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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 01-30-09, 10:13 PM   #10151
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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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Old 01-30-09, 10:42 PM   #10152
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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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Old 01-31-09, 12:38 AM   #10153
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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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Old 01-31-09, 01:02 AM   #10154
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I love being right! Either way, the bike is still very hot.
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Old 01-31-09, 01:34 AM   #10155
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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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Old 01-31-09, 09:48 AM   #10156
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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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Old 01-31-09, 09:52 AM   #10157
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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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^^^ 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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Old 02-01-09, 11:10 AM   #10161
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with this new machine it's going to be a high milege year.
Don't you mean 'kilometerage'?
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Old 02-01-09, 12:05 PM   #10162
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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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Old 02-01-09, 01:58 PM   #10163
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Don't you mean 'kilometerage'?
psssst! Brits use "miles". They only drive on the wrong side of the road.

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Old 02-01-09, 02:00 PM   #10164
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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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Old 02-01-09, 08:31 PM   #10165
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Finally got a chance to take some pics of the Merckx 7-Eleven:





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Old 02-01-09, 08:50 PM   #10166
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Old 02-02-09, 04:57 PM   #10168
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I didn't know what I was missing until I borrowed my uncle's LeMonde. After that I had to get a road bike - there was no question. Then, later on, I became even more obsessed and made some upgrades. It's about a year and a half old.

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The Alter is rare? Hell, I should throw mine on eBay then....I have 3 or 4 new ones laying around here.
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I didn't know what I was missing until I borrowed my uncle's LeMonde. After that I had to get a road bike - there was no question. Then, later on, I became even more obsessed and made some upgrades. It's about a year and a half old.

I always like seeing someone with a KHS. I used to be a KHS dealer back when I was part-owner of a bike shop. KHS is one of the under-rated bike companies, IMO. At least around here.
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Old 02-02-09, 07:09 PM   #10171
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I didn't know what I was missing until I borrowed my uncle's LeMonde. After that I had to get a road bike - there was no question. Then, later on, I became even more obsessed and made some upgrades. It's about a year and a half old.



What year is yours ?? Here's my left over '07 750 I just got last weekend .... pic taken yesterday after short ride ....

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Awesome, your bike is my bike's big brother! Mine's an '07 300
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Cool , great lookin bike !!!
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