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Old 06-23-14, 09:37 AM
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Duh, you guys. There's no dynohub.
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Old 06-23-14, 06:44 PM
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Grip Tape, its gotta have some bright green Grip Tape. That's it!
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Old 06-24-14, 01:49 PM
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I've been loving my new Felt Verza Fit 1! My one week old baby only has about 65 miles on it so far but I think I'm in love. I've added a seat bag to hold my multitool and spare tube, a bottle holder, a Blackburn Airstick pump (w/ mount), a Cateye Strada Wireless computer, a Topeak Explorer MTX rack, and one Ortlieb Downtown QL3 pannier to carry a change of clothes and some lunch.

I'll be using this fine piece of engineering for my daily commute of about 4.5 miles each way as well as riding around town on the weekends.
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Old 06-24-14, 02:09 PM
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It is summer and it's hot and the roads are a mess... I built up a new whip for the light commute (backpack and sneakers) and fun on the trails.

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Old 06-25-14, 11:53 AM
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Recently changed up a few things on the Straggler...



The traction pins on my old pedals were wearing down, so I picked up a new pair of Wellgos with replaceable pins, now I can replace the pins instead of the entire pedal. Mounted a trailer hitch on the rack for a Burley Travoy (sweet trailer, btw, which has replaced my truck for Costco and recycling runs). Flipped the stem. Ditched the Avid BB7 Roads for some TRP Spyres:



Soooo much nicer than the Avids. Better modulation, nicer feel, and the stopping power that you'd expect from a disc brake. Plus, they look cooler. Let's see, what else? Oh yeah, I got t-boned by some left turning ****head who's excuse was that I was in his blind spot. IMO, when you drive with your head up your ***, the entire world's in your blind spot. ******* car threw me about 10 feet, clear into the crosswalk.





Gonna drop the bike off at the shop today to have the frame inspected, which is conveniently on the way to the clinic where I will be having my wrist inspected. Got ****head's insurance info and an accident report was filed, so this should all be covered, and if I end up walking away from this with nothing more than a sprained/broken wrist (please just be sprained), some bruises, a little road rash, and a new bike, I will consider myself incredibly lucky.

In the meantime, the dog walking bike (because its upright riding position facilitates one handed riding, leaving one hand free for leashes) will be stepping in for the Straggler.



My Windsor Oxford. One hand, three speeds, it's gonna be a slow roll for a while. Which is fine, as the brakes on this thing suck.
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Old 06-25-14, 12:04 PM
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Oh man, glad you're ok. Hope your wrist isn't worse than you think.

If the frame/fork is straight I'll be shocked. Wow.
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Old 06-25-14, 12:34 PM
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Even if you come away with a broken wrist, I'd consider you lucky.

Apart from damage, the straggler looks hot! I wish Surly had introduced it two years earlier, I would have gotten a straggler instead of a crosscheck!

I'd like to hear/see more about the trailer/hitch setup. Is there something on your rack I'm supposed to be seeing?
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Old 06-25-14, 12:47 PM
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Other than missing my water bottles and the phone mounted to the stem (which I was using to the take the pic) here is my commute setup.

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Hello All! I'm new to this community, and have used this 2008 Trek 7.2 FX as my main commuter for the last few years. Aluminum frame, steel fork, but surprisingly quick and nimble for such a heavy bike. Also very strong, and it hasn't met a load yet that it can't carry. Besides rack and bags, it has a cargo trailer hitch, RAM GPS mount, lights, and a few other things that make it versatile.

My eye has been wondering lately to the new Jamis Nova Race and Kona's 2013 Jake the Snake, but whatever happens this one has earned it's place in the stable.

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This is my other bike, a 2001 Raleigh C200, which I happened across last year. It had apparently been purchased and then forgotten in a garage, as it looked completely new! With a little bit of work I helped this awkward teenager find it's inner cool, adding a sportier seat, Bontrager removable fenders, and a rack for the saddle bags. I'm thinking about selling it, since I really don't ride it myself, but it's just so darn pretty to look at... :-)

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Old 06-25-14, 06:47 PM
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Yikes. Glad you're ok.

That was a sweet bike.
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Old 06-25-14, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by GriddleCakes View Post
..Oh yeah, I got t-boned...


I hate that your bike got twisted up like that. But as you said, it can be replaced. Hopefully you'll come out of this without any permanent injury, which is really all that matters.

BTW, what's with the guy balancing on the rope?
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Old 06-26-14, 12:49 AM
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Thanks for the condolences, y'all. Got the wrist x-rayed this afternoon, and there's no break. Bike shop is pretty backed up, couldn't inspect the frame today, but at a glance the shop tech was really pessimistic about whether the frame and fork are salvageable. The wheels are obviously toast, which saddens me, because Velocity doesn't make that rim any more, and I can't find a non-machine walled 29er/wide 700c rim in yellow to replace them.
@RudeRad There's a cross bar mounted to the top front of the rack with a seatpost trailer hitch mounted to it. Trailer is a Burley Travoy, which normally connects to the seatpost. I don't have room for a seatpost mount, between the saddlebag and taillight, so I opted for the rack mount adaptor. The Travoy is a sweet little trailer for light loads, and it folds down quickly and easily so it takes up barely any space in the garage when I'm not using it.
@the_tool_man Dude in the background is Slacklining, an increasingly popular summertime park activity around here.
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Old 06-26-14, 12:51 AM
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Thanks for the condolences, y'all. Got the wrist x-rayed this afternoon, and there's no break. Bike shop is pretty backed up, couldn't inspect the frame today, but at a glance the shop tech was really pessimistic about whether the frame and fork are salvageable. The wheels are obviously toast, which saddens me, because Velocity doesn't make that rim any more, and I can't find a non-machine walled 29er/wide 700c rim in yellow to replace them.

@RubeRad There's a cross bar mounted to the top front of the rack with a seatpost trailer hitch mounted to it. Trailer is a Burley Travoy, which normally connects to the seatpost. I don't have room for a seatpost mount, between the saddlebag and taillight, so I opted for the rack mount adaptor. The Travoy is a sweet little trailer for light loads, and it folds down quickly and easily so it takes up barely any space in the garage when I'm not using it.

@the_tool_man Dude in the background is Slacklining, an increasingly popular summertime park activity around here.
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Old 06-26-14, 05:44 AM
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...Dude in the background is Slacklining, an increasingly popular summertime park activity around here.
Slacker
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Old 06-26-14, 07:12 AM
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I used to see that around Stanford all the time. Only once have I seen it since I moved east.
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Old 06-26-14, 08:18 AM
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@RubeRad There's a cross bar mounted to the top front of the rack with a seatpost trailer hitch mounted to it.
Ah, now I see it; I was looking at the back of the rack. Pretty cool.

And sux about the rims! I've never seen yellow rims before, and your bumblebee color scheme was really working!
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Old 06-26-14, 09:34 AM
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@GriddleCakes I am glad you are okay! wow that put a hurting on your bike too. what is the big differences between a straggler and disc trucker?
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Old 06-26-14, 11:52 AM
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Straggler is very close to cross-check in geometry, not quite so touring-oriented as dLHT, but still with wide flexibility for fixed/single/1x/2x/3x gearing, plus rack/fender mounts etc. Strangely, even though Straggler is kind of a "disk-check", it doesn't have the usual CX top-of-top-tube brake cable routing for shouldering.
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I'm back to bike commuting now, and I'm very happy about it. I decided to make my McLean my every-day bike, even though it's special and valuable. I might as well enjoy it. We use antique plates for dinner. If we didn't use them, what would we do with them?

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Old 06-26-14, 03:38 PM
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noglider: RHM saddle; that's pretty cool. I have a vintage Ideale that I'm riding right now even though there is a tear in the middle of the left skirt, and I have no idea if/when it will ever simply tear in half (on kind of the same philosophy; even though it's possibly delicate, if I never ride it, then I'll never get to ride it!). I will PM him to inquire about re-leathering, in the event of inevitable eventual assplosion.
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I'm back to bike commuting now, and I'm very happy about it. I decided to make my McLean my every-day bike, even though it's special and valuable. I might as well enjoy it. We use antique plates for dinner. If we didn't use them, what would we do with them?

1982 McLean racing frame
repainted by Weigle in 1991, with braze-ons added, too
Campagnolo Record brakes
Campagnolo Super Record cranks
Cinelli stem and handlebar
Gran Compe brake levers
Simplex Retrofriction shifters
Sugino bottom bracket
Shimano 600 headset
Ambrosio Elite rims
Campagnolo Record 6-speed hubs
Shimano 7-speed freewheel
KMC chain
Wellgo SPD pedals
headset-mounted bell
B&M USB-chargeable headlight
Cygolite tail light
RHM saddle
Sugino seatpost
Campagnolo front and rear derailleurs
Velo-Orange rack
new tires to be determined




Purrrdy, love that paintjob!
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@RubeRad, @rhm does perform this service. It's just a hobby of his, so it's low volume. I've seen his saddles. They're not as perfect as Brooks saddles, and that's a good thing. It's clear that they are hand made, each one different and distinctive. They are works of art.
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@awfulwaffle that is gorgeous. I'm surprised at how good the brown saddle and bar tape look with the blue, but it looks great. May I ask what Charge saddle that is?
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