Bike/Gear Set-ups?

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Dec 12 2012 at 4:28pm #

The coyote runs off the cliff and, y’know? He’s OK for a second or two…


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Dec 12 2012 at 4:29pm #

I’m a fan of the build. I like the pulley construction part, the best. Especially notching them for the ‘seamless’ look and of course, taking the time to file all those beads.

When are you going to modify it so you can unclip a few parts and snap them back together to make a unicycle, for a fast getaway?

Nick D

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Dec 12 2012 at 4:38pm #

Thanks. The next build is a four person recumbent quadracycle.

Eric Lundgren

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Dec 13 2012 at 11:57am #

Steel Cross bike setup to tour/ commute

Surly Cross Check w/ Long Haul Trucker Fork

I bought this bike 4 or 5 years ago. At this point I don’t think anything on the bike is orginal. I mean not even the frame or fork. I got hit by a car that was going the wrong way down a one way street and that took out the fork. I broke the weld that attached the seat tube to the bottom bracket while riding in sub zero weather(a friend broke his in the same spot in the same week) so that was warrantied.

Shimano Tiagra Brake levers(not hooked to shift)

Shimano 9 speed bar end levers

Shimano Deore Rear der

Shimano LX bottom pull front der

Shimano LX triple cranks 175 48-36-28(I think)

Low end cassette 11-32 951?

Bulk SRAM 9 speed chain 951?

Avid Shorty 4 old style brakes w/ Kool Stop Salmon Pads

Race Face Diablous Stainless Headset

Salsa Short and Shallow 40cm bars

Generic Stem

Orgin 8 No set back seat post

Specialized Romin Comp Gel 143 Saddle

S&M BMX style pedals

Custom Wheels Built by Steve K

Tiagra hubs 32 hole front and rear 3x to Salsa Delgado Rims

I either run Panaracer Tour Guard Tires or Ritchey Speed Max Tires both sets are 32’s. I always run tire liners

Planet Bike Hyprid Cascadia Fenders

Topeak Rear Rack

Jannd Front Rack (not currently installed)

Eric Lundgren

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Dec 13 2012 at 5:10pm #

Val the Time ATAC’s that wear out are ones that have square bars and springs. The ones with round bars seem to last forever.

I honestly haven’t done much touring, you’ve done far more than myself.

The only real touring I did(it was only 2 days) was from Pittsburgh up through the Allegheny National Forest to my hometown on Smethport PA.

I also had a job that was 25 miles one way and I didn’t have a car. The only way for me to work overtime was to ride down with camping gear. I would work a real long day camp close to work and then get up super early to go back to work and ride home at the normal time that night.


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Dec 20 2012 at 4:44am #

@edmonds59HV, love the classic look of the silver bike.

thanks! that’s what i was going for, and i think it ended up turning out even better than i’d hoped. i finally got it going again last night and rode it into work today. it’s so different from my road bike, but such a great ride.

and ps i’ve been drooling over that botecchia all along.


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Dec 20 2012 at 7:08am #

motobecane super mirage – steel road frame, nice relaxed geometry, red sparkle paint, gold trim, paint changes to pink when it gets wet (that is a feature… not a problem)

700c super chrome front fork, cane creek s2 headset, kraynicks special weird sized stumpy threadless riser stem

nitto moustache bars, tektro barend brake (right side!), cetma 5 bar front rack.

700c 36h velocity deep v, campy record hub, 28c vittoria rando tire, 105 front brake

some old italian 27″ rear wheel, 1 1/4 knobbies, no back brake

40×16 single speed drive train, stupid beefy bmx chain, 105 cranks

red and gold turbo saddle.

planet bike fenders!


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Dec 20 2012 at 12:04pm #

^mmm, that sounds like it needs a picture.


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Dec 21 2012 at 2:13pm #

Tetris, I’d much appreciate hearing about any such short little trips like that, around here. My better half keeps making noises about a short tour and I want to make it a three or four day trip, first time out. That camping commute is funny in a cool kind of way. I had the awesome chance to commute for about six months when I lived in Puerto Rico for a couple of years; that was the best shape of my life! Commuting adds a whole different dimension to the sport, I think.


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Dec 21 2012 at 2:31pm #

Wait – you lived in PR and rode a bike? I visited there, did not bike at all, though I loved it, but it did seem like biking there would be suicidal. Something about the insane Latino driving style combined with the completely roached out 30 year old un-inspected Japanese econoboxes seemed iffy.

I could actually even fantasize about having a little shack someday in the Rincon area, ah, pipe dreams.


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Dec 21 2012 at 5:31pm #

Edmonds, it was PR that taught me: you never know what’s around the next turn. But yes, I lived in a house overlooking Luquillo Beach. I attached an issued strobe under my seat, the best rear-facing light you can have, but it was still insane. Common items (the top three) in roadways that posed a major threat were in descending order: burned out cars, sofas, dead cows. My initial route was 17 miles and all flat, I always got to a great section above the local marina as the sun was lighting up the ocean. I eventually had to change to a route through the hills into Fajardo, 23 miles of hills coming and going. Me and some buddies rode along the coast to Isla Verde (near the airport) on the weekends, or up to the top of the Puerto Rican Himalayas (El Yunque Rainforest). I miss the scenery but the traffic was hell and the people were very combative. I was twice in two years, face-to-face with motorists with low IQ scores. If you ever go back, be sure to do some road biking along the spine of the island (La Ruta Panoramica!), if you’ve got the will to. It’s also hairy but loads of fun! Rincon is sweet but did you take the ferry to Culebra? It’s your barefoot, expat paradise. Please tell me did some diving in Rincon… Pub crawls in Old San Juan with sangria pitchers and blue cobblestones!


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Dec 21 2012 at 8:11pm #

Holy crap, thanks for the tip on Culebra. Looks freaking awesome. Need to go.

I was in PR with my son, 14 at the time, and a teetotaler friend, so no pub crawling, but old San Juan was awesome nonetheless. The open air bars all over the place were calling to me hard.

We stayed in a house in Isabela, in the north-west, snorkeled on the reef all day long and some nights, it was like swimming in a giant dentists office fish tank. Awesome.


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Dec 21 2012 at 10:40pm #

You’re right about the water clarity out west. The river carrying sediment from the rainforest seemed to do a great job clouding the water on the east end of the island. At least they said that’s what did it. The hot tip for Culebra is that while you’re there, be sure to dedicate an afternoon to spending on one of the empty keys (there is a total of eighteen islets in that cluster) with that special someone, or the family unit. You can have a water taxi drop you off with your snorkeling gear and other gear/food, and pick you up when you’re done. They say the bioluminescent bay in the Southwest is supposed to be spectacular. I miss it, sometimes.

helen s

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Dec 22 2012 at 4:45pm #

We spent Thanksgiving in PR a few years ago to get away from misbehaving relatives. We spent 11 days, 3 in a really inexpensive B&B butting up against El Yunque, but only 15 minutes drive from the beach which we could see from our balcony.

A lifetime experience was visiting the bioluminescent lagoon in the NW corner. I would go back tomorrow!


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Dec 22 2012 at 5:49pm #

Helen, it’s been my experience that most people never hear of that lagoon in Fajardo, interesting. The famous one is west of Ponce, I forget the exact name of the place. Fajardo has some fantastic beaches and there’s even one place that was a great place to chase bugs at night. Hellz yeah. Did you ever notice the giant white ball, on top of the mountain? That was the highest point on the island and the road was paved all the way to the gate of that listening post, barely over 4,000 feet. It was fifteen miles from the beach to the top, but part of the road was always washed out, so mtn bikes were called for. It would’ve been brutal on a road bike, I think. Two years of riding in PR motivated me to get my first triple chainring road crank, when I went to North Georgia for a while, right after that.

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