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Old 12-10-13, 12:49 PM   #17126
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I will back you up on this. I've never had good experiences with carbon (or other "composite) cages. I don't go with Ti, but I do (and have for nearly 20 years) stainless steel cages. The never mark up your bottles, then never break, they weigh maybe a couple of grams more and I've not dropped a bottle with them. And yes...I think they're FAR more sexy.
Some people spend too much time worrying about how their bike looks rather than riding.
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Some people spend too much time worrying about how their bike looks rather than riding.
this is a thread about how bikes look.
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Old 12-10-13, 01:10 PM   #17128
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this is a thread about how bikes look.
Fair enough. However, taste or visual appeal is subjective. I'm completely smug with the choices I've made concerning my bike. I can appreciate everybody's opinion, but in the end, I didn't build this bike for others.
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...in the end, I didn't build this bike for others.
Yeah, but you posted it here for them.
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Yeah, but you posted it here for them.
I did but I'm not going to change anything because of this thread. LOL, let me buy some Arundel cages because someone on the internet didn't like my choice in cages.
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I did but I'm not going to change anything because of this thread. LOL, let me buy some Arundel cages because someone on the internet didn't like my choice in cages.


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Old 12-10-13, 01:27 PM   #17134
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I did but I'm not going to change anything because of this thread. LOL, let me buy some Arundel cages because someone on the internet didn't like my choice in cages.
Methinks you protesteth too much. Nobody really cares whether you like the feedback you get in this particular thread. To the contrary, when someone gets their back up because they don't like the negative comments (like this case), it gets a little interesting. If you just want folks to look at your bike without commenting as to whether or not they like how it looks, there's another thread http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ke-do-you-have
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that makes two people wrong...any other takers?
I'm still kicking myself for not buying more than one Cutter (Competitive Cyclist house brand) carbon bottle cage when they were on sale for like $12. There isn't anything about it I don't like (aside from only having one).
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Since everyone loved my first bike, I'll post my crit bike as well!
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needs some Arundel cages
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Bad time to post a BMC with non-carbon cages..
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I like the bike. I hate the camera angle. Please take a photo from a height equal or higher than your handlebars.
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Old 12-10-13, 02:30 PM   #17140
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Since everyone loved my first bike, I'll post my crit bike as well!
HOTTT... Almost makes a case for the black/red/white color scheme to come back into fashion...
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it took me awhile to figure this out. I not so smart.

FWIW - i have no problems with the cages. But the can crusher you have on top of the stem needs to go. Its like walking around in a nice suit with the price tag hanging off the back
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I've never had good experiences with carbon (or other "composite) cages. I have stainless steel cages. They never mark up your bottles, then never break, they weigh maybe a couple of grams more and I've not dropped a bottle with them. And yes...I think they're FAR more sexy.
Really? I've got carbon cages and they've never marked up my bottles, they've never broken, and yep they're light and look good. Seriously, do some cages have problems with all of these things?? I ride with a bunch of guys and I think they all have carbon cages and no one ever has a broken cage or drops a bottle unless they drop it…?? Strange, it's almost like complaining about helmets falling off peoples head so they've decided to simply wear construction hardhats while cycling instead. Huh?
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Get's a hot from me too, even if it has the wrong cages.



How long is that stem ?!?


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HOTTT... Almost makes a case for the black/red/white color scheme to come back into fashion...
I'm not a huge fan of the paint job but the white is a nice touch. IMO, the SLR01 looks a lot better.

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it took me awhile to figure this out. I not so smart.

FWIW - i have no problems with the cages. But the can crusher you have on top of the stem needs to go. Its like walking around in a nice suit with the price tag hanging off the back
I usually leave a cm or two on top of the stem for resale purposes.

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Really? I've got carbon cages and they've never marked up my bottles, they've never broken, and yep they're light and look good. Seriously, do some cages have problems with all of these things?? I ride with a bunch of guys and I think they all have carbon cages and no one ever has a broken cage or drops a bottle unless they drop it…?? Strange, it's almost like complaining about helmets falling off peoples head so they've decided to simply wear construction hardhats while cycling instead. Huh?
Carbon cages look great but IME, they tend not to hold bottles well. I'd rather have the extra insurance of a traditional cage.

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How long is that stem ?!?
Lol, thanks! It's got a 130mm on there right now but I'll probably go back to a 120.
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Carbon cages look great but IME, they tend not to hold bottles well. I'd rather have the extra insurance of a traditional cage.
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I wonder if Arundel cages are any good?
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My blackburn carbon cages are great.

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Arundel plastic ones are fairly inexpensive, hold the bottle well and look cool.



Arundel carbon ones cost about the same as a bike from Walmart.. but they work well and look really cool.

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My blackburn carbon cages are great.
I actually have ejected a bottle once out of a Blackburn camber.
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i think that stainless steel cages have a nice aesthetic

obviously they work too, which seems to be secondary to the bottle cage market.
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