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    Or if you want steel, another option is to pick...

    Or if you want steel, another option is to pick up a ubiquitous 80's road bike and convert it over to a commuter. If you can find a touring frame with 130mm spacing it's even earlier to slap on some...
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    I think the absolute perfect commuting bike for...

    I think the absolute perfect commuting bike for Portland is a titanium cross bike with disc brakes, in my opinion. Bulletproof, not as much of a thief magnet as you might think, and a blast to ride....
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    I think the Surley (and all other such bikes with...

    I think the Surley (and all other such bikes with silly names) bikes are over-hyped. You can probably get something better for less. Realistically, most frames are made the same places these days...
  4. Thread: Squirrel Hater

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    +2 on the tree rat comments. My neighbor feeds...

    +2 on the tree rat comments. My neighbor feeds the little beasts, so they are everywhere in my neighborhood. I thin them out with my pellet *** when they start destroying too much of my yard, but...
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    There are plenty of people who feel just the...

    There are plenty of people who feel just the opposite. I'd much rather have multiple positions on the drops that be stuck with one.
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    My favorite commuters have been vintage road...

    My favorite commuters have been vintage road bikes or a modern cross bike with sti shifters. Much prefer the modern shifting, so that's my vote. It's pretty easy to find them with racks for...
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    so my question is: why doesn't a market...

    [/QUOTE]so my question is: why doesn't a market like Portland or New York or San Francisco, etc. support the sale of this type of bike in the US?[/QUOTE]

    Because why would you want a commuter that...
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    Back in my glory days when I flipped bikes when I...

    Back in my glory days when I flipped bikes when I was a starving college student in a different state, I'd frequently find nice chromoly 10 speeds or 90's mountain bikes for anywhere between $8 and...
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    The sad thing is that here in Portland I see...

    The sad thing is that here in Portland I see bikes like that priced at a thrift store for as much as $100. I've seen slightly nicer department store garbage for even more. Old low, low end ten speeds...
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    I treated myself to one of these before winter...

    I treated myself to one of these before winter set in: Save Up to 60% Off Titanium Cyclocross Bicycles | Road Bikes - Motobecane Fantom Cross Team Titanium | Cross Bikes
    Takes a rack (disc version)...
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    Yep. Thursday night I almost got blown over...

    Yep. Thursday night I almost got blown over several times when the wind gusts would sneak up on me. Path and bike lanes were already getting littered with branches and the like. Today it was all...
  12. What's with all the silly names for bikes these...

    What's with all the silly names for bikes these days?
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    3000 lumens is probably overkill. Half that...

    3000 lumens is probably overkill. Half that should be sufficient, but many are less than advertised. I got one of these and it works great. Look for a US seller and you'll get it a lot faster.
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    On cold days like today I wear leg warmers with a...

    On cold days like today I wear leg warmers with a good pair of athletic shorts over the top. Keeps me warm at freezing or even colder. I tried them for the first time this year and much prefer just...
  15. I actually haven't had two many dogs actually...

    I actually haven't had two many dogs actually come after me. However, there's a guy I see walking his dog on the MUP once in a while who has the most terrifying dog I've ever seen. It is absolutely...
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    Nashbar frameless glasses.

    Nashbar frameless glasses.
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    I'm in the same boat as others here who don't...

    I'm in the same boat as others here who don't bother cleaning the bike until spring. It's mostly just wet here. I lube the chain every so often but nothing else until it dries up and warms up.
  18. It was cold and wet. Bordering on freezing but...

    It was cold and wet. Bordering on freezing but still raining. Usually when it's raining here it's not quite that cold. It'll be interesting to see tomorrow if all this precipitation freezes up and...
  19. What does the ultimate winter commuter bike look like?

    In my college days, I made due with whatever bike I had. Since I became serious about longer distance, year-round commuting, I've been on the search for the perfect/ideal winter commuter. I know...
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    I have a bike for summer and one for the rest of...

    I have a bike for summer and one for the rest of the year. Wet, rainy conditions are to be expected here for a good portion of the year. Winter bike is titanium frame, fenders, lights, disc brakes....
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    I prefer winter commuting in some ways because...

    I prefer winter commuting in some ways because there are way fewer people on the MUP to get in my way. Plus I get warm enough riding, so the cooler weather is nice.
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    I get a closet where I can stash my bike inside...

    I get a closet where I can stash my bike inside while I'm working.
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    I always carry lunch in my panniers. Leftovers,...

    I always carry lunch in my panniers. Leftovers, sandwiches, whatever.
  24. Where do you live?

    Where do you live?
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    I have the Axiom DLX Streamlined. Works great...

    I have the Axiom DLX Streamlined. Works great with my disc brake bike and was easy to mount. I did a fair amount of searching before I found it seemed like the best option.
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