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Old 05-06-20, 01:22 PM
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The hub bearings on my commuter are starting to fail, probably because the cups are damaged (I guess that's why the wheels were so cheap). I'm not going to get around to replacing the hubs until about Christmas, so the Hardrock mentioned in component list will be doing the commuting until then. Here it is:



It started its life as a regular 2008 Specialized Hardrock XC Disc that I got in April, 2009 for my 13th birthday. All that's left of that now is the frame, the headset cups and the fork. Almost everything else has been swapped from my MTB whose frame cracked in June, probably in a small crash that I had on the way from work. I only bought a new saddle (the old one was destroyed in said crash) and a seatpost (which is smaller that the one from the MTB). And yes, those are 27.5" wheels in a 26" frame, still having more than enough clearance. At 12.5 kg it's also quite a bit lighter than I thought it would be with that fork.

The photo is from the day I built it. I have since replaced the tires (from Schwalbe Hurricanes to CST Soft Sevens) and the stem (from 60 mm to 80, because this frame is REALLY short) and done about 1000 km on it.
It's been another about 1500 km since I posted the photo above, but it's been a pain on longer rides because the frame is simply too short for me to ride comfortable with a reasonably-sized stem (I'd need 110+ mm to get the fit I'd like, and I absolutely hate long stems). This made me revisit a project I'd originally abandoned years ago, which is converting the thing to a gravel-like drop-bar configuration. I found the shifters and brake levers I bought for that purpose back in 2016, got a compact drop bar, and this happened:



I decided to keep the single chainring and ordered a 10-speed 11-42 cassette and a RD extender, but I had to have the bike ready to ride before they arrived, hence the old 11-36t CS-HG50 from my parts drawer. I'm using an old LX (M570) derailer that surprisingly handles the 36-tooth cog perfectly fine,

I'm still trying to figure out the best position of the handlebar and the brake levers (I've never had a drop-bar bike that actually fit me, so this is my very first time doing it), but so far it seems to be working quite well. The hoods of the brake levers feel a bit too small to be comfortable, but I've already ordered a pair of Tektro RL520s anyway (to be used with my Avid BB5 MTB calipers - short-pull levers like the ones I'm using now can be made to work but the setup gets VERY finicky and prone to misalignment), so I hope that'll help.

I like the Microshift bar-end shifter (BS-A10, sold as a pair) a lot. It's in a comfortable position, indexes very nicely, and can be switched over to friction mode if there are any problems with the indexing (which is extremely useful since I don't have an inline barrel adjuster and the one on the derailer refuses to move). The build quality is also very good and the shifter indexes with little to no preload, making shifting a lot easier than I expected.

Other planned changes not mentioned above are a rigid fork (still can't decide whether a CF fork would make sense or not), a sealed-bearing headset (for said fork), and a bigger chainring (36t instead of 34).
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Old 05-11-20, 03:03 PM
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Some serious built rigs in here. I didn't know people carry so much stuff with them daily, crazy.
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Old 05-11-20, 03:25 PM
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Old 05-12-20, 03:15 PM
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My soon to be Commuter. 1996 Koga-Miyata SilverAce (project thread), a 5-speed IGH 90mm drum brake commuter. Just waiting for the final parts.
Optional Ikea Sladda Trailer below.



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Old 05-14-20, 09:21 AM
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I have been commuting solely on this Ace build for the past 2 years and it has undergone many tweaks. Usually my commute is around 21 miles round trip and the panniers are loaded down. It serves every purpose that I need. 200Ks on the side are just great too.

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Old 05-14-20, 01:23 PM
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I've made some progress on the Hardrock gravel/do-it-all build:



I replaced the crappy Force brake levers (which also had the wrong pull ratio) with a pair of Tektro RL520s and also got rid of the old bar tape that had been reused several times while I was figuring out the position of the levers and no longer felt very nice.

The 11-36t cassette has been replaced by a 11-42. I did buy a cheap one which means it's really heavy (630 g, more than the NX 11-speed cassette) and the RD hanger extender means it's doesn't shift very well, but it gives me the range I need and I'll eventually get rid of all of this anyway when I have the money for a proper 12-speed setup.

I've now done about 220 km on the bike and I'm really happy about the way it turned out. I do still need to get a slightly shorter stem (probably a 70mm instead of the 80 I'm using now) because the handlebar feels a little bit too far, but I can already spend well over an hour on the bike every day without any significant discomfort.
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Old 05-14-20, 08:27 PM
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praivo , what year is that Hard Rock? It's confusing my husband.
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Old 05-15-20, 03:49 PM
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It's a 2008, originally looked like this:


I guess they didn't sell very well because in the 11+ years of owning the thing I've never seen another one, not even online.
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Old 05-16-20, 03:18 PM
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My main commuter is this Dawes Galaxy, seen here in the work car park not long before lockdown. I drive about fifteen miles to the outskirts of Bristol, UK with this in the boot (trunk). front wheel off, and cycle about six miles in with some decent climbs. The heavy chain on the stand lives in the office since we had a couple of bikes get stolen from the car park. If you lost the black tool bottle last year in Ashton Court, let me know.



2011 Dawes Galaxy


I bought this 1974 Galaxy in Glasgow UK when I was working there for six months, commuting weekly by plane. I liked it well enough by the end to rent a car and drive it home where it is my backup commuter. This one has a cheap dynohub front wheel nowadays



1974 Dawes Galaxy
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Old 05-16-20, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by praivo View Post
I've made some progress on the Hardrock gravel/do-it-all build:
I replaced the crappy Force brake levers (which also had the wrong pull ratio) with a pair of Tektro RL520s and also got rid of the old bar tape that had been reused several times while I was figuring out the position of the levers and no longer felt very nice.

The 11-36t cassette has been replaced by a 11-42. I did buy a cheap one which means it's really heavy (630 g, more than the NX 11-speed cassette) and the RD hanger extender means it's doesn't shift very well, but it gives me the range I need and I'll eventually get rid of all of this anyway when I have the money for a proper 12-speed setup.

I've now done about 220 km on the bike and I'm really happy about the way it turned out. I do still need to get a slightly shorter stem (probably a 70mm instead of the 80 I'm using now) because the handlebar feels a little bit too far, but I can already spend well over an hour on the bike every day without any significant discomfort.
Dang, this is exactly what I'm thinking of, when people talk about gravel bikes. Looks ready for the Tour Divide.
I might take some inspiration from this off road monster rig of yours.
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Old 05-20-20, 08:19 AM
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Love of my life

Here's a picture of my commuter (Trek 7.3 FX) that I enjoy riding so much. I've been going back and forth to work since 2009ish through GBP and Terry Hershey with exception to "high water" days!



I should mention that b/c of covid, I have not had opportunity to commute. This is the longest (by far) break that I've had in commuting. Really miss it!

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Old 05-20-20, 08:42 AM
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New to the site. Lots of great looking bikes in this thread. Anyone here ever use a fat bike for commuting?
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