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Old 07-05-18, 11:08 PM
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Hey thanks I like it 😊 I think it would be fodder in the hot or not. Doesn't have a straight top tube, has hydraulic disk brakes, doesn't have matching bottle cages, and the stem is not slammed, and has mediocre wheels. LOL

oh and it is 1x drivetrain.

love it though, pleasure commuting around 32 mi RT on limestone and gravel trails.
Comes in at 19 lbs with the lights unclipped, which doesn't seem too bad considering 10r fiber frame, fiber seatpost and saddle, but alloy bars, stem and wheels, XT pedals, and heavier (but bomb-proof ) Clement Strada USH 32mm tires. I also replaced the pinned 10-42 cassette with an X01 10-42 cassette machined out of a single piece of steel. A little bit lighter, but more importantly to me, it just shifts so much better.

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Old 07-06-18, 09:28 AM
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My new summer commuter.

Mine has a straight top tube, mechanical rim brakes, no bottle cages, stem is slammed, and has the cheapest shimano wheels you can buy on crc

And its a 1x, diy.

Mine weighs 18,3lb or 8,3kg. Not too bad considering I have only one carbon part on there. The saddle. My Selle italia slr nero puro LE, and its only partial carbon. The frame is hand made out of steel in Italy. Steel is real.



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Old 07-06-18, 11:35 AM
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My current NYC commutes are shorter and flatter; can get away w/ 2 speeds

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Old 07-06-18, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by carlos danger View Post
My new summer commuter.

Mine has a straight top tube, mechanical rim brakes, no bottle cages, stem is slammed, and has the cheapest shimano wheels you can buy on crc

And its a 1x, diy.

Mine weighs 18,3lb or 8,3kg. Not too bad considering I have only one carbon part on there. The saddle. My Selle italia slr nero puro LE, and its only partial carbon. The frame is hand made out of steel in Italy. Steel is real.



Holy SHORT STEM Batman! Takes cat-like reflexes and nerves of steel to ride that one (at least around here it would). Coupled with those shin shredding pedals, I'm afraid I wouldn't survive. That's the best red I've ever seen on a bike, hands down. Gorgeous!

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Old 07-06-18, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
Holy SHORT STEM Batman! Takes cat-like reflexes and nerves of steel to ride that one (at least around here it would). Coupled with those shin shredding pedals, I'm afraid I wouldn't survive. That's the best red I've ever seen on a bike, hands down. Gorgeous!

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its no more nervous than a regular bar and a 100mm stem would be. but as you see the bar expands forward like 5cm so a shorty was needed.
The stem bar combo is what counts. and its basically down to whatever your hands end up to when its all finished. and this is like a regular drop bar. in the hoods.
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Old 07-06-18, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
best red I've ever seen on a bike
this probably is... on a computer screen that is. i had some wilder (higher dynamic range) but I guessed only i could see them, since i'm on a semi pro Eizo IPS panel and not a consumer TN panel. so i have more depth and more color, and more dynamic range. with this i pic felt like i was cramming the most out of the DR out of a TN panel.
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Old 07-06-18, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by carlos danger View Post
My new summer commuter.

Mine has a straight top tube, mechanical rim brakes, no bottle cages, stem is slammed, and has the cheapest shimano wheels you can buy on crc

And its a 1x, diy.

Mine weighs 18,3lb or 8,3kg. Not too bad considering I have only one carbon part on there. The saddle. My Selle italia slr nero puro LE, and its only partial carbon. The frame is hand made out of steel in Italy. Steel is real.



Nice. I like my tech though, ;-)

I was just thinking the other day I would like a candy-apple red bike, metalflake even.

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Old 07-17-18, 03:02 PM
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Fairdale Weekender



Specs are as follows:

Wheels: traitor cycles hub Alex rim 32 spokes richman spokes handbuilt

Fsa omega 19mm crank
All city 44 tooth narrow wide chainring 110bcd

Wipperman connex 10 speed chain

Shimano deore 10 speed long cage derailleur

Sram 11-36 cassette

Avid Bb7 road caliper

Avid brake levers
compatible with all brake pull

Salsa vaya 100% chromoly fork stainless dropouts

Esi grips

Metro moustache bar (rei brand) certified mountain

Panracer gravel king sk tires 40c front 35c rear(frames max)
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Old 07-18-18, 09:22 AM
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2017 Raleigh Cadent 2
This is my commuter, fun, & anything but MTB trail bike. I justified the purchase by promising myself that I would ride it to work every day the weather would allow. I have kept my promise for 3 weeks so far. Since then, I have added quick trips to the grocery store & errands to the list. It will be going to Virginia Beach with me next week on vacation. It was originally purchased with the intent of riding with my daughter to get her interested in biking.
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Old 07-21-18, 12:54 PM
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It was originally purchased with the intent of riding with my daughter to get her interested in biking.
Did it work?
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Old 07-23-18, 03:13 PM
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Did it work?
She is a tough nut to crack. She seems to enjoy leisure rides on dedicated paved bike trails, but other than that I have to bribe her with things like a trip to the ice cream stand or McDonald's.
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Old 07-24-18, 12:14 AM
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She is a tough nut to crack. She seems to enjoy leisure rides on dedicated paved bike trails, but other than that I have to bribe her with things like a trip to the ice cream stand or McDonald's.
Well, if anyone can crack your wife's nut, I'm sure it's you.
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Old 07-26-18, 08:50 PM
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Rode my road bike into work on the trails the other week. Alsmost crashed into a tree on some loose gravel in a curve at the bottom of a hill

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Old 07-28-18, 06:36 AM
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Been commuting 2-3 times per week for the last couple months. I love my little rack, I just tie a small gym bag on top of it and can haul my lunch and some spare clothes, etc.
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Old 07-29-18, 11:06 AM
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The new bike is ready for Monday. Nishiki Manitoba.. spent 4 hours at least transferring everything from the Trek and still not done. The butterfly bar and seat (if I donít like this one) is left.

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Old 07-30-18, 08:39 AM
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Rode my road bike into work on the trails the other week. Alsmost crashed into a tree on some loose gravel in a curve at the bottom of a hill
Surely you're joking, Dr Feynman!
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Old 08-04-18, 07:10 PM
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Rode my road bike into work on the trails the other week. Alsmost crashed into a tree on some loose gravel in a curve at the bottom of a hill
Really dig your color choices.
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Old 08-06-18, 06:41 PM
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Market day



After a day at the office, gym bag, and visit to the farmer's market. Usually, I just have the rear panniers.
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Old 08-06-18, 09:30 PM
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My '88 Stump Jumper with fenders that were scavenged from a Kent 7 spd clunker.
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Old 08-07-18, 01:43 AM
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Look carefully at the lower part of the seatstay. If you look closely, you can see that it can be split and that on the inside there are screws that hold the seatstay together. That's how you get the belt in there.


This is the drive side cs removed


The guard is on the right it's made from sheet brass. You can get a shaft driven option with this model as well.
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Old 08-09-18, 02:14 PM
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My mid 80's Raleigh Marathon. I ride this one the most. I usually use a 130mm stem but had the bars on another bike and didn't want to deal with getting more bar tape and rewrapping the bars so I just pulled bars, stem, levers, cables, and housings and moved them from the other bike to this one. The joys of quill stems.
Added downtube shifters as it was a ponderous shift of body weight just to change gears with the factory stem shifters.
Last night on my ride home the RD asploded AND I punctured and tore a sidewall, so now it has a spare Suntour Accushift RD from the parts bin and the 1 1/8" gumwalls (light, comfortable, and fast) were replaced with my spare 1 1/4" blackwalls (HEAVY). At one point I'd converted to 700c but kept blowing spokes on the rear wheel. When I get that addressed and the 700 wheels back on it'll have room for fenders and 28s, good enough for me.
The bike and I pretty much beat the crap out of one another and for whatever reason both keep coming back for more. For a long time I did not like this bike but it's growing on me, and all in all not terrible looking, has nice lines I think.
It's good for my 25ish mile RT commute through suburbs then low rolling hills over back roads (in various states of repair) in the countryside to my work in a small town.

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Old 08-12-18, 10:22 AM
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This is my new commuter. I decided that, for me, flat bars belong on mountain bikes and I just couldn't get comfortable on any ride longer than 5 miles. I took a leap buying a bike online (having never ridden it) and spending more money than I have ever spent on a bike. So far, with only a few miles on it and a few adjustments I think I am going to like it. Time will tell.

2017 DB Haanjo Trail
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Old 08-12-18, 08:27 PM
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Yikes! That's straight up bike porn, right there. That belongs in the Hot-or-Not thread down in Road. If I tried to commute on that I'd crash trying to look at my own reflection.

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Agree with you 100%. That bike is beautiful!
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Old 08-13-18, 01:54 AM
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Oh my god, this thread is older than I am. I feel so young, incredible to think that people younger than me or my age who are in high school are younger than this thread.
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Old 08-13-18, 12:20 PM
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Just picked this up to replace my Cross bike which was too aggressive for daily commutes. Did a little 90km ride last night to dial everything in and well worth the $$$.


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