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Old 07-26-10, 09:11 PM   #1276
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Here's my hybrid that I've been using to commute for the past few weeks. I just added the bar ends and new saddle tonight. I'm looking forward to trying them both out tomorrow morning.
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Old 07-27-10, 12:52 AM   #1277
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Here's my Jamis Citizen 1. It's really plain, but it's my first bike since I was a kid. I'm still working out the seat position, but other than that's I've really enjoyed riding it

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Old 07-27-10, 09:53 PM   #1278
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Here's my hybrid that I've been using to commute for the past few weeks. I just added the bar ends and new saddle tonight. I'm looking forward to trying them both out tomorrow morning.
Can we have a more detailed picture of the rack mounting? I'm looking for ideas for mounting my rack in my frame without eyelets.

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Old 07-27-10, 10:33 PM   #1279
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if your frame has no screws for fenders/rack on the dropouts, you can use rubber covered metal clamps on the seat stays to support a rack (I've used some pipe clamps I found at the hardware store for this in the past). and, if you have no screw mounts on the side of the seat stays, you can use either the brake bridge on the seat stays, or a clamp consisting of a pair of 3" or so long bars that clamp to both seat stays and provide a mounting point for the upper rack. many old school cheap racks came with stay clamps.
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Old 07-28-10, 03:36 PM   #1280
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Here's my Jamis Citizen 1. It's really plain, but it's my first bike since I was a kid. I'm still working out the seat position, but other than that's I've really enjoyed riding it
Even thought I didn't sell you this bike and you are on the other end of the country, I'm glad to see that you are enjoying it all the same. I often recommend the citizen to anyone that is just riding for some fitness and short commutes. Great bike for the price.

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if your frame has no screws for fenders/rack on the dropouts, you can use rubber covered metal clamps on the seat stays to support a rack (I've used some pipe clamps I found at the hardware store for this in the past). and, if you have no screw mounts on the side of the seat stays, you can use either the brake bridge on the seat stays, or a clamp consisting of a pair of 3" or so long bars that clamp to both seat stays and provide a mounting point for the upper rack. many old school cheap racks came with stay clamps.
Those little clamps are good, however, some bikes have tubing that is larger than the clamps that come with your average rack. Another option for the toop of your rack is a seat clamp that has braze ons manufactured into it.
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Old 07-28-10, 03:56 PM   #1281
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Those little clamps are good, however, some bikes have tubing that is larger than the clamps that come with your average rack. Another option for the toop of your rack is a seat clamp that has braze ons manufactured into it.
you can find very similar clamps at a hardware store in a range of sizes, they are used for securing plumbing. the only downside is they tend to be galavanized rather than stainless/chrome, so they get pretty nasty looking after a few years outside.... like these...


I went and used M3 metric allen stuff with them when I used those to put a rack on a that had no bolt holes. I only used them for the bottom end of the rack, the top side, I did something with the brake bridge between the seat stays.
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Old 07-28-10, 04:05 PM   #1282
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god i love white oversize tubed bikes!! just as well i have one oh and its a hybrid i must post a pic
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Old 07-28-10, 07:27 PM   #1283
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My Specialized Crosstrail in April. I've since swapped out the stock grips with ergonomic ones and added a camera mount. Other than that, everything is still pretty much stock parts!

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Old 07-29-10, 11:00 AM   #1284
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No offence, If you really want that Orbea you should get it, but I personally think it is a bad choice.
It costs more than $2000 because it has a carbon frame and fork and ultegra components ... this brings the weight down to about 10 kilos.
If you would get a bike that is almost exactly the same bike but with an aluminum frame and fork and ... let's say ... a 105 group of components, that bike would cost less than half the price of this-one, while only weighing about 1 or max 2 kilos more.
Do you want to pay $1000+ for a bit more than 1 kilo off of the total weight of your weight plus the weight of your bike?
Unless you are planning on doing amateur races, I personally think that there is no reason for this, but you are free to spend your money on whatever you like, ofcourse.

Take a look at the Orbea Aneto, for instance, and compare the price and the weight & components to the Diem Ice
Call me superficial, but the main reason I have my eye on it is the cool factor ;-). I am not an apple fan, but I would compare the Orbea with the equivalent to an Apple computer vs a PC: both have pros and cons but the Apple looks fancier.

I actually own a Giant Seek 4. Quite nice looking, with decent components for a fraction of the Orbea's price. And most importantly, it does the job (daily commute of about 25 miles round trip).
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Old 07-29-10, 11:46 AM   #1285
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The comparison with Apple is perfect.
I do not advice anyone to buy anything made by Apple for the exactly the same reasons
If people want overpriced stuff that is less versatile because it supposedly makes them cool, I guess it'll just have to be that way.
A fine example is the new Ipad ... a silly device with very little functions and nothing new ... but hype it enough and people will buy it and even fight to the death for it if they have to.
I've got a Panasonic Toughbook here ... it has everything an Ipad has and more and it has been that way for nearly a decade ... although they are pricey though.
I also had a 6GB MP3 player before the Ipod came out, but once the Ipod came they hyped it so it seemed they invented the whole thing.
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Old 07-29-10, 11:55 AM   #1286
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As mentioned, my Giant Seek 4. Not quite the Orbea, but I love it!
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Old 07-29-10, 12:02 PM   #1287
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I'm not sure carbon fiber is superior to aluminum to the same degree that Apple computers and Apple mp3 players are superior to their competitors' products, but anyone who claims he wouldn't enjoy owning that Orbea or a iPad is lying or delusional.
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Old 07-29-10, 12:07 PM   #1288
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I choose to defer.
I would not enjoy owning an Ipad as I already have superior hardware and thus will find the Ipad inferior and crap.
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Old 07-29-10, 12:30 PM   #1289
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I don't think you're lying, you must be delusional.
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Old 07-29-10, 02:06 PM   #1290
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I don't think you're lying, you must be delusional.
Not delusional, just lucky to be in subcontracted service of one of the biggest telecom companies in Belgium.
They provide me with this beauty:
http://gearpatrol.com/blog/2007/04/2...-toughbook-30/
Read the specs, look at the looks and then tell me you wouldn't prefer one of these over an Ipad
I have the version with 14" touchscreen, UMTS and extra battery btw.

Oh sorry ... let's get back to the pictures, shall we?
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Old 07-29-10, 06:57 PM   #1291
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Yeah...but your machine weighs 10lbs and costs how much?
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Old 07-29-10, 08:53 PM   #1292
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I'm super new to this board, but I figured I'd post a pic or two of my diamondback



this is my first venture into the bike world in probably 20 years, glad I went with a hybrid, been loving it so far
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Old 07-29-10, 10:15 PM   #1293
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After moving my parts onto a larger frame, I scrounged enough parts to put this bike back together as a 21 speed with 700x40 City reflectorized tires and grip shifters...



my daughter doesn't much like it, she wants me to keep this instead...

(a lightweight 7 speed 'cruiser' with 26x1.9 fatties and old school bmx alloy bars-n-stuff that I've had for 30 years)

as an alternate to her preferred bike...


its way too small for my son (he's taller than I am, with longer legs )...

we now have 9 bikes, I'm thinking a couple have to go, and this little red one is one of them. sigh.

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Old 07-30-10, 01:01 AM   #1294
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Yeah...but your machine weighs 10lbs and costs how much?
As I said before, weight is a marginal factor ... both in bikes and in laptops
I'd rather have a sturdy bike or laptop that can take a beating instead of having a superlight bike or laptop that is fragile.
The cost of a new toughbook like mine is about $5000, but as I said: I got it from the company
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Old 07-30-10, 06:02 AM   #1295
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After moving my parts onto a larger frame, I scrounged enough parts to put this bike back together as a 21 speed with 700x40 City reflectorized tires and grip shifters...



we now have 9 bikes, I'm thinking a couple have to go, and this little red one is one of them. sigh.
Ooh... pick me, pick me!!! I think that red bike is super cool.
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Old 07-30-10, 10:24 AM   #1296
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Ooh... pick me, pick me!!! I think that red bike is super cool.
Its a neat ride, but its a small frame. The concept I had in mind was a mini cruiser but with useful gears and lighter-faster wheels.

I think it would be best for a petite person... in the picture, the seat is as high up as a 350mm seat post will safely go, and its 2-3" lower than I'd like, I'm 6' tall with somewhat shorter than normal legs. My daughter is 5'4 with long legs, it fits her fine. Those 40c tires work pretty well on dirt, too, if you're not too heavy. I rode it with a 400mm seat post, and that went high enough for my legs but the frame just felt too small.

it needs a new seat and new shift-grips (or alternate style shifters and regular grips), as the old grips I used are gooey. ok, and the pedals are plastic junk wellgo stuff. everything else is pretty new (brand new sealed BB, fresh repacked older hubs, good condition chain, almost unused rear 7-speed freewheel, fresh pads on the brakes, all new cables).
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Old 07-30-10, 02:49 PM   #1297
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I'm super new to this board, but I figured I'd post a pic or two of my diamondback


this is my first venture into the bike world in probably 20 years, glad I went with a hybrid, been loving it so far
your front wheel looks huge in this picture probably just an optical illusion right??
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Old 07-30-10, 03:28 PM   #1298
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your front wheel looks huge in this picture probably just an optical illusion right??
wide angle lens, shot from quite close. look at the bookcase.
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Old 07-30-10, 04:46 PM   #1299
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'09 Gary Fisher Kaitai

2009 Gary Fisher Kaitai, slightly modified.


A little delivery run to UPS.








On the trail, today's ride. The clouds were nice, broke up the deserts otherwise shadeless 90+ degrees.

Thanks for checking my bike out! Ride Safe.
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Here's my new pride and joy; a 2010 Norco Ceres - Reynolds 525 frame, Shimano mechanical disc brakes, Alfine hub, and belt drive. Smooth as silk!



Changes from stock include a Serfas RX saddle, Greenfield Stabilizer kickstand, and sealed-bearing pedals with clips & toe straps.
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