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Old 01-04-11, 03:20 AM   #1776
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Just finished this bike build, back to ( ALMOST ) factory specs. Giant ATX 860.. Now the Hybrid part is coming,
wil be the only bike that has NO suspension. 27 pounds right now. http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...0860&Type=bike


I think it wil make a great Hybrid ! Richard
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Funny in the snow video how you left footprints in the snow from your pedal strokes. Is the camera operator on foot or shooting from the saddle?
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Old 01-04-11, 02:30 PM   #1778
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It was pretty deep, they were on foot. Richard
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Old 01-05-11, 07:43 AM   #1779
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Well one of my stock brake levers fell apart so I decided to replace them with some Deore. As I had to take the bar-tape off, I decided to heed qmsdc15's advice and replace with lock-ons. (hence ditched the bar ends)
The latest look....
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Old 01-05-11, 07:47 AM   #1780
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Just finished this bike build, back to ( ALMOST ) factory specs. Giant ATX 860.. Now the Hybrid part is coming,
wil be the only bike that has NO suspension. 27 pounds right now. http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...0860&Type=bike


I think it wil make a great Hybrid ! Richard
This bike has great potential. You are going to have great fun modifying it.
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Old 01-05-11, 08:07 AM   #1781
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...plus the only way I have found to keep my feet warm is. To wear water proof boots with wickering socks, then
depending on how cold it is, which size wool over them, have been out for half a day in sub 30 degrees and no
more cold feet, but with the boots, they do not fit my strap peddles on the Schwinn... Richard : )
On my cold / freezing rides I use "Pi wind break singtex 5000 socks". They were very expensive but my feet never get cold and they are worth ever cent. I'm not sure if you can get them in the States though.
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Old 01-05-11, 10:42 PM   #1782
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Old 01-07-11, 07:28 AM   #1783
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I like how you've colour matched the skewers to the fork and seat stay. Good one d(^.^)

Also, maybe swap your seat post to one with a zero setback so you don't have to set your saddle so far forward. Maybe a nice Thomson Elite (?)

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Nice Giant, Vinny! Looks fast!
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Well one of my stock brake levers fell apart so I decided to replace them with some Deore. As I had to take the bar-tape off, I decided to heed qmsdc15's advice and replace with lock-ons. (hence ditched the bar ends)
Yeah, looks better! Putting barends on risers is a faux pas! (Although that hasn't stopped me from doing it, haha.)

If you decide you need more hand positions, a flat bar or slightly wider riser bar should give you back the little bit of space needed to use your barends. When I was using bar tape instead of grips in order to make room for barends, there wasn't really enough room for my hands especially when wearing winter gloves. My hands fit, but rubbed on the barends which bothered me. I think you'll like having the extra space that the grips provide for your hands.
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Here is my Schwinn Sierra GS, with an XL frame. It started out life as a hybrid comfort bike, and has changed significantly since I bought it in the fall.



Here are the changes and additions I've made:

Changed the stock saddle to a Forte Contour;
Swapped out the Innova tires for Continental Contact tires;
Changed the freewheel to have faster gear ratios;
Swapped out the stock riser bars for flat (with Avenir grips and a mirror);
Changed the grip shifters to Sram X-3 trigger shifters;
Swapped the plastic pedals for alloy clipless/platform pedals;
Added Planet Bike fenders;
Added a Cateye headlight and taillight set;
Added a Cateye cyclocomputer; and,
Added a Nashbar LDT rack.

The bike is now more comfortable for long rides and easier to ride in windy conditions.

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Old 01-07-11, 09:09 PM   #1787
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... there wasn't really enough room for my hands especially when wearing winter gloves. ...
I agree totally, and noticed the difference straight away. Yes I've reduced the hand positions but I'm reminding myself of my BMX days (1980's...yes I'm an old dude) when I didn't know any difference.
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Old 01-07-11, 09:15 PM   #1788
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Here is my Schwinn Sierra GS, with an XL frame. It started out life as a hybrid comfort bike, and has changed significantly since I bought it in the fall....Here are the changes and additions I've made:

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Looks funtastic!!,
Notice that it doesn't matter which mode of bike on BF, very few people stick to stock parts. It is addictive, and the aftermarket Cycling Industry loves us all.
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Old 01-10-11, 02:54 AM   #1789
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Nice Giant, Vinny! Looks fast!
Thanks, I get some looks, LOL. I tried the seat sitting back farther my arms cant reach the handle bars.
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... I tried the seat sitting back farther my arms cant reach the handle bars.
I think I mislead you. My suggestion was to swap your post from setback:


to straight:


That would maybe bring you forward into an even more comfortable position.
It's no problem you don't have to, your bike looks good as is.
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Thanks, I get some looks, LOL. I tried the seat sitting back farther my arms cant reach the handle bars.
I you can't reach the bar, you should swap your stem. Seat position should be adjusted in relation to the pedals, not to the handlebar.
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LOL, yeah that would be a good I deal but I want to say with all giant as much as possible. The Giant seat post is Carbon.
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I think I mislead you. My suggestion was to swap your post from setback:


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That would maybe bring you forward into an even more comfortable position.
It's no problem you don't have to, your bike looks good as is.
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I see thanks for the advise I am going to go get fitted pretty soon.

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I you can't reach the bar, you should swap your stem. Seat position should be adjusted in relation to the pedals, not to the handlebar.
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Old 01-12-11, 01:37 PM   #1794
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The various stages of my hybrid:











The bike as it stands now. Not quite put together, but getting there. Still need to add the chain (9 speed Dura Ace), install the shorter rear derailleur cage, change out the jockey wheels to anodized KCNC units, and tune it all up.
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The bike as it stands now. ...
Good one d(^ . ^)
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Got some new stuff on the bike:



Chronologically:
- A different saddle bag; came with a mini repair kit.
- Kickstand and Giyo mini pump.
- Shorter reach drop handlebar; took it off of my old bike, it's steel but more comfortable.
- Sachs Huret Rival Sport 7 speed downtube shifters; indexing is incompatible with my Shimano drive train, but I like their ratcheting action.
- Zoom black seat post with an integrated clamp; looks better and is more practical.
- Shimano A530 hybrid platform-SPD pedals.
- And to top it all off, silver bar tape (Pro Microfiber Smart Silicone).

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Can't complain @ all.

Heres my Hybrid bike, got her last summer a family member gave me a kmart gift certificate wasn't in the market to but a new bike but since I had the gift card I was only going to pay $70 so I decided on this schwinn (originally $280). Now I know everyone here including me tend to stay away from "big-box" bikes, but this one caught my eye 1st it was aluminum had 700c wheels. trigger shifters & a cane creek thredless headset. It actually looks and feels like a entry/mid level lbs kind of bike. I had a Gary Fisher tiburon that I loved but was slightly too small of a frame. Long story short I used the gary fisher handlesbars, rims,brakes, crankarms and cassette. I must say this bike rides excellent, although its a kmart bike it feels much better quality than the usual junky bikes you see in those places. I included a before & after shot, it does the job and is quick not as fast as my roadbike but I really love getting around on this bike.
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Heres my Hybrid bike, got her last summer a family member gave me a kmart gift certificate wasn't in the market to but a new bike but since I had the gift card I was only going to pay $70 so I decided on this schwinn (originally $280). Now I know everyone here including me tend to stay away from "big-box" bikes, but this one caught my eye 1st it was aluminum had 700c wheels. trigger shifters & a cane creek thredless headset. It actually looks and feels like a entry/mid level lbs kind of bike. I had a Gary Fisher tiburon that I loved but was slightly too small of a frame. Long story short I used the gary fisher handlesbars, rims,brakes, crankarms and cassette. I must say this bike rides excellent, although its a kmart bike it feels much better quality than the usual junky bikes you see in those places. I included a before & after shot, it does the job and is quick not as fast as my roadbike but I really love getting around on this bike.
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I might have found a keeper for my riding style :
Hope everyone is having a great new year ! Richard
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