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Old 12-26-07, 03:08 PM   #1
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The Lemond is almost done--A Preview

I couldn't get any love on this from the road forum so I thought I would come home and see what you all thought. All I have to do is run the brake cables, make some minor adjustments, and then iron it out on the trainer before putting on the bar tape. Here are some of the particulars.

Lemond 853 steel Alpe D'Huez frame 53 cm
On One Midge Bar
Ultegra Bar End Shifters 8 speed
Cane Creek Brake levers
Ultegra brake calipers
105 front and rear derailures
Shimano FC-R600 Compact Crank
Ultegra/Open Pro 36 spoke count 12-25 cassette
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Old 12-26-07, 03:41 PM   #2
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I couldn't get any love on this from the road forum...
Lemond 853 steel Alpe D'Huez frame 53 cm
On One Midge Bar
Ultegra Bar End Shifters 8 speed
Cane Creek Brake levers
Ultegra brake calipers
105 front and rear derailures
Shimano FC-R600 Compact Crank
Ultegra/Open Pro 36 spoke count 12-25 cassette
I think it's a sharp lookin' ride. Maybe adjust that seat a little bit down in the nose so your bits don't fall asleep, but it looks really nice.

The bold-type would be why you got no love on the road forum. You need things like 12K HMCF, hollow carbon fiber crankset, 10spd integrated carbon fiber levers. Did I mention carbon fiber? Oh, and on the road forum, 36 spokes is enough for both wheels, not just one.
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Old 12-26-07, 03:46 PM   #3
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STEEL is REAL! Our Shop LOVE the Lemond's in Steel frames. Some fine riding bikes to be sure. We let the folks know about it when they dropped a few of these a year or two ago. We had sold a lot of Steel frame bikes along with the Carbon/Steel Versailles. The Versailles is the bike I wanted to buy and when they discontinued it (Carbon/Steel) I went back to my roots with a Gary Fisher Hard Tail MTB.

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Is that a 10-speed? Hard to count the gears from this distance, but I think I see a 5-gear cassette and a 2-crankshaft from over here.
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Old 12-26-07, 10:28 PM   #5
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Is that a 10-speed? Hard to count the gears from this distance, but I think I see a 5-gear cassette and a 2-crankshaft from over here.
16 speed. It is eight in the rear. Most everything except the crank, and rear derailure are gently used components that I had around. I picked up the frame from a local message board fo $160. I will probably change it to 9 or 10 speed later but I figured why not build it and ride it with what I have for now.

Clifton as far as the seat goes it is not where it will be when I am done
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Old 12-26-07, 10:37 PM   #6
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That's a nice bike. i wish you luck with its completion.
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Hey Mudu, have you got a top-down shot of the bars/brakes? I'm guessing it's just the angle, or maybe those hoods aren't in their final resting place, but it looks like you've gotta have really long fingers to reach those levers.
BTW, gotta tell me what you think of those Midge bars. I've been contemplating between leaving the stocker bars on my X-Check (which I'll do for a while) and then switching to either Midge, Noodle 177 or Nitto Randonneurs.
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Old 12-27-07, 03:03 AM   #8
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Very nice looking ride. I like a 53-39 crankset matched with a 12-25 cassette instead of a compact but I dont ride any hills that 39-25 cant handle. 8 speed is really plenty as everyone has their favorite "gears" so ride and make sure the frame fits u and u love it before you convert to 10 speed. BTW, $160.00 for that frame is a steal and if it "FITS", then its a "felony"
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Old 12-27-07, 01:35 PM   #9
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I couldn't get any love on this from the road forum so I thought I would come home and see what you all thought.

They are jealous.

End of story .

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It looks like your seat is tilted too far back!? I do love those steel LeMonds, which is why I bought one
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Old 12-27-07, 05:29 PM   #12
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Man, I love that green paint!!

Very nice bike.
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Lemond Bike

Nice Ride!!
I'm a huge fan of barcons.
Of the 7 bikes I own only one is Carbon Fibre
Heck,only one is newer than 92!
18/24 spokes with Clydes is a nightmare waiting to happen..forget the roadies(lol)
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nice ride. I hope when I take the plunge to a road bike, mine is half that cool.
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It is done now. Been logging some trainer miles and dialing in the fit. So far I love it.

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That is a very classy ride. I love it.
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Nice bike! Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Sweet! Of course I have a thing for Lemond bikes.
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