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  1. #1
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    Outfitting a commuter

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    I'm picking up an old rigid mid-90's mountain bike (a Giant Iguana) for use as a commuter and beater bike on Tuesday, and I'll be picking up all the stuff I need for it after that.
    Okay, what do I need? Since it's a commuter/beater, I don't want to put anything super nice on it, but I want the stuff to last. (Oh, and I'll be in desert-land for most of my time with this bike, so I doubt I'll need fenders.) I'll be using it to commute to school, possibly light grocery runs, study breaks at the coffee place, that sort of thing.

    Given: New saddle, probably new chain.

    Must-haves: Rack (it does have eyelets), lights (suggestions for bright-but-inexpensive ones?), flat kit for this bike (how to stow it?)

    Probably: Second bottle cage, wheel reflectors

    Maybe: Pannier(s) of some kind, very basic computer (that I'll store with me).

    Any suggestions? Other stuff I should get that I haven't thought of.
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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  2. #2
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    Congrats on the Giant Iguana! (Ha ha, yeah, you get to ride a Giant Iguana, maybe I'll find a T-Rex!).

    TE has a light set for about 45 dollars that I have my eye on.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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  3. #3
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    Outfitting a commuter

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  4. #4
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    I use the horn on my commuter all the time because I wind up on a lot of shared use paths. I'm guessing a campus situation would be similar. Usual order of notification is bell (which came with the bike, I wouldn't bother with something no one can hear when there's a single car on the same block), spoken warning, horn, wish I had an air horn when they continue to weave all over ...
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  5. #5
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    You probably have it --water resistant jacket/pants.

    Otherwise you're good.
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    遙知馬力日久見人心 Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long period of time, you get to know whatís in a personís heart.

  6. #6
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    No need for those in Tucson... unless Owlie plans on riding in the monsoons next month.
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  7. #7
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    I think you pretty much got it

    If you want a pannier, get a big grocery-style pannier. If you want to commute in the rain, invest in something waterproof (doesn't seem like that's a big problem for you haha). I have determined that our trail is simply not safe for me to take the road bike in the rain so I gave up on it. I have a cheap bag. I paid about $30.00 for it and it's plenty big but not too big for my 47 cm bike. I also have a trunk bag (waterproof!) just in case it rains. I haul my books, computer, etc with me to campus along with a change of clothes no problem. I hate hate hate backpacks so I carry the bag instead. If you have a backpack, YMMV. I just hate having to carry one with me around campus.
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  8. #8
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    Check it out. Jett Expert Closeout.

    http://mikesbikes.com/product/specia...le-77470-1.htm
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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  9. #9
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    I don't know if I want to put the Jett on the commuter! It's more upright than either of my bikes, and I'd like something with a bit more padding. (Oh, and it also has to be comfortable in regular clothes.) I'm thinking the Riva or Lithia. The Riva seems to show up on Ebay for not-much too.
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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    2009 Giant Avail 3 |Specialized Jett 143

    2013 Charge Filter Apex| Specialized Jett 143
    1996(?) Giant Iguana 630|Specialized Riva


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  10. #10
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    Walmart has these blinkies that are so easy to mount, for $12. I keep a set handy for travel (I like to rent a bike when I travel) and visitors. I've given more than one set away. (One unintentionally to someone who raided my seat pack.) They seem bright enough for city riding which is mostly pretty well lit by street lights. My commuter has lots of lights, generator powered or magnet powered. If you can spend a little more I really like the reelights which are magnet powered, so I never have to worry about a battery running out.
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  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    I don't know if I want to put the Jett on the commuter! It's more upright than either of my bikes, and I'd like something with a bit more padding. (Oh, and it also has to be comfortable in regular clothes.) I'm thinking the Riva or Lithia. The Riva seems to show up on Ebay for not-much too.
    I was thinking of putting the Jett on my cross. What do you think? I was afraid it would be too padded!

    How does the cut-out on the Jett compare to the one on the Ruby? Smaller? Larger? Does it feel similar overall?

    I had a friend who bought a Specialized Ariel hybrid a couple of years ago. It came with a Riva, she really liked it. But, I think the Riva is 150 mm, and that may be the only size? Not sure, and they change things frequently.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 06-10-2013 at 05:48 AM.
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    Specialized Romin Saddles

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  12. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    I was thinking of putting the Jett on my cross. What do you think? I was afraid it would be too padded!

    How does the cut-out on the Jett compare to the one on the Ruby? Smaller? Larger? Does it feel similar overall?

    I had a friend who bought a Specialized Ariel hybrid a couple of years ago. It came with a Riva, she really liked it. But, I think the Riva is 150 mm, and that may be the only size? Not sure, and they change things frequently.
    I didn't notice much of a difference between the Ruby and the Jett, save the level of padding. Only problem is that I'm riding an older Jett, which has a larger cutout/depression in the back of the saddle. I was also riding your old Ruby, so my comparison isn't going to be entirely accurate! None of the editions of the Jett are terribly squishy, though.
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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    2009 Giant Avail 3 |Specialized Jett 143

    2013 Charge Filter Apex| Specialized Jett 143
    1996(?) Giant Iguana 630|Specialized Riva


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  13. #13
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    I can't compare the Jett to the Ruby, but an old Jett is what I have on my hybrid, and it works fine there. Not too padded for me in that riding position. It was the shape more than the squishiness that made this saddle less than ideal for me on the roadie, but the padding didn't help.
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    It's home! Pics when I get it fixed up.

    Saddle replacement might have to wait for a bit. It's an older-style seat post with an actual BOLT as a saddle clamp, requiring a wrench of unknown size, and I'm not sure I own one.
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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    2009 Giant Avail 3 |Specialized Jett 143

    2013 Charge Filter Apex| Specialized Jett 143
    1996(?) Giant Iguana 630|Specialized Riva


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  15. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    It's an older-style seat post with an actual BOLT as a saddle clamp, requiring a wrench of unknown size, and I'm not sure I own one.
    Crescent...
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