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    Quote Originally Posted by bjjoondo View Post
    I really like your winter bike set up, SWEET, but even I have to wonder how you use the "aero-bars" much, seems you'd need to keep your hands on the reg. bars in the snow and ice for max. control??
    the bike is my winter/foul weather bike. when riding through ice and snow i do stay up on the flat bar, but there are many days (the vast majority of this winter) between december and april when we don't have snow and ice on the roads, but we do have SAVAGE winds blowing in off of lake michigan (i ride directly along the lakeshore on my daily commutes) so aerobars to the rescue.
    The first rule: if you're riding a bike and not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    ...I won a pair of Agogo ultralight bar ends on ebay. Buy it now price was $20, and there was no bid at 1:30 left in the auction. So I kept watching it, and at 10min before the end of the auction I put in my lowball bid of $0.99. I won the pair! I ended up paying $6 because of shipping, but I think I got a great deal! I taped them and installed them right when they arrived. I'll post a picture when I go for my next ride!
    You did well. Looking forward to an updated pic of your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    You did well. Looking forward to an updated pic of your bike.
    I'm also awaiting my replacement front wheel from Sports Authority. It was out of true beyond repair (rim was bent from me hitting a pole back in october and I finally got around to having them replace it because I was sick of having my brakes open so wide). I am currently using a 27" steel wheel from my dad's 80's Motobecane road bike as a riser for the front end for the trainer. I do not plan on riding with it, but if I have to, the guys at the Bike Mechanics subforum assured me it would be ok.
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    Diamondback Insight Reviews 018.jpg Diamondback Insight Reviews 012.jpg Diamondback Insight Reviews 025.jpg Diamondback Insight Reviews 015.jpg

    Just picked this up today at Performance Bike's, there really is a lot of difference between it an the Insight 1 .
    (This is the 2011 Diamondback Insight 2 model) Very nice Bike for the price. Richard

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    Just got a new bottle cage and handlebar for free with my Team Performance points. I LOVE my local performance bike shop! Though they're moving next month and they are running low on stock. I was going to just cut off my old grips and get a new pair to put on the new bar, but because they are really low on stock, they had none and I had to use my old grips. I have blisters on my left hand (and I'm left handed ) from pulling off the grips. My bike will be pretty different when you see it next (though you may not be able to see all of the differences).

    My old bar is steel, so I took off about 300g from my bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    Just got a new bottle cage and handlebar for free with my Team Performance points. I LOVE my local performance bike shop! Though they're moving next month and they are running low on stock. I was going to just cut off my old grips and get a new pair to put on the new bar, but because they are really low on stock, they had none and I had to use my old grips. I have blisters on my left hand (and I'm left handed ) from pulling off the grips. My bike will be pretty different when you see it next (though you may not be able to see all of the differences).

    My old bar is steel, so I took off about 300g from my bike.
    I really like Performance bikes, they matched REI's price. Plus I also just signed up for the Team Performance Card today. They offer Lifetime tunes on the bike, when you buy from them, so I understood. Richard

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    This is just a quick review I did on it, missed the rims are different, 20h front & 24h rear. There are a few other minor things also. But did make a side by side review video on the Insight 1 and the Insight 2, both the 2011 models. They are really nice performance Hybrid Model's for the price. This was bought at Performance Bike's.

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    Very nice review! Might I ask how much sadder your wallet is after that purchase (price)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    .... My bike will be pretty different when you see it next (though you may not be able to see all of the differences).

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    yeah yeah! I'm off shortly to pick up my new calipers for my road bike. I'm excited everytime I buy something regardless of which bike it's for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    Very nice review! Might I ask how much sadder your wallet is after that purchase (price)?
    They matched REI's online price of $359.00 dollars, but (they) had one in stock, plus I returned that crappy little AXOIM Headlight $19.99, then purchased the membership 30.00 more. So out the door Taxes and all was $392.88, but I have my TEAM CARD with 46.00 dollars on it for extras. (Going to get a better light with it) LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    yeah yeah! I'm off shortly to pick up my new calipers for my road bike. I'm excited everytime I buy something regardless of which bike it's for.
    I love shopping for bike stuff ! Just took a (QUICK) little ride, 2.8 miles it's late here, and raining just a small bit.
    ( I REALLY like the fit of the INSIGHT model) just feels so right for me, that's why I went for the upgrade while they still had the sale. At 25 pounds, with all the Alivio drive train, plus 24 speed, shifters, AVID brakes, and those Kendra Kwick Trax w/puncture resistant K-shield, and think the stock saddle is going to be a keeper, couldn't help myself. Very pleased with it ! Richard

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    Your going to love the bike Richard, and you got a heck of a deal.

    Only thing I changed on mine was the seat, and like I said before, I don't think the original seat is bad at all but after riding for over an hour or so it seemed cause me some pain, and I shopped around and decided I wanted one that was custom fit to me, so I bought the Bontreager Nebula Plus from the local bike shop after having my sit bones measured. They come in three sizes and my measurement called for the narrow one.

    It's not as soft as the original, and seems a little more rigid at first but so far it is comfortable, and I have no pain even on some longer rides, so the sizing seems to work.

    Also those large pedals are made so you can add toe clips, which I had on another bike, and they work well if you do a lot of climbing, and keep your feet on the pedals when you get into an aggressive cadance but I never replaced mine after pretty much wearing them out.

    That sure is a nice looking bike (biased) and you give some good reports.
    Last edited by Jimbo47; 02-15-12 at 08:44 AM.

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    I forgot to mention I got rid of those spoke reflectors also on mine!

    I know they are nice for obvious safety reasons, but I had them on another bike and I kept hearing this rubbing and clicking sound and thought it was my front bearings as every time I turned the front wheel and leaned into the turn it would get louder.

    I even disconnected the brake in the front and it still made the noise and I was about to take the bike in and have the front hub rebuilt and finally I took the reflectors off the wheel and the sound went away.

    First thing I did was take them off the new Diamondback! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xoxoxoxoLive View Post
    Diamondback Insight Reviews 018.jpg Diamondback Insight Reviews 012.jpg Diamondback Insight Reviews 025.jpg Diamondback Insight Reviews 015.jpg

    Just picked this up today at Performance Bike's, there really is a lot of difference between it an the Insight 1 .
    (This is the 2011 Diamondback Insight 2 model) Very nice Bike for the price. Richard
    I missed these pics. Wow, it's a great looking rig.The frame is a nice shape with the curves, and for some reason the bars appeal to me. You've made a sensible choice. I'll have a look at your video review now.

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    Thanks, that makes a lot of sense now! Have a most excellent day!
    Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo47 View Post
    I forgot to mention I got rid of those spoke reflectors also on mine!

    I know they are nice for obvious safety reasons, but I had them on another bike and I kept hearing this rubbing and clicking sound and thought it was my front bearings as every time I turned the front wheel and leaned into the turn it would get louder.

    I even disconnected the brake in the front and it still made the noise and I was about to take the bike in and have the front hub rebuilt and finally I took the reflectors off the wheel and the sound went away.

    First thing I did was take them off the new Diamondback! LOL!
    Am already very pleased with it, I have to thank another poster, on a different thread about the REI link on the price. And then Performance for matching it. The bike has really sparked a flame in me for Riding more on the Roads, (which I have plenty of out here in the sticks). Going to leave the saddle on for now, and the reflectors, just picked up a CATEYE HL-EL220 at the bike shop today. It was not very expensive, and heavy as a brick. Going to install it in a few minutes and go for a night ride. Never thought I would be back on a Diamondback again, was very popular during my years at the bike shop though. Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by xoxoxoxoLive View Post
    Am already very pleased with it, I have to thank another poster, on a different thread about the REI link on the price. And then Performance for matching it. The bike has really sparked a flame in me for Riding more on the Roads, (which I have plenty of out here in the sticks). Going to leave the saddle on for now, and the reflectors, just picked up a CATEYE HL-EL220 at the bike shop today. It was not very expensive, and heavy as a brick. Going to install it in a few minutes and go for a night ride. Never thought I would be back on a Diamondback again, was very popular during my years at the bike shop though. Richard

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    Here is the CATEYE HL-EL220 , worked much better than expected for the price, $19.99 dollars at Performance. Mounting it takes just a couple minutes, very secure fit, gives out a nice wide beam for riding. More than enough light for these dark rural roads, and I like that it runs on 4 AA battery's. Probably the brightest inexpensive light I have purchased. Richard

    http://www.amazon.com/Cateye-HL-EL22.../dp/B000R5NR9E

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    Went through every page and man there are lot's of great bikes. Thanks all for sharing!

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    I'm going on a ride tomorrow. You will finally get to see my bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
    Weird spell/word check. "***" is "***". I'll never understand this computer. Andy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post

    Very nice custom bike, how long a ride did you take it for ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
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    It's come up Trumps!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xoxoxoxoLive View Post
    Very nice custom bike, how long a ride did you take it for ?
    Thanks. I did 27 miles.

    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    It's come up Trumps!!
    Thanks!
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    My 2011 Sirrus Elite after the fork upgrade. The factory fork was recalled.
    SirrusElite_2.jpgFact Carbon fork.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohhiiamdrew View Post
    My 2011 Sirrus Elite after the fork upgrade. The factory fork was recalled.
    SirrusElite_2.jpgFact Carbon fork.jpg
    I have rode a Sirrus Elite at the LBS, very nice bikes.

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