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Old 11-16-14, 09:29 PM
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Saw this parked down the sidewalk from "the rim" in philly last night....



I would love something like (actually this one) this for summer jaunts.

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Old 11-17-14, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
I had a piece of metal about 3/4" inch that I drilled holes in both ends and just used an extra nut/bolt/washer. Probably gave me a little less than an extra 1/2". The cables still rub the fender a little but it doesn't seem to affect braking, not that I use the back brake a lot anyway.

Edit - it was even more ghetto than that. I think I used the metal piece on a different bike. I actually just zip tied it on, lol. No problems so far.
Lol, I may go with zip ties too, but the extender sounds like it'll work, so I might try that. Thanks.
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Old 11-17-14, 08:08 AM
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My bike shop just finished building my new commuter-touring bike, a Soma Saga. I swapped parts from other bikes for the build, and it's got a 9-speed drive train with Sugino triple crank, Shimano derailleurs and Velocity Dyad 36-spoke wheels. Rode 55 miles yesterday on its first journey, and it fit me perfectly. I'll be able to run larger tires with fenders than my Bob Jackson touring bike, which will make it more capable for riding on unpaved trails like the C&O Canal. It's also better suited for loaded touring than the BJ, with stouter tubing, longer chain stays and other features. The BJ will become my primary commuting bike, which is what I originally got it for, so it's come full circle.
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Old 11-19-14, 10:11 PM
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Old 11-20-14, 07:03 AM
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I fixed my '86 Gazelle and rode it to work Friday. It now qualifies as a commuter bike.

Beauty.
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Old 11-20-14, 04:18 PM
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Nice.
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Old 11-20-14, 10:40 PM
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Wowee, that's beautiful!

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My bike shop just finished building my new commuter-touring bike, a Soma Saga. I swapped parts from other bikes for the build, and it's got a 9-speed drive train with Sugino triple crank, Shimano derailleurs and Velocity Dyad 36-spoke wheels. Rode 55 miles yesterday on its first journey, and it fit me perfectly. I'll be able to run larger tires with fenders than my Bob Jackson touring bike, which will make it more capable for riding on unpaved trails like the C&O Canal. It's also better suited for loaded touring than the BJ, with stouter tubing, longer chain stays and other features. The BJ will become my primary commuting bike, which is what I originally got it for, so it's come full circle.
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Old 11-21-14, 04:52 AM
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Not mine, but oh boy, i would love to have it. This was last year some time in late spring.



My old full suspension bike, ready for trash day this past july.


Mine from a grocery run in june.




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Old 11-22-14, 08:12 AM
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:/ My main close range commuter is seeming to look more and more like a homeless persons bike, but I freaking love it. This pic is just after installing the new bars, but just before doing the cabling.
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Old 11-22-14, 11:51 AM
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My Peugeot U08 Bronx/Yonkers commuter which I love for its smooth, comfortable ride. It is great on the hills here too.

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Old 11-23-14, 06:25 PM
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My two commuters I just built up this month. Firenze gl-2000 and a schwinn frontier. I gave the frontier to my girlfriend after she got me the Firenze I found. I just came across and finished the Firenze intalled quick release wheelset 700x38 tires planet bike fenders went from a 6 speed freewheel to a 7 speed cassette moved the friction shifters from top tube to down tube yellow planet bike cork bar tape and tektro basic road brakes. Have cross inline brake levers on order.
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Old 11-24-14, 02:40 PM
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Dawes Lightning CX. Picked it up from everybody's favorite bike retailer and almost managed to cut out the middle man, but alas! My wheels arrived dinged up and my amateur truing skills couldn't straighten them out for the life of me so I made that dreaded trip to my LBS. Even after paying for a basic tune up I still came out on top, as an equivalently specced bike would have cost me about $100-$150 had I bought it from them. Since this picture was taken, I've swapped out the tires to Continental Sports Contact (28mm) and WELLGO RC-713 clipless pedals.

Its heavy as a mo-fo (~25lbs before the rack) but still an upgrade from the vintage scrap metal I was hauling around on (see below)

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Old 11-24-14, 05:51 PM
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you shoulda contacted bd; I've heard good things about their support. I would expect them to have sent you wheels, and a shipping label to return the damaged wheels in the same box.
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Old 11-24-14, 06:57 PM
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Well, I've had it for more than a decade, but it finally earned "commuter" status.



It's a plain jane Gary Fisher "Wahoo" that I got on deep discount at the LBS. Though I thought it was OK during the test ride, it was never as comfortable as my Schwinn, so it went onto a hook in the garage. Last year I got studded tires for it, and it's now my winter bike. (Yes, I went to studs on both front and back, since it's now snowing in earnest). Nokian 160's.

The handlebars are swept back 15 degrees, my last experiment before I switched to "north road" bars on my other bikes for good. This one will get the same treatment, sooner or later. Here's the latest from my Inner Fred:



It's an old "Mirrycle" mirror from when I had drop bars. A piece of 1/2 inch PVC pipe just fits in my handlebars. I slit it, and used an old 5/16" axle to hold it together, with the bearing cone as a spreader nut! I really like having a mirror. When riding in the dark, I can see cars coming from the distance, and move over as they approach.

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Old 11-26-14, 09:29 AM
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Bike is a 1988 Trek 830 frame that I bought off eBay as new old stock, meaning it had never been built into a bike.
Fork is a cro-mo disc cross fork. Brake is a BB5.
All parts were new or spare parts I had lying around.
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Old 11-26-14, 11:02 AM
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Bike is a 1988 Trek 830 frame that I bought off eBay as new old stock, meaning it had never been built into a bike.
Fork is a cro-mo disc cross fork. Brake is a BB5.
All parts were new or spare parts I had lying around.

I would love to find an old frame like that and build up a bike. I dont think frames are around here.
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Bike is a 1988 Trek 830 frame that I bought off eBay as new old stock, meaning it had never been built into a bike.
Fork is a cro-mo disc cross fork. Brake is a BB5.
All parts were new or spare parts I had lying around.
That's a great looking commuter.
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Old 11-26-14, 01:17 PM
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That's a great looking commuter.

Thanks!
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Old 11-26-14, 04:11 PM
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First "winter" storm for the uptown. The tires are PERFECT for these conditions!!



Dark out now, should be a fun ride home!

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Old 12-04-14, 09:15 AM
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Broke a couple of spokes on the commuter last night... so I dug out the backup commuter (2000 Klein Quantum Race). I've had to use it a couple times over the course of this year when I've had mechanical issues... so I guess it officially qualifies as a commuter bike itself. Not necessarily a fun commuter-riding bike, but not bad every once in a while. Very fast... VERY stiff!!!

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I think I broke one of your spokes just by looking at that picture! Sorry about that...
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Old 12-04-14, 10:25 AM
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I think I broke one of your spokes just by looking at that picture! Sorry about that...
...not to mention, the paint scheme may burn out your retinas in just the right light. :-)
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Old 12-04-14, 03:26 PM
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Broke a couple of spokes on the commuter last night... so I dug out the backup commuter (2000 Klein Quantum Race). I've had to use it a couple times over the course of this year when I've had mechanical issues... so I guess it officially qualifies as a commuter bike itself. Not necessarily a fun commuter-riding bike, but not bad every once in a while. Very fast... VERY stiff!!!

I commute on a bike like that always, just have it outfitted with a rack and trunk bag, and have clip-on fenders when needed.
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Old 12-04-14, 04:15 PM
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Broke a couple of spokes on the commuter last night... so I dug out the backup commuter (2000 Klein Quantum Race). I've had to use it a couple times over the course of this year when I've had mechanical issues... so I guess it officially qualifies as a commuter bike itself. Not necessarily a fun commuter-riding bike, but not bad every once in a while. Very fast... VERY stiff!!!

That bike is so stiff it rattled Chuck Norris!
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I commute on a bike like that always, just have it outfitted with a rack and trunk bag, and have clip-on fenders when needed.
Don't get me wrong, I love this bike! I've owned it for several years and it's a great road bike. I'm just saying it doesn't make a good commuter, for me, in its present configuration.
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