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    My new Vanilla is so F-ing cool!

    Somewhere angels are singing...

    Yep, click on the links and weep fellow velo nuts. The Vanilla has been delivered. In a word...beatific. I've never owned a custom before, and having a bike that fits like a glove just can not be described. It's almost too much a work of art to ride...almost. I'm going to ride the wheels offa this thing. I have only been able to put 50 or so miles on her so far (long story, got a staph infection in my elbow from a fall while climbing S. Sister Mtn a few weeks ago), but in my judgement she's worth every penny and every minute of the not-unsubstantial wait time. Sacha is worth every accolade he has earned, this bicycle is a true work of art. From the smallest unseen details to the overall fit and design, I could not be more pleased. Check the cool details like the slick internal front brake cable routing and the custom stem. Unfortunately I have an extended business trip until mid-October, so my newest best friend is going to sit for awhile. This sure will give me a bunch of reasons to come back and ride through the winter rains though.

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    NICE

    What's up with that front brake...never seen that before.
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    That's a hot bike. No question.

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    Wow

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    Wow! That is one of the nicest bikes I have seen. The mixture of an old school look, combined with the efficiency of disc brakes is brilliant. Well done.
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    What a beauty, and clearly made to ride and hold up through our rainy seasons, not that I'd expect any less of a Vanilla... Those disc brakes are such a nice touch. You'll be able to put zip ties around the rims for the 2 days a year you'd need studded tires around here to bike. Awesome.
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    That is a beautiful bike. I love it!

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    Gorgeous- I like the brakes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb View Post
    You'll be able to put zip ties around the rims for the 2 days a year you'd need studded tires around here to bike. Awesome.
    Great tip for a newbie who probably never would have thought of that. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Great tip for a newbie who probably never would have thought of that. Thanks.
    You can only do that on a bike with no rim brakes...
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    Very nice. The matching frame pump and fenders are a nice touch.

    About those brakes - I'm not familiar with them, do they work better than rim brakes?

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    Disc brakes are the absolute best during the rainy season, so I hear.
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    Really nice!

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    your new vanilla IS so f-ing cool! how long did you have to wait?

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    Is the wait still about 5 years? And are you seriously going to ride that work of art in the rain? For the price of that drop-out add-on you could buy a complete fendered rain bike.

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    But Sacha White makes them for the rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb View Post
    But Sacha White makes them for the rain.
    Ya, Ya, I know. I always get a twinge when I see Shannon Skerrit's Vanilla totally muddied up after cross races though. Too damn pretty!

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    Hopeless.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    Very nice bike. What are the fenders made of?

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    The fenders are metal

    I waited 2 yrs almost to the day, but I got on the list in 2005.

    Yes, I will ride it in the rain...I would ride it on trips to Spain, or even on a trainer on a plane. I will ride my new Vanilla every chance I get, I think gaining the patina of hard use is the highest compliment one can make to a custom builder. I don't want to be buried beside a brand new looking bike, I want one that looks like it rode a few 100,000 miles but is remarkably well maintained. If I didn't have some wierd work things I would commute on it, too.

    Thanks for all your replies. I'm in NY but can't wait to get back and RIDE!!!

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    Do you know who made the fenders?

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    Sorry Skinny, no idea. You'd have to check with Sacha on that one. He may have pounded them out of the recycled steel of ancient British Raleighs for all I know. The bags, BTW, are these cool numbers from Berthoud that clip right off so you can carry your stuff in with them. Very cool.

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    nice duder! you must be about 7 feet tall!!!!!!
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    Stunning!! Thanks for the pictures and happy riding!!!
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    That is one gorgeous bike. I can't get over how cleanly the frame is built. Fabulous.

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