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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
    Ponza is more of a triathlon saddle....
    No wonder...

    I gave it an honest try, or at least what I thought was one -- took note of how it felt during the test rides, etc. It just didn't fit well with my butt.

    Eh, no biggie; I've seen so many different saddles out there that I can't honestly say what's comfortable for anyone. Durability issues, maybe, but those come down to either factory defects or simple abuse.

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    If you really want to find the best saddle for you, one option would be competitive cyclist's saddle demo program. For $75 they will send you their 11 best-selling saddles and you get to ride them for a week. If you choose to buy a saddle from them within 30 days, they'll credit $35 toward the purchase. I have the exact same bike and ride a Specialized Toupe. This isn't one of the demo saddles, but out of 11, I'm sure you could find one you like. Or you could ask a local shop that sells specialized saddles to test one out. I can't suggest which saddle would be best for you, but if you don't like the Ponza, I can tell you it should go. An uncomfortable saddle could keep you from riding which would be tragic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by womensecks View Post
    Lovin' the Cannondales!

    Scored this one on eBay, she'll be the newest addition to the family. Should make a rad criterium bike.

    2006 Six13 Team BB30 model.

    NICE! build and post!
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    Slamdancing would probably define my style of riding best.

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    I'd be doing myself, and you guys, a disservice if I didn't ride the hell out of this thing!

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    My Old Bike

    This is my 1962 Follis, with some upgrades that have made it - as the mechanic at my LBS put it - "a nice mix, like people in the U.S."









    Originally all French, I've made some changes over the years. Cottered cranks were ditched in favor of a Sugino drivetrain. Whatever the saddle was, it's long gone (although I still have the original Mavic tool kit that came with the bike). Hubs are 1976 vintage Phil Woods and I picked up the French Super Champions rims perhaps a decade or more ago. At the moment I'm riding it with toe clips; sometimes I switch to clipless.

    The Follis still boasts the original bars, Beborex brakes and brake levers, friction downtube rear de. shift lever, and the "suicide shifter."
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    Quote Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
    This is my 1962 Follis, with some upgrades that have made it - as the mechanic at my LBS put it - "a nice mix, like people in the U.S."

    The Follis still boasts the original bars, brakes and brake levers, friction downtube rear de. shift lever, and the "suicide shifter."
    Despite the really interesting stuff on that Follis (and that's the first really good pic I've seen of a "suicide shifter" ), my only question is, how do you like that Brooks bag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    No wonder...

    I gave it an honest try, or at least what I thought was one -- took note of how it felt during the test rides, etc. It just didn't fit well with my butt.

    Eh, no biggie; I've seen so many different saddles out there that I can't honestly say what's comfortable for anyone. Durability issues, maybe, but those come down to either factory defects or simple abuse.
    Which is why I've been perplexed when I've seen Ponzas on road bikes (even some new ones). I suppose if you ride on the nose of your saddle it could be good....

    The Selle San Marco Ponza Trilon saddle is Selle San Marco's entry-level triathlon saddle with extra padding in nose to give more comfort in the aero position. The Selle San Marco Ponza Trilon saddle has a waterproof soft-touch cover with lightweight CroMoly rails. Nylon-charged polypropylene shell. 227 grams. Available in Black (BLK) only.

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    ^^^ Neat bike. Interesting brake cable routing. Wouldn't running your rear cable in front of the bar make for a much smoother run?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
    ^^^ Neat bike. Interesting brake cable routing. Wouldn't running your rear cable in front of the bar make for a much smoother run?
    Actually, adding about three inches would make it smoother and more visually balanced, as the front seems longer. Also, if they moved one in front of the bar it would only be right to move the other in front as well.
    -Gene-

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    I love the Folis, but I can't help thinking that the when the frame was made and the cable routing was brazed on, that it was destined for the front brake to be on the right lever, and the rear on the left.

    Just a thought. Beautiful bike.

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    My recent resprayed 005 TCR 0 comp frame. Frame was lightly (and very carefully) sanded to raw carbon, then black tinted clear, striping added, and finally a slight gold pearl clear to finish off.
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    CrimsonKarter21 wrote:

    >I love the Follis, but I can't help thinking that the when the frame was made and the cable routing was brazed on, that it was destined for the front brake to be on the right lever, and the rear on the left.

    >Just a thought. Beautiful bike.<

    Correct. The brakes were originally set up as you speculate. How and/or why I changed the routing, or even when, and whether I did it myself or had a bike mechanic do it, is lost to the mists of time. Perhaps I did it when I purchased a new bike in the mid-70s, and wanted to standardize the way the brakes on both bikes worked.

    I've thought about putting the cables back the way they belong, but I might be too old to be able to handle the change, if only because of the set-up of my other bikes.

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    I love being right! Either way, the bike is still very hot.

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    BarracksSi wrote:

    >Despite the really interesting stuff on that Follis (and that's the first really good pic I've seen of a "suicide shifter" ), my only question is, how do you like that Brooks bag?<

    It's a bit - no, it's very - pretentious. Yet it seems to go, not only with the saddle, but with the 47 year-old bike, too. It has that slick inner compartment that slides clear of the outer shell. And it's a conversation starter. So yes, I like it, in a perverse sort of way.

    The bag and the saddle need to take on that weathered look - obviously I don't ride the bike enough.

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    My new build and my first carbon bike. I got the frame for a winter project and just finished assembling it last night. Took it out for a test ride this morning and it was so smooth. It's a pleasure to ride and with this new machine it's going to be a high milege year.








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    ^^^ Sweet Merlin. Did you buy the frame new or used? I've seen a few used Merlin CF frames on eBay and thought about snapping one up. You say it rides smoothly. What were you riding previously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zatopek View Post
    ^^^ Sweet Merlin. Did you buy the frame new or used? I've seen a few used Merlin CF frames on eBay and thought about snapping one up. You say it rides smoothly. What were you riding previously?
    I got the frame new. It's a 2006 model and chain reaction had them going cheap. This is the early 90's steel 531 tubing I was riding before (not sure what it is as it was given to me and was a trade sample):


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    I like your choice of tape and tire color.
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    Great looking carbon. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    with this new machine it's going to be a high milege year.
    Don't you mean 'kilometerage'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
    I like your choice of tape and tire color.
    Quote Originally Posted by deltasierra View Post
    Great looking carbon. Thanks for posting.
    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaman View Post
    Don't you mean 'kilometerage'?
    Thanks for all the compliments. It's a shame the tyres and tape will lose that bright colour very quickly. The new bike look never lasts longer than one ride.

    Icyclist, I see you are a fan of yellow and blue on your bike too. You can't go wrong with that combo.

    Now if only the weather could warm up enough to make a serious effort on my high "kilometerage" year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaman View Post
    Don't you mean 'kilometerage'?
    psssst! Brits use "miles". They only drive on the wrong side of the road.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    Icyclist, I see you are a fan of yellow and blue on your bike too. You can't go wrong with that combo.
    I agree!


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    Finally got a chance to take some pics of the Merckx 7-Eleven:





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