This one hauls me to work and back every day, all year round. The odometer will hit 80000 km - twice around the world - the week before Christmas.
When I bought it new in 1996 it had a full Acera X group except for the hubs that were (and still are) Altus.
After a dozen Swedish winters pretty much all the components were well past their lifetime, they can survive just so much rain, snow, salt and grime.
So last year, I took a dive into the retro-box and came back with mostly early 90´s Deore XT stuff. In a sense I both up- and retrograded it.
Since I often commute when it's dark, I want lots of light. In the front I have a pair of MagicShines and a Dinotte 140R on the saddle rails brings up the rear.
Weight as pictured: 18 kg - 40 lbs.
2 x MagicShine lights. They're on Marwi mounts that let them swivel sideways.
Batteries in an old Topeak bag that I got with some halogen lights eons ago.
Shimano Deore XT II - M730 chainset and bottom bracket.
Shimano PD-M324 pedals. One side SPD, the other side is flat.
Shimano Deore XT II - M735
Cockpit. Garmin Edge 705. PRO Anatomic bar ends. Golden bell with a friendly tone
Dinotte 140R rear light on the rails of a Specialized Phenom SL saddle.
I got the seatpost just recently from RB member canuckinboston, thanks mate!
Up until then I've run with a post that I never could adjust the saddle tilt perfectly with, the serrations were too coarse.
Not enough to cause discomfort but it has bugged me, but I've been too lazy...
To top it off, my old post was silver and to run that together with a black stem for 14 years
Most components are Shimano but the brakes are SunTour XC Pro cantilevers, with Aztec pads.
The mud flaps are a recent eBay find. They're NOS 70´s vintage. I'm not sure of other countries, but in Sweden they have names:
the front one is the "Ego flap" and the rear one is the "Buddy flap".
I'm still using the original Altus hubs. They have stood up surprisingly well.
The rims on the other hand will most likely only survive one more winter, they are getting thin in the side walls from all the grime-laden braking.
When it's 20 below freezing and the snow lays 10 inches deep, bicycle commuting kind of sucks.