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  1. Because no respectable hipster would wear a...

    Because no respectable hipster would wear a backpack...

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.
  2. The Motobecane Fantom Cross Comp from Bikesdirect...

    The Motobecane Fantom Cross Comp from Bikesdirect is one heck of a bike. Titanium frame, 105 group and bb7 disc brakes for $1400. Save Up to 60% Off Titanium Cyclocross Bicycles | Road Bikes -...
  3. That's probably not actually true. Most touring...

    That's probably not actually true. Most touring bikes had the 130mm spacing, so this would actually probably work fine on this bike. However, like others have said, it's probably not worth the cost...
  4. Thread: Build or buy?

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    Building always ends up costing more than you...

    Building always ends up costing more than you think. Buy something online and reassemble it yourself. Best of both worlds.
  5. I agree that it would be a shame to change that...

    I agree that it would be a shame to change that bike. I have a similar Nishiki touring bike that I found at a thrift store where someone had put flat bars on it. Most of those old touring bikes have...
  6. +1 It strikes me in reading some of these...

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    It strikes me in reading some of these comments that it can be more work trying to decide whether to ride to work or not. I stopped bothering with the idea of driving my car a long time ago. I...
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    Isn't every week bike to work week? Oh wait,...

    Isn't every week bike to work week?

    Oh wait, I'm not in the commuting forum...
  8. I definitely think you're overthinking it a...

    I definitely think you're overthinking it a little. My commute is five miles and I wouldn't use a shower if we had one. I just rinse my head off in the sink when I get to work, slap on some deodorant...
  9. I've chatted before with people while riding,...

    I've chatted before with people while riding, usually on the MUP. However, it happens rarely since if I pass someone I'm usually not willing to go at their pace and if they pass me then it's a...
  10. I've had pretty good luck with Mr. Tuffy's over...

    I've had pretty good luck with Mr. Tuffy's over the last few years commuting year round. I've had them in various Nashbar or performance tires. I've had basically zero flats due to anything getting...
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    A buddy of mine was looking for a cross bike to...

    A buddy of mine was looking for a cross bike to commute on and he was looking into this one. He verified with Nashbar as well as the manufacturer of the wheels that they will take regular tires and...
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    That looks cool- it looks like it washes/wears...

    That looks cool- it looks like it washes/wears off though. Might be kind of a pain to have to continually reapply.
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    That's got some lower end parts on it, but...

    That's got some lower end parts on it, but definitely a step up from a department store bike. What's your experience level with bikes, how much will you be riding, etc.? If you're just getting into...
  14. Thread: Bells. Again.

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    I think someone else said it, but it doesn't hurt...

    I think someone else said it, but it doesn't hurt to announce your presence way in advance. Either that or you need to be prepared to stop. I belt out a "bicycle, on your left" well before I get to...
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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...
  18. 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)...
  25. Thread: Tree carnage

    by matimeo
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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...
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