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Commuter build....(6 posts)

Commuter build....4bykn
Jun 15, 2001 12:38 PM
I bought a new bike this spring, and since used bikes have little monetary value am considering making my old Specialized Epic Comp ('92) into a commuter/family ride bike. The STI shifter for the rear is balky in cool/cold weather so I may replace with 8-speed downtube shifters to save money. Also will probably put platform pedals since this will be ridden almost all in town. Any other suggestions, and where can I find some DT shifters in good condition?
re: Commuter build....Haiku d'état
Jun 15, 2001 3:22 PM
believe nashbar has DT shifters, but you can get 'em dirt cheap on ebay.

have you considered fenders? how about a rear LED?
E-Bay and ...Cima Coppi
Jun 15, 2001 3:55 PM
I have seen many downtube shifters on E-Bay, but also consider bar-end shifters. They work great for a commuter.
re: Commuter tornado head
Jun 16, 2001 1:52 PM
Also try Rivendell for both DT & bar end shifters.
Rivendell "Priest" barclub
Jun 19, 2001 11:45 AM
instead of drops like on yer go-fast bike, have you considered nice comfy cruiser style bars, like the Priest bar Rivendell sells for $18? Plus another $6 for a shim so it works with yer road stem. Wouldn't want that on my only road bike, but it's a refreshing fun alternative when you're just pedalin' around town. And squeeze in some fattie rubber instead of skinny hard-riding road tires. And a bell, maybe a basket up front, looks stylin' with those Priest bars. And if you got horizontal dropouts, maybe switch to a sweet fixed gear instead of all that derailleur hardware. Do all of the above and I guarantee you will grin ear to ear when you ride it.
Second what Club says...Retro
Jun 20, 2001 10:21 AM
I put priest bars on an old touring bike, and they're fun. You can get down next to the stem when you need to get a little aero, or just for a change. Bar-end shifters are a good idea if you stay with drops or go to mustache bars, but I run my priests with old mountain bike thumb shifters mounted just ahead of the handgrips, rotated so they're vertical on the inside of the bars, so I can reach them with my thumbs.
I like fenders in theory, but I think the bike looks so much better without them that I put them on and take them off, put them on and take them off...they really do work, though, in bad weather.
Fattie rubber is a HUGE benefit for knocking around. I have 700x35 Panaracer Paselas on my commute bike, and they're so comfortable and stable that the skinny tires on my main ride feel skittery and hard now.
If you order tires by mail (few shops carry wide ones, at least where I live), you should know that the max size you can get into most unicrown road forks is about 27mm TRUE width, which is the actual size of most tires labeled 32. My "35" Paselas are 30.5mm wide, and the "32s" are right on 25mm.