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Old 11-05-18, 06:44 PM
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The ones I use most often:
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Old 11-06-18, 09:24 AM
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@konAaron_snake that is quite a collection of commuters. I guess you always have a back up with a fleet like that!
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I usually ride my road bike with a back pack if the weather is nice. I built a frame 3 years ago as a rainy day commuter, but I've found I commute with it most of the time.

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At least a half-dozen bikes have tried over the past few years and didn't make it. This one is my commuter.
I don't have any "on duty" pics but a large saddle bag, axiom taillight and cygolite 800 headlight, and smallish backpack complete the setup.
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Old 11-07-18, 03:03 PM
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Vintage steel road bikes, I've had a few of them. This winter thinking about getting a hybrid, want room for studded tires under fenders. I use a backpack daily but after a year am getting tired of sweaty back, thinking about saddlebag or rack/truck combo and backpack on days I'm toting the laptop around.
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Old 11-19-18, 08:51 AM
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Old 11-19-18, 09:50 AM
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89 bianchi axis, I believe it to be an old cross bike. it's perfect for commuting in Chicago and a lot of fun to ride



when it gets real gnarly I throw studded tires on a trek hybrid

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Old 11-21-18, 09:12 AM
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The two I use are the ones I own with dyno lighting.
A SOMA Buena Vista mixte with Nuvinci rear hub

and a Rivendell Hunqapillar

I have studded tires for both to navigate the Michigan winters.

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Old 11-21-18, 07:27 PM
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My commuter, etc. wheels



2006 Schwinn SS DBX

I use this bike for commuting, library, shop, etc. I just received some Conti Top Contact tires, I ordered 37mm but got 35mm, that I am going to mount tomorrow. Also got a pair of Vittoria Coss XL Pro 33mm, knobbies, for more winter like weather.
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So many beautiful bikes in this thread. I wish I could post a photo of mine but this will be my third post only. I have several bikes but most recently I commute on my rigid steel mountain bike from 1994 when I was 12 years old. It was made in Italy but some generic low end bike. My first serious bike. Most of the parts have been changed but I still have the original dérailleurs and Shimano 6 / 3 speed thumb shifters. I thoroughly serviced the bike recently and did a new paint job in orange, so it is orange and black combination with silver aluminum high profile 26 inch rims. Brakes are Magura HS-11, powerful stoppers in comparison to old cantilever brakes. There are new Schwalbe Marathon tire 26 x 1.75. Bike goes like a dream without any weird sounds, complete silence. Who would say that it was my kids bike when I was barely able to touch the pedals and change down from the highest 18ths speed. Although I have a serious 27 speed mountain bike and a very nice 20 inch folding bike that I also love, my heart goes to this old steel friend.
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Vintage steel road bikes, I've had a few of them. This winter thinking about getting a hybrid, want room for studded tires under fenders. I use a backpack daily but after a year am getting tired of sweaty back, thinking about saddlebag or rack/trunk combo and backpack on days I'm toting the laptop around.
Well, a week after I posted that I bought a hybrid. Now carrying laptop in a pannier mounted to rear rack, no more backpack. Studded tires went on last night, no pics with them yet.

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River, aka Baby, carries all my carp, and me, without complaint. 2016 Liv Rove Disc Lite, modified with a real saddle, sturdy tires, and a Jones loop bar. I'm still having trouble keeping that headlight upright; I really should wrap the middle sections, I have the tape. I've also since changed the bar bag and returned that pink computer (19" is too long a distance from the sensor, even with a new battery).

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Old 01-10-19, 01:48 PM
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Jamis MTB. Fortunately in South Africa 🇿🇦 we don’t experience snowfall
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Jamis MTB. Fortunately in South Africa 🇿🇦 we don’t experience snowfall
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Old 01-10-19, 02:26 PM
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@konAaron_snake that is quite a collection of commuters. I guess you always have a back up with a fleet like that!
And you're not fooling anyone with that "Huffy". Is that a titanium frame?
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Old 01-10-19, 02:51 PM
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Old 01-13-19, 09:25 AM
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I use my old Schwinn Peloton. It is fast so I can wake up later .
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Old 01-13-19, 10:03 PM
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awesome bikes i used a single speed bike to commuting
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Old 01-14-19, 02:49 AM
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kinda like this one?

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My every day/weather commuter-


my ideal weather commuter speedster-
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I ride a safety bicycle.
Boy, wasn't that flippant of me. Not everyone knows that a safety bicycle is one with a chain drive and equal size wheels. The term was coined to distinguish the design from the high-wheeler style where the rider drives the cranks which are on the front axle. Suffice it to say, we all ride safety bikes, you pretentious twit.

I have lots of bikes, and some are primarily for fun rides. I take those to work sometimes. My workhorse bike also happens to be fun to ride. It's a 1974 Raleigh International with nothing original. I got it as a frameset. I painted it badly but functionally with a brush. I equipped it with some things I had on hand, such as the wheels, and I piecemeal'd together the rest, buying used and new components.

Features:
dynamo front hub with a manual clutch to mechanically uncouple the magnets
dynamo-powered headlight and taillight
front rack
mustache handlebars which offer a variety of reaches and widths but no change in drop
3x10 drivetrain
700c x 32mm tires

It weighs 28 or 29 pounds.

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Old 01-14-19, 09:11 PM
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Boy, wasn't that flippant of me. Not everyone knows that a safety bicycle is one with a chain drive and equal size wheels. The term was coined to distinguish the design from the high-wheeler style where the rider drives the cranks which are on the front axle. Suffice it to say, we all ride safety bikes, you pretentious twit.

I have lots of bikes, and some are primarily for fun rides. I take those to work sometimes. My workhorse bike also happens to be fun to ride. It's a 1974 Raleigh International with nothing original. I got it as a frameset. I painted it badly but functionally with a brush. I equipped it with some things I had on hand, such as the wheels, and I piecemeal'd together the rest, buying used and new components.

Features:
dynamo front hub with a manual clutch to mechanically uncouple the magnets
dynamo-powered headlight and taillight
front rack
mustache handlebars which offer a variety of reaches and widths but no change in drop
3x10 drivetrain
700c x 32mm tires

It weighs 28 or 29 pounds.

Why is the rear brake mounted that way?
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Why is the rear brake mounted that way?
Just to make routing of the cable nicer. The cable stop on the frame is on the right side, and the arms of the caliper are on the left side.
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I’m going to use a Giant Roam Disc 1 for my commuting this year.
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