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    53CM Motobecane Le Champion Ti frame - $1,000
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    $1,139 total. I managed to destroy my old frame trying to fix it. Expensive little f-up.

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    Stealth 50 while on vacation with the family. Wife made me leave the bike at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elduderino2412 View Post
    Tired of breaking plastic levers. Going to try these Park Tool steel ones w/composite coating
    steel? must weigh a ton but a good idea nonetheless
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    53CM Motobecane Le Champion Ti frame - $1,000
    Jagwire Racer cable set - $45
    Forte Team alloy seatpost (27.2) - $25
    Ultegra 6700 clamp-on FD - $55
    Forte Grip-Tec tape - $14

    $1,139 total. I managed to destroy my old frame trying to fix it. Expensive little f-up.
    I have one of those MB Le Champs in the same size (2010). It is a great bike and I'm totally satisfied, but one complaint is regarding the length of the chainstays. I run 700x25C Gatorskins, and there is literally 2-3mm of clearance between the tire and the seat tube/FD clamp when the tires are new. I'm sure there are other 700x25C tires which I could not fit. In addition, mine came assembled with almost no grease on the threads of the BB cups (FSA Mega-Exo). I had to disassemble and reassemble with some Ti-prep. Thankfully there was a creak from the crank which turned out to be caused by the ungreased BB threads, or it would have been difficult to change the BB later, and I wouldn't have known until it was too late.

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    Early 80s 531 frame in a sweet gunmetal patina. No heritage = resto-mod time!! Gonna build it into sub 17lb steel ride.

    OH AND IT WAS FREE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbf73 View Post
    steel? must weigh a ton but a good idea nonetheless
    I would not use bare steel irons on aluminum rims because the steel irons are harder then the aluminum and you could tear up a rim. However Soma makes what's called a steel core tire iron, these irons have a steel iron covered in plastic, their not heavy and they work really good.

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    Some cheap wrap-around sunglasses for daytime riding, as my usual Oakley A-wires don't provide enough coverage and protection to keep junk out of my eyes. $20 from Target. Didn't realize at first that they're polarized, interesting sensation looking through them. My iPhone screen looks kinda weird when viewing it with these glasses.

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    Oh and also a Sweat Gutr



    and a stem riser for my wife's bike, which has polished everything around the headset/stem/bar area:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Oh and also a Sweat Gutr

    I tried the Gutr and i didn't like it for numerous reasons. It might work OK for you. I also bought a Halo band and it was to thick. Bondi bands work perfect for me, in case the Gutr doesnt work for you either.

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    Yeah I didn't really like the idea of material under my helmet when it's super hot, but I gotta have something on my hour+ commute each way. Sometimes I've had to stop once or even twice mid-commute, remove my helmet, and wipe my face and eyes because my eyes were burning so bad. Damn my eyes are watering just thinking about it lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
    I have one of those MB Le Champs in the same size (2010). It is a great bike and I'm totally satisfied, but one complaint is regarding the length of the chainstays. I run 700x25C Gatorskins, and there is literally 2-3mm of clearance between the tire and the seat tube/FD clamp when the tires are new. I'm sure there are other 700x25C tires which I could not fit. In addition, mine came assembled with almost no grease on the threads of the BB cups (FSA Mega-Exo). I had to disassemble and reassemble with some Ti-prep. Thankfully there was a creak from the crank which turned out to be caused by the ungreased BB threads, or it would have been difficult to change the BB later, and I wouldn't have known until it was too late.
    My prior frame also has 405MM chainstays so I know of what you speak. I typically use 23MM tires, so I'm hoping there will be no issues.

    Also, I'm assembling the bike myself and will ensure that I grease those threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elduderino2412 View Post
    I tried the Gutr and i didn't like it for numerous reasons. It might work OK for you. I also bought a Halo band and it was to thick. Bondi bands work perfect for me, in case the Gutr doesnt work for you either.
    I am curious about this. I have the Halo and agree that it's pretty thick; it just barely fits under my helmet with the adjustment knob to the max. What did you not like about the Gutr band?
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I am curious about this. I have the Halo and agree that it's pretty thick; it just barely fits under my helmet with the adjustment knob to the max. What did you not like about the Gutr band?
    Gutr negatives for me:
    *cycling you arent completely vertical like running so the "gutter"spills over sometimes
    *had to sit to low on my forehead to compensate for my helmet, and annoyed me
    *plastic band kind of pulled my hair a little in the back
    *really didn't like the feel of all the sweat dripping down the side of my face

    The first two i listed were the deal killers for me

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    I went to REI and exchanged a used pair cycling shorts (17,500 miles in 2 years) for another exact pair. I was blown a way that you can do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexaschwanden View Post
    I went to REI and exchanged a used pair cycling shorts (17,500 miles in 2 years) for another exact pair. I was blown a way that you can do that.
    I heard Performance will do that too. I have a pair of xxl bibs that I got when I started but have lost so much weight I swim in them now - I'm tempted to take them back and see if they will give me an xl or even a L.
    Hey guys, lets go play bikes!

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    REI will exchange anything for any stupid reason you can come up with. Browse through their garage sale items sometime. I think the best I've seen is a button up tee returned after 7 years when it lost a button.

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    They recently changed their return policy:

    http://www.rei.com/help/return-policy.html

    http://consumerist.com/2013/06/04/re...r-of-purchase/


    Hopefully it'll reduce abuse of the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexaschwanden View Post
    I went to REI and exchanged a used pair cycling shorts (17,500 miles in 2 years) for another exact pair. I was blown a way that you can do that.

    Shocked with how people abuse the system. The rest of the 'honest' customers pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexaschwanden View Post
    I went to REI and exchanged a used pair cycling shorts (17,500 miles in 2 years) for another exact pair. I was blown a way that you can do that.
    I'm sort of blown away that you would do that...
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    Sram two speed automatix hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    Sram two speed automatix hub.
    That was a new one to me. I had to look it up. Pretty cool for a city commuter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyeh26 View Post
    They recently changed their return policy:

    http://www.rei.com/help/return-policy.html

    http://consumerist.com/2013/06/04/re...r-of-purchase/


    Hopefully it'll reduce abuse of the system.

    That is great! It will definitely reduce people that abuse their now old return policy. To be honest though, I will miss those sales they did of used stuff as I'm assuming less items will get returned. Great deals could be found if you had the time to look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
    Shocked with how people abuse the system. The rest of the 'honest' customers pay.
    I thought the REI warranty did not apply to normal wear and tear?

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