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  1. #46
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    Here's my winter project. It's a Lotus Odyssey I picked up recently (early-ish 80's, I think). It's surprisingly light, even when outfitted with racks and fenders. I've got it pulled apart now, for a thorough cleaning and rebuild.

    I'm thinking of naming him Homer.
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    2009 BMC Road Racer SL 01 / Specialized Ruby 155
    2007 LeMond Reno / Luna Chix Team Saddle
    1980-something Lotus Odyssey / Brooks Finesse
    1992 Bridgestone RB-2 / Brooks B-17 Imperial
    Nada Bike singlespeed / Brooks Team Pro in white

  2. #47
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    that Lotus is so pretty! Can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all put back together and cleaned up (although I can't imagine it looking any better).
    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
    Bianchi Eros (commuter/touring road bike)

    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
    Cannondale F5 mountain bike

  3. #48
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    Here I am with my bike and my husband's.. Steel is real. Both are custom steel Davidsons. Did i say steel?
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  4. #49
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    I just finished my first build. Bought the frame bare. Bought all new components (with the exception of the shifters and brakes who were free from a friend). My hubs helped me with the cables, but I did everything else. It's a late 90's/early 2000 dark green Bianchi Eros steel beauty. Brooks saddle, leather bar tape and it rides like a dream. It's heavy, but it's utilitarian- not meant to be a speed demon. One day we will tour together. For now it's my "fast" commuter (faster than my other commuter, anyway).
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    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
    Bianchi Eros (commuter/touring road bike)

    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
    Cannondale F5 mountain bike

  5. #50
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    Are the spoke nipples reflective or just super shiny? Where's the "like" button?
    Fancy Schmancy Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on side of the road bike ~ Motobecane Mixte
    Gravel bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Favorite bike ~ Soma Buena Vista mixte
    N+1 bike ~ Brompton
    https://www.instagram.com/pugsley_adventuredog/

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    I just put some reflective tape around the spokes, right above the nipples for visibility. It's sliver so it blends in with the spokes.
    Put the rack on last night and rode it to work today. It's dreamy...

    The top tube currently has Christmas lights on it until after Christmas. They're nice for visibility in the dark mornings, and also festive.
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    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
    Bianchi Eros (commuter/touring road bike)

    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
    Cannondale F5 mountain bike

  7. #52
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri Girl View Post
    I just put some reflective tape around the spokes, right above the nipples for visibility. Can't see it except when there's light.
    Oh that's just too practical, innovative and resourceful vs. a product you can invent, patent, market and retire to your very own island.
    Fancy Schmancy Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on side of the road bike ~ Motobecane Mixte
    Gravel bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Favorite bike ~ Soma Buena Vista mixte
    N+1 bike ~ Brompton
    https://www.instagram.com/pugsley_adventuredog/

  8. #53
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    sweet bike tri!
    Alison - mama of 2 (8yo and 6yo)
    2009 Independent Fabrication steel Crown Jewel SE
    1995 trek 800 steel MTV

  9. #54
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    I would never have thought about putting tape on the spokes! That looks so awesome! When your wheels are spinning, does it look like a solid circle of light, like on Tron?!

  10. #55
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    They are designed for spokes. I may buy another set and put it closer to the hub so it makes 2 glowing circles of light.
    http://www.lightweights.org/store/pr...5&cat=0&page=1
    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
    Bianchi Eros (commuter/touring road bike)

    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
    Cannondale F5 mountain bike

  11. #56
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    My Ride

    Still and in action with a basket full from the Farmers Market, crossing Argo Dam and out on the trail lifing over deadfall.
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    Bike Writer

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    Specalized Expedition Sport Low-Entry 2011

  12. #57
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    My Bob Jackson Audax Club that I built up last Summer, now has black bar tape. Could have bought a carbon or alu frame for the same money or less but went for hand-built steel.






    My steel Scott Apache that I rescued from being thrown in the dump and gave a new life as my hack/everyday/Winter/bad weather bike.

  13. #58
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    Bike Writer- that is a BEAUTIFUL bike! WOW!!!! Such classic lines!

    Scalded Cat- those are both beauties- but that Bob Jackson is SA-WEET!!!! Woot wooo!!!!
    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
    Bianchi Eros (commuter/touring road bike)

    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
    Cannondale F5 mountain bike

  14. #59
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    Yesterday I went out and cleaned off my bike after the grime of winter (yeah I know it's May).



    My Surly Cross Chick.
    2009 Surly Cross Check
    2003 Cannondale Bad Boy
    Motobecane Nobly (60's or 70's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atlas View Post
    My Surly Cross Chick.
    Good one!!
    Lisa
    Our bikes...OurBikes...and my mountain dulcimer blog
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