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Hardrock into a commuter?

Old 10-11-06, 08:36 PM
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For the record, I think the Hardrocks and Rockhoppers are essentially the same bikes. I'm assuming in 1980, that one was equiped with slightly better components, or one had riser bars versus the flat bars of the other. I'm sure they shared the same frame. Anyway, in 2006, they seem indistinguishable.

Edit: Oh, and the stock stems weigh a friggin ton. I couldn't believe it when I disassembled my bike for the re-build. The original stem seems to be made of enriched plutonium or some heavier than steel material.

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Old 10-12-06, 10:02 AM
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I used a 1987 HardRock as a loaded touring bike for about a year. I obtained a CrossRoads Hybrid bike, which made for a better loaded touring bike and is the only reason I switched bikes. The HardRock then became my commuter. I removed all my racks from the HardRock and used them on the CrossRoads. Just put street slicks on your HardRock and a rack and your ready to go. I liked my HardRock and still have it. I especially liked the chain stay mounted "U" brake as it was out of the way of the rear rack and all the stuff I mounted to it. I also had a front rack mounted as well. I ran panniers on that front rack and a cheap plastic basket bungeed to the top for quick access to stuff like snacks and cell phone.
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Old 10-12-06, 10:32 AM
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little update: I went to bicycles plus (lbs) and picked out some Specialized Nimbus tires (26 x 1.5). They are doing my tune up today and putting on the new tires, I pick up the bike tommorrow.
Then I'm going to ride over to REI (have a gift card) and pick up some fenders, rear rack, saddle, lights.
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Old 10-12-06, 10:34 AM
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Awesome! You'll love it. Post pics when its done!
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Old 10-19-06, 05:50 PM
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hardrock into commuter-pics

here she is:
yesterday with new tires.

today with all new toys.




Thanks to everyone for making it easier and more fun.
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Old 10-19-06, 05:52 PM
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Very, very nice.
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Old 10-19-06, 06:16 PM
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How do you like that rear trunk/panier? Look like you can get plenty of stuff in it? I'm thinking of picking up one of those myself. I have disc brakes and not many racks out there that'll work on them. Nice bike though. Steel?
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Old 10-19-06, 07:26 PM
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Ohh... beautiful! Have fun!
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Old 10-19-06, 11:44 PM
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VERY nice. You made a good decision in turning that into a commuter. I think you'll really like it!
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Old 10-20-06, 01:15 AM
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That looks awesome! I had that same bike/same color in college, but it got stolen
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Old 10-20-06, 03:13 AM
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Does anyone actually use the bullhorns? I've used bikes with them on and even when I'm on a long straight away they are uncomfortable to rest on.
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Old 10-20-06, 04:02 AM
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Congratulations jtgish, it looks great!
If the rear blinkie (reflector?) is not fully visible when your trunk is fully packed, I recommend that you mount it on the back of the rack.
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Old 10-20-06, 05:11 AM
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I want to build an Xtracycle, and that beastie looks as though it'd be perfect.....

Is that your cycle helmet on the ground next to it?
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Old 10-20-06, 04:51 PM
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VERY NICE ... makes me feel guilty that my Rockhopper is so filthy right now!
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Old 10-21-06, 08:55 AM
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im taking off for my first commute, approx 7 miles each way. i will post back with a report when i get home tonite. thanks again for the help everyone.
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Old 10-21-06, 10:12 AM
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"Does anyone actually use the bullhorns? I've used bikes with them on and even when I'm on a long straight away they are uncomfortable to rest on."

I use them on my FG commuter. The trick is either a short stem or a bike thats 4 cm too small (I have the latter). Probably one of the most comoftable rides I have (n=14 today)
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Old 10-21-06, 03:40 PM
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I have bullhorns on my tri bike (imagine that!). They're fine except for the 5% of the time that you'd like to get really low but you're in traffic or bad pavement so the aerobars are not a good choice.
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Old 10-21-06, 04:11 PM
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Man, you have really hit the sweet spot.

(a la Randy Jackson)

Check it out dude,

1: Low initial outlay for a great bike
2: Already built up a rapport with the LBS
3: 7 Mile commute (great on a Friday or if you are in a rush, but also great because you can add more to it as you like/time dictates)

You got it going on!

Oh yeah, bar ends rule. I use mine about 95% of the time.

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Old 10-21-06, 08:23 PM
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I am hooked. It was such an enjoyable ride today. It took about 30 minutes to ride the 7 miles and I arrived with only a few drops of sweat. Everyone at my work was just as excited as I was and already 2 others have said they will start commuting. I also rode my bike to lunch even though a ride was offered. Im sure all days wont be this great Im off to a wonderful start.
Also. Should I use the sidewalk instead of the road when available? Is it a courtesy to the cars?
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Old 10-21-06, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by jtgish
... Should I use the sidewalk instead of the road when available? Is it a courtesy to the cars?
Ug...this is a new thread.

Short answers: No (unless you want to and you ride at pedestrian speeds). No, its a hassle to you.
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Old 10-22-06, 12:52 AM
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Not just a hassle, but a danger. Stay ON the road. Hopping on and off the road from the sidewalk is just begging to get hit. Stay on the road and cars will expect you. Act like your driving a moped. You wouldn't ride a moped on the sidewalk would you? No. Same goes for your bike.

Glad you enjoyed it!!
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Old 10-22-06, 01:34 PM
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Sweet bike! You'll enjoy, I'm sure.

Next toy, LED front and rear blinkies. Help you be seen in traffic, where you are safest. To the right, but above all, be seen. (This advice is based on the assumption that 99.9% of drivers don't want to kill you, given the option.). Mount the rear on your rack so the bag doesn't cover it, and flash it proudly whenever the sun isn't shining.

Also, you might adjust the fenders a little closer to the tire, like 1/2" clearance. You have the wide 60mm set, which is good, but a closer clearance will keep spray and gunk inside the fender better.

BTW - looks just like a rigid fork version of my '97 Rockhopper. Same paint and everything. If you have the Ritchie rims, they can be really difficult to mount/dismount tires from. You might want to practice flat repair, as I've broken a plastic tire lever on them before. I know jk_74 has the same rims and experience.
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Old 10-22-06, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by legot73
(This advice is based on the assumption that 99.9% of drivers don't want to kill you, given the option.).
Its not that they don't want to kill you, they don't want the consequences of killing you.
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Old 10-22-06, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by rykoala
Here's what my rockhopper looks like as a commuter. Fixed gear, fat tires. It can cruise 16-17mph pretty easily


FG with Biopace? How does that work? Wouldn't the chain go slack, then tight, then slack as you pedal?
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Old 10-22-06, 03:02 PM
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I've been commuting a few days a week on my Hardrock since August. Bought for $100, had it for 4 years but didn't get the bug for riding until this summer.

Horror-green glory:


Swapped the knobbies for 1.4" semi-slicks, got a cheap rear rack and a trunk bag that fits quite a lot of gear, put on a few rear lights and started pedaling.

The dash:

(Today's 27-miler brought a top speed of 33mph. I've done 37.5. That was fun.)

I've been about 500 miles since August, most of that commuting. Roadies often blaze past but I keep a 16mph average over several miles. A rigid fork & larger crank would help, but it's not worth the $$. Saving for a road bike in the spring.

What everyone else sees.. Before they pass me.
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