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Postby MattyK » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:07 pm

warthog1 wrote:That nashbar fork is a good price too, maybe with the tax return

I've had one for about 3 years now, it's good, the canti posts are ugly but I can live with that. No idea what Nashbar charge for shipping nowadays, when I got mine they wanted US$180 for shipping alone. I got a colleague in Chicago to buy it and picked it up when on a trip there.
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Postby Crawf » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:30 am

Yup Carver fork from Bikeman, its most likely just another China mold.
It's still pretty hard to find this fork spec: Carbon / Disc / Lightweight / Eyelets / Caliper mount hole / Lowish A-C /Cheapish.
The Carver seems the best value for money from my research (atm).

I did think about the nashbar route and grinding off the canti mounts.

Front wheel I built up - ZTR rim & SP Dynamo.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:15 pm

Crawf wrote:Yup Carver fork from Bikeman, its most likely just another China mold.
It's still pretty hard to find this fork spec: Carbon / Disc / Lightweight / Eyelets / Caliper mount hole / Lowish A-C /Cheapish.
The Carver seems the best value for money from my research (atm).

I did think about the nashbar route and grinding off the canti mounts.

Front wheel I built up - ZTR rim & SP Dynamo.


Thanks for the info :)
Wheel build is well outside my limited bike build talent though I reckon there are a few places that build them for you.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:18 pm

MattyK wrote: No idea what Nashbar charge for shipping nowadays, when I got mine they wanted US$180 for shipping alone.


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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby MattyK » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:29 am

Yeah, I sent them a "Shirley you can't be serious?" reply when they said that. Hopefully they are better now but I cbf creating an account to find out. They are advertising themselves better for international trade/shipping rates now.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Phil » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:37 pm

After a longish wait the Amazon has rocked up, a bit of overkill for Commuting, but planning on some touring down the track.

Rohloff Centertrak Belt Drive.
SON Hub Dynamo
Full Mudguards and Conti 700x37 tyres.
Tubus Ti rack
B17 Titanium

Just need to get the Air-Zound on now.
The V-Brakes are so much easier to set up than the Cantis I had on the CX bike.

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Crawf » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:58 pm

Nice Phil.
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Postby eldavo » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:39 pm

Very nice Titanium kit there Phil.

This is the best equipped out of box commuter I've had to do least to, to be most happy with it.
My input was semi-perma-fixed panniers, stem riser, and usual strap-ons that go between bikes.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby MattyK » Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:33 pm

Latest mod, new mudguards. Bike pictured hanging on my new(ly requisitioned) work stand... :D

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Zefal Paragon road (35mm), half price at Goldcross (=$35), couldn't resist.

They fit very neatly. I cut and smoothed the ends of the stays flush with the brackets, rather than using the ugly end caps. Looks very neat.

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It took me a little messing around to get the lower end of the rear guard attached. The supplied bracket was nowhere near big enough for the bridge. Also I worked out that the bridge has a threaded nutsert, so I screwed straight in to it.

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby vaeske » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:37 pm

Found this 2010 Gary Fisher Tiburon at the local lifeline store...it wasn't in such good condition, I suppose it must've been in a crash, hence replacement black steel fork. with A-headset. It was in pretty dirty when I got it but I saw potential.

Repacked front hub so its rolling well now, some air in the tires and a shitload of engine degreaser, tighten the cables, new handlebars and a thomson post with rolls saddle.

I'll get some spd pedals and it'll be ready for the commute or even some mountain roads! Maybe down the track i'll try to find a replacement suspension fork.

I'm extremely happy with it. I won't need another bike but i'll say its not a roadie so might get away with it!

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Postby jools » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:00 am

Crawf - how did your Chinese carbon frame commuter work out? I don't think I've seen any updates since your original posts last year.. I've been commuting on steel bikes (Repco Superlite and Apollo IV), but after having a chat with another forum member who recently started commuting on a carbon Giant I'm starting to look into a carbon bike. I've got a Dawes Galaxy frame at home that is meant to be my next commuter but it still needs a few bits and pieces before I can put it together.

The conversation about the carbon Giant got me thinking though - he said it was a fast ride and very different geometry to the old steel racers and that it was noticably smoother over bumps and corrugations in the road. So I'm thinking that after I get the Dawes finished maybe the next thing would be to invest in a carbon bike.

I'm just curious how things worked out with yours - did you enjoy commuting on the carbon bike? Was the chinese frame a good option or are the brand names (Giant, Trek, Specialized etc) building a better product? Are you still riding it? Some of your recent pics look like you've transplanted the running gear across - is that a Ti frame?
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:42 pm

MattyK wrote:Zefal Paragon road (35mm), half price at Goldcross (=$35), couldn't resist.

Which one? I've been looking for another set as a backup for me commuter for yonks.

Nice work trimming the stays, way neater than my effort.

One word of advice tho', the rubbery bits masquerading as mudflaps will fall off, not the best attachment method by a very long way.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby MattyK » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:16 am

First hit on google for zefal paragon:
http://www.goldcross.com.au/online-stor ... pid=192565

They are 50% off in store (Chadstone) as are the rest of their accessories at the moment. They had two more sets left when I got mine on Saturday.

Don't think I'll miss the mudflaps if they disappear. I do however miss the ability to stand the bike on its rear wheel to wheel it around the house... :evil:
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Postby Mulger bill » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:19 pm

Thanks Matty, I'll give 'em a call tomorrow. No point heading that way if they're out.

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Crawf » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:01 am

jools wrote:Crawf - how did your Chinese carbon frame commuter work out? I don't think I've seen any updates since your original posts last year.. I've been commuting on steel bikes (Repco Superlite and Apollo IV), but after having a chat with another forum member who recently started commuting on a carbon Giant I'm starting to look into a carbon bike. I've got a Dawes Galaxy frame at home that is meant to be my next commuter but it still needs a few bits and pieces before I can put it together.

The conversation about the carbon Giant got me thinking though - he said it was a fast ride and very different geometry to the old steel racers and that it was noticably smoother over bumps and corrugations in the road. So I'm thinking that after I get the Dawes finished maybe the next thing would be to invest in a carbon bike.

I'm just curious how things worked out with yours - did you enjoy commuting on the carbon bike? Was the chinese frame a good option or are the brand names (Giant, Trek, Specialized etc) building a better product? Are you still riding it? Some of your recent pics look like you've transplanted the running gear across - is that a Ti frame?


Sold it on to someone who was going to use it for a CX bike (which is essentially what it was), the only reason I got rid of it was due to the lack of eyelets for mudguards, other than that is was light, stiff and very tough. It was almost perfect for a commuter.
Now on a custom China Ti jobby.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby jools » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:56 pm

Crawf wrote:Sold it on to someone who was going to use it for a CX bike (which is essentially what it was), the only reason I got rid of it was due to the lack of eyelets for mudguards, other than that is was light, stiff and very tough. It was almost perfect for a commuter.
Now on a custom China Ti jobby.


Sounds like you're having fun exploring the bicycling delights of the far east!

Thanks for the info on the carbon frame - the lack of mudguard eyelets will be an issue for me too as there is often water across the bike path on my commute so the mudguards are pretty much mandatory for me. As for the ride quality - the guy I was speaking to said his Giant was noticably smoother across bumps and corrugations etc compared to his steel frames - did you notice anything similar?

Thanks Crawf!
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby nezumi » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:37 am

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My recently acquired, work-in-progress, Merida Cyclocross 4.

I had some trouble fitting the rack, I might need to hit the mounts on the rack bottom with a grinder/file. At the top it's also slightly askew, which bothers me.

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby rheicel » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:04 am

^ Nice one. I am building my new commuter as the old trek was sold last week!

Here she is when she was still mine. Sold it for $450, leass than a quarter of what I spent 12 months ago, lol

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Tomca74 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:11 pm

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I ride past the wreckers at Oxley every day and my roadie gets flats if I get within 5km of that place, so I use a cheap, old Cyclops MTB frame for my daily commute. Bit of a lazy ride, I never average over 20km/h on it. :oops:
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Calvin27 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:34 pm

rheicel wrote:^ Nice one. I am building my new commuter as the old trek was sold last week!

Here she is when she was still mine. Sold it for $450, leass than a quarter of what I spent 12 months ago, lol

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Is that a MTB conversion? Not sure if I'm completely lost or what but isn't 4300 a 26er frame? Sweet looking ride man!
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Postby Jonno » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:02 pm

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby rheicel » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:07 pm

Calvin27 wrote:
Is that a MTB conversion? Not sure if I'm completely lost or what but isn't 4300 a 26er frame? Sweet looking ride man!

Yes mate, it is a 26" MTB and was fitted with 29er wheelset with slicks tyres.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby rheicel » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:39 pm

Here is my new one.
XACD Custom Ti Frame, XLR8 Wheels, DA DT/RD, SRAM FD/Cranks and weigh a ton (9.2 kg with no panniers)
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby fraz » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:42 pm

Bought the bike from the tip. Found the wheels in a bin at my old apartment building. Most of the other bits were extras I had lying around or were bought from the tip for a couple of bucks. Only brand new items were the chain tensioner, chain and grips. Total cost <$100.

In spite of being made up almost entirely of rubbish, it's a dream to ride and by far my favourite of all my bikes.

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby rheicel » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:47 am

fraz wrote:Bought the bike from the tip. Found the wheels in a bin at my old apartment building. Most of the other bits were extras I had lying around or were bought from the tip for a couple of bucks. Only brand new items were the chain tensioner....

How is the chain tensioner? can you please give me more details of it. Thanks
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