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Old 09-25-2009, 11:42 PM   #12316
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don't have to clean the salt off every night in the winter.
A magic bike?
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:43 AM   #12317
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A magic bike?


Yeah, actually. Put stainless fasteners, spokes, nipples, on that bike and you have NOTHING to worry about forever. Belts are THE way to go for commuting/light touring, IMO. Paired w/an internal hub (the spot runs a 3-speed) and you have a perfect setup.


Gummee - Yes, Trek has the Soho (which I mentioned) - but it's aluminum and I'm not crazy about the geometry. It's a bit more commuter/bike path/hybrid oriented than I'd like. The Spot is more like the Salsa Fargo, both in geometry and being steel. But with the added slick dropouts to accomodate the belt.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:21 AM   #12318
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My couple times a week commute...


Was extra spiffy today...
That has just totally got to suck.

How can you stand a commute like that?

My commute looks nothing like that though.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:41 AM   #12319
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I finally found my commuter:



I've been back and forth, and back. I love the Fargo - hauling, steel, utilitarian, unique. But I also love the Trek Soho that sits in front of the cash register at the shop staring at me on a weekly basis - ZERO maintenance, no lube on my pants, don't have to clean the salt off every night in the winter.

Building up a belt-bike isn't so easy - I'd have a Fargo already if I could make it work with belt. Thanks to Spot, I don't have to make it work. Now to just make our shop a dealer.
You didn't provide links, so I looked around a bit.

Gate Carbon Belt Drives

Spot Brand bikes

Shimano geared hubs

Things are changing for bicyclists, again. But belt drives have a problem with traditional frames... how to resolve that? Maybe some SS couplers on chainstays or rear forks?
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:59 AM   #12320
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Anybody ever bought a complete bike from speedgoat.com? They seem to have good prices and they also pricematch. Looking to get a Salsa Fargo and the nearest dealer is 120 miles from home.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:06 AM   #12321
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Things are changing for bicyclists, again. But belt drives have a problem with traditional frames... how to resolve that? Maybe some SS couplers on chainstays or rear forks?
The belt drive bikes have a split in the rear dropout for the belt.

Some fart smeller is gonna come up with a splittable belt here soon. You watch.

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Old 09-26-2009, 10:47 AM   #12322
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I finally found my commuter:



I've been back and forth, and back. I love the Fargo - hauling, steel, utilitarian, unique. But I also love the Trek Soho that sits in front of the cash register at the shop staring at me on a weekly basis - ZERO maintenance, no lube on my pants, don't have to clean the salt off every night in the winter.

Building up a belt-bike isn't so easy - I'd have a Fargo already if I could make it work with belt. Thanks to Spot, I don't have to make it work. Now to just make our shop a dealer.
Wow. Takes me back to the old Ibis Scorcher...but better. A friend just got Spot's belt drive single speed ATB and loves it.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:57 AM   #12323
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:01 AM   #12324
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Ummmm dood!

See them things in front of you (I'm assuming that's you) in the pic? Them's ROCKS. I can tell you from personal experience that your head IS NOT as hard as they are!

No matter what yer mom said!

I have the scars to prove that wearing even the wimpy styrofoam things they call bicycle helmets are a good thing.

Listen to me now so I don't hafta scrape yer drooling ass off a rock on the trail (and hear me later)!

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Old 09-26-2009, 11:06 AM   #12325
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A helmet is on my "buy before I try that again" list.

Beginner to this whole MB thing, thanks.

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Ummmm dood!

See them things in front of you (I'm assuming that's you) in the pic? Them's ROCKS. I can tell you from personal experience that your head IS NOT as hard as they are!

No matter what yer mom said!

I have the scars to prove that wearing even the wimpy styrofoam things they call bicycle helmets are a good thing.

Listen to me now so I don't hafta scrape yer drooling ass off a rock on the trail (and hear me later)!

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Old 09-26-2009, 11:09 AM   #12326
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I figgered as much... wearing jeans an all...

Trust me on the helmet. I've banged my head more'n once wearing one. I've also banged my head more'n once NOT wearing one. Guess which felt better?!

Oh, and check out PBS and Nashbar for some inexpensive mtn biking shorts. They REALLY DO make a difference!

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Old 09-26-2009, 11:29 AM   #12327
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My guess is they built it for the show. Throwing on some bits to make it look good.

AFA the chain. yeah, looks oversized.

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Bling chains seemed to be everywhere this year. Plus the show was rockin'! The show newspaper interviewed a bunch of folks who said it is the busiest they have seen a show in years.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:31 AM   #12328
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Bling chains seemed to be everywhere this year. Plus the show was rockin'! The show newspaper interviewed a bunch of folks who said it is the busiest they have seen a show in years.


Kody at the PI booth?

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Old 09-26-2009, 11:35 AM   #12329
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Ballistic Ken. I can see how you got your name.

The whole MTB thing is like ATGATT with MCs. You need the gear to help protect you when you go down. And you will go down. As Gummee says Nashbar and performance cycles are great sources for good gear at a good price.

Helmet is first priority.
Proper shorts will make you more comfortable. And I seriously recommend clipless pedals and good shoes.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:37 AM   #12330
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Kody at the PI booth?

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If he was I couldn't find him. But the two times I managed to get by the booth they were packed. This show was crazy!
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