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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

Blog - Tag: Commuting

Heavy Duty Commuter/MTB Wheels   Intended use: Transportation/trail riding   Features: Shimano Alfine 11 internal gear hub offers reliable       all-weather shifting performance; beefy rims handle road      and trail hazards   Recommended rider weight: < 250lbs.   Wheel Size: 29"/700cWheel build details   Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger    Front hub: White Industries MI6 (36H)   Rear hub: Shimano Alfine 11 (36H)   Spokes: Sapim Force   Nipples: Sapim brass   Lacing: 3x // 2x   Extras: Schwalbe rim linersDestination: Rome, Italy

Light to Moderate Duty Touring Wheel   Intended use: Touring/Transportation   Features: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 offers reliable     shifting in all conditions; sturdy enough to handle     road and trail hazards without being too heavy    Recommended rider weight: <175lbs    Wheel Size: 700c/29"Wheel build details   Rim: Velocity Dyad    Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 (32H)   Spokes: Sapim Laser   Nipples: Sapim Brass   Lacing: 2x   Extras: Avid 160mm rotor, Schwalbe rim linerDestination: Las Vegas, NV

We built this bright green commuter for one of our customers in Anchorage, AK.  He had been commuting on an aluminum cyclocross frame and wanted to switch to a steel bike for better comfort.  He was also looking for a more durable frame to do some touring on.  He had picked up a used Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and sent it down to us for an overhaul and to be built up with a Chris King front hub into a wheelset.

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Daily Commuter Wheels   Intended use: transportation   Features: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub offers      reliable all-weather shifting performance; Schmidt SON 28      SL dynamo hub to power lights; sturdy enough to handle      road hazards without being too heavy   Recommended rider weight: <200 lbs   Wheel Size: 700c/29"Wheel build details   Rims: Velocity Dyad   Front hub: Schmidt SON 28 SL (32H)   Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 (32H)   Spokes: Sapim Race   Nipples: Sapim Brass   Lacing: 3x // 2x   Extras: Schwalbe rim liners, Avid Cleansweep rotors, Gates           

Fitness Riding & Commuting Wheels   Intended use: transportation, fun, fitness   Features: Shimano Alfine 11 internal gear hub offers reliable       all-weather shifting performance; Shimano Alfine dynamo      hub to power lights; sturdy enough to handle road hazards      without being too heavy for fitness riding   Recommended rider weight: <250 lbs   Wheel Size: 700cWheel build details   Rims: Alex DA22   Front hub: Shimano Alfine Dynamo (36H)   Rear hub: Shimano Alfine 11 (36H)   Spokes: Sapim Race   Nipples: Sapim Brass   Lacing: 3x // 2x                                         

Solid Electric-Assist Commuter Wheel   Intended use: transportation   Features: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub offers      reliable all-weather shifting performance   Recommended rider weight: <275 lbs   Wheel Size: 700cWheel build details   Rim: Velocity Deep V   Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 (36H)   Spokes: Alex Stainless   Nipples: Alex Brass   Lacing: 3x   Extras: Avid Cleansweep rotorDestination: Harris Cyclery West Newton, MA

These photos of a titanium super commuter were submitted by Firefly Bicycles.  This bike has all manner of bells and whistles and an amazing level of component integration.  The guys at Firefly have nearly three decades of experience building top quality bike frames, but what really sets them apart is their amazing level of creativity and attention to detail.  The finishes on their bikes are often understated, but striking.

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We recently did this Rohloff-Schmidt conversion on a Spot Acme for a customer in Sausalito, CA. He regularly commutes into San Francisco by bike and was looking for a new ride that was lightweight and stylish. As with most of the customers that contact us, low maintenance, reliability, and functionality were important considerations for this build. With the many hills in the Bay Area, wide range gearing is critical, and the 3-4 month annual rain season makes a belt drive ideal and fenders a necessity.

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