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I'm still a relatively new rider and for the first time ever I can't think of anything that I need to add or do to this bike. I sold my car last year so I use my '08 HardRock Sport a ton, for getting around anywhere from a few miles a day up to twenty or so at the high end. Yesterday I took these pics while on a long journey far from home on a quick stop for a friend.

I would appreciate some honest criticism, thoughts or opinions on how to further improve my ride experience or I'd just love to hear in general what you all think.

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Ryan

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Nice bike. Here are my opinions about what I'd change. Just from my experience...

- Seatpost rack. I would get rid of the Bell seatpost rack and seatpost rack with side rails so that you'll have the option to put pannier bags on it for the times you need to haul things and don't necessarily want to get your back all sweaty by wearing a back pack. The Bell seatpost rack is about twice the weight of a good seatpost rack with side rails. You actually have the option of installing a pannier rack that bolts to your frame. If I weren't going to remove the rack for different reasons, I'd go with a rack bolted to the frame.

Seat & Seatpost. Ignore this suggestion if you're comfortable with your seat/seatpost. I would get a narrower seat and change out the seatpost for a suspension seatpost. (This is totally a personal preference. As I said, you should keep your seat/seatpost setup if is comfortable to you.)

- Pedals. I would change to some kind of campus style pedals that have a flat cage on one side and SPD clips on the other side. That would give you the best of both worlds. Once you get comfortable riding clipless, you'll really notice a difference in efficiency.

- Air Pump. I would get an air pump that you can clamp on to the frame. This is a very cheap upgrade and can invaluable if you ever need to use it.

- Tools & Spare Tube. I would get a saddle bag with tools and a spare tube so that you can make on the spot repairs if you need to. My saddle bag is attached under my seatpost rack (where you have your rear reflector).

Once again, there is nothing wrong with the setup you currently have, but you asked for opinions and I've taken the liberty to give you mine.
 

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there is always the change to single speed
 

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If it works for you...

go with it. I could offer suggestions but it would just be my preferences. Things like for commuting around town I much prefer a smoother cruiser type tire to a knobby, things like that. But if it works for you there isn't a thing wrong with it. I've got an old 00 Trek 7000 that I converted to a commuter and it works great. It's all in what you want or need.

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I started with a mountain bike and transitioned to skinnier 1.2" tires, then to 700c wheels and now 23c's to get the efficiency of less rolling resistance. My suggestion is to use the skinniest tire possible for the terrain you ride on. I've also used that philosophy on my dirt riding and found vast improvements.
 

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That is one sweet ride! I like the red wall tires and stubby fenders, gives it a rat rod/bobber look. The only thing I would change if it were my bike would be to swap out the sus fork for a rigid one. But if you feel it's not too heavy and/or you can lock it out then I would save some cash and leave it as is. Keep rollin'!
 

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Nice looking ride, Learjet. And congratulations on making it car-free. Wish I had the nerve to go that far.

As you can see, everybody is going to have different opinions because we all have different situations and prefferences. I do think that anybody who uses a bike more than a stone`s throw from his home ought to be toting a spare tube, tire levers and a pump or CO2 inflator at a minimum. A few allen wrenches and a couple of patches would be a nice idea, too. And for me, unless I`m riding a lot of dirt, I prefer slicks or semi-slicks.
 

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I appreciate everyone here taking the time to respond with their ideas, preferences and the compliments! Every idea that has been brought up will be tossed around in my brain and considered.

Solomon76, I had thought about the rack with side rails and wasn't sure which style I wanted to go with originally. The rack hardly ever gets used but I will swap it out with my next check, thank you.

Gary the No-Trash Cougar, it's funny you mentioned the "rat rod" look, that's the reason I installed the fenders, more than the purpose of actually needing them.

BTW, as far as the tires go I've tried pure slicks and I ended up liking the current setup much more. I think the pic is deceiving but they are not a standard knobby tire, I'm running the Hemisphere Armadillo (26x1.95) and they're defined as "Durable Puncture City/Trekking-partly pavement/partly off-road" and it works well with my needs.
 

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hey want ever works 4 U

Only thing i would change would be a rigid kona project II fork and the narrowest, durable ,highest psi tires i could find.
 

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Huge sofas....er i mean saddles like that are going to spell trouble for your manly parts if you ride a lot. Search the reviews for Brooks saddles and invest in one and your wife can thank me later.
 

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Looks good to me. I would try buying one of those water bottle caps that lights up the bottle and put that one on the water bottle mounted on the seat tube. When you swap bottles, pull over, swap caps, swap bottles in their cages, then keep going. This adds a lot more side visibility.

Call me paranoid but I run two tail lights on my commuter. One stays constantly on and has a larger surface area while the second one is a super bright blinkie (PB SuperFlash).
 

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Hmmm. That looks strangely familiar. ;) :thumbsup: I'll try to post some pics this weekend.
 

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08HardRock, can't wait to see those pics. It sounds like you have good taste :)

rodar y rodar, I don't notice a COG difference but it's working out perfectly. I went from a 20lb weight limit to about a 40lb limit but I'll never need to use anywhere near that, hopefully.
 

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Learjet35A said:
I just installed a new rear rack as suggested by Solomon76.

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I'm sure that you'll like the new rack better than the Bell rack you had. I had a Bell rack, but I got rid of it for a better seatpost rack with side rails. Having the option to add pannier bags is nice for days I need to haul laundry to/from work. I would have to make some other modifications if I wanted to have a rack bolted to my bike because of my disc brakes and lack of frame eyelets (that's what get when you use a XC racing frame to build a commuter).
 

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Learjet35A said:
08HardRock, can't wait to see those pics. It sounds like you have good taste :)
Edited: Pics were too big, need to re-size and I'll post later....
 

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That's great, thanks for posting! I love seeing how people modify the bike for their taste or needs. That looks good and the base bike (in my opinion) the perfect one to start with to build a commuter if you include value.
 

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Did you ditch the fenders for summer, or are you switching? I'm wondering how those stubby little fenders actually funtioned. I can't imaging a front fender that small doing much :confused: Any experience in the wet with those fenders?

Nice bike, by the way :thumbsup:
 
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