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    Design your custom bike online

    Have you ever tried to play with those funny online tools that allow you to build your custom bike and see how it would look like?

    I know some brands that are putting stuff like this into their website,have you ever heard of it? What do you think?

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    Well, until that tool lets you take a test ride to feel how it rides, I'd have to say it's just a sales tool trying to increase your buy-in to owning one.
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    This narrow definition of "custom".... I see it thrown around a lot. I've never been too interested in how a bike looks. When you give me a choice of crankset, and cassette, and tires, maybe then we can talk about how a bike suits my needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A10K View Post
    This narrow definition of "custom"....
    Agreed. All I've seen are tools for decoration. Your choice of decoration does not make it a custom bike.

    For instance, the Trek Project One lets you decorate a Madone. But in the end, it's not a custom bike, it's still a Madone--with custom paint--but still just a Madone.

    A custom bike is one that's made to measure for your body, with geometry suited to your riding preferences, requirements, and conditions. That's a custom bike.

    It's like saying a custom house is one where you chose the paint from swatches to be put a tract house.
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    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    It's like saying a custom house is one where you chose the paint from swatches to be put a tract house.
    You missed the last 20 years of real estate, didn't you?

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    I wonder if people are confusing the terms: "custom" and "customise".

    Custom = a bicycle that is made to measure for your body, with geometry suited to your riding preferences, requirements, and conditions.

    Customise = changing out the handlebar tape, picking a paint colour, adding a mirror, rack, mudguards, etc. etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    I wonder if people are confusing the terms: "custom" and "customise".

    Custom = a bicycle that is made to measure for your body, with geometry suited to your riding preferences, requirements, and conditions.

    Customise = changing out the handlebar tape, picking a paint colour, adding a mirror, rack, mudguards, etc. etc.
    Well, i guess that this is what really happened, my bad.

    I just thought it was a funny thing

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    It's a great marketing tool. If you spend time with one, and say, I want that color, that water bottle rack... you are selling yourself on buying that bicycle. Each decision you make about what you want on the bike is a close. As salespeople say, always be closing. And if the process works, they'll get the big close where you hand over your money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    NO I do that in my head. you can't go from this




    to this with a computer



    and how can you build it online without picturing it in your head as you go?
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    Koga Miyata's Signature program, has frame and component Menus.
    but the frames are not themselves Custom.

    then the NL based company sends the bike to one of their dealers
    [they skip the US market ], [then you would fly over, and start your bike tour perhaps
    on a New Bike ]

    Volvo used to do that with cars, drive around Scandinavia, and Europe,
    then they ship it back home to you.

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