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Old 11-17-23, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by GeneO
^ Sweet ride! Great news on your hips
Thank you, it's been really nice to be out of the pain tunnel and enjoying the rides again.
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Old 11-18-23, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Archwhorides
Thank you, it's been really nice to be out of the pain tunnel and enjoying the rides again.
Looks like you paired your new friend with your favorite old saddle -- also very important for comfort!
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Old 11-18-23, 11:29 AM
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Looks like you paired your new friend with your favorite old saddle -- also very important for comfort!
Yeah, my trusty C17 Carved is an old friend for sure, and unlike me, it is indestructible.
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2.4" tires, 42t x 11-28 (7-speed) gearing for light hills or hammering through traffic with wide motorcycle bars and a relatively upright position. The rack holds a hidden Baggu (foldable nylon bag with the capacity of 3 grocery bags) and the utility nylon strap can unravel to snap in a large box (largest i've done is 2ft x 3ft) or any groceries and my backpack. This bike makes me feel like a kid again and commuting way more fun.

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[MENTION=389176]Archwhorides[/MENTION], congratulations on your hip and bike. Can we have more pictures? I mean of your bike, but if you want to supply hip pictures, I guess that would be OK.
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider
Not sure if I'm still in this thread. The '07 Sirrus Drop Dar Conversion is my primary commuter and has over 16,946 miles on it. The '08 Bainchi San Jose/Joes8 is my winter bike. I still feel the pull of N+1 namely I'd love to try a Priority Apollo 11; however, I can't quite justify it as the San Jose8 is the 8speed prototype of the same kind of bike. So I think I'll be on these two until I just can't get my legs over them anymore .

So tell us which one is faster? How far is the commute?
I'm retired, so I do some centuries on my 3 IGH heavyweights.
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Old 11-23-23, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by GamblerGORD53
So tell us which one is faster? How far is the commute?
I'm retired, so I do some centuries on my 3 IGH heavyweights.
Not my bikes, but as an Old (and a Fat), I don't care about 'faster', that's up to the engine (me). And stylistically I'd choose the Bianchi every day. I don't like how Specialized has brake cables taking a straight line path below a curved top tube (there's an Allez like that in my garage that my son occasionally rides)
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I'll spare you the pix of my surgical scars. Here's a few closer up pix of the bike in better light, with the quick-release rack on/off.
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[MENTION=389176]Archwhorides[/MENTION], congratulations on your hip and bike. Can we have more pictures? I mean of your bike, but if you want to supply hip pictures, I guess that would be OK.




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[MENTION=389176]Archwhorides[/MENTION], that's pretty nifty. In general, I like standard things like chains, but Priority makes nice, sensible bikes, and maybe I would consider a bike like yours. I caught up with someone riding one here in Manhattan, and we ended up riding together for a couple of miles. It was the perfect bike for him, and it's not even expensive.

I prefer full length fenders, and I don't mind leaving them on, and I could probably make them work with that rack of yours.
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Old 11-24-23, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
[MENTION=389176]Archwhorides[/MENTION], that's pretty nifty. In general, I like standard things like chains, but Priority makes nice, sensible bikes, and maybe I would consider a bike like yours. I caught up with someone riding one here in Manhattan, and we ended up riding together for a couple of miles. It was the perfect bike for him, and it's not even expensive. I prefer full length fenders, and I don't mind leaving them on, and I could probably make them work with that rack of yours.
Good comments, taking them in turn:
  1. I've come to prefer the belt drive system because I commute year-around in Boston, don't have the time or discipline to properly maintain a chain drive system, plus I like the absence of grease. Maintaining an IGH is a once-or-twice-a-year chore that I can manage and the longevity of the belt is pretty good (this summer I shredded the belt on my 2014 commuter with 18-19K miles on it, which is tolerable for me).
  2. I've have full-length fenders on my other urban bikes. The bike in the pictures will also be used for gravel-riding, so I opted for the Ortleib half-length fender, because it straps to their quick-release rack and I want to be able to remove all of it for trail-riding. The challenge with fixed full-length fenders with this particular rack is sharing a single mounting location for the fender stay and for the pin that supports the quick-release rack; simply lengthening the screw fastener and added a washer to stabilize the pin would probably work.
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Old 12-02-23, 04:45 PM
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Here is the updated commuter bike.


and this the one l ll be using when the snow arrives. It has studded tires and 7 speed Shimano IGH.



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Old 12-03-23, 11:12 AM
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I like the small bikes

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Here is the updated commuter bike.


and this the one l ll be using when the snow arrives. It has studded tires and 7 speed Shimano IGH.


I like the small wheeled bikes.
they look fun
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I like the small wheeled bikes.
they look fun
Those are 20 in wheels. They are more stable because of a lower center of gravity. You lose a small amount of high end speed but I use this for city commuting so speed is a lesser issue just like a car in dense urban setting. I'm also short by North American standards, so larger wheels are not comfortable.
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Those are 20 in wheels. They are more stable because of a lower center of gravity. You lose a small amount of high end speed but I use this for city commuting so speed is a lesser issue just like a car in dense urban setting. I'm also short by North American standards, so larger wheels are not comfortable.
Those are some great-looking bikes. If you ever fall into a big pile of cash, you can get a Velo-Orange Neutrino.


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Those are some great-looking bikes. If you ever fall into a big pile of cash, you can get a Velo-Orange Neutrino.


Ah yes. That’s what I wanted but many $$$$. I had this built instead. Similar but not the same.


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Not nearly enough adventure nipples, but a fine-looking bike.

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Ah yes. That’s what I wanted but many $$$$. I had this built instead. Similar but not the same.
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Bought this off of local FB marketplace, $150.
Put on front rack, old titanium seatpost in my basement, spare cranks from my ebike; made it significantly lighter.

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Just Love Folding Bikes!

Really nice setup!
Folding bikes are awesome! I had 3 models (a Dahon 20", a 16" with no brand, and now a modified Brompton 18") and can't say enough about their versatility.
Interesting choice this seatpost with, I think, 10mm seatback.


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Bought this off of local FB marketplace, $150.
Put on front rack, old titanium seatpost in my basement, spare cranks from my ebike; made it significantly lighter.

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Did some upgrades for Christmas. New flared gravel style bar with a much shallower drop than my old bar, new bar tape, and new Ultegra shifters / GRX derailleur to replace the Sensah SRX that I was previously running.
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Found this frame abandoned with everything stripped off and built it up from my parts bin. Whoever stripped it took everything but the frame for some inexplicable reason. A very chill beater/grocery getter that I don't have to baby or care too much about.

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Trek 520

‘84 Trek 520. Currently on a trainer.

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1974 Raleigh International started from a frameset which I painted by hand. Here it is yesterday on my commute along the Hudson River in NYC.

3x10 drivetrain
dynamo lights
rack and basket
fenders
commuter pedals with SPD on one side



I use the bike for commuting, errands, and fun rides.
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My 1990 Cannondale ST600 in the largest size they made of this model at the time, 25 inch (63.5cm). Got it about a year ago with all original components and have since switched out most of the components. Has 700c wheels instead of 27 inch, bumped up from 7 speed to 8 speed, early STI levers instead of downtube shifters, bars, stem, etc. Through sheer coincidence, it turns out my dad had the matching Topeak rack with their quick rack system to match the used Topeak bag I bought a few years earlier. I'm digging the ability to quickly pop the bag off when I need to lock it up somewhere and slide it back on. When I'm grocery shopping, I swap the bag out for a large set of panniers that can carry a good weeks worth of food.

It gets used to commute to and from work as well as run errands in town. This is how it looks right now at work. Despite how clean it looks, it does get ridden very regularly in conditions up to a light drizzle. If it's full on raining, I'll either walk or drive. Riding in the rain sucks and maintaining bikes with exposed drivetrains that regularly see the rain is rather annoying. One of these days I'll have something with disc brakes and an internally geared hub.

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Not long after my previous picture was posted, realized that the Giant frame I was using was really starting to wear out (nearly 13 years old and with over 40000km) so decided to buy a replacement frame and move all my parts over to it. This is the result. I think it looks great, and it rides great as well.

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Old 01-22-24, 03:50 AM
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Wow...beautiful bikes!
I just love "mini-velos" and folding bikes! They're super versatile!
Could you please tell us a little bit more about the first bike? I think I've never seen this frameset before...gorgeous!
Thanks buddy!

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Here is the updated commuter bike.


and this the one l ll be using when the snow arrives. It has studded tires and 7 speed Shimano IGH.


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