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Old 03-02-15, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider
[MENTION=400786]Redhatter[/MENTION], can we see a few close-ups of your "dashboard?" There's a lot going on there.
+1. Is that a CB radio?

I respectfully request a picture of everything in the front basket, rear trunk, and side bags spread out on the driveway!
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Originally Posted by JZackery_I.D.
Latest updates to my commuter/weekend rider:

LIT cycles reflective sidewall tires
Pinheadz anti-theft bolts for wheels, stem, and seat
Niterider light mounted to a womodesigns clamp. (love having my light centered!)


Oh yes. This is how it's done.
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Old 03-02-15, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by JZackery_I.D.
Latest updates to my commuter/weekend rider:

LIT cycles reflective sidewall tires
Pinheadz anti-theft bolts for wheels, stem, and seat
Niterider light mounted to a womodesigns clamp. (love having my light centered!)

JZ, tell me about your cables. Are those inline adjusters? And do they come with the little black mini-housing pieces or are those separate? Plus I see noodles, are you braking with short-pull mini-Vs?
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Originally Posted by noglider
@Redhatter, can we see a few close-ups of your "dashboard?" There's a lot going on there.
Originally Posted by AlmostTrick
+1. Is that a CB radio?

I respectfully request a picture of everything in the front basket, rear trunk, and side bags spread out on the driveway!
Okay, I'll see if I can get some shots when I get home tonight. Part of why there's "so much going on" is I've stuffed my reflective vest in there.

The kit you can probably see though:
- Main transceiver: RigPix Database - Yaesu - FT-857D -- just the head unit (the rest is in the top box)
- Backup transceiver (mainly used for APRS tracking which saves a LOT of phone calls): RigPix Database - Kenwood/Trio - TH-D72 -- clipped onto the handle for the basket
- GPS and CB set: https://buy.garmin.com/en-AU/AU/outd...prod82798.html

The main set is what I use since it's got the transmit power and covers all bands/modes. The hand-held is sort of a back-up: I can use it to monitor a second frequency and it has a GPS built-in with APRS so it can report my location via VHF packet radio. Neither of these do CB.

The Garmin GPS doubles as an 80 channel UHF CB transceiver, but must of the time that's turned off and I use it to monitor mileage and speed.

The front basket is where I carry some cables, my breakfast/lunch, phone, wallet, keys, cables, etc.

There's an older photo of the same basket arrangement some time back when I bought my mountain bike (Talon 29ER 0).


The main changes being that I've made a shelf for the GPS to sit on, I didn't have the hand-held, and I had the head unit in a slightly different spot.

On the handlebars are the controls for the radio (pushbuttons and toggle switch) and indicators (red switches) which is the same on both bikes.

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Originally Posted by RubeRad
JZ, tell me about your cables. Are those inline adjusters? And do they come with the little black mini-housing pieces or are those separate? Plus I see noodles, are you braking with short-pull mini-Vs?

Yep, they are jagwire's inline adjusters. When i was routing the new cables (jagwire also) the bikeshop recommended them. My tuning skills aren't top notch, I'm not sure if they make a difference opposed to the traditional adjusters.. they look nice though! And indeed, I'm running mini-v's - TRP CX8.4s.. Love them and so easy to adjust. I hated cantilever and felt like i was always fiddling with them so i thought it was a worthy upgrade
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Old 03-02-15, 02:05 PM
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I did some quick shots using my phone this morning before I headded to work. So they're a bit on the crappy side, I'll try to remember to do some better ones this afternoon.

Firstly, the rig at night…


A close-up of the "dashboard". Under that plastic bag (which has this morning's breakfast; mostly fruit) is my wallet, security chain, you can probably see my keys there too, and on the far right in white is a cigarette lighter USB charger which I sometimes plug my phone into.


The same basket, pannier bags and top box gets used on both my main bikes.
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With the snow we've had that's still on the ground, and the rainy season ahead, I know there will be some wet roads for me even if it's not raining when I leave for work. Having decided to put the Raleigh back on the road, I thought I would make it the "wet" bike and added SKS fenders. They were a little fussy to install, but it was a good way to spend a rainy weekend afternoon. I'm ok with the way it turned out.
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Old 03-03-15, 01:36 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider
@Redhatter, can we see a few close-ups of your "dashboard?" There's a lot going on there.
Here you go, a photo with decent light levels and a proper camera this time…

As you can see, not that much going on really.
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Old 03-03-15, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick
Cool bike, nice pics... More info please!

How does the hub work? It keeps your cadence at one RPM? Please explain what it feels like. How many miles do you have on it?

EDIT: What happened to the back tire? lol
Thank you! The Nuvinci is infinitely variable, so by slight, or great turns of the shifter, you can alter your gearing respectively. It doesn't have gears in the traditional sense, but it does have essentially the same range as an 11 speed, I believe. So you can select anywhere between 0-360. Its super smooth and super quiet. I'm really happy with it. I sadly haven't kept track of my mileage at all. I'll link you to a couple of YouTube videos that can explain the function better than I can.

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Old 03-06-15, 01:04 AM
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The beater/bar bike/lock downtown bike is nearly complete. Couldn't salvage the shweet anodized blue/green cantis that were on it, unfortunately. But I am no longer running a front brake and rear derailer only I also ditched the SOFTRIDE stem with an old suntour XC stem. Took the gf's son out on our soupy trails today and got a little muddy.
Love this ride. Great build!
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Old 03-06-15, 10:22 AM
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My Public D8I. 8 Speed IGH, Chromoly frame. So much more comfortable than my road bike/backpack setup.
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Old 03-06-15, 07:39 PM
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My Public D8I. So much more comfortable than my road bike/backpack setup.
Very nice. Question: what handgrips are those? I don't recognize them and am in a shopping frame-of-mind.
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Very nice. Question: what handgrips are those? I don't recognize them and am in a shopping frame-of-mind.
Not sure of the brand. Publicbikes.com sells them for $ 10.50. It seems reasonable for the grips. They're listed as ergo grips on the website.

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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick
Cool bike, nice pics... More info please!

How does the hub work? It keeps your cadence at one RPM? Please explain what it feels like. How many miles do you have on it?

EDIT: What happened to the back tire? lol

The N360 has an auto-shifter called "harmony" but that is the manual one i think. In any case, it's a CVT with something like 27 to 98 gear inches in its shift ratio range. Belt plus N360 = good.

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Hey all! The weather is looking up here in Omaha and I took the new steed out for a few rides this week as well as commuting to work and to the bike shop etc. Here she is out in the "wild".



It's also my avatar picture, but, whatever. =)
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Not a whole heckuvalot to say about these, except that maybe Grant Petersen and Co. might have slipped a bit of Rivendell tincture into my cowboy coffee... because next thing you know, I'm raising my handlebars, rocking all Nitto components, shedding the click-in shoes and twining everything in sight... what next, wool and leather clothing? I draw the line at the racks and bags, I'll be going the Topeak rack/basket system soon. Don't hold me to it though.

Raleigh Record (mid '80s)
Ancient Suntour shifting system
Bar tape on top tube to ward off rust until I attempt the repaint "Ressurectio" job


Kona Lava Dome (1996)
Bosco bars with original Grip Shift


I love and despise upgrading components, thrown a lot of money at these, but it's worth it, to see my riding increase tenfold
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You win the award for tallest stem!
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Those both look great!

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Howdy,
Not a whole heckuvalot to say about these, except that maybe Grant Petersen and Co. might have slipped a bit of Rivendell tincture into my cowboy coffee... because next thing you know, I'm raising my handlebars, rocking all Nitto components, shedding the click-in shoes and twining everything in sight... what next, wool and leather clothing? I draw the line at the racks and bags, I'll be going the Topeak rack/basket system soon. Don't hold me to it though.

Raleigh Record (mid '80s)
Ancient Suntour shifting system
Bar tape on top tube to ward off rust until I attempt the repaint "Ressurectio" job


Kona Lava Dome (1996)
Bosco bars with original Grip Shift


I love and despise upgrading components, thrown a lot of money at these, but it's worth it, to see my riding increase tenfold
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Soma Saga Disc

I have much longer commutes now, some days it's more than 25 total miles. And it's hilly and 5000 feet. I'm space limited too, I wanted an n-1 bike. Time for a drop bar commuter. This is my commuter/gravel grinder and loaded touring bike. Here it is in commuter mode:

Soma Saga Disc 57.5mm with Woodchipper bars, Shimano 9 speed bar cons and Cane Creek brake levers. PlanetBike 45mm fenders, Thudbuster and Topeak rack/trunk bag:


Shimano dyno hub, BB7 road calipers, DT 2.0, SunRingle Helix TR27 rims (520gms) with Pasela PT 38mm @ 60psi (mountain bike wheels). Rides like a cream puff over all the bumps. Phillips headlamp with matching taillight:


Shimano 756 rear hub and custom 9 speed cassette, disc brake goodness:


Tiagra triple with PD-324 pedals:


I have ~200 miles on it, 50 of them gravel grinding, the rest urban errands/commuting. I really like this bike. Handles great and when I hit the crappy parts of the gravel roads it gives me confidence that it's going to hold up.
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Very well put together, [MENTION=161860]Mr IGH[/MENTION].
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Here's my new commuter! 2015 Trek Crossrip LTD.

I've opted for the completely original... never before attempted... bicycle in front of the garage pictures. Well, it's what was available yesterday, but hopefully I can take some more scenic pictures soon.





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Originally Posted by CW Zing
Howdy,
Not a whole heckuvalot to say about these, except that maybe Grant Petersen and Co. might have slipped a bit of Rivendell tincture into my cowboy coffee... because next thing you know, I'm raising my handlebars, rocking all Nitto components, shedding the click-in shoes and twining everything in sight... what next, wool and leather clothing? I draw the line at the racks and bags, I'll be going the Topeak rack/basket system soon. Don't hold me to it though.
Not to mention, leather saddles, wider tires, and (at least on the raleigh) a frame big enough that you only need "a fistful of seatpost". Good job!
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