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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 05-11-10, 09:22 AM   #14176
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no sweat smell, no unwrapping, grippier when wet, superb comfort, easy stain removal, tough crash protection for bars, still going strong after a coupla years.

a lot to like.
cool, I'll look into it when it comes time to rewrap.
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Old 05-11-10, 12:07 PM   #14177
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no sweat smell, no unwrapping, grippier when wet, superb comfort, easy stain removal, tough crash protection for bars, still going strong after a coupla years.

a lot to like.
How's the weight compared to a regular set of bar tape? I've got a few kg's to lose on the bike and am thinking of starting with a few little things.
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Old 05-11-10, 02:37 PM   #14178
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How's the weight compared to a regular set of bar tape? I've got a few kg's to lose on the bike and am thinking of starting with a few little things.
never as light as tapes. these are definitely not weenie stuff.

but comes with a whole host of advantages.

lovely shock absorption properties too.

so it really boils down to your priorities.
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Old 05-11-10, 06:38 PM   #14179
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Old 05-11-10, 07:47 PM   #14180
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Got a new wheelset, very happy so far.

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Old 05-11-10, 11:06 PM   #14181
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Old 05-12-10, 12:07 AM   #14182
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Love the philly merlin.
it looks like youve got a nice titanium ride in the neighborhood too!
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Old 05-12-10, 05:52 AM   #14183
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Old 05-12-10, 08:47 AM   #14184
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New build. Is she pretty or what?

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Old 05-12-10, 10:20 AM   #14185
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now that i've started racing i figured it was time to bail on the old friction campy stuff and update with modern:

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Old 05-12-10, 11:29 AM   #14186
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@Coasting, What brand of white tape are you using? I am looking into getting some but I've heard some brands stay cleaner than others.
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Old 05-12-10, 11:54 AM   #14187
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i'm not him but i'll answer cuz i've gone through a couple different kinds of white tape. what i have right now is some fizik, but not the kind that feels like suede, just the smooth kind. really easy to clean, you can just hit it with a damp rag and it looks new again. i had the suede-like kind before and it got pretty dirty and didn't clean up as easy...also had the same problem with cinelli cork tape
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Old 05-12-10, 02:27 PM   #14188
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i'm not him but i'll answer cuz i've gone through a couple different kinds of white tape. what i have right now is some fizik, but not the kind that feels like suede, just the smooth kind. really easy to clean, you can just hit it with a damp rag and it looks new again. i had the suede-like kind before and it got pretty dirty and didn't clean up as easy...also had the same problem with cinelli cork tape
http://www.amazon.com/Fizik-BT01A100.../dp/B000N0SQKI

Is this what you are talking about? I have similar material on mine now and I like the feel when I'm not wearing gloves.
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Old 05-12-10, 03:15 PM   #14189
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@Coasting, What brand of white tape are you using? I am looking into getting some but I've heard some brands stay cleaner than others.
I used bontrager gel tape. I'm not expecting them to stay white for long. i looked at the fizik microtex but it seemed thin and i like thick tape. the bontrager is not smooth on the surface. It is more like cork and so will not be easy to clean. I'll just have to be careful.
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I just picked up some Fizik and the guy at the shop said it's a lot easier to keep clean than cork. The thickness doesn't bother me too much because I ride on my hoods most of the time.
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Old 05-12-10, 08:16 PM   #14191
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It's been a while, got new bartape, back to the Aliante, new water cages (and bottle), Shimano pedals, and some minor swag... time for fresh pix (and a bumping of a couple threads)!

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Coolest Specialized Allez ever! 2009 @15.5lbs!
(I crashed my systemsix in the garage (roof rack) and needed a frame quick for my races so I built up an Allez on a budget...re-used my parts from the Cannondale.
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Old 05-13-10, 05:35 AM   #14193
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Old 05-13-10, 06:08 AM   #14194
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It's been a while, got new bartape, back to the Aliante, new water cages (and bottle), Shimano pedals, and some minor swag... time for fresh pix (and a bumping of a couple threads)!


i love the orange bmc. i saw one in the shop recently and it is even nicer in the flesh.
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Old 05-13-10, 10:27 AM   #14197
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i love the orange bmc. i saw one in the shop recently and it is even nicer in the flesh.
Yeah, it really is... before I bought this bike last year, online when I saw the clearance price, I was worried that it was not a good orange. In person, you are right, she's a beaut!!! My clementine!
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