[Michael sent us these photos of his '07 Jamis Aurora. —ed.]
’07 Jamis Aurora in the 60cm range. I picked this bike up off of C-list back in 08 as what I consider my first real commuting bike. There are quite a few changes/upgrades from the stock Aurora, most of which were made by the previous owner, and a few that I’ve made myself. Most Notably, Shimano 105 10 speed triple (temperamental as for tuning, but sweet when dialed in….I would prefer the stock setup actually, but the bike came to me this way), Easton EA50sl wheels (light and fast for a commuter, but they’ve stood up to thousands of miles of daily beating by a 250 lb. rider…..again, it came to me that way), Thompson stem and seatpost, Old Man Mountain rear rack (would like to upgrade to a rack with a second rail so I can use my trunk bag without fighting with the panniers), Planet bike fenders, B17. I’ve recently added studded tires – Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106’s in a 700×35 for winter commuting again, and I run 700×35 Conti touring plus’ in the warm season. I have used this bike for my 12 mile round trip commute, as well as lengthy weekend joyrides for the past two years. She treats me well rain or shine. I sure love these Arkel bags she came with too….they’re a good mix of tough utility and ease of use. I also can’t say enough about the pletscher kickstand that I’ve added recently, although it has caused trouble with shifting due to cable rub. Now she just needs a good tune up and a remedy for the shifting issue and we’ll be ready for a few thousand more miles!