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Old 03-05-17, 06:31 PM   #26
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Can't seem to get pics to show from either Google Photos or Dropbox.
Here's a smaller pic uploaded.
Thanks for that.


The bike looks great, it gives you a good base to build on and end up with an excellent commuter.
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Old 03-06-17, 09:03 AM   #27
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$200 for a modern, brand name, road bike? score!
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My (unsolicited) advice:

- Make the saddle level
- Put the mirror on your right side

This bike looks like fun.
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Old 03-06-17, 01:42 PM   #29
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My (unsolicited) advice:

- Make the saddle level
In the works. Just not sure yet if I want level or slightly above level, so I may get an adjustable stem.

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- Put the mirror on your right side
Sometimes, I need someone to point out the obvious. Thanks. Luckily, my mirror came with 2 adhesive mounts.


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So far, it is.
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The weirdest part of the ride was using a helmet-mount mirror instead of a handlebar mount. I have monocular vision and my left eye is my weakest, so I have to close the right eye to use the mirror.
When I first started using a helmet mirror (take-a-look) I also had a hard time, my eye/brain freaked out trying to resolve the mirror content 2in away from my eye against the background in front of me (frontground behind the mirror?). I also had trouble adjusting the mounting so wasn't staring at my shoulder. After a few days I had it dialed in, and now if I ever ride without it I feel naked, or I guess blind.

My point being, maybe give it a little time on your left side before giving up.
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Update -
The Defy would only take 28c tires, not 32 (as predicted). Gave it a try for my route and the tires are just too thin for the surfaces I commute on - most of my commute is along an access road shoulder; too dangerous at rush hour to move out in the traffic lane and the shoulder has too much debris, rocks, potholes, etc. for me to be comfortable.
So I resold the Defy and am now on the lookout for a dropbar bike that will take at least 700 x 32 tires, preferably wider.
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dam, good luck with that
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Old 03-13-17, 08:18 PM   #33
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So I resold the Defy and am now on the lookout for a dropbar bike that will take at least 700 x 32 tires, preferably wider.
Or look for a good deal on a group / parts to swap your current bike or something similar (not too familiar with the model) to drop bars. Brake only levers and bar end shift is easier. You'll need 'drop v' or 'linear pull' levers unless you swap the brakes for canti's.

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Or look for a good deal on a group / parts to swap your current bike or something similar (not too familiar with the model) to drop bars. Brake only levers and bar end shift is easier. You'll need 'drop v' or 'linear pull' levers unless you swap the brakes for canti's.
I've thought about this. I've got swept-back bars on my Escape right now; might transfer those over to the Revel I just picked up and get some drops for the Escape. Salsa makes a couple of bars that would work, though they're a little more than I want to spend. But I think Origin8 has some MTB-compatible dropbars with a little bit of sweep to them.
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I've thought about this. I've got swept-back bars on my Escape right now; might transfer those over to the Revel I just picked up and get some drops for the Escape. Salsa makes a couple of bars that would work, though they're a little more than I want to spend. But I think Origin8 has some MTB-compatible dropbars with a little bit of sweep to them.
Don't get hung up on 'compatible', the stem is easy to swap for a road one. Bike shops usually have bins of used ones as they are a fit item. Front derailleur may have to be changed to a road one to be compatible depending on the shifter used, but Shimano rear derailleur pull is the same.

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