I gotta find an alternative to my tubulars, I live in fear of flats, lol. My solution to keeping my Hope hubs is to rebuild, but I'm cheap. That being said, the price of a back up TUFO is just ridiculous.
I'm not yet caught up in the weight weenie game, I figure I can drop more of a percentage of ride weight in a week than all the $$$$ in the world can do for a 15 lb wonder bike. Weight Weenies would kill to have that much loss.
It does crack me up to hear guys talk about trimming grams from their bike, and the powers of 10 in dollars it takes to get there.
I have a couple, ok several, vintage bikes that I might undertake some remdial weight loss measures on. It's not really much of a challenge when the bike weighs 27 lbs to start, lol. I do have one that will soon be sub 20 with my new spiffy CF fork I have for it.
Thanks for the props, as you can see from the last picture the bike is at the LBS... the build will be done this friday (8/29)
Looks good. I'm interested to see the finished build.
All I have to say about the Road Cycling forum - now you know .
Heh, yeah... jealous little babies.
Last time I spent over $5K for a bike, it had Suzuki decals, a V-twin motor and required no pedaling whatsover, lol.
But I must say, beautiful looking road bike
If you ever decide to sell those Bontrager wheels, let me know.
That's so true, and so evident. I say bravo, and heck man, I paid MSRP for my Surly when I bought it. Why? I dig my shop, and as such they've been very good to me in return. If you add up all the freebies they threw in when I bought it, and parts/labor on other stuff - I've gotten about $200 in "free" stuff.
Also, I really dig that bike. I love Specialized, them and Surly are two of my three favorite brands (Salsa being the other), and when I buy a roadie it'll be a Allez, Roubiax or Tarmac. Although I've told people I'm danged tempted to build up a Surly Pacer with Ultegra SL, barends, Deep-V's, carbon bars, then go lay some steel smackdown on the carbon committee (present company excluded, of course). My wife, OTOH, likes the MSRP of the Allez a whole lot better .
Anyway, just ride it, AND TELL US ABOUT IT! Us married guys have to live vicariously through you. Too bad when I was rich and single all I bought was computers, beer, and more beer!
Thanks bdinger, i'll be sure to post a ride report as soon as I get back from my maiden voyage.
Yea, I drool over them from time to time. Wheels are an interesting sub species in bikeology. For the most part, I seem to be stuck in the lesser evolved, yet functional, end of the spectrum.
I really really want to learn to build my own wheels. It's sort of the last frontier, yet to be conquered, on my cycling odyssey.
It will be a sad day when Kareem gets the wheels of his dreams. They are pretty much the only thing to bust on in good fun, and even then it's a reach, lol. Until that day comes though, GAME ON
I have one kid left to get through school, then I'm going to have to seriously consider treating Daddy to a dream bike. Until then, I'll have to live vicariously though the guys who have them already and enjoy the show. I guess if I sold my vintage stuff I could get a fairly nice mid level bike, but then I would only have one bike. I just don't see what fun that would be, lol. Steal is Real, after all.
Gratz on a fun ride kareem. Enjoy it and report back to us!
Let the 12 year olds in the other folder have their fun. Eventually their ritialin will kick in and they'll go back to watching sponge bob and leave your thread alone.
Unless you want to feed the trolls, then I'd find a set of "high end" rims on walmart.com and photoshop them in and repost pics.
The way people bash Trek around here, I'd swear somebody's getting paid-off by Specialized. Crazy. It's just a frame...typically it's all the other stuff that goes bad/gives headaches.
From my experience, Trek was great about warranty claims. They paid for a wheel that busted and a frame that busted, I can't really bash them. Sure, I wasn't happy about it at the time, but I found myself oddly drawn to the Trek roadies when I was at the LBS today. They may break, but they stand behind their warranty.
My Specialized I love, but I found that their warranty isn't so hot. I didn't bash them about it, but the rear rim on my Hardrock is coming apart and I got the "we sell new ones, here's a part number" response. I didn't bash them because the bike has 3,000 hard miles and two and a half hard years under it's belt, I can't really claim foul.
I'd buy either again, now that I'm over my grumpiness that was last year . A bike is a bike is a bike.
Me, I take the Buffet approach. I like Specialized's frames a lot! I love their geometry as it seems to match my physiology perfectly. The stock wheels on ANY bike below the $2000-3000.00 price point are going to be not so hot, so I put on custom hand built wheels. Saddles are also very personal and again, below that $2000 price point, you're going to get just enough saddle to sell the bike.
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant