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You show me yours (Specialized '00 m4cx)dpb
Jun 11, 2003 11:18 PM
I'll show you mine.
Front Viewdpb
Jun 11, 2003 11:23 PM
Front view...showcases the salse moto-ace bell-lap, the specialized top-mount levers (not hooked up, actually..), 1986 Dia Compe levers, Kinesis Crosslite fork, 105 front hub and a mavic open 20 on my road wheelset, and 1996 STX cantis (stops on a dime) and of course the barcons.
Highlightsdpb
Jun 11, 2003 11:27 PM
Frame highlights....top tube and head tube gussets, short dimension stem, chainstays, Profile Gap-Cap, whatnot. That's mud, not chips...
side viewdpb
Jun 11, 2003 11:34 PM
Frame is a 56cm. Drivetrain is XT front and rear, FSA Gossamer CX cranks (175), ultegra casette / rear hub on a matrix Aurora RDR rim, front wheel is Mavic Open 20 with michelin hi-lite comp kevlar tires (20c), flight Ti saddle, ritchey post, and a nice little Ti seat binder with brake cable guide.

My MTB wheels I built myself....they're an old set of 1986 Araya 7000 rims with 38c (?) ritchey knobbies, 105 rear hub and a 1986 suntour front.
side view (an experiment)atpjunkie
Jun 12, 2003 9:38 AM
try rotating your bars up a tad so the bar above the hoods is a tad flatter. It helps keep the barcons away from the knees (they'll point more downish) and gives a great grip platform for control at the hoods.
side view (an experiment)dpb
Jun 17, 2003 7:44 AM
I'm thinking of just moving the brake levers a little higher up. I realize this might change their angle a bit, but I REALLY Like the drops the way they're setup now, I use them a lot more then my old 42cm bars that's for sure. I've got a proportionally short upper body / reach so I don't want to go too low on the drops. I have found myself using the hoods less though....ride, tweak and be merry I guess.

Thanks for the tip,
Damian
side view (an experiment)atpjunkie
Jun 17, 2003 11:55 AM
it's easier to roate bar than levers, just a degree or 2, it shouldn't change grip all that much. made mine actually more comfortable.
OK here's mine...KEN2
Jun 12, 2003 8:09 AM
01 Specialized M4 CX 58cm, set up as my commuter bike (that's a Delta Air Horn bottle). I prefer the '00 red/black color scheme, though.
OK here's mine...SJT
Jun 12, 2003 8:53 AM
Ken,
Great looking bike! Could you give me info on your commutting gear such as tires, fenders, pump, horn, etc. I'm still working out the details of my bike which will be seeing commutting duty almost daily. Thanks!
-Steve
More info...KEN2
Jun 12, 2003 10:01 AM
Steve, the bike is mostly a stock setup from Specialized, i.e. Ultegra group, Hugi hubs and Mavic OP rims, Ritchey BioMax bars. I changed a few items, particularly the saddle and cassette. It came with 50/39 chainrings, which are fine, but I put on an LX 11-32 wide-range cassette which suits my commuting better. That necessitated a wide-range rear derailleur, since the stock Ultegra won't shift past 27 teeth, so I mounted an XT. Shifting and gearing are fine.

The tires I use are Specialized Nimbus EX 700 x 28. They have great puncture protection, you can run them up to 100 psi although they are more supple at 85-90. They are sometimes available cheap at BikeNashbar and other online vendors. I've used the 700 x 35s too, especially in winter. I hear the Armadillo version works well too.

The fenders are Zefal clip-ons, but it seems that all clip-on fenders come from the same Taiwanese factory, since they all look identical. You can get the same ones at Planet Bike here:
http://www.planet-bike.com/fenders.html#
Don't plan on truly clipping them on and off, though--they work much better if you zip-tie them on. If you plan to ride a lot of rain I'd strongly suggest full fenders (good selection at Planet Bike too).

I have a run of the mill cheap plastic pump plus CO2 and an extra tube. The horn is a Delta AirZound (here is more info: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=4897&siteid=zoQVN.o8yT0-UnfaO6MG.a7gHjtpi94JDA )
This baby puts out 115 db and will cut through SUV windows of soccer mom with A/C and radio on, give a heart attack to errant pedestrians too. I mostly use it as a response to being honked at/pulled out in front of, etc. but it can be very satisfying. Weighs almost nothing, quick release on-off, powered by pressured air which you deliver from a regular pump (but it must be Schraeder valved).

Also running VistaLite Eclipse taillight, brightest battery powered out there, and Avid shorty canti brakes.
More info...SJT
Jun 12, 2003 10:36 AM
Ken,
Thanks for all the great info, I really appreciate it. I'm new to commutting so it is good to get an idea of what other people are using. On my LBS's recommendation, I'm running Vittoria Randonneor tires in 700X28. They have two layers of kevlar so are pretty bomber tires made for loaded touring. I also carry a spare tube and will be picking up a CO2 pump this evening. I also have the Vistalite Eclipse, and I supplement it with a second blinky. I have a cateye amber blinky up front for now because I don't ride in the dark right now. The next thing I want to get are fenders like you have or maybe even the full fenders if I can figure out an easy way to install/remove them when I want to.

Have you ever ridden you CX bike off-road? I plan on doing my first off-road ride this weekend. Hopefully my gearing of 48/39 with a 12-27 in the rear won't let me down. Thanks again for the info and here is a pic of the bike I'm talking about. Just one week "old" today (picked it up from the LBS last Thursday, had the frame for a few weeks though).
More info...KEN2
Jun 12, 2003 11:04 AM
That Curtlo is a great 'cross bike and I'm sure it will work fine for a commuter too. I've never ridden mine off-road, although I ride gravel and dirt roads with impunity on my crosser with the Nimbus tires. Your Vittorias should be good all-rounders too.

How do you like the disc brakes on the road?
Air zound hornpawistik
Jun 12, 2003 12:22 PM
Regarding that horn, I have found that the air hose becomes brittle, develops cracks, and eventually leaks. I'm looking for a place to find a new air hose of just the right size but haven't found it yet. Has anyone else ahd this problem or is it just me? My bike (with horn unless I remove it every time) sits outside during the work day. I think it's the UV from the sunlight that does it. I've tried covering the hose with tape, but the hose was already too far gone. This is the second time this has happened and it only takes a couple of months. Otherwise, the horn works great.

I'd like to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience. (Sorry for steering the post even farther from the original; maybe I'll go post something in the components discussion.)

Cheers,
Bryan
HoseKEN2
Jun 12, 2003 12:37 PM
Have you tried a medical supply house? They carry different diameter flexible tubing.
http://www.coleparmer.com/Steve_O
Jun 12, 2003 2:13 PM
http://www.coleparmer.com/ Good source for tubing.
Couldn't help but to notice a little commuter talk here...Steve_O
Jun 12, 2003 11:34 AM
Myself and another guy at work are pretty dedicated commuters. I own the Kelly and he has a Litespeed CX bike.

Chuck (the Litespeed owner) carries everything for work in a trunk rack setup which mounts to his seatpost. I use a messenger bag. Both of us a big fans of frame pumps as it sucks to be sitting on the side of a busy road trying to reach 100 psi with a mini-pump.

As for tires, normally I wouldn't run the Michelin Muds for commuting but have had good luck with 700-25c Continental Gatorskins and 700-26c Specialized Turbo Armadillos. I have some Serfas Secas on order so we shall see how they hold up.

When it comes to lights, I run a NiteRider Digital Evolution. It's a bit overkill for commuting (15W at full power) but I have a singletrack option on my commute so I appreciate the light for night riding... Chuck is an electrical engineer and runs a homemade lighting system which is pretty bright...

Pict of the the locker room at work...
cool pic...SJT
Jun 12, 2003 12:13 PM
I wish others here at my work place commutted by bike. I've been thinking about getting a seatpost rack because sometimes I have too much stuff to carry and it sucks to have a real heavy messenger bag on your back for 40 minutes.

What kind of frame pumps are you two running? I might pick one up to supplement the CO2 at times.

I just ordered a set of the 2003 Michelin Muds (all black this year) that I should receive tomorrow. I might use them at a race on Sunday if I decide to attend. I've never taken the bike off-road so I'm a little hesitant to try it out in a race. Anyway, cool bikes you both got there and good for you for hopping on the bike instead of driving into to work. If it wasn't raining today I would have done the same.
-Steve
Backpack & Michelinsarctic hawk
Jun 12, 2003 12:48 PM
Commuting with a messenger bag??? I commute with a backpack with the waist belt & chest strap to hold it in place on my back. On the odd occaision, the bag gets quite full but generally speaking, work clothing & lunch about sums up the load. I have done so for the past 3 years & have avoided putting on a rack on my previous road bike and my CX, XO1.
Let me know how the Michelins hold up on the daily commute on the roads.

Arctic Hawk
(my $0.02 worth)
Backpack vs. Messenger bag (OT)Steve_O
Jun 12, 2003 2:06 PM
Totally getting off the CX topic but the whole rack vs. messenger bag vs. backpack is a pretty hot topic. Check out this thread I started over on MTBr.com

http://forums13.consumerreview.com/crforum?14@@.ef8f545

I've learned my lesson with messenger bags and regret never spending the $$$ to get a nice Vaude or Dueter cycling backpack. They are so much better for offroad.

As for pumps, Chuck has a Zefal HP-X and I have a Blackburn Frame Pump. Both are high pressure pumps...
Yep, love my Vaude backpacksGlowBoy
Jun 12, 2003 8:43 PM
I have the little Dash 10 as well as the big Siena 40. The Siena in particular is one of the best designed and constructed cycling items that I have ever owned. I've commuted with it continuously, and also used it for bigger weekend rides (especially in winter when I have to carry lots of warm clothing) regularly for over two years and have yet to have a problem with it. It is bombproof, comfortable, stable, and not excessively hot in summer. Works great on or off road.

Re: the air horn. I've had mine for two winters (I only use it in winter, because I find I don't need it as much in summer) and have not had the hose problem described above. The hose is now a bit yellow and discolored, but still seems to work. I also haven't had the problem with failed mounts that some people have described.