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Old 02-23-07, 01:21 PM   #51
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Training/backup race bike. Just off the trainer, so dismiss the hometainer tire on the back.


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you might want to fix the flats on both of those bikes.
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i think it's the result of uneven pavement.
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It gets me from here to there.

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It gets me from here to there.
from late may to early september when the snow isn't 3' high?
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i think it's the result of uneven pavement.
all that money wasted on bikes and he can't even afford a proper driveway? doubt it.
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from late may to early september when the snow isn't 3' high?

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all that money wasted on bikes and he can't even afford a proper driveway? doubt it.
Wow, your IQ goes down as your post count goes up. Yes, it is the angle of the pic and about a 3/4" step down from the drive to the garage.

And I'd be willing to bet that both of those bikes have similar, if not less money in them than your TCR.
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Wow, your IQ goes down as your post count goes up. Yes, it is the angle of the pic and about a 3/4" step down from the drive to the garage.

And I'd be willing to bet that both of those bikes have similar, if not less money in them than your TCR.
Someone's skin is as thin as their sense of humor is lacking.
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Right, because you have such a history of just taking jabs at people as opposed to just being an ass.
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Right, because you have such a history of just taking jabs at people as opposed to just being an ass.
there's no point in taking "jabs" at you. it would be too easy.
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Wow. Insightful as always.
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Here is something that is completely irrational. I really love the way the Specialized SL's look. I think they are one of the best looking bikes on the market. However I doubt that I'd ever own one. Same thing with Giant. I guess it's because both of these company's used to be entry level and I've got this irrational bias.
+1....back in 80's my dad and I was in China and Taiwan so we visited Giant's factory.
in those days Giant was still kinda new (and no imports to Japan). So we bought some BMX's for us kids and some road bikes for my parents. (arrived in crates back home)....

Long story short, they make great bikes but I've seen where they come from (their history and their factories) so I don't think I'll be able to overcome this stereotype when choosing high end bikes (unless the discount is soooo big I can't refuse...maybe)
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I thought this thread badly needed someone to inject a dose of realism -- ugly amateur porn, if you will.

I give you 25 pounds of unknown provenance lugged steel. 105 parts old enough to have the allen bolt in the front of the shifters, a Litespeed fork, the world's oldest Speedplay pedals, no-name front wheel, and dirty bar tape from when I dropped my chain on the bridge last night. Oh, it does have a new compact crankset and a Powertap Pro for pearls on the pig.

This should reassure a few people that you don't have to have a fancy bike to race. Notice I said nothing about winning..

pure function, no fashion. I love it. Racing's about speed, not the latest styles.

Apart from F1, most race cars are down right ugly when you get up close - but dang they're fast.
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I thought this thread badly needed someone to inject a dose of realism -- ugly amateur porn, if you will.

I give you 25 pounds of unknown provenance lugged steel. 105 parts old enough to have the allen bolt in the front of the shifters, a Litespeed fork, the world's oldest Speedplay pedals, no-name front wheel, and dirty bar tape from when I dropped my chain on the bridge last night. Oh, it does have a new compact crankset and a Powertap Pro for pearls on the pig.

This should reassure a few people that you don't have to have a fancy bike to race. Notice I said nothing about winning..

Hi,

I think your bike is great. I have always said it's the rider, not the bike.

I'm also known to say (because it applies to me), if you can't go fast, look fast. Fortunately, I can afford to look fast. Besides it makes the guys on lesser equipment feel better about themselves. I think of it as a public service to the racing community.
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The Giant in racing trim:


I know thewheels don't match. The Powertap wheel is newer with the dimpled rims and newer decals.

A set of Zipp 303 tubulars is on the way, which will match and will be the race day wheels at least for hilly races.

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I know thewheels don't match the Powertap wheel is newer with the dimpled rims and newer decals.
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Here is something that is completely irrational. I really love the way the Specialized SL's look. I think they are one of the best looking bikes on the market. However I doubt that I'd ever own one. Same thing with Giant. I guess it's because both of these company's used to be entry level and I've got this irrational bias.
When the first Specialized frames came out, they were very high end. The Allez was a very nice racing frame built with the finest investment cast lugs and quality cromo tubing. They were so nice, it was speculated they were built by Yoshi Kono, of 3Rensho fame. The original Sequoia was also very nice, and is still one of the nicest touring frames ever built. All of Specialized original offerings were high end products targeted towards the enthusiast, and it wasn't until later, post-Stumpjumper, which was early 80's, they expanded into what might be considered entry level. But if the current Allez is entry level, well, entry level has changed dramatically in 20-odd years. I would not consider myself held back by my equipment if I was racing on a current properly set up Allez.
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When the first Specialized frames came out, they were very high end. The Allez was a very nice racing frame built with the finest investment cast lugs and quality cromo tubing. They were so nice, it was speculated they were built by Yoshi Kono, of 3Rensho fame. The original Sequoia was also very nice, and is still one of the nicest touring frames ever built. All of Specialized original offerings were high end products targeted towards the enthusiast, and it wasn't until later, post-Stumpjumper, which was early 80's, they expanded into what might be considered entry level. But if the current Allez is entry level, well, entry level has changed dramatically in 20-odd years. I would not consider myself held back by my equipment if I was racing on a current properly set up Allez.
I didn't get into cycling until the late 80's so I missed the first Specialized era. I agree with you that the current line of high end Specialized road bikes are great bikes, it's just that I have a irrational prejudice against them.
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I didn't get into cycling until the late 80's so I missed the first Specialized era. I agree with you that the current line of high end Specialized road bikes are great bikes, it's just that I have a irrational prejudice against them.
there's nothing irrational about having a sense of aesthetics.
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Cool, how are you liking your team sl now that it's built up, cslone?
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Training/backup race bike. Just off the trainer, so dismiss the hometainer tire on the back.


Race bike

Your powertap mount is on incorrectly on both of your bikes. it needs to be rotated 90 degrees so the round part is on the stem. Not sure what the issues would be with it setup like you have but it isnt worth risking losing the cpu.
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Your powertap mount is on incorrectly on both of your bikes. it needs to be rotated 90 degrees so the round part is on the stem. Not sure what the issues would be with it setup like you have but it isnt worth risking losing the cpu.
It works fine, but thanks. I don't like the cpu on my bars.

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