Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Look what happened to my commuter today!

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Look what happened to my commuter today!

Old 10-22-08, 10:13 PM
  #1  
daaxix
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Look what happened to my commuter today!

Today bike bike went from this :



to this :





My brother unexpectedly came to town on a trip back from Canada. He is an expert level MTBer, and I suggested we go mountain biking. Since he did not bring his bike, or any of his bike stuff we quickly converted my commuter bike to a rigid MTB. Notice the MotoCross helmet (all I had) and my wife's camelback.

I actually was able to keep up with him, since the commuter he was riding has road gearing with the lowest being 30 in front and 25 in rear. I was riding my HT Norco with front shocks. On the descents I could barely hang, even though my MTB is a hardtail with a REBA Race Fork.

What do you guys think?

Last edited by daaxix; 10-23-08 at 10:40 AM.
daaxix is offline  
Old 10-22-08, 10:18 PM
  #2  
mechBgon
Senior Member
 
mechBgon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 6,957
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
What do you guys think?
I think you should get that blinkie aimed straight back (not angled downwards) and make sure it's visible over the top of that bag!
mechBgon is offline  
Old 10-22-08, 10:20 PM
  #3  
uke
it's easy if you let it.
 
uke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: indoors and out.
Posts: 4,124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just bought that pump from Walmart for $15.
uke is offline  
Old 10-22-08, 10:29 PM
  #4  
daaxix
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
I think you should get that blinkie aimed straight back (not angled downwards) and make sure it's visible over the top of that bag!
Yeah, I fixed that awhile ago. That pic was taken right after I put the rack on.

Notice there is also an additional blinkie on the back of the rack as well.
daaxix is offline  
Old 10-22-08, 10:42 PM
  #5  
slloth
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fairfield, CA
Posts: 413

Bikes: '72 peugeot PX10

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mtn. Biking with no shocks! Old school! Good for you!



Last time I went Mtn Biking I rented a 3 thousand dollar full suspension Santa Cruz. Now I don't even want to take my hard tail out!
slloth is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 12:22 AM
  #6  
funrover 
Senior Member
 
funrover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 2,269

Bikes: Mostly schwinn... few classics

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nice.. very stealth like!
funrover is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 12:35 AM
  #7  
Metricoclock
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 854

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Miyata 310 (conversion)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
ok i'm sorry, but i see new mexico plates on those cars, what are you preparing for?

i have no idea what you would be thinking in these michigan falls/winter, heck i ride normal road tires here when it's 20f
Metricoclock is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 01:33 AM
  #8  
Artkansas 
Pedaled too far.
 
Artkansas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
Posts: 12,851
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by daaxix View Post
Today bike bike went from this :

to this :

What do you guys think?
I think that old hard-tail mountain bikes make the best commuters.
__________________
"He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
Artkansas is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 04:22 AM
  #9  
sonatageek
Senior Member
 
sonatageek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cleveland,Ohio
Posts: 2,784
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by uke View Post
I just bought that pump from Walmart for $15.
Have you tested that the pump will actually inflate a tire? I got a Walmart quality pump with a used bike I picked up this summer, and when the time came to use it, it couldn't put more than maybe a wisp of air into the tire.
sonatageek is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 05:50 AM
  #10  
lapher22
Senior Member
 
lapher22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 121

Bikes: Surly Karate Monkey, Nashbar MTN "Frame", 96' GT Avalanche, Jamis Dakota

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My fully rigid KM serves the same purpose commute/MTB with a switch of the tires and gears
lapher22 is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 08:55 AM
  #11  
daaxix
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Metricoclock View Post
ok i'm sorry, but i see new mexico plates on those cars, what are you preparing for?

i have no idea what you would be thinking in these michigan falls/winter, heck i ride normal road tires here when it's 20f
Huh?

Are you saying that you mountain bike (I mean offroad, like XC trails) in the winter on normal road tires?

Or did you think I put the MTB tires on the commuter because it is winter? You are right, here in NM it is sunny near around, though cold in the winters.

I only put the MTB tires on so we could go riding on the XC trails because my brother had no bike.
daaxix is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 08:56 AM
  #12  
daaxix
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by sonatageek View Post
Have you tested that the pump will actually inflate a tire? I got a Walmart quality pump with a used bike I picked up this summer, and when the time came to use it, it couldn't put more than maybe a wisp of air into the tire.
I got mine at performancebike, which is kinda like Walmart.
daaxix is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 08:57 AM
  #13  
daaxix
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by lapher22 View Post
My fully rigid KM serves the same purpose commute/MTB with a switch of the tires and gears
Very nice. Unfortunately, I do not currently have a change of gears...hehe. Have you ever raced the rigid?
daaxix is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 08:58 AM
  #14  
hubcap
One Man Fast Brick
 
hubcap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 1,121

Bikes: Specialized Langster, Bianchi San Jose, early 90s GT Karakoram, Yuba Mundo, Mercier Nano (mini velo), Nashbar Steel Commuter, KHS Tandemania Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Cool. I like old GT fames.
hubcap is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 09:27 AM
  #15  
jyossarian
SERENITY NOW!!!
 
jyossarian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In the 212
Posts: 8,738

Bikes: Haro Vector, IRO Rob Roy, Bianchi Veloce

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
My rigid mtb was relegated from full time commuter:


to back up commuter and full time mtb:


with a swap of tires and a rack and fender removal. It's so old it has touring gearing instead of what's considered mtb gearing today. It's also awesome on the trails.
__________________
HHCMF - Take pride in your ability to amaze lesser mortals! - MikeR



We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
jyossarian is offline  
Old 10-23-08, 09:44 AM
  #16  
Tude 
Blasted Weeds
 
Tude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,182

Bikes: Trek 1200C, Specialized Rockhopper, Giant Yukon FX, Giant Acapulco

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I commute via hardtail mtb - wouldn't have it any other way due to the nasty pothole streets with more than the occasional pieces of cars, big city vehicle nuts and bolts that have dropped off - and this one factory I go by everyday that has dropped metal shavings all over (source of 4 flats till I changed up my mtb tires to kevlar). I do use my other bikes (roadie and FS) on occasion when the hardtail is under the weather though - and I ride more carefully then.
__________________
Tude is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.