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Old 04-01-20, 07:20 PM
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Great first ride on the new beast.



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Old 04-01-20, 09:05 PM
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Sweet! I picked mine up last year during a clearance sale at a LBS and then rode it like I stole it.

The Metrix tends to fly under the radar for most but as a sub 20lb bike equipped with 105 components, I would definitely consider it a sleeper. Iíve had people question me on the bikeís identity as there is little brand indication other than a few small decals on the frame and fork. The largest is surreptitiously placed on the underside of the DT. Waiting for the snow to melt before Iím able to take my 10 out on the road. New upgrades are on the way and hope to have them installed soon.
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Old 04-01-20, 09:08 PM
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Sweet! I picked mine up last year during a clearance sale at a LBS and then rode it like I stole it.

The Metrix tends to fly under the radar for most but as a sub 20lb bike equipped with 105 components, I would definitely consider it a sleeper. Iíve had people question me on the bikeís identity as there is little brand indication other than a few small decals on the frame and fork. The largest is surreptitiously placed on the underside of the DT. Waiting for the snow to melt before Iím able to take my 10 out on the road. New upgrades are on the way and hope to have them installed soon.
Thanks to you I bought my 3rd bike in a month lol. Seriously I saw the pics you posted and I couldnít get this bike out of my mind. Then I looked at the specs and itís a solid bike, I really is. Full carbon, 105, disc brakes etc. I am really loving it so far.

I am happy with the price I got it for, being last years model.
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Old 04-04-20, 11:25 AM
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I took a couple of my 2013 Fuji Absolute 2.1 on an unseasonably cold ride this morning.

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Old 04-04-20, 12:56 PM
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check out what the guy did with the trek 700 he bought from me ...




the process...
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he changed everything but headset, wheels, chain, and rear derailleur. new breaks, new drivechain (1x at that!), new handlebar (dropbars), new tires (my tires were awesome for city riding; he is using it for some sort of gravel racing now), new rear shifter, new pedals. right now, the saddle and seat post are the same, but he said he plans on changing them. the parts are on order.

he did a good job. it looks awesome. he said he's not selling it; he's keeping it for himself. because the frame fits him perfect. it's a good frame. 90s were the golden era of bike frames. his name is ernesto and his company is kuma bicycle company and his personal bicycle project website secret stash. he deserves credit for such great work.

yesterday was its maiden voyage after the conversion. i hope he keeps on liking it. even though i was not the original owner, i put over 1k miles on that bike and a lot of work into it. happy to see it live on in a new and fun form.

the before ...



above has the original tires and shifter on it. i had changed to slick wheels and replaced the shifter because it broke ...


how do you do the quote that only shows the top but then fades unless the user clicks? can't believe this site still uses vbulletin.

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Old 04-04-20, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by denada View Post
check out what the guy did with the trek 700 he bought from me ...
That's cool. I remember when you bought that. Like you said, great to see it living on.

What did you replace the broken shifter with? From the accent stripes on the grip part I guess that's SRAM? Was that friction or indexed? And if it was friction, how did you like that?
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Old 04-04-20, 07:46 PM
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^yes, sram. rei sells them in a set with cables for $20. i sold the back one for $10, so it was a cheap fix. friction. didn't make much of a difference to me. i almost never shifted chainrings. it pretty much lived on the middle of the three.

thanks! yes, wasn't that long ago. i used it a ton in that time though. hope it serves the new owner well as it did me.

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Old 04-05-20, 12:19 PM
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Trek 970

Plan was to make it a hybrid but maybe it's still a mountain bike? Anyway it's almost completely worked over with new cables, cassette, chain rings, shifters, handlebar, seat, tires, tubes and lube. The chain was within spec. I picked this up locally from FB Marketplace. I kept the original brakes but removed the integrated shifters and tossed them. It's something fun to ride with my wife's Trek MB and my neighbor's Giant MB. It still need a rack or some type of carrier. Also I'm not sure about that seat. Time will tell.





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Old 04-05-20, 01:05 PM
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I guess this is a hybrid, right..?

Just built up last week out of an early 90's Gazelle Champion Mondial AB that had been sat in the basement for many years and only brought out for a ride once or twice a year.

It all started with the typical spring bike fever. A bike messenger collegue of mine was shifting his fixed gear work bike as he was moving abroad and I was jonesing for a new summer work bike to enjoy the weather on. This craving came with guilt as I knew I had that pristine Gazelle that I barely rode - always thought it was too nice to thrash, built as a sunday ride etc. - and I already had a fixed gear work bike - bit of a beater but anyway.

I mulled it over and ended up passing up on having yet another bike in my garage, and instead committed to make the Gazelle into something I'll actually ride and enjoy on a regular basis. There's nothing more sorry than a nice bike being unridden. The nature of a bike is in its function; to really appreciate a nice bike is not to preserve it as a collectible, but to thrash it as often and hard
as you can and cherish the scars you put on it.

​​Off with the drops and brifters, new stem, tyres, flat bar and thumbies; and so this was born as my fair weather work bike - the triple rush machine to supplement my fixed gear and my retro mtb. Gotta say I'm pretty friggin' pleased with how it turned out, and I'm enjoying the ride 10x more now that I've overcome the collector's mindset with this frame.


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Old 04-10-20, 03:02 PM
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Old 04-14-20, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by henristig View Post
I guess this is a hybrid, right..?

Just built up last week out of an early 90's Gazelle Champion Mondial AB that had been sat in the basement for many years and only brought out for a ride once or twice a year.

It all started with the typical spring bike fever. A bike messenger collegue of mine was shifting his fixed gear work bike as he was moving abroad and I was jonesing for a new summer work bike to enjoy the weather on. This craving came with guilt as I knew I had that pristine Gazelle that I barely rode - always thought it was too nice to thrash, built as a sunday ride etc. - and I already had a fixed gear work bike - bit of a beater but anyway.

I mulled it over and ended up passing up on having yet another bike in my garage, and instead committed to make the Gazelle into something I'll actually ride and enjoy on a regular basis. There's nothing more sorry than a nice bike being unridden. The nature of a bike is in its function; to really appreciate a nice bike is not to preserve it as a collectible, but to thrash it as often and hard
as you can and cherish the scars you put on it.

​​Off with the drops and brifters, new stem, tyres, flat bar and thumbies; and so this was born as my fair weather work bike - the triple rush machine to supplement my fixed gear and my retro mtb. Gotta say I'm pretty friggin' pleased with how it turned out, and I'm enjoying the ride 10x more now that I've overcome the collector's mindset with this frame.


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That's a well done conversion. What thumbies are you using? Tricolor is so versatile
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Old 04-14-20, 10:49 AM
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Thanks! Yep, tried a few different cranks and mechs but nothing looked as right as the tricolor on that bike! Glad you noticed. The thumbies are old Shimano mt62's, been on three bikes before this one - absolute bombproof and such satisfying action! Definitely on my shortlist for greatest bike component of all time!
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Old 04-14-20, 09:27 PM
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Wow! She's looking excellent, @henristig. The bike looks like it's doing 20mph, at rest. Nice job.
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Great first ride on the new beast.



Very sharp - enjoy!
Best regards

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Trek Verve 3

Just bought this bike and rode it to the largest Burr Oak in Missouri

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Just bought this bike and rode it to the largest Burr Oak in Missouri
Looks good! Trek's new Verves are really good-looking bikes to me.
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Old 04-22-20, 09:33 AM
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FX 3 Disc (2020) ride around Houston, TX.
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Replaced factory saddle with Bontrager Aeolus Comp.


At Retrospect Coffee on Alabama Street.

East of Downtown Art/Murals (New Kobe art)

Downtown Houston in the background.

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That's a nice looking ride. I've got a steel Moto as well, but it's a 1976 French made Grand Touring!

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Upgraded from my escape 2 to a ROAM2 so I can take it off the road for some light fun.
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I think a hybrid will be my next bike
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Never knew this sub-forum existed, here is the 1995 Gazelle Lausanne Hybride X-tra Lite (build thread) I rebuilt for my girlfriend as a daily commuter last year.

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Never knew this sub-forum existed, here is the 1995 Gazelle Lausanne Hybride X-tra Lite (build thread) I rebuilt for my girlfriend as a daily commuter last year.

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Great job, beautiful chainguard and well curated parts overall. Mixte + cantis look versatile. I built two nice city bikes (1 mixte, 1 MTB) for my wife but she doesn't ride them very much.
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