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Old 08-26-13, 12:29 PM   #501
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How about an orange Salsa to give the technicolor yawn a little brightness

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Old 08-26-13, 01:25 PM   #503
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definitely hot!
Does acidfast know that you have all of these bikes with drop bars in germany?
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Old 08-26-13, 01:28 PM   #505
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Hot.
Is that a disc brake tab I see on the left seat stay?
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Is that a disc brake tab I see on the left seat stay?
Yes. The carbon fork has a tab as well. If I used discs, the rear would be almost impossible to mount a rack to and the front isn't all that easy to mount fenders on. Kind of a pain to have them.
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sheesh...am i the only commuter who removes their fenders in the summer???
No. But then I live where there we get 11" of water per year. Think "The Dalles".
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Rockhopper?

Nice bike and good candidate for drop bar conversion. Yours is an example of a conversion that didn't turn out looking weird as so many of them do. Doesn't quite rise to the level of hot for me though. With the potpourri of colors you've got going on there a green wheel couldn't hurt.

Not sure I like the blacked out tubes and the Sora-esque shifters. Also not quite sure how brifters really work on bars like that but I've got no actual experience with that sort of set up.
Thanks. It's a Hard Rock Ultra circa 1991/2. The blacked out tubes are actually black friction tape wrapped for protection/ aesthetic tone-down from the Stock Miami Vice paint job. The handlebars are Salsa Woodchippers and the Sora Brifters are best manipulated from the hoods. This set up is perfect for the rolling hill / urban commute I have also since added a 52 chainring and a Brooks B17 Saddle. Fast and Comfy.
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A slight change of pace. You've already seen this bike. Many of you have caved in and rated it "Hot" in the hope you'd never see again. No such luck!

But this isn't really about the bike. It's about the bike racks. I just saw these last weekend while sailing with my club. I'm too cheap to own my own boat so a I belong to a club and sail theirs. Anyway, the racks must be new because I'm there every week or two and never noticed them. I didn't have my camera with me then, so I decided to take a detour this morning, get a picture, and go for a dip before work to cool off.

There are other racks around town in the shape of bikes and whatnot but I really like these. So what do you think? Hot or not? Do any of you have some artistic racks in your area? Please share !





If I would have been thinking I would have taken a picture of the building they are around (the sailing shed) which might have made them look better but I wanted to get the boats in the background. The building is below on the far right in this pic I grabbed from google. I've always liked these buildings anyway but I preferred them when they were painted a pale blue.


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Here's my 2012 Carve Expert. I stopped riding my road bike to work so that I could get more miles in the saddle on this bike in preparation for bikepacking trips. Bottles are on the fork, since they will need to be there when the full frame bag is on for bikepacking and I want to get used to reaching for them there. Tires are WTB Nanos so I can take the dirt roads on the Trinity River levees back on days that I have more time.

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A slight change of pace. You've already seen this bike. Many of you have caved in and rated it "Hot" in the hope you'd never see again. No such luck!

But this isn't really about the bike. It's about the bike racks. I just saw these last weekend while sailing with my club. I'm too cheap to own my own boat so a I belong to a club and sail theirs. Anyway, the racks must be new because I'm there every week or two and never noticed them. I didn't have my camera with me then, so I decided to take a detour this morning, get a picture, and go for a dip before work to cool off.

There are other racks around town in the shape of bikes and whatnot but I really like these. So what do you think? Hot or not? Do any of you have some artistic racks in your area? Please share !



If I would have been thinking I would have taken a picture of the building they are around (the sailing shed) which might have made them look better but I wanted to get the boats in the background. The building is below on the far right in this pic I grabbed from google. I've always liked these buildings anyway but I preferred them when they were painted a pale blue.

Definitely looks hot in the third photo
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Definitely looks hot in the third photo


OK smart guy, were you referring to the bike or the racks?
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Urban Assault style ... hot!
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OK smart guy, were you referring to the bike or the racks?
Couldn't resist. The racks look nice, and I can see how they make sense in a sailing locality, but it'd be hard to lock many bikes to a rack - and most sailing clubs I've visited usually have a lot of bikes. I'll try take a few photos when I visit San Mateo next time - there are some bike racks there shaped like a bicycle.
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Couldn't resist. The racks look nice, and I can see how they make sense in a sailing locality, but it'd be hard to lock many bikes to a rack - and most sailing clubs I've visited usually have a lot of bikes. I'll try take a few photos when I visit San Mateo next time - there are some bike racks there shaped like a bicycle.
I know what you mean about only being able to lock a couple of bikes to them, but I see that as an advantage. There are quite a few other racks around, - including a traditional "grid style" one which is too close to the building and that I made the mistake of locking my bike to once. I had to take off the front wheel and enlist the help of somebody else to hold a couple of other bikes apart while I pulled mine out.
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Now with Trekking bars.

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Do you want us to rate the rack or the bike?

Both.
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Well, I suppose that poor sapling has some potential but at minimum it needs to mature more. The picnic table on the other hand has apparently seen many winters and springs. Maybe it has some stories to tell but it looks looks damn lonely in that pic. Perhaps with the right table cloth it could be hot.

The bike? As a commuter it has pretty much everything you could want except for maybe disc brakes and a dynohub. You probably won't like this but I think it looks hotter in the first pic. The pale yellow of the fenders and logos works well with the sun-splashed dead grass.

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Here's my 2012 Carve Expert. I stopped riding my road bike to work so that I could get more miles in the saddle on this bike in preparation for bikepacking trips. Bottles are on the fork, since they will need to be there when the full frame bag is on for bikepacking and I want to get used to reaching for them there. Tires are WTB Nanos so I can take the dirt roads on the Trinity River levees back on days that I have more time.

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Now with Trekking bars.
Meh, ok - not bad, but not hot. This does help me decide on the trekking bars though - I will not put them on my Sirrus! And why have a setback seat post and then clamp the seat way behind on the rails?
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Given my tastes I'm never sure if people will be more offended if I say their bike is "Hot" or if I say it's "Not".

In that pic I feel like it's all dressed up with nowhere to go. I need to see it on an actual bikepacking adventure, - which I must say sounds like a lot of fun.

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Here's my 2012 Carve Expert. I stopped riding my road bike to work so that I could get more miles in the saddle on this bike in preparation for bikepacking trips. Bottles are on the fork, since they will need to be there when the full frame bag is on for bikepacking and I want to get used to reaching for them there. Tires are WTB Nanos so I can take the dirt roads on the Trinity River levees back on days that I have more time.


Points for standing on your head to take the picture.
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Now with Trekking bars.
Is there a drought where you live?

I know that commuters pride themselves on function over form, and really, we are the nerds of the cycling world (excepting recumbent riders, which are in the same category as mimes), but in my (not so) humble opinion, trekking bars push the nerd factor over the top. The rest of the bike looks very nice, but I like the first version better.
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Points for standing on your head to take the picture.
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