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Old 08-14-17, 05:18 AM   #14801
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Looks very near perfect for commuting. Thanks

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Old 08-14-17, 08:45 AM   #14802
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I put a set of albatross-style bars on my Miyata One-Thousand over the weekend. Loving them so far! It's nice having a more upright riding position on the way to work. Bar end shifters are Shimano pods with 105 levers, and they work marvelously.




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Old 08-14-17, 12:41 PM   #14803
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Very pretty. I assume that's a debranded GT? Anybody else make frames like their 'triple-triangle'?

Very clean, although I really would put a brake on the front as well. You never know when you'll need to really stop hard and fast, and that rear brake by itself will lock up and skid like nobody's business.
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Old 08-14-17, 01:05 PM   #14804
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Very pretty. I assume that's a debranded GT? Anybody else make frames like their 'triple-triangle'?

Very clean, although I really would put a brake on the front as well. You never know when you'll need to really stop hard and fast, and that rear brake by itself will lock up and skid like nobody's business.
Yeah, it's a 1994-95 GT mtb frame. I'll probably put a front brake on eventually. Sure do like the clean look without though....
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Old 08-14-17, 04:29 PM   #14805
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My 1984 Dawes Imperial. It was a skip find by my grandfather, who later died and it ended up in my hands.

Changes since I got it:
  • SKS Mudguards
  • DIY Reflective Mudflaps
  • Shimano M540 clipless spd pedals
  • Personally built wheels:
    • Mavic Open Elite Rims
    • Shimano Tiagra freewheel hub rear
    • SP-PV8 dynamo hub front
    • Michelin Pro 4 Endurance tyres
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  • Selle Italia saddle + cheapo seatpost
  • B+M Lumotec IQ front dynamo lamp + AXA Blueline tail light
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  • Shimano 600 downtube shifters

School's out for the summer so it's time for big maintenance work. I'm hoping to have the bike finished for its two year anniversary in September. Here's what's slated:
  • Brooks B17 leather saddle
  • BBB BHP-15 Cartridge Bearing Headset
  • Shimano BB-UN55 Bottom Bracket
  • second hand Shimano 600 52-42 crankset to match (replacing the original ISO stronglight crankset)
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  • New Stem, the old one is seized and will be getting a sawzall through it, the fork going to my LBS to get drilled out
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Old 08-15-17, 02:13 PM   #14806
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This is my Trek Lane. It's a cyclocross commuter sporting a Shimano Alfine 11 IGH with Di2 shifting.




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Old 08-15-17, 02:19 PM   #14807
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@TwinOaks, what advantage does di2 offer?
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Old 08-15-17, 04:56 PM   #14808
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@TwinOaks, what advantage does di2 offer?


Well, from what I've read the most common problem with the Shimano hubs is cable tension. As the indexing happens at the shifter, if and when the cable stretches or otherwise goes out of adjustment you wind up with missed or partial shifts and after a while a dead hub if not addressed. And that's with the 8 speed. I could only imagine the problem would be worse or more common with the 11. The Di2 places a motor at the hub in place of the spring loaded cassette joint so indexing happens at the hub. Rohloff hubs index at the hubs and have 2 cables to pull the cassette joint in either direction, so cable tension and adjustment doesn't effect the indexing. That's probably a factor in why they last so long for so many people that have them.
So far shifts with the Di2 are accurate all of the time. Shifting is lightning quick, and I only have to hesitate on the pedals for a fraction of a second between gears. Di2 is also the only option for a hub gear if you want to run integrated road shifters. I've been riding this set up for a month and so far it's pretty great.
This is my first experience with internal gear hubs, so I can't tell you how much better this is than a cable system. So take my answer with that in mind.
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Old 08-15-17, 07:41 PM   #14809
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@TwinOaks, that makes a lot of sense. Thanks!

I've ridden some bike share bikes with the NuVinci hub which has a continuously variable ratio. I like it more than I thought it would. Slick and fun.
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Old 08-15-17, 07:57 PM   #14810
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Old 08-15-17, 08:17 PM   #14811
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Mine, it's a '95 Trek 820 I just started modifying.
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Old 08-16-17, 07:51 PM   #14812
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Oh my goodness, what a bike.
I'll admit, when you said that, I teared up a little. My grandfather left it to me grandmother wanted it gone after he died and it's one of the few things of him I have left. I ride it almost every day and it reminds me of him.

Pity it's currently in pieces on the patio in the dark and rain, I'm having the old stem drilled out of the fork.
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Old 08-16-17, 08:18 PM   #14813
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BX0FEIjHjvy/ Mine, it's a '95 Trek 820 I just started modifying.
How do you do the overlays like that, is it strava?
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Old 08-17-17, 07:45 AM   #14814
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How do you do the overlays like that, is it strava?
Strava and Instagram. I record all my rides with Strava, and then post them to instagram. I have no idea why, I do this this but I do. The likes on my ride stats do help me feel a little bit better about being a broke A-Hole that has to ride a bicycle to work. Although even with a car, I would still do it, because I really do enjoy it.
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Di2 is also the only option for a hub gear if you want to run integrated road shifters.
There's a ton of options for running IGH via brifters.

Here's just one example ...

brifters for IGH
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Old 08-17-17, 09:21 AM   #14816
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Strava and Instagram. I record all my rides with Strava, and then post them to instagram. I have no idea why, I do this this but I do. The likes on my ride stats do help me feel a little bit better about being a broke A-Hole that has to ride a bicycle to work. Although even with a car, I would still do it, because I really do enjoy it.

Thanks!

I'm a broke A-hole with no license, but then I remember I can just blame it on trying to help the environment. (Which IS also a good thing.)

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Old 08-17-17, 09:56 AM   #14817
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Thanks!

I'm a broke A-hole with no license, but then I remember I can just blame it on trying to help the environment. (Which IS also a good thing.)
Cycling is great like that isn't it?
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Old 08-17-17, 01:52 PM   #14819
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There's a ton of options for running IGH via brifters.
I stand corrected. Although thinking about it, I don't know if I would want to get in to third party stuff for an IGH.
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I stand corrected. Although thinking about it, I don't know if I would want to get in to third party stuff for an IGH.
I find that the third-party stuff is built really well.

JTek shiftmate immediately comes to mind. Most IGHs are quite cheap anyways.
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Old 08-17-17, 01:58 PM   #14821
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My '74 Peugeot U08 has been tweaked, modified and reworked numerous times.

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Old 08-17-17, 02:50 PM   #14822
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Nice looking bike!
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1992 - Trek 970



Hey there... This is my commuter. It's a 92 Trek 970 that I have owned for years. The bike wasn't getting much use from me until I threw on the Nitto Bosco bats you can see in the picture. The new riding position gained from the bar swap made this my favorite bike in the stable. I swapped the saddle, wheels, tires, brakes, shifters and bought a basket... Now I'm looking for a set of fenders to throw on it. My work commute is only five miles away from home, but thanks to this bike, It's my favorite part of my day.
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Old 08-19-17, 07:04 PM   #14824
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Wow. Looks awesome. Never heard about this bike before. Is it a touring bike? How is the ride.I have a Schwinn Voyageur 1980 s tange champion tubing which I bought used and would like to turn it a touring slash commuter. It has the racks front and rear original..
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Old 08-20-17, 05:37 PM   #14825
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Probably my commuter-to-be at some point.
http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...inns-shop.html



The front wheel is the one that was on my 7100 when I got hit by a truck, with new spokes. It'll come up true, then settle to a moderate wobble within a mile of riding. Only given it two ride-and-retrue runs so far, but will keep doing that as spare time allows this week. If it'll settle into a stable true, then I'll start looking for racks and fenders for it.

Since it's in shop colors, and an example of what we can do with a formerly unrideable department store bike, the boss likes the idea of it being both a commuter and a shop showpiece. Get people away from thinking that flashy and functional are mutually exclusive.
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