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New (to me) commuter 
14th-Mar-2012 03:24 pm
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It's been dead around here, so let's see if we can get some baby pictures going. Whatcha got in your stable these days? This is my new-to-me commuter, yet another twenty-something-year-old steel frame, dragged out of my boss' shed where it had been languishing and put back into service.



It's a '91-ish Specialized Hard Rock Cruz, which was all-stock with the original tractor tires when it came into my hands. I've added a set of Michelin City tires with the reflective sidewalls, a new pair of Planet Bike fenders in please-don't-hit-me yellow (which I had to order directly from PB because no one carries them in the stores around here), and the saddle, rack, panniers and bottle cages from my old commuter. By coincidence, the navy-and-yellow makes it the school colors of the campus where I work. Lighting is a Cat Eye Uno on the front and a Bontrager Flare 3 on the back of the rack. It ain't nothing to brag about, but it'll do for the beating of the commute.

It's replacing my old commuter, which broke its hip (left seat stay snapped just below the weld).



I'm kind of sad about losing that bike, because it served me well for thousands of miles. Lots and lots of training rides, my first couple of centuries, and a 500-mile ride across NC four autumns ago (all before getting pressed into service as a commuter). When I took the frame to a local bike shop for them to strip for brake and drive-train parts, I took off the neat old Raleigh head badge for a keepsake.

And yes, both of those bikes are technically too big for me. My boss is a tall fellow, and the Raleigh was bought on consignment for cheap.

I'm now back to two bikes in the stable. The Specialized and my "little red roadster," a Trek 1500-SLR. Also nothing to brag about, but it's fun to take out into the country for some tuck-in-and-go.



And last but not least, though only obliquely related, the commuter for when it's just too damned hot to ride, or when I'm just feeling fat and lazy, my eGo Cycle-2.



So…what are you folks riding around on these days?

*(cross-posted to cycling; sorry if I spammed ya!)
Comments 
14th-Mar-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
That Trek is a sexy and fun looking bike!

Good conversion of an old bike!

15th-Mar-2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Fortunately I didn't have to do any mechanical conversions or I'd have been sunk. And every thing else I ride is such a tank that when I get on the Trek it feels like a feather. I love it!
3rd-Sep-2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm looking into buying a scooter. I mention it in a new entry in the community. I'd appreciate any advice you can give!

Edited at 2012-09-03 03:47 pm (UTC)
3rd-Sep-2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
I like my little eGo, but that's about all I know about scooters. I was looking into adding an electric drive kit to the Raleigh when the frame broke, and I stumbled across the eGo when I started looking for alternatives. I got it used from a guy on Craigslist. It's a decent short-distance commuter if you can find one, but I'm not sure about the current status of the manufacturer. I think it may have been sold and I don't know if any new ones are in production yet. Here's their website: http://www.egovehicles.com/.
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