New build that I think I have finally gotten tweaked to a state of near bliss.
Retired Combat Veteran
I decided to pick up the Civilian Ramble that I was contemplating in this thread. Swapped out a few things (saddle, tires, pedals) and added lights + bell for a very comfortable townie/commuter. Would eventually like to swap the stem for something more elegant.
The Benturian now has townie bars. It's not stylish, or particularly practical (no room for fenders, no racks) but it's fast, comfortable and fun!
Bikin far-off places with the wife: http://peacocksride.wordpress.com
I used to be able to post links to my bikes here. Now I can't. Boo.
wheres the unity?
bikes. punk. not a bike punk.
nice. front rack is?
Here's my Novara Transfer One. Got it at REI on clearance for half price ($250). It's stock. All I did was add the typical accessories to make it a practical city bike (pannier, rack bag, mirror, bottle cage, bell, lights, and toe clips). It came with the rack, fenders, and kickstand. It has a 42x16 gear and a coaster brake. I've taken this bike on a few longer rides. Longest one so far was 38 miles with some small rolling hills: http://www.strava.com/activities/93991175
my Novara Transfer One on Yolo Causeway 9-8-13 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr
How does strava calculate calories? This is the second strava link I just looked at and both seemed pretty low calorie wise. Maybe I'm used to calorie rates based on bigger body size? Just curious.
ride bikes, eat food. the circle of life.
I'm also used to calorie counters based on running as the activity.
Well, here's my one and only bike currently. I like to think it's a townie, the only checkbox it doesn't notch is swept back uprights, but I honestly find them incredibly uncomfortable.
It has an interesting story, it was sold to me as a bare frame. The guy swore it was a Raleigh, but my research shows it is a "Bikeith" frame. Apparently a 70's vintage Japanese track manufacturer. If anyone knows anything about this frame or this company, I would REALLY like to hear from you.
It's currently setup with Nitto Noodles, a Brooks Swift, and a Truvativ Touro crankset with a 46T chainring and 16T cog in the rear. The rear rack is very easy to remove, so it turns into a really neat and pretty light weekend bike in a few minutes. It's also my first fixed gear, though I have been a pretty avid cyclist for over 5 years. Anyway, here's the goods:
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I know I'm going to catch a lot of hate for this... but I just wasn't comfortable riding it like it was.
at least it's not a sweet fixie amiright?
2014 Firefly Custom | 2012 Horse Custom | 2012 Giant Defy 3 | 2011 Geekhouse Rockcity Custom | 2010 Quiros Custom | 1991 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra Team Weinmann
I think you improved it. I really like the look of black components on a vintage frame.