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Winter Commuter Bike Build (2011 Winter Edition)

Old 10-01-11, 06:55 PM
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Winter Commuter Bike Build: Whatcha buildin?

I know, I know it's still Fall, but...

' got this yesterday



I already have most of the parts, except wheelset, Headset and Disc Rotors.

I like to build it with a 26" wheels to prevent toe overlap.

' just need suggestions on what wheelset and headset to get. I'm looking for something affordable, but good quality.

Thanks in advance!



Feel free to share your project.

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Old 10-02-11, 06:30 AM
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Awesome, looks fun!
I am building a winter commuter, too, but my focus is probably a whole lot different... started with a steel '80s Trek 800, stripped it down, painted it with tri-color iridescent auto paint, we'll call it Dragonfly Green, including clear-coating it like a million times. Picked the wow! color for visibility, hopefully they'll see me before they hit me, but if not, I should be easy to find in a snowbank.
Designed some flourishes with Make the Cut! and cut them out with the vinyl cutter. Picked up some Deore XT rear v-brakes. Waiting for the front brakes (only Deore, because, believe it or not, they match better than the XTs), Yeti grips, and an Internally Geared Wheel that the LBS downtown is building for me. Still up in the air about the cable housing, but perhaps green brakes and black shifter. Nokian studded tyres waiting for the wheel to be finished...
Here's a pic for now:
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Old 10-02-11, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Ratchet View Post
Awesome, looks fun!
I am building a winter commuter, too, but my focus is probably a whole lot different... started with a steel '80s Trek 800, stripped it down, painted it with tri-color iridescent auto paint, we'll call it Dragonfly Green, including clear-coating it like a million times. Picked the wow! color for visibility, hopefully they'll see me before they hit me, but if not, I should be easy to find in a snowbank.
Designed some flourishes with Make the Cut! and cut them out with the vinyl cutter. Picked up some Deore XT rear v-brakes. Waiting for the front brakes (only Deore, because, believe it or not, they match better than the XTs), Yeti grips, and an Internally Geared Wheel that the LBS downtown is building for me. Still up in the air about the cable housing, but perhaps green brakes and black shifter. Nokian studded tyres waiting for the wheel to be finished...
Here's a pic for now:
Sounds awesome!

I can't wait to see it built.

I am still deciding on what wheel to use on mine. 700c or 26".

I think I'll go crazy on putting reflective tape too.

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Old 10-02-11, 11:16 AM
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It's mostly done, just need to pull the cranks off to re-grease.
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Pinks,
CRAZY seatpost!!! Forgive my noobness, but what is it? Looks cool... And the bars? Do tell us all about it. Did you build it?
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Just finished this and posted another thread. I am excited enough about it to post a pic here too.
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Originally Posted by Ratchet View Post
Pinks,
CRAZY seatpost!!! Forgive my noobness, but what is it? Looks cool... And the bars? Do tell us all about it. Did you build it?
It's a Titec Hellbent has 1.5" of setback, I got this bike in 1997 when I was about 12 years old so you can imagine how small it can be. The bars are On-One Mary bars I pulled off my MTB in favor for a sweep bar.

Oh and yes I built this mother trucker up myself, it has really become quite comfortable. It's heavy but I find myself riding a lot more then I used to after these few changes and the addition of a rear rack helps a lot.

Ira B,

What fenders are those?

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Old 10-02-11, 09:08 PM
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Pulled those off a cheapo Mongoose MTB a couple years ago and really like them.

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It's a Titec Hellbent has 1.5" of setback, I got this bike in 1997 when I was about 12 years old so you can imagine how small it can be. The bars are On-One Mary bars I pulled off my MTB in favor for a sweep bar.

Oh and yes I built this mother trucker up myself, it has really become quite comfortable. It's heavy but I find myself riding a lot more then I used to after these few changes and the addition of a rear rack helps a lot.

Ira B,

What fenders are those?
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Just finished this and posted another thread. I am excited enough about it to post a pic here too.
Is that a Parkpre?
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It's an early 90's Shogun Trailbreaker. Picked it at the local recycle center for 10 bucks and gave it a total rebuild.
What caught my eye was the hand tig welded cro mo frame that seems exceptionally well done. Doing my first commute with it tomorrow and can hardly wait.

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Is that a Parkpre?
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I wish I was building a bike for the winter commute! Instead I'm spending my funds on clothes, fenders, lighting, reflectors, spare tubes, and possibly on making at least a front studded tire (as much for fun as for practicality - I doubt myself being able to commute that deep into winter - mostly I just want to get some midwinter riding experience).

The bike I'm commuting on has been stored outside for most of it's lifetime and the drivetrain is rusting, so I'll just ride in into the ground and upgrade it. The clothes, lighting, etc can stay with me.
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Old 01-17-12, 01:18 AM
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It's almost done. Still needs handle bar tape and fenders.
I ended up using 700c wheels. The front has dynamo hub.


Sorry for the crappy pic.

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Old 01-17-12, 04:04 AM
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Had to break out the bike wearing the Studded tires, no snow last couple years,
my setup desires changed since I rode it last, so I guess that will be changed , next..

Riser the handlebars. extend the cables.
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Finally.




It is now designated as bad weather bike. I have my MTB with studs as my winter bike.
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Cool. I like it.
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hmmmmm, a designated "bad weather bike" without fenders? interesting.

not the way i would play it, but if it works for you..........
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hmmmmm, a designated "bad weather bike" without fenders? interesting.

not the way i would play it, but if it works for you..........
Fenders and rear racks still to come, of course.
I am even thinking of using friction barend shifters just to make it more bomb proof.

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Cool. I like it.
Thanks!
I still need to cut the excess cables, though.
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Lovely bike! I wish I could ride something like that in the winter here (the land of frozen freehub bodies and shifters and derailleurs).
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Now with fenders!




Finally done. Total cost is $315.
' just have to wait now for temps above 40 deg.

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