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Old 08-17-12, 03:17 AM   #1
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If ya got it, flaunt it!

I have always wanted a titanium bike, but I could never afford one. Until now.

I recently acquired a One-Off custom built titanium bike. The builder, Mike Augspurger, was one of the original founders of Merlin Metalworks. One of the unique things about this bike that is rarely seen nowadays is the (handmade) titanium fork, another is the accompanying titanium rack (and water bottle cages).

Another really unusual feature of this bike is its odd combination of performance wheels and mountain bike drivetrain. The original owner of this bike used it to ride through several regions in Europe, including some of the famous mountain passes.

I felt fortunate to find it, and I have been loving the heck out of riding it. I've only found two or three other One-Off bikes pictured on the internet, so I thought I would share. The pictures, that is. The photos are too large for embedding in the post, but you can check the bike out at https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=C5295...673790E%213550
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I don't but wish I did!
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It looks like it could easily handle another tour of Europe. Great build history and a sturdy titanium fork - thanks for showing it off. I have always wanted a titanium bike too.
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Let's see if I can get a pic up here.

Cool bicycle.

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Thanks for the picture help!
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Thanks for the picture help!
Hope you didn't mind!

I really like the business like combination of components.

Long rides require dependable gear!

How does she handle with a load on the back?
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That is one seriously nice bike! Even I would be interested in something like that, though I'd probably make a few component changes to suit my riding and sense of aesthetics.
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How does she handle with a load on the back?
I haven't tried it with a load, nor do I really intend to. The wheelbase is so short, and tires so thin, I consider this more of a "performance touring" bike, the rack is handy for light loads or a rack pack. If I want to get serious about a tour I have a Trek 520 or recumbent that I will use.
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Very cool bike you got there! Congratulations
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I haven't tried it with a load, nor do I really intend to. The wheelbase is so short, and tires so thin, I consider this more of a "performance touring" bike, the rack is handy for light loads or a rack pack. If I want to get serious about a tour I have a Trek 520 or recumbent that I will use.
I guess that the bike was used for "credit card" touring. I was thinking that the tires and clearance for fenders was minimal and your comment confirms my thoughts. That might explain the choice of wheels on the bike.
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I haven't tried it with a load, nor do I really intend to. The wheelbase is so short, and tires so thin, I consider this more of a "performance touring" bike, the rack is handy for light loads or a rack pack. If I want to get serious about a tour I have a Trek 520 or recumbent that I will use.
Fair enough.

I haven't toured with a full load in years.

A credit card and a nice hotel are more my style at this point.
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LOVE THIS! You don't see many ti sporty tourers and you rarely see a ti fork; I think I've seen/touched two in my life. There is one company in the NW that I know does ti forks, but I think they cost as much as I've typically paid for complete bikes! Really neat bike and I love the build choices...also love the anonymous workhorse aesthetic. It needs a ti stem and seatpost...and saddle with ti rails
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It needs a ti stem and seatpost...and saddle with ti rails
I'm pretty sure the seatpost is Ti, and pretty sure the stem is not. As for the saddle, I gotta find a sweet deal on a Ti Brooks!
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Or maybe a ti rail Berthoud?
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Or maybe a ti rail Berthoud?
I could be flexible.
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There is a seller on eBay with the Berthoud ti rail touring saddles...I think asking price is $265 with free shipping and he has make an offer enabled. He accepted a good bit less I believe he has 10 or so...take a look.

Slowwwwww shipping though.
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Or maybe a ti rail Berthoud?
lol!

Aaron is in love with these! And to the best of my knowing, has not tried them yet!

No worries, most people I know who have them, really like them.
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I haven't gotten it yet! I'm also still about 2 months away from ridding it regardless!

I am looking forward to it though. Just letting him know there are options

If the Berthoud is half as comfy as a B-17, I'll be quite content.
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[QUOTE=KonAaron Snake;14617441 If the Berthoud is half as comfy as a B-17, I'll be quite content.[/QUOTE]

That's the part that makes me nervous. The last time I strayed from a Brooks I bought a Gyes leather saddle...and it was, in my estimation, about half of what a Brooks is. Now I'm gunshy with unfamiliar brands. The Ti rails don't really contribute a lot to seat quality or comfort.
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I hear you, and feel much the same way. My thought pattern here was I got it inexpensively enough where I can try it out and, if I don't like it, get most of my money back. If I lose $25, it's not the end of the world. When the B-17 is so perfect it really is difficult to explore.
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That's the part that makes me nervous. The last time I strayed from a Brooks I bought a Gyes leather saddle...and it was, in my estimation, about half of what a Brooks is. Now I'm gunshy with unfamiliar brands. The Ti rails don't really contribute a lot to seat quality or comfort.

I don't branch out from saddles very much at this point.

I ride too much to experiment and I am very satisfied with what I use already.

Swifts, Regals and Swallows work well for me, so I get where you are coming from.

I saw the Gyes saddles advertised at low prices and I thought there must be a catch.

I will say the Berthouds look very nice though.

I just don't like risking contact point items.
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I actually prefer the Champion flyer on my touring bikes - just a B-17 with butt springs, but I like the subtle suspension. On a pure road bike though, I will probably end up with something unsprung.
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I actually prefer the Champion flyer on my touring bikes - just a B-17 with butt springs, but I like the subtle suspension. On a pure road bike though, I will probably end up with something unsprung.
I have a Flyer on my tourer and I think I like the regular B-17 more. I LOVE the Flyer on the the tandem, which has a more upright position. I might be generalizing, but I think drops go better with a B-17 and upright = sprung.
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your bike is awesome. seriously awesome.
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I absolutely love that frame, fork, and rack. A road double group would suit my riding and style better but as is that is one flexible and reliable build.
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