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Old 04-10-14, 02:59 AM   #5476
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Bought a little "Bling" today...Anodized KCNC chain-ring bolts.
So this is my "Hybrid" as of now...
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Old 04-10-14, 03:49 AM   #5477
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So I measured the fender with a caliper. The overall outside width is 45.72mm. The edge lip is 1.9mm thick meaning the the inner width of the fender is about 41.91mm. If you tire truly measures 40mm wide at its widest you should be fine. What tire are you running?
I'm not running an tyre at the moment, as I am planning my great Hybrid Purchase in the later half of this year.

I'm likely to start off with a 38mm sized tyre, but want the option to explore larger sizes to see if they work better for me.

Having said that, with the information you have provided, I could probably quite easily live with 40mm tyres and then be able to run that beautiful fender.
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Old 04-11-14, 08:11 PM   #5478
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I just flipped the stem today and I can't believe how much more comfortable the ride is. Next swap-out will be the red pedals for either a set of Shimano Saints or Crank Bros 5050 //2. Once I wear out the stock 32mm tires I will be moving to a 28mm width. Other than that... maybe a little bling here and there but nothing major. The bike rides great, why change what works?
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Old 04-11-14, 11:56 PM   #5479
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I just flipped the stem today and I can't believe how much more comfortable the ride is.
Could you please expand on the difference between the new and old stem.

Is it just a matter of different lengths, or is the angle dramatically different between the two of them?
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Old 04-12-14, 01:58 AM   #5480
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Could you please expand on the difference between the new and old stem.

Is it just a matter of different lengths, or is the angle dramatically different between the two of them?
Flipping the stem means exactly that. He flipped it over. Many stems are designed that way ...two angles and ever so slight difference in length.
Notice his stem is close enough to level, whereas before it would have been angled up a little , maybe 10 deg (?)
You can also often change the height by moving spacers. If you buy a hybrid with the old style quill type stem, you pretty well have to buy a new stem.

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Old 04-12-14, 08:43 AM   #5481
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^^ what giantcfr1 said ^^

In this case flipping the stem (very easy and you only need a hex key) moved me a little lower (up front) and just slightly more forward. This shifted my balance on the bike enough to make a huge difference in my riding comfort. Actually more of a difference than I was expecting. It also changed my position on my saddle. I was having some problems with my saddle and wasn't sure if I was going to have to swap saddles or possibly buy a new seatpost that was micro adjustable. This simple adjustment (and I might add is reversible if you don't like it) really helped. I feel much more balanced on the bike.

I have about 20mm of shims that I can remove in case I want to experiment with going lower.
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Old 04-12-14, 09:14 AM   #5482
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Flipping the stem means exactly that. He flipped it over. Many stems are designed that way ...two angles and ever so slight difference in length.
Notice his stem is close enough to level, whereas before it would have been angled up a little , maybe 10 deg (?)
You can also often change the height by moving spacers. If you buy a hybrid with the old style quill type stem, you pretty well have to buy a new stem.
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^^ what giantcfr1 said ^^

In this case flipping the stem (very easy and you only need a hex key) moved me a little lower (up front) and just slightly more forward. This shifted my balance on the bike enough to make a huge difference in my riding comfort. Actually more of a difference than I was expecting. It also changed my position on my saddle. I was having some problems with my saddle and wasn't sure if I was going to have to swap saddles or possibly buy a new seatpost that was micro adjustable. This simple adjustment (and I might add is reversible if you don't like it) really helped. I feel much more balanced on the bike.

I have about 20mm of shims that I can remove in case I want to experiment with going lower.

Ahhhh okay. Thanks for the feedback.

I've considered the possibility that one might change a stem, but never thought before about flipping one over. That certainly could make a big difference.
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Old 04-14-14, 01:40 AM   #5483
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I love it. Makes me happy to see members' bikes evolving.

My hybrid's next 'evolution' will be drop bar conversion. Still contemplating though.
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Old 04-14-14, 09:34 AM   #5484
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Here is my in city Hybrid for riding around Downtown and very crowded areas. Its is sooooo much fun in that environment.





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Old 04-15-14, 11:28 AM   #5485
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Here is my in city Hybrid for riding around Downtown and very crowded areas. Its is sooooo much fun in that environment.





Wow.. What an interesting bike!! I have never seen them in person. As a matter of fact, there are many other bikes that I have never seen in person anyway ^^", but surely this is one of the most unique. Anyway, how much does it weigh? Top speed? Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-15-14, 12:41 PM   #5486
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It weighs about 25 pds and I don't know the top speed since I don't have a bike computer on it.
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Old 04-16-14, 12:36 PM   #5487
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Old 04-16-14, 02:09 PM   #5488
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sorry for the bad quality pic... here's my expert carbon upside down hanging in the garage and daughter's trailer underneath.
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Old 04-17-14, 07:06 AM   #5489
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Sirrus comp disc 2014 just got it haven't had time to ride it much though.
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Old 04-20-14, 01:15 AM   #5490
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My 1999 Cannondale Silk Path - before purchase and as it sits now. Yes, I know I need to clean that garage door.





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Old 04-20-14, 02:08 PM   #5491
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My new commuter bike is a 2014 Sirrus Comp Carbon. I've had it for about a month and I'm really enjoying it. I have to carry my bike up a couple of flights of stairs at both ends of my commute and it's so much easier to do than with my old 93 Giant Rincon-based commuter.

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Old 04-21-14, 03:58 PM   #5492
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I picked up this beauty on craigslist for $80. I think it's a 1998(?) Trek 730 Multitrack, I had to replace seatpost ( the one on did not fit, too small), seat, and seatpost skewer. After the first ride, I replaced the bottom bracket, crankset, chain, and rear tire, I also put on a rear rack. I am in love with this bike, ride's really smooth, fast, nimble.






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Old 04-22-14, 11:55 AM   #5493
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My first bike in almost two decades. Starting to think about what are the most haves for accessories. My immediate thoughts are lights, a top tube bag, bottle.holder, patch kit and pump etc.

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Old 04-22-14, 05:15 PM   #5494
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Trek 790 Multitrack

This is my Trek 790 Multitrack. I wanted to maintain the character of the bike, so chose to make small changes based on function. The bike was purchased via craigslist from a seller in Milwaukee, WI. There are some small details that make believe this bike was an early production model. The published stats for this model (1990) list Shimano Deore DX hubs. This bike has Shimano 600 hubs (7s). Also, this bike does not have rack mounts on the fork-every other 790 I've seen pictured has these mounts. Maybe someone knows more about these variations.

I live Chicago, which is essentially flat, so I lowered the gearing to match the topography. I took cues from the 600 hubs and changed out the Deore DX rear derailleur with a short cage 600EX derailleur. For now, I'm keeping the Deore front derailleur, but may find 600EX for the front too. I ditched the third chainring and replaced the original cassette with a lower geared (13-23) Hyperglide cassette. A new Hyperglide chain makes the drivetrain function perfectly. New Soma tires (32mm), cork grips and a pair of Deore pedals to replace the original SR pedals. Oh yeah, new brake pads and lots of fresh grease.

When I purchased the bike, it wouldn't shift onto the large chainring, the brakes barely functioned, and it was covered with a layer of grime. Now, it functions perfectly, it rides smooth and swift, and manages big city potholes. No regrets.
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Old 04-22-14, 05:25 PM   #5495
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Old 04-22-14, 06:52 PM   #5496
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My first bike in almost two decades. Starting to think about what are the most haves for accessories. My immediate thoughts are lights, a top tube bag, bottle.holder, patch kit and pump etc.
Bar ends are a must have. I use them far more than holding on the grips. Enjoy, I only have 140 miles so far on my Escape and love it.
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Bar ends are a must have. I use them far more than holding on the grips. Enjoy, I only have 140 miles so far on my Escape and love it.
Thanks for the ideas. I took care of some of the obvious stuff today. Patch kit and pump. Bottle and holder. Some blackburn design flea usb rechargable lights for front and back. I want to find a top tube bag but see most in the liter range. That seems like a lot of bag for just my daily carry items.
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Old 04-23-14, 05:19 AM   #5498
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Thanks for the ideas. I took care of some of the obvious stuff today. Patch kit and pump. Bottle and holder. Some blackburn design flea usb rechargable lights for front and back. I want to find a top tube bag but see most in the liter range. That seems like a lot of bag for just my daily carry items.
Top tube bag, I didn't think of that. My birthday is next week and my wife has told everyone, Amazon gift cards. I still have everything but a bottle cage and bar ends to buy. I need a way to easily carry my camera, which isn't pocket size, but not as bit as a dSLR, and perhaps a top tube bag would be a great way to carry it along with my phone and wallet. I just looked and it looks like there are top tube bags that have a cell holder on top to keep it visible. It may be nice to go this route since I use my phone to track my rides.

An under the saddle mount bag would probably be the best way to carry the on-ride repair stuff. I have a whole list of stuff in my Amazon wishlist waiting for my birthday.
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Top tube bag, I didn't think of that. My birthday is next week and my wife has told everyone, Amazon gift cards. I still have everything but a bottle cage and bar ends to buy. I need a way to easily carry my camera, which isn't pocket size, but not as bit as a dSLR, and perhaps a top tube bag would be a great way to carry it along with my phone and wallet. I just looked and it looks like there are top tube bags that have a cell holder on top to keep it visible. It may be nice to go this route since I use my phone to track my rides.

An under the saddle mount bag would probably be the best way to carry the on-ride repair stuff. I have a whole list of stuff in my Amazon wishlist waiting for my birthday.
Picked up two of the timbuk2 goody bags today for my and the gfs bikes. They look like they are going to work very well.
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I think all the track racks have the same width track and the same latch bar. The difference is the length and how they attach to the bike. My bag is not as long as my rack but it works fine.

This is the rack I have, I got rid of the flat steel attachment hardware and made my own from aluminum tubing:

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I have the same rack so I think I might pick one of those bags up. Thanks for the help.
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