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Old 10-08-07, 10:39 AM   #51
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Here are my 3 previous bikes, all leading up to my current bike, the Peugeot.

It's been a transformation that moved along with my personal progress.

90 miles

359 miles

maybe 20 miles

Current bike with 112 miles. Photo take 10 minutes ago.
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Old 10-08-07, 05:26 PM   #52
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What the heck size frame is that second bike!?
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Old 10-08-07, 05:37 PM   #53
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What the heck size frame is that second bike!?
Looks like a 23"/58cm range...they are kind of hard to find.

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Old 10-08-07, 05:45 PM   #54
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Its gotta be bigger then that. Mid 60's I'd say. But what do I know, I ride a 50-52
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Old 10-09-07, 02:05 PM   #55
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yeah. It was a 63cm. The frame was way too big for me but the leg extension was great. I'd just cock it over to the side when I came to red lights. The last bike is a perfect fit in every aspect. Like I said, it's what I currently ride. All of the others have been sold off to better homes.
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Old 10-09-07, 05:53 PM   #56
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Its gotta be bigger then that. Mid 60's I'd say. But what do I know, I ride a 50-52
Ooooooooops I was looking at the third picture down For some reason the picture of the second bike didn't load...yep it is way bigger than a 58cm

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Old 11-26-07, 09:02 PM   #57
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Electric bike... battery goes for ~45 miles at ~20mph with moderate pedaling.

500watt "cyclone" motor.

waterproof container on the back for battery, groceries, lunch, spare clothes, etc.
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Old 11-26-07, 10:28 PM   #58
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Electric bike... battery goes for ~45 miles at ~20mph with moderate pedaling.

500watt "cyclone" motor.

waterproof container on the back for battery, groceries, lunch, spare clothes, etc.
That is a strange bike... not in a bad way.

Homemade?
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Old 11-27-07, 02:56 PM   #59
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it's homemade in the sense that I assembled it and modified a couple parts. The box on the back is a 14-gallon rubbermaid style storage box. The frame+wheels were given to me and I bought the motor and battery separately. The handlebars are cruiser style bars which I chopped off really narrow and installed "backwards". The seat was a hole-in-the-middle seat with thick foam on top, but in a moment of inspiration and frustration with the seat I was using before (having long since decided the foam-top seat was unusable) I removed the foam and cloth from this seat to use the bare plastic part. Much more comfy.
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Old 12-22-07, 02:43 PM   #60
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My Commuter. (Atually, it is my "go everywhere" bike. )

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Old 12-23-07, 02:19 PM   #61
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Not Carfree Yet
My main mode of transportation around the local area. The homebuilt 20" long bike is my main ride. Its a real load carrier and very comfortable but slow. My first choice if cruising or browsing. Haven't tried it with the trailer yet.
The '76 Schwinn is also comfortable and load carrier but at stops it's uncomfortable staying on top of it. It is currently down for modifications to alleviate that and to get a new set of pale yellow fenders. The only thing left on it that is Schwinn is the Frame, fork and seat post. If I had to go long distance anywhere, carry a load and/or pull the trailer this is the one.
I carry the folder in my 20 year old car and when I go into the city I park the car and do my shopping on it. I have a basket and a messenger bag just for that. It's a cheap Chinese model but with care it will do all I will ever need a folder for. The bike is uncomfortable but it is slated for some changes to fix that somewhat. I feel sort of like a bear in the circus when I ride it.
The Peugeot is a '73, Dame PX15 (I think) and it's new to me. I picked it up Friday at the Goodwill store and as you can see it is already being fitted for carrying stuff. If it can't do that then it is just a toy. This may or may not work out as the frame is a little tall for me. With the seat at the lowest possible setting it just fits and being a step through frame stand over height is not a problem but hoisting my big butt into the seat is an effort. Sitting on the seat at a stop is really iffy. Makes up for that by being fast and very nice quality. Somebody paid a lot of money for this when it was new. For fear of having a contract put out on me by someone in C&V I probably won't ever chop this one. (evil laugh)
I have others and I love them all but these are the current mainstays.
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Old 12-23-07, 02:50 PM   #62
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Somebody paid a lot of money for this when it was new. For fear of having a contract put out on me by someone in C&V I probably won't ever chop this one. (evil laugh)
Not me! It's a sweet bike, though!

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Old 01-05-08, 11:17 AM   #63
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Ok, you asked for it! Some of these are projects in progress, and this includes my g/f and sons bikes:






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Old 01-06-08, 05:26 PM   #64
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My schwinn traveler and surly crosscheck (just finished the surly)

the schwinn used to be the workhorse but nowadays i ride the surly more often.
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Old 01-06-08, 05:55 PM   #65
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^^ the white crosscheck looks nice!

I almost always see them in black, but the white ones are so pretty!
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Old 01-11-08, 02:24 PM   #66
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I can't really play favorites with my bikes, they are all awesome in their own ways.

The commuter.


The singletrack speeder.


The jumper.


I have a winter beater too, just no pics right now.
Hey Mags, where's the sekine? Doesn't that deserve a post too?
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Old 01-30-08, 05:05 PM   #67
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Bianchi Fremont 48/17 fixed (18 ss on flipflop hub) for good weather; Bianchi San Jose 42/15 fixed (16 ss on flipflop hub) for inclement.
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Bianchi Fremont 48/17 fixed (18 ss on flipflop hub) for good weather; Bianchi San Jose 42/15 fixed (16 ss on flipflop hub) for inclement.
the San Jose rocks. I don't have one (yet) but enjoyed a test ride a few months back. Did pick up a set of wheels off a San Jose via eBay, and putting them on an old Fuji tourer with horizontal drops that I'm converting to singlespeed. Chicago in the lake effect wind and snow is blustery even more than my own midwestern Cow-Lumbus. The knobbies on the San Jose look perfect for those conditions. Are you running fenders, it has the clearance!
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Just finished this today, it behaves much better than the last bike used with the 'X, and is a much better fit.

Very happy with it!
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Old 02-02-08, 11:32 PM   #70
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Just finished this today, it behaves much better than the last bike used with the 'X, and is a much better fit.

Very happy with it!
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Reta: the Renewable Energy Transportation Alternative. She's a bike that thinks she's a car. With lights, mirrors, speedometer, cupholder, console, trunk, air horn, windshield, trailer hitch, and a comfy bucket seat, there's not much difference except for a motor, two extra wheels, and a couple thousand pounds of unnecessary steel.
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Looks good, but I bet if you put an Avid Roll-a-majig on that rear deraileur your shifting would improve.
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Early '90s Saracen Traverse MTB, fitted sweepy bars and some v-brakes so i can actually stop the damn thing when it's hauling the week's groceries. 7-speed with xt thumbs, racks from CETMA and a home-bodge job on the rear...

Hauled furniture with this one
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Old 03-26-08, 08:03 PM   #75
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My daily ride and trailer. Scooter won't run so i think I'm going to petrol free for good.
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