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    Joel, your drivetrain is a little gritty but not too bad. Your bike looked too clean in the first set of pictures. A lot of people buy nice bikes, get enthused about the technology, make nice upgrades but don't actually ride much. I mistook you for one of those people, but the newer pictures show a bike that is ridden. Sorry for the prejudicial comments I made yesterday.

    Now sell your car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel S. View Post
    No problem! I'm too noob to be able to send PMs, so below are the pics.


    That's it! Hope this helps.

    Terrierman, nice bike! Are those bar ends I see on there?
    Thanks! I am definitely snagging those fenders. They look so easy to use/install!

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    Quote Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
    Joel, your drivetrain is a little gritty but not too bad. Your bike looked too clean in the first set of pictures. A lot of people buy nice bikes, get enthused about the technology, make nice upgrades but don't actually ride much. I mistook you for one of those people, but the newer pictures show a bike that is ridden. Sorry for the prejudicial comments I made yesterday.

    Now sell your car!
    I can relate to that one. I've seen people who haven't ridden a bike in 10 years spend almost $1500 on something and never use it more than three times. They always have excuses. "Oh it just rained." "Oh I am busy after work." Sometimes I wish they would just give me their bikes. I'll make good use of them. Also I agree that his bike looked really clean in the first pic. A little too clean. Then again, I wipe down my bike and chain every few days. It's a pride thing and I'm a neat freak, plus it only takes a few minutes.

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    It's the lube!

    I rode my new bike almost every day for a month on the factory lube before adding lubricant to the chain. After 400 miles the drivetrain probably looked as clean as Joel's in the first picture. Indeed Joel's chain might look that clean because he hadn't lubed it yet. Then it rained and I had to lube the chain. I wiped it off a long time, but it's always too oily and picks up dirt no matter how much I wipe it off.

    I used Boeshield T9 which is good lube but I think White Lightning or Rock 'n' Roll attract less dirt if actually reducing friction slightly less than the Boeshield. I'll gladly give up a tiny amount of glide for a cleaner chain. Grit eats up drivetrains and they aren't cheap to replace. I'm going back to the White Lightning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
    Joel, your drivetrain is a little gritty but not too bad. Your bike looked too clean in the first set of pictures. A lot of people buy nice bikes, get enthused about the technology, make nice upgrades but don't actually ride much. I mistook you for one of those people, but the newer pictures show a bike that is ridden. Sorry for the prejudicial comments I made yesterday.

    Now sell your car!
    Apology accepted. I may have fired back, but I do have a pretty thick skin, so no harm, no foul. My gf teases me because I swear up and down I'm not a hardcore cyclist, she says I'm in denial...

    The Mavics are pretty new so not much road grime on them yet, and of course black + dark pics means the dirt is pretty well hidden. The other pics were from the day I got the bike home, so it was brand new, and only had a handful of miles on it.

    Afraid I need to keep the car though... kinda hard to tote around bass stuff on a bike!

    USA, I've seen a few people like that. Drop serious coin on a high end bike, then ask where to ride it...

    I got those fenders so I wouldn't have excuses. I'm a bit of a speed freak so I didn't want the fenders on the bike all the time, but I didn't want to be stopped because of a little water falling from the sky, and I wasn't too keen on the soggy bottom and skunk stripe on my back. So something I could pop on and off as needed fit the bill perfectly. Oh yea, I got mine from the LBS, they're pretty cheap, so when you're back stateside you might be able to walk in and grab 'em. I've been a little lucky as far as weather goes, been able to avoid the wet stuff for the most part, but I did go out for a long ride in a pretty good rain. Was very refreshing, so I'd certainly recommend it, just make sure you've got a water resistant windbreaker!

    I do need to lube up the chain again. I used White Lightening Wet Ride on the first lube since I noticed a little rust after my first wet ride with the factory lube. I'm not sure if I should stick with the wet ride, or go with another type though...

    And by popular demand, the bike outside! Lens might be a little smudged though...
    (Had to use the flash on this first one to get the camera to focus properly for some dumb reason, so it's a little dark)


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    Nice bike Joel,now may we see a pic of yourself in the ''What do you look like?'' thread?
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    Beautiful photographs. The purple reflection in the rim and the reflective barend shining in the flash photo. Stunning.

    The smudge on the second picture draws attention to the dreamy wishbone seat stays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel S. View Post
    Terrierman, nice bike! Are those bar ends I see on there?
    Yeah, they are bar ends that I reversed to get the right angle for me, put inboard of the grips and wrapped with bar tape. Very comfortable.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
    Yeah, jammin' Jamis!

    Congrats on the new ride, T-man! I can almost remember what you had before. A black bike, Cannondale or Specialized?

    Sticking with your patented bar end placement I see! Nice Brooks and matching seat bag. Do you have two seat bags there?

    I don't like the rack placement. Is it so high because of the disc brakes? There's not much room to strap stuff to the shelf and panniers will effect the handling less if mounted lower. Heel clearance might be improved also, if you use panniers, with a lower rack placement because it would sit further back as well. I'd get a rack that fits the bike better if it was my bike.

    Sorry to nitpick, but the rest of it looks so well thought out, the rack not so much... One more thing I'm curious about, it looks like a long black pole attached to your handlebar or stem? What is that? A flashlight?
    That's the same old Jamis, an 07, just a recent picture of how it's set up today. It's on it's third set of tires now, happy to say I wore out the original Vittorias and then a set of Ultra Gatorskins. These are Top Contacts in 700 x 32, I think I am going to like them a lot.

    Yes, two seat bags. One seat bag has tools and such in it, the other (brown tube) is normally empty and works good for a sandwich or a windbreaker or whatever.

    Regarding the rack, the bike doesn't have eyelets so had to use something with a clamp around the stays above the disc calipers. I don't do panniers and clearance has not been an issue.

    Yeah that's a flashlight on the bar, a three AA cell 5W LED mini mag light clamped to the bar with two stainless steel hose clamps with a piece of inner tube between one clamp and the bar and also between the second clamp and the light. I'm a cheap bastard and those LED mini mags are really bright and not expensive to buy or keep batteries in.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    Aksiums on a 7.3fx ... a bit of overkill but it sure looks sweet and I like a bit of overkill to be honest
    I've got Fulcrum 5 wheels on my hybrid ... they are in about the same range and I love 'em so good luck and great rides with yours man.

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    The whip. Ordering new brakes as I am typing this. 12-26 cassette en-route along with Easton EA50 flat bar. I average 100 miles a week on her so I don't mind spending the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAF1C1X1 View Post


    The whip. Ordering new brakes as I am typing this. 12-26 cassette en-route along with Easton EA50 flat bar. I average 100 miles a week on her so I don't mind spending the money.
    I like your taste in color...

    Nice bike, let me know how those brakes work out. Mine stop the bike, but ugh, the rear brake is trash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel S. View Post
    I like your taste in color...

    Nice bike, let me know how those brakes work out. Mine stop the bike, but ugh, the rear brake is trash.
    Will do! My front brake is trash. I don't think I'll buy a bike with an Avid brakeset again. The daily adjusting is ridiculous. Not to mention their pads are trash. My set of pads lasted 2000 miles. Granted that's quite a bit of miles but the amount of dust they create is absurd. Trash, trash, trash!

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    Panther can help with any brake questions but i don't see him here for awhile.
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    On brakes... Tektro V brakes are nice but their pads are about as bad as they come. They will stop you with authority but are also very hard on rims.

    Avid generally makes a very good, if not superior brake and as with all rim brakes, add a set of Kool Stops and your riding life will get much better.

    And there is nothing wrong with your basic Shimano V brakes either.

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    I'm pretty happy with my Avid BB5 discs. I've heard that the BB7s are some of the best mechanical discs you can get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    On brakes... Tektro V brakes are nice but their pads are about as bad as they come. They will stop you with authority but are also very hard on rims.

    Avid generally makes a very good, if not superior brake and as with all rim brakes, add a set of Kool Stops and your riding life will get much better.

    And there is nothing wrong with your basic Shimano V brakes either.
    My 7.3FX came with Avid SD-3 brakes. They are horrid. Joel agrees also. I've read a lot of reviews about this particular model and they aren't that great. Apparently they require adjusting too often. Mine require it daily and that is a little absurd. Today was the last straw when the front brakes pretty much bit the dust after only 2000 miles of use. I ended up ordering the Shimano Deore V-Brake set. Hopefully these turn out better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejschultz View Post
    I'm pretty happy with my Avid BB5 discs. I've heard that the BB7s are some of the best mechanical discs you can get.
    I've heard nothing but good things about the BB5 and BB7. I kind of wish I would have gotten discs on my 7.3. I could trade it in at the Korean LBS where I got my bike, but I don't think it would be worth it at this point.

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    SD-3 as in Single 3 Digit by Avid? If so, mine been working great for nearly 2K miles,never need adjustment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KungPaoSchwinn View Post
    SD-3 as in Single 3 Digit by Avid? If so, mine been working great for nearly 2K miles,never need adjustment.
    Yep. SD-3. I dont think of them as "Single Digit" though. More like "Sh*tty Design." I really do believe that either a) they're crap or b) I got a defective front unit because no matter what I do, only one side pulls
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrierman View Post
    That's the same old Jamis, an 07, just a recent picture of how it's set up today. It's on it's third set of tires now, happy to say I wore out the original Vittorias and then a set of Ultra Gatorskins. These are Top Contacts in 700 x 32, I think I am going to like them a lot.

    Yes, two seat bags. One seat bag has tools and such in it, the other (brown tube) is normally empty and works good for a sandwich or a windbreaker or whatever.

    Regarding the rack, the bike doesn't have eyelets so had to use something with a clamp around the stays above the disc calipers. I don't do panniers and clearance has not been an issue.

    Yeah that's a flashlight on the bar, a three AA cell 5W LED mini mag light clamped to the bar with two stainless steel hose clamps with a piece of inner tube between one clamp and the bar and also between the second clamp and the light. I'm a cheap bastard and those LED mini mags are really bright and not expensive to buy or keep batteries in.
    Cool, I didn't remember that bike, I thought you had something different.

    That is odd that you have no eyelet for rack or fender on a hybrid! Still a real nice looking nice bike. I've had maglights clamped to my handlebars. I used to have both a big one (C cell model) and a mini mounted on my bars back in the day. That was before they had LEDs, though. I have a clamp designed specifically for mounting a mini maglight to handlebars around here somewhere. If I can find it, I'll send it to you for the cost of shipping, if you want it. Hose clamps work fine though, not sure the special clamp is worth the price of postage, but probably is or nearly so.

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    What do you mean by "only one side pulls?" I think your brakes need adjustment. Both sides will pull if the spring tension is equal.

    I've got Avid SD5 on my Marin Mill Valley. I like them a lot. Cartridge style Avid Rim Wrangler 2 are my brake shoes of choice. I have them on both of my hybrids.
    http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/avid-...r-id30873.html

    I prefer to run Avid bake pads in these brake shoes. These are not the correct pads, these ones fit an earlier model of brake shoe that had a straight slot.
    http://www.amazon.com/Avid-Wrangler-.../dp/B000C15GZG

    Avid Rim Wrangler 2 brake shoes have a curved slot and straight slot pads will not fit. This is a problem because you need to open the package to see if they are curved. The bike shop salesperson will swear up and down that they are curved, but he is wrong. Amazon is wrong. These are the wrong brake pads for Rim Wrangler 2 brake shoes! Beware! I have several pairs of unused straight slot ones (maybe fit Avid Rim Wrangler 1?) . If anyone wants them, they are yours for the price of shipping.

    My Kona MTB had Avid V-brakes too, don't recall the model, but they worked just fine. I'm a big fan of Avid brakes.

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    Kind of a unique Kona Dew FS. This is a 2010 model and is supposed to have swoopy curved frame tubes ... but doesn't. Only 2010 I've seen like this. Kind of a "classic hybrid" according to some definitions. Great bike, fast even though somewhat porky (29.9 lbs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talldog View Post


    Kind of a unique Kona Dew FS. This is a 2010 model and is supposed to have swoopy curved frame tubes ... but doesn't. Only 2010 I've seen like this. Kind of a "classic hybrid" according to some definitions. Great bike, fast even though somewhat porky (29.9 lbs)
    Nice, I like that red.

    Looks like a pretty kick arse garage you got there too.

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    My Cannondale...It's a few years old now and I think the only changes are brake calipers (the stock BB5s' springs snapped both front and back after 1 year's use) , swapped the rear cassette to road, swapped the rear sram mtb deraileur to a shorter ultegra and converted to double instead of triple at the front. I love riding this bike.
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