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Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: bruno on January 03, 2007, 02:16:38 pm
i commute and do errands daily on my fendered iro jamie roy fixed gear. avg. around 30 miles a day--22 mile roundtrip commute and a few miles of errands.

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: ptaylor on January 04, 2007, 09:11:46 pm
Hi Bruno.

I'm on my 4th 'commuter' bike in the past 30 years. The others have all been either stolen or destroyed by errant cars. In my mind, an urban bike needs 4 features:
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Paul
Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: tofubicycle on January 04, 2007, 10:38:03 pm
I typically ride a Surly Steamroller set up as a fixed gear with alt-flat bars, a front brake, a rear fender, a bell and lots of lights. Though I'm beginning to lean towards 26" wheels full fenders and a front rack for commuting...

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Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: ron_bike4peace on January 07, 2007, 05:05:09 am
man, i use to ride an old univega during the winter (i live in the seattle area, nasty wet winters) and then ride my salsa laraza during the summer. that's when i had a 14+ mile commute everyday. i still have the salsa, nicest bike i've ever owned and i've had a few. i use a bridgestone cb 0 for my everyday use and touring. if you don't know, the cb 0 is a "city bike". it's kinda like the xo, but more of a touring geomemtry and not as nice a frame. but it's a great bike. i've riden across the country the past 2 summers. i've upgraded it with all new old stock suntour xcpro, the famous moustache handlebar and brookes saddle.

This message was edited by ron_bike4peace on 1-27-07 @ 3:51 PM
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Post by: DaveB on January 08, 2007, 12:10:30 pm
My errand/rain bike is an '83 Trek 400, lugged steel frame and fork with a mix of parts-box components.  The drive train is a SR triple crank, and Shimano low-line derailleurs with 7-speed indexing downtube shifters mounted on Kelly Take-Offs. Most of the benefits of STI/Ergo at a small fraction of the cost.  It has fenders and a rack and weighs a ton.

Where I live (suburban Pittsburgh) a fixie or single speed isn't suitable for all but a very few relatively flat areas.  

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: bruno on January 13, 2007, 09:45:40 am
i'm adding to my collection of bikes a surly karate monkey built with a rolhoff speedhub. should start the build next week sometime as my lbs had to order the frame. (i needed a small one). should be real nice for haulin' groceries and all since i plan to equip it with racks and all.

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: Sailariel on January 13, 2007, 07:04:59 pm
I ride a lugged Miyata 100 Cross with Planet Bike fenders,luggage rack with topper, Nashbar panniers, and lights. I changed the downtube shifters to bar-ends. The wheels are American Wheelsmith with Shimano 600 hubs. I have platform pedals on one side and SPD on the other. It`s an older bike but is in mint condition. I just put on some 38C tires.

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: driftlessregion on January 28, 2007, 11:54:48 pm
64 cm Trek 330 from early 80's (?) Reynolds 531 lugged frame bought last year on eBay. 1998 105 triple with Nitto moustache bars and bar end shifters. Fenders of course with a small canvas saddle bag but will get a large Carradice Nelson Long Flap bag soon. Tires are 700/28 at 90 psi.

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: hpaul3 on February 07, 2007, 03:00:42 pm
I have an '80s lugged-steel Taiwanese road'ish frame that I actually rescued from the trash pile in front of someone's house, on trash day.  (I did ask first!) It was about 10 minutes from the landfill.  I put it together with mojo recycled parts: a road wheelset from an old bike, a hi-rise stem for $4.00 on ebay, a Performance close-out flat bar for $9.00, the small ring and crank from an old Shimano 600 set, and spacers and a BMX freewheel from my local shop.  Oh, clip-on fenders too.  Those were the most expensive parts on the whole thing.  It rides very nicely, it's smallish so it works out to be very heads-up with the flat bar and the gear (39x16) spins out at about 22 mph.  I put some chunky 700x32 close-out Performance tready tires on it for bomb-aroud curb protection.  Works great!

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: ptaylor on February 07, 2007, 06:13:07 pm
Sail: How do you like your pedals with SPD on one side and platform ot the other. I only know one guy who had those, but he liked them. I'm kinda suspicious though, he was anxious to sell them to me.

Paul
Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: undies on February 14, 2007, 03:11:55 pm
I only have one road bike right now and that's what I use for most urban riding. It's a Nashbar touring frame built up with drop bars, fenders, 105/LX 9-spd. drive train, 36-spoke wheels with Salsa Delgado rims, and 700x32 Pasela Tourguard tires.

My town is flat so I could easily get away with a fixie, and I may try one sometime if I stumble upon a good deal on a frame. I did ride a single-speed (freewheel) Univega around for a while, but didn't totally get the SS appeal. I don't mind a little extra drivetrain maintenance in the interest of mechanical advantage.

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Post by: Sailariel on February 22, 2007, 03:44:50 pm
Ptaylor, I really like the pedals. They are great in town, especially where there are a lot of lights. I also like the fact that if you need to run to the store for some bread or milk, you just jump on the bike and go--no need for biking shoes, etc. I recall that they were not expensive--made by Shimano and of good quality. The bearings are servicable.

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: dougstetson on April 07, 2007, 12:25:22 pm
My best commuter was a folding Dahon Helios I used in San Francisco. Jay Gaerlan, a gifted bike guy in San Francisco, (http://www.gaerlan.com/)used the Helios aluminum frame and added front suspension, seat post suspension, 24 gears, fenders, a rear rack that allowed me to carry a briefcase pannier or a grocery sack pannier without hitting my heels or the ground, and combo SPD and platform pedals as well. He chose Vuelta rims that never went out of true, and Schwalbe Marathon tires that never suffered a puncture despite daily rides through SF streets with debris and potholes.

The big advantage of the folder in SF was being able to take it on the BART subway trains, folded, at any time of the day. Ordinary bikes are restricted to the first and last cars, and forbidden during rush hours. Busses and the CalTrain communter train allow bikes all the time in special facilities, so folding was not an advantage there, but being able to take the bike into a restaurant or hotel or library, folded, was a huge advantage. I had a hybrid stolen, while locked with a Kryptonite cable lock to a standpipe in a lighted, covered garage patrolled by an off duty SF policeman at an in-town SF hotel. The cable had been cut and no one saw anything. After that, the folder came in with me when I was visiting in town. Most places simply accomodated it as they would a wheel chair (which the folded bike sort of resembles). Great commuter -- carried my gear to work and back, and on errands. Quick to set up and take down, every bit as fast as the public transit in SF, but with a reliable schedule: I could leave when I wanted and be on time at the destination.


Doug Stetson
San Francisco bound
Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: boonebikeguy on May 04, 2007, 12:03:44 pm
I got all you cats BEAT. I ride a 1970 custom built one of a kind Puegeot toruing bike. It is like piloting a Y-wing from Star Wars...big bulky slow as hell but comfy and fun. Drool fools here (http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y260/Pmotes/IMG_3257.jpg) . I WAS trying to sell it on e-bay...but in my heart I just could not do it. I'll consider re-building the wheel-set and mounting contemporary compact cranks and clipless pedals and ride IT across the nation...that'd be tight.I just mounted a new saddle that is pretty comfy. I mount a MARS multi  light in the back..I ride it up here in Boone everday...and I assure you it would put hair on you chest after a week of commuting on this monster in the mountains. No one here can TOP IT!!!! LOL If thay can then I'm all jealous and stuff.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb
Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: boonebikeguy on May 04, 2007, 12:06:55 pm
Sail: How do you like your pedals with SPD on one side and platform ot the other. I only know one guy who had those, but he liked them. I'm kinda suspicious though, he was anxious to sell them to me.

Paul



don't buy them in my opinion those types of pedals SUCK, too many problems with tensioning and nothing sucks more than being in a  climb and your pedals release your cleat......Just my 2-bits, but I'd never buy those things unless I rode around a parking lot and that's it.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

This message was edited by boonebikeguy on 5-4-07 @ 8:08 AM
Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: Sailariel on May 14, 2007, 10:18:32 pm
They have worked fine for three years and have racked up a few miles. To each his own.

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: Sailariel on May 14, 2007, 10:26:40 pm
Doug, When we lived and cruised on our sailboat, my wife and I had Dahon folders made of stainless steel with 16" wheels and SA 3Sp hubs. We still have them after 16 years and they are still in great shape. When we go cruising again we will probably get something more modern like the Helios.

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: boonebikeguy on May 15, 2007, 12:22:26 am
Hey Sail,
No offense man... sorry.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb
Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: bruno on May 18, 2007, 10:01:49 am
hey boonebikeguy! yer nutz duder! nice whip!! i'm from greensboro. have a few buds who went to app state.

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: boonebikeguy on May 18, 2007, 01:02:11 pm
Yeah man Thanks for the kudos.. Love me some mountain riding. I have been riding up here for five years..went to the lowlands and rode once since then and was simply amazed....We are riding down to asheville this weekend (200 miles in two day there and back) I chose to ride up winklers for the helluva climbs before heading on the asheville. Monster rides for monster bikes.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb
Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: canalligators on June 06, 2007, 12:24:30 am
Back in my wedgie days, I commuted on a '73 Raleigh International (pretty lugged 531 frame, mostly campy) that I adulterated into a commuter bike.  I changed to a split shift to give me drag racing gears, randonneur bars, short Weinmann sidepulls.  Added fenders, converted to clinchers (27x1 1/8 front, 27 x 1 1.4 rear - I'm 220#).  Of late, I've replaced the wheels with 700Cx28s.

But that's not what I came to talk about.

I want to convert this bike into an urban assault vehicle - the kind of bike I'd ride from the Battery to the GW Bridge, or up Michigan Avenue, or Younge Street...  My plan is to use a Sturmey Archer AW (alloy hub shell) with two speed derailleur on it, single sprocket the front, very narrow flat alloy bars, replace the Record pedals with SPDs.  Put on the fattest 700Cs that fit the frame, probably 32s, for the occasional pothole jump.  I might even strip/sandblast off the three coats of marine epoxy paint and replicate the original Chartreuse - or paint it flat black to reduce the theft value.

It needs to be light enough to accelerate well and carry onto the subway, yet strong enough to withstand the bad streets.

Thoughts?

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: princesslittle on May 21, 2008, 09:56:45 pm
I have two pair of this style pedal although they are not Shimano. One pair are Welgo and the other are Performance Bicycle's store brand.

They are OK and convenient for around town.

 Because of a hip rotation limitation on my right side, I can only use an SPD pedal for my left foot. I use a toe clip & strap on the other foot.

It takes a bit of concentration to flip the left pedal over to get the SPD side up so you can clip in.

Try before you buy, I'd say

Crabby old Uncle John

Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: princesslittle on May 21, 2008, 10:11:06 pm
I have a mid eighties mountain bike that I have modified with narrow 26" wheels, freehub rear, a rear rack & alloy fenders.

An eclectic mix of old and new Shimano parts of various quality levels from XT to Tourney work together in amazing harmony.

There are two rear blinky lights (I don't trust just one) and a Nashbar LED front light, the latest of many front lights I have gone through over the years.

This bike has been ridden over bad roads, no roads, city streets & other unsavoury surfaces over the years, mostly in bad weather. I usually ride a better bike in good weather.

I tend to use Tioga City Slicker tires which always disappoint me with their fragile sidewalls and tendency to ozone crack prematurely.

I probably got this bike in 1998 or 1999.

Crabby old Uncle John



Title: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: Turk on May 25, 2008, 11:42:05 pm
I use my old Raliegh Grand Prix, made in England, that I've been using for all purposes since I bought it in 1972. It's a touring bike with the shifters on the frame. The only thing I don't like about it is the Weinmann brakes. I don't think I'd like a new bike since I take it on the bus in the morning and I've heard that the bikes sometimes get stolen off the racks. I ride it 14 miles home in the afternoon. It's bike trail most of the way but some of the trail is pretty rough due to tree roots upsetting the asphalt. There's also a few small curbs to ride up. The wheels and tires handle it well.

Title: Re: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: scott.laughlin on August 11, 2009, 08:03:53 am
My best commuter was a folding Dahon Helios I used in San Francisco. Jay Gaerlan, a gifted bike guy in San Francisco, (http://www.gaerlan.com/)used the Helios aluminum frame and added front suspension, seat post suspension, 24 gears, fenders, a rear rack that allowed me to carry a briefcase pannier or a grocery sack pannier without hitting my heels or the ground, and combo SPD and platform pedals as well. He chose Vuelta rims that never went out of true, and Schwalbe Marathon tires that never suffered a puncture despite daily rides through SF streets with debris and potholes.

The big advantage of the folder in SF was being able to take it on the BART subway trains, folded, at any time of the day. Ordinary bikes are restricted to the first and last cars, and forbidden during rush hours. Busses and the CalTrain communter train allow bikes all the time in special facilities, so folding was not an advantage there, but being able to take the bike into a restaurant or hotel or library, folded, was a huge advantage. I had a hybrid stolen, while locked with a Kryptonite cable lock to a standpipe in a lighted, covered garage patrolled by an off duty SF policeman at an in-town SF hotel. The cable had been cut and no one saw anything. After that, the folder came in with me when I was visiting in town. Most places simply accomodated it as they would a wheel chair (which the folded bike sort of resembles). Great commuter -- carried my gear to work and back, and on errands. Quick to set up and take down, every bit as fast as the public transit in SF, but with a reliable schedule: I could leave when I wanted and be on time at the destination.


Doug Stetson
San Francisco bound

I own a Bike Friday NWT for the same reasons you've stated.

Scott
Title: Re: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: lender on January 23, 2010, 08:44:43 am
I'm about to get a Mongoose XR-comp bike for my "urban" cruising.  I'm hoping to get it next month when I get paid.  The suspension is mostly not needed for urban terrain but I love the padding...
Title: Re: what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
Post by: bikemanNY21 on February 03, 2010, 09:07:33 pm
I'm about to get a Mongoose XR-comp bike for my "urban" cruising.  I'm hoping to get it next month when I get paid.  The suspension is mostly not needed for urban terrain but I love the padding...

Man i used to have mongoose, and i wasn't really happy with it, i'll advice you to add SOME extra money and get Trek, KHS, maybe GT... all is My IMHO...

p.s. currently i have KHS urban-x and really like it.