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Old 06-30-12, 10:28 AM   #1
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First Ride and Garage Pics

The first ride was 14 miles along the Cape Cod Canal. 88 degrees and a nice breeze, not humid.

The bike rode comfortably and shifted well, although it was a flat ride so not much shifting going on. Also a couple of corrected garage pics showing the drive train and with the cranks parallel to arms.

https://picasaweb.google.com/etimoth...KnK_6qTtYvrdg#
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Very handsome looking bike! Bonus points for going with a leather seat. Is that a Brooks Pro. or a B17 or something else?
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Very handsome looking bike! Bonus points for going with a leather seat. Is that a Brooks Pro. or a B17 or something else?
It's a Brooks B17. Nice saddle.
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It is hard to go wrong w/ a Brooks.
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That is one very nice looking bike. The Brooks B-17 saddle really makes the build for me. I have one on my R500, in black. Very well done Tim.

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The first ride was 14 miles along the Cape Cod Canal. 88 degrees and a nice breeze, not humid.

The bike rode comfortably and shifted well, although it was a flat ride so not much shifting going on. Also a couple of corrected garage pics showing the drive train and with the cranks parallel to arms.

https://picasaweb.google.com/etimoth...KnK_6qTtYvrdg#
I'd like your impression of the bike after you have ridden it a while if you don't mind.
Im thinking I want to upgrade in the fall and I just found a local dealer who carries these. So I added the Salsa to my very short list. People who own them seem to be happy with them. I'm looking at touring platforms primarily for the comfort and dependability. I don't fancy myself as a racer.
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I like that front rack. What kind is it?
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I'd like your impression of the bike after you have ridden it a while if you don't mind.
I second that motion! Please provide us with a detailed ride report after you have ridden the bike enough to be able to review it in depth. Last year, when I was buying my first bike, I was intrigued by the Casseroll, but didn't have enough information to make a buying decision.

You did a great job on your build. It is a very attractive bike!
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I like that front rack. What kind is it?
The rack is included with the frame, or with the completed bike if you purchase it that way. It is color matched to the Casseroll frame which is vintage blue. Thinking about a rear rack in the future but that will probably be silver or black unless I can find some way to match the blue paint, don't think that will be possible.

I will certainly keep you folks posted on what I think of the bike as I pile on some mileage. Bear in mind that the drive train etc is different than if you were to purchase the complete bike from a Salsa dealer. The complete bike is a steal IMHO at $1200.

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Nice bike!!

The Cape Cod Canal looks like an interesting and very scenic place to ride.

The LBS is starting to stock more Salsa bikes. I'm lusting after a Vaya to ride gravel roads in the hills.
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The rack is included with the frame, or with the completed bike if you purchase it that way. It is color matched to the Casseroll frame which is vintage blue. Thinking about a rear rack in the future but that will probably be silver or black unless I can find some way to match the blue paint, don't think that will be possible.

I will certainly keep you folks posted on what I think of the bike as I pile on some mileage. Bear in mind that the drive train etc is different than if you were to purchase the complete bike from a Salsa dealer. The complete bike is a steal IMHO at $1200.
I bet a car paint shop could make the rear rack match the bike...a bit of money though.
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Nice looking bike!

I love riding the C.C.Canal. I wish I could do it daily.
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An Expansion on Mikey's reply, if you wanted to match a rear rack to the frame and front rack could you ask Salsa about sending it to them for painting with the correct paint? Might be expensive, I haven't dealt with Salsa but their frames and bikes are extremely reasonably priced. Just a thought.

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An Expansion on Mikey's reply, if you wanted to match a rear rack to the frame and front rack could you ask Salsa about sending it to them for painting with the correct paint? Might be expensive, I haven't dealt with Salsa but their frames and bikes are extremely reasonably priced. Just a thought.

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Salsa has a live chat feature, I can ask but I suspect it will be expensive if they agree, maybe if I buy the rack from them?? Worst case they say no, or I do.
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Well done. Now pick up the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) in Wellfleet and ride it down to Orleans for something yummy to drink at the Chocolate Sparrow. Then do it again and ride it all the way to Dennis and back! And when you get to the bike rotary in Harwich (I think it is) take a short trip east to Chatham. You can generate 50 miles real easy that way!
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Well done. Now pick up the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) in Wellfleet and ride it down to Orleans for something yummy to drink at the Chocolate Sparrow. Then do it again and ride it all the way to Dennis and back! And when you get to the bike rotary in Harwich (I think it is) take a short trip east to Chatham. You can generate 50 miles real easy that way!

I ride the rail trail often, I am in N. Truro and sometimes do the trip from the Eastham Visitors Center to Dennis and back, about 33 miles. Once so far I have done the entire trip from Wellfleet to Dennis and back, 44 miles without doing the Chatham spur. Lovely ride mid week, a little hairy on the weekends now. Also the trails through the Provincetown dunes gives you a little hill work along with great scenery and beaches at herring Cove and Race Point.
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Beautiful bike, I love the saddle and matching bar tape.
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Salsa probably can't paint your rack, as their bikes are built to spec in Taiwan, but they may be able to help you find matching paint. Couldn't hurt to ask. Salsa reps often respond to this subforum at MTBR forums.
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I really like the leather (or good simulation) bar wrap. That works well with the saddle but is nice in isolation.
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Salsa probably can't paint your rack, as their bikes are built to spec in Taiwan, but they may be able to help you find matching paint. Couldn't hurt to ask. Salsa reps often respond to this subforum at MTBR forums.
I hoped you would reply, I don't know enough about their ops to say but I figured you would know having gotten your Cassaroll built.
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I really like the leather (or good simulation) bar wrap. That works well with the saddle but is nice in isolation.
I sprung for the Brooks leather tape. Pricey but should last a while.
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