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    Quick question about your old M80 setup. What rims and tires combo were you using during summer? I've a 99 M80 which I have ridden perhaps a dozen time in the 12 years I've owned it and am trying to make it somewhat into a commuter.

    Glad you are ok from your accident.

    Thanks.

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    ^ in its final set-up before the collision, i was rolling on a Vuelta Zerolite wheelset ($100/set from nashbar) with Ritchey "Tom Slick" tires ($25 each from biketiresdirect). i absolutely loved the set-up for summer commuting, especially considering the prices i paid. i would highly recommend the vuelta zerolites to anyone. don't let the super-low price fool you, they'd be a great wheelset at even twice the price. a perfect combination of strength, weight, and value. the tom slicks (26" x 1.0") rolled great, but they might have been a bit on the narrow side for the rims. were i to do it over, i'd have gone with a 1.25" at a minimum on the zerolite rims.
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    Got the new ride yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    ^ in its final set-up before the collision, i was rolling on a Vuelta Zerolite wheelset ($100/set from nashbar) with Ritchey "Tom Slick" tires ($25 each from biketiresdirect). i absolutely loved the set-up for summer commuting, especially considering the prices i paid. i would highly recommend the vuelta zerolites to anyone. don't let the super-low price fool you, they'd be a great wheelset at even twice the price. a perfect combination of strength, weight, and value. the tom slicks (26" x 1.0") rolled great, but they might have been a bit on the narrow side for the rims. were i to do it over, i'd have gone with a 1.25" at a minimum on the zerolite rims.
    Word. If only Nashbar sold the 700c version for a similarly low price, I'd be all over it. The 26" Zeros are awesome.

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    Hey SD,

    I just saw this thread now. That is crappy that your bike got totaled. Your bike is the one that I noticed and modeled what I want to do to my old mtb off of.

    Was there any salvagable parts off of the bike or was it a complete write off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Got the new ride yet?
    yeah, i picked it up this morning. first impressions: the small size was definitely the right way to go for me (i wouldn't want my head tube any taller at all). the handlebars are stupid wide, they will not be on the bike for long. i'm likely gonna need a longer, more downward sloping stem, and the steerer tube is definitely gonna have to get chopped down at some point. i need the stem slammed all the way down on the headset to get the type of forward fit i'm looking for.

    i'll try to get pics of it up soon, but i've got some tinkering to do in the meantime. i'm planning to get out and roll about 140 miles on it this weekend to see what i like and don't like.

    if i can find some MTB diameter bullhorns (rare, but they're out there i've learned) i think i'm gonna stay with the hydraulic levers on the flats and see how that works out for me. i really only need the horns to get a bit more aero when i'm battling headwinds on the lakeshore path, so maybe having the levers on the flats instead of the horns won't be a big deal.


    Quote Originally Posted by asharx View Post
    Was there any salvagable parts off of the bike or was it a complete write off?
    yeah, some parts are salvageable, but the frame and wheel set are dead, along with the saddle and seat post. the Forte SPD/platform dual sided pedals will be going on my new bike straightaway.
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    Great, hope you like it.

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    so i finally put my new Scott Sub 10 through its paces, and have some pics to post.

    i did two 70-mile rides with it this weekend. this bike is definitiely not designed for those kinds of distances. a single hand position flat bar is about the worst set-up for long rides in my opinion, but i soldiered through it because i was too anxious to see how the bike would perform. i had to get a longer seat-post and a longer stem to get a proper fit on the bike, as you can seen in the pics, i got an adjustable stem and have it adjusted all the way down to get my bars as low as possible. it ain't pretty, but it works. the next mod is to get some fenders for this bad-boy, as it's going to serve as my winter/foul weather commuter.

    pros:

    - i LOVE the hydraulic dis brakes. holy stopping power, batman! these things are gonna rock come winter time.

    - the shimano alfine 8 IGH worked flawlessly and provides more than enough gear range for casual riding. i found gear 6 to be great for cruising on the flats, and while i could spin out a little bit in 8 on a big downhill, it's not a TT bike so that's not super critical. the low end is more than low enough to get me up just about anything within reason.

    - aesthetics. the bike does look pretty damn sharp with the brilliant orange paint job. on my rides this weekend i get several comments from strangers at rest stops about how cool my bike looked. though some of that may have been it's "just off the showroom floor" newness.




    cons:

    - the flatbar. this has to go pronto. i am not a flat bar person and this one is also absurdly wide. i felt like i was trying to steer the bike by holding on to either end of a yard stick. NOT comfortable.

    - harsh ride. this bike is stiff. i don't know if it's the whole aluminum frame or just an overbuilt aluminum fork, but after 70 miles, my hands were numbing up from road buzz (single position flatbar wasn't helping). the grips are also the worst grips i've ever ridden with; very, very little comfort cushioning, if any at all. to be fair though, i probably won't be doing 70 mile rides with this bike very often, and with a different bar set-up with some proper grips or tape, i think it's gonna work just fine for my short little 15 mile commuting runs.

    - the saddle. it may be suitable for shorter runs, but 70 miles on it was no picnic. cheap and a touch narrow for my sit bones.



    now, on to the bike porn!





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    Pretty damn sexy. Also, your place is awesome. Smack dab in the middle of Chi-town.

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    nice ride. If you can't find bullhorns that fit, can you fine some drop bars you can flip and chop (or will that be the same diameter problem)?
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    Congrats! At long last your new steed has arrived.
    Couple of thoughts - you can cut the bars to suit your preferences (I also dislike the ridiculously wide bars that come on most bikes).
    What I really like is a bar cut down to a reasonable width with ergo grips and bar ends. The grips make life MUCH more livable and the bar-ends offer a more "hood"-like riding position, which I prefer. The bar-ends also provide a superior hand position for climbing, too.
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    Looks nice! Those low bars make my wrists hurt just looking at them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
    What I really like is a bar cut down to a reasonable width with ergo grips and bar ends. The grips make life MUCH more livable and the bar-ends offer a more "hood"-like riding position, which I prefer. The bar-ends also provide a superior hand position for climbing, too.
    that's another option to consider too. i really, really dislike flatbars, my hands are so much more comfortable when they're parallel to the bike as on the hood of a a drop bar as opposed to perpendicular as on flatbars. maybe ergo grips with the bar really cut-down to size could give me enough of what i'm looking for without the hassle of trying to find a MTB-diameter bullhorn bar.

    also, i'm dure the ergo grips would be light years better than the utterly awful, hard-as-a-rock grips that came with the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    that's another option to consider too. i really, really dislike flatbars, my hands are so much more comfortable when they're parallel to the bike as on the hood of a a drop bar as opposed to perpendicular as on flatbars. maybe ergo grips with the bar really cut-down to size could give me enough of what i'm looking for without the hassle of trying to find a MTB-diameter bullhorn bar.

    also, i'm dure the ergo grips would be light years better than the utterly awful, hard-as-a-rock grips that came with the bike.
    Ergo grips make a world of difference. Once you've found a set that suits your hand shape/size, it may take a few rides to dial in the angle.

    I've used a few brands, and by far the best (for my hands) are the Ergon grips. They have models with little bar-ends, but I personally prefer the ability to put on my own bar-ends, if space allows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTDub View Post
    Word. If only Nashbar sold the 700c version for a similarly low price, I'd be all over it. The 26" Zeros are awesome.
    The new Nashbar flier has the 700c Zerolites for $109.99 for the pair. YW-VZTP is the code - is that what you were wanting?

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    Bike nashbar is having a clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    (can't go into details until things get sorted out legally).
    Any guess when things will be sorted out legally so you can go into details?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjdm View Post
    Any guess when things will be sorted out legally so you can go into details?
    well, it took nearly 2 years, but things have FINALLY been sorted out legally and i've received my settlement check from the CTA.

    basically what happened is that i was riding north on the lakefront path in chicago and there was a CTA bus coming down an exit ramp from lake shore drive parallel to me. at the bottom of the exit ramp there's an intersection with a cross street that has a 4-way stop for car traffic, but the bike path users immediately east of the intersection have right of way to cross that cross street. the bus never stopped at the stop sign at the intersection and rolled right through it into a right hand turn and ended up smacking me and my bike.

    the bike was killed. i was mostly ok with some nasty gashes, bruises, and a few minor bone fractures in my hand/wrist.

    the settlement wasn't huge, but it reimbursed me for the new bike i bought two years ago, and medical bills from the accident, along with a little pain and suffering money. my lawyer also had to get paid as well.

    i'm glad it's finally done, but jesus did that take a long time to get sorted out. i don't know why the CTA dragged their feet for so long when the video evidence from the camera on the front of the bus clearly showed the bus blowing the stop sign and slamming right into me. the CTA had absolutely no case, just delay after delay after delay. i guess their legal team just operates on the principle of "stall and delay at all costs".




    and i still really miss my trusty old steed.

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    Wow, two years. Glad it finally got worked out. And, of course, that you're still with us and riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    i hope bicycles get to go to heaven too.
    Agreed, a heaven without bicycles, burritos, and sex isn't a heaven for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
    Agreed, a heaven without bicycles, burritos, and sex isn't a heaven for me.
    and hopefully the rivers will flow with beer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Wow, two years. Glad it finally got worked out. And, of course, that you're still with us and riding.
    Seconded!
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    So what does the Orange Scott look like now?
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    Nice replacement bike. I like it just the way it is. LOL. So, you couldn't recover the old bull horns from that Raleigh? Glad you got that all settled out.
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    Congratulations. I had a similar experience with a F-350 and my '89 Honda Pacific Coast (Moby, the Great White Frigidaire)...RIP.

    Just got the settlement check yesterday, the accident occurred in June of 2011. Most importantly to me, the court ruled the other driver was 100% at fault.

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