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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnesota Expat View Post
    Whooooaaa... yup, that would look nice. Leave the hoods black? I'm not sure about that.
    It could then look like my TT bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnesota Expat View Post
    "Rock solid stuff"? That's good to hear. I was considering a Fuji Altamira with Ultegra components. I'll take "rock solid" 105's.

    I'm going to put it up on the stand tonight and take a look at the cables, but operator error is not impossible. I watched my shifting closely today and wondering if I'm cross-chaining from the big ring to the 24 in the rear? Could the FDR be pushing the chain down? It wasn't rubbing, but... Oh well, I'll check the cables and it's going in for a check-up next week anyway.
    I'm guessing the cable has stretched a bit. In the small cog you might see/feel some slack in the cable under the downtube. If that's the case you can fiddle with it or have the shop do it. Basically it involves either shortening the cable (by moving it at the anchor bolt on the derailleur) or "lengthening" the housing (by unscrewing a barrel adjuster a bit). If it's actually shifting down it's probably best to rest the barrel adjuster/s and re-anchor the rear derailleur cable. Neither of these affect the limit screws, assuming they were adjusted properly, but if you have doubts about anything then bring it to the LBS. If you're mechanically proficient then it's not a big deal. If you prefer to leave the mechanical stuff to someone else then it can be very confusing and frustrating. You could practice a bit on your older bike, but you might run into other things like corrosion or stripped fittings or fraying cables etc.

    My teammate has a 105 bike and he upgraded it at considerable-to-him expense to get an Ultegra bike, I think a few thousand dollars. He regretted it as it didn't make a huge difference in actual performance. At that point he was upgrading to a 3 I think. He got a pair of carbon tubular aero wheels ($500 from a "planet" company if you will, $700 with tires). He couldn't stop raving about them. The lower weight and better aero made an actual difference in performance.

    I tell people with 105 bikes that they should invest in long-term, bike-transferrable stuff (wheels, saddle, pedals, maybe bars) and just wear out the wear stuff (drivetrain, especially chain/cassette). If I was starting over I'd get 105 or Force. I even did a post on my thoughts on bikes equipped with not-quite-top-line components.

    It seems like you're taking an enthusiastic but sensible approach to the sport. That's great and I hope it's something that becomes a lifelong passion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnesota Expat View Post
    1) Roger

    2) Maybe it's the camera angle or the shape of the saddle, cause the first thing I did after the fitting was check the saddle with a level. It's perfectly flat. I've done a bunch of 20 milers in the last week and haven't noticed any excess fatigue in the arms or shoulders, but I'll keep that in mind. I'm going to start extending my 20 mile route to 30 miles. We'll see.

    3) Makes a lot of good sense. I've noticed recently, as my core strength increases and cycling strength/stamina increases, I'm spending more and more time in the drops. That was also true six months ago on my Trek. Of course, I haven't seen a huge improvement with the EVO in my time over measured distances, but I didn't expect to gain significant time. As you said there's more improvement to be found in an improved aero position, losing weight, and gaining cycling fitness.
    I got you on the camera angle. I get the same thing with my bike as well, and I tried to use reference points in the picture before I posted all that stuff (floor, tire level, etc). Regardless I think you have a great bike so enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
    I got you on the camera angle. I get the same thing with my bike as well, and I tried to use reference points in the picture before I posted all that stuff (floor, tire level, etc). Regardless I think you have a great bike so enjoy.
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    Generic track bike. I have no idea how it will ride.

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    Nice. Women's series at Today. There are a couple left.
    Last edited by Hermes; 04-05-14 at 03:18 PM.
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    Love it. I'd even keep the bar tape. Matches my kit.

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    If it were black with that bar tape it'd match my kit.
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    Blue.

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    Pink.
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    Cleave loves pint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hermes View Post
    cleave loves pints.
    fify.
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    No pints for me right now since I'm gluten-free.

    The first "pink" team was Coast Velo out of Huntington Beach, CA. We were pink and gray in something like 1982. I want a lot more pink on our new kits next year. It's easier to pick out teammates in races with pink. Fluo green is too popular in the SoCal peloton this year. A few years ago it was red and black. Pink is always unusual.
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    ooo sarals, pretty bike!
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    And when will we be breaking the champagne bottle on the head tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    And when will we be breaking the champagne bottle on the head tube?
    I don't know....after Sea Otter, I think.

    Valygrl...thanks!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
    I'm guessing the cable has stretched a bit. Neither of these affect the limit screws, assuming they were adjusted properly, but if you have doubts about anything then bring it to the LBS.

    He got a pair of carbon tubular aero wheels ($500 from a "planet" company if you will, $700 with tires). He couldn't stop raving about them. The lower weight and better aero made an actual difference in performance.
    Bump! I went back to the LBS for the after purchase check-up, they tightened up the cables, and now the shifting is crisp and firm. i'm loving the ride, it's a real pleasure and thinking seriously of a wheel upgrade.

    I have a pair of Neuvation rims on my Niner Bike and they've been good performers. I see John Neugent is back in business Alloy Wheels and building 1440gm alloy rims for $495. Does that sound reasonable?
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    I'm thinking of a cross bike. I need to break something in the off season, like on my body. I see where BD has Ti framed cross bikes on sale. I'm a little tempted. However, I still haven't ridden that suspect track bike.
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    Hang the track bike on your living room wall.
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    Nothing wrong with N+1 Sarals.

    But talking about track bikes... Although not back riding yet, I couldn't pass up on buying this unblemished BT Stealth to replace my written off 08 Fuji Track Pro.

    Once built up I'll post another photo.

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    Hi, seen a few of those in SoCal. Cool bike!
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    Awesome looking bike there Dalai. All it needs is a Tiffany's Drive train by Cleave and it's artwork!

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    I love the look of that frame. I got fitted a few weeks ago on my pursuit bike and took the 2010 Fuji Elite also in to verify its fit. Unfortunately the size 55 cm frame is too small. I'm looking for a new sprint/ mass start frame as soon as the Fuji is gone.
    oldschool areodynamic brick

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    Race mostly on my old classic.

    Use to race motorcycles too, but after the last crash at just North of 140mph, decided the Colnago is probably a better option.


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