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A deviation from the instrument building, and a much needed break: FINALLY built up the bike I’ve been dreaming of for a while. The frame is a mid 90’s Trek 720 hybrid. Impressively large tire clearance. I’m probably not fitting fenders in there, but at 700x50c, I’m not complaining.

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This is getting the Soma Porteur Front Cargo Rack, as well as my large Minnehaha Saddle Bag. For my typical 20-50 mile jaunts, I feel like this is enough. The beauty of the Soma rack, is that I can mount panniers on it, if needed.

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A few details: Trek 720 hybrid frame, powder-coated with a heavy-duty machine grade powdercoat. Sugino triple crankset. Shimano Derailleurs. Sutour stem-mounted power shifters, which have an interesting racheting feature that I immediately liked. Some cream colored Conti RetroRide tires round it out. Brooks saddle, that I may eventually change. I can’t wait to give this bike a real test ride beyond the around-the-block-dump-it-on-the-ice circuit from this weekend.

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