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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    Okay ...

    After a year of gradually morphing my bike from a cross hybrid to a weird kinda TT-bike I finally gave in to the calling and just tonight bought a second hand full carbon time trial frameset.
    It even has carbon brakelevers and carbon bottlecages and an integrated carbon fully adjustable aero handlebar:
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    Holy doolies!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
    Thats a nice find there mate your going to enjoy that and as much as you were satisfied with your hybrid your going to find this much faster.
    As much as I love my hybrid its not as fast as my Pinarello because its 1.2kg lighter and its mostly in the wheels which makes for blistering acceleration and hill climbing ability plus every bearing is fully ceramic and tubular tires with sram force make for a magic carpet silent ride.
    So I think after your've ridden your new bike you'll never look back at your hybrid as a speed bike. Good one mate
    "O" and I nearly got some carbon TT bars on ebay but missed out but there'll be more.
    Your racebike is even lighter than your hybrid! That must be a VERY light racebike then
    I'm planning on putting an ultegra group on this frame and so it should come in at 8-9 kilo's i guess.
    In flat timetrials the weight of the bike isn't important enough to put dura ace or crazy $500 carbon cranks on it.
    The frame is great so I can still upgrade if I would ever actually race or something like that.

    Good luck finding some TT-clipon bar ... it's great stuff and makes for a faster and more relaxed ride ... once you get used to them you'll probably start using them for most of the ride as I do.
    I'm on the lookout for some bargain second hand nice ceramic bearings carbon rims tt-wheelset (but I have time)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuuian View Post


    New to board, and first bike since I was a kid. Having a lot of fun with it.
    Same bike, Same story for me. Matte Onyx I believe it's called? I'm loving it! Will post pictures soon when the camera battery charges.

    Quick question, do a lot of you guys use backpacks? I don't think i want to put racks etc on the bike yet, but i'd like to carry some things with me (food, tools, book etc). I like the "slimness" of some of the Camelbak packs, but i'd doubt if I would ever use the water bladder. I'm OK with having a bit of weight on my back from the backpack. Thoughts?

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    Update:

    My new bike, on the kitchen table, being fitted out with it's new components:



    Tadaam ... it's a bike:



    Should find myself some nice barend shifters now and some brake cables and bartape.
    I'm going to keep the adjustable stem that I got with it for a while until I find my preferred position.

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    BS87, Camelback back packs are kinda small.

    I use a Chrome backpack. Two straps distribute the load better than a single strap messenger bag. The only advantages to a messenger bag vs. backpack is the ability to access the contents without taking the bag off and the fact that you can put a Xerox box in a large messenger bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BS87 View Post
    I'm OK with having a bit of weight on my back from the backpack. Thoughts?
    As long as it's not too heavy you should be fine, but still ... weight on your bike is hardly noticable while weight on your back ... even a few kilo's ... can become irritating after some time.
    That ... and the fact that a backpack will also reduce your back's sweating and venting capacity ... this is only important if you ride hard and sweat hard ... for casual commuting for a few miles it doesn't matter and a backpack is handier for those occasions because you do not have to pack and unpack it from your bike all the time.
    So basicly it all depends on how much weight and for how long.

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    Would really only be 1 to 3 pounds (+ the weight of the pack), and I don't sweat a lot (never have). I would be doing everything from short trips to day trips, but no one distance consistently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    So I know this isn't actually a picture of a hybrid bike (as the title of the thread states) ... but it still could become one, so that counts
    Am not sure how this bike could ever be anything except what it is... should be pretty nice once it is all built up.

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    I ride with a backpack almost everyday. I like the ones with suspended mesh backs. Sternum straps are really nice to have as well.

    I've a backpack, panniers and a trailer. I've used all three at once before but typically just the pack to work and back and plenty of other rides.

    Backpacks suck because your back gets sweaty. Cheap/lame backpacks suffer from lots of other problems. Ones with straight straps are uncomfortable on the shoulders and are sometimes difficult to keep on your shoulders while walking. Ones without suspended backs are less comfy too.

    Panniers suck because they make bikes harder to get through doors, up stairwells, onto hooks, etc. While riding they make unweighting your rear wheel and bunnyhopping futile exercises.

    Trailers suck because they're hard to park at the bike racks sometimes and pretty much impossible to take on public transportation. For most trailers, you can pretty much add all the pannier suckage to the trailer suckage too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Am not sure how this bike could ever be anything except what it is... should be pretty nice once it is all built up.
    I could still put an acera MTB group on it and call it a hybrid

    No seriously ... it's a TT-bike alright

    I did search for a TT-forum but I couldn't find one on this site.
    I found the "triathlon" forum, but I don't feel at home there since they speak about triathlon races, swimming, running, etc ...
    Also triathlon is an endurance long distance sport whereas timetrial is just one very long sprint.
    If you don't mind I'll stay here

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    Quote Originally Posted by BS87 View Post
    Would really only be 1 to 3 pounds (+ the weight of the pack), and I don't sweat a lot (never have). I would be doing everything from short trips to day trips, but no one distance consistently.
    3 pounds is superlight so it should be fine i guess.
    Sweating depends on the intensity of the biking aswell as on the person doing the biking

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    I ride with a backpack almost everyday. I like the ones with suspended mesh backs. Sternum straps are really nice to have as well.

    I've a backpack, panniers and a trailer. I've used all three at once before but typically just the pack to work and back and plenty of other rides.

    Backpacks suck because your back gets sweaty. Cheap/lame backpacks suffer from lots of other problems. Ones with straight straps are uncomfortable on the shoulders and are sometimes difficult to keep on your shoulders while walking. Ones without suspended backs are less comfy too.

    Panniers suck because they make bikes harder to get through doors, up stairwells, onto hooks, etc. While riding they make unweighting your rear wheel and bunnyhopping futile exercises.

    Trailers suck because they're hard to park at the bike racks sometimes and pretty much impossible to take on public transportation. For most trailers, you can pretty much add all the pannier suckage to the trailer suckage too.
    If I am travelling light (rarely) or riding on the trails I have a MEC rock climbing bag with a 1.5 litre reservoir which has been serving me well for many years, have 4 sets of panniers ranging from some small 20 litre units to the 40 and 43 litre touring bags.

    Trailer is great when I am picking up a cart load of groceries and really bulky stuff.

    And for winter hauling I use my extra bike which has fixed bags and is too big to carry up a flight of stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    I could still put an acera MTB group on it and call it a hybrid

    No seriously ... it's a TT-bike alright

    I did search for a TT-forum but I couldn't find one on this site.
    I found the "triathlon" forum, but I don't feel at home there since they speak about triathlon races, swimming, running, etc ...
    Also triathlon is an endurance long distance sport whereas timetrial is just one very long sprint.
    If you don't mind I'll stay here
    The Road Cycling forum would love to see pics of that bike. Not those pics, though. Those guys are kinda snobs, so bike needs to be photographed in front of a white garage door, or in a multi-million dollar condo or in front of a very expensive sports car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    The Road Cycling forum would love to see pics of that bike. Not those pics, though. Those guys are kinda snobs, so bike needs to be photographed in front of a white garage door, or in a multi-million dollar condo or in front of a very expensive sports car.
    Before doing that I'd slap some riser bars on it and add a rack and panniers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Before doing that I'd slap some riser bars on it and add a rack and panniers.
    Don't forget some fenders too.


    AdelaaR - beautiful bike, looking forward to a ride report.

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    Yeah, just do it and post the photos on the Road Cycling Forum. It's a very beautiful evening, I'd just love to see the westward sky light up with flames.
    Maybe you could even outdo the World's Greatest Madone: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wb8bAl1P-N.../s1600-h/world

    Very nice TT bike, congrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatsoforgotso View Post
    I'd ride that. Why not? It's sick! Swap the risers for Ti flat bars and the mirrors for long barends and you're set!

    Sweet ride! Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    Toys for boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retneprac View Post
    Hey all - First (and a half) posts - Attachments got away from me. First nice day in a row in Vermont. Just got 2 hybrids. Both Trek 7300's - hers is the WSD. Got the LBS to put on the racks, brake lights, fenders, and kick stands. Love seeing the pictures of the bikes. Building up stamina - we're late 50's and 60. Did 10 miles last Sunday. Looking forward, very much, to summer this year. Thanks for being here. Clifford in Champlain Valley, Vermont.
    Congrats on the new bikes, and the newly-adopted cycling lifestyle. Keep at it... you'll be surprised how quickly that stamina builds up. It's nice that you two can ride together. I love riding with my family, and I try to do it as often as possible.
    Gettin' my Fred on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    Update:
    ...
    Tadaam ... it's a bike:
    Looks great and it'll be interesting to see your new times over the 10 k's.
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    My tyres had worn through and ready to blow. I was waiting for some replacement 23mm to come into stock so had to put my old 28mm (which I had in the cupboard) on this morning. I kind of like the change.

    As you know it:



    And as of now:

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Looks great and it'll be interesting to see your new times over the 10 k's.
    Yes I'm anxious to be able to see the difference aswell ... it'll take time though since the dura ace bar end 10sp shifters are out of stock and i'll have to wait for a few weeks to get my hands on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    My tyres had worn through and ready to blow. I was waiting for some replacement 23mm to come into stock so had to put my old 28mm (which I had in the cupboard) on this morning. I kind of like the change.
    I like it too.
    I have never been too fond of the colored tyres myself.
    The red dots come out more this way.

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    Just updated my '07 Sirrus to drop bar configuration.
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    Nice! All new components and $$$ or did you get stuff used/had it laying around?

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