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Old 10-28-11, 04:40 PM   #1
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Well It Looks Like A Bike

Well I built it! Finally got the headset bearing last night. I needed a star nut as well so the dude at the shop said $12.00 to cut the fork and install the nut. He had to set up the headset as well while doing so.

I gave him $20, saved me from having to buy a hack saw ( I lost mine).

So building it took about 3 hours, most of the time cleaning the components real good and swapping wheels with the other bike. Assembly was easy. Hardest part was removing the ugly warning sticker from the fork.

Well looks like a bike and tomorrow is the maiden voyage on SART. I expect to make a few adjustments on the ride as the cables adjust.

Sorry, no white door.







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Old 10-28-11, 04:50 PM   #2
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Beautiful, where you going for the maiden voyage?
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Beautiful, where you going for the maiden voyage?
SART, seems to run well but if something happens to go wrong, I'd much rather find out on SART than GMR descent.

Assembled with TLC but sometimes new cables can play games on ya!
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Old 10-28-11, 06:58 PM   #4
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Looks nice. Carbon?
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Yup, free of charge from Trek.


I might have tried carbon someday if I had the money. But since gave it to me as a warranty replacement, I won't fight about it. My aluminum has broken two times so I have nothing to lose trying carbon. Last frame was carbon and aluminum and it broke at the aluminum, not the carbon.

If this breaks, then I'll take up jogging.
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That is a sweat looking ride Beanz! Have a fun ride tomorrow.
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If this breaks, then I'll take up jogging.
You do look like a runner Awesome looking ride. Enjoy and ride it like you stole it!
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Can you explain what SART is? GMR?
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Awesome looking bike!
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Yup, free of charge from Trek.


I might have tried carbon someday if I had the money. But since gave it to me as a warranty replacement, I won't fight about it. My aluminum has broken two times so I have nothing to lose trying carbon. Last frame was carbon and aluminum and it broke at the aluminum, not the carbon.

If this breaks, then I'll take up jogging.
There's always steel...



Ordering a steel touring/road bike tomorrow. I can't wait. I'm not building it myself... the LBS is putting it together. I think my bike after this I'll try that out though. The only parts that confuse me are bottom brackets and headsets. Oh and building wheels is probably beyond my skill level at the moment. But everything else I can do on my own. Replaced cassettes, shifters, and derailleurs on my own already.
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Very Nice Mr B -Congrats
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Can you explain what SART is? GMR?
Local southern California rides..
SART - Santa Ana River Trail (when done, 100 miles paved multi used path without any stops from local mountains to beach)
GMR - Glendora Mountain Road/Ridge (a mountain climb that was hard for me, 2300 foot elevation gain in 8 miles for first leg)
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why, thank you kind sir!
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Oh I will! ...thanks!
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why, thank you kind sir!
Yup, SeaJeep Dude got it right. SART is the long flat trail and GMR is the mtn climb you see in my reports

SART


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Sweet.



A purely aesthetic suggestion, if the fit is right as it is in the photo, a zero-setback seat post would look better I think.

[41]And flip it.[/41]
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A purely aesthetic suggestion, if the fit is right as it is in the photo, a zero-setback seat post would look better I think.

[41]And flip it.[/41]
Hahah, I'm not a flipper, comfort first.

I'll have to ride it to see how it fits on a longer ride (I've only done a 2 minute alley ride). I may need to go with a shorter stem if it fits as is. I know the post was too high in the pic, I took pics before adjusting anything.
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Great looking bike Beanz!! I am interested to see how well you like the carbon bike.
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Great looking bike Beanz!! I am interested to see how well you like the carbon bike.
Yeah, me too I went from my full alum to a 3/5 carbon frame and didn't feel a difference. Maybe full carbon will feel different. We'll see.

Curious to the durability as well.
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Keep it away from your Cannondale. She has reason to be jealous now

Sweet ride!
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Looks very nice! I see you did the same thing I do to all my bikes when I first get them home-lose the reflectors, warning stickers, and dork disk.

Of course, you know what part of the bike's performance I'm most curious about: Climbing!
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I see you did the same thing I do to all my bikes when I first get them home-lose the reflectors, warning stickers, and dork disk.
I do the same with my bikes, but this was a new build. I doubt Beanz had any of those things on it to begin with.
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Very nice!

I'm looking forward to an 'on the road' video report.
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