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Old 03-13-07, 09:16 PM
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The build me a new commuter thread

Well, I'm starting to think about building up my trusty steel bridgestone frame. It's technically a hybrid frame, but it's a lot like an old specialized or something. Early 90s I believe, though I'm not entirely sure of the exact year.

The bike has a lot of miles on it, and the components are basically all completely shot.

So I want to tear apart the bike to the frame, and build me up a nice winter commuter. This winter I'll either be living where it rains a lot or snows a decent amount, so that's a consideration. Might mean nothing more than fat/studded tires.

I'm anticipating this thread will die eventually, like most, and in few months when I begin actual "construction" I'll probably bump it again. Nevertheless I'd like to start looking around for parts now.

A note: This'll be the first bike I've built up from scratch, but I have a lot of patience, time over the summer, and friends who are very mechanically competent as far as bikes go. I'm relatively knowledgeable myself anyways, but I just thought I'd mention this is my first large scale project.

So.. with that ill-defined premise for the thread, any helpful suggestions? I've seen several interesting bikes as I've perused the forums, and I might post them later as plausible loose models for my own build.

I'm also avoiding putting out a cost limit, but just keep in mind I'm a soon-to-be college student with limited funds. Be gentle and avoid dangling juicy yet expensive ideas in front of my nose. You may become personally responsible for my financial ruin.
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Old 03-13-07, 09:19 PM
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I'm liking my nexus 8 speed hub. Only got it yesterday though. For my commuter I just trawled through the long commuter bike pics thread for ideas on what I wanted.

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Old 03-13-07, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mrkott3r
For my commuter I just trawled through the long commuter bike pics thread for ideas on what I wanted.

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I do the same thing, but daily. I am leaning with a nexus 8 hub too. I would like love to get rid of my derailer. I hate the sound it makes and the shifting of it. I have heard nothing but great things about the nexus.
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Are internals really easier? Newb question I'm sure, but like disc brakes I have no experience with them.
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Old 03-14-07, 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by M_S
Are internals really easier? Newb question I'm sure, but like disc brakes I have no experience with them.
well this is my first experience with nexus hubs. Mine is brand new and by the sound and feel of it, it feels it needs breaking in. But it goes pretty well, it does sound different from a dérailleur. In 6 months time I'll now if I like it or not. But from a maintenance point of view it does make sense for a commuter.

I based my decision from this forum.
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Old 03-14-07, 02:13 AM
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Will you be riding mostly on flat ground or in the hills or a mixture of both? City, bike trails or suburbs?
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Old 03-14-07, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by M_S
//So.. with that ill-defined premise for the thread, any helpful suggestions? I've seen several interesting bikes as I've perused the forums, and I might post them later as plausible loose models for my own build.

I'm also avoiding putting out a cost limit, but just keep in mind I'm a soon-to-be college student with limited funds. Be gentle and avoid dangling juicy yet expensive ideas in front of my nose. You may become personally responsible for my financial ruin.
I just went through that. We had an old low-end hybrid being used as a commuter. When the fork got bent, I happened to find a 90's Trek 720 frame (a lowish Tiawanese made steel hybrid) that was a good fit and $25.

After taking out the bottom bracket, it was powdercoated. Then built up with the take-off cranks, derailers, and shifters, plus new brakes, chain, fenders, rack, and as of yesterday, new wheels and tires.

The biggest time-saver for me was to review any disassembly or reassembly process in advance and make sure you have the appropriate tools. Otherwise you'll be driving back and forth to whatever bike shops in the area have tools.

The second biggest was to spray penetrant (WD40 or the like) on any nuts and bolts you have to take a part a few days in advance. For the bottom bracket I gave it a shot every day or two for a week. It can make a big difference.

Yesterday I bought some wheels (Mavic A319 rims) at Harris, and some Schwalbe Marathon 32mm tires. I purchased MKS Touring pedals previously.

This is the bike in current state, with old wheels and tires. And what I started from.
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Old 03-14-07, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by x37
Will you be riding mostly on flat ground or in the hills or a mixture of both? City, bike trails or suburbs?
The ability to do moderate off-roading is a necessity. But as long as the bike has room for biggish tires, that shouldn't be a problem. I'm of the opinion that most bikes can handle off-road, especially steel frames, as long as you aren't doing jumps and what-not.

As for hills, I think I know what you're thinking. I've tempted by the idea of a ss, but more because of cost than anything. I don't want fixed, but I suppose I could be swayed in the ss direction. I probably won't be using the bike for more than 5-10 miles at a time, though I say that with some hesitation.
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I was riding around PDX last October, and depending on where I had to commute to/from, I would totally go SS. There's a big SS/FG community there, and you'll find lots of cheap parts. Other than that really big hill in the West [Mt. Washington Park?], I didn't encounter any hill that I wouldn't ride a SS on daily. Also, not having to pay for shifters and derailleurs means you can get better wheels and tires. You can spring for an ENO hub or just use an old $10 derailleur for a chain tensioner. There's seriously no reason to get a brand-name chain tensioning device other than bling factor.
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Old 03-14-07, 10:42 PM
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Ah, sorry. I will not be using this bike in PDX.

I will be moving wither to Arcata, in remote Northern Califorinia, or Missoula MOntana, depending on where I go to college.

Sorry about the confusion.

That said, ss is still a possibility, and not just for the hipster appeal I've got a nice touring bike, so I could use that for longer rides/larger loads if necessary, and the ability to save money off the cassetes, etcetera isnice.

I do like to coast though, so, y'know... fixed gear might not fly with me.
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I just graduated from HSU last year. If you are liberal (or better yet a hippie) or have a rather high tolerance for hippies, homeless, pot and drum circles, Arcata is your place. I highly recommend you go to Arcata. I loved it there and miss it daily. HSU is nestled against a rather large redwood forested hill which I always saw people bombing on full suspension mtb. If your building up a road bike, just want to warn you that the roads in Arcata are the worst you will ever see (well, they are the worst I've seen living on the west coast).
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A SS could be fun and practical. It doesn't usually snow where I live, but this year it did, and when I rode my mtn. bike, the rear derailleur got jammed with ice and slush and I couldn't shift.
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SS is a good way to go. I've been doing it for about a year and it has proven to be reliable and low maintenance.
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This is my FrankenTrek 720. Took it for the first ride today to see how everything is adjusted before final trimming of cables and other finishing touches.

The frame was powdercoated; captured bearings replaced with balls and repacked; wheels, tires, fenders, pedals, chain and brakes are new; most of the other components are take-offs from the old bike.
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Originally Posted by M_S
I will be moving wither to Arcata, in remote Northern Califorinia, or Missoula MOntana, depending on where I go to college.
If you go to Arcata, at least they have an interesting police blotter......



• Sunday, February 18 1:24 a.m. Two would-be warriors positioned their bad selves outside a taxidermy-intensive social estab on the Plaza and invited passersby to join them in fisticuffs. Instead, Jerome went to the drunk tank.


8:18 a.m. The terms “narcotics” and “stationery” aren’t commonly associated, but an alleged partaker of the former was cuffed near a store selling the latter.


9:08 a.m. A THC enthusiast paid $100 in forfeited deposit to learn that “No Smoking” also means no dope smoking in that Valley West budget motel room.


10:28 a.m. A women initially reported her purse stolen from the Plaza, but cocktail modifications scrambled further transmissions, with her story changing and cooperation level declining.


• Monday, February 19 9:39 a.m. Fifty gallons of fuel was stolen from a West End Road business.


11:54 a.m. A dying deer in the front yard of a Bayview Street home went to Heaven; the bod went to the Corp(se) Yard.


7:39 p.m. A pack of travelers settled into Minor Alley and commenced a dope infusion ceremony.


• Tuesday, February 20 12:33 p.m. An officer warned a nocturnal naturalist that the Marsh is off-limits to human-critters after dark.


12:57 p.m. Two nightcrawlers in Redwood Park received a similar warning.


7:51 p.m. Former spouses are involved in a restraining order/litigation derby, and meanwhile he says she did something to his car and it won’t start.


9:19 p.m. A bicyclist without a headlamp and a car driver who didn’t yield created a perfect traffic storm at 10th and J streets. The biker was struck, but the driver amicably offered the victim a ride home.


• Wednesday, February 21 9:05 a.m. Someone pushed an eight-by-10-foot shed in front of a vacant home on Anelus Avenue for reasons known only to the shed-pusher.


9:19 a.m. A “chubby” blonde was seen driving around on Diamond Drive, coincident with vehicle vandalism in the area.


12:59 p.m. Another report came in of a dog tethered for more than three hours in violation of the new law that prohibits this (story, page 4). The owner was apprised.


10:55 p.m. A man inhabiting an H Street sidewalk along with numerous scattered personal items reported that one, then two, then three unknown assailants had stolen some sort of “federal documents” from him. There were several variations on his story; police advised him to make a report at a later time, when he was “more composed.”


• Thursday, February 22 5:18 a.m. Two gentlemen... OK, two men showed up at a Spear Avenue residence, knocking on the door and inviting the man of the house outside for an altercation. Girlfriend called police; fighty-boys boogied.


7:27 a.m. A Laurel Drive downstairs neighbor bangs on the walls, and it’s a problem.


1:51 p.m. A Community Park health facility reported “graphic” e-mail messages from someone rather enthusiastically concerned about the facility and the men’s locker room.


5:29 p.m. A munchie-crazed creature in a “Phish-style” hat pulled down over his face stuffed a pint of Ben & Jerry’s into his front pocket and ran as fast as he could in his baggy black shorts from an I Street cooperative supermarket.


6:03 p.m. Cows took advantage of a dilapidated fence to mount bold bovine expeditions into a Samoa Boulevard apartment complex. Police advised the herd owner to give his fence and gate some maintenance love.


9:56 p.m. A subsequent bovine excursion reached all the way to metropolitan Sunny Brae, with a cow commando detected at the shopping center.


10:46 p.m. The Laurel Drive noise nest flared again, this time with occupants jumping up and down. Police officers stood outside for a while and didn’t hear anything much.


• Friday, February 23 12:49 a.m. Being in love shouldn’t include alleged attempted choking on 12th Street. The male was arrested on a spousal abuse charge.


3:21 p.m. A man said he’d been assaulted Feb. 7 by a woman in Redwood Park. He said she’s swung at him, then tried to break his fingers, but he didn’t report the incident. Now, he said, the same woman was sitting in her car, possibly in her underwear, squirting people – including him – with a water gun as they pass by. Police couldn’t find any sign of the scantily-clad assaulter.


3:29 p.m. A shirtless and “very red” man impersonated a speed bump near Samoa Boulevard and K Street. Police awakened the man, who complained that someone stole some federal papers from him. Between this and his choice of leisure spots, the man was deemed incapable and taken to a mental health facil.


9:12 p.m. A drunken man was said to be “throwing up everywhere” at Eighth and F streets. The omnidirectional retcher was packed into someone’s car and driven home.


11:29 p.m. Maybe it was the alcohol, maybe the moonlight, maybe the wafting pastry vapors, but as two groups of two men walked past each other on the narrow sidewalk outside an H Street donut shop, they brushed against each other, and manly conflict ensued. One set of disputants had been drinking, and after the initial dispute became effusively apologetic, insisting on shaking the other guys’ hands. But they were resistant to the unseemly male-bonding procedure, and this seemed to provide yet a further source of conflict. Police offered a revelatory insight – that the drinky dudes might best call it a night and rechart a course to wherever they were headed before the fateful shoulder brush.


• Saturday, February 24 12:43 a.m. An R Street resident was taking a shower with her boyfriend when her ex-boyf showed up and, possibly not enthused about the bathing arrangements, broke the current flame’s nose. She said the embittered ex has called several times threatening to return.


1:31 p.m. A woman persistently called and texted a Sunny Brae business employee’s cellular telephone. The victim wanted the threats to stop.


11:58 p.m. A man in a white shirt and jeans reportedly brandished a folding knife with a six-inch blade at a group of people on South G Street, then took refuge in a locked car. HSU Police and their all-access Slim Jim were summoned, and after some taser persuasion, the 20-ish fellow was taken into custody. After a hospital check because of the electrical interlude, the manchild went to jail on charges of making dire threats and meddling with an officer.


• Monday, February 26 2:17 p.m. A $50 blue-and-white wheeled cooler disappeared from an 11th Street bread bakery.
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