My solid old Raleigh Olympian convert and a couple of curious cats
Old Bianchi for a little stockiness
this is my car-lite bike. i'm able to take my kid to school on it (with his book bag, etc), load it with gallons of milk, cases of beer, tools, anything. looking thru the other photos... there's a lot of trailers, milk crates and s/s track bikes. if you are truly carfree/carlite- and do your grocery shopping, hardware store visits, and people moving all on a bike- you HAVE to look into these things. i couldnt do it w/o it. greatest machine on the planet.
and yes... that is BLUE NEON you see rigged underneath it. at night it looks as if you are hovering...
I realized I never posted my bicycle in this thread! Here she is.
I find it slightly amusing that she is more than twice my age. You can't argue with class, no matter the age.
Here is a shot of my home-brew thrift store pannier. Quick release and lockable, but the best part is the total cost was only 5$.
I love the trunk. How much can you fit in it?
Aside from the Sekine in my signature here's a few shots of my 2001 Miele Mercury MTB being rebuilt as a utility bike. There's still a few 'bugs' in the drive train which I think is related to the chain being worn and BB has a little bit of play that I need to fix.
At this point, I'd swapped the stem out with something in better shape. Added the riser bars, integrated v-brake and trigger shifters, replaced the cantilevers with v-brakes, changed the knobbies to Continental City Ride tires, added Axiom fenders and rack. The pump I've had for about 20 years, but a recent bike find found a clip bracket that fit it perfectly, so that's on there too. At the very right you can see part of the trailer that I've been working on to go with it.
Here the cranks have been swapped out, the ugly stickers removed, some general cleaning and polishing performed.
All in all, there's at least three bikes combined into one here. The very first ride on this bike was getting it from my bother's home. It would barely shift gears, threw the chain several times and the inner tube was clearly visible through the sidewalls of the front tire! I had serious concerns that I was gonna have to walk.
Now it's a pretty decent ride. Very stable and cushy. What you can't see in detail (sorry, cell phone pics - will take some better ones soon) is the drive-side chainstay is wrapped in electrical tape, and on the other side there's some inner tube attached with more PVC tape where the trailer clamps on to help keep it stable and protect the frame.
Over all I tried to keep everything black and silver/chrome on this bike, aiming for a sort of European look.
you can join the cool kid club!
ask me how.
Since I have to wait a few weeks for my new BB to come in on the daily rider...I decided to pick up a cheap "back-up" ride.
You've got the neon, now you need a kick ass sound system and some hydrolysis.
Xtracycle retrofit kit to extend the bike. It connects to the rear dropouts and chainstay bridge, and includes mounts for disc, v-, and cantilever brakes.
Here's a great car-free picture of my LHT
I gave up my car a year ago and exchanged it for these:
My real bicycle :):
I got this bicycle to correct for my other bicycle. Although it's older, it's a great bike for getting around town (the fenders and rack weren't on the bike when picture was taken).
And my "imitation of a bicycle" bike :innocent::
It's everything one doesn't want in a bicycle. I got it before I knew anything about cycling or went car free. It's a Target grade, heavy, fake dual-suspension mountain bike. In the picture it's got the fake rack and slick tires. It also has interchangeable knobby tires. Although it's slower, it has a nicer ride and I use it as my "guest" bike. Since I don't have a car, when friends visit, I need some way for them to get around town. Also, I've found most of my non-cycling friends prefer the mountain bike anyway, since it's similar to what most people have in their garages (cheap mountain bikes from a big box type store). It's also more adaptable for different sized people than my real bike.
My current bike is a 2007 Trek 7100. I love it.
But in the next couple weeks I'm planning to upgrade to a Trek 7500. The frame was resdesigned and the components are MUCH better.
My wife found this bike laying on someone's yard (along with a child trailer) waiting for the dump truck. She bought it home & asked if I could fix it. It was in pretty rough shape but I figured it would be good for me to try and bring it back to working order for learning purposes. So I went to work on it. All it needed was a light tune-up, some new tire tubes, a good washing & some lube lovin'. It's running like a champ now.
I went to a Topeak Rack/Bag combo on my commuter so I added my old pannier setup to this bike along with a cat-eye headlight. I've never heard of "Sterling" bikes so I have no idea what quality the bike is. It's actually really darn comfortable. She loves it, she wants me to add a basket in the front. Two months ago she was terrified of me commuting to work; now we're going on rides together in our neighborhood with our toddler in a trailer. She has come along way, now I have to convince her to use the bike instead of her car for trips to the nearby gym & stores ;)
1987 Centurion Lemans RS, my fun bike
1983 Nishiki Cresta, touring bike, commuter, and mule for 24 years.
My current fleet
Giant Twist + XtraCycle
Salsa La Raza + internal hub
Biria + Heinzmann hub (which is about to be removed)
Voodoo Wanga One
Homemade Bamboo Norwegian Army bike
Not pictured, POS beach cruiser
For everything from sandwich delivery to touring to commuting.
Here is my current rides