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Old 10-12-07, 04:25 PM   #1
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Introducing "Black Beauty"!

Well, here it is! My new ride!

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Ooooh, check out the cog shine! Looks great!
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She looks great! How's that ass-hatchet treating you?
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Old 10-12-07, 04:44 PM   #4
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I'll be doing the virgin ride tomorrow, after I get back from the ADA Diabetes Walk here in Lafayette. I'm Volunteer Staff at the event.
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Old 10-12-07, 04:49 PM   #5
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I don't know about everyone else, but those smaller seats are more comfortable than the padded seat on my comfort bike by a long shot.
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She looks sweet Tom....you need to take some glamour pics (before you dirty her up)....put up a sheet or find a nice wall so all the "normal house object" are out of the way. You need glamour pics of a ride that sweet.
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Make sure to get ther rear spokes retensioned after maybe 3-400 miles. Check them now, take note of tension. Then check them again in a few. IF you want to avoid trouble. Shop will want to true them but they need tension.
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Old 10-12-07, 04:59 PM   #8
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Make sure to get ther rear spokes retensioned after maybe 3-400 miles. Check them now, take note of tension. Then check them again in a few. IF you want to avoid trouble. Shop will want to true them but they need tension.
Oh yeah, I trust Linn down at Hodson's.....he built the wheels and will be maintaining them for me. One thing.....this bike is LIGHT!

Yeah, I'll be getting better shots tomorrow afternoon, I have a white garage door in mind for the shot!
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Very nice. Congrats on your new ride.
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SWEEEET Nice Bike.

So, does the USPS know you have one of their mail bins?

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SWEEEET Nice Bike.

So, does the USPS know you have one of their mail bins?

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Nice ride Tom. Looks like the shoulder is feeling better.
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Well, here it is! My new ride!

"Black Beauty"
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Nice!

I though that had higher grade components on it? Nothing wrong with Sora's, I like mine. It would be nice to have the indexing capabilities of the 105's. My only complaint is the front der won't stay in adjustment.
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Nice!

I though that had higher grade components on it? Nothing wrong with Sora's, I like mine. It would be nice to have the indexing capabilities of the 105's. My only complaint is the front der won't stay in adjustment.
Sora Brifters, Tiagra DR's and hubs.
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I dang near pulled the trigger on an Allez before I found a steal on my trek. Cool bikes! It will only take you a few rides to get used to the shifters. I ride a lot on the hoods so I really like the thumb shifters on the Sora's.
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Is that the new 9-speed Sora with the little gear indicator on top?
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Yes, it is!
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One thing Tom: flip it!

Nice wheels. The Deep V's are pretty strong if built right although they're a bit heavy for a roadie wheel. Not so good for acceleration, but good for keeping the speed up. Now ride it like you stole it or I will!
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One thing Tom: flip it!

Nice wheels. The Deep V's are pretty strong if built right although they're a bit heavy for a roadie wheel. Not so good for acceleration, but good for keeping the speed up. Now ride it like you stole it or I will!
Well, considering I do distance riding, I think I'll keep the stem as it is and the deep V's are good flywheels for endurance
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Nice!

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