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Old 09-12-13, 10:35 PM   #5151
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Here is my 2013 Trek 8.4 DS I just picked up. Love this bike.
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Old 09-12-13, 10:45 PM   #5152
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Here is my 2013 Trek 8.4 DS I just picked up. Love this bike.
Looks very nice!
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Old 09-12-13, 10:53 PM   #5153
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Thanks! I love the colorway and bike itself overall.
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Old 09-13-13, 01:51 AM   #5154
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Bike I got for my birthday in May. I added the bags, rack, pedals, and more street-oriented tires.

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Old 09-13-13, 02:12 AM   #5155
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I finally took some pictures of my bike with skinnier, performance oriented tires.

Hey. How are your new tires working out? Does the bike roll any faster now? Myself, I switched from the stock 38mm width with full tread to a 32mm with slight tread but I don't feel any difference. I'm wondering if going even skinnier on my next set, like 28 mm, would speed things up or maybe the wheels themselves are just too heavy.
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Hey. How are your new tires working out? Does the bike roll any faster now? Myself, I switched from the stock 38mm width with full tread to a 32mm with slight tread but I don't feel any difference. I'm wondering if going even skinnier on my next set, like 28 mm, would speed things up or maybe the wheels themselves are just too heavy.
I think the bike rolls significantly faster with the skinnier tires. I don't think it's the width of the tires as much as it is the quality of the tires. My 40mm Duremes are heavy duty touring tires that are designed for durability rather than ride quality. They have some tread that is squishy when moving in anything but a straight line. They are also about 1/2 heavier, each than my other tires. My 32mm Vittoria Randonneur Hypers are significantly lighter but more importantly, they are designed more for performance. They are still designed for ruggedness but not as much as the Duremes. They have a TPI (thread per inch) rating of either 120 or 180 which means it's a supple tire that rolls smoothly. Plus, there is practically no tread on the Vittorias. I think all aspects affect the speed but I think the construction of the tire (ie, TPI) is the biggest influence.

Compass Cycles sells the Grand Bois brand of tires that are designed like race tires rather than for durability. I've never tried these tires but I've heard rave reviews on them. Generally, the higher that quality the tire, the more expensive.
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Thanks for the feedback, corwin1968. I'll keep the TPI counts in mind when I'm upgrading again. I don't really want to go so far as to get a slick (no tread) as I still like to do a rail trail once and a while. I looked at the Grand Bois line. You're not kidding about quality costing more. The first one I saw was the 'Extra Leger' style at $82 a pop. That's way over my head, at least for this bike.
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Bike I got for my birthday in May. I added the bags, rack, pedals, and more street-oriented tires.

That's an awesome looking bike
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Old 09-15-13, 08:28 AM   #5160
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Bike I got for my birthday in May. I added the bags, rack, pedals, and more street-oriented tires.

Nice bike!
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Old 09-15-13, 07:39 PM   #5161
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Nice! But why the small chain ring?
No. the question should have been, why the mtb long cage rear der ?
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Old 09-15-13, 08:22 PM   #5162
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No. the question should have been, why the mtb long cage rear der ?

Because MTB long cage shadow deraileurs look hot (^-^)v
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Old 09-17-13, 08:56 AM   #5163
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My new 2014 Giant Escape City. It is so beautiful to me. It rides like a dream.

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My new 2014 Giant Escape City. It is so beautiful to me. It rides like a dream.

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Old 09-23-13, 10:14 AM   #5165
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After being cannibalized, hung on a wall, then resurrected with better components in most areas, my '02 Jamis Coda is back as a dedicated gravel and general use bike.

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Old 09-23-13, 10:39 AM   #5166
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Do you ever got odd looks or comments from having the Lefty fork?
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Do you ever got odd looks or comments from having the Lefty fork?
lots of questions and compliments. im really surprised by how many people actually notice it.
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Here, finally, is a pic of my new 2013 BMC Alpenchallenge AC01. I'm still waiting on a Brooks B17 saddle and some Crankbrothers Mallet IIs to finish the look.

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Holy smokes that saddle is low. Is that proper fit for you? Shorter legs and longer upper body perhaps?

Bike looks sweet, though. I love red bits on black.
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Holy smokes that saddle is low. Is that proper fit for you? Shorter legs and longer upper body perhaps?

Bike looks sweet, though. I love red bits on black.
Lol, no I haven't yet adjusted the saddle height. I am short at 5'6" but will still need to raise it some.
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Yeah I used to ride my KHS around with the saddle fairly low. Then I got a proper fitment when I bought my road bike, then got back on the KHS and was like "DANG this saddle is way too low! Oh my knees!" Then I discovered my seat post had been cut off and couldn't be raised safely, so I had to buy a new seat post.
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Well I had literally just finished adding all the red highlights (they come in a separate bag together with the bike so you have the option of adding them or now; otherwise the standard parts are also matte black) and it was getting on it the day so I snapped the pic, went inside to prepare dinner and forgot about the seat post adjustment. I have yet to ride it! I ordered online so no LBS to help me with fitment.

Ya gotta hate when they cut seat posts!
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Lol, no I haven't yet adjusted the saddle height. I am short at 5'6" but will still need to raise it some.
Looks very nice!
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Looks very nice!
Thanks! I'm going to really enjoy riding it! I'll post another pic with the seat adjusted and the new saddle and pedals in place when those parts finally arrive.
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