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Old 08-22-12, 09:57 PM   #4276
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updated picture of my Giant Rapid Composite. Just got the aerospokes on today. 2 more upgrades, the Giant Carbon SLR flatbar and SLR Carbon Stem.

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Old 08-23-12, 04:01 AM   #4277
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Awesome looking bike! So whats the story with the wheels. Where did you get them from are they new or vintage, what do they weigh and how much did they cost?
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Old 08-23-12, 07:00 AM   #4278
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????? Nope.
Didn't think so... Only asked because of Igo's comment on post 4255:


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We've got just a few more weeks before bike season starts here. I can't wait.

and I was kidding - just forgot to add the appropriate emoticon...
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Awesome looking bike! So whats the story with the wheels. Where did you get them from are they new or vintage, what do they weigh and how much did they cost?
Thanks, its almost done. Just a few more things here and there.

Nothing special about the wheels, they are from Aerospokes USA. Cost was about $900 for the set, but they are very heavy, 1500g each. The bike is over 22lbs with them on and 20.1lbs with the stock wheels.
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Old 08-24-12, 02:45 PM   #4280
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Before.. Timex HRM, Phone Case using my phone as my GPS tracker, and the POS cycle computer.


The after.. Edge 500 one stop shopping including cadence/speed. Unfortunately mounting it on the upright put it at a terrible angle so it had to go on the bars for now.
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Old 08-24-12, 06:26 PM   #4281
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I like anything with more then one push button to be on the side I favor anyway.
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Old 08-25-12, 09:35 PM   #4282
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Old 08-26-12, 08:01 AM   #4283
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Beautiful bike,rides good too i bet.
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Old 08-26-12, 04:09 PM   #4284
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Trek 7.6 FX 2011

Trek 7.6 FX, 2011 model, purchased July 2012.

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-- rearview mirror on the left isozone grip
-- cellphone holder
-- under-seat pocket
-- cupholder
-- Shimano clip-in/stand-on pedals.
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Trek 7.6 FX, 2011 model, purchased July 2012.

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-- Shimano clip-in/stand-on pedals.
You've fitted it out well. Enjoy it.
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Since I love the Metropolis handlebars on my Kona so much I found some black ones for my Sawyer.

I didn't think going from 25 degree backsweep to 45 degrees would make such a difference but it sure did!


A while back I ditched the front derailer but just got a new 36t chainring.


I hope to leave it alone now until they improve the Alfine 11 speed.
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Wow! That is a classy bicycle, elegant yet tough.
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Wow! That is a classy bicycle, elegant yet tough.
Thanks! I feel like a kid again riding it!
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Towing my kiddo home from daycare today, my nextdoor neighbor saw me on the road. Lately, I have been using my older MTB that I put street tires on but have been wanting a more hybrid-ish bike. The weight, front suspension, and low gearing of my MTB really make it not ideal for road use. When I pulled in the driveway, she walked over and started commenting on how much I've recently been on my bike. She then started talking about how she had her hip replaced last year and will not be on a bike again. She then offered me her bike if I was interested. Always looking for a good deal, I figured I'd look at it and see what she had. I went over and gave it a look over and bought it for $230 and a Coors Light. It's a Giant Innova 19", 21 speed with 700c x 35 tires, a rear rack, and a Novara rack trunk. She also threw in a pump and multiple tools. I figure not a bad purchace considering I was ready to pull the trigger on a new $700 Trek.

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Towing my kiddo home from daycare today, my nextdoor neighbor saw me on the road. Lately, I have been using my older MTB that I put street tires on but have been wanting a more hybrid-ish bike. The weight, front suspension, and low gearing of my MTB really make it not ideal for road use. When I pulled in the driveway, she walked over and started commenting on how much I've recently been on my bike. She then started talking about how she had her hip replaced last year and will not be on a bike again. She then offered me her bike if I was interested. Always looking for a good deal, I figured I'd look at it and see what she had. I went over and gave it a look over and bought it for $230 and a Coors Light. It's a Giant Innova 19", 21 speed with 700c x 35 tires, a rear rack, and a Novara rack trunk. She also threw in a pump and multiple tools. I figure not a bad purchace considering I was ready to pull the trigger on a new $700 Trek.

Well done! It looks like it was barely ridden before her hip was replaced!

Maybe if she had ridden it more...
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Well done! It looks like it was barely ridden before her hip was replaced!

Maybe if she had ridden it more...
Thanks. I don't think she rode it much at all. When it wasn't in use she had it hanging from the ceiling in her garage. I cleaned it up and gave it a closer look tonight. I found one 1 1/2" hairline scratch near the chainstay. Other than that, it's stock and flawless. My plan is to swap out the grip shifters for triggers, change to a solid seatpost and better seat, and swap out the stem for an adjustable to help push the handlebars forward a bit. Other than that, I'm going to ride it and love it.
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My hybrid that I converted to a strange mashup of bike styles is getting converted back for some snow riding. The snow is coming way too soon. I have about 2 more months of 40F+ days.
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My hybrid that I converted to a strange mashup of bike styles is getting converted back for some snow riding. The snow is coming way too soon. I have about 2 more months of 40F+ days.
I wish it'd start snowing here early. It's still way too hot.
Photos of your hybrid please. We need to see it again....it's been a while.
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Towing my kiddo home from daycare today, my nextdoor neighbor saw me on the road. Lately, I have been using my older MTB that I put street tires on but have been wanting a more hybrid-ish bike. The weight, front suspension, and low gearing of my MTB really make it not ideal for road use. When I pulled in the driveway, she walked over and started commenting on how much I've recently been on my bike. She then started talking about how she had her hip replaced last year and will not be on a bike again. She then offered me her bike if I was interested. Always looking for a good deal, I figured I'd look at it and see what she had. I went over and gave it a look over and bought it for $230 and a Coors Light. It's a Giant Innova 19", 21 speed with 700c x 35 tires, a rear rack, and a Novara rack trunk. She also threw in a pump and multiple tools. I figure not a bad purchace considering I was ready to pull the trigger on a new $700 Trek.

I have had one of these for "approx" 20 years. It's just a frame now but use to love riding the thing. I think Giant may have intended it as a Cyclocross bike but marketed it as a Hybrid, mine actually says cross on the head badge.
Recently I did a mock build up with 29er wheels, cross tires and dropbars and it looked good but haven't taken it on as a project yet with all the other bikes I'm building up.
Yours looks original and as new, that's one bike to hang onto. It look beautiful.
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I have had one of these for "approx" 20 years. It's just a frame now but use to love riding the thing. I think Giant may have intended it as a Cyclocross bike but marketed it as a Hybrid, mine actually says cross on the head badge.
Recently I did a mock build up with 29er wheels, cross tires and dropbars and it looked good but haven't taken it on as a project yet with all the other bikes I'm building up.
Yours looks original and as new, that's one bike to hang onto. It look beautiful.
Thanks. I looked it up on bikepedia.com and estimate it's maybe a '97 or so. The tires still have the outer rubber "tits" (for lack of a better term) on them and everything is just very clean and original. I was able to take it out for a 4 mile ride this evening and it handles and performs great. There is some adjustments that need to be made but overall I am extatic about the purchase.

I do/am getting frustrated going to all the LBS's and them telling me nothing on it is worth upgrading or changing and that my money would be better spent on a new bike...This one is too cool though!
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Thanks. I looked it up on bikepedia.com and estimate it's maybe a '97 or so. The tires still have the outer rubber "tits" (for lack of a better term) on them and everything is just very clean and original. I was able to take it out for a 4 mile ride this evening and it handles and performs great. There is some adjustments that need to be made but overall I am extatic about the purchase.

I do/am getting frustrated going to all the LBS's and them telling me nothing on it is worth upgrading or changing and that my money would be better spent on a new bike...This one is too cool though!
I would guess a little earlier as by '97 most flat bar bikes had gone to V-brakes. Maybe '95.

The technical term for the hairs on the tires is 'little nubbins thingys.'

It's nice to know 'tits' is not filtered out... I had that in a post the other day but left it out thinking it would turn into "****"... It was in a completely different context, though.
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Shofine - those handlebars look exactly like what I want for myself. They look similar to On-One Mary bars - do you know how they compare? Also, what grips are those?
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I do/am getting frustrated going to all the LBS's and them telling me nothing on it is worth upgrading or changing and that my money would be better spent on a new bike...This one is too cool though!
I agree nothing is worth upgrading or changing, unless there is a problem with something. After you have ridden it so much you have worn the tread off the tires, reward yourself by doing the only 'upgrade' that could make any difference: put better tires on. Anything else is just throwing money into a hole.
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Shofine - those handlebars look exactly like what I want for myself. They look similar to On-One Mary bars - do you know how they compare? Also, what grips are those?
Thanks!
I almost got the On-One Marys...I believe they have to be close to the same design as the FSA Metropolis. http://www.modernbike.com/itemgroup.asp?IGPK=2126182324
The grips are the PDW Whiskey Grips. I love the feel of leather! http://www.ridepdw.com/goods/grips/w...grips%E2%84%A2
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Here is my Jamis Tangier. I know it's old, but it still serves me well. I expect I'll have to change out some bits and pieces one of these days, but I love this bike.

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