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    Love the color Alexschwanden

    Magaiver: The Spartan is sharp--looks like it can take a beating!
    Read the entire thread...might help. Different spokes for different folks...stop being so blasted superficially sanctimonious. You dont know everything and are not perfect.

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    I'm new around here so I'll post mine. I have three commuter bikes: a Pake C'mute built up as a touring bike/heavy commuter, an old mystery French frame that's great for commuting on days when I don't need to carry much, and a Giant MTB converted into an ideal wintertime commuter. Sunset1.jpgBroken-in.jpgSnow11.jpg

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    Nice bikes and welcome ! No fenders on the MTB though ?

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    Thanks Jean.

    Southern Colorado doesn't experience a lot of rain, so I only keep fenders on my dedicated commuter bikes (more recent picture of the yellow bike attached), but I don't use fenders on my winter bike because I find that even without them it's possible to trap thick, wet snow between the wheels and stays. Fenders on that bike would make sense on days when there's melting slush on the roads, but in that case I'll be wearing a water-proof outer layer anyways, so I don't really care if a little bit of spray gets on me. The rear rack blocks most of the spray from the rear that would land on my back, and winter bike commuters are so rare here that I don't have to worry about spraying anyone behind me...
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    Oh I see.

    That last picture is nice; books on a bike. Perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasauge View Post
    I'm new around here so I'll post mine. I have three commuter bikes: a Pake C'mute built up as a touring bike/heavy commuter, an old mystery French frame that's great for commuting on days when I don't need to carry much, and a Giant MTB converted into an ideal wintertime commuter. Sunset1.jpgBroken-in.jpgSnow11.jpg
    I sure thought those backgrounds looked familar, really like the looks of the bike in the 2nd. photo, SWEET!
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    My do-everything bike. 2001 Giant Boulder.


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    That looks like a perfect bike for riding through snow, what is your DIY mudflap made of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasauge View Post
    That looks like a perfect bike for riding through snow, what is your DIY mudflap made of?
    Thank you.

    I made the mudflap out of old inner tubes. Does its job perfectly.

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    Oh wow... this fits me. My car is in storage... My motorcycle is in storage. I ride in summer (SE Texas) I ride in winter... Even when we have the rare ice and snow. I ride to work, to the grocery store, to the restaurant.... Everywhere. Carbon foot print... Nothing. (does flatulence count?);P Health and vigor... coming out of every pour.....
    Oh... And my coworkers call me iron man... Yes... jokingly... I'm not THAT fit. I only do 125 miles a week on my mtb.
    If you asked me 4 years ago and 70 lbs heavier if I'd be like this now. I would have said... No freaking way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanSeb View Post
    Thank you.

    I made the mudflap out of old inner tubes. Does its job perfectly.
    Milk jugs, old door mats and commercial vinyl base boards all work well too. I have a couple of leather ones that I will use on my 3 speed if I ever get around to mounting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    I have a couple of leather ones that I will use on my 3 speed if I ever get around to mounting them.

    Aaron
    Oooo, classic.

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    My first "post your bike" post. I'm strangely excited!

    My good weather commuter:

    20120121-610-2-2.jpg:


    And the utility/winter rider (sorry for the bad quality):

    trek1.jpg

    I just finished a Free Spirit fixed conversion as well, no pictures yet but it cost ~$35 total

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    Both those Treks look pretty nice, but I'd have to say I've never met a Free Spirit I really liked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    Both those Treks look pretty nice...
    Thanks! I've got a cool carbon 2300 pro (from 1991) as well, but figured it didn't fit in this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    ...but I'd have to say I've never met a Free Spirit I really liked.
    It's a pretty bad anchor of a frame. I did it just for the sake of converting it, thinking I might use it as a (really) bad weather commuter. But, someone wants to buy it, so...

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    My first MTB conversion. Built it with intention of riding through my first winter here in Michigan but ended up having to have shoulder surgery so I am out for the season. Looking forward to next winter though!

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    I like to travel light. I have two bikes: a Trek FX 7.6, and a Cannondale CAAD 10 with drop handles. I prefer the FX in heavy traffic, since sitting upright is an advantage, but I have been totally seduced by my Cannondale. I do most of my weekend shopping and errands (library, nail salon, etc.) on my bike, without adding anything to the frame. I carry everything in a sturdy capacious backpack. It gives me extra exercise. I even brought home the 15 pound Thanksgiving turkey in that backpack. I prefer not to add weight to the bike. I am not totally "car free," as I cannot do my daily 60 mile round trip commute to work on my bike. SEPTA does not allow bikes on the train during "peak" (commute-to-work) hours! I am lobbying to change that, since I would like to take my bike on the train and then bike the four miles to and from work. Next best is taking my bike with me on the car, and riding at lunch time when I can take lunch, which isn't often. I would LOVE to find a job within bicycling distance of home; that's my New Year's goal.

    I do about 2000 miles each year. My CAAD will be one year old on March 17; I have 1730 miles, and I've put 200 on my Trek this year, so I'm closing in on my goal of 2000 by March 17, 2013. My blood pressure is great, and I am the same weight I was in college. Those are the benefits of riding!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppinger View Post
    My first MTB conversion. Built it with intention of riding through my first winter here in Michigan but ended up having to have shoulder surgery so I am out for the season. Looking forward to next winter though!
    Sorry to hear about your shoulder. How are your classes going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyCRides View Post
    I like to travel light. I have two bikes: a Trek FX 7.6, and a Cannondale CAAD 10 with drop handles. I prefer the FX in heavy traffic, since sitting upright is an advantage, but I have been totally seduced by my Cannondale. I do most of my weekend shopping and errands (library, nail salon, etc.) on my bike, without adding anything to the frame. I carry everything in a sturdy capacious backpack. It gives me extra exercise. I even brought home the 15 pound Thanksgiving turkey in that backpack. I prefer not to add weight to the bike. I am not totally "car free," as I cannot do my daily 60 mile round trip commute to work on my bike. SEPTA does not allow bikes on the train during "peak" (commute-to-work) hours! I am lobbying to change that, since I would like to take my bike on the train and then bike the four miles to and from work. Next best is taking my bike with me on the car, and riding at lunch time when I can take lunch, which isn't often. I would LOVE to find a job within bicycling distance of home; that's my New Year's goal.

    I do about 2000 miles each year. My CAAD will be one year old on March 17; I have 1730 miles, and I've put 200 on my Trek this year, so I'm closing in on my goal of 2000 by March 17, 2013. My blood pressure is great, and I am the same weight I was in college. Those are the benefits of riding!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppinger View Post
    My first MTB conversion. Built it with intention of riding through my first winter here in Michigan but ended up having to have shoulder surgery so I am out for the season. Looking forward to next winter though!

    244112_10101194793630814_52836204_o.jpg311230_10101188266077084_1908768526_n.jpg
    Very nice conversion. Can I ask where you bought the MTB?


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    This is my general got to go get something heavy bike. Here I was delivering a bike that I worked on for a guy. 13 miles over some steep hills sucked!


    I realize that I need to update my pictures of my bikes, most of them periodicaly get new stems, wheels, racks. Even the KHS Expedition above got a new bullmoose bar the other day(much more comfortable to climb with a load with the bar lower)

    Only one is perfect the way it is, but the Armadillos came apart a while ago. Now its got some cheap bontragers on it. Got to change that cause this is my go fast on the 2 miles of flint/gravel potholed roads bike, for when I only have one or two small things to go to the post office.



    25 bucks at a thrift store, the wheels took forever to true, original with heliomatic hub. I really abuse this bike a lot, but it keeps taking it.

    And I went out today on my Faux Rando Velo Twee bike. Library, Post office, art supply store, and picked up some klondike bars.

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    My main commuter bike. This bike is awesome and is great in a commuter role.



    The fast good weather commuter. Changed the wheels at my wifes' insistence. The max. tire size the frame allows is 700c x 28! Hence the lack of fenders.



    The backup(third in line). Was my original day to day commuter back in 2010.



    Winter Commuter - 'nuff said. I think it could use one of those neat little Sunlite front racks on the back for small loads.

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    This is how my Trek 520 is now.
    2013 Felt 960 29er MTB. 1,368.4 miles
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    I'm not finished building this bike up yet, but it rides quite nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Very nice conversion. Can I ask where you bought the MTB?
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