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6/22/2011 7:58 AM

If It Ain't Broke... Don't "fix" it.

Post your commuters! Not every bike is made to be shredded into the ground- what bike do you use to get around town, run to the grocery store, or take your mind off a long day of work?

I know at least Spomer has a top notch bike for this thread.







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6/22/2011 8:03 AM

For less ass-hauling around town I found this gem on craigslist, it's a mid-60's CCM (known for making hockey gear) and I'm glad it says "fabrique en canada" on it. The coaster brake makes me nearly crash at least once per ride when I either accidentally engage it mid-turn or can't get it to engage fast enough when trying to dodge traffic. I got it from some one who found it as new-old-stock so it's like a 45 year old bike with less than ten miles on it.






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6/22/2011 8:06 AM

And I spent a week just sitting in the garage after work with this one for my lady friend. It was a dirtball of a bike when we picked it up from a garage full of junk. Steel wool, wire brushes, and some elbow grease cleaned it up pretty well. I can't imagine a new Schwinn off the Wal-Mart sales floor holding up this well in the year 2045!





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6/22/2011 8:09 AM

rad thread! this was my commuter until some meth'd out hobo needed a ride across town and took it out of my yard. i know it'll turn up someday. completely worthless to anyone, priceless to me. the right replacement will show up.

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6/22/2011 9:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/22/2011 10:07 AM

My Stolen Heater that was actually stolen before I went to whistler last year. Long story (http://pbmedia.us/news/trip-home), short, I got it back and rebuilt it. Yes, I "commute" on it.





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6/22/2011 9:40 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/22/2011 9:42 AM

Picked this bad boy up in Chicago while I was interning. Paid for itself after about a month of not having to ride the L every day to and from work. Seen here pretty much as I bought it... Originally fitted with 52/17 gears and it only had the front brake hooked up and I've since added a rear rack for carrying my panier bag with work stuff in it.


My new ride by SRJacobs, on Flickr

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I'm just here to ride...

Santa Cruz Chameleon SS
Transition Dirtbag

6/22/2011 10:17 AM

Hard to see it, but the only photo I have of it. Back right.

Beach skids ftw! Still haven't figured out how to wheelie the dang thing...

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6/22/2011 11:25 AM

mtbfree wrote:

Picked this bad boy up in Chicago while I was interning. Paid for itself after about a month of not having to ride the L every day to and from work. Seen here pretty much as I bought it... Originally fitted with 52/17 gears and it only had the front brake hooked up and I've since added a rear rack for carrying my panier bag with work stuff in it.


My new ride by SRJacobs, on Flickr

that's rad!

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6/22/2011 12:53 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/22/2011 12:55 PM

My freshly built Pake C'Mute as a commuter/cross bike, I need to get another photo in its full mudguarded/pannier equipped Glory!

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6/22/2011 1:12 PM

picked up an new old stock Fuji track bike as a 'going freelance' present to myself last summer, put a brake and freehub on, and hit the road. Then hit the road more literally a couple months later when the chain jammed... i bent the front wheel in two but managed to tuck and roll.

now on the road again with chain tugs, added rear brake and Halo front wheel.. plus recently added blackspire chainring.

just love the simplicity of it compare to other bikes i own.


Road bike - revived by space-scape, on Flickr

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6/22/2011 1:33 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/22/2011 1:54 PM

This is my (actually my dad's) early 90s/late 80s (I think) Schwinn High Sierra:

This is my absolute favorite bike. It rides better than every single bike I have ever ridden. My dad rode it when I first learned how to ride a bike and whenever we would ride around in town. Every single memory I have of my dad riding a bike is of him riding this exact bike. Once I grew out of a couple bikes my dad told me it was mine to ride if I took care of it (I didn't, of course). At first it was way too big but now, like ten years later, it fits me like a glove. As far as I know, the whole drivetrain is original down to the Biopace rings. Haha. This was the bike I learned how to bunny hop on. I am surprised I never broke anything other than a set of pedals and many many tubes.
If you see me riding around it's rare that I'm not on this bike.

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6/22/2011 1:40 PM

Loving the stories behind all these cool bikes! Keep it up everyone!

As cool as new-fangled carbon doo-dads and fancy pants linkage designs or whatever can be, it's hard to beat a bike that comes with a story like the one above!

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6/22/2011 2:07 PM

I have commuter bike envy, now.

Mine does what it's supposed to, though - Marin Hamilton 29er, doubles up as my occasional xc bike.

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6/22/2011 2:25 PM

just built from frame up for around $400

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6/22/2011 2:46 PM

my commuter gets some pretty good looks around town

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6/22/2011 6:37 PM


2007 Madone 6.5 SSL frame and fork
S-8 headset
Miche Primato cranks (49T)
Sram PC-1
Surly 18T cog
Salsa Halter Top right/front brake lever, Shimano Ultegra brake
Handbuilt wheels:
**(F)Miche Primato 28H hub radially laced to a Velocity Deep-v MSW
**(R)White Industries 32H eccentric fix/fix rear, laced 3x to a Velocity Deep-v reflective rim.

Updated since this photo:
Miche Supertype seatpost
Zipp Service Course stem
Flop-and-chopped the drop bars into bullhorns.

My commute is 18 miles each way, with the commute home starting with a 1.5 mile brutal climb up a steep hill, no warm-up.

This might seem like a stupid waste of a top-of-the-line Madone frameset, but this one came out of the factory with no rear derailleur cable stop. The bike was purchased for its parts, and the frame was supposed to be destroyed since they were already rolling with the updated 2008 production and did not want to fix the little cable stop issue. I couldn't bring myself to trash the frame, so I built this as my first fixie, and I love it. I've since sold my super-fancy road bike and only ride this (on road).
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6/22/2011 9:23 PM

That's right 69'rs aren't just a failed idea in mtb This thing is so great for darting around SF.

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6/22/2011 11:28 PM

here's mine, two brakes, wider bars, Eclat flats, Turbo seat and freewheeling at the moment

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6/23/2011 7:15 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/23/2011 7:20 AM

Globe Roll 2. Used daily to ride to work. Great bike!

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6/23/2011 1:46 PM

Soul Cycles Dillenger 29er. I switch back and forth between SS and 1x9 geared. Super fun bike for commuting and xc rides.

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6/23/2011 6:57 PM

This is my commuter bike, a Scott SUB 20 that picked up on sale a few years back. I added a rear rack, fenders, and is the first bike that I actually left the reflectors on! The geometry is awesome for riding on the streets. The fork angle keeps the bike stable during harsh front hits (pot holes, bumps, etc). The cockpit is a little small, which makes for a very nimble ride and handles adverse situations well when I need to dart around something. Hydraulic disks on a road bike is also very heavenly. Pannier bags are the best thing ever, the bike holds the weight well so you can just ride without a big load on your back.


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6/24/2011 3:25 PM

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