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    Let's see those utilitarian fg/ss bikes.

    So you don't wear your sister's pants or a white belt, don't ever feel the need to do bar spins, and don't like to destroy those high end tyres by skidding them.



    You might have fenders and racks on your bike because it rides in the rain and has to haul your crap all over the place and it might even have some bad ass lighting or studded tyres if you ride it in the winter.

    Your bike probably runs brakes.

    Some would say that a fixed gear is not a utilitarian machine due to it's lack of multiple gears but I disagree... this is my all weather commuter / tourer and what I will be riding after the apocalypse.


    1987 Kuwahara Cascade mtb / tourer - fixed conversion.

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    as much as i want to type "lols", i won't.
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    ... do you only ride hoods? that looks like a.. painful position for riding drops.

    i like the pannier u-lock holder.

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    There's only one brake and one hood and the position of the bars puts the drop almost level with the saddle and allows for a pretty comfortable arm / riding position.

    The bars are Sakae randonneurs and they have a little lift across the top and flare out at the drops.

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    Ah, you have it set up old-school mountain bike dirt drop style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnee View Post
    Ah, you have it set up old-school mountain bike dirt drop style.
    I am very old school.

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    ah. i wasn't paying attention. i see the single hood.

    still. i feel like that'd put your hands at the bend in the bar at the drops.
    oh well. my handlebar position is weird too... and i also have sakae randonneur bars, haha.

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    I bought an IRO specifically for it's utilitarian properties and even though it's fixed, since it has two brake holes, I figured I might as well take advantage of them. It has many "faces"/uses

    Snow Mode


    Commuter Mode


    Carrying Mode


    Fast Mode (current setup)
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    ^^
    somehow I dont see 'spokes as utilitarian.
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    dual aerospokes are so wack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyeswho View Post
    I bought an IRO specifically for it's utilitarian properties and even though it's fixed, since it has two brake holes, I figured I might as well take advantage of them. It has many "faces"/uses

    Snow Mode


    Commuter Mode


    Carrying Mode


    Fast Mode (current setup but now has a 50t ring and a red chain)
    oh snap!! you're from fitfreak!!! what up dude?!?

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    Sweet, HT and MA ^^^^

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    edit: drunken stupidness
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankstoneline View Post
    ^^
    somehow I dont see 'spokes as utilitarian.
    there's more than just wheels in the pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by solbrothers View Post
    oh snap!! you're from fitfreak!!! what up dude?!?
    fitfreak? what's that?

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    Gyeswho...what fenders are you running? they look slick...do they provide good coverage?

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    Just made a DIY pannier out of an old bag, stuck a rack on my bike and voila! No more sweaty back for the summer. I should take a full pic to show of the utilitarianess of it.
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    In winter work-a-day mode. Brake in front, rack in back. Full fenders and slightly knobbly 35mm cross tires.
    You can't drive around with a tiger in your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmonkey View Post
    Gyeswho...what fenders are you running? they look slick...do they provide good coverage?
    they are the Zefal croozer and swan fenders
    * and yes they do a great job for coverage
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    Gyeswho - That is the nicest IRO I have ever seen... I like the dual aero spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post

    Just made a DIY pannier out of an old bag, stuck a rack on my bike and voila! No more sweaty back for the summer. I should take a full pic to show of the utilitarianess of it.
    I really like that. How did you do it? Did you attach some hooks to the back side?
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    I love that "carrying mode" front rack! What is it?

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    thanks. It's a Cetma Rack. It is really a nice addition to have for a bike.
    http://cetmaracks.com/
    it took about a month to get but it's definitely worth it

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    Here it is; 80s KHS turbo 42-20 Sugino GLP crank, ACS freewheel, planet bike fenders, Nashbar bullhorns and brake levers. Baskets, and such by Wald.

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    Definitely the 50th time I've posted my old Stella, but utilitarianism was what I had in mind. All the details here. I was going to get the Nitto rear rack for more hauling capacity, but I'm going to build up an entirely purpose-built hauler/rain bike instead.
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