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    my new 'cafe racer'. because the purist will eat me alive for calling it a roadbike

    Finally got my Ritchey endorsed front end upgraded. Those that say that fork upgrades "awaken" the specialized Allez Epic are right. Unbelievable change in performance. It is encouraging me to upgrade the drivetrain and wheelset it was that impressive.

    To keep the "classic" look I'll be snagging an Ulegra 6600 crankset and may get an Ultegra cluster too. The rear cluster will have some hillclimbing gears up top since I live in a very hilly area. But ill try to keep some straight pulling gears down low for pulling thru straights or to maintain high speeds.

    Wheelset. Because I do use this for commuting and my exercise rig. Makes sense to go with Mavic Open Pros for the median of performance and durability. Otherwise I wouldn't mind investing in some weightweenie sets such as the entry level Hed wheels.

    So thumbs down or thumbs up?

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    Pictures?

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    I always thought a road bike was any bike you rode on the road.
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    By technical definition yeah not a cafe racer. far from it. But dang, I also used the word endorsed. I'm surprised no one has trolled me on the definition of endorsement.

    I gave it a slang name (Which I'll take back if its that problematic) because of the endless beef of the bike being one of the first carbon bikes to be made (IE it has design flaws).

    Apart from that. this is really just a show and tell. Just noticed the post your commuter pic post. didn't spot that first. My fault.

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    This is a quintessential cafe racer:



    Ristretto info:

    Creme Cycles 2015 - Creme


    Creme Cycles 2015 - Creme
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    !!! I give up! Till next time I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bananabacon View Post
    By technical definition yeah not a cafe racer. far from it. But dang, I also used the word endorsed. I'm surprised no one has trolled me on the definition of endorsement.

    I gave it a slang name (Which I'll take back if its that problematic) because of the endless beef of the bike being one of the first carbon bikes to be made (IE it has design flaws).

    Apart from that. this is really just a show and tell. Just noticed the post your commuter pic post. didn't spot that first. My fault.

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    Nice bike! I like the setup. The under tape cabling and downtube shifters make for a really clean look. So much better looking than the non-aero levers and early generation STI shifters.

    And yes NormanF definitely posted a true cafe racer...

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    Thumbs up!

    But I don't think anyone would dispute that your bike is a road bike: road geometry frame, narrow slick tires, and drop bars below the saddle - sure looks like a road bike to me. Also looks like a very fun ride.
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    A purist might suggest that a cafe racer is a motorcycle and also that it's nothing to aspire to, mainly being a bike with all extraneous parts taken off because they got scraped up or broken in drunken wrecks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    A purist might suggest that a cafe racer is a motorcycle and also that it's nothing to aspire to, mainly being a bike with all extraneous parts taken off because they got scraped up or broken in drunken wrecks.
    Weight reduction!

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    It's a definitely a road bike. At least while the glue holds.
    If you're not riding with a psychedelic gecko on your shirt, you ARE having a substandard experience.

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    Mostly ride your fancy race bike to a cafe with outside tables , and sit there with a coffee in your Lycra outfit..
    Aka Poseur..

    British motorbike the cafe racer was doing a Time trial between a Cafe in one town, over those narrow secondary roads ,

    to another Cafe in another town, and competing with their mates, for least time elapsed.



    IOM TT is a Time Trial around that Island, but for those races the roads are closed to other traffic.
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    ^^^road bike.

    cafe racer:


    Try applying term to avoid BF harassment, and receive BF harassment over terms. lolz
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    I understand what a cafe racer is. Originally cheap bikes stripped down and tuned, probably small engines with quick and easy revs that accelerated around corners and tight roads real fast. Most likely had bad top speeds and mediocre straight line acceleration. But due to high revs and gear ratios and weight balance could drive hard on corners.

    the title is sarcasm. That's all
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    I've only heard the term used to represent bikes like this before, never heard it used for bicycles before this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    We're starting to carry Creme at my shop. Not at all impressed with their quality.

    We also carry these:
    Guv'nor | Gents Classic Path Racer Bicycle | Pashley Cycles

    They're heavy tanks,but built way better.

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    Looks like a road bike to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bananabacon View Post
    To keep the "classic" look I'll be snagging an Ulegra 6600 crankset and may get an Ultegra cluster too. The rear cluster will have some hillclimbing gears up top since I live in a very hilly area. But ill try to keep some straight pulling gears down low for pulling thru straights or to maintain high speeds.

    Holdsworth Retro is a good retro style crankset. There's also plenty of Sugino options. Heck, the Campagnolo groupsets don't look half bad either.

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    What year is that?
    What fork did you put on it?
    You didn't like the Quill stem? I think it is better looking than its replacement (and I like how they are so easy to adjust for height.

    I have a '94 Chromo version of that bike, makes a great commuter bike!

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    Sweet bike.

    Which fork is it?

    Gotta cut the steerer. A cafe racer motorcycle has clip-ons; a cafe racer bicycle has a slammed, cut stem.

    Open Pros would look nice and work well. I'm quite partial to them.

    The pedals fit your "cafe racer" tag. No toe clips says this isn't a purist classic & vintage ride, no clipless says it isn't a roadie's ride.

    Purely aesthetic thought, it would be nice to add some yellow to the fork.
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