Chicago Commuter Bike Videos

Uploaded on Dec 25, 2011

This is the bicycle I equipped for commuting last year. I love this bike, and ride it to work year round in Chicago in all weather. I bought the frameset used on Craigslist and built this commuter bicycle from ground up. I am a pretty demanding bike commuter who has owned 7 bicycles in the past 4 years, but this is my all time favorite bike.

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The frame on this bike is a Fuji Touring, and was pretty scratched up when I got it since the last owner had used it for cyclocross racing. My build has more of a touring / commuting / utility bike character. Despite the surface scratches, it is a solid, heavy-duty frame made of cromoly 4130 steel. This Fuji is a true touring bike and it excels at hauling weight. I wouldn’t hesitate to ride it across the U.S (or anywhere else for that matter). Since the original finish of the bike had been damaged before I bought it, I didn’t mind adding some red spray paint to ‘uglify’ it to make theft less likely (I lock this bicycle to bike racks all over Chicago…).

These are some of the components:

  • Fuji Touring, Elios 2 Cromoly frame
  • Dura Ace bar end shifters
  • Velocity Dyad rims
  • DT Swiss Competition spokes 2.0/1.8
  • Shimano Deore XT hubs
  • Schwalbe Marathon tires
  • Brooks Champion Flyer saddle
  • Tubus Logo rear rack
  • Aluminum front racks

Update: I recently bought and installed Velo Orange safety skewers to add some extra security to the wheels. It makes it a little more comforting to bike to work knowing that my wheels won’t get stolen if I forget to bring my cable lock. I’ll make another video about the Velo Orange skewers.

See this Fuji Touring bike on the road:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88b2Mv…
Commuter bicycle takes to the street

Please check out my other commuter bike:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLteO8…
It’s a Jamis Aurora.

Also:
Please watch my take on folding bikes (a category of bikes I just recently became interested in):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCa-1V…
Adaptable commuter bike