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Old 02-22-09, 07:16 PM   #1
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Decided to Buy a Tikit

I want a bike for errands, to leave folded in my car and take on family vacations where time/effort to pack and unpack is at a minimum. I have a plethora of light/high quality parts here...I am shooting for 18 LBS. Tikit, here I come.
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Old 02-22-09, 08:48 PM   #2
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am shooting for 18 LBS. Tikit, here I come.
Holy cow! Rob English's original Speeding Tikit was 18 pounds. How are you going to do this? And, seriously, how much is this going to run?
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Even Rob's was .2 pounds heavier. How will you beat 18.2? Are you receiving any federal economic recovery funding?
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Rob's brakes and crankset aren't the lightest...SRAM brakes and FSA SLK cranks. I have Easton's new cranks on a bike which I will swap. Accroding to Madcow (spell?), the Easton's are ~115 grams lighter. I have a few sets of ZG brakes, as well as unused KCNC brakes here. The Sram brakes are ~60 grams heavier. His post is a Thomson with a lot of extension. I have a few posts lying around that are lighter, a Easton EC90, for one.

Plus, I think he takes a large Tikit, mine will be a medium.

I have some used grouppos, seats and pedals, so I really only need a stripped down Tikit with the upgraded wheels and ti mast.

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Old 02-23-09, 09:26 AM   #6
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Well ... one could drop a chain ring, the front derailer, and the associated cable/housing. I'm sure that you could find a lighter handlebar too. The difficult part would be his rear wheel.
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Old 02-23-09, 04:42 PM   #7
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Plus, I think he takes a large Tikit, mine will be a medium.
Depending on your weight, the medium may be a bit overly flexible, particularly if you're going ultralight. What's your tubing approach to stiffen up the stem and post?

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Old 02-23-09, 05:19 PM   #8
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I re-read Rob's info. His Speeding T is a medium. His seat height looks taller than mine. I am 5'6", no need to stiffen it up. Wheels and chainstays will be stiff enough.

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This makes me wonder exactly how light you could make the tikit....I am 130 lbs (and losing)
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Looking forward to your take! Any color scheme in particular?
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Old 02-24-09, 10:47 AM   #11
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red!
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Copying me I see.



Flag red *is* the best color. :-)
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Old 02-24-09, 12:34 PM   #13
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Red is good.
Ordering today...
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Keep us posted....
Vik, are the Scorchers still THE fast tires to buy?
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I went with white.
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I went with white.
Nooooooooooooo!

Now you're copying Vik! :-) You can't win.
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I went with white.
Because of the alliteration?

"Bike Friday bears brunt of folderfan's fury, wonders why white won't work."
"folderfan went with white."
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It was an impulse decision...white bikes always look good.
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I'm sure it'll be a wickit, tricked-out white tikit!
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Green to express the zero emissions of the tikit....
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My father buys tikits all the time. Like the little old lady from Pasadena, he just can't keep his foot of the accelerata.
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Now you're copying Vik! :-) You can't win.


Hahahaha....a white Tikit will look sweet...congrats.... I think I'd try a white one next myself. My new MTB above is white - although that was the only colour available at the time.
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