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Old 03-30-09, 03:00 PM
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C&V Commuters?

Hey guys, I just went over to the Commuter forum and my blood pressure went up a few points instantly...its like everyone's looking for a fight over there.

So rather than raise my BP, i'd prefer to ask my C&V buddies....


How's the commuting going?


Its beautiful and sunny in northern NJ, windy as hell today, but still nice enough that I'm glad I biked in today
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Old 03-30-09, 03:04 PM
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I'm riding my 70-lb 1977 Schwinn Breeze with the disintegrating vinyl saddle, the slipping SA 3-speed hub, and warped steel rims--and loving it!
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I find the commuting forum to be helpful and pretty low key actually. Good guys over there. give 'em another try sometime. I split my time between C&V and commuting.

My winter commuter bike, that I am still using actually is sort of a C&V bike. it's a ~1992 GT Talera.
I love this bike.

The commuting is going well. I really love to use a bike to get where I'm going.
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Old 03-30-09, 03:26 PM
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I shouldn't be so hard on that forum really... It's quite useful for gear suggestions and venting. I just get used to the easy-go vibe of C&V.


I'll admit, I haven't used any of my C&V bikes for commuting this year yet...just been pushing the Raleigh One-Way. (Hey its got kinda a classic look ) At least its steel
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My commute is .9 miles! (through a bad neighborhood at night!) So far so good, I have been chased by a small dog once this year and it is hard to pedal a Schwinn Collegiate with a generator fast enough some times.

Did I mention I wear a black ski mask and look like I am about to rob a liqueur store?
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I have three commuter bikes, two of which are clearly C&V, and one which is close. Oldest to youngest:

1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist



1983 Raleigh Marathon



1994 (almost C&V) Nishiki Sport XRS



I rode the Nishiki today. I had to leave early to take my son to the doctor. The wind this afternoon was quite strong, 20+ mph, gusts over 30 (my estimate) and I had to head right into it.
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It's rainy and cool to-day. The commuter, a not quite vintage 1990 Rocky Mountain Hammer with lighting system, racks and fenders, is currently undergoing it's spring cleaning. It's clamped in the stand, minus wheels, chain, crankset, bottom bracket, forks and headset. A complete recovery is anticipated.
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We got 6 inches of snow yesterday and I like temperatures above 25 F so it has been sketchy so far this year. I have commuted maybe 10 times. Here is to a warm April.


My Torpado commuter,

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Old 03-30-09, 05:02 PM
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i commute on my late 80's Bianchi Brava a little over five miles into center city philadelphia every day, thank god for spring. The wind today was a bit much, little ring the whole way.
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Today in the rain the '78 Raleigh Record with the fenders off a Sport, alloy wheels off a Fuji Royale. Tomorrow the '81 Lotus. Been switching back & forth for about a month now that the slush is gone. Also a DL-1 in the basement soon to join the fleet.
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I don't commute every day, but I I try to do it as much as possible. I go on one of two bikes, a CrossCheck and an older Trek 620. Each is set up with Nexus 7spd gearing.

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My C+V commuters
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Oh and then there is this new fangled hybrid.
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Old 03-30-09, 05:33 PM
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Well, not so much anymore, because I'm waiting to save up the money for a repaint on the Pro, but my dedicated commuter is close to C&V - a 1993/4 Univega Activa. I also occasionally roll on an '84 Free Spirit 3 spd, and shop on a mid-60's (I think?) Western Flyer coaster braked bad boy.
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Here's mine.

current foul weather commuter, 80 something Miyata 210



last summer's commuter, 1980 Bianchi Sport SS



Mountain Commuter 1990-ish Giant Rincon:



80 something Lotus Eclair Full tourer that also gets touring duty.
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My 1983 Univega has about 650 commuting miles year to date, another 200+ miles of riding in the rain on weekends.
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I commute either on my '06 raleigh track bike:


or my '76 fuji track bike:


I like to keep the bikes light so I use a messenger bag unless it is real hot out.
edit: It was 90+ in the first pic, taken about halfway through a ~50 miler at the coast last summer.
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I did my usual commute today (7 miles roundtrip), and it was overcast and cool this morning, and light rain on the way home. I was on my 1970s St. Etienne, which was a 650B conversion but is now sporting 700c wheels with 700 x 32mm tires as the 650B wheels got moved to my PX-10 (previous incarnation pictured below). It's set up as a single speed with Cetma rack, which I used to haul a stack of papers this morning. Now that the snow is gone, I'll rotate through just about all of my C&V bikes for my commute.

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My commuter of many years standing is this 1985 Trek 620:

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Currently using the nice custom Atala, but hoping to use the Paramount before too long.

The commute is 10 miles one way, and I've some lovely hills to climb!

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When I commute to the Parthenon, I ride my stylish Legnano.....
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I've commuted almost everyday this year. Winter is comparatively mild in Colorado Springs. Today I took the truck though. I had doctors appointment across town after lunch and it's really crappy out today anyway. My Panasonic is my only dedicated, year round commuter and the only one of my bikes with plain ol' rat trap pedals (MKS Touring) for street shoes so it get's the nod most of the time. As the weather improves I'll start taking some of the other bikes to ride with my (fair weather riding) friends at lunch.
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When I commute to the Parthenon, I ride my stylish Legnano.....
Interesting - that temple would be pure Greek if it wasn't for the Roman interior setup.

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My commute is 4kms each way and I usually take the 1975 Jeunet.. fixed currently 45/17 (not as pictured)



But today I took the redline because I did 30kms before work.
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My main work bike is an over improved Gran Turismo. Deore XT derailleurs. RX100 8 speed rear brifter on the right, and a triple brifter from a GT Force on the left. Hybrid wheels from a C'Dale 400, and C'dale trunk bag. I have been lazy lately, and driving some. In all honesty the weather has been unpredictable lately, and I've yet to get a set of fenders on it. I need hybrid sized fenders, and the LBS doesn't stock them. I need to order them, but cannot decide on silver or black.,,,,BD

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