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I have seen these kind of threads on other forums and hopefully we can get an eclectic bunch of bikes posted. Not necessarily the latest $15000 carbon wonder bike but normal bikes, steel rimmed cotter pin cranked, rescued from a junkyard bikes, MTB's, BMX, commuters, folders, racing bikes. Anything you like or enjoy riding. 

 I have a few bikes. This is my around town, going to the shops bike. 2009 Kona Africa Bike. I came across this bike on the internet and thought "look at the rack on that!" and started reading. Kona made these bikes for health workers in Africa riding out to villages down dirt roads. For every Africa bike they sell, Kona donate one to their charity in Africa which is pretty cool.
 The rear rack is actually part of the 4130 cromoly frame! Its drilled with stainless bolts so you can attach cages, boxes, diy whatever? I just put a wooden platform on mine. Shimano coaster hub - tyres make a great squeal when you slam it on at speed. Old school Kona mountain bike forks. 26 inch wheels.Huge grips with a palm swell, nice. I put on a bigger basket and a small front rack that fits to the v brake bosses. It weighs nearly 21kg(46lbs)!! but rides nice and smooth. I use it almost every day but never do more than 1-10 miles on it, only has one gear. Cool chinese lock on the back wheel for when you pop into a shop.
   Like i say i loved the rack and one day i saw one on ebay almost brand new hardly used 3 miles from where i lived. I got it for 80 pounds(GBP) about us$120. Beaming smile on my face as i rode it home. africabike2.jpg  africabike3.jpg   
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A not brilliant photo (was getting dark.  Camera is pants in low light) of my 'hybrid' need it to be a BIT chunky for the country roads/farm tracks around here (even some of the main roads have had no maintenance in years so have a crappy surface).
Have half a workshop in that pannier (<spot the slight hyperbole) as I get quite paranoid so decide " hmmm better have an X with me" (emptied it the other day and found three cereal bar things [just in case I bonk {I am diabetic so that is a real possibility}] they were dated Use before september 2014) .
Ran for years with no mudguards (fenders), now I wouldn't be without (certainly on the hybrid.  Full on road bike might have race blades the mountain bike has none at all) but full length ones on the hybrid are de-rigeur for me (no more skunk stripes).
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Sent for new bar ends i felt these ones might look physically (if not aesthitically) fine but by the time I have ground the rust off might be thin in places.  Paranoid me?
Reduce, re-use and recycle is a fine idea, but where safety is concerned ...


There are spare tubes AND a pucture repair outfit (FSVO outfit) in that pannier despite the fact that those tires have "Armadillo" technology (they are actually 'Specialised armadillo crossroads' http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/specialized-new-crossroads-armadillo-tyreand are highly puncture resistant).  They are VERY heavy but have never punctured).  Looks around for wood to touch.

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I refurbish bikes in my shop, can I post those ? I have a few pics if so....my ride is.....umm....well one of those crazy bikes...but I do all levels of bikes.
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#Marc post anything you think is interesting, you like, your best bike or whatever. I think BMFU fans have a wide appreciation of all kind of bikes.
#Soup I like the Revolution bikes that Edinburgh Cycles sell. Well thought out and good value.



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Jbuckley is that a cannondale? Looks speedy.
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This is my latest ride, OK it's nothing special but it's such a dinky little thing and the ladies seem to love it.  Picked it up this morning for £10 (about $14), why so cheap?  Well the place I got it from shipped it to a customer in Germany and he returned it under warranty as there was slight yellowing to the paintwork around the BB (see pic 2).
It's really nippy and I couldn't not get it for peanuts could I [tongue] #BMFUorigin8

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Haha brilliant .10 quid! do those pedals fold up? They cost more than 10 pounds if you bought them separately.
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Haha brilliant .10 quid! do those pedals fold up? They cost more than 10 pounds if you bought them separately.

Yeah they do fold up [smile]
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Here is a little kids 16 incher I saved from the landfill, I just finished it..... I wish I had taken pictures of the before and after, but here is the completely refurbished bike (new hydro static paint, chain, grips, everything else is reclaimed) I really like the way this one came out.

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Here is a girls 20 incher I saved as well, I think it came out alright.

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One more kids 16 incher I did for a friends kid a couple months ago.

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Here's my (working) fleet.

1982? Raleigh Magnum still wearing it's 27 1 1/4's

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£65 worth of supermarket bike (it came with full Claris gearset that was worth twice what the bike was)

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2012 Specialized Allez

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His n' Hers Giant Escape 3's.

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There's a couple more old bikes here, but these are the ones that work.

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Looks nice painted J. 
You going to run it without a front brake?  Or have you just not fitted it yet.

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Soup, I hadn't thought of that. It would sure look clean though, I'll install thd chain and derailleur cables, thdn decide



Alan, from April 13th. It's a Diamondback Century 2, it goes as fast as I can pedal, or coast on a descent. And very comfortable.
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I love that colour of blue. To many dull bikes rolling around nowadays. I would always run two brakes, i like to stop when i need to. I do ride in a lot of traffic though and theres plenty of hills where i am. With just the rear brake you may end up skidding into a collision rather than stopping and avoid the collision.
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@JB (what should we call you?  JB seems a bit rude)I think you should run a front brake (it does do most of the work).  I do find I am perplexed when someone says they are "doing" a fixie without a front brake.  Not only is it illegal (here in the UK) it is daft as it does, as mentioned above, do most of the work .
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JB is what my friends call me, Soup.  It's not a fixie, I'm leaving it stock, except for the paint and saddle, but I did decide to reinstall the front brake.  I was nearly done with it last night when I was installing the brake cables and realized that the cable end ferrule stops for the handle bar hoods were missing, damn.
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I wasn't meaning to imply that you were fettling it as a fixie just that the only bikes I had seen without front brakes were fixies.

As to the name, JB it is then.  It is probably just a cultural thing initialising someones name is not at all common here (it does happen but I tend to think of CG [and his brother FG] in Reggie Perrin all red braces and management speak.

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JB , your bike looks great.  I was thinking the other day how that bike would look sharp with white cables and boy it does .  Congratulations it looks good [thumb]
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My trails need more riders...sometimes I take a wrong turn...and I built'em!


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That's one Badass ride Marc !
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All these images of mountain off-road machines makes me really want to get into it.  Nice bike, Marc.  Great colors, too.
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Thanks, I dig the bikes you guys ride too gktessier and jbuckley [smile]
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Back to 700c...here's my...gravel grinder of course. Had to change the front chainset though, 38/48 was a little too stout for me on steep hills, which involved my first press fit BB...it went ok except it was one of those odd 19mm Omega spindle cranks so I ended up just laying the big washer over it and banging it home old fashion style because the press molds are for 24mm spindles and it was going in crooked without them. It's in there for good now; only way to get it out would be to destroy the BB sleeve and bearing pressfit cups. First test ride after the change confirmed gearing is now perfect though the chain gets pretty darn tight if I full cross it 28 to 50...I probably should add a link just to be safe eh?

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.I probably should add a link just to be safe eh?



 One maybe two links should be OK but don't go wild .
I (trying to be a show off) connected up a chain that was five links too long this made the chain very loose and 'slappy', I feel this led to problems with "chain suck" damaging my hybrids frame.  So a link to be safe but "ca-canny".

The gearing, are you talking about 50 on the front with 28 teeth on the rear ?
Pretty short gearing if it is the other way around  I can imagine yor legs spinning around and the bike hardly moving. [wink]
Why did you change the front gears, 'cause a 48 seems less "stout" than 50

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Yeah, standard compact on the front now. The only real difference between American-ized (lower BB and longer wheelbase) cyclocross and the so called gravel bikes is wider-ranged gearing; a welcome trend in my opinion. It's somewhat of a Puncheur's paradise where I live and while a triple chainset isn't required [yet], when the nose points up, I'm a bit lacking when it comes to keeping my cadence up proper with a 38t small chainring on front compared to the 34t. Spinning out a 48t OR 50t big ring is more...theoretical for me right now shall we say? [biggrin] 


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Great bike Fairnooks. My kind of bike. I have an old Specialized Tricross which i use a lot. Triple chainset for me , plenty of mountains where i am.
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Fairnooks, that is one sweet looking ride. 
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Thanks, main thing is the ride though...if I had to choose one to ride all day it'd be this one even though the SUNN is absolutely the funnest bike to ride that I've ever thrown a leg over.
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Cool CycloX, looks fast man.
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Here's my ride's just hanging out.



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Bling, bling, your bike is ringing! No? How about, Where are my sunglasses, the SUNN is in my eyes!

Is a c-f Kestrel essentially a Fuji? I've seen some with what looks like the same in house component specs for things like posts, and stems and wheels. I should ride my road bike more but it seems the roads around here get generally rougher and rougher as the years go by (many are now horrible) without a speedy enough renewal of the surface to string together "comfortable" routes. Government neglecting infrastructure duties rant taken offline...
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it seems the roads around here get generally rougher and rougher as the years go by (many are now horrible)


This is happening on this side of the pond too.

Idea for a contest BMFU - How about 'JPEGS of the worst roads in your area' (has to be proper named roads, no farm tracks/fire roads/off-road trails etc).  Sub contests, biggest pothole, most restricted access, etc.

In the silly placement category
(disqualified as this is not a proper road)
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Just yesterday I was on the bike and the wind and rain were so strong, head was down and I could only see maybe ten feet in front of me, fortunately due to the wind being an 'againsterly' I was not travelling very fast, but if I had met this in those conditions, and was a bit reckless as regards speed...

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Bling, bling, your bike is ringing! No? How about, Where are my sunglasses, the SUNN is in my eyes!



LOL!! Yeah it's kinda shiny!!
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Here are my rides:
#1. A Diamant Photon 10. This is my sporty bike. It's reasonably fast. Has Deore all around. Deore XT rear. Weighs 9.9kg bare bone. Love this bike and it was also reasonably priced.
#2. A Scott Sportster Park HD (Sportster 40 in the US). My utility bike. Used for commuting, shopping, weekend touring, and some "training" (not very serious). Very sturdy in all aspects. It's pretty heavy though. Of course I love this one too!
#3. A fake oldie thats built up from cheap components mainly from ebay and a steel frame that I got for free. Use this as a "go-get-an-ice-cream-bike" and for just waddling around in the sunshine. Looks a bit weird but rides good. 1:2 Single speed!

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heres a Raleigh i did for mothers day

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very nice.  Internal 3 speed?
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Internal 3 speed?


Looks single speed to me BICBW.

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I like those old chainrings, some of them are extremely ornate but even the mass production ones are interesting.

This bike is my 27.5 hybrid(ish)...if you average the front with the rear! [biggrin]  It started off life as a buddy's 1994 F400 (or was it M400?) Cannondale, was in a collision with a car that mangled the [1 inch steerer] fork and put the dent in the frame by the rear brake boss. He didn't want the frame so I took it and about 20 years later I got around to building it up again, botched paint job and all! There aren't really any good quality 1" steer tube suspension forks but a cross fork maintains the geometry pretty much spot on so that's why it has the big wheel up front.

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Ok, next couple of posts will be the Dorel Industries bikes so I hope I don't get booted from the forum! [redface] First up, two substantially modified GT Karakoram 3 bikes. I tried to get used to the 5.5 or 6 pound Suntours but, failed, and then got a little carried away...the brakes, shifters and derailleurs are still original though. The cargo bike is designed to make 40 mile round trips to the store a pleasure and the downsized one is serving as a gravel trail bike for a person who is substantially shorter than I am. Same exact medium size frame on both and both are comfortable fits though each is at it's upper and lower limit. 29ers can be and generally are on the heavy side but I think they are the most versatile frame configuration in existence (and I'm a dyed in the wool (right expression?) 26er).

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The cargo bike is designed to make 40 mile round trips to the store a pleasure



20 miles to the shops! And I thought I was in the boonies.

The nearest big DIY store(B&Q) and warehouse(Screwfix) are a nine mile round trip but forty .[eek]
 Used to be a big deal now I nip out there without thinking about it. Went there on Saturday; ten minutes to get there, ten minutes looking about the place, then thirty minutes home; in my defence it is uphill all the way back and I had rode nearly thirty miles(maybe nowt in the big scheme of things but it is quite a long distance to me [a 5'3" 52 year old diabetic]) already.  I was 'settled', had had my tea, then Wife said" I can't be bothered you could just nip there on your bike" still wasn't a big issue so I just got on with it.
Strangely B&Q and Screwfix both have the same parent company(Kingfisher) even though they are aimed at very different markets

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%26Q
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Well I could find most things on a 11 mile roundy but price and preference I guess makes me go for the longer trip.

Ok, the rest of the Dorels; a straight off-road race 29er. It looks like a big bike and it IS a big bike and it's only size large. Not too much has been altered on this one and it is waiting for me to get back into racing shape; and I keep disappointing it so far.

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The next one is a build from the frame up. I wanted a 26 inch wheel roadster and the road chainset fit this frame so wallah. Sometimes one gets more than they wanted though...it rides just like a road bike too! It'll pound me pretty good on rough roads and it's only so-so on gravel (if I need to ride a short connector stretch) with the 1 inch road tyres. Other than that, the mix'n'match technologies on it work very well.

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And a bonus...my brother's ride...it's been sitting here about 4 decades now...local pickup only. [smile]

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Bling, bling, your bike is ringing! No? How about, Where are my sunglasses, the SUNN is in my eyes!


I joined the save my wrist club! Plushness! I'll get the pics up after work! Having trouble pasting!
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A new bike a Louis Garneau Cen. This is my girlfriends first road bike and she only started cycling last October when she got a Trek 3700. She has really gotten into cycling and does about three, three to four hour rides a week. We got the road bike last week. 42cm the smallest frame size with 700c wheels. She is about 5 foot tall. I had never heard of Louis Garneau before but they have a nice range of bikes. I gave it google before spending the cash and its a Canadian firm with a french Quebec owner who seems pretty passionate about cycling. 
     The bike cost USD638 or 21500 thai baht including bottle cage, bottle and a rear light only.Typical of bike shops in Thailand to include these in a new bike sale. Shimano Sora shifters and gears, FSA sealed headset, Weinmann rims, no name hubs? Alu double butted frame and forks. Its a nice bike.
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FSA Tempo compact crank 165mm. Interesting how they make a 165 crank. Just drill the hole in a different place. I have the same FSA crank on another bike a 175mm. The drilling for the pedal is near the end of the crank.  louisgarneau4.JPG louisgarneau5.JPG 

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I am guessing hydroformed tubes. The seat stays look cool. Its got a weird front quick release. You have press in the silver bit before you can operate the QR lever. Then its got a fairly big lip on the drop out on the other side. A bit of a faff (damn american lawyers..) louisgarneau2.JPG  louisgarneau3.JPG
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I think Alberto Contador was riding that bike at the end of the Giro; no? Definitely hydro-tubing to make the fork look like that, I haven't seen seat stays that look like that though but the bridge is all one piece by the look so it must be. I knew they sold helmets and some clothing but not bikes.
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Just finished my 2nd rebuild. circa 1983 Univega Custom Maxima, the Burger Spot Bike.  The only problem is that it rides so smoothly I don't want to give it up.  I never rode many 27", mostly 26 on my old mountain bike and 700 on my road bike, but they sure are comfortable.

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Opinion on looks as I have never ridden this bike so cant comment on its riding qualities. :-

Not daft on the yellow painted forks, looks like they are from a  completely seperate bike and you have just flung them on to be going on with.  Perhaps a yellow fade to red overall colour scheme .  Yellow cabling and white seat to go with the white sidewalls is tops , but the forks just look completely seperate.  The yellow bar tape is too 'in your face' looking.  Certainly prefer the crimson red[1]of the 'after' to the pinky red[1] of the 'before' (unless of course it is the same colour and it is some effect of the camera .

[1] I have never been good at describing colours, suffice to say I prefer the "after" red to the "before" one.

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