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    Do I use too many commas?
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    Does this homemade commuter count as a road bike?





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    WillisB: Whoa, that bike is nuts. Is that a converted mountain bike or are you just gigantic?

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    Do I use too many commas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sidepocket
    WillisB: Whoa, that bike is nuts. Is that a converted mountain bike or are you just gigantic?
    It is a converted 23" Mt. bike. I got the frame/bars/stem/bar-cons/brakelevers/brakes from a friend who was cleaning out the basement of his sporting goods store. I put on a 28/38/48 suntour crank and wheelset off a bike my son outgrew. The cassette is an 11-28 8 speed. Simplex Bar-cons. I have long arms for my height. I have well under $100 in it.

    This bike is very comfortable for me to ride. I finished it Sunday and have done 3 rides; 10 mi, 15mi, and 15 mi. I still need to add fenders and rack.

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    jimbud: Nice bike. But I have to admit I love the view out the window even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidepocket
    jimbud: Nice bike. But I have to admit I love the view out the window even more.
    Northern Minnesota, If you believe the weatherman this is suppose to be the last warm day of the Fall. 63 F.

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    Updates!

    Here are some updated pics of the bike. Updates include:

    Bontrager XXX Lite Stem 100mm
    Bontrager Race X Lite Clinchers
    Full Dura Ace Group
    Deda Newton Handlebars
    Bontrager XXX Lite Seatpost
    Selle San Marco Rever Saddle
    Chris King Blue Headset
    Mercx Gold Bar Handlebar Tape
    Nokon Full Silver Cabling Brakes and Shifters

    To Come: Syntace Full Carbon Fiber Bar @ 168 grams
    Zero Gravity Brakes @ 168 grams per pair

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    My bike:


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    Are zero gravity brakes worth it?
    The road of life is winding, but the pavement is smooth

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawneebiker
    My R3 updated pics.

    That back wheel looks out of true...

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    Ok I know I've already posted this but I've fixed it up more now. I painted the helmet myself.
    Last edited by maximan1; 11-08-06 at 11:45 PM.

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    I like Puch's, but maybe you need to work on your position a lil bit.
    The road of life is winding, but the pavement is smooth

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbud
    Northern Minnesota, If you believe the weatherman this is suppose to be the last warm day of the Fall. 63 F.
    He's probably right. We're sending a nasty storm over your way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Roman
    Are zero gravity brakes worth it?
    well in sort of relative terms,

    D/A brake calipers at $300 and 305g
    Zero Gravity at $430 and 168g
    you spend $130 more to lop off 137g
    that is about a dollar a gram

    trade off is you have to brake earlier. i had to change my braking style a bit. i use it and have no problems with it. it works the few times i had to do emergency braking. not expecting to stop on a dime but the distance to come to a stop is short enough. it saved my life on two occassions.

    if you are installing it yourself be careful with the torque or you might strip the bolt. also, the washer that clamps on the cable has a very small surface area, so be careful when you clamp the cable. you will most likely clamp on most of the cable, but do not overtorque or you might cut through the cable. do it slowly and do not rush if you are going to DIY.

    to me it is worth the expense.
    "Facta non Verba" - Unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by njwbert
    well in sort of relative terms,

    D/A brake calipers at $300 and 305g
    Zero Gravity at $430 and 168g
    you spend $130 more to lop off 137g
    that is about a dollar a gram
    to me it is worth the expense.
    Do they make a "heavy" version of it? I don't care about the weight, i just like the looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeNbake
    Do they make a "heavy" version of it? I don't care about the weight, i just like the looks.
    There's the SS version that's a couple hundred cheaper than the Ti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman
    There's the SS version that's a couple hundred cheaper than the Ti.
    Well, still about half the price of my bike

    Any Chinese knock offs? Jero Gravity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeNbake
    Well, still about half the price of my bike

    Any Chinese knock offs? Jero Gravity?
    Hero Gravitas

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeNbake
    Well, still about half the price of my bike

    Any Chinese knock offs? Jero Gravity?
    going to be tough. they do not outsource and they have a patent on the product i think.
    "Facta non Verba" - Unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillisB
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    That is rad.

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    Do I use too many commas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the beef
    That is rad.
    Thanks!

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    I just recently purchased Lemond Reno's for my wife and I. They came with the Bontrager Select wheels, which are shown on the next model up (Tourmalet). We've both ridden mtn.bikes for years, these are our first road bikes, and so far we are really enjoying them. Thought we'd get them for a break from mtn.biking, and for when the trails are wet or muddy. But I'm liking it so much that I could become a full-time roadie!

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    I don't want to be accused of being the latest BD shill so I'll just post a pic of my new bike (Mercier Serpens LTD with full Ultegra) and say that I am VERY happy with it thus far.


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    Here is my Trek 1200, I think it is a 1990 model give or take.


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    here is my fuji newest 3.0... road about 200-300 miles on it alrdy.. and loving it..
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