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    Well, look at that. Thanks! :thumb:

    Well, look at that. Thanks! :thumb:
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    Nice suggestion. I now recall why the fender...

    Nice suggestion. I now recall why the fender spacing is off. The rear dropouts are almost horizontal so to remove the rear wheel without moving the fender, the spacing needs to remain. Function over...
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    Thanks. Yes, it's a pleasant commuter. I was...

    Thanks. Yes, it's a pleasant commuter. I was riding a fixie all over the city until last summer when I tore my medial meniscus playing soccer. Since then I've favored my geared folder, but it's just...
  4. You know what? Looking more closely, I think...

    You know what? Looking more closely, I think that's exactly what I have on my bike. I like 'em. Look good. Feel good. I'll get a complete parts list from the shop at some point. We're still tweaking.
  5. The frame is 54cm. Levers are tektro CL740s...

    The frame is 54cm.

    Levers are tektro CL740s (if I'm reading their site right). http://www.tektro.com/_english/01_products/01_prodetail.php?pid=157&sortname=Lever&sort=1&fid=3
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    Panniers are for carrying more stuff than I can...

    Panniers are for carrying more stuff than I can fit safely on the rear rack. I'm not a light traveler - change of work clothes, ipad or laptop, bottle of booze, sports equipment - these are all...
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    Thanks, all! The bike is still a work in...

    Thanks, all!

    The bike is still a work in progress. Fenders trimmed up, headset raised, etc.

    Couldn't be happier with it so far though.
  8. Thanks, all! I'm a dude, but love the mixte...

    Thanks, all!

    I'm a dude, but love the mixte frame. Such elegant lines. Also got tired of the high step over height on my track bike so was looking for a change.

    I'd shopped around for a...
  9. My new single speed commuter - SOMA Buena Vista mixte

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    Picked her up last week from my LBS. I'd been riding a Kilo TT fixie, but since tearing my meniscus last summer I'd found myself more and more drawn to a more comfortable riding position,...
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    My new Soma Buena Vista mixte commuter

    Bought the frame from my local bike shop, worked with the very patient owner to choose the parts. Ended up with mostly Nitto (head set, bars, seatpost, rack, bottle cage) and other Japanese parts...
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    My Kilo TT was made in Taiwan, but most of their...

    My Kilo TT was made in Taiwan, but most of their bikes are, in fact, made in China.
  12. Loving these Soma Buena Vista mixte builds. I...

    Loving these Soma Buena Vista mixte builds. I think this is the direction I need to go.
  13. Thanks for the thoughts, folks. I'll add the...

    Thanks for the thoughts, folks.

    I'll add the Torker to my list of bikes to check out. Fortunately, there's a dealer in NYC.

    Not sure I have time for the bicycle co-op route, though it's a...
  14. Fixie/Folder rider moving to a Upright Commuter - advice please

    Hi Folks --

    I currently ride a Kilo TT stripper fixed (haven't flipped the hub) and have been very happy with it. This has been my daily commuter for almost 2 years except in poor weather.

    My...
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    I don't have familiarity with any of these bikes,...

    I don't have familiarity with any of these bikes, but I do know that aluminium frames ride more stiffly than steel frames so many urban commuters prefer steel despite the additional weight. I have a...
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    I look like my avatar. Seriously. My girlfriend...

    I look like my avatar. Seriously. My girlfriend drew it and it's a spitting image. At least when I'm eating ramen.
  17. My own take is that the bike storage room with a...

    My own take is that the bike storage room with a u-lock is adequate security. Concerns over an inside job seems like an overestimate of risk. Doubt it would fly with upper management either ......
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    I'd suggest easing into it. Going from zero to...

    I'd suggest easing into it. Going from zero to 23x5 in a hurry could lead to injury. Maybe do it once or twice a week to start, build up to 3x then eventually to 5.

    I'm also guess you'll find...
  19. That would be impossible for me. I weighed 125...

    That would be impossible for me. I weighed 125 when I graduated. Now 172. I grew 2 1/2 inches after high school so if I went back to that weight I'd be malnourished!
  20. Nice work! I started riding to work 4 months ago...

    Nice work! I started riding to work 4 months ago and have dropped 8 lbs, trimmed my waist line, and toned up my legs, stomach, and arms substantially. I ride a fixed gear for the extra exercise -...
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    Just turned 40. Very glad to read that I might be...

    Just turned 40. Very glad to read that I might be on this bike for quite some time to come.
  22. Thanks. I've talked to her about a folder, but...

    Thanks. I've talked to her about a folder, but she's not convinced. We travel to Taiwan quite a bit so we may bring one back with us next time. If nothing else it'll be my winter bike, but I think...
  23. This probably isn't what you're looking for since...

    This probably isn't what you're looking for since they aren't dyno lights, but I've been very happy with my Blackburn Fleas both front and rear. Quick velcro on/off so no plastic to break. The set I...
  24. seeking advice on a commuter bike for a petite woman

    Hi Everyone --

    I've spent some time on the forums - that's how I chose my new bike - and now it's my girlfriend's turn. She just sold her 1979 Raleigh Roadster ladies bike. The 3 speed gearing had...
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    No, they're terrible for tricks. I've had mine...

    No, they're terrible for tricks. I've had mine for 3 months and it hasn't done a single one.
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