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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011
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    Utah
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    Celebrating a new commuter bike

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    Just wanted to post a pic of my new bike, a 2012 Salsa Vaya. I've been using a Diamondback Transporter for years, and decided to splurge on this upgrade. I've had it about a week, and am loving it! It's a go-anywhere kind of bike - dirt canal path, paved street, gravel road. Very comfortable with and without loaded panniers, and just plain fun to ride.

    I took my old commuter bike to the local version of GoodWill. The employee who took the donation was excited to see it and planned to ask his boss if he could trade the bike he was riding to work straight across for mine. Made me feel good to know it will still be in service and appreciated.
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    Road bike: Specialized Ruby Comp (2011)
    Commuter: Salsa Vaya (2012)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Indianapolis IN
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    Nice !!!

    Love Never Fails
    2012 Giant Revel 1 -MTB
    2013 Giant Defy 5 - RB(Commute/Easy Rides) "Trooper"
    2012 Diamondback Response XE MTB (my son's)

    13' FUJI SUPREME 1.3C (Selle Italia Diva/Easton EC70 SL) "My Girl"

  3. #3
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    Aug 2012
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    North Europe
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    Waaaauw, it's fab

  4. #4
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    Love it!
    Emily

    2011 Jamis Dakar XC "Toto" - Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow
    2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 WSD "Gloria" - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow
    2004 Bike Friday Petite Pocket Crusoe - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow

  5. #5
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    Jul 2005
    Location
    western Colorado
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    Last month I was riding the local riverfront MUPs and I saw a couple people on Vayas. Super nice looking bikes! Yours looks great!
    Specialized Ruby
    Gunnar Sport
    Salsa Vaya Ti
    Novara Randonee x2
    Motobecane Fantom CXX (Surly Crosscheck)
    Jamis Dragon

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Houston
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    Re: Celebrating a new commuter bike

    What a nice bike!
    2012 Jamis Quest Brooks B17 Blue
    2012 Jamis Dakar XC Comp SI Ldy Gel
    2013 Electra Verse

  7. #7
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    Apr 2010
    Location
    Erin, Ontario
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    Very nice! New bikes are very exciting!

  8. #8
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    May 2007
    Location
    Columbia, MO
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    Aw, how fun. Love the disc brakes, tires, rack-- do you have plans for lights?
    2009 Trek 7.2FX WSD, brooks Champion Flyer S, commuter bike

  9. #9
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    Mar 2011
    Location
    Utah
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    Thanks for the nice comments! Makes it even more fun to share the pic with people who understand.
    Melalvai, yes, I have light system of sorts - blinkie on the back, Spokelites (sp?) on both wheels, a super bright helmet-mounted headlight, and a reflective vest. I ride to work between 0630-0700 when it's full dark and so far this is working. Though I think an additional rear light might be in order because the blinkie is pretty small and bracketed by my panniers.
    Road bike: Specialized Ruby Comp (2011)
    Commuter: Salsa Vaya (2012)

  10. #10
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    Apr 2006
    Location
    where the wind comes sweeping down the plain
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    Woot woot! It's a beauty!!! Looks like a Cadillac all spiffed out! Glad you're loving it (and who wouldn't?).
    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. #11
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    Sep 2010
    Location
    Whitmore Lake, Michigan
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    That bike looks like it would be fun to ride!
    Bike Writer

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    Schwinn Gateway unknown year
    Specalized Expedition Sport Low-Entry 2011

  12. #12
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    May 2012
    Location
    central NY
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    Ooo, congratulations! I love how you describe it as a "go-anywhere" kind of bike. I like that idea. I also like the idea of owning multiple bikes Enjoy!

  13. #13
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    Jun 2010
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    Beautiful! And exactly the kind of bike I want, though mine will be a Surly, I'm thinking.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    North Europe
    Posts
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    I love your bike

    Is it with 26 inch wheels or 700c?

    The 52 cm would fit me, but then I'll have to settle with 26"
    2010 Rock Lobster - mtb converted to commuter bike
    2010 Kona Dr. Lisa - commuter
    2011 Titus Rockstar 29er - Full suspension

  15. #15
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Hillsboro, OR
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    Sweet! Congratulations!
    My new non-farm blog: Finding Freedom

 

 

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