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Old 05-28-15, 05:51 AM
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On days that I don't need to bring lunch, I will commute with the other Huffy I got...........




Otherwise, this is Huffy still my primary commuter..........

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Old 05-28-15, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by TxSpeedster View Post
Surly Straggler as almost perfected commuter:

Shimano 105 groupset
Brooks Cambium seat
40cm Salsa Cowbell bars
Velo Orange Zepplin fenders
Gamoh rear rack
Cygolites front and rear

A few tweaks away from the ideal. As always is the case!
That's a sleek commuting machine. If I was a year later on building my commuter, I'd be on a straggler instead of a crosscheck.

(Andy_K, notice the black cranks, calipers/levers, fender struts?)

That rack is pretty cool. Nice for tossing a backpack into with a bungee net maybe.
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Old 05-28-15, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by TxSpeedster View Post
Surly Straggler as almost perfected commuter:

Shimano 105 groupset
Brooks Cambium seat
40cm Salsa Cowbell bars
Velo Orange Zepplin fenders
Gamoh rear rack
Cygolites front and rear









A few tweaks away from the ideal. As always is the case!
Great looking rig. I have a Cross-Check myself - but I don't use it for commuting.
Doesn't your load in the back block the rear light? I had to move mine to attach to the rack itself.
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Old 05-28-15, 10:59 AM
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Also I'd love a closeup of how you mounted those headlights
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Old 05-28-15, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
Also I'd love a closeup of how you mounted those headlights
Looks like a Minoura accessory thing strapped down from the stem. I think I'll try that for my POV camera.
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Old 05-28-15, 01:26 PM
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I didn't find the minoura accessory thing to be very strong (broke while I was riding with it and I lost a light - to be fair, I had hit a fairly large pothole before the weak point snapped). Bdop's dashboard genie (and one of the knockoffs) has been much more secure for me and would be more likely a place I'd put an expensive camera.
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Old 05-29-15, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by JAG410 View Post
The comfy cruiser, my 83 Nishiki Cresta:


My no-time-for-coasting Surly Steamroller:

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Old 05-29-15, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
Mine got to hang out in the cubes yesterday when everyone else was off from work.

1984 Trek 420, single-speeded for my short commute. VO cockpit & bell, Suntour Superbe Pro to 700c Mavic Rims with 32mm Paselas, Brooks B72, MKS lambda pedals, Blackburn rear rack (from my 620), Soma Mini Front Rack + Wald basket, SKS fenders and Plestcher double legged kickstand.


Again, nice bike.

I'm really digging on all the front basket action I've been seeing.
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Old 05-29-15, 10:19 AM
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Old 05-29-15, 11:04 AM
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A bottle generator on a singlespeed. I like it.
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Old 05-29-15, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by himespa
I didn't find the minoura accessory thing to be very strong (broke while I was riding with it and I lost a light - to be fair, I had hit a fairly large pothole before the weak point snapped). Bdop's dashboard genie (and one of the knockoffs) has been much more secure for me and would be more likely a place I'd put an expensive camera.
Tried it today - seemed OK for strength, but the diameter is a little too small for the flex strap attachment and the added distance from the handlebar made for really shaky video. I guess I'll put it back on the head tube.
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Old 05-29-15, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Tried it today - seemed OK for strength, but the diameter is a little too small for the flex strap attachment and the added distance from the handlebar made for really shaky video. I guess I'll put it back on the head tube.
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Also I'd love a closeup of how you mounted those headlights
The Thorn T-Bar Accessory Mount is both sleek and strong. Strong enough to steer the bike with if needed. The bar mounts via the steering tube, taking 27mm of spacer area and turning it into an efficient accessory mount. I will never use anything else.














Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
That's a sleek commuting machine. If I was a year later on building my commuter, I'd be on a straggler instead of a crosscheck.

(Andy_K, notice the black cranks, calipers/levers, fender struts?)

That rack is pretty cool. Nice for tossing a backpack into with a bungee net maybe.
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Great looking rig. I have a Cross-Check myself - but I don't use it for commuting.
Doesn't your load in the back block the rear light? I had to move mine to attach to the rack itself.


The rack itself has a light mounting point and I have two more Hotshots with the new seat stay mounts that were not installed at photo time. I usually ride at night with 5 rear and two front lights.

For simple commuting I usually toss a Jandd duffle in the basket and go. The built in velcro straps are plenty stout to keep it secure on (and off) the road,
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Old 05-30-15, 09:59 PM
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My Felt Verza City 3. This is my first bike and I've really enjoyed it as a recreational bike and, for the past month, a commuter.
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Old 05-31-15, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by TxSpeedster View Post
The Thorn T-Bar Accessory Mount is both sleek and strong. Strong enough to steer the bike with if needed. The bar mounts via the steering tube, taking 27mm of spacer area and turning it into an efficient accessory mount. I will never use anything else.




















The rack itself has a light mounting point and I have two more Hotshots with the new seat stay mounts that were not installed at photo time. I usually ride at night with 5 rear and two front lights.

For simple commuting I usually toss a Jandd duffle in the basket and go. The built in velcro straps are plenty stout to keep it secure on (and off) the road,
That rear rack looks rather wide. Is that correct? Almost like a Porteur style from rack, but that I've only seen for the front. VO Porteur Rack - Racks & Decaleurs - Accessories

Nice overall setup, as it looks classy but still utilitarian.

Here is mine:
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Old 05-31-15, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Maybelater View Post
My daily commute is on a Opus Classico. This is the closest example of a Dutch city bike I could find. Weighs in at 32 lbs. and I find it fairly agile with a relaxed upright riding position. Just added a Brooks B17 saddle and changed the freewheel from a 14/34 to a 11/28 for more speed on the flats.
That is a nice looking setup. How do you like its ride?

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Old 05-31-15, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Ridefreemc View Post
That is a nice looking setup. How do you like its ride?
I'm enjoying the ride quality. The swept back handlebars are easy on my back and neck and the 700 x 35 tires absorb the bumps with low rolling resistance.
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Old 05-31-15, 12:50 PM
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I'm enjoying the ride quality. The swept back handlebars are easy on my back and neck and the 700 x 35 tires absorb the bumps with low rolling resistance.
That is where I am going with my VO Campeur late next week, swept back and a little more upright than my drops on there now. I already have the 35s sand they are the best width that I have ever ridden. Very comfortable, but still roll very nice.
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Old 06-01-15, 05:30 PM
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Greetings from Athens, Greece!
This is my first post here, and I'm very glad for that.
I commute for the last 2 years in a daily basis. I totally forgot the car.

My main commuter bike is a customized mountain bike (Merida matts 20-MD) with cromoly rigid fork from Surly (surly instigator), 26 x 1.3 slik kenda tires, rack, fenders and bag (for u-lock, spare tube, some tools, mini pump, etc).



My second commuter is a Giant Rapid 3 2011 model. I use vittoria zafiro 700 x 25 tires here and it rolls great. Looking to buy fenders , any thoughts? (maybe SKS Bluemels or chromoplastics with 35mm width should be ok).



At last i use occasionally my third bike, a Charge Tap 2012 model. A Tange prestige double butted cromoly frame and fork with Smimano nexus 8-speed inner hub. A Great bike for easy riding. Love it!



Keep riding!

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Old 06-02-15, 01:06 AM
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Old 06-02-15, 06:40 AM
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Hi Guys!

Have you ever seen on of these tiny bikes there?



I bought it three months ago. It's easy to use in my daily intermodal commute: I pedal 2.3 miles from home to the train station, and then I can pedal more 3.6 miles or get a bus to the office.

It has a Shimano's Nexus 3v with Roller Brake, 16 inch wheels and a v-brake on the front.





Of course it isn't good to long rides or steep roads, but it fits quite right in short distances in town.

And best of all: my eldest daughter (11 years old) loves it!

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@AlTheKiller, that's a great combination of fun and practical.

@fabiotux, we do have a lot of folding bikes with 16" wheels here in New York City, but I haven't seen the Go Easy brand. Yours looks inspired by the Brompton, which is one of the most expensive and well respected folding bikes. I love seeing our kids on bikes! Thank you for posting that picture.
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@NikNis, welcome to BF! Yesterday my computer didn't want to show me your pictures, but now I can see them, the bikes look pretty cool! Although the Merida and Giant look very similar, I'm kinda surprised you've got 3 bikes and none with drop bars, for variety.
@AlTheKiller, as Spike Lee famously said, "It's gotta be the shoes!"
@fabiotux, pretty cool, I like how the rack does double duty as a roller/stand (or maybe that's triple duty?)
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Thanks @noglider!
Indeed, Brompton is one of the most expensive folding bikes!
In Brazil it cost something like R$ 7,500 (US$ 2,400). Our currency and taxes makes it almost impossible for "regular earners" (as a matter of fact, a second-hand car costs something like R$ 12,000 and a brand new 150cc motorcycle costs R$ 7.000). Tough reality...

The "Go Easy" is a Chinese attempt to get a cheaper and practical bike as the Brompton. It doesn't have the same "glamour", but it "does de job" for less than a 1/5th of the price.

About my daughters, they love cycling with me. The other one is 7 years old. I just can't wait to see them cycling long distances with me, touring by bike abroad...


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@fabiotux, we do have a lot of folding bikes with 16" wheels here in New York City, but I haven't seen the Go Easy brand. Yours looks inspired by the Brompton, which is one of the most expensive and well respected folding bikes. I love seeing our kids on bikes! Thank you for posting that picture.
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@RubeRad, Thanks for your reply. Although merida and giant look similar they are not. Merida is actually a mountain bike frame with cromo rigid fork and 26" wheels (26*1.3). On the other hand Giant rapid is a fitness bike with 28" wheels (700c*25) . I was thinking lately to buy a drop bar for Giant rapid because the frame is actually a road bike (similar to Giant Defy). But i have to buy road brakes too for the right feeling, so it will take a while until then.
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Thanks @RubeRad!
Yes, it does a "triple duty" sometimes.
I have a small top-rack bag that fits in that little rack. Good to carry some stuff, like tools, a change of clothes or something like that, but I've been preferring to use a Carradice saddlebag...easier to acess it even when the bike is folded.



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