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Old 10-23-10, 06:27 PM   #1601
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You need bigger springs on your saddle ...

But more importantly, how did you do that closeup shot of the front wheel at speed ?
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Old 10-23-10, 06:44 PM   #1602
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Talldog...Panasonic LX5 held low (knee level) in right hand set to f2.8, 24mm and shutter speed of 1/25. As for the saddle, if Brooks made one with bigger springs than my Champion Flyer I would probably look into getting one. Its the most comfortable saddle I've ever had.
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Old 10-24-10, 09:41 AM   #1603
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ha ha ha, no.
I did swap those wheels over to a set of shimanos with no reflectors, and got hit two nights later by a motorbike. Sadly that was the end of my Giant, BUT hellllloooo, Cannondale.
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Old 10-25-10, 06:47 PM   #1604
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I love my bike, it's so great to ride around the neighborhood, but I need to rig some clips on the baskets so I can use them only when I need them.
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Old 10-25-10, 07:21 PM   #1605
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I love my bike, it's so great to ride around the neighborhood, but I need to rig some clips on the baskets so I can use them only when I need them.
Get the Jandd 'grocery baskets' which are a fabric basket on a folding frame, that attaches to the rack with a couple hooks and an elastic hook at the bottom. they go on/off the bike in literally seconds. oh, and they don't rattle like the metal ones. they come with a shoulder strap, too.
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Old 10-25-10, 10:17 PM   #1606
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They look like the same wire baskets I use -- I just used small bungee cords to hold them shut when not in use.
The little clips that are supposed to hold won't stay clipped
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I love my bike, it's so great to ride around the neighborhood, but I need to rig some clips on the baskets so I can use them only when I need them.
Love the frame. We've a few frame builders here in Japan producing road bikes and ss bikes with similar tubing.
I've noticed your saddle angle. I understand we all have different preferences, but if you have any discomfort with your wrist, or pins and needles in the hands, tilting it slightly almost to level may help. I don't wish to start a debate on positions, but this makes interesting reading... http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html
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Old 10-26-10, 11:12 AM   #1608
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I've not seen so many of these so far in the thread. A 2010 Giant Seek 1 Australian spec. Panniers / rack / bar ends and MTB SPD pedals all extras.

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Hi Joltman. The Seek 1 is on my short list for a new bike. Any regrets with yours? Any little things about the bike you wish were different?
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Old 10-26-10, 06:20 PM   #1609
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Hi Joltman. The Seek 1 is on my short list for a new bike. Any regrets with yours? Any little things about the bike you wish were different?
The Seek has been a hit hit here for Giant. If interested this is our line up and colours. http://www.giant.co.jp/giant11/bike_...action=outline
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Old 10-27-10, 09:06 AM   #1610
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2007 Marin Larkspur:

Upgrades:
- Thomson Elite seatpost and stem
- Campagnolo Veloce 10 group set
-- Veloce Ergolever Flat Bar shifters
-- Veloce 53-39 crank
-- Veloce rear derailleur
-- Veloce 13-29 cassette
-- Chorus Flat Bar front derailleur
-- Record bottom bracket
- Campagnolo Khamsin wheels
- Bontrager Satellite Plus fork from Trek XO2
- Forte ATX flat bar + Specialized bar ends + Cinelli Gel Cork
- Specialized Jett saddle
- Forte Campus pedals

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Old 10-27-10, 09:53 AM   #1611
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Very nice and original there eldavid!
I like the use of a double crank on a hybrid.
What are the shifters, front & rear derailleurs and cassette exactly?

It isn't just to call this a "marin larkspur" though.
This is your bike and it is completely unique.
You invented and created it.
"marin larkspur" is simply a name that is written on your frame

Your bike looks like a fast mover ... you may want to consider adding an aerobar to it.
I did with my bike and I completely love it.
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Old 10-27-10, 11:12 AM   #1612
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Thanks AdelaaR.

- The shifters are Veloce 10 Ergolever Flat Bar shifters. The front shifter supports both double and triple cranks.
- The front derailleur is Chorus FB. It's flat bar-specific and supports both double and triple cranks.
- The rear derailleur is Veloce 10.
- The rear cassette is Veloce 10 13-29.

I considered adding an aerobar at one point, but since I cut my handlebar down to 44cm (my size on a road bar), I may not have room.

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Old 10-27-10, 11:23 AM   #1613
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A 20 speed hybrid ... nice.
I didn't know campagnolo were into making flat-bar specific shifting devices.
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Old 10-27-10, 12:46 PM   #1614
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They did, but not for all groups. I believe it was only Mirage, Veloce, and Chorus. And 2008 is the latest mention of these in their parts catalogs (that I've seen).
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Old 10-28-10, 01:45 AM   #1615
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Love the frame. We've a few frame builders here in Japan producing road bikes and ss bikes with similar tubing.
I've noticed your saddle angle. I understand we all have different preferences, but if you have any discomfort with your wrist, or pins and needles in the hands, tilting it slightly almost to level may help. I don't wish to start a debate on positions, but this makes interesting reading... http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html
It's a GT Zaskar from 1997. I don't want the front of the saddle interfering with me standing on the pedals and coming back down again, and I don't like the front of the saddle pinching my nerves and blood vessels between it and my pelvic bone.
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Old 10-28-10, 07:23 PM   #1616
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Why is your handlebar higher than your saddle? Why are your barends sticking up? Is this a performance hybrid or a comfort bike?
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2007 Marin Larkspur:

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- Thomson seatpost and stem
- Campagnolo Veloce group (w/ flat bar shifters)
- Campagnolo Khamsin wheels
- Bontrager Satellite Plus fork from Trek XO2
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Old 10-28-10, 10:33 PM   #1617
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Why is your handlebar higher than your saddle? Why are your barends sticking up? Is this a performance hybrid or a comfort bike?
Good question. Before the shop installed the fork, we knew it was taller than the stock fork, but we didn't know how much to cut it initially. I told them leave it like that and I'll have them adjust it when I figure out how low I want it. At the same time, I told them to cut the handlebar and they reinstalled the bar ends that way. I readjusted them later. I configured the bike to be a performance bike.
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Old 10-29-10, 04:37 PM   #1618
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Got this old thing a month ago:





Steel frame, seven speed freewheel in the back, Deore back dérailleur, XT front, unknown Shimano downtube friction shifters on the top tube. Tektro R200A levers on Avid V-brakes - I realised I ordered the wrong model after it was too late, but they seem to work for well enough for now, so I won't be swapping them just yet.
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Old 10-29-10, 06:19 PM   #1619
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Wow. Just when I thought I had it narrowed down to the FX series or Bad Boy, I see these pictures. That bike looks schweeeeet!!! I was wondering, how does it feel in comparison to the Sirrus series? I rode those, liked it, but felt a bit flimsy. I am thinking a Crosstrail might the perfect choice for my bike path/road use intentions. Is it too heavy for a 40-50 mile road trip?
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Old 10-30-10, 07:07 AM   #1620
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It's been awhile, and there have been some upgrades, so I thought I should post the latest pics of my belt-drive Norco and my trusty Schwinn:




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My Moulden has become a bit of a hybrid because of what it does even though it is an XC MTB... it's great on the road (even with the wider Kendas), ideal any weather commuter, and just rocks on the trails.

We are planning on doing some winter centuries here and am leaning toward using this bike for those too... would only take a few minutes to swap in the more road-ish wheel set but I have no complaints with how these Kendas roll out as I have been able to spin out the 44:14 top gear (81 gear inches).

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I have been able to spin out the 44:14 top gear (81 gear inches).
You spin out out knobbies with a 44:14 ratio on flat terrain ? For what distance, and what do you consider a spin out ?
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It's been a while since I posted pics of my commuter hybrid, a 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS. Because I use it for commuting I put the majority of my cycling miles on this bike. This past week I added dynamo lighting.



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You spin out out knobbies with a 44:14 ratio on flat terrain ? For what distance, and what do you consider a spin out ?


This is a very nice mtb tyre for pavement as it has very low rolling resistance despite it's width and less aggressive tread... pair that with light wheels and buttery smooth hubs, a light XC racing frame and fork, a more aero position, and a guy who can spin like a gerbil on crack, and you have fast bike.

Have been riding my winter bike for the past week which is tank like and runs 2.1 Panaracer Fire XC's... despite being a lighter tyre they are much slower on the road but they do like to get dirty and love the snow.

The 44:14 is only 81 gear inches which is probably a little steeper a gear than most folks here are comfortable with... conventional mtb's and hybrids have the gearing to go fast but usually suffer from reduced aerodynamic efficiency which kills you at 30 kmh plus.

This seems to be why I am seeing so many drop bar conversions on hybrids and mtbs.

Anyways... I tend to ride at a higher cadence than many folks (90 - 95 rpm) and gear my bikes so that cadence equals 30 kmh, lets me sustain 100 rpm for several hours, and lets me push things up to 120 + rpm for sprints.

I can cross out bridge deck at good speed and pace the cars which move across here at around 40 kmh... it is not quite a full on sprint and the bridge is 1km across with a little elevation gain until you reach the end... then there are some s turns and a short section 12% grade that will slow you down a little.

I can cross this bridge in under 2 minutes on the Moulden and have crossed it in a minute and a half on my road bike... coming back the (declining) grade will make 60kmh feel rather easy and it takes even less time if there is no-one on the MUP.

Used to hang with some guys who had a lycra fetish so we'd time our bridge crossings with that 1m 30s being the goal... and that's a killer run.

A view from the top might help...


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It's been a while since I posted pics of my commuter hybrid, a 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS. Because I use it for commuting I put the majority of my cycling miles on this bike. This past week I added dynamo lighting...
Smart-looking build and great photos! Nice DIY bracketry as well.
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