Dont take this thread too seriously though Gus. The bike itself is nice. Really, its the stem angle and shifters for me. If this bike had a Flipped 6 degree and newer generation shifters, it would have a completely different look. As mentioned, swap out that red cage for a white one or black set. Not a fan of the red bartape either, I'd stick with black, but thats just me. This isn't something that I would normally say in this thread, but dont let this thread discourage you at all. If you like it, then ride it like its the hottest bike you have ever seen and be proud of it.
Yeah, I meant "The" not They. Glad I saw that AFTER I wrote the above
Thanks, I did flip the stem that's in the one pic in front of my door. And a new set of brake shifters that use the zipp bars internal routing may be a decent investment to clean it up along with matching my cages and black tape. That should tone it down quite a bit. But taking the stickers of my new wheels is a bit too much, not going to care about that.
It's all good, I wouldn't have posted my bike here if I wasn't ready for honest critiques. Besides, I know its a little loud and obnoxious.
Last edited by Gus90; 04-01-14 at 06:01 AM.
Hey Gus, if you like the way it looks who gives a **** what other people think? You're the one riding it every day.
The seat bag on the Giant looks like one of those horse insemination devices used for collection on male horses. You said it was a little loud, so change the bar tape to black, cages to black, and it will probably settle-down the colors a lot.
Do most of you carry your repair gear in your jerseys rather than a small bag?
Thanks, I've seen that glossy tape before, not a fan though. It's its just too shiny.
If you haven't read "The Rules" yet, that's a good place to start to gain some bike snobiness...
Velominati ? The Rules
So other than the saddle, you all are suggesting something more like this....
not mine but just did a quick search to see if I could find this bike with different parts.
Last edited by Gus90; 04-01-14 at 08:00 AM.
It's the Argon 18 3D Headtube. Basically it's a threaded insert that allows you to extend your headtube without having to use spacers, significantly increasing front end stiffness.
I'd love to remove the insert, but my fit is what it is. If it weren't for shallow drop bars, I'd be forced to flip the stem for positive rise.
Generally, I take a pic of my bike brand new, or just built up, without bags, or Garmin installed, etc. It's only new once, and I like to catch the new before I ride the new off of it. Anyone that commented on your bike has already run the gauntlet here, and their bike has been run through the wringer. It's only my opinion, which you invited up by posting.
Last edited by dtrain; 04-01-14 at 11:03 AM.
"The older you do get, the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin', man, L-I-V-I-N." - Wooderson
'11 Fuji SL - '04 Bianchi Imola - '99 Gary Fisher Big Sur
Ask them if that's 180 otd w/install if your going that route. But I second not upgrading until you need to.
I upgraded on my old bike, after about 200 miles you realize you just wasted about 200 or so dollars because the new shifters do nothing more than what the old shifters did.
Shimano STI Levers 105 Black 5700/5703 with cables, GEARSHIFT STI / ERGO
Shimano 105 ST-5700 Cycling STI Levers Black Sports & Leisure | ProBikeKit.com
That's just how much they cost (at least if you order them from the UK).
Price will probably come down on 5700 too when 5800 gets released.