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dhindo
May 17, 2013, 12:12 PM
heres an updated pic...changed the skewers and shift cables...was finally able to ride 30miles so far...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/8748244016_89c74f6b50_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7304/8747121945_470185d930_b.jpg

L.Valencia
May 18, 2013, 12:09 AM
heres an updated pic...changed the skewers and shift cables...was finally able to ride 30miles so far...



wow, that thing is awesome. what are the specs on that?

dhindo
May 18, 2013, 02:07 AM
wow, that thing is awesome. what are the specs on that?


-Shimano 105 shifters,f/r derailleurs,casstte and compact crank

-shimano ultegra brakes
-shimano dura ace chain
-fulcrum racing zero wheels
-full carbon frame,isp and saddle
-deda bars
-titanium skewers
-forte cages
-clarks prelubed cables
-serphas tires

Orange Crane
May 19, 2013, 10:13 AM
Fresh bars, grips, brake levers and cables / housing. Kind of a slow mo project on the spare in my rare free time, just need another coat of shellac on the grips. Rivendell's Miesha's Portuguese tree cork grips, Dia Compe inverse levers, VO metal braid cables and their 'Left Bank' bars. Still have a couple pieces coming to doll up the rest of the bike with but the cockpit's more or less done.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/8754403238_1daf29031f_c.jpg

GermanyChris
May 19, 2013, 04:46 PM
^looks nice!

Orange Crane
May 19, 2013, 10:35 PM
^thanks!

I took it for a test ride around the block, I really dig the new handlebars.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7407/8755346769_1018363752_c.jpg

dhindo
May 21, 2013, 12:21 AM
heres a couple more shots of the drivetrain...

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/8762918726_9b069f1ede_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8132/8761795303_1c3628a878_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8558/8762910380_29f57bd3bb_b.jpg

GermanyChris
May 21, 2013, 06:43 AM
heres a couple more shots of the drivetrain...

Image (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/8762918726_9b069f1ede_b.jpg)

Image (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8132/8761795303_1c3628a878_b.jpg)

Image (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8558/8762910380_29f57bd3bb_b.jpg)

I'm glad to see you love you bike!! I've yet to see more artistic driveline photos even of cranks that cost more than your bike. I hope that love continues!

NbinHD
May 22, 2013, 04:31 AM
Stealth Bomber, absolutely amazing bike.
413350

Goftrey
May 22, 2013, 10:38 AM
Was looking for the cheapest half decent looking bike around - best £250 (got it half price - was a customer return) I've spent in my life. A year old now & still clocking the miles as if it was new. The 24 speed budget Shimano set is an absolute joy to use. The frame & forks are solid, lightweight & haven't put a foot wrong. I did however have to change the brakes because there was no way on earth the supplied set would stop you in any quick time at 30mph+; and some complain about the long reach on these Viking bikes but me being a lanky **** means it works very well for me.

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc371/Niall_Boxhall/SAM_1575_zpsf68d974e.jpg

Orange Crane
May 30, 2013, 09:13 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8397/8896652913_c637cfbec8_c.jpg

J273
May 31, 2013, 12:08 PM
Mine

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/JIM273/2013-05-07161940HDR_zpsa9a3fb9f.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/JIM273/media/2013-05-07161940HDR_zpsa9a3fb9f.jpg.html)

dhindo
Jun 1, 2013, 02:02 AM
new toy!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8409/8932791570_076a17f046_h.jpg

Illuminated
Jun 12, 2013, 06:37 PM
Just picked up a new single speed bike! Swapped out the original rims with orange ones, added bullhorn handle bars, and a rear break. All for just $414!

Love this thing!

EDIT: I have no idea why the preview of the image is upside down, but the actual image is not.

sick z33
Jun 12, 2013, 09:40 PM
Mine

Image (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/JIM273/media/2013-05-07161940HDR_zpsa9a3fb9f.jpg.html)

Nice bike collection!

b06tmm
Jun 14, 2013, 09:02 AM
Here's mine:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b311/b06tmm/Bianchi/GrassyKnoll_zps1eb7e7a5.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b311/b06tmm/Bianchi/Sucks_zps07269ac6.jpg

AlphaDogg
Jun 14, 2013, 07:34 PM
Finally finished the restoration/modernization on my Merlin after months of letting the bare frame sit in my basement

Went from this:
http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx1/igesundheit/1232F58F-A196-498E-AF85-BFC4AF8396CD-2699-00000164730A6091.jpg (http://s736.photobucket.com/user/igesundheit/media/1232F58F-A196-498E-AF85-BFC4AF8396CD-2699-00000164730A6091.jpg.html)


To this:

http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx1/igesundheit/IMG_4989_zps1bc080fc.jpg (http://s736.photobucket.com/user/igesundheit/media/IMG_4989_zps1bc080fc.jpg.html)

dhindo
Jun 15, 2013, 03:25 PM
got my daughter her own roadie...she outgrew her old one already... :)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/9050947503_f02ca125a8_b.jpg

Orange Crane
Jun 17, 2013, 11:32 PM
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2876/9059281305_429340a643_c.jpg

burnout8488
Jun 17, 2013, 11:40 PM
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c20/burnout8488/969445_10200227516794825_1438787647_n.jpg

My "Base model" Trek 1.1 :)

Started cycling last summer, can't get enough of it now. Did a few mild upgrades because I like tinkering with it, but I still realize it's a base model. (Michelin Pro4 tires, Topeak stem iPhone mount, comfy seat with the cutout for male parts)

Honestly, still not convinced that spending thousands of dollars on a bike will make me any better of a rider though. Having my aluminum bike perfectly fitted, and getting my legs strong seems to be working better than any part upgrades so far!

At what point does a carbon bike with ultralight components actually start to make a difference?

Menel
Jun 18, 2013, 04:37 AM
Image (http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c20/burnout8488/969445_10200227516794825_1438787647_n.jpg)

My "Base model" Trek 1.1 :)

Started cycling last summer, can't get enough of it now. Did a few mild upgrades because I like tinkering with it, but I still realize it's a base model. (Michelin Pro4 tires, Topeak stem iPhone mount, comfy seat with the cutout for male parts)

Honestly, still not convinced that spending thousands of dollars on a bike will make me any better of a rider though. Having my aluminum bike perfectly fitted, and getting my legs strong seems to be working better than any part upgrades so far!

At what point does a carbon bike with ultralight components actually start to make a difference?

When you're racing criteriums and road races, and every second counts.

Or just like having nice things,

A $700-1500 bike gets you 90% of the road bike benefit of a $10,000 superbike. All the extra only gets you incrementally there.

It rides smoother and more domfortable, but Im no faster on my $6000 bike than I am on my $700 bike, but it sure looks bling bling.

burnout8488
Jun 18, 2013, 10:42 PM
When you're racing criteriums and road races, and every second counts.

Or just like having nice things,

A $700-1500 bike gets you 90% of the road bike benefit of a $10,000 superbike. All the extra only gets you incrementally there.

It rides smoother and more domfortable, but Im no faster on my $6000 bike than I am on my $700 bike, but it sure looks bling bling.

That's what I thought, thanks for the input. For now I'll just stick to riding 4-5 times a week, then when I land my first "real" job, splurge on some carbon fiber goodness for little to no reason :D

mxptt
Jun 21, 2013, 08:40 AM
My Time RXRS ULTeam 55CM

- Campy SR 11 Ti
- Fulcrum Racing Speed
- Fizik Carbon Saddle
- Speedplay Ultra Lights
- Ritchey Carbon Logic 2 Bars
- Garmin 800

GoCubsGo
Jun 21, 2013, 08:43 AM
Image (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2876/9059281305_429340a643_c.jpg)

Do you ride literally everywhere? What's your average distance a day? I see your bike and it looks like you just ride everywhere and live of the land. Obviously not completely since you post on the internet, but still. :) It's neat.

GermanyChris
Jun 21, 2013, 10:28 AM
My Time RXRS ULTeam 55CM

- Campy SR 11 Ti
- Fulcrum Racing Speed
- Fizik Carbon Saddle
- Speedplay Ultra Lights
- Ritchey Carbon Logic 2 Bars
- Garmin 800

look someone finally posted a nice carbon bike.

lookn4wifi
Jun 21, 2013, 09:58 PM
Trek 1.2

http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac302/areFish/Bicycles/IMG_3660_zpsefe401a1.jpg (http://s910.photobucket.com/user/areFish/media/Bicycles/IMG_3660_zpsefe401a1.jpg.html)

Orange Crane
Jun 23, 2013, 12:10 AM
Do you ride literally everywhere? What's your average distance a day? I see your bike and it looks like you just ride everywhere and live of the land. Obviously not completely since you post on the internet, but still. :) It's neat.
I do ride everywhere but not quite like that, I mean, I live in the city and have a job and apartment and stuff like that too. That last photo I posted was from a camping trip last weekend, started off in Seattle, took a ferry west, joined up with a friend on the other side and we rode up to a horse camp on the kitsap peninsula. It's fun to go from city streets to the boat to towns then country and eventually gravel road forest and mountains on a bike ride. And that trip was like twenty, twenty five miles in the saddle each way so its not like going on tour or anything. But yes, I ride to work, run errands, visit friends, and just for the fun of it whether it be around town or out to the countryside. I probably average 25 miles a weekday, double that for weekends and days off work.

Aboard the Bremerton/Port Orchard foot ferry the 'Admiral Pete', with a little less of a load:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/8926254419_386ac4dea1_c.jpg

GoCubsGo
Jun 23, 2013, 10:53 AM
Snip

That's rad and inspiring.

Orange Crane
Jun 23, 2013, 11:40 PM
That's rad and inspiring.
Inspired! Every time I go out I'm inspired to keep moving forward. I love seeing people on bikes on the road and trail. Full bike racks outside the grocery store, going slow on crowded summer bikepaths. I love seeing parents with kids on bikes, whether it be young kids on the backs of cargo bikes / tagalong tandem attachments or families on individual bikes. I love the designers and makers of bike gear, individual entrepreneurs that join the traditional and modern in ways that in the big picture are revolutionary. Students and professionals going to school and work, riders young and old, getting someone to smile by ringing my bell, making friends at camp or stopped at a red light, the changing scenery and seasons, old bikes, new bikes, more bikes! It's always moving forward, never backward; new places, frontiers, physically, mentally, turning around and heading where you came from, but still forward, always.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7398/9061411002_8e80e45b55_c.jpg

GermanyChris
Jun 24, 2013, 01:19 PM
Inspired! Every time I go out I'm inspired to keep moving forward. I love seeing people on bikes on the road and trail. Full bike racks outside the grocery store, going slow on crowded summer bikepaths. I love seeing parents with kids on bikes, whether it be young kids on the backs of cargo bikes / tagalong tandem attachments or families on individual bikes. I love the designers and makers of bike gear, individual entrepreneurs that join the traditional and modern in ways that in the big picture are revolutionary. Students and professionals going to school and work, riders young and old, getting someone to smile by ringing my bell, making friends at camp or stopped at a red light, the changing scenery and seasons, old bikes, new bikes, more bikes! It's always moving forward, never backward; new places, frontiers, physically, mentally, turning around and heading where you came from, but still forward, always.

Image (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7398/9061411002_8e80e45b55_c.jpg)

Methinks your real name is Grant Peterson or Bruce Gordon :0)

You have the sexiest bikes!!

Orange Crane
Jun 24, 2013, 11:21 PM
Methinks your real name is Grant Peterson or Bruce Gordon :0)

You have the sexiest bikes!!
That's flattering, I know you know what you're talking about. I'm prenatal (newb didnt seem adequate) compared to those guys, though I get inspiration from them as well. Not unlike Grant I know what I like and flaunt it happily, I just dont know as much as I want to. This has been the season of weekend trips and <24 hr overnights thanks to encouragement from certain builders and makers.
I'm pretty sure my next bike is a Sam hilbourne, after some consideration. I rode a homer hilson this weekend and loved it, the weight! I've been pretty thoughtless when it comes to weight on my main ride and its like 75 lbs fully loaded with camp gear, food and liquids, I couldn't believe how light the homer was, even with full camp on the rack.

Today was Monday and a half, a big new project came down the pipe and I got to put twelve hours in on it. Frazzled, I took a nice long ride around town on my slow bike on my way home and am now wound, quite properly, down.

I need to get some shots of my nice new chainguards..

GermanyChris
Jun 25, 2013, 06:33 AM
That's flattering, I know you know what you're talking about. I'm prenatal (newb didnt seem adequate) compared to those guys, though I get inspiration from them as well. Not unlike Grant I know what I like and flaunt it happily, I just dont know as much as I want to. This has been the season of weekend trips and <24 hr overnights thanks to encouragement from certain builders and makers.
I'm pretty sure my next bike is a Sam hilbourne, after some consideration. I rode a homer hilson this weekend and loved it, the weight! I've been pretty thoughtless when it comes to weight on my main ride and its like 75 lbs fully loaded with camp gear, food and liquids, I couldn't believe how light the homer was, even with full camp on the rack.

Today was Monday and a half, a big new project came down the pipe and I got to put twelve hours in on it. Frazzled, I took a nice long ride around town on my slow bike on my way home and am now wound, quite properly, down.

I need to get some shots of my nice new chainguards..

Would defiantly be a good bike for you but so would a rock 'n road or BLT

I'm the heaviest thing on the bike so it doesn't make sense to spend alot of money making the bike lighter, so I spend money making it sturdy.

master00
Jun 30, 2013, 07:07 PM
http://s17.postimg.org/oxrn0sqof/DSC_0304.jpg

http://s17.postimg.org/wb70zraq7/DSC_0302.jpg

http://s17.postimg.org/b2tcibw9b/DSC_0303.jpg

Heavy Fluid
Jul 1, 2013, 11:50 AM
Looks like a sharp bike master. Saddle looks quite low though.

ceezy
Jul 1, 2013, 12:02 PM
Some beautiful bikes in here, love the pics!

dhindo
Jul 1, 2013, 03:29 PM
changed a few things

From
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/8906420570_1ec86acfc7_b.jpg

To
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5500/9183761217_8ef7b75759_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/9185981454_4d2abe2ebf_b.jpg

avro707
Jul 4, 2013, 07:28 AM
Updated
Image (http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/e2131ee794ef7d6e9d198e49e1934b62_zpsf73529c4.jpg)
Image (http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps84f15406.jpg)
to
Image (http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/b8596bbeab2b603675d9d97b5bc71beb_zps3861e12c.jpg)

That Cervelo frame looks huge - you must be a giant. :eek: (I get obliterated by these huge tall people when it's time to sprint).

I've still got my Giant TCR Advanced SL (along with the Trek 4.5):

http://reheatimages.smugmug.com/photos/i-Q68sgjk/0/L/DSC_6213-as-Smart-Object-1-L.jpg

In action: http://i.imgur.com/glHFs6E.jpg (danger - danger, cyclist in lycra warning).

It's doing well - though with all the rubbish weather we've had here of late I just stuck the Giant PSL0 alloy wheels back on it. There is nothing in the way of difference in weight between those and the carbon clinchers in the photo above, but they are much easier to live with in poor weather.

Only notice the difference at 48km/h+ - though around this area there aren't too many places you can go much quicker than 60km/h, and even then it's only for a short amount of time.

I don't have the sheer brute force for insane top speeds, but I do alright when there are hills. :cool:

What I have noticed is that the Giant TCR Adv. SL is a damn good bike - it rides incredibly well. All those nay-sayers who reckoned Giant wasn't so good, etc, cheap for a reason, they were wrong.

kppolich
Jul 4, 2013, 02:06 PM
It's a 58cm. Stem. 6'0 160 triathlete

That Cervelo frame looks huge - you must be a giant. :eek: (I get obliterated by these huge tall people when it's time to sprint).

I've still got my Giant TCR Advanced SL (along with the Trek 4.5):

Image (http://reheatimages.smugmug.com/photos/i-Q68sgjk/0/L/DSC_6213-as-Smart-Object-1-L.jpg)

In action: http://i.imgur.com/glHFs6E.jpg (danger - danger, cyclist in lycra warning).

It's doing well - though with all the rubbish weather we've had here of late I just stuck the Giant PSL0 alloy wheels back on it. There is nothing in the way of difference in weight between those and the carbon clinchers in the photo above, but they are much easier to live with in poor weather.

Only notice the difference at 48km/h+ - though around this area there aren't too many places you can go much quicker than 60km/h, and even then it's only for a short amount of time.

I don't have the sheer brute force for insane top speeds, but I do alright when there are hills. :cool:

What I have noticed is that the Giant TCR Adv. SL is a damn good bike - it rides incredibly well. All those nay-sayers who reckoned Giant wasn't so good, etc, cheap for a reason, they were wrong.

HawaiiMacAddict
Jul 5, 2013, 01:28 AM
I recently added Campy Scirocco 35 wheels and black Cinelli bar tape, but this is my current setup: Colnago Master X-Light with Campy Record 10, repainted white, Look Keo Plus pedals, Prologo Scratch saddle, Cateye Strada Double Wireless computer, and GoPro mounted on the stem. I can record my rides and also get the Cateye in the picture for the speed and cadence.

GermanyChris
Jul 5, 2013, 01:32 AM
I recently added Campy Scirocco 35 wheels and black Cinelli bar tape, but this is my current setup: Colnago Master X-Light with Campy Record 10, repainted white, Look Keo Plus pedals, Prologo Scratch saddle, Cateye Strada Double Wireless computer, and GoPro mounted on the stem. I can record my rides and also get the Cateye in the picture for the speed and cadence.

We've gotten to the point in this thread were very few nice bikes are posted. You are the rare exception, you have a beautiful bike.

HawaiiMacAddict
Jul 5, 2013, 01:50 AM
We've gotten to the point in this thread were very few nice bikes are posted. You are the rare exception, you have a beautiful bike.

Thank you for your comment. It would be even nicer, but custom paint prices here in Honolulu are a little bit ridiculous. I could only afford half of the paint job I designed, but it still ended up very nice. Of course, when you start with Colnago and Campagnolo, it's kind of hard to go wrong :D

GermanyChris
Jul 5, 2013, 02:00 AM
Thank you for your comment. It would be even nicer, but custom paint prices here in Honolulu are a little bit ridiculous. I could only afford half of the paint job I designed, but it still ended up very nice. Of course, when you start with Colnago and Campagnolo, it's kind of hard to go wrong :D

I powdered mine..

Prices in Hawaii are expensive for everything, but I'd live there again in a heartbeat to bad my wife wouldn't

mxptt
Jul 5, 2013, 04:05 AM
We've gotten to the point in this thread were very few nice bikes are posted. You are the rare exception, you have a beautiful bike.

it's about time!!

i think i led it off!!!

any one ride time or look??

GermanyChris
Jul 5, 2013, 07:02 AM
it's about time!!

i think i led it off!!!

any one ride time or look??

there's a time a page or two ago

=w=
Jul 5, 2013, 07:34 AM
Here's my hybrid bike that I use to ride on the trails and gravel areas.. nothing fancy like a lot of the bikes here, but I love it. I tend to ride it more than my Tommaso cyclocross these days.

It's just a Trek 7.1 FX
http://f.cl.ly/items/1R132q2613090S2r2F3m/DSC_0101%20%281%29.jpg

This picture was taken a couple months ago. I've got new grips on it and the phone mount on the handlebars is gone, but otherwise it's all pretty much the same.

GermanyChris
Jul 5, 2013, 04:01 PM
I'll post it again

GoCubsGo
Jul 8, 2013, 08:13 AM
Here's my hybrid bike that I use to ride on the trails and gravel areas.. nothing fancy like a lot of the bikes here, but I love it. I tend to ride it more than my Tommaso cyclocross these days.

It's just a Trek 7.1 FX

This picture was taken a couple months ago. I've got new grips on it and the phone mount on the handlebars is gone, but otherwise it's all pretty much the same.
Why did you remove the phone mount? Was it not secure?

=w=
Jul 8, 2013, 08:56 AM
Why did you remove the phone mount? Was it not secure?

I had to use BT headphones with it and along with my BT heartrate monitor and BT speed/cadence sensor, my battery life wouldn't even last for a quarter of my ride.

When I rode without the BT headphones, but using the other two, the battery life lasted my whole ride still with around 30% left.

It was pretty secure, in my opinion. When I ride from my house, I have to go down a very steep, long, bumpy hill. I never felt like it might fly off and that was my main concern when getting a phone mount.

mxptt
Jul 8, 2013, 09:14 AM
there's a time a page or two ago

lol ya that was mine .... no one else it seems ...

Otaillon
Jul 10, 2013, 01:28 PM
First time cleaning my bike this summer so I took some shots :D

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7418/9220450944_15a3cd4c4f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/olitaillon/9220450944/)
The Invader (http://www.flickr.com/photos/olitaillon/9220450944/) by O.Taillon (http://www.flickr.com/people/olitaillon/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7356/9220468256_eafcc9b59b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/olitaillon/9220468256/)
The Invader (http://www.flickr.com/photos/olitaillon/9220468256/) by O.Taillon (http://www.flickr.com/people/olitaillon/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7347/9220464660_af02ec9916.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/olitaillon/9220464660/)
The Invader (http://www.flickr.com/photos/olitaillon/9220464660/) by O.Taillon (http://www.flickr.com/people/olitaillon/), on Flickr

kppolich
Jul 11, 2013, 12:27 AM
Updated crank! Almost done.
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps508a1a0e.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps0484f163.jpg

Orange Crane
Jul 11, 2013, 08:28 PM
:)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/9247476921_34d7480634_c.jpg

GermanyChris
Jul 12, 2013, 12:50 AM
:)

Image (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/9247476921_34d7480634_c.jpg)

It looks happy! The only change is I would have gone with a brown brooks

dukebound85
Jul 12, 2013, 01:12 AM
what's anyone's take on BigShot SS/fixed bikes?

AppleDApp
Jul 12, 2013, 10:11 AM
what's anyone's take on BigShot SS/fixed bikes?

Probably very much like state bike co. .... Not worth it. They look nice but build wise I can't imagine them being any good.

perhaps look into spending a little more or build one yourself. Also be aware of duty fees.

In my case I was hoping to pay about 500$ for my bike and ended paying a whole lot more in duty fees, build fees, getting broken parts replaced.

Orange Crane
Jul 12, 2013, 03:26 PM
It looks happy! The only change is I would have gone with a brown brooks
That's funny! I was pulling in to my driveway at the same time as my next door neighbor yesterday and she also said it looks happy. It's the perfect summer bike! It gets a ton of attention.

I'm ok with the black. It matches up with the tires, clips on the spoke covers, straps on the bag and bungee straps on the front rack, and compliments the chrome racks. It was also the saddle I got with the bike before I knew where the bike was going style wise. If I were to do it again I'd probably go for one of the brooks 'select' line as that leather matches up with the grips and the wicker panniers I also have. I have a Honey b67 on my green bike and I don't think a darker brown than what is on the select line would look right on this one. But for some reason black is ok.. Ah well. I'm happy.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/9267800468_7464b00ce2_c.jpg

GermanyChris
Jul 12, 2013, 03:39 PM
what's anyone's take on BigShot SS/fixed bikes?

If you're looking for a done SS/FG look at the Trek Earl I have one it's a bike, but it's a bike with a great warranty. It's my quick trip to the store, bar, and commute bike. I needed to get the Serotta out of that roll being that I can't afford to replace it.

I'll get some pictures up next week.

Orange Crane
Jul 12, 2013, 10:24 PM
Detail on that chain guard. Repainted the stock guard in white and the design is by my mom.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3748/9267806790_df74f60b24_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5467/9267819926_9a830b4408_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/9265030201_61d118e79d_c.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5504/9267803146_c7dc11433f_c.jpg

Orange Crane
Jul 13, 2013, 09:45 PM
Bling

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3673/9281588240_cc91a059b2_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7344/9281588132_0413c4c789_c.jpg

GermanyChris
Jul 14, 2013, 03:34 AM
Bling

Image (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3673/9281588240_cc91a059b2_c.jpg)

Image (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7344/9281588132_0413c4c789_c.jpg)

You should turn that one over to your mom too!

Orange Crane
Jul 14, 2013, 11:24 AM
You should turn that one over to your mom too!
I like the shiny for that bike but she's going to do a handful of those chainguards, some fender sets, a full bike and start an etsy shop. :)

spencers
Jul 14, 2013, 11:27 AM
My 7.2
http://imageshack.us/a/img845/4154/gh3q.jpg

GermanyChris
Jul 14, 2013, 04:32 PM
I like the shiny for that bike but she's going to do a handful of those chainguards, some fender sets, a full bike and start an etsy shop. :)

When so does I'l like to send her one of my fender sets. You can't get them in the states or I'd just order a set. I'd love to see her work some magic on some fenders!

=w=
Jul 14, 2013, 08:58 PM
My 7.2
Image (http://imageshack.us/a/img845/4154/gh3q.jpg)

We match! ... ish ... mine is the 7.1, so you're fancier.

I didn't like the grips on it. I got some new ones from REI (these, to be specific: http://www.rei.com/product/837506/ergon-gp2-l-grips-large) and it's MUCH more comfortable.

kppolich
Jul 14, 2013, 09:25 PM
Added another XLab gorilla cage and garmin 500.
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/bf591f022e4a2d27e625f67d735360db_zps243cc75a.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/a6f3373542474d7a0a3a1ad774e7efb7_zps85223a4a.jpg

spencers
Jul 15, 2013, 09:41 AM
We match! ... ish ... mine is the 7.1, so you're fancier.

I didn't like the grips on it. I got some new ones from REI (these, to be specific: http://www.rei.com/product/837506/ergon-gp2-l-grips-large) and it's MUCH more comfortable.

Nice! I'll have to look into those..

GermanyChris
Jul 15, 2013, 12:29 PM
an out of focus picture of the Earl from breakfast this morning.

avro707
Jul 16, 2013, 03:31 AM
Added another XLab gorilla cage and garmin 500.
Image (http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/bf591f022e4a2d27e625f67d735360db_zps243cc75a.jpg)
Image (http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/a6f3373542474d7a0a3a1ad774e7efb7_zps85223a4a.jpg)

Love it! :cool:

Got my Giant back after a Di2 software upgrade. Love the fact it will now shift 3 gears if I hold down the button. :cool:

MikeLD
Jul 17, 2013, 09:27 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/9281824812_61fe6aaafd_b.jpg

ohbrilliance
Jul 17, 2013, 09:57 PM
Some photos of my 2001 Trek 7700 that I've had since 2002..

On Pulau Singkep, Indonesia

http://blog.somethingchanged.com/photo_albums/indonesia/20031121-0052.jpg

Taking the boat from Pulau Singkep to Pulau Lingga

http://blog.somethingchanged.com/photo_albums/indonesia/20031123-0012.jpg

Along the road to Desaru, Malaysia

http://imagistable.com/uploadedfiles/rect/3889/500/3889.jpg

That day and ride was particularly hot. We cycled 130+ km through the middle of the day. I've never enjoyed swimming at the beach as much as I did at the half way mark.

The bike has clocked almost 47,000km, and served me very well indeed.

Orange Crane
Jul 17, 2013, 10:49 PM
The bike has clocked almost 47,000km, and served me very well indeed.
Awesome, simply awesome. That is how a bike should be ridden, my compliments to you.

GermanyChris
Jul 18, 2013, 09:09 AM
Image (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/9281824812_61fe6aaafd_b.jpg)

I hadn't seen one of those built yet thanks!

c1phr
Jul 18, 2013, 11:40 PM
My 2011 Giant Boulder. It's on the cheaper end (I'm a college student that spends all my extra money on technology :/) but I got into mtb when I got to school and decided that I needed a better bike than the old Costco one I brought up (the frame was way too small).

I ended up buying this on Craigslist for ~$70 in pretty bad shape. I finally got it all fixed up and put together, and it rides pretty well! I haven't found a solution to the Boulder's notoriously crappy handling, but I might look into that in the next few months. The only part that's worse than stock at this stage are the rims, the originals were destroyed and I used my old Costco ones instead of getting new ones.

In all, I rescued a bike and got a decent ride on the cheap! And, I learned tons about bike maintenance in the process!

cambookpro
Jul 19, 2013, 03:49 AM
Not my picture, but hey:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2678/4261513871_f82b6f005b_z.jpg

Was out riding yesterday, had only been gone 10 minutes when I got a puncture. Didn't have anything with me to fix it with, so had to carry it home.

Took me forever, the damn steel frame is so heavy :p
Might invest in a lighter bike in a few years.

Heavy Fluid
Jul 19, 2013, 11:15 AM
Not my picture, but hey:

Image (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2678/4261513871_f82b6f005b_z.jpg)

Was out riding yesterday, had only been gone 10 minutes when I got a puncture. Didn't have anything with me to fix it with, so had to carry it home.

Took me forever, the damn steel frame is so heavy :p
Might invest in a lighter bike in a few years.

Easy solution. Small hand pump, patch kit, and a spare tube and you won't be carrying your bike home again. Don't leave home without em anymore.

cambookpro
Jul 19, 2013, 11:17 AM
Easy solution. Small hand pump, patch kit, and a spare tube and you won't be carrying your bike home again. Don't leave home without em anymore.

Yeah, I really should have taken mine but for some reason I left without it. Touch wood, it's only the second time I've had a puncture, but it was inconvenient nonetheless.

Scatology
Jul 19, 2013, 12:53 PM
Hey hi all! This my bikes for this season! So ya I'm very serious in the sport like you will see. :P lol I do downhill races and street riding for fun. :P


http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb9525190/p5pb9525190.jpg



http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb9432283/p5pb9432283.jpg

dmax35
Jul 19, 2013, 08:14 PM
Recent photo shoot I did for a client.

Telp
Jul 19, 2013, 08:22 PM
My beautiful Surly Cross Check off on a short bike-packing trip.

GermanyChris
Jul 20, 2013, 01:11 AM
My beautiful Surly Cross Check off on a short bike-packing trip.

Nice! But you need some fenders.

pcmxa
Jul 20, 2013, 01:51 AM
Jamis Explorer XR. All original except the tires and seat.

Heavy Fluid
Jul 24, 2013, 11:06 PM
Out with the old, and in with the new!! Listed on my local MTB forum yesterday, sold and cash in hand today which promptly was forked over at the local bike shop!

Old: 2011 Titus Racer X 29er - decked out in parts..

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/lovtrance/Biking/Titus-1_zps8a395fbf.png

And the brand spanking new: 2013 Specialized TriCross Sport Disc - reflectors removed..

http://i.imgur.com/iLyw9VR.jpg

This is my first non dedicated mountain bike that I have owned since I was 11 and had my paper route. Should be a blast!!!!!

dhindo
Jul 29, 2013, 11:07 PM
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2842/9399166914_c27ac21a55_b.jpg

GermanyChris
Jul 30, 2013, 09:35 AM
Image (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2842/9399166914_c27ac21a55_b.jpg)

ebay chinese carbon?

Heavy Fluid
Jul 30, 2013, 11:09 AM
Image (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2842/9399166914_c27ac21a55_b.jpg)

It looks fast just sitting there. Really nice build.

eternlgladiator
Jul 30, 2013, 12:22 PM
Image (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2842/9399166914_c27ac21a55_b.jpg)

Specs? As Chris asked, is it Chinese carbon off ebay?

dhindo
Jul 30, 2013, 02:38 PM
ebay chinese carbon?

It looks fast just sitting there. Really nice build.

Specs? As Chris asked, is it Chinese carbon off ebay?

Yes,"overseas" frame..Deng-Fu FM098

JasonHB
Jul 30, 2013, 02:43 PM
My new one, only had it for a week. It's my first road bike

GermanyChris
Jul 30, 2013, 02:52 PM
Specs? As Chris asked, is it Chinese carbon off ebay?

Looks mostly 105, the cassette is massive though I thought 28 was as big as Shimano went but that looks 30 or 32..

It looks solid and not expensive which is a great place to be.

dhindo
Jul 30, 2013, 03:17 PM
Looks mostly 105, the cassette is massive though I thought 28 was as big as Shimano went but that looks 30 or 32..

It looks solid and not expensive which is a great place to be.

yeah,im sure its a 28?lol ill check later...

-deda bars
-105 shifters
-105 crankset
-105 front and rear derailleurs
-105 casette
-dura ace chain
-ultegra brakes
-composite pedals
-Flyxii saddle BUT now Tioga
-CF cages
-Fulcrum Racing Zero Wheelset
-Serphas RS tires
-Continental Tubes

eternlgladiator
Jul 30, 2013, 07:37 PM
yeah,im sure its a 28?lol ill check later...

-deda bars
-105 shifters
-105 crankset
-105 front and rear derailleurs
-105 casette
-dura ace chain
-ultegra brakes
-composite pedals
-Flyxii saddle BUT now Tioga
-CF cages
-Fulcrum Racing Zero Wheelset
-Serphas RS tires
-Continental Tubes

Four more questions if you don't mind.

5700 series 105?
Do you trust the Chinese carbon?
How much did the build cost? (If you're willing to share)
How much does it weigh?

I tried pricing out a similar build using a Chinese carbon frame but was concerned about safety and reliability.

jsf8x
Jul 30, 2013, 08:27 PM
Here's a picture of my newly installed leather handlebar wraps!

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x159/eliteguard98/IMG_2553_zpsf7df50eb.jpg

Andrew K.
Jul 30, 2013, 09:33 PM
78 Raleigh Touring bike I bought a year ago. Really awesome for getting around campus and the occasional night bike ride.

=w=
Jul 30, 2013, 09:36 PM
My Trek 7.1.. nothing fancy compared to a lot of bikes here


Thinking about putting some thinner tires on it and getting some better pedals.

AlphaDogg
Jul 30, 2013, 09:51 PM
Four more questions if you don't mind.

5700 series 105?
Do you trust the Chinese carbon?
How much did the build cost? (If you're willing to share)
How much does it weigh?

I tried pricing out a similar build using a Chinese carbon frame but was concerned about safety and reliability.

My bike has a full 5700 group on it (except the Dura Ace 7500 rear derailleur which replaced my 5700 rd after I crashed) and the shifters look exactly the same as mine (under the bartape routing, hood shape). Cranks look like they could be 5600 and the rd looks like 5700 to me. Since dhindo hasn't responded, I figured I'd throw out my two cents.

I'd trust chinese carbon frames. It's not like they'll snap without warning. It's also rumored that they are produced in the same factories as the big names (Trek, Giant, Specialized to name a few). I used to be afraid of carbon bikes, but after working with carbon components extensively, I am no longer. My coworker constructed his daily driver out of bamboo tubes and hand-laid cf lugs. Carbon is pretty damn resilient, even though it gets a "bad rap".

A guess at build cost, if I may: $2650 (Fulcrum wheelsets are not cheap)

eternlgladiator
Jul 30, 2013, 10:17 PM
My bike has a full 5700 group on it (except the Dura Ace 7500 rear derailleur which replaced my 5700 rd after I crashed) and the shifters look exactly the same as mine (under the bartape routing, hood shape). Cranks look like they could be 5600 and the rd looks like 5700 to me. Since dhindo hasn't responded, I figured I'd throw out my two cents.

I'd trust chinese carbon frames. It's not like they'll snap without warning. It's also rumored that they are produced in the same factories as the big names (Trek, Giant, Specialized to name a few). I used to be afraid of carbon bikes, but after working with carbon components extensively, I am no longer. My coworker constructed his daily driver out of bamboo tubes and hand-laid cf lugs. Carbon is pretty damn resilient, even though it gets a "bad rap".

A guess at build cost, if I may: $2650 (Fulcrum wheelsets are not cheap)

I suppose wheels are a big expense (taste depending). I've heard various things about chinese carbon and read some of the long threads on the bikeforums years ago. I think the scary part is the lack of warranty and/or support. Obviously the money saved would cover a new bike but it's still kind of scary to think about something so cheap carrying me over 50 mph down a hill. I'd love to do a custom build. I think it would be so much more fulfilling than buying off the shelf and I could create the gruppo I want.

AlphaDogg
Jul 30, 2013, 10:21 PM
I suppose wheels are a big expense (taste depending). I've heard various things about chinese carbon and read some of the long threads on the bikeforums years ago. I think the scary part is the lack of warranty and/or support. Obviously the money saved would cover a new bike but it's still kind of scary to think about something so cheap carrying me over 50 mph down a hill. I'd love to do a custom build. I think it would be so much more fulfilling than buying off the shelf and I could create the gruppo I want.

I agree, warranty is fantastic to have. But I think the ride quality of carbon is worth it if cost can be brought down (ie ebay chinese frames). It is less worth it, and more of a status symbol at higher price points.

eternlgladiator
Jul 30, 2013, 10:33 PM
I agree, warranty is fantastic to have. But I think the ride quality of carbon is worth it if cost can be brought down (ie ebay chinese frames). It is less worth it, and more of a status symbol at higher price points.

Well dagnabit alpha, now I'm pricing this out. Just when I thought I was back to running forever.

Orange Crane
Jul 30, 2013, 10:46 PM
Olympia - Astoria - Portland camp-ride, along old rail lines, back roads and deer trails to the coast, through river valleys and high hills, on blacktop and gravel, farm roads and city streets. 300 miles, four days, absolutely unforgettable.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7374/9398518274_0c4e2f4aa5_z.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/9395765045_9e539569c8.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3730/9398528732_085215b174.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2816/9395820159_ede9cb8c82.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/9395811923_8ecfbbecd3.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/9398536360_b1b5bce3b3.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3696/9398625716_e67ca51f9a.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5322/9398633644_0f1ac706e8.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/9395846733_5114376b0a.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3693/9398640280_ce1e83e42b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5326/9395880649_d5d9aa0f42.jpg

AlphaDogg
Jul 30, 2013, 10:52 PM
Well dagnabit alpha, now I'm pricing this out. Just when I thought I was back to running forever.

Hey price me out a build while you're at it? Actually I can get a 5700 build kit through QBP with my bike shop employee discount for around $400

eternlgladiator
Jul 30, 2013, 10:54 PM
Hey price me out a build while you're at it? Actually I can get a 5700 build kit through QBP with my bike shop employee discount for around $400

I was thinking 6700 dark grey, or all the way to 7900 since it's almost winter anyways. A guy can dream right? I could do a full build for around 3K with dura ace, decent wheels, and chinese carbon.

AlphaDogg
Jul 31, 2013, 12:56 AM
I was thinking 6700 dark grey, or all the way to 7900 since it's almost winter anyways. A guy can dream right? I could do a full build for around 3K with dura ace, decent wheels, and chinese carbon.

What about 11 speed DA9000? :drool:

GermanyChris
Jul 31, 2013, 03:01 AM
Olympia - Astoria - Portland camp-ride, along old rail lines, back roads and deer trails to the coast, through river valleys and high hills, on blacktop and gravel, farm roads and city streets. 300 miles, four days, absolutely unforgettable.
Thank you! we needed a steel bike break

Hey price me out a build while you're at it? Actually I can get a 5700 build kit through QBP with my bike shop employee discount for around $400

Those frames run ~$500 ~$400 ~$400-600 for some decent hand builts ~$200 for all the other stuff Sub 2K and sub 20 pounds

What about 11 speed DA9000? :drool:

I'll pass

dhindo
Jul 31, 2013, 04:08 AM
My bike has a full 5700 group on it (except the Dura Ace 7500 rear derailleur which replaced my 5700 rd after I crashed) and the shifters look exactly the same as mine (under the bartape routing, hood shape). Cranks look like they could be 5600 and the rd looks like 5700 to me. Since dhindo hasn't responded, I figured I'd throw out my two cents.

I'd trust chinese carbon frames. It's not like they'll snap without warning. It's also rumored that they are produced in the same factories as the big names (Trek, Giant, Specialized to name a few). I used to be afraid of carbon bikes, but after working with carbon components extensively, I am no longer. My coworker constructed his daily driver out of bamboo tubes and hand-laid cf lugs. Carbon is pretty damn resilient, even though it gets a "bad rap".

A guess at build cost, if I may: $2650 (Fulcrum wheelsets are not cheap)


pretty much on the money here!:) just got out of work sorry for the late reply!

as for safety wise,ive gone 43mph already and it was pretty solid...it weight 16.7lbs right now...

covisio
Jul 31, 2013, 06:15 AM
I have a 2011 Dawes Discovery 401 which until recently was my only bike. I use(d) it for commuting around 10 miles per day and the occasional leisure ride. I started to go out for longer and longer rides and realised that the weight of the bike was starting to become a drag.

I did start to spend a little money on it to lighten various bits, but realised this was a fools errand as I would only ever be shaving off tiny amounts unless I changed major components (i.e. the pointless front suspension fork) and it would cost me way more than the bike was worth.

So I decided to buy a road bike and went for a B'twin Triban 7. B'twin is an in-house brand of a large French leisure store called Decathlon. Their bikes are very good value and well rated.

I love it, it's so light and fast compared to the Dawes, it rides really well, not harsh at all, the mech is excellent, very quiet and has required little adjustment so far. I've had it about 2 or 3 months now.

It's got an alloy frame with carbon fork and carbon seat stays. Full Tiagra 2013 drivetrain. Unusually these days for an entry-level bike, the frame is made in Italy. The only changes I have made are a Bontrager saddle and some SPD pedals (because I have SPDs on the Dawes and only want one pair of shoes).

I still use the Dawes on rainy days, plus it's a good utility bike as I have a rear rack and side pannier on it so it's good for lugging stuff around. But God it feels heavy after the Triban! I'm on it today as it's raining.

On dry days however it's road bike all the way and I often now take extended commutes home, so 20 or 30 miles rather than 5.

I am so committed to cycling now I have put my car up for sale.

eternlgladiator
Jul 31, 2013, 06:52 AM
What about 11 speed DA9000? :drool:

Eh it's nice but not my flavor. Betweent the 2013 models I'd go SRAM 22 instead. Unless we're talking di2. Then it's a different story. But I'm not made of money.

=w=
Jul 31, 2013, 08:25 AM
Since just about everyone in here seems to know much more about bikes than I do.. does anyone have any suggestions for a pair of good (money really doesn't matter, within reason) pair of hybrid tires for my Trek 7.1.

Right now I have a pair of 700x35 with light tread that came with the bike. The tread is fine, a little less tread would still be do'able, since most of the paths I ride on are paved and some are light gravel, which turn a little muddy in parts during heavy rain.

I don't care too much about going terribly faster. I would just get a road bike in that case. But I would like to be able to go a little faster, a little more easily on my current bike.

I have a cyclocross bike with regular and road tires that I can switch out, but I prefer to ride my Trek bike, because I prefer the upright position and I can look around comfortably and enjoy the scenery that way.

Short version: Good/relatively fast(er) hybrid tires.. please and thank you.

Menel
Jul 31, 2013, 08:48 AM
Since just about everyone in here seems to know much more about bikes than I do.. does anyone have any suggestions for a pair of good (money really doesn't matter, within reason) pair of hybrid tires for my Trek 7.1.

Right now I have a pair of 700x35 with light tread that came with the bike. The tread is fine, a little less tread would still be do'able, since most of the paths I ride on are paved and some are light gravel, which turn a little muddy in parts during heavy rain.

I don't care too much about going terribly faster. I would just get a road bike in that case. But I would like to be able to go a little faster, a little more easily on my current bike.

I have a cyclocross bike with regular and road tires that I can switch out, but I prefer to ride my Trek bike, because I prefer the upright position and I can look around comfortably and enjoy the scenery that way.

Short version: Good/relatively fast(er) hybrid tires.. please and thank you.

The less tread the faster
Avoid knobbies.

Look at Continental's options. High quality tires and lots of description on their website.

Look at less knobby cyclocross tires maybe. I wouldn't go skinnier than 32 or maybe 28 for your application.

AlphaDogg
Jul 31, 2013, 08:51 AM
The less tread the faster
Avoid knobbies.

Look at Continental's options. High quality tires and lots of description on their website.

Conti is overkill for a hybrid... And expensive

Check out serfas's website and see what you like from their offerings.


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Menel
Jul 31, 2013, 09:21 AM
Since just about everyone in here seems to know much more about bikes than I do.. does anyone have any suggestions for a pair of good (money really doesn't matter, within reason) pair of hybrid tires for my Trek 7.1.

Right now I have a pair of 700x35 with light tread that came with the bike. The tread is fine, a little less tread would still be do'able, since most of the paths I ride on are paved and some are light gravel, which turn a little muddy in parts during heavy rain.

I don't care too much about going terribly faster. I would just get a road bike in that case. But I would like to be able to go a little faster, a little more easily on my current bike.

I have a cyclocross bike with regular and road tires that I can switch out, but I prefer to ride my Trek bike, because I prefer the upright position and I can look around comfortably and enjoy the scenery that way.

Short version: Good/relatively fast(er) hybrid tires.. please and thank you.

The less tread the faster
Avoid knobbies.

Look at Continental's options. High quality tires and lots of description on their website.

Look at less knobby cyclocross tires maybe. I wouldn't go skinnier than 32 or maybe 28 for your application.
e.g.
too studded
http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/cross/cyclocross_race_en.html

cylcocross designed for speed and isn't too knobby for road and efficient, but still some tread for gravel/mud:
http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/cross/cyclocross_speed_en.html

You could try their Contact II, good efficient city bike tire with some tread.
28-662 or 32-622 size
http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/city/Allround/CONTACT_en.html

The CONTACT is the jack-of-all-trades amongst city and trekking tyres. Its tread design is based upon the principles of bionics. A uniform center tread/belt assembly ensures a smooth and speedy ride on the road. Flexible shoulder lugs and fine sipes guarantee grip in curves and on loose surfaces.

The overall tyre construction rounds off the overall high quality. The ultra fine carcass fabric reduces the rolling resistance while providing a noticeably more comfortable ride.like I said, check description, and consider your uses. They are well described.

These would be your fastest option, but useless in mud unless you are real careful
http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/plusseries/supersport_plus_en.html

=w=
Jul 31, 2013, 10:32 AM
Conti is overkill for a hybrid... And expensive

Check out serfas's website and see what you like from their offerings.


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e.g.
too studded
http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/cross/cyclocross_race_en.html

cylcocross designed for speed and isn't too knobby for road and efficient, but still some tread for gravel/mud:
http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/cross/cyclocross_speed_en.html

You could try their Contact II, good efficient city bike tire with some tread.
28-662 or 32-622 size
http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/city/Allround/CONTACT_en.html

like I said, check description, and consider your uses. They are well described.

These would be your fastest option, but useless in mud unless you are real careful
http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/plusseries/supersport_plus_en.html

Thanks a lot!

I was considering some Bontrager tires, since that's what comes on my bike, but I wasn't sure if any of them were actually an upgrade from what I already have.

covisio
Jul 31, 2013, 10:46 AM
.. does anyone have any suggestions for a pair of good (money really doesn't matter, within reason) pair of hybrid tires for my Trek 7.1.

I fairly recently bought a pair of Continental Road Touring Plus 700 x 37 for my Dawes Hybrid. It was previously on it's original Vittoria Raddoneur 700 x 38s which were a bit 'squishy' and didn't really handle that well. I never had a big feeling of confidence when leaning into a corner at any great angle.

So, the Contis are much better, plus whilst it's just the "one number" i.e. 37 v. 38, they're quite a bit narrower and also smoother. They also seem very tough and have a layer of stuff inside to help avoid punctures. I'm still waiting to see if they make it through the 'hawthorn hedge cutting season' though :)

I got them in the UK from Chain Reaction Cycles for just under £30 inc. delivery (for the pair). I just had a look on the site again and they've been reduced further to £12.99 each inc. delivery - however, the smaller sizes are more expensive for some reason (popularity?).

=w=
Jul 31, 2013, 11:35 AM
I fairly recently bought a pair of Continental Road Touring Plus 700 x 37 for my Dawes Hybrid. It was previously on it's original Vittoria Raddoneur 700 x 38s which were a bit 'squishy' and didn't really handle that well. I never had a big feeling of confidence when leaning into a corner at any great angle.

So, the Contis are much better, plus whilst it's just the "one number" i.e. 37 v. 38, they're quite a bit narrower and also smoother. They also seem very tough and have a layer of stuff inside to help avoid punctures. I'm still waiting to see if they make it through the 'hawthorn hedge cutting season' though :)

I got them in the UK from Chain Reaction Cycles for just under £30 inc. delivery (for the pair). I just had a look on the site again and they've been reduced further to £12.99 each inc. delivery - however, the smaller sizes are more expensive for some reason (popularity?).

Thanks!

To be honest, I still don't really know what I'm looking for haha.

Maybe I'll just buy the nifty white tires I saw.

Life is so hard..

GermanyChris
Jul 31, 2013, 02:11 PM
Thanks!

To be honest, I still don't really know what I'm looking for haha.

Maybe I'll just buy the nifty white tires I saw.

Life is so hard..

Schwalbe Marathon it'll do everything and not break the bank.

=w=
Jul 31, 2013, 05:39 PM
Schwalbe Marathon it'll do everything and not break the bank.

Do you know which size would be best? Do I have to get the same size that I already have or can I get thinner tires?

The numbers on my tires are: 700x35c and 35-622

Also, thanks for the suggestion. From reading some reviews, it seems like these tires are a bit heavy and more for avoiding flats. Since I mostly ride on trails, flats aren't really an issue for me.

GermanyChris
Jul 31, 2013, 05:54 PM
Do you know which size would be best? Do I have to get the same size that I already have or can I get thinner tires?

The numbers on my tires are: 700x35c and 35-622

Also, thanks for the suggestion. From reading some reviews, it seems like these tires are a bit heavy and more for avoiding flats. Since I mostly ride on trails, flats aren't really an issue for me.

First you're on a hybrid so tire weight is kinda isn't really relevant.

I run 35's on anything that is not use specific.

There are two levels of Marathon the wire bead armored and the folding bead supple version..

Buy the wire bead armored kind.

=w=
Jul 31, 2013, 06:19 PM
First you're on a hybrid so tire weight is kinda isn't really relevant.

I run 35's on anything that is not use specific.

There are two levels of Marathon the wire bead armored and the floding supple version..

Buy the wire bead armored kind.

Okay, thanks :)

I'm pretty much retarded when it comes to this stuff. I appreciate the help.

AlphaDogg
Jul 31, 2013, 10:41 PM
New handlebar. FSA Wing Pro. I'm going to LA for vidcon so all I did was transfer my brifters onto it (with new hoods on them, to boot) and I'll cut my cable housing to size and wrap the bars when I return. My bartape of choice? Lizardskins DSP2.5 White/black dual color tape.

http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx1/igesundheit/photo_zps98c70a5a.jpg (http://s736.photobucket.com/user/igesundheit/media/photo_zps98c70a5a.jpg.html)

EazyWeazy3
Aug 1, 2013, 08:57 PM
Does anyone frequent or know of any good bike forums? Especially single speed/road bikes.

I like to look at pictures, a marketplace, etc.

Telp
Aug 1, 2013, 10:37 PM
Does anyone frequent or know of any good bike forums? Especially single speed/road bikes.

I like to look at pictures, a marketplace, etc.

Can't go wrong with http://www.bikeforums.net/forum.php. Great site, very helpful.

kppolich
Aug 2, 2013, 12:15 AM
Added a decent road bike to my stable. Trek 29er, Cervelo P2C Tri Bike, and now a Cervelo R3 Ultegra-6700, full Zipp SC stem/bars/seat post. With my stock RH-500 wheels and fizik ares I have it built for less than $1400 :)
http://imageshack.us/a/img23/3539/9fm5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Z4xvmrgh.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps5398778d.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zpse0c16fb3.jpg

Xavier
Aug 2, 2013, 09:54 AM
Wow, you must have gotten a fantastic deal on the r3! I've been looking at the r5 for its stiffness.

iMpathetic
Aug 2, 2013, 10:36 AM
All-mountain

http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb9910070/p4pb9910070.jpg

The street/dirt jump campus commute slut

http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb9910193/p4pb9910193.jpg

aaand downhill.

http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb9910071/p4pb9910071.jpg

pcmxa
Aug 2, 2013, 04:04 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/08/03/se3ysube.jpg

Still the same 1994 Jamis out and about in abq. Considering converting it to drop bars if I can figure out a way to do it without changing the drive train.

avro707
Aug 3, 2013, 02:30 AM
Thanks a lot!

I was considering some Bontrager tires, since that's what comes on my bike, but I wasn't sure if any of them were actually an upgrade from what I already have.


Forget Bontrager. I had punctures galore with them on my Trek.

Continental are pretty good - I've had good experiences with them so far.

Heavy Fluid
Aug 3, 2013, 11:36 AM
Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/08/03/se3ysube.jpg)

Still the same 1994 Jamis out and about in abq. Considering converting it to drop bars if I can figure out a way to do it without changing the drive train.

That saddle looks unbelievably uncomfortable in that picture. Have you thought about leveling it out?

Menel
Aug 3, 2013, 12:46 PM
Nature Stop photo op today at mile 37/100.

426368

pcmxa
Aug 3, 2013, 05:07 PM
That saddle looks unbelievably uncomfortable in that picture. Have you thought about leveling it out?

Yeah, that saddle has been a pain. Got it when I started riding again after my back injury and the original had totally disintegrated. It was the cheapest that I could find since I wans't even sure my back would take riding. Level it pushes me forward. But in the pic it is too far back. Been adjusting it. Starting to shop for a new one.

Menel
Aug 4, 2013, 04:59 AM
Yeah, that saddle has been a pain. Got it when I started riding again after my back injury and the original had totally disintegrated. It was the cheapest that I could find since I wans't even sure my back would take riding. Level it pushes me forward. But in the pic it is too far back. Been adjusting it. Starting to shop for a new one.

Visit a Specialized brand carrying shop. They have a handy device for measuring width of sit bones, most important metric for saddle as this is what you want bearing weight. Too narrow and pressure in soft nether regions, too wide and thighs rub.

Then they have a pretty thorough catalog of saddles of varying shape to suit casual to racer, from thin to thick padding, etc.

1)Thick padding can sink into skin putting pressure on nerves causing numbness.
2)Thin padding initially beats your ass... But your body will adapt, this is what most endurance cyclist use.

xjacobx
Aug 4, 2013, 06:52 AM
Baby 1

http://31.media.tumblr.com/3412d94089ff5fef3816567175f0322a/tumblr_mjs6qc57c71qbsohzo1_1280.jpg

Baby 2 (RIP)

http://31.media.tumblr.com/89abf1a90811ccb9b2b74b0dbe7d67a6/tumblr_mkx13dlaym1qbsohzo1_1280.jpg

This picture was taken about 2 hours before a car hitting me & destroying this bike. Sad thing was, it was the first day of riding her. At least I was fine.

AppleDApp
Aug 4, 2013, 07:53 AM
Baby 1

Image (http://31.media.tumblr.com/3412d94089ff5fef3816567175f0322a/tumblr_mjs6qc57c71qbsohzo1_1280.jpg)

Baby 2 (RIP)

Image (http://31.media.tumblr.com/89abf1a90811ccb9b2b74b0dbe7d67a6/tumblr_mkx13dlaym1qbsohzo1_1280.jpg)

This picture was taken about 2 hours before a car hitting me & destroying this bike. Sad thing was, it was the first day of riding her. At least I was fine.
Really digging both frames

Illuminated
Aug 7, 2013, 08:35 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1150187_10151837834668000_1345109181_n.jpg

Got a new wheel set (matte black), orange tire for the front, orange grips fro the bullhorns. Removed rear brake.

Love this bike!

pcmxa
Aug 7, 2013, 09:33 PM
Image (https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1150187_10151837834668000_1345109181_n.jpg)

Got a new wheel set (matte black), orange tire for the front, orange grips fro the bullhorns. Removed rear brake.

Love this bike!

Very nice! What is the frame?

Illuminated
Aug 7, 2013, 11:01 PM
Very nice! What is the frame?

It's a Pure Fix bike, I'm assuming they make the frame themselves.

kppolich
Aug 8, 2013, 11:06 PM
Ready to be built up. Black bar tape, blue hudz. Souls look something like this except with black tape. Plus I raced this weekend for that last time on my p2c before the frame gets replaced under warranty (cracked seat stay)

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps40a40fc9.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps32b54c9f.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zpse131a184.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps0bada0a6.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zpsa1a8ca84.jpg

Xavier
Aug 9, 2013, 12:04 AM
Nice R3 build. I am considering the R3 or R5 as my next build.

Heavy Fluid
Aug 9, 2013, 08:00 AM
That R3 is beautiful. Love the color combo!!

MacDawg
Aug 9, 2013, 08:37 AM
Picked up a Cannondale SuperSix 5 105 last night
And the wife picked up the Synapse

We are stepping up from the pair of Cannondale Quick 4's we have

427527

GoCubsGo
Aug 9, 2013, 08:41 AM
Picked up a Cannondale SuperSix 5 105 last night
And the wife picked up the Synapse

We are stepping up from the pair of Cannondale Quick 4's we have

427527

Super fancy. Is it true that a halfway decent road bike should be about $2k? I've seen this particular model when shopping with a friend (if I recall) and some sales guy was saying that anyone getting into riding (road bikes) should be prepared to spend $2k at the very minimum.

MacDawg
Aug 9, 2013, 09:09 AM
Super fancy. Is it true that a halfway decent road bike should be about $2k? I've seen this particular model when shopping with a friend (if I recall) and some sales guy was saying that anyone getting into riding (road bikes) should be prepared to spend $2k at the very minimum.

Probably, if you are getting carbon, but that isn't entirely necessary (although some would disagree)
I was very close to getting the Cannondale CAAD10 5 105 which is a very light aluminum bike with excellent reviews and it lists for about $1500 I think
We buy at REI and get 10% back at the end of the year because we are members

Disclaimer: I am no expert, and we have only been riding a short while but have done a fair amount of reading and researching

GoCubsGo
Aug 9, 2013, 09:54 AM
Probably, if you are getting carbon, but that isn't entirely necessary (although some would disagree)
I was very close to getting the Cannondale CAAD10 5 105 which is a very light aluminum bike with excellent reviews and it lists for about $1500 I think
We buy at REI and get 10% back at the end of the year because we are members

Disclaimer: I am no expert, and we have only been riding a short while but have done a fair amount of reading and researching

Ah, makes sense if you're stepping into carbon. From what I've read and the practical knowledge a family member has, it does sound legit.

With a road bike, I presume lightest is best, no doubt.
Nice bike, both of them. You two sound like you will enjoy them for a very long time.

GermanyChris
Aug 9, 2013, 03:19 PM
Ah, makes sense if you're stepping into carbon. From what I've read and the practical knowledge a family member has, it does sound legit.

With a road bike, I presume lightest is best, no doubt.
Nice bike, both of them. You two sound like you will enjoy them for a very long time.

Whats best is fit and comfort. It the bike fits and is comfy you'll be faster and ride longer. There is a lot of crap info on the web and roadies eat it up because it means they get to buy new stuff. The lightest part of the bike rider package is the bike, loose weight off you and the package get lighter faster but that's not good for epeen. There is one place weight makes a truly noticeable difference and that is wheels, more specifically rims and tires the lighter the rims and tires are the faster they spin up. Aeros can make a difference on the right course if you're fast enough.

I'll stop now.

GoCubsGo
Aug 9, 2013, 03:32 PM
Whats best is fit and comfort. It the bike fits and is comfy you'll be faster and ride longer. There is a lot of crap info on the web and roadies eat it up because it means they get to buy new stuff. The lightest part of the bike rider package is the bike, loose weight off you and the package get lighter faster but that's not good for epeen. There is one place weight makes a truly noticeable difference and that is wheels, more specifically rims and tires the lighter the rims and tires are the faster they spin up. Aeros can make a difference on the right course if you're fast enough.

I'll stop now.

No, please ... keep going. :D
But I agree in terms of what you're saying. I'm one who rides rarely and yet knows more than I should. It comes from just reading and then discussing with people who are avid riders.

Even still, I have two bikes and one sits and collects dust. I need a new quick release on my back tire (long story how that even got lost). I've been considering pulling it down and getting it back up and running. It's just a lowly specialized hard rock where I had hybrid tires put on it when I moved to the other coast. I did less rocky trails and more paved paths. It made sense.

GermanyChris
Aug 9, 2013, 04:24 PM
No, please ... keep going. :D
But I agree in terms of what you're saying. I'm one who rides rarely and yet knows more than I should. It comes from just reading and then discussing with people who are avid riders.

Even still, I have two bikes and one sits and collects dust. I need a new quick release on my back tire (long story how that even got lost). I've been considering pulling it down and getting it back up and running. It's just a lowly specialized hard rock where I had hybrid tires put on it when I moved to the other coast. I did less rocky trails and more paved paths. It made sense.

Hardrocks are fine just not expensive 'tis best not to mix quality and cost in the bike world. Super Record is not thousands better than Athena I'm of the opinion that if you "needed" go fast uber parts your team would be buying them for you everyone else is trying to buy speed.."Don't buy upgrades ride up grades"--Eddy Merckx

If you riding on a bike path you will not get anymore pleasure riding at a running pace on and multi-thousand bicycle that you will on a thrift store bike maybe even less if it scares you to scratch it. People here have complexes of the tiniest thing on their MBP can you imagine there fear if it costs twice as much?

Anyway go spend $15 on a quick release, $10 on some new tubes, and while your at the shot sit on one of those new hi tech a$$ measurers ti find out what width saddle you need and make sure the one at home is consistent with your rear, if not most shops have tryout saddles try a couple and see how they work. If you can't find a happy place find a fitter pay them the $100 to fit you to your bike a then ride. A fitter and a good saddle are truly worth the money.

You generally don't need to tell women this but don't let your ego get in the way of the riding if something doesn't feel right it's not STOP this is especially true getting back into it. The key is to ride consistently not necessarily fast.

GoCubsGo
Aug 9, 2013, 06:32 PM
Hardrocks are fine just not expensive 'tis best not to mix quality and cost in the bike world. Super Record is not thousands better than Athena I'm of the opinion that if you "needed" go fast uber parts your team would be buying them for you everyone else is trying to buy speed.."Don't buy upgrades ride up grades"--Eddy Merckx

If you riding on a bike path you will not get anymore pleasure riding at a running pace on and multi-thousand bicycle that you will on a thrift store bike maybe even less if it scares you to scratch it. People here have complexes of the tiniest thing on their MBP can you imagine there fear if it costs twice as much?

Anyway go spend $15 on a quick release, $10 on some new tubes, and while your at the shot sit on one of those new hi tech a$$ measurers ti find out what width saddle you need and make sure the one at home is consistent with your rear, if not most shops have tryout saddles try a couple and see how they work. If you can't find a happy place find a fitter pay them the $100 to fit you to your bike a then ride. A fitter and a good saddle are truly worth the money.

You generally don't need to tell women this but don't let your ego get in the way of the riding if something doesn't feel right it's not STOP this is especially true getting back into it. The key is to ride consistently not necessarily fast.

That's good info. I didn't know you could be fitted for a saddle nowadays. I'll check that out because as a female, I know the pain of riding on an ill-fitted saddle.

Heavy Fluid
Aug 10, 2013, 05:44 AM
That's good info. I didn't know you could be fitted for a saddle nowadays. I'll check that out because as a female, I know the pain of riding on an ill-fitted saddle.

Shops that are authorized to sell Specialized bikes will often have saddle fitting available. They call it the ass-o-meter. It's not a joke, that is what most of the dealers call it. Get fitted, and check out their saddles. It is all I will ride, even on a non Specialized bike.

=w=
Aug 10, 2013, 06:30 AM
That's good info. I didn't know you could be fitted for a saddle nowadays. I'll check that out because as a female, I know the pain of riding on an ill-fitted saddle.

Yup. My mission today is to find a shop here that will measure my butt for me.

I like the saddle that came with my bike, but if I could find something even more comfortable, i'm all about it.

I don't know if you wear bike shorts, Jessica, but they have made a world of difference for me.

GermanyChris
Aug 10, 2013, 06:40 AM
Yup. My mission today is to find a shop here that will measure my butt for me.

I like the saddle that came with my bike, but if I could find something even more comfortable, i'm all about it.

I don't know if you wear bike shorts, Jessica, but they have made a world of difference for me.

They do for some but for me they cause more problems than the solve. A few years ago I discovered Brooks, a B17 normal is right for me no shorts and no special cycling clothes.

=w=
Aug 10, 2013, 06:45 AM
They do for some but for me they cause more problems than the solve. A few years ago I discovered Brooks, a B17 normal is right for me no shorts and no special cycling clothes.

It would be awesome if I could find a seat that enables me to go without the padded shorts.

If i'm riding for more than like 5 miles, I will get numb in all the wrong places, so it makes it hard for me to actually commute on my bike.

GermanyChris
Aug 10, 2013, 07:03 AM
It would be awesome if I could find a seat that enables me to go without the padded shorts.

If i'm riding for more than like 5 miles, I will get numb in all the wrong places, so it makes it hard for me to actually commute on my bike.

Thats where the proper saddle comes in. Saddles are a personal thing even more so with women. From what I understand women are more sensitive to saddle bar drop too. I'm not a woman so I an only repeat things I hear, but I do know your sensitive bits shouldn't be getting numb. If I were you I'd get my a$$ measured to, people no kidding love these a$$ measurers. Shorts shouldn't compensate for a bad fit and uncomfortable saddle they should compliment correct fit and saddle. This in my experience is the number one reason people stop riding bikes. They're uncomfortable and think they need special fruity colored tight clothes to be comfortable. I ride everyday if it's not raining to work, to get groceries, to get a beer. I own one jersey and one pair of shorts.

=w=
Aug 10, 2013, 07:07 AM
Thats where the proper saddle comes in. Saddles are a personal thing even more so with women. From what I understand women are more sensitive to saddle bar drop too. I'm not a woman so I an only repeat things I hear, but I do know your sensitive bits shouldn't be getting numb. If I were you I'd get my a$$ measured to, people no kidding love these a$$ measurers. Shorts shouldn't compensate for a bad fit and uncomfortable saddle they should compliment correct fit and saddle. This in my experience is the number one reason people stop riding bikes. They're uncomfortable and think they need special fruity colored tight clothes to be comfortable. I ride everyday if it's not raining to work, to get groceries, to get a beer. I own one jersey and one pair of shorts.

Well, my hands and legs get numb too.. that's from a medical thing, though.

The lady part numbness thing only happens during riding, so I don't think it's the medical issue coming into play.

Thanks a lot for the insight. Hopefully I can find somewhere here today.

GermanyChris
Aug 10, 2013, 07:13 AM
Well, my hands and legs get numb too.. that's from a medical thing, though.

The lady part numbness thing only happens during riding, so I don't think it's the medical issue coming into play.

Thanks a lot for the insight. Hopefully I can find somewhere here today.

It seems like you have too much saddle bar drop too. People who have numbness in the hand/arms are supporting too much weight with their hands. Leg numbness can come from or be exacerbated by a saddle that is to nose up.

You should give a good fitting a try also.

GoCubsGo
Aug 10, 2013, 08:13 AM
Yup. My mission today is to find a shop here that will measure my butt for me.

I like the saddle that came with my bike, but if I could find something even more comfortable, i'm all about it.

I don't know if you wear bike shorts, Jessica, but they have made a world of difference for me.

I do not. But I think you have the ones my sister recommended, right?

=w=
Aug 10, 2013, 11:28 AM
It seems like you have too much saddle bar drop too. People who have numbness in the hand/arms are supporting too much weight with their hands. Leg numbness can come from or be exacerbated by a saddle that is to nose up.

You should give a good fitting a try also.

I had it fitted when I originally got the bike, but it may have adjusted on its own over a little time.

The numbness in the extremities is due to MS mostly. I'm sure a little of it has to do with the bike.

I do not. But I think you have the ones my sister recommended, right?

Yeah, i'm pretty sure I got those. I have a few others as well. I just bought a pair of Louis Garneau shorts that I really like.

GermanyChris
Aug 10, 2013, 11:38 AM
I had it fitted when I originally got the bike, but it may have adjusted on its own over a little time.

The numbness in the extremities is due to MS mostly. I'm sure a little of it has to do with the bike.



Yeah, i'm pretty sure I got those. I have a few others as well. I just bought a pair of Louis Garneau shorts that I really like.

Are you a member of at thepaceline.net? there are some smart fast women over there. If your not you ought to try it out, it's a good place.

=w=
Aug 10, 2013, 12:29 PM
Are you a member of at thepaceline.net? there are some smart fast women over there. If your not you ought to try it out, it's a good place.

Nope, i've never heard of it. I will check it out. Thank you.

I've been a runner most of my life and just recently got into bikes. I've only done a triathlon and a ride for the cure type deal.

I'm not that interested in going terribly fast, per se. Biking is like a part workout/part leisurely activity for me.

I ended up buying new tires today. Went to Performance Bicycle and was looking at the Continentals (~$50 ea) and some Forté (~$18 ea) tires and ended up deciding on some WTB Slick 32c (~$25 ea) after talking to the guy who works there. I wanted something they had in stock so I could get them to put them on right there.
http://media.performancebike.com/images/performance/products/700/50-8150-NCL-ANGLE.JPG

Also replaced my stock pedals with these Forté Courier pedals:
http://media.performancebike.com/images/performance/products/700/50-8276-SIL-angle.jpg

Not sure how I feel about the clips, really. I like them and I don't. My old hybrid was higher off the ground, so I could decide to not ride with the clips and just flip the pedal over. These ones scrape off the ground if I make the slightest turn.

Heavy Fluid
Aug 10, 2013, 01:17 PM
I have always been scared to death of rat trap pedals like those. I run SPD's on all of my bikes now, and will always. I like the connectivity, and you can even get a more casual shoe that will accept the cleat so that you can ride/commute and not look like a biker when you get to your destination.

GermanyChris
Aug 10, 2013, 02:42 PM
I have always been scared to death of rat trap pedals like those. I run SPD's on all of my bikes now, and will always. I like the connectivity, and you can even get a more casual shoe that will accept the cleat so that you can ride/commute and not look like a biker when you get to your destination.

the appropriate shoe for toe clips has a plastic or carbon-fiber sole and cleat too. We uswd these for generations SPD has its issues too just like Time and Look.

=w=
Aug 10, 2013, 03:49 PM
I have always been scared to death of rat trap pedals like those. I run SPD's on all of my bikes now, and will always. I like the connectivity, and you can even get a more casual shoe that will accept the cleat so that you can ride/commute and not look like a biker when you get to your destination.

I usually keep them loose enough that I can easily slip my foot out in case of an emergency. When I had them on my previous bike, I had to slip my feet out and jump off my bike and was able to do it quickly enough.

I'm not sure I could deal with clipless peddles at this point. If I start riding a lot more (and more "seriously), I will most likely graduate to those.

the appropriate shoe for toe clips has a plastic or carbon-fiber sole and cleat too. We uswd these for generations SPD has its issues too just like Time and Look.

I have found that the best "regular" shoes (that I've tried, anyway) are Nike Free's. The sole isn't wide, so it easily slides in and out and they don't have a lot of tread, so it doesn't catch on the pedal.

GermanyChris
Aug 10, 2013, 04:21 PM
I usually keep them loose enough that I can easily slip my foot out in case of an emergency. When I had them on my previous bike, I had to slip my feet out and jump off my bike and was able to do it quickly enough.

I'm not sure I could deal with clipless peddles at this point. If I start riding a lot more (and more "seriously), I will most likely graduate to those.



I have found that the best "regular" shoes (that I've tried, anyway) are Nike Free's. The sole isn't wide, so it easily slides in and out and they don't have a lot of tread, so it doesn't catch on the pedal.

These are the proper shoes for toe clips with a cleat.

Mr. McMac
Aug 12, 2013, 02:22 PM
A bike store from 1910

Illuminated
Aug 12, 2013, 04:28 PM
A bike store from 1910

It's kind of crazy how little the bike has changed in form. Similar parts and the way everything worked! Crazyyyy!

Mr. McMac
Aug 12, 2013, 04:34 PM
It's kind of crazy how little the bike has changed in form. Similar parts and the way everything worked! Crazyyyy!

I hear ya pal. Great photo, isn't it? Here's the website

http://www.shorpy.com/

Illuminated
Aug 21, 2013, 10:40 PM
https://sphotos-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1208825_10151870391423000_619963485_n.jpg

Just got a new Aerospoke rim for the front. So bada**! Love this bike to pieces!

midwestfisherma
Aug 22, 2013, 02:02 AM
Image (https://sphotos-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1208825_10151870391423000_619963485_n.jpg)

Just got a new Aerospoke rim for the front. So bada**! Love this bike to pieces!

Just looking at that seat make my testicles ache!

Illuminated
Aug 22, 2013, 11:19 AM
Just looking at that seat make my testicles ache!

It's not bad actually. I'm riding in comfort honestly. Although I am shopping around for a new seat that's a tad higher quality. But this seat currently isn't painful at all.

Heavy Fluid
Aug 22, 2013, 01:09 PM
Love the aerospoke. Going the same on the rear? The saddle doesn't look too bad, and with the proper clothing, shouldn't be an issue.

OllyW
Aug 22, 2013, 01:16 PM
Just sold this.

429539

Picking up a new 29er single speed tomorrow. :)

Illuminated
Aug 22, 2013, 02:25 PM
Love the aerospoke. Going the same on the rear? The saddle doesn't look too bad, and with the proper clothing, shouldn't be an issue.

I think I'm gonna hold off on spending another 325 bucks or more (if I want to get an orange aerospoke rim). I like the way it looks with just the front being aerospoke!

dhindo
Aug 22, 2013, 02:42 PM
Speaking of saddles... I switch from the Tiogas to Flyxii carbon saddles...

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2859/9572733070_1c047133c6_b.jpg

minisuds7
Aug 22, 2013, 02:59 PM
Left to Right:
Vintage Hawthorne (year unknown): Picked this from the rafters of a family friend's garage. I've done nothing to it except air up the tires (I was shocked when they held air haha). I use it for commuting around town and I might use it for campus commutes next semester as well.

Trek 4500 (2004?): My 8th grade science teacher gave this to me after finishing middle school. He found it ditched on the trail with a severely bent rim and no chain or rear derailleur. He fixed it up and it's been a beater since. Needs a new tube and tire at the moment.

2012 Trek Gary Fisher Mamba: My first real baby that I bought with grad money. This bike is an absolute blast on the trails. Upgraded the tires to the 2013 Bontrager 29-3s and the rear derailleur to a Deore XT that I got for cheap.

2013 Trek 1.1: My first road bike ever that I got this past spring. It's pretty basic, but it got me hooked and I'm keeping it for good. Rolls smooth and fast. All I've done is change the seat, installed some basic Shimano road pedals, and add a computer.

Trek 3500 (2011?): I got this from a friend of mine about a month ago because he was moving to Arizona. Does decent on the trails but needs better tires. Pretty basic components but rides and shifts pretty smooth.

Xavier
Aug 22, 2013, 09:45 PM
Haven't posted this in awhile.

http://www.pedalroom.com/p/bianchi-pista-concept-3176_32.jpg
http://www.pedalroom.com/p/bianchi-pista-concept-2007-3176_38.jpg

She is track ready. Excuse the pedal setup and tires (street use).

Heavy Fluid
Aug 23, 2013, 12:47 PM
Looking at the Aerospoke site. I would really like at least a front wheel for my cyclocross bike (which never goes off road) and I need disc brake compatible. They make these, correct?

cderalow
Aug 23, 2013, 01:47 PM
Looking at the Aerospoke site. I would really like at least a front wheel for my cyclocross bike (which never goes off road) and I need disc brake compatible. They make these, correct?

yes, it's an $83 add option when you order them

kppolich
Aug 26, 2013, 03:51 PM
Finally done! Just buttoning up a few details and removing the front wheel branding. The powertap is new training tool for me, should be quite useful on the trainer.

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/631995582740a496674f6576ab012d87_zps92620ba2.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/2874a994ca5b99b4f100821b2fd52651_zpsf575ff4b.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/c2b7d027fdb565bf2e4f0c9321662b94_zpsc890fd8d.jpg

Goftrey
Aug 26, 2013, 04:17 PM
Up the Brecon Beacons. Decent climbing up there. Beautiful 30kph headwind going up half of them too - which was, of course welcomed with open arms.

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc371/Niall_Boxhall/photo3_zpsfe62d496.jpg

OllyW
Aug 27, 2013, 02:24 PM
Got my new Cannondale Trail SL 3 SS at the weekend. :)

430247

430248

MacDawg
Aug 27, 2013, 02:28 PM
Got my new Cannondale Trail SL 3 SS at the weekend. :)

Congrats and enjoy the ride!

kppolich
Aug 29, 2013, 04:23 PM
Done minus the adamo road saddle coming this weekend. I'm satisfied

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps1b7a662f.jpg

pcmxa
Aug 29, 2013, 07:18 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/08/30/dytusyma.jpg

Just got this last week. Setup as a single speed for in town riding. Been living it so far, even with hills kicking my butt riding home from work with a 25 pound pack.

imjoee
Aug 31, 2013, 10:18 PM
I recently did a TON of research and purchased a 2013 TREK 7.2 MATTE Black with red detail, costing me $550.

Love it, i bike nyc and it's perfect for 40+ mile bike rides.


it's a hybrid bike.

GermanyChris
Sep 1, 2013, 01:40 AM
I recently did a TON of research and purchased a 2013 TREK 7.2 MATTE Black with red detail, costing me $550.

Love it, i bike nyc and it's perfect for 40+ mile bike rides.


it's a hybrid bike.

This is a picture thread :eek:

imjoee
Sep 1, 2013, 10:56 AM
This is a picture thread :eek:

Why just tell me?

GermanyChris
Sep 1, 2013, 11:48 AM
Why just tell me?

My bikes are already posted, yours however are not.

Orange Crane
Sep 3, 2013, 03:11 PM
Something old, something new (to me at least). '02 kona lava dome seeing some action in the San Juans this weekend, and my recently acquired '81 univega sportour getting some love.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/9659030532_9d9d46412a_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3806/9655838873_02225f763f_c.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5335/9658865963_ceff978fdd_c.jpg

GermanyChris
Sep 3, 2013, 03:14 PM
Something old, something new (to me at least). '02 kona lava dome seeing some action in the San Juans this weekend, and my recently acquired '81 univega sportour getting some love.

Image (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/9659030532_9d9d46412a_c.jpg)

Image (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3806/9655838873_02225f763f_c.jpg)

Image (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5335/9658865963_ceff978fdd_c.jpg)

How's that old Japanese steel ride?

It's kinda racy for you most assuredly for me.

Orange Crane
Sep 3, 2013, 03:22 PM
How's that old Japanese steel ride?

It's kinda racy for you most assuredly for me.
Its sweet, the gears and brake levers were swapped out more recently so it feels kinda newer than it is in spite of those down low friction shifters. Good ride, definitely a racer though I'm not a speeder. Still getting used to drop bars. A little freaky down Seattle hills, real nice going up compared to the 40 lbs, 7 and 8 speed publics I've spent so much time on. I'm trying to figure out how to fit fenders on it presently.

GermanyChris
Sep 3, 2013, 03:30 PM
Its sweet, the gears and brake levers were swapped out more recently so it feels kinda newer than it is in spite of those down low friction shifters. Good ride, definitely a racer though I'm not a speeder. Still getting used to drop bars. A little freaky down Seattle hills, real nice going up compared to the 40 lbs, 7 and 8 speed publics I've spent so much time on. I'm trying to figure out how to fit fenders on it presently.

Once you get the hang of drop bars you'll never go back! There are just to many hand positions available.

There are both metal and plastic fenders for your bike I'd stick with plastic and removable. You don't need this to be your all weather bike you need something just in case it rains.

Sodner
Sep 3, 2013, 03:47 PM
http://db.tt/gc1PLpL7

My "rails to trails" bike.

http://db.tt/9zN4FXM4

Street bike. I've changed the seat out for a Fizik and upgraded to Ultegra Di2 Electronic shifting.

snebes
Sep 3, 2013, 09:12 PM
Raleigh Misceo 2.0. First bike in 10 years, for outdoor activity. Lovin it so far.

AppleDApp
Sep 3, 2013, 11:06 PM
Something old, something new (to me at least). '02 kona lava dome seeing some action in the San Juans this weekend, and my recently acquired '81 univega sportour getting some love.

Image (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/9659030532_9d9d46412a_c.jpg)

Image (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3806/9655838873_02225f763f_c.jpg)

Image (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5335/9658865963_ceff978fdd_c.jpg)

Best looking pictures

Orange Crane
Sep 3, 2013, 11:52 PM
Best looking pictures
:o Silly amounts of fun.

Grabbed this old Schwinn for a song this afternoon. It needed a little love and some new cables but otherwise in very nice shape. The old three speed hub is neat. It's going to get done up something else in the paint job soon..

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5469/9667477193_170e389daa_c.jpg

Licensed and everything. :p

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/9667537529_330700d2a8_z.jpg

AppleDApp
Sep 3, 2013, 11:55 PM
:o Silly amounts of fun.

Grabbed this old Schwinn for a song this afternoon. It needed a little love and some new cables but otherwise in very nice shape. The old three speed hub is neat. It's going to get done up something else in the paint job soon..

Image (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5469/9667477193_170e389daa_c.jpg)

I'd love to have a cruiser like this.

=w=
Sep 4, 2013, 07:47 AM
Image (http://db.tt/gc1PLpL7)

My "rails to trails" bike.

Image (http://db.tt/9zN4FXM4)

Street bike. I've changed the seat out for a Fizik and upgraded to Ultegra Di2 Electronic shifting.

Do you ride the GAP trail? More specifically the newer part near Costco?

I was actually just coming in here to ask some of these knowledgeable folks about the legality of stop signs on bike trails and whether they can actually be enforced by giving a ticket.

I don't ride down that way too often anymore because of the stop signs and the blatant disregard for pedestrians and bikers by the drivers. I've actually stopped at the stop signs and the cars still just do what they want and act like no one else travels any other way. I can't even count how many times i've nearly been hit by a driver who simply didn't look to the right, because he/she was making a right hand turn.

Sodner
Sep 4, 2013, 07:53 AM
Do you ride the GAP trail? More specifically the newer part near Costco?

I was actually just coming in here to ask some of these knowledgeable folks about the legality of stop signs on bike trails and whether they can actually be enforced by giving a ticket.

I don't ride down that way too often anymore because of the stop signs and the blatant disregard for pedestrians and bikers by the drivers. I've actually stopped at the stop signs and the cars still just do what they want and act like no one else travels any other way. I can't even count how many times i've nearly been hit by a driver who simply didn't look to the right, because he/she was making a right hand turn.

No I haven't ridden that part of the GAP Trail, I mostly ride on the Montour Trail. As to your point. I heard a news story recently that police were ticketing bikers who were going through stop signs at the Riverfront. They need to ticket the CARS that ignore the bikers.

=w=
Sep 4, 2013, 08:02 AM
No I haven't ridden that part of the GAP Trail, I mostly ride on the Montour Trail. As to your point. I heard a news story recently that police were ticketing bikers who were going through stop signs at the Riverfront. They need to ticket the CARS that ignore the bikers.

Ohh, i've only been on the Montour trail a few times. I tend to stay around the Downtown area with the Jail Trail and Three Rivers Heritage trails and I ride along the North Shore and the point and cross the bridges a lot.

I did see a sign yesterday for the Tour the Montour on the 21st of this month. I'll probably do the 44 unless I go with friends who don't ride much, then we'll probably do the 22 at a slow pace.

Yeah, they were ticketing bikers even when cars weren't coming anywhere. They were recording people riding down there and counting how many people stopped at the stop signs then pulled the ones over who didn't stop and asked them why they didn't stop, etc.

I found it hilarious when someone was making a left hand turn across a double yellow line to go in one of the entrances and the biker didn't stop at the stop sign and HE'S the one who got into trouble.. not the person driving the car. Pretty sure that's a legitimate traffic violation.

It's really frustrating. I know it's for the safety of the bikers, but enforcing the traffic laws as well would be even more safe.

Sorry for the long post, I am a nerd and think it's cool that you live near me, haha

Sodner
Sep 4, 2013, 08:14 AM
Ohh, i've only been on the Montour trail a few times. I tend to stay around the Downtown area with the Jail Trail and Three Rivers Heritage trails and I ride along the North Shore and the point and cross the bridges a lot.

I did see a sign yesterday for the Tour the Montour on the 21st of this month. I'll probably do the 44 unless I go with friends who don't ride much, then we'll probably do the 22 at a slow pace.

Yeah, they were ticketing bikers even when cars weren't coming anywhere. They were recording people riding down there and counting how many people stopped at the stop signs then pulled the ones over who didn't stop and asked them why they didn't stop, etc.

I found it hilarious when someone was making a left hand turn across a double yellow line to go in one of the entrances and the biker didn't stop at the stop sign and HE'S the one who got into trouble.. not the person driving the car. Pretty sure that's a legitimate traffic violation.

It's really frustrating. I know it's for the safety of the bikers, but enforcing the traffic laws as well would be even more safe.

Sorry for the long post, I am a nerd and think it's cool that you live near me, haha

Ya I saw the bit on the news about it. Legal or not I too drift through a stop sign on a trail that crosses a road if I look and see no cars coming. Is it even legal to ticket a bicyclist? I mean do I get points on my license for that? Crazy.

=w=
Sep 4, 2013, 09:29 AM
Ya I saw the bit on the news about it. Legal or not I too drift through a stop sign on a trail that crosses a road if I look and see no cars coming. Is it even legal to ticket a bicyclist? I mean do I get points on my license for that? Crazy.

I think they stopped ticketing and just started warning after people questioned the legality of it. They are just issuing warnings until they investigate it.

It doesn't give you points against your license.

craigd
Sep 5, 2013, 05:40 AM
Finally dragged my Surly LHT out of the shed.

Aiming to spend some time on it with my new Chariot CX2

MacDawg
Sep 6, 2013, 07:14 AM
redwarrior and I started biking this Spring on a pair of Cannondale Quick 4's
We upgraded a few weeks ago to these and have really enjoyed them
We put over 280 miles on them in August

Cannondale SuperSix 5 105
431809

Cannondale Synapse
431810

Sodner
Sep 6, 2013, 07:22 AM
redwarrior and I started biking this Spring on a pair of Cannondale Quick 4's
We upgraded a few weeks ago to these and have really enjoyed them
We put over 280 miles on them in August

Cannondale SuperSix 5 105
431809

Cannondale Synapse
431810

Nice bikes! I too have a Cannondale Synapse 105. Great bike. Though I ride my newer, lighter Trek Domane 5.2 most of the time now. I'll have to post a picture.

lezmace
Sep 7, 2013, 12:15 AM
Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Comp 2014http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/07/teje2eje.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/07/7y7a9u5u.jpg

kppolich
Sep 7, 2013, 11:05 AM
100% complete
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/890/dfja.jpg

Xavier
Sep 7, 2013, 11:47 AM
Where is the second bottle cage?

TrillyandTruly
Sep 7, 2013, 04:33 PM
Nothing fancy. Just an entry level bike. Planning on tweaking her a bit in the near future.

http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac52/naturalcalamity/IMG_00000239_edit.jpg (http://s885.photobucket.com/user/naturalcalamity/media/IMG_00000239_edit.jpg.html)

kppolich
Sep 7, 2013, 10:34 PM
Where is the second bottle cage?

Took it off for my sprint tri tomorrow. Wish I had my tri bike, but its currently the frame getting replaced under warranty through Cervelo. This will have to do for the 20k hilly bike course tomorrow.

lshirase
Sep 10, 2013, 02:34 AM
http://www.pedalroom.com/p/735tr-4262_1.jpg

dhindo
Sep 10, 2013, 10:08 AM
Nothing fancy. Just an entry level bike. Planning on tweaking her a bit in the near future.

Image (http://s885.photobucket.com/user/naturalcalamity/media/IMG_00000239_edit.jpg.html)


my favorite Bianchi color scheme :)

mizaco
Sep 10, 2013, 11:27 AM
@op damn how old is that bike?!

MyMac1976
Sep 10, 2013, 12:47 PM
Image (http://www.pedalroom.com/p/735tr-4262_1.jpg)

That bike even looks heavy..

Goftrey
Sep 11, 2013, 09:58 AM
Image (http://www.pedalroom.com/p/735tr-4262_1.jpg)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HHhitiSqHGU/TvVq4MgKjjI/AAAAAAAAAXc/omMY-Mc8g3M/s1600/mother-god-meme.jpg

Sodner
Sep 11, 2013, 10:00 AM
Nothing fancy. Just an entry level bike. Planning on tweaking her a bit in the near future.

Image (http://s885.photobucket.com/user/naturalcalamity/media/IMG_00000239_edit.jpg.html)

Nice bike. Love the color but I'd go white on the bottle cage. You can tell the color is not quite a match. :(

Heavy Fluid
Sep 11, 2013, 10:26 AM
Nice bike. Love the color but I'd go white on the bottle cage. You can tell the color is not quite a match. :(

White or black would look great on there.

Sodner
Sep 11, 2013, 11:40 AM
White or black would look great on there.

Ya I'm a bit anal with some things. I got a reg Bontrager (Trek brand) bottle cage for my red Trek Domane and it wasn't the proper shade of red. Went with white instead.

sk1wbw
Sep 12, 2013, 02:32 PM
I've got a Specialized right now, which I think I've put a pic up of...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8294413221_db2e55a42b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctt1wbw/8294413221/)
Specialized! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctt1wbw/8294413221/) by ctt1wbw (http://www.flickr.com/people/ctt1wbw/), on Flickr

But now the wife just got a new job paying about 60k a year and she said later on she'd get me a road bike. Now I'm no Lance Armstrong... I'm 6'2" and about 250 pounds, hopefully after riding a lot it'll be less. But I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a good road bike for a guy my size. I love my Specialized, so I'd like to stay with it. Someone recommended the Roubaix model line up.

AppleDApp
Sep 12, 2013, 10:22 PM
But now the wife just got a new job paying about 60k a year and she said later on she'd get me a road bike. Now I'm no Lance Armstrong... I'm 6'2" and about 250 pounds, hopefully after riding a lot it'll be less. But I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a good road bike for a guy my size. I love my Specialized, so I'd like to stay with it. Someone recommended the Roubaix model line up.

If you do longer rides the Roubaix is the best bet from Specialized.

I have a friend your size riding a Tarmac SL3 Expert if you want a more agressive geometry.

sk1wbw
Sep 13, 2013, 05:03 AM
If you do longer rides the Roubaix is the best bet from Specialized.

I have a friend your size riding a Tarmac SL3 Expert if you want a more agressive geometry.

I've been noticing that front disc brakes are not that common on road bikes, is it due to the weight or some other reason?

AppleDApp
Sep 13, 2013, 07:16 AM
I've been noticing that front disc brakes are not that common on road bikes, is it due to the weight or some other reason?

AFAIK no true road bike has disc brakes. Weight is certainly part of the reason.
Disc brakes were added to MTB to help you stop better when you had gunk on your tires. It's also less friction.

On road bikes you won't be riding in nearly as much gunk.

sk1wbw
Sep 13, 2013, 07:51 AM
AFAIK no true road bike has disc brakes. Weight is certainly part of the reason.
Disc brakes were added to MTB to help you stop better when you had gunk on your tires. It's also less friction.

On road bikes you won't be riding in nearly as much gunk.

I've still got a ways to go to lose some extra pounds and save up. I really don't want to spend more than two grand or so.

bhtwo
Sep 13, 2013, 09:47 AM
Some nice bikes here you skips... back in the day I had a Vitus Tour replica...

Had to sell for some computer stuff... I'll get back in the saddle someday.

sk1wbw
Sep 13, 2013, 04:15 PM
Okay sound off, who has a Fuji road bike and can you recommend it? They seem to have a rather lengthy selection of nice bikes and someone else recommended that I check them out.

master00
Sep 13, 2013, 04:19 PM
http://s8.postimg.org/ff0f7eajp/image.jpg

dhindo
Sep 13, 2013, 07:55 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7331/9617994305_db65485b57_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7363/9736351277_ea4c4b719b_b.jpg

MyMac1976
Sep 14, 2013, 12:36 PM
AFAIK no true road bike has disc brakes. Weight is certainly part of the reason.
Disc brakes were added to MTB to help you stop better when you had gunk on your tires. It's also less friction.

On road bikes you won't be riding in nearly as much gunk.


disc brakes are being added to true road bikes both cable and hydraulic.

Orange Crane
Sep 15, 2013, 04:27 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7367/9752747006_9f39540e46_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/9701350897_7692984df0_c.jpg

charlesbronsen
Sep 25, 2013, 07:12 AM
Image (http://www.pedalroom.com/p/735tr-4262_1.jpg)

very nice indeed!

what pedals and straps are you using?

dhindo
Oct 10, 2013, 09:16 PM
new toy

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5462/10198981035_75c678e1ae_b.jpg

Menel
Oct 12, 2013, 06:27 AM
Okay sound off, who has a Fuji road bike and can you recommend it? They seem to have a rather lengthy selection of nice bikes and someone else recommended that I check them out.
Yes. While they are not a 'pro tour' brand, they have some pro tour wins the last couple years. Their Altamira design seems to be fantastic.

Their Roubaix is no slouch for those on a budget.

I have a 2008 Roubaix, performance bike special for $630 with tiagra/105. It didn't hold me back, just my own fitness, I could keep up with the local boys.

Have about 14kmiles on it. Few drivetrain pieces are original, but frame is light stiff and still riding strong. My off season winter/rain bike now.

----------

AFAIK no true road bike has disc brakes. Weight is certainly part of the reason.
Disc brakes were added to MTB to help you stop better when you had gunk on your tires. It's also less friction.

On road bikes you won't be riding in nearly as much gunk.
Better brake modulation and reduced stopping distance on descents is the plus, particularly in the rain.

Weight is becoming no longer an issue. Many pro tour bikes have lead weights added near the bottom bracket to bring them up to the UCI minimum weight.

The advanced polymer frames and SRAM Red drivetrains on the 'superbikes' are commonly well below minimum regulatory racing spec already. A few dozen extra grams down low at the wheel axles is perfectly acceptable when the UCI finally gets around to approving disc brakes.

Most if not all the big names have disc brake options on true road bikes on the market.

cloroxbleach4
Oct 16, 2013, 11:17 AM
Just got picked up a Specialized Roubaix. Carbon fiber frame with 105 components. Pretty excited!

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww66/cmnguyen14/Roubaix_zps708a5954.jpg (http://s706.photobucket.com/user/cmnguyen14/media/Roubaix_zps708a5954.jpg.html)

Artofilm
Oct 16, 2013, 12:05 PM
Here are mine.

2012 Pinarello FP Due road bike that just passed 3000KM and a nearly new 2013 Kona Jake the Snake Cyclocross bike. Love them both!!

Xavier
Oct 16, 2013, 07:37 PM
Just got this built up at the shop today. Yes, I still have to take the warning tags off.

http://www.pedalroom.com/p/focus-izalco-team-sl-13944_3.jpg
http://www.pedalroom.com/p/focus-izalco-team-sl-13944_5.jpg

2013 Kona Jake the Snake Cyclocross bike.

Great choice. This is a fantastic bike!

Artofilm
Oct 17, 2013, 08:52 AM
Great choice. This is a fantastic bike!

It was between the Kona and a Giant TCX 1. So glad I went for the Kona!
Already have taken it on some singletrack with some mountain bikers, it held it's own very nicely and it flies up those hills!

Beautiful Felt, btw love it. Don't seem many felt bikes in my area. (whoops, I meant Focus)

Xavier
Oct 17, 2013, 02:10 PM
It was between the Kona and a Giant TCX 1. So glad I went for the Kona!
Already have taken it on some singletrack with some mountain bikers, it held it's own very nicely and it flies up those hills!

Beautiful Felt, btw love it. Don't seem many Felt bikes in my area.

I have test rode the Jake the Snake and the Super Jake. Just fantastic rides.

Also, it is actually a Focus not a Felt. :)

(unless you are talking about that sweet Felt a few posts above)

Orange Crane
Oct 17, 2013, 09:46 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/10260506133_2c84e41605_c.jpg

Artofilm
Oct 18, 2013, 10:58 AM
I have test rode the Jake the Snake and the Super Jake. Just fantastic rides.

Also, it is actually a Focus not a Felt. :)

(unless you are talking about that sweet Felt a few posts above)

Oops, my bad. I was thinking Focus but wrote Felt. Looking at too many bike pics at a time.

MyMac1976
Oct 18, 2013, 01:53 PM
Image (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/10260506133_2c84e41605_c.jpg)

Thankfully you're back there has been more than enough mold bikes and hipster whips.

Orange Crane
Oct 20, 2013, 10:14 PM
Thankfully you're back there has been more than enough mold bikes and hipster whips.
Nobody likes a moldy bike.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/10372273366_29a67f9889_c.jpg

kppolich
Oct 22, 2013, 11:18 PM
Tri bike is back! Swapped the wheels over to my r3 and have the p2c on the trainer with the powertap for training
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zpseee91803.jpg
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll208/kpozr2/null_zps65b26f5d.jpg

Orange Crane
Oct 23, 2013, 01:29 AM
The last boat home

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/10416690604_129a115c4d_z.jpg

velo
Oct 23, 2013, 02:14 AM
Both of the last two posts and the bikes shown with their uses are great in their own way.

Orange Crane
Oct 25, 2013, 09:01 PM
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2832/10463852846_17ba0cad3e_h.jpg

Orange Crane
Oct 27, 2013, 12:23 AM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7439/10502961673_71cd109320_c.jpg

A11en
Oct 27, 2013, 02:30 AM
http://flic.kr/p/h1vQhG

£1000, 18 months later, 8000 miles covered, still mint !

avro707
Oct 27, 2013, 05:22 AM
Just got this built up at the shop today. Yes, I still have to take the warning tags off.

http://www.pedalroom.com/p/focus-izalco-team-sl-13944_3.jpg
http://www.pedalroom.com/p/focus-izalco-team-sl-13944_5.jpg



Great choice. This is a fantastic bike!

Looking pretty nice! Should be fun to ride. :)

These are both of mine:

http://reheatimages.smugmug.com/photos/i-n9WJwRz/0/L/i-n9WJwRz-L.jpg (http://reheatimages.smugmug.com/Other/My-SmugMug-Site-Files-Do-Not/n-xz8JD/i-n9WJwRz/A)

The Giant is getting a lot of riding at the moment, the Trek sits in the living room. I prefer the Giant. Unfortunately as I'm stepping up the intensity of my riding - I'm also finding that various muscles are not so willing to take that - and they give up.

I guess that's what they mean by "learning how to hurt yourself". I think the bike fit needs checking again.

Since I last posted it on here, it has now got Giant Contact SLR stem and Giant carbon bars along with Ultegra PD-6700C carbon pedals. I ended up putting some electrical tape around the middle section of the bars so I could still use the K-Edge Garmin mount without scratching or chipping the bars. It's not tightened very much. Just enough to keep it steady any nothing more.

Someone is trying to encourage me to sign up for a racing license and start racing, but I know I'm not ready for that at the moment. I am having fun trying to beat the local World Champion on Strava, but I know I'm no match for him. He'll readily take back those fastest times with ease, and then some. ;) So 43km/h average speed ended up being reset to 52km/h average speed. No, we aren't going to beat that.

He seems pretty cool though and is great encouragement for a humble nobody like me. :)

Menel
Oct 27, 2013, 05:33 AM
Going for a ride! Lil more driving still :(

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hypertc13
Oct 27, 2013, 10:14 AM
The most recent bike added to my collection. Surly necromancer.

Xavier
Oct 27, 2013, 11:05 AM
Looking pretty nice! Should be fun to ride. :)

These are both of mine:

Image (http://reheatimages.smugmug.com/Other/My-SmugMug-Site-Files-Do-Not/n-xz8JD/i-n9WJwRz/A)

The Giant is getting a lot of riding at the moment, the Trek sits in the living room. I prefer the Giant. Unfortunately as I'm stepping up the intensity of my riding - I'm also finding that various muscles are not so willing to take that - and they give up.

I guess that's what they mean by "learning how to hurt yourself". I think the bike fit needs checking again.

Since I last posted it on here, it has now got Giant Contact SLR stem and Giant carbon bars along with Ultegra PD-6700C carbon pedals. I ended up putting some electrical tape around the middle section of the bars so I could still use the K-Edge Garmin mount without scratching or chipping the bars. It's not tightened very much. Just enough to keep it steady any nothing more.

Someone is trying to encourage me to sign up for a racing license and start racing, but I know I'm not ready for that at the moment. I am having fun trying to beat the local World Champion on Strava, but I know I'm no match for him. He'll readily take back those fastest times with ease, and then some. ;) So 43km/h average speed ended up being reset to 52km/h average speed. No, we aren't going to beat that.

He seems pretty cool though and is great encouragement for a humble nobody like me. :)

You might be surprised at the skill level it takes to race in the Cat5 division. Give a one day license a go and try a road race at the start of the season. What better way to know what you need to work on than to participate in a race?

Also, just talking to others that race will give you great input. Sound like you know some local racers. Find out if your area has a local training road ride, or crit practice. These are also very good ways to gauge your skill against other people that are better than you. There is a local "Pro" rider that lives about 3 blocks from me. He is kind of a staple in the cycling community around me for giving out advice. He is a great guy and even though he can be hard, he knows what it takes to ride at "the next level." He likes to toy with us on Strava. Someone will put down a great number, and he'll beat it by a large margin. He's also the guy that cheers on the newbies and hands out water at cyclocross.

Cat5 doesn't require a skill level but it is courtesy to know how to hold a line, draft, pull and communicate with other riders.

If you know enough to worry about wheel weight then you should try a race.

avro707
Oct 27, 2013, 06:38 PM
You might be surprised at the skill level it takes to race in the Cat5 division. Give a one day license a go and try a road race at the start of the season. What better way to know what you need to work on than to participate in a race?

Also, just talking to others that race will give you great input. Sound like you know some local racers. Find out if your area has a local training road ride, or crit practice. These are also very good ways to gauge your skill against other people that are better than you. There is a local "Pro" rider that lives about 3 blocks from me. He is kind of a staple in the cycling community around me for giving out advice. He is a great guy and even though he can be hard, he knows what it takes to ride at "the next level." He likes to toy with us on Strava. Someone will put down a great number, and he'll beat it by a large margin. He's also the guy that cheers on the newbies and hands out water at cyclocross.

Cat5 doesn't require a skill level but it is courtesy to know how to hold a line, draft, pull and communicate with other riders.

If you know enough to worry about wheel weight then you should try a race.

I don't know him personally - but compete against him on Strava occasionally. He runs a local bike shop - I can probably meet him if I want. He is indeed the world champion (track cyclist), enormously powerful and can sprint like nobody else. Seems pretty cool, and I've been told if you want to learn about handling a bike well, he's the one to ask.

It was suggested I could probably make it in category D (or C at a stretch) with E being lowest. But my race craft isn't that great. I know the communications and holding lines and a bit of pack riding. I can shift along pretty quickly and I'm able to drop some pretty fast riders over longer distances - but the getting the niggling injuries sorted out has to come first, then a heck of a lot of hard riding with the higher graded riders to be really prepared.

=w=
Oct 27, 2013, 06:48 PM
The most recent bike added to my collection. Surly necromancer.

I have a friend with a bike with huge tires like that.. I think his may be a bit bigger than those. Anyway.. every time we go riding together people stare at him.

Then there's me with my Trek like.. hey.

mark!
Oct 27, 2013, 10:56 PM
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