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Old 09-10-09, 06:12 PM   #451
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MEC installed these today for $5.00 and in 15 minutes! Thank you Les for sending them to me, I love them already. I used them to climb a couple of hills on my way home. My bike now looks 300% more badass.



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Old 09-10-09, 06:28 PM   #452
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Luddite - That looks just right except your bar ends are missing.

I am also really interested in seeing how well these "new" Asama bikes hold up and wonder if the Kuwahara brand will also be revived at some point.
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So far, I love this bike, I've worn out the rear brake pads, had to get a couple of adjustments but that's it for around 1200 km of riding. Never had a flat, it's survived two crashes, too.

Can I find the ends in a store, 65er?
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If you had bar ends when you went in to MEC and don;t have them now I bet they are sitting on a workbench...

If not, they are not very expensive.
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I think what you're referring to are not "bar ends" but "bar end plugs".
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That Nikon D40 is doing its magic,nice pics.
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I think what you're referring to are not "bar ends" but "bar end plugs".
Yes.. the plugs.
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I never had those plastic end thingies on my handlebars, it was all rubber, the hand grips. I don't remember seeing caps/whatever in the box from Les. So I need those plastic or metal doohickeys that pop into the end of the handlebar, right?

Kungpao, thanks, it's the 50mm 1.4 lens at work, too.
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MEC installed these today for $5.00 and in 15 minutes! Thank you Les for sending them to me, I love them already. I used them to climb a couple of hills on my way home. My bike now looks 300% more badass.



They look hot Luddite,

Yeah. You need plugs for the ends of your handlebars to cover up the hole left behind from cutting your grips to move them inward. It's a safety and aesthetic thing. If you were to enter a race with your bike they wouldn't let you race without the end of your bars being plugged. They check for that at the bike check at races.

The MEC guys/gals should have told you this. I probably should have too. A good bike shop has a bin full of used ones they could have thrown on your bike for free. They might not have matched perfectly but would look fine. They can also sell you new ones for a couple bucks and no one should charge you to install them. They just push them in or use a rubber headed mallet.

The longer a bike shop has been in business the more full their bin of used bar plugs will be. This is a trueism. Your MEC store probably doesn't have tons of them laying around. I would go back and ask if they have some free used one to bang in. Or go to a long time in business LBS.

Glad to hear you are enjoying them,

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Luddite may have had closed end grips before the install, so the shop might not have inadvertently kept something useful that they removed. Her barends have pretty thick clamps, so I think the dangers of bars without plugs are somewhat mitigated. I have to admit two of my three bikes are currently missing the end plugs. Bike shop probably will give you a pair for free or very cheap, it's best to have 'em.
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By 'danger' and such words/concepts of why the bar-ends should be capped: Impalement. In the event of an accident, this is a serious concern. But you're welcome to un-cork your art-genie and get creative. A friend of mine uses the champagne corks from his wedding. One character I knew used a certain variety of sex-toy, etc.

Knock yourself out!
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Old 09-10-09, 11:38 PM   #462
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Gorgeous bike!
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Cool looking bike.

The roadies must have a heyday with you when you bump into them.

Just curious, why no straps on the toe-clips? And are the Zipp graphics removable on those wheels?
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Cool looking bike.

The roadies must have a heyday with you when you bump into them.

Just curious, why no straps on the toe-clips? And are the Zipp graphics removable on those wheels?
These pictures have been floating around the internets for awhile. Usually the butt of many jokes. I doubt it is the bike of the person who posted them in this thread.

It's a project one Madone road bike that was converted to a mtb bar set up. Roadies considered it a sacrilege.
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This is an excellent opportunity for you to explain to me what "track standing" is. KTHXBAI
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No straps b/c I can't get my foot out in time if my trackstand goes wrong. Why would I want to remove teh Zipp stickers when I had to purchase them on ebay to stick them on in the first place?
LOL. Hey, when I said that bike looked cool, I meant it in a Mexican low-rider sort of way.
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altho hideous, i give the owner of the madone/mountain bike setup much respect for not giving a F what others think. he's probably enjoying that bike as much as we are enjoying ours.
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I never had those plastic end thingies on my handlebars, it was all rubber, the hand grips. I don't remember seeing caps/whatever in the box from Les. So I need those plastic or metal doohickeys that pop into the end of the handlebar, right?

Kungpao, thanks, it's the 50mm 1.4 lens at work, too.

Stop taunting me with your camera prowess !!!
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You're joking, right? After two expensive photography courses I still fail at photography.
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You're joking, right? After two expensive photography courses I still fail at photography.
No joke - that was money well spent. I think a some of us would agree that you don't give yourself enough credit. Those are great pics !!
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In the second pic, the camera focussed on the middle of the handlebar, instead of the outer bar end, I probably have it set to dynamic or something.

if you want to see more of my photos, www.flickr.com/nerdycanadian
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No straps b/c I can't get my foot out in time if my trackstand goes wrong. Why would I want to remove teh Zipp stickers when I had to purchase them on ebay to stick them on in the first place?

Nice!!!
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2008 Orbea Aneto

Here is a picture of my Orbea Aneto that I use for commuting to work as well as riding for fun. So far, my longest journey in one day has been 100kms in around 6 hours. Not lightening speed, but fun none the less.

I bought the bike last October and think I am close to having it set up how I like it. The most important and challenging thing was finding the right saddle which I believe to have achieved with the Selle San Marco Rolls. It came stock with a Selle Italia Zoo Gel with male cut out which was nice and soft, but I just didn't like. I then found a Selle Italia Flight on eBay that is nice, but I think a little again just not right. I finally put the Rolls on and think its what I have been looking for. It not soft, but has enough padding. I like it because its narrow in the "beak" and flat from front to back as well as having enough of a rear for my rear.

Some of the other details:
Shimano A530 SPD pedals - like these because they are flat on one side and SPD the other.
Titec Hell Bent bar ends - gives you at least 3 positions on the flat bar bike.
Planet Bike Blaze 1-Watt LED front light - I've had some people think I'm a cop.
Planet Bike Blinky Superflash 1/2 Watt LED rear light - you can tell a difference as the cars go way around you.
Topeak TourGuide handle bar bag - great for quick trips that only require camera, sandwich, wallet, tube, etc.
Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DXP - for all the other stuff; especially when grocery shopping.
Continental Sport Contact tires with reflective strip - can't have enough reflective strips.
Mirrycle MTB bar end mirror - super fantastic; absolutely love the ability to see what's coming.

I've really enjoyed riding her over here in Spain and look forward to taking her with me when I leave.

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Here's a couple: Bridgestone XO-4 and a Trek 720 Multitrack. Both with hodgepodge assortments of parts. They both do what I want when I want them to do it. The Trek is a pretty nice frame, btw, that can often be had for cheap. Recommended. Sorry about the cell phone pics.

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