30. And during the summer, those big 2 inch Schwalbes will let it go just about anywhere my MTB will go.

I have several other machines that are more 'high tech', more 'exotic', more expensive, more recent - but this one seems to get the most use. So regardless of how it looks, its actually a pretty nice ride.
That's an absolutely beautiful bike + a very detailed description of everything! Lucky you to have a such a nice bike, lucky bike to have an owner such as you
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Old 05-25-12, 10:16 AM   #3911
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If you guys want I'll take a vid of my same topeak bag after my siesta.
Is your Siesta over?
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Old 05-25-12, 11:49 AM   #3912
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Is your Siesta over?
LOL! Nobody had replied so I didn't think there was any interest. I will do it as soon as my iPhone is done jailbreaking...
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Old 05-26-12, 11:45 AM   #3913
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Newport Beach back bay in Orange County, CA!



You have a great eye! It's the back bay of Newport. I usually ride my bike on my lunch break from Irvine to the back bay twice a week.
Nice! I went to grad school at UCI, so I thought I had seen that before!

I never got to explore Irvine's bike path network. It's pretty extensive, right? I know that I wouldn't want to brave riding on University or some of the other roads, even ones with bike lanes, when the cars are going freeway speed on them.
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Old 05-26-12, 02:31 PM   #3915
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And finally the Giant Escape begins to emerga.
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Old 05-27-12, 03:59 AM   #3916
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Old 05-27-12, 08:59 AM   #3917
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Sweet giant.
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Very nice Giant and very nice photos.
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Giant seems to be really making a play for the hybrid category.
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Old 05-27-12, 02:33 PM   #3920
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It needs to. This bike is a bargain and an absolute joy to ride.
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Old 05-28-12, 03:47 AM   #3921
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Here's my mountain-commuter-tourer-hybrid-whatever bike at work. '07(?) RH 29er...kind of a work in progress.

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Old 05-28-12, 07:52 AM   #3922
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Looks like it can go pretty much anywhere. LOL.
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Trailer info?
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Trailer info?

I bought it at a LBS here in Germany. Not a whole lot of info to go off of for it. I've googled all the tag lines from the owner's manual, etc...nothing except for an ebay.de listing here --> http://www.ebay.de/itm/Reisetranspor...ht_3093wt_1246
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And finally the Giant Escape begins to emerga.
It really is a great all purpose bike.. Have almost 80 miles on mine now and this weekend did my first bit of trail riding, and was honestly very impressed with the transition from pavement to packed/slightly loose dirt. Every ride I love my Escape a little more!
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