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I commute on my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket - which is set up with Shimano Ultegra components and skinny tires.

My commuting days are limited to the spring / summer / fall months when there is sufficient daylight to support a full day of work plus my 16 mile commute each way. I know, I know, I'm a bit of a chicken - but I don't trust the drivers around here (north of Boston, MA). I was unable to commute by bike this year - at least after May 20th - due to a bike crash I had on my way to work on May 20th (http://denise2004crash.crazyguyonabike.com) but my intention is to get back into top shape and begin commuting by bike again in the spring - depending on the change of seasons, but hopefully in an April timeframe.
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I ride a Takara that I have made into a single speed and I also have a schwinn Probe Mt bike i ride on occation and I am going to build myself a Schwinn beach cruiser for those rainy days. My commute is only about 6 blocks so i can tough out the cold and rain since I am at work within 5 minutes.
post #18 of 126

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Just about all of my commuting now is done on a fixed gear, there's a few hills but nothing rediculous, I'm in the city so the longest I usually ever have to go is 20 minutes, so i can make it in thermos and a sweatshirt as long as I keep pedaling hard.

I'm about 22 miles from my house now that i'm down at school, I'll come home sometimes on weekends to see friends and stuff like that, once 40degrees come in a few months i'm gonna start riding my fixie(39/14) home instead of finding a ride, and then from my house it's about 13 miles the other way to my girlfriends house, so i'm fixing up my cyclocross bike into a road bike, and i'm gonna use that for transportation time's i'm home, if i don't have my fixed gear at home with me, there's a miserable 3mile hill coming home from her house, that's the only reason i'm even leaving the gears on my home bike instead of making it fixed too
post #19 of 126

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I use a kona mountain bike with high pressure slick 1.5" tyres. I find it handles pot holes kerb jumps, short cut through parks etc better than a road bike, and the slightly smaller wheel helps getting through traffic jams. Saying that I know people who think i'm crazy not using a road bike. Horses for courses I guess
post #20 of 126

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During the summer and warmer weather I like to use my Trek 400 roadie. Time trial bars and all. SPEED
In the winter though, I can't because I dont generate enough heat, translated: Too efficient.
So in the winter I use the mountain bike. Its better for snow drifts and ice and what not anyhow. A little slower, but enough resistance to get me warm.
post #21 of 126

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My commuter right now is a a signet centrurion road bike i found at a thrift shop, fixed up and absolutely love.
Right now I'm fixing up an old Katakura 3 speed to make into a shopping bike to tide me over until I can get an xtracycle - if i could just get the $%$#%&*( chain guard off to change the rear tire
post #22 of 126

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I ride my old late 80’s Schwinn Kom7 mountain bike. It’s an old race frame and fork with no rack braze-ons so I have to use a backpack. I put some mtb slicks on it last year and they work great. The city roads in my area are thrashed so I like having the mtb rims beefier tires.
post #23 of 126

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I ride a Bridgestone RB-1. Has a double and I am either going up hill or down hill. Seattle is great for that. Commute year round. In the rain I use a rain jacket and rain pants. Sometimes I start out and it is in the mid 20's. Layers work well and just accept the fact that it's cold.
post #24 of 126

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I commute from Fremantle to the University of WA (Perth) - about 16 km one way and reasonably hilly. I've just bought a beautiful silver 2004 Specialized Sirrus Sport flatbar with Tioga panniers and Niteflux Visionstick 20 lights for the dark sections in Mosman Park and North Freo.

After one week with the new bike, I'm pretty happy, and my legs are really hardening up on those climbs.
post #25 of 126

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I still commute on my 15 year old Bridgestone CB Zip, my steel pony. I can't even imagine how many miles this bike has accumulated. Seven out of the last 15 years it was my only transportation. I take good care of my bike and it has never let me down and is just FUN to ride!
post #26 of 126

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I use my "slightly upgraded" Univega Gran Primo. Used to be red, now a little faded. Nothing like riding classic triple-butted steel!!!

On an off-topic, anyone know anything about this road frame? It was donated to me by a doc in San Diego, and it has followed me through California, Arizona, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France. I want to find out more about this bike.
post #27 of 126

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Originally Posted by Lucky Max
I commute from Fremantle to the University of WA (Perth) - about 16 km one way and reasonably hilly. I've just bought a beautiful silver 2004 Specialized Sirrus Sport flatbar with Tioga panniers and Niteflux Visionstick 20 lights for the dark sections in Mosman Park and North Freo.

After one week with the new bike, I'm pretty happy, and my legs are really hardening up on those climbs.
Hi Max,
I commute from Bassendean to UWA. I just bought the Felt Trevisa for winter commuting. Fitted it out with black guards, carrier, michelin panniers. It is a bit heavier (slower) than the FB road bike, but in winter who cares.. picnics in Kings Pk on the way home...
post #28 of 126

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where's the cx option?http://gallery.roadbikereview.com/sh...&ppuser=246067
post #29 of 126

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Originally Posted by gclark8
Hi Max,
I commute from Bassendean to UWA. I just bought the Felt Trevisa for winter commuting. Fitted it out with black guards, carrier, michelin panniers. It is a bit heavier (slower) than the FB road bike, but in winter who cares.. picnics in Kings Pk on the way home...
Hi George
I lived in East Perth till recently so I might know some of your route - do you use the bikepaths (Mts Bay Rd, along the river E Perth-Maylands etc.) or is there a decent road route?

I haven't had to deal with a really wet day yet - we must get the best winter for cycling anywhere in the world! How do you dress for a rainy day on the bike? I don't want to lose a day's riding, but I'm nervous being new on slicks and having to negotiate a lot of very dozey parents driving huge 4WDs through Mos Pk - Peppermint Grove.

Good to hear from you.

L Max (Martin really)
post #30 of 126

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Hi Martin, (aka Max),

Thanks for the reply.

I ride down the cycleway from Bayswater Station to Barrack Street, "bell it" through the CBD to Riverside Drive, then round the bike path to Hacket gate 3, through the AG Dept to Human Movement, then into the pool.

As I am commuting for swimming, getting wet on the way there is OK, I just try to have dry clothes for the return journey and the train from Perth Station often the better option. I use a double layer nylon spray jacket but take shelter through the heavy stuff.

I got really good guards from TBE, they are a bit wide for a road bike, however the bike shop in Maylands has SKS guards in road sizes. I find the Conti tyres on the Trevisa good too, not throwing the wet sand like the road tyres do on the other bike.

Call in to the pool deck around 8:30-8:55 one Tuesday or Thursday morning and I can show you the setup.
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