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Old 01-01-14, 07:12 PM   #17401
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Here's my entry. I just finished building it and rode it today for the second time. Fantastic ride!
Hot....nice bike.
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Old 01-01-14, 08:00 PM   #17402
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Here's my entry. I just finished building it and rode it today for the second time. Fantastic ride!
make it anything but a Trek, and be sure to get a frame that is all flat black, then put praxis rings on it and take the logos off the wheels. Cut the steerer tube, get a different saddle. Then maybe it has a chance at being hot.
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Old 01-01-14, 08:31 PM   #17403
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make it anything but a Trek, and be sure to get a frame that is all flat black, then put praxis rings on it and take the logos off the wheels. Cut the steerer tube, get a different saddle. Then maybe it has a chance at being hot.
It seems like that is the only formula around here.
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Old 01-01-14, 08:52 PM   #17404
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make it anything but a Trek, and be sure to get a frame that is all flat black, then put praxis rings on it and take the logos off the wheels. Cut the steerer tube, get a different saddle. Then maybe it has a chance at being hot.
Or just cover up any decals revealing it to be a Trek.
When people ask what bike it is, just call it a Lemmond.
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I'd give the trek a hot with the exception of the saddle which detracts
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I also don't like the shiny bar tape, is that wrong? Otherwise though I dig it
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Old 01-01-14, 09:07 PM   #17407
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make it anything but a Trek, and be sure to get a frame that is all flat black, then put praxis rings on it and take the logos off the wheels. Cut the steerer tube, get a different saddle. Then maybe it has a chance at being hot.
Right, let's do it right in 2014!

Stealth bikes are dumb. Colnago and Pinarello are fugly. Mass market commonplace is the only way to go!
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Old 01-01-14, 09:23 PM   #17408
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It's a pretty nice bike, but it's too compact for me, and I don't find that aesthetically pleasing - I guess that I like more delineation between the TT and the seat stays; probably why I'm not typically a fan of the smaller sized bikes, WSDs, and some Specialized/Giant/Trek bikes.
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Right, let's do it right in 2014!

Stealth bikes are dumb. Colnago and Pinarello are fugly. Mass market commonplace is the only way to go!
My New Year's resolution is to only consider bikes hot if they meet all of these critea:
lugs (any material)
tan sideall tires
at least one color

Exceptions will be made for bikes with two of the three:
tubulars
downtube shifters
campagnolo

automatic disqualification is given to a bike with any of the below:
splash bar tape
disc brakes
Hydraulic rim brakes (road)
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Old 01-01-14, 10:49 PM   #17410
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The Trek is Hot.
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Old 01-01-14, 11:00 PM   #17411
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My New Year's resolution is to only consider bikes hot if they meet all of these critea:
lugs (any material)
tan sideall tires
at least one color

Exceptions will be made for bikes with two of the three:
tubulars
downtube shifters
campagnolo

automatic disqualification is given to a bike with any of the below:
splash bar tape
disc brakes
Hydraulic rim brakes (road)
Those rules would fly in the V&C.
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Old 01-01-14, 11:16 PM   #17412
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Old 01-01-14, 11:29 PM   #17414
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Those rules would fly in the V&C.
But it works with modern bikes too:

Green c59 with tan veloflex tires = hot
propel dressed in super record and lightweight tubulars = hot
tig welded 853 frame with 7900 downtube group and nemesis rims = hot

disc brakes? Functional, but not attractive
Hydraulic rim? The sram levers are huge, the shimanos shaped funny, and the edco (while cool) are also ugly
splash bar tape? Do I need to explain?


bgoodwin's all city?
First it has no disqualifications.

It scores one point for frame color, a second for tires, but it misses because it isn't lugged.

it doesn't have any of the three special provisions.

not hot (it is very nice though) I want to give him bonus points for brake choice, but a resolution is a resolution.

oh, and welcome! Don't feel bad. One of my three bikes isn't hot by my own formula and I'm ok with that.

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Old 01-01-14, 11:53 PM   #17415
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Not a fan of ergo bars, but otherwise I love it.

I'm running the center mount Racer Mediums on a similar setup. Really dig em.
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Old 01-02-14, 01:19 AM   #17416
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TREK is HOT...saddle is Ugly
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16.4lbs of a solid bike.
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Old 01-02-14, 07:14 AM   #17418
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^^^ Someone didn't lace those wheels up so that the label reads properly from the drive side - tisk, tisk, tisk.
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Old 01-02-14, 08:23 AM   #17419
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^^^ Someone didn't lace those wheels up so that the label reads properly from the drive side - tisk, tisk, tisk.
haha guilty as charged! It was the first wheelset I ever built. At least they are BOTH on the wrong side
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Old 01-02-14, 09:04 AM   #17420
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haha guilty as charged! It was the first wheelset I ever built. At least they are BOTH on the wrong side
If those are some o' Bob's Novatec hubs, I've got an identical wheelset -

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Old 01-02-14, 09:22 AM   #17421
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wish i could have afforded an all-city. they are so nice.
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Old 01-02-14, 09:32 AM   #17422
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If those are some o' Bob's Novatec hubs, I've got an identical wheelset -
They are! I have the SL versions and have been very happy with them. Laced mine with Sapim Lasers. Bare set was 1500 grams on the dot.
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wrong side or not, I think the c-dale is hot.
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Old 01-02-14, 10:52 AM   #17424
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Agreed. That Domane is nice.
A guy has one locally (with different saddle and SRM) and it looks great in person.
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16.4lbs of a solid bike.
Best built CAAD8 I've ever seen.
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