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Old 04-10-10, 07:42 PM   #1
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Where is Notung?

Just wanted to see some pics of the new ride, Neil.
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Old 04-11-10, 06:49 AM   #2
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Just wanted to see some pics of the new ride, Neil.
Notung is currently being forged by Siegfried:


Oh, you meant my bike? It's at my bike shop, waiting until I'm able to go for a fitting. Probably Tuesday.
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Old 04-11-10, 04:50 PM   #3
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Is he done forging it yet?


And the thread goes BUMP!
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Old 04-11-10, 08:07 PM   #4
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Nice vid Neil.
On a related note, have you seen the NOVA documentary Secrets of the Samurai Sword?
A fascinating look at the ancient art and craft of sword making.
A slideshow of the main points can be found here.
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Old 04-13-10, 10:15 AM   #5
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Thursday. Sorry for the delay, folks!
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Old 04-13-10, 05:20 PM   #6
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Old 04-13-10, 09:57 PM   #7
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Old 04-14-10, 05:23 PM   #8
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May I point out that it is Thursday *somewhere* right now? You did not specify which timezone you meant Sir...
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Old 04-15-10, 08:40 PM   #9
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Very nice, indeed, suh!
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And one more......



First impressions based on riding it around the parking lot.....

- the saddle height is too low.
- I feel cramped, which might be from the too low saddle and my too big belly.
- the bike is faster than Roark.
- my feet feel closer to the bike frame, even with extenders on the pedals.
- the bike feels more twitchy in handling. I can't tell if it's the two week layoff from riding I've had, the speedier nature of the bike, or my new riding posture.
- the brakes feel VERY odd in my hand. That, and the bar end shifting, will be the hardest thing to adjust to.

Pete, the wrench who has guided me through the bike purchase, is going to have a full fitting with me on Tuesday. I suggested I ride the bike this weekend so I have comments or complaints to bring into the fitting. (Raising the saddle is within my mechanical abilities.)
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Very nice! I like the black!
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WOO HOO!! Looks sharp! Congratulations on your new ride Neil!
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Faster bikes are more twitchy.
Nice bike.
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Faster bikes are more twitchy.
Nice bike.
Yep...the steering geometry is different. I haven't checked the numbers, but your LHT probably has a steeper fork (higher head tube angle) and less trail than your FX. That makes the steering faster and will feel twitchy until you get used to it.
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Yep...the steering geometry is different. I haven't checked the numbers, but your LHT probably has a steeper fork (higher head tube angle) and less trail than your FX. That makes the steering faster and will feel twitchy until you get used to it.
So I should be cautious when riding at first?
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So I should be cautious when riding at first?
The twitchyness was the first thing I noticed when I went from my mountain bike to a road bike. It gets better as time goes by. Be careful and try to ride on the hoods as much as possible. Soon it will be second nature. If you hold on to the flat section of the bar it is going to be very twitchy, possibly due to how close your hands are together.
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My congrats to you Neil! I am both happy (and slightly envious) for you! In my head (rightly, or wrongly) You have THE BICYCLE... choose your racks, and add-ons slowly and carefully - as Notung deserves clear, careful choices.

So sweet, and SHARP!

So, which will you be riding in June???
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So I should be cautious when riding at first?
Yes, but the learning curve isn't too steep. You'll adapt to the faster steering quickly.

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The twitchyness was the first thing I noticed when I went from my mountain bike to a road bike. It gets better as time goes by. Be careful and try to ride on the hoods as much as possible. Soon it will be second nature. If you hold on to the flat section of the bar it is going to be very twitchy, possibly due to how close your hands are together.
Agree.
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I noticed, although it may be the angle of the photo, that the saddle is slightly nose-down.... this may cause you to feel more pressure on your hands because you will be sub-conciously bracing yourself against slidnig forward.

But if it's the way you like it then never mind!

Beautiful bike, BTW!!!
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I noticed, although it may be the angle of the photo, that the saddle is slightly nose-down.... this may cause you to feel more pressure on your hands because you will be sub-conciously bracing yourself against slidnig forward.

But if it's the way you like it then never mind!

Beautiful bike, BTW!!!
That's because I haven't made any adjustments to it.
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The twitchyness was the first thing I noticed when I went from my mountain bike to a road bike. It gets better as time goes by. Be careful and try to ride on the hoods as much as possible. Soon it will be second nature. If you hold on to the flat section of the bar it is going to be very twitchy, possibly due to how close your hands are together.
Thanks. The test ride is tomorrow. I'm looking for some pavement to ride on.
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Very pretty bike Neil. I'm looking forward to your first ride report.
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Old 04-16-10, 10:53 PM   #24
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Thanks. The test ride is tomorrow. I'm looking for some pavement to ride on.
And I'm more than a little afraid. The drop bars and bar end shifters scare me a little. And as usual, I wonder if it's a legitimate fear, or I'm just afraid of change.
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You'll be fine once you start pedaling.

Bring a multi-tool with you so that you can adjust the seat as needed while on your shake down ride.
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