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Old 01-13-06, 06:39 PM   #1
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silly question (am I outdated?)

Look at my sketch (sorry, I tried for 50 years: can't do it better) and answer my question:
I've seen so many new bikes posted around here the last few months (you had some Christmas money remaining?), but there was none with a curved seized handle bar as you see below (2. sketch), it's always the broomstick fashion (1. sketch) like DeCaprio and Kate Winslet having endured too long in the north polar cold on Titanic (see picture).
What's the matter with you? It's me, the stone age man, the last surviving creature with a faible for these curved sized bars, or it's an American thing, which I can't understand (too straight for me)?
Don't let me become extinct in unawareness.
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Old 01-13-06, 06:47 PM   #2
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I was drooling at the LBS today - man some of those new Specialized CF compact geometry bikes are nice!

Anyway, every single road bike I saw (there were plenty) had the drop bars (curved). I think we just had a run of pictures of straight (flat) bar bikes.
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Just bought these alloy beauties for the bars and brake levers (I'm losing the center-pulls) to upgrade the steel anchor on my '79 Schwinn Traveler. I only paid $10 plus shipping. I re-taped them with Bontrager black cork and polished the stem. They look sweet!

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Old 01-13-06, 08:27 PM   #4
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Just bought these alloy beauties for the bars and brake levers (I'm losing the center-pulls) to upgrade the steel anchor on my '79 Schwinn Traveler. I only paid $10 plus shipping. I re-taped them with Bontrager black cork and polished the stem. They look sweet!

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YEAH, PB (nlnh ?)! I just thought for a moment, that kind of "beauties" wouldn't exist any more over there.
$10 ?? You're joking!
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- i just ordered a 52cm Orange Motobecane Messenger SS/Fixed - am i screwed?

:-)

(did a 20-miler today on my used [$500] road bike)

- and the $2500 Orange (crayola) Orbea Onix is still at my LBS up on the racks!

(i'm dead meat with the wife unit; she's not color blind, and there's no way i could hide the new bikes in the garage, even though there's room for six more hanging from the ceiling)

:-(
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PastorBob-are you needing those to increase your stopping power on the trainer? Wow-you really are pushing that thing to the limit!!

Seriously that is a great find!
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PastorBob-are you needing those to increase your stopping power on the trainer? Wow-you really are pushing that thing to the limit!!

Seriously that is a great find!
Well, I must not fib, actually they were $9.99! I was the only bidder. I'm looking forward to taking the Traveler off the trainer in the spring (end of May), especially after my outside ride on the Cannondale this afternoon.

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The last bike I acquired didn't have those curved bars, but it has one heck of a stem.

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And one heck of a chain and drive train!
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- i just ordered a 52cm Orange Motobecane Messenger SS/Fixed - am i screwed?

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I just got my Mercier today:



From what I can tell, the bikesdirect folks are importing cheapo frames from Taiwan and selling them as Motobecanes and Merciers. From the models I've looked at, the only difference is the paint and decals.

The good news is that they're actually decent frames. And mine came with all Ultegra components. The only thing I had to change was the tires. It rides great!

I hope you enjoy your Motobecane.

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