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Old 03-18-06, 11:36 PM   #301
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Thanks for all the great comments Folks

I do need another build don't I Actually I think I'm going to modify my GT Karakoram K2 for the beater bike that this Tuscany was suppose to be


I haven't been able to really weigh it. What would be the simplest way with out a sports scale? I did the bathroom scale thing versus me and it somewhere around 16lbs.

I have some more pictures I was able to take. I'd really like to get outside to ride and photograph in full day light
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stunning. brilliant. out of words....
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That last picture is BADASS
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Been more of a lurker than a poster. But the pictures are so awesome. I have to say, really great build.
One of these pics will be my new wallpaper.

And someday I'll build my own ti bike.

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*Clap! Clap! Clap!*

She's done! And what a beauty! Definitely the nicest Litespeed build I've seen and also some of the best photography I've seen on a bike website.

How did you shrink yourself in order to get this shot?



May the sun shine and the snow melt over where you're at...happy riding!
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Theweatherman, Thanks for the comments.


Thanks Mingsta, I appreciate those words That last shot has the camera sitting on the floor. The camera has a fold out LCD screen that I'm using to frame the shot.
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woke up this morning, looked at those last pics again, and realized something:

i hate you.
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woke up this morning, looked at those last pics again, and realized something:

i hate you.
Why what a strong emotion... An emotion none the less, my job is done


In case anyone was wondering, the bike seems to fit very well. The saddle is at my riding height. I put my Dura Ace Look Pedals on and my road cleats to set the height. I then took the pedals off as they were really Army boots on the bike

The 120mm stem seems like a good fit as it makes the bike roomy feeling, and the old "can't see the front hub with hands on the hood rule" is present.
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ViperZ - only one thing missing from your excellent photography...the overhead shot.

What's your setup in terms of camera and lighting?

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Thinking they had already seen the highpoint of the show, the crowd realized that all that came before was just a prelude, the finale once again stuck them to total silence as awe and wonderment filled the air.
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ViperZ - only one thing missing from your excellent photography...the overhead shot.

What's your setup in terms of camera and lighting?

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You mean the now infamous 55/Rad shot?



I tired just one, but did not put a lot of effort into it. I was holding the bike in between my legs while holding the camera over head, while trying to frame the shot with every movement in reverse The bar is turned ever so slightly, and I was not fond of the lighting so I did not use it.


My camera is a Nikon 5700, which I use on a tripod or hand hold. I'm using a SB50DX speedlight hot-shoe mounted flash and a Sunpack Slave flash unit. My primary lighting is a set of 2 x 500W (1000w each unit) work lights, available at the local hardware store.

My background is a 30'x9' roll of photographers paper in super white. The roll is suspended from my ceiling in the utility room, so I just pull down what I need, and roll it back up out of the way when done.







This is my Nikon 5700, which I took the picture with my old Nikon 990. The fold out LCD really makes it easy to get different angle shots.
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Thinking they had already seen the highpoint of the show, the crowd realized that all that came before was just a prelude, the finale once again stuck them to total silence as awe and wonderment filled the air.
Great commentary Blandin
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You mean the now infamous 55/Rad shot?
My camera is a Nikon 5700, which I use on a tripod or hand hold. I'm using a SB50DX speedlight hot-shoe mounted flash and a Sunpack Slave flash unit. My primary lighting is a set of 2 x 500W (1000w each unit) work lights, available at the local hardware store.

My background is a 30'x9' roll of photographers paper in super white. The roll is suspended from my ceiling in the utility room, so I just pull down what I need, and roll it back up out of the way when done.







This is my Nikon 5700, which I took the picture with my old Nikon 990. The fold out LCD really makes it easy to get different angle shots.
Beautiful pics, btw great minds, I have exactly the same camera.
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youlll end up being like me, with two or three of these things before all is said and done.


As far as the bike goes...

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Waldo, its a good little camera


Mellow, I have already been like you for many decades
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Mellow, I have already been like you for many decades
HA!

I meant the BB tool, youll have ten and since its Campy, youll never need them.
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HA!

I meant the BB tool, youll have ten and since its Campy, youll never need them.
What is weird is Campy tools and parts are hard to comeby around here. I went in to our biggest LBS and asked for a Campy cassette lock ring. He had to rummage around for a bit for it. When i went to pay for it, the guy at the till said he was surprised that they even had one. I said it was the only one you had

$28 retail, he sold it to me for $23... What a bargin Still I appreciate it, but what a rip
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I've been lurkin' this thread since it started. Thanks for allowing some of us to live vicariously through you on such an awsome build. Congratulations.

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Hey TJ, thanks for your comments I'm itching pretty bad to take it for a ride
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I think I've already said it once - but your build is making me really want a campy group - BAD.

I don't think you could have picked a better selection of parts to hang on that frame - the finished product is litespeed perfection. You should send some shots in to Litespeed and tell them you should get royalties for discovering the perfect build group.
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Great bike, great photos. Guess cost doen't matter. Your wife, if that is the cae, must be a very understanding person. Biz channel show was right this is the new "Golf".
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There are SOOOOO many hobbies out there that are MUCH more expensive than cycling, even at Titanium/Carbon/Record/Dura Ace levels. Most don't result in improved fitness.

The nice thing about cycling is you don't have to have lots of money to get started. That said, I view money spent on cycling as a win/win.

Ride what you can afford, but ride all you can...

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I think I've already said it once - but your build is making me really want a campy group - BAD.

I don't think you could have picked a better selection of parts to hang on that frame - the finished product is litespeed perfection. You should send some shots in to Litespeed and tell them you should get royalties for discovering the perfect build group.

Thanks Cuda That would be assuming Litespeed is interested. I actually got a PM from Herbert of Litespeed, and he congratulated me on my bike, so it has been noticed by Litespeed. He also was sending some Schwag my way too So thats recognition enough

Which bike would you get Campy parts for?


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Great bike, great photos. Guess cost doen't matter. Your wife, if that is the cae, must be a very understanding person. Biz channel show was right this is the new "Golf".
I would say my wife is excellent I have a lot of other hobbies, a lot, and she really lets me do my thing on them. For that I'm thankful.

I would not say cost didn't matter, for if it didn't I'd have Lightweights, and maybe a Vortex Compact


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There are SOOOOO many hobbies out there that are MUCH more expensive than cycling, even at Titanium/Carbon/Record/Dura Ace levels. Most don't result in improved fitness.

The nice thing about cycling is you don't have to have lots of money to get started. That said, I view money spent on cycling as a win/win.

Ride what you can afford, but ride all you can...

Well stated BeeTL, not many of my other Outdoor hobbies is as good heath wise for me, except Skiing, Hockey, Tennis, backpacking, but those aren't nearly as expensive... Backpacking is close. I tend to collect a lot of expensive lightweight Backpacking and outdoors equipment as well.

However like any sports, or hobby for that matter, it can usually be enjoyed at all levels of financial commitment.
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