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    Quote Originally Posted by canadiandude View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by canadiandude View Post
    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.

    Sweet looking bike! It has inspired me to repaint mine and add similar accents. I especially like how the red accents are so small. Not a seat or handlebar grips, but crank bolts, seat clamp, and handle bar plugs looks absolutely brilliant. I'd remove the wheel reflectors, but that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supremekizzle View Post
    Sweet looking bike! It has inspired me to repaint mine and add similar accents. I especially like how the red accents are so small. Not a seat or handlebar grips, but crank bolts, seat clamp, and handle bar plugs looks absolutely brilliant. I'd remove the wheel reflectors, but that's just me.

    Thanks, and yes, I agree about the reflectors! I just received my Brooks B-17 today so that will be going on this weekend and the reflectors will come off at that time. I need to find a handlebar bag for when I commute. So many things to buy to trick my baby out!

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    Hey!

    Been lurking these forums for a little while and gawking at some of the beautiful rides people have. Figured I'd hop in on the fun and chatter!

    Here's my 2011 Quick CX 3. Picked it up used, former owner had only put 1,500 KM on it. It was in fantastic shape, added the rack and guards, swapped the seat to cushion my out of shape rear and flipped the stem. Nothing much otherwise. I'd love to get a BB5 but they're a little too much money for me at the moment. If I can find a place to do powder coating near by I'd love to redo her in a matte black finish. Slowly replacing the red hardware for now.




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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkShot View Post
    Hey!

    Been lurking these forums for a little while and gawking at some of the beautiful rides people have. Figured I'd hop in on the fun and chatter!

    Here's my 2011 Quick CX 3. Picked it up used, former owner had only put 1,500 KM on it. It was in fantastic shape, added the rack and guards, swapped the seat to cushion my out of shape rear and flipped the stem. Nothing much otherwise. I'd love to get a BB5 but they're a little too much money for me at the moment...
    I had two BB5s fail on me. They look strong on the outside but inside the mechanism relys on a very cheap and weak spring. Save a little longer and go BB7. Also why are they called a CX when they look nothing like a CX bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    I had two BB5s fail on me. They look strong on the outside but inside the mechanism relys on a very cheap and weak spring. Save a little longer and go BB7. Also why are they called a CX when they look nothing like a CX bike?
    I figured a BB5 would be a little easier on the wallet to get than a BB1 and I'd rather not get a BB9 with bottom-barrel components, I'd rather pay a touch more a slightly better groupset. As for your mention about the mechanism, are you talking about the lefty fork? I'd personally swap it out or get it with a fatty rigid, I don't trust their lefty forks, and it makes it easier for swapping out different wheel sets.

    As for the CX comment, I'm pretty sure it's just marketing on their side. They say the bike has a 'mountain bike inspired frame' that is geared more for road and light trail riding.

    On another note, I'm considering going 1x8 if I ever change out the crankset and rings, I find 38T is almost perfect for my riding, 48T is just way too high and 28T is only used for climbing at a snail's pace. I'd probably drop in a 40/41T ring in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkShot View Post
    I figured a BB5 would be a little easier on the wallet to get than a BB1 and I'd rather not get a BB9 with bottom-barrel components, I'd rather pay a touch more a slightly better groupset. As for your mention about the mechanism, are you talking about the lefty fork? I'd personally swap it out or get it with a fatty rigid, I don't trust their lefty forks, and it makes it easier for swapping out different wheel sets.

    As for the CX comment, I'm pretty sure it's just marketing on their side. They say the bike has a 'mountain bike inspired frame' that is geared more for road and light trail riding.

    On another note, I'm considering going 1x8 if I ever change out the crankset and rings, I find 38T is almost perfect for my riding, 48T is just way too high and 28T is only used for climbing at a snail's pace. I'd probably drop in a 40/41T ring in place.
    Hahaha, I thought you meant avid bb5 brakeset

    Good looking bike you have BTW
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    After riding an extremely heavy Diamondback comfort bike for almost the whole summer, (complete with fork and seatpost suspension), I decided it was time to step up to something a little more suited to my increased riding routine. So, after much research and many test rides, I bought myself a Jamis Coda Sport at the very end of August. Now, a little more than 150 miles later, I finally got around to taking a few pics.

    I know it's a fairly pedestrian bike compared to a lot of the ones I've seen in this thread, but it's new to me, it's a huge step up from what I had been riding, and it has made riding a lot more fun overall.










    Also, I found that when I hung my taillight off the loop on my seat bag, it would always just tip down and aim itself at the tire. I needed to figure out a way I could mount it so that it pointed straight back. So, I made this little taillight mounting bracket to fix that problem. It ain't exactly pretty, but it gets the job done.


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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Hahaha, I thought you meant avid bb5 brakeset

    Good looking bike you have BTW
    Ahh that makes a little more sense now hah.

    I would go with the BB7 brakeset if I were to replace the ****ty Tektro Novela set I have.

    And thanks might I add! I'd love to give her the blackout treatment, I'm not a huge fan of white and lots of branding.

    Quote Originally Posted by caffein8ed View Post
    After riding an extremely heavy Diamondback comfort bike for almost the whole summer, (complete with fork and seatpost suspension), I decided it was time to step up to something a little more suited to my increased riding routine. So, after much research and many test rides, I bought myself a Jamis Coda Sport at the very end of August. Now, a little more than 150 miles later, I finally got around to taking a few pics.

    I know it's a fairly pedestrian bike compared to a lot of the ones I've seen in this thread, but it's new to me, it's a huge step up from what I had been riding, and it has made riding a lot more fun overall.

    <snip>

    Also, I found that when I hung my taillight off the loop on my seat bag, it would always just tip down and aim itself at the tire. I needed to figure out a way I could mount it so that it pointed straight back. So, I made this little taillight mounting bracket to fix that problem. It ain't exactly pretty, but it gets the job done.

    <snip>
    Looks great! Good to know you're happy with it!

    Noticed you have half-clips, you find it's a fairly reasonable improvement over just straight platforms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkShot View Post
    Looks great! Good to know you're happy with it!

    Noticed you have half-clips, you find it's a fairly reasonable improvement over just straight platforms?
    I wouldn’t go so far as to call them an improvement exactly, but that’s not really why I got them anyway.

    A few months back, I found that I was consistently having a hard time keeping my feet straight and flat on the pedals whenever I’d start riding hard. So, after trying for a while - and failing - to keep the situation in check solely through awareness, I picked up the set of mini-clips as a potential solution. And they’re working wonderfully for that purpose.

    Without straps, I realize that they offer me very, very little by way of increased pedaling efficiency. I’m not at all interested in a clipless system, so I’ll probably look into moving to a full toe-clip or Power Grips for next spring.
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    put on about 125 miles between friday sat and sunday

    from saturdays 70 mile, rode out to lido beach long island all all around the rockaways and breezy. as well and everything in between

    Lido Beach Golf Course


    got a flat on the way back just before sun down in the rockaways, damn beer bottle


    flat #2 , woke up sunday, the tube i installed had a slow leak, i must have pinched the tube on the way home. it seemed like my co2 only inflated to maybe 50psi. was about a 10 mile ride to the gas station where i was able to get some more air. So sunday morning, pumped it back up and headed to long island via LIRR. Was able to stop in at a bike shop to pick up some spare tubes and co2


    Rode around the north fork of long island, its so beautiful out there. totally different world.

    some farm we stopped at for some roasted corn and fruit



    where we had lunch, by the water. was surreal




    one thing i notice out in the suburbs is that drivers seem to have a different mentality when it comes to cyclists. you definitely aren't given any right of way or courtesy. if you take the lane because theres a car in the bike path, people start beeping and seem annoyed. this happened a few times, and they all got the brooklyn FU while they rode past of course but overall, an awesome weekend on the bad boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonybkny View Post
    put on about 125 miles between friday sat and sunday
    ... but overall, an awesome weekend on the bad boy!
    Great photos and an incredible looking day. Got to love the BadBoys
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    My Kona Hoss, suspension forks removed and replaced with steel cro mo forks, plus a few more little tweeks to bars and pedals.

    Its now a fully rigid hardtail running road tyres for a Clydesdale, nice and twitchy



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    Quote Originally Posted by dhunley1 View Post
    Lovely setting. I'm looking forward to the autumn colours here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Lovely setting. I'm looking forward to the autumn colours here.
    Thanks! As much as I hate to see the summer end, autumn is just a gorgeous season! Great time of year for backpacking and riding the bike of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rise000 View Post
    I understand...yesterday the guys at my LBS asked me: "so, what are the plans for this one...?"
    I told them that I'm planning leave it as it is...they just laughed
    as always I didn't stick to "leave it as it is"

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    Here is recently upgraded MTB to Hybrid..





    Loving my tires!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rise000 View Post
    as always I didn't stick to "leave it as it is"

    Syncros seatpost and Fizik Tundra2 saddle

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    Quote Originally Posted by caffein8ed View Post
    After riding an extremely heavy Diamondback comfort bike for almost the whole summer, (complete with fork and seatpost suspension), I decided it was time to step up to something a little more suited to my increased riding routine. So, after much research and many test rides, I bought myself a Jamis Coda Sport at the very end of August. Now, a little more than 150 miles later, I finally got around to taking a few pics.

    I know it's a fairly pedestrian bike compared to a lot of the ones I've seen in this thread, but it's new to me, it's a huge step up from what I had been riding, and it has made riding a lot more fun overall.










    Also, I found that when I hung my taillight off the loop on my seat bag, it would always just tip down and aim itself at the tire. I needed to figure out a way I could mount it so that it pointed straight back. So, I made this little taillight mounting bracket to fix that problem. It ain't exactly pretty, but it gets the job done.

    Hi Caffein,
    Nice bike (and not "pedestrian") and I wish you luck with it. I will say that your saddle is tilted way down. I humbly recommend that you make it level, and I believe you'll then find the ride much more comfortable and enjoyable.

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    Oh gosh yes. I run my saddles just a tick down from level, but pointed that far down I think I would have trouble staying on it lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by flan48 View Post
    Hi Caffein,
    Nice bike (and not "pedestrian") and I wish you luck with it. I will say that your saddle is tilted way down. I humbly recommend that you make it level, and I believe you'll then find the ride much more comfortable and enjoyable.
    Thanks, flan. This is certainly the nicest bike I've ever owned, but some of the gorgeous, higher-end bikes I've seen in this thread are truly drool-worthy!

    Anyway yeah, I was definitely aware that the saddle was tilted forward a fair bit - I adjusted it that way on purpose. What I didn't realize until I saw the pictures was how sharp the tilt actually is.

    The thing is, I arrived at that angle after several adjustments and several long rides. Primarily, I was trying to to get it to a point where the saddle was no longer causing taint-area discomfort. The angle you see is just where it ended up. When I'm riding, I'm situated pretty far back on the seat, and I generally find this somewhat unusual positioning to be comfortable.

    Nonetheless, now that I've seen how tilted the saddle actually is in the pictures, I intend to try angling the seat back some. I'll just go with small increments over the course of a few rides and see how it goes.
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    My favorite hybrid is a steel Terry Classic. It has a 24 inch front wheel and a 700 in the back so the geometry is nice and compact for a 4'11" person like me. I changed out the flat bar for Sparrow bars but put bar ends on the top of the Sparrows if I want to stretch out. I also added the Brooks Finese saddle and a seatpost with extra setback.




    My other hybrid is a Cannondale Quick, the extra small size with 26 inch wheels. It is my haul around stuff bike:

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