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    Nice titanium bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
    Yeah it's nice to see that Chinese bike manufacturers are often not huge factories and are hand-made. Only a 1000 bikes from them. My bike Flyxii, believe they only produce 5000 bikes a year.

    I like seeing the combination of hand tools being used alongside the sophisticated machines. And the workers aren't rushing, they are being careful and checking over their work.
    That was an interesting video and they probably put out a good product, but what if there is a frame failure due to manufacturer defect, will they fix it or disappear into the muck of Chinese law where no American law can stand and get no replacement under the warranty? Anyway, I feel much safer dealing with an American company like Lynskey than take my chances with a Chinese company, plus it helps American businesses to stay in business and American workers to stay employed.
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    Not full Ti these two. The left (Gladio) has 3 carbon tubes and the right has 2 (Fidia).
    These are from Paduano racing.
    They also have full ti frames.
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    1993 Merlin Extralight with updated components. My daily ride.

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    Super sweet merlin

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    I have always liked the idea of carbon fiber but how do they ride? Are they a bit harsh like aluminum? Or are the smooth lol steel? Or in between

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclebee View Post
    I have always liked the idea of carbon fiber but how do they ride? Are they a bit harsh like aluminum? Or are the smooth lol steel? Or in between
    Are you trying to start a forest fire? LOL. Here is my opinion, and it's only an opinion, please note I said it is my opinion. LOL!!! I own several steel bikes, use to own an aluminum bike and rode plenty of others, I've ridden but never owned many carbon fiber bikes, so all this riding of these bikes I came to an opinion.

    It depends on how much money you want to spend; with AL being the cheapest but potentially the harshest riding and least durable and can corrode; or whether or not you want to be a follower of the crowd that all wants to ride CF which has some major potential problems with hidden defects or hidden damage that can occur; or whether or not you want to be one of those vintage looking riders and ride steel but also wants comfort and don't care about weight, but it can rust if not cared for (none of my vintage bikes have any rust but I know simple secrets to prevent that); or if you want something that is more expensive and durable, won't rust or corrode, yet stands out from the crowd, and it is a tad more comfortable than steel, then get the TI. I got my ti bike because I wanted something nicer yet last the rest of my life without worry about what sort of weather I want to ride in and it's the most carefree material.

    Again all the above is an opinion. On the comfort scale the difference between steel and ti is only a fraction and it depends on which steel bike I ride. My steel touring bikes are more comfortable than my TI bike, and they get more comfortable as they become loaded for touring; but the ti bike is a tad more comfortable than my other non touring road bikes. The Ti bike is also more responsive than my steel road bikes too.

    Without getting into a war with other members here that's all I'm going to say about the various materials, again it's all just my opinion.

    I hope I said my opinion enough times to prevent a war, this is a forum and discussions like this one, and others here, are mostly opinions, if someone here can't understand that then too bad.
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    Not sure if this qualifies but maybe since about a third of it was titanium?, but one of favorite looking bikes, one of which I could never afford, was the Merlin Cielo, the titanium lugs were beautiful and then Merlin added engravings on the lugs, wow! Too bad ABG group bought them out and ruined the reputation by not honoring warranties, and too bad it's no longer being produced. Those bikes still command a lot of money even used on E-Bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WheelsRolling View Post
    1993 Merlin Extralight with updated components. My daily ride.
    Nice...what fork, stem and seatpost are you running?

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    With and without flash.
    Paduano Racing Fidia frame
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    Shima DA-9000 and Mavic CCU 2014 aso..

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    Road:



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    Quote Originally Posted by mattheis View Post
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    That looks pretty good -- I may just take the labels off my Moto too, warranty be damned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfischer1 View Post
    That looks pretty good -- I may just take the labels off my Moto too, warranty be damned!
    Thanks. I have a ritchey wcs fork ready to be installed to replace the current hideous one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfischer1 View Post
    That looks pretty good -- I may just take the labels off my Moto too, warranty be damned!
    You don't like the decals? why? Warranty is not that big of deal, if the bike was going fail it would do so in the first 90 days to a year at tops. Personally I don't like nude looking bikes...just an opinion for which I'm weird about, I don't like huge decals on everything, I can live with small discreet one on the frame and a very tiny ones on rims, but these huge ones they've come out with in the last 10 years or so is just gaudy looking. The Motobecane decal wasn't bad just a long name, the Lynskey was very discreet; but the Shimano rims on my Lynskey were not, those I'm actually considering removing the big RS500 decals. On bicycle clothes I hate all advertising of any kind!
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    2005 Litespeed Tuscany

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    Ritchey fork installed: 302g cut... not too bad.





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    why does the decal say boardman? I didn't know Boardman bikes made Ti.
    coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
    ... but it can rust if not cared for (none of my vintage bikes have any rust but I know simple secrets to prevent that);
    care to share the secrets

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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    why does the decal say boardman? I didn't know Boardman bikes made Ti.
    You can see the Motobecane decal on the seat tube. Nice bike, tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleui View Post
    care to share the secrets
    No!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF4MIEkIBZs

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleui View Post
    care to share the secrets
    Just kidding!!

    Buy a can of spray rust inhibitor like JP Weigle's Frame Saver, or RustCheck, or Boeshield T-9, and spray it down the seat tube, head tube, and into any small holes you see in the stays and forks...but while that is the best way I did it an easier way and never used the spray stuff and never had rust issues, but combine both of these things and the bike will outlast your grandchildrens lives!! The simplest things to do is to put a light coat of grease on the seat post and the inside of the seat tube and after reinserting the post wipe off any ooze. Do the same thing with the stem. Next buy a Lizard Skin headset seal protector, it wraps around the lower headset keeping muck out of the headset. Do not use WD40 to spray into the frame, it will not work at preventing rust, it will displace water so if you get water in the frame you can spray the frame with WD40 once you drained it out, wait a couple of days and then spray the rust saver products I mentioned.

    Anytime you find a scratch that goes to bare metal quickly touch it up with paint, usually fingernail polish or Testors model paint will have a color that matches.

    Wax your bike with a good automotive wax like Mequiar's Ultimate Liquid Polish or NXT Generation Tech liquid, or Mothers Reflection or California Gold Synwax Liquid, either of those two brands are the best just use whatever you prefer, I prefer Mequiar's Ultimate for dark colors especially black. Anyway just wax the bike gently, no need to scrub hard, and apply twice a year. If you use any other wax then mentioned you'll need to pay real close attention to make sure the wax contains NO cleaning or compound agents that are design to remove swirl marks or restore faded color etc because those remove a thin layer of paint and constant use of that sort of product will ruin a bicycles paint job and destroy decals, so always use non-abrasive.
    Last edited by rekmeyata; 07-17-14 at 10:26 PM.
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    Airborne Zeppelin that previous owner had a bunch of tri-gear on. I've since replaced pretty much everything outside of the frameset. In the process of looking for a better fitting titanium seatpost and I have brifters and white cabling that I am in the process of installing.

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    Guru

    Been wanting to build a Ti road bike for years. I'm interested in comfortable rides, not weight or stiffness and want a bike that I can keep forever. Just picked up a used Guru Praemio frame on Ebay and transferred all of my components from my previous ride. Test drive yesterday was fantastic. Very smooth.


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