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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:08 am

lang wrote:My commuter now:
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Looks the ducks guts Lang. :D
You're just the bloke I've been looking for, could you pop over HERE and let Dodsun know how you're going? Thanks.
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Postby Crawf » Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:47 am

lang wrote:My commuter now:
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:36 pm

Update time, I've been a bit slack getting pics up since the 105 cranks went on...
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Dropbear20 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:14 pm

After 6 months of commuting on my Iron Horse I have decided to put it out to pasture. My 15 year old son is in need of a new bike after outgrowing his old one so it won't be going far.

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It used to have a rack and lights that I have now moved to my new bike. And here it is:

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It's a Merida S-Presso i8-D. It has everything I wanted in a commuter (Alfine 8 speed hub gears, disc brakes, alloy frame, fenders) and yes, it has a kick stand. I have added the rack I had on the Iron Horse. I rode 60kms over the weekend getting to know the bike and it's great. It's fast, quiet and very smooth. There are a couple of things I still need to do - find a neater solution for the lights for one, and I miss the bar ends and clipless pedals.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Gravel_Rash » Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:41 am

This is what I commute on 2011 7.5FX
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I put some SKS mudguards on it for the winter months
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby waynohh » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:06 am

Cruiserman wrote:Would not do it any other way my bike has to make me want to ride it.
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Amen

Mirror is missing from this photo.

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby teak81 » Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:10 pm

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n54 ... rnstar.jpg Hello every one. This is my new commuter bought a month ago 2011 malvernstar xcs 1.o mtb. hadnt ridden a bike for 7 years after my pride and joy mongoose rockadile got stolen. Now back into riding again. I have bought grey ortileb waterproof panniers and a topeak rear rack, and a chain guard which are yet to arrive. i have also already added the bar extensions, front and rear lights, velo cateye cycle computer, alloy water bottle holder and water bottle and gel seat cover, plus the obligatory lock, and mud guards.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby teak81 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:07 pm

teak81 wrote:http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n544/teak81/malvernstar.jpg Hello every one. This is my new commuter bought a month ago 2011 malvernstar xcs 1.o mtb. hadnt ridden a bike for 7 years after my pride and joy mongoose rockadile got stolen. Now back into riding again. I have bought grey ortileb waterproof panniers and a topeak rear rack, and a chain guard which are yet to arrive. i have also already added the bar extensions, front and rear lights, velo cateye cycle computer, alloy water bottle holder and water bottle and gel seat cover, plus the obligatory lock, and mud guards.

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby teak81 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:38 pm

Got rid of the mountain bike knobbie's and replaced with slicks. :)
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby CommuRider » Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:37 pm

Dropbear20 wrote:Image

It's a Merida S-Presso i8-D. It has everything I wanted in a commuter (Alfine 8 speed hub gears, disc brakes, alloy frame, fenders) and yes, it has a kick stand. I have added the rack I had on the Iron Horse. I rode 60kms over the weekend getting to know the bike and it's great. It's fast, quiet and very smooth. There are a couple of things I still need to do - find a neater solution for the lights for one, and I miss the bar ends and clipless pedals.


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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby schurms » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:56 pm

My "old school" commuter / Light tourer.

Phil Woods Touring Hubs
Phil Woods BB
Paul Engineering Touring Canti's
Paul Thumbies
Dura-Ace Bar end shifters
VO Grand Cru Cranks



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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby teak81 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:17 pm

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby teak81 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:37 pm

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby teak81 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:14 pm

Sold the old repco and got an oppy a5 to complement my xcs 1.0
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby csy75 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:58 am

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Vivifyer » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:17 pm

Everyday :)
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Nobody » Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:41 pm

^ I can see you enjoy a braking challenge. :)
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Vivifyer » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:06 pm

Nobody wrote:^ I can see you enjoy a braking challenge. :)


because i have brakes? I don't get it?
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:16 pm

Me neither.

Nice clean looking steed Viv, what wheels do you run?

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Nobody » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:53 pm

Vivifyer wrote:
Nobody wrote:^ I can see you enjoy a braking challenge. :)


because i have brakes? I don't get it?
Weight distribution. Looks where your hands are relative to the front hub (vertically) when braking. Assuming you have average length arms, that means you can't get your weight back very far. Below is a drop bar bike taken from similar camera angle (from page 5 of thread). Drop bar bikes are also not great at braking, but you can see your position is even further forward than this.
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Vivifyer » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:23 am

ohhh ok i see that, But it might be attributed to the photo distortion, using a 10mm wide angle lens from about 1.5m away, the end of the bars are about 10cm infront of the hub, not 25cm or so that it seems to look, :P oh and i think my arms are kinda long, my brother used to call me freak arms :P anyone else who's tries to sit on my bike doesn't like the position you seem to be forced into, but it feels fine for me.

braking is pretty damn solid on this, thats kinda way i swapped out the velo bars for these cow horns for a more solid braking position.. I can squeeze pretty hard on the front without an issue
Mulger bill wrote:Me neither.

Nice clean looking steed Viv, what wheels do you run?

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Alex DA22, the front has survived a 20km/h head on with the side of a car, without a buckle. although the frame i was running at the time Snapped
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:45 pm

Eeep! :shock:

Glad you and the wheels got outta that in one piece Viv. Shame about the Bowery :(
Nice work with the reflex tape too 8)

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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Blackrock » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:02 pm

My commuter. Absolutely gets me outta bed in the morning for the shear thrill of riding it!!!!
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Chillibones » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:13 pm

Blackrock - how do you find the Merida? I'm looking at the Speeder T2 or T3 as a first commuter (fits my budget).

My commute would be about 30k from the outer suburbs of Brisbane into the city, on road, reasonably hilly.

What distance do you commute on your T5?
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Re: Commuter world, post your ride here.

Postby Blackrock » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:33 pm

Hi Chillibones. the Merida is amazing!! It puts the power straight down to the road and feels great to push hard. I had a set-up done when I got the bike and it has helped immensely in reducing fatigue and wasted effort on the rides. I ride a 32km round trip (5 times a week), over some nasty hills, back streets and crazy busy roads. The T5 is well set up and has great components. The ultegra running gear is so quick to change and with little fuss.
I used to ride a slicked MTB with deore and the ultegra is so sure and immediate that you never really feel like you're out of rhythm. Usually with commuting, you're up and down the gears all the time so it helps to have quick changes.
The brakes are pretty good for roadies. After an altercation with the back quarter of a car, I am starting to miss my disc's!! The Avid single digits are nice and light to action and on dry road, they can stop you reasonably quick. The fulcrum racing cx's are fast rolling and solid, which just complement the whole bike.
I have changed the saddle as the prologo proforma male had a wide beak and flatter 'wings', which didn't feel right to me. I went to a selle italia slr xc carbon which you hardly even notice that you're sitting on it!!

Merida is a great brand that has origins in Europe and are ridden by some quality riders. As far as commuters go they are as good as the cross-city's, speedsters and trek series, if not better. Not many people know this either; they have a 50% buy back if you have an accident. That is, you can purchase a new merida for 50% off. I'd have to get the proper words to verify, but that's what I've been told by the distributer...

If you're constrained by price, I'd try to get the 2011 T5 at around $1100 as the spec is pretty good value. Good luck!!!
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