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    Didn't look at all 68 pages but didn't see another Bianchi.


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    Giant Rapid 3! Just picked it up two days ago and have a whole 4 miles on it. I apologize for the poor picture quality; taken on an iphone without flash in a building garage.

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    I've been wondering what I can do to change my Cannondale since yesterday and today got this saddle. It's raining now so I can't put it on ... hopefully tomorrow morning it'll clear. (my Cannondale lives outside)

    I have a sneaking suspicion it's going to hurt my arse something fierce.
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    Are you serious about your bike "living outside"?
    Aren't you afraid it will be damaged by rain or frost or people or even stolen?
    At worst I leave my bike locked outside in the day in a crowdy place for a few hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    Are you serious about your bike "living outside"?
    Aren't you afraid it will be damaged by rain or frost or people or even stolen?
    At worst I leave my bike locked outside in the day in a crowdy place for a few hours.
    It's relatively safe here, as I have it locked to the letterbox. When it rains / snows, I throw a tarp over it.

    edit....One problem with it outside is that there is a stray cat that decides to pee on it every few weeks.
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    even parked under an eave or carport, but otherwise exposed to the open air, your bike will accumulate a lot of corrosion and rust from condensation over the course of a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierce View Post
    even parked under an eave or carport, but otherwise exposed to the open air, your bike will accumulate a lot of corrosion and rust from condensation over the course of a year.
    Thankyou I'll take that on board. The bike is under a balcony (locked to the letterbox) and so far the bike has shown no sign of corrosion / rust due to it's exposure to the elements. My house is quite small and the option of bringing the bike inside is impossible as I already have another inside.
    Because I live car free I ensure it is polished once a week throughout the year and chain, cables etc. cleaned and lubed monthly (or earlier if necessary)
    Regular maintainance should be help keep it ticking along.

    Just took this...
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    Ok the cheese grater is on...

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    Looks like it fell off the assembly line before the padding and cover got attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
    Looks like it fell off the assembly line before the padding and cover got attached.
    Test Ride Report....I did a 300 metre ride today and as the saddle appears, is a true pain in the date. I want to add that I did not pay for this saddle. The guy who owned it before me had two (one black, one white) and has also given the other away. I might continue testing it out over the next few weeks.
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    SORRY I HAD TO SAY THIS: Did you notice any "fromunda cheese" on the seatstays?

    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Ok the cheese grater is on...


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    That saddle looks flashy yet painfull.
    I'm afraid it is intended for extreme racing people.
    Do you actually keep your bike upside down and if so why?
    As long as you constantly lube everything it should be fine i guess, but such a nice bike being outside all night ... aren't you worried about thieves?
    Or maybe there aren't any thieves in Japan ...
    From the pictures it appears that you only lock your frame and your wheels are held in place with quickrelease levers ... so it takes about 20 seconds to steal both of your wheels.
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    Somehow I do like that saddle. It looks awkwardly comfy - I hope it is on longer runs!
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    There is a new Trek in the house..

    Here is a couple of picture's of the new bike, sold as a MTB, but best city rider around.
    The tires look like huge knobs, but in fact are really street tires, Bontrager Connection
    Trail. Very fast quite, and stable at high speeds, unlike the Kendra Kwicks, over 30 MPH
    and started shaking. Has 7 speed, 13-23 with 34 MegaDrive rear, 48 38 28 front, Tektro
    V brakes, and RST forks to take a little sting out of those bumps..It is heavy though,
    but rides awesome, and is a large, correct size for me. Richard http://[IMG]http://i936.photobucket.....jpg[/IMG] [IMG][/IMG] [IMG][/IMG]
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    One picture did not come out...trek tires lower setting 003.jpg

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    Nice bike.... Those Bontragers are nice tires for sure, but are really hard to find now as they don't make them any longer.

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    [QUOTE=xoxoxoxoLive;11881148]Here is a couple of picture's of the new bike, sold as a MTB, but best city rider around.

    I'm confused. I thought you bought a Trek hybrid recently. Did I get that wrong or is this your second new (used) Trek?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capecodder View Post
    Nice bike.... Those Bontragers are nice tires for sure, but are really hard to find now as they don't make them any longer.
    indeed, the constant churn in tire designs is annoying. every time I find a tire I like, I go back for another set in a few years and they are gone. on my fat tire city bike, I loved the Specialized Hemisphere Armadillos from about 5 years ago. new ones are nothing like the old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    I have a sneaking suspicion it's going to hurt my arse something fierce.
    Reminds me a little of this unpadded hard plastic Freccia d'Oro saddle that came on my brother's Atala Giro d'Italia purchased circa 1970.


    The cutouts on your saddle probably allow it to flex and thus it's undoubtably more comfortable than this "golden arrow" which is as hard as a rock. You'll definitely want to wear padded shorts with that Tioga and keep as much of your weight on the pedals as possible. It is a very cool looking saddle. Cool as in stylish, hip and groovy, but also looks well ventilated as in cool on a hot day. Groovy as in the creases it will put on your arse if you sit heavy and/or ride it wearing thin pants haha. Not a good saddle if you are hippy as in wide bottomed. Running out of bad puns...

    Enjoy the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
    Reminds me a little of this unpadded hard plastic Freccia d'Oro saddle that came on my brother's Atala Giro d'Italia purchased circa 1970.


    The cutouts on your saddle probably allow it to flex and thus it's undoubtably more comfortable than this "golden arrow" which is as hard as a rock. You'll definitely want to wear padded shorts with that Tioga and keep as much of your weight on the pedals as possible. It is a very cool looking saddle. Cool as in stylish, hip and groovy, but also looks well ventilated as in cool on a hot day. Groovy as in the creases it will put on your arse if you sit heavy and/or ride it wearing thin pants haha. Not a good saddle if you are hippy as in wide bottomed. Running out of bad puns...

    Enjoy the ride!
    You must be a real hard arse LOL..........

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    Not me! Nobody has sat on that saddle in almost 40 years! None of the bikes in that picture have been ridden in a long time. My bicycle graveyard.

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    [QUOTE=qmsdc15;11882196]
    Quote Originally Posted by xoxoxoxoLive View Post
    Here is a couple of picture's of the new bike, sold as a MTB, but best city rider around.

    I'm confused. I thought you bought a Trek hybrid recently. Did I get that wrong or is this your second new (used) Trek?
    2nd sold the other, Multi-Track. Richard

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    The tyre is backwards... this design sheds mud and dirt really well when it is aligned properly.

    I think Ritchey was the first company to develop this tread pattern which has been adopted by other companies with small variations... Kenda makes a tyre that is identical in tread patten to the old Ritchey and believe they probably produced the tyre for them.

    The vintage Ritchey is a much lighter tyre with a nicer casing.

    They do roll out pretty fast for a non slick and don't think the Kenda version is made anymore either but there are lots of spare ones kicking around as they seem to have been fitted on thousands of bikes as OEM tyres.

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    Good EYE !

    I checked the rotation, and you were right. Just before I started to flip the tire around,
    noticed the quick release on the wrong side. Easy fix, Thanks Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningDoc View Post
    SORRY I HAD TO SAY THIS: Did you notice any "fromunda cheese" on the seatstays?
    LOL All was / were OK down there.
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