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Old 09-08-07, 10:05 PM   #1
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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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Old 09-08-07, 10:12 PM   #2
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NICE

What's up with that front brake...never seen that before.
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Old 09-08-07, 10:25 PM   #3
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That's a hot bike. No question.
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Old 09-08-07, 11:12 PM   #4
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Wow
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Old 09-08-07, 11:25 PM   #5
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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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Old 09-10-07, 09:12 AM   #7
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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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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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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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Old 09-10-07, 10:18 PM   #11
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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!

Wow
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your new vanilla IS so f-ing cool! how long did you have to wait?
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Old 09-11-07, 09:26 PM   #15
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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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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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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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Old 09-13-07, 04:49 PM   #23
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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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