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Old 08-11-15, 02:13 PM
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So at one point, I stripped down a vintage bike to frame and built this bike:




Built for the fun of it, on spec, to sell. Didn't sell, ended up parting out the wheels to a BF member in SS/FG. Rear was S3X fixed 3sp hub; front 70mm drum brake. After selling the wheels, I raided my parts bin and turned it into a 1x10 flat bar bike. This local eccentric rider hemmed and hawed for a few weeks before buying it. Since then, I'd seen it around town, all decked out, but didn't have a chance to catch up with him. Until yesterday at the bus station -- I was getting back for the home leg of my bike-bus-bike commute, he was headed out. Bike was stripped down when he got it, he's added a few things...:




He's a picky guy when it comes to the bikes he rides, so I was chuffed when he actually bought this, and I am psyched to see him still using it for daily transport.
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Old 08-11-15, 02:42 PM
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Interesting, it's not often you see pics of other ​people's commuters on here...
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Old 08-12-15, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by leegf View Post
From today's commute:


Thanks to @nlerner for the crankset!
Is the crankset Stronglight 93? I just lost an ebay auction for those to my pug build above, just by cheaping out and not bidding enough. Would have been a sweet addition, especially when polished all out.

Besides looking seriously "low and go", your mbk looks like it's a very practical bike, too. Front rack is quite roomy, but does it make the steering funny when loaded for commuting (laptop, towel, change clothes, meal -loaded, I mean)? I like the crankset, double kickstand and brake levers especially. Have you intentionally left the pedal straps behind?
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Old 08-12-15, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by gesta View Post
Is the crankset Stronglight 93? I just lost an ebay auction for those to my pug build above, just by cheaping out and not bidding enough. Would have been a sweet addition, especially when polished all out.

Besides looking seriously "low and go", your mbk looks like it's a very practical bike, too. Front rack is quite roomy, but does it make the steering funny when loaded for commuting (laptop, towel, change clothes, meal -loaded, I mean)? I like the crankset, double kickstand and brake levers especially. Have you intentionally left the pedal straps behind?
Yes, Stronglight 93. I was able to score one through the ISO (In Search Of) thread, although you might not get many takers to ship to Finland

A small or medium size load (e.g., typical size load on a daily commute) is fine, but a large load (e.g., oversized package, load of laundry, etc.) can make the steering wobbly and imprecise.

I am in between toe clips (the ones shown are too large), but when I install the correct ones, straps will go on them also.
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Old 08-12-15, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
Interesting, it's not often you see pics of other ​people's commuters on here...
Well... I built it and sold it. And it's very obviously being used as a commuter bike...
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Old 08-12-15, 02:42 PM
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I liked the update, @mconlonx -- the bike looked nice in its 'before' state (it looks a little busy now).
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Old 08-12-15, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by leegf View Post
From today's commute:



Thanks to @nlerner for the crankset!
Another very nice build. What's on the rear seat stay? And what's dangling from the rack strut?
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Old 08-12-15, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Another very nice build. What's on the rear seat stay? And what's dangling from the rack strut?
Thanks Tom. The stuff on the rear seat stay is mounting hardware for a Bobike child seat (not currently on the bike, obviously) which I may or may not be using anymore. (If the latter, then the hardware will be coming off.) The thing dangling from the rack strut is a rack-to-light bracket that I experimented with at one point but which I also probably will not be using anymore.
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Old 08-13-15, 09:49 AM
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2015 Kona Unit. My full suspension bike is going to be taking a break from commuting duties.





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Old 08-13-15, 10:25 AM
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wow that is geared low!
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The kona unit, I've been thinking of something identical lately. I use a felt 29er single speed klunker for a lot of commuting when I dont think I'll need fenders or a rack or lights (I have small see me lights on). My only problem with it is the coaster brake, wishing I had disks.

Well done.

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Old 08-13-15, 12:00 PM
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Coaster brake, yuck. Can you put any sort of front brake on there?
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Old 08-13-15, 05:10 PM
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2015 Kona Unit. My full suspension bike is going to be taking a break from commuting duties.

That is insanely FUNKY!
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Old 08-13-15, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
wow that is geared low!
32 x 18 for a good 46 or so gear inches. Fun bike.

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The kona unit, I've been thinking of something identical lately. I use a felt 29er single speed klunker for a lot of commuting when I dont think I'll need fenders or a rack or lights (I have small see me lights on). My only problem with it is the coaster brake, wishing I had disks.

Well done.

[IMG][/IMG]
Have a look at the Kona Humuhumu. Its a klunker with front and rear discs, sliding dropouts and it might have clearance for some 29er tires.


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@TheDavid, that's pretty badass.
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32 x 18 for a good 46 or so gear inches. Fun bike.



Have a look at the Kona Humuhumu. Its a klunker with front and rear discs, sliding dropouts and it might have clearance for some 29er tires.

Oh great, after not buying a new bike for a almost a year I found something new to covet. I was surprised they had been around a while, never noticed it on previous visits to the Kona site, but I was most interested in the minute back then. Thanks,
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Old 08-14-15, 10:23 AM
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@jdswitters welcome the bikeforums.net world. There is always another cool bike to covet.
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From this morning's commute:

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2015 Kona Unit. My full suspension bike is going to be taking a break from commuting duties.





Love the Unit! Here's mine, although I definitely prefer riding it on dirt over pavement.

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Love the Unit! Here's mine, although I definitely prefer riding it on dirt over pavement.
Agreed, much more preferable on the dirt. Thankfully there is a lot of single track on the way to work.
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Agreed, much more preferable on the dirt. Thankfully there is a lot of single track on the way to work.
Awesome!
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I use this to commute

It's a Superia Apollo Superstar, made out of Ishiwata 022 tubing and has a Shimano 600 Arabesque groupset.

The saddle was a Selle San Marco Concor (original but uncomfortable...), now it's a Brooks Team Pro Classic. I also changed the bar wrap and the toe clips and straps (the old clips were bent and the straps were worn (nylon))



PS. How do you make the picture bigger?
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I use this to commute

It's a Superia Apollo Superstar, made out of Ishiwata 022 tubing and has a Shimano 600 Arabesque groupset.

The saddle was a Selle San Marco Concor (original but uncomfortable...), now it's a Brooks Team Pro Classic. I also changed the bar wrap and the toe clips and straps (the old clips were bent and the straps were worn (nylon))



PS. How do you make the picture bigger?
By clicking on it.
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Originally Posted by leegf View Post
From this morning's commute:

is that bike trying to sneak up on somebody?
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By clicking on it.
I knew that... I meant without having to click on it...
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