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    Pick Your Poison, Steel, Alumminum, Carbon, or Titanium ?

    After all these years I still prefer Chromoly Steel !

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    After years of riding steel, I avoid it like the plague. Alu/CF for me.
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    I like my cromo bike for what it is, its comfy to ride and flexes well but i also like my AL bike... when i crank into it, it responds. I guess it depends on the day. If I had to choose? Eh, I guess I'd want my steel bike to have 700x23 tires and more aggressive geometry, then I could give up my AL bike. Or maybe if my AL bike had a more relaxed geometry, I could give up my cromo bike. Hm...

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    I still really want to get a bamboo bike.

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    I wouldn't mind an aluminum bike but I think I will pass on the cf. If I were a competitive pro I would see spending that money on a disposable cf machine but then, I guess it would be the sponsors money wouldn't it? Make mine steel or aluminum.

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    titanium or as it is also known, unobtanium. And i mean the real stuff, not that Russian garbage!

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    Both the bikes that I ride are cromo but are or have been available in ti versions, too. I'll track down those ti bikes, if I win the lottery like this couple did: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/Wi...-92836469.html
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    hell I'd take any of them, never ridden a titanium bike but its benefits seem pretty universal, also if going CF I'd want a reasonable bike, no 700g monocoque get it x-rayed if you scratch the paint bikes
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    Monocoque unicycles with internal gear hubs, ridden by extortionists with an excellent sense of balance.

    You'll see. Unless you drilled out your eyes because they were too heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcanum View Post
    I still really want to get a bamboo bike.
    somebody sent me a link to some guys in NYC that let you come out and build your own, they spec out the geometry according to your measurements & provide materials. they help you build and at the end of the weekend you have your bike. I'd like to do it sometime, we'll see if I manage to save up the cash. I dont think it was that expensive but it would mean leaving something else out of my budget.

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    I've got and have had several carbon bikes and have a OX Platinum steel frame bike, but my all time favorite bike is an aluminum framed cross bike. Thing rides like butter. Oddly enough. Only aluminum bike I've ever ridden that didn't try and kill me.
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    Good old chromoly steel. Tried aluminum among others, and it comes close, but I can't shake the feeling that I feel like I'm going to break anything that isn't steel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixie Flyer View Post
    Pick Your Poison, Steel, Aluminum, Carbon, or Titanium ?!
    Beryllium wins out over all metals on the toxicity issue - beryllium dust can kill you.
    Inhalation of dust particles or vapors containing beryllium may cause berylliosis, an inflammation of the lungs.

    Due to cost, ductility and toxicity constraints, pure beryllium isn't commercially feasible for bicycle frames.
    Sure, you can make one, like the showpiece that ABM did, but you can't call that project commercially feasible.

    The Beryllium bike was made with Beryllium tubing (top, seat, down, seat stays, chain stays) bonded into aluminum lugs. The bike was developed with Electrofusion Corp. in Fremont California. Much of the labor was donated by the company since there was some spare time due to the decline in Cold War business for the company.

    Beryllium's atomic number is 4 just after Hydrogen, Helium and Lithium but the specific modulus (stiffness to density ratio) is seven times better than steel, titanium or aluminum, which are all essentially equal. The first frame was overbuilt and weighed 2.5 pounds. Of that, the Beryllium tubing was one pound (including one ounce chain stays), 1.25 pounds of aluminum lugs and 4 ounces of adhesive.

    January 1993 American Beryllium: Beryllium Bike for the astonishing sum of $32,000.

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    (Weird forum software keeps forcing "ST" lower-case, can't figure out how to override that without making the letters separate.)
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    If I could only have one bike make it CF. If I can have two the second one could be Scandium. Three bikes and I would add Aluminum. Four bikes and I would toss in steal. Five bikes and I might add a Ti bike.

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    This household has two aluminium, two steel, one carbon and a titanium. They all serve different purposes and all have their own characteristics, and we won't be parting with any of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    This household has two aluminium, two steel, one carbon and a titanium. They all serve different purposes and all have their own characteristics, and we won't be parting with any of them.
    And when the rest of the bicycles get here, there will be 1 more steel and 2 more aluminums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNY James View Post
    somebody sent me a link to some guys in NYC that let you come out and build your own, they spec out the geometry according to your measurements & provide materials. they help you build and at the end of the weekend you have your bike. I'd like to do it sometime, we'll see if I manage to save up the cash. I dont think it was that expensive but it would mean leaving something else out of my budget.
    IIRC, it's about $1000 and gets you a very basic single-speed bike.

    There's also Bamboosero, which appears to finally be shipping complete bikes. The prices don't seem to be completely beyond the pale, either.

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    I have 7 steel, an aluminum and a CF, I like all of them but my favorite rides are 2 of the steel frames and the CF frame. I would like to try TI but I think my next frame will be steel.
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    I'm old skool, so its steel for me. Love the vintage bikes.

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    it is steel for me! OH there is one Ti bike
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    Never ridden a Ti bike. Maybe after I'm 50 or get my DDS degree.
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    Never ridden a Ti bike. Maybe after I'm 50 or get my DDS degree.
    IMHO your not missing much
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    it is steel for me! OH there is one Ti bike
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