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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 03-29-14, 11:10 AM   #11926
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so do you carry two extra cassettes, one for flats and another for mountains? then stop and switch them out as the terrain changes?
no. i had 12-25 on one set of wheels and when i brought one of my bikes to mountainous taiwan, i brought the other set of wheels with a 12-27 that i had in stock. unfortunately i think this is inadequate. i need a smaller gear.
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Old 03-29-14, 11:55 AM   #11927
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I bought a couple electric-yellow jerseys this week, a long sleeve PI and a short sleeve PB house brand.

But mostly I bought this:



REI bike, aluminum frame with a carbon fork and 105.... $879. Gonna be my rain bike/ city cargo hauler.
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Old 03-29-14, 12:15 PM   #11928
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That's a pretty great price on a 105 bike. Was that price with one of your 20% off coupons or anything (I know they went out recently - I just got mine) or was that the regular price?
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Old 03-29-14, 01:50 PM   #11929
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Ordered a pair of these but am not expecting them to arrive anytime soon.

Where did you order these if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 03-29-14, 02:25 PM   #11930
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Where did you order these if you don't mind me asking?
hibike.com. I like them quite a bit.
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Old 03-29-14, 02:53 PM   #11931
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That's a pretty great price on a 105 bike. Was that price with one of your 20% off coupons or anything (I know they went out recently - I just got mine) or was that the regular price?
Thats with the 20% coupon.

What sold me, other than the 105, was that it has long-reach brakes and a ton of frame clearance for big tires and fenders, as well as rack mounting points etc.
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Old 03-29-14, 03:42 PM   #11932
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Ordered a pair of these but am not expecting them to arrive anytime soon.

normally i don't question/mock ww purchases, but these cages, while beautiful, are more excessive than most...neighborhood of $100 each for 18 grams...bontrager xxx goes lighter, holds tighter, and you can get 'em (or a reasonable facsimile) on aliexpress for $30/pair.
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Old 03-29-14, 04:43 PM   #11933
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normally i don't question/mock ww purchases, but these cages, while beautiful, are more excessive than most...neighborhood of $100 each for 18 grams...bontrager xxx goes lighter, holds tighter, and you can get 'em (or a reasonable facsimile) on aliexpress for $30/pair.
Everything made by lightweight is like that. . .
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Thats with the 20% coupon.

What sold me, other than the 105, was that it has long-reach brakes and a ton of frame clearance for big tires and fenders, as well as rack mounting points etc.
Excellent - I have a couple of friends that need a first road bike and I know that they're both REI members, too; I'll point them towards it and hope they get off their asses.
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Old 03-29-14, 06:29 PM   #11935
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normally i don't question/mock ww purchases, but these cages, while beautiful, are more excessive than most...neighborhood of $100 each for 18 grams...bontrager xxx goes lighter, holds tighter, and you can get 'em (or a reasonable facsimile) on aliexpress for $30/pair.
It's not so much a question of weight or cost as it is aesthetics and a desire to endorse companies whose products (not just this cage) appeal to me. I like its shape better than any Bontrager cage I've owned. Now if these don't work well, if bottles slip out while I'm riding, that's a different story. I'll switch to something else. But until then, I'll keep an open mind. I want to form an opinion of these based on personal experience.
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That's fair...
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Old 03-29-14, 09:18 PM   #11937
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2 of these to let me go a little farther without having to stop



And one of these for some post ride abdominal fun
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Old 03-30-14, 04:12 AM   #11938
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Looks eject-o-rific!
I have as set and if anything the bottles are hard to remove, granted they only fit Tacx bottles
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Old 03-30-14, 04:13 PM   #11939
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New threads for spring - I may not wear these both at same time, we'll see -
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Got a pair of these toe covers - I like the fact that they hook behind the heel.

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Old 03-30-14, 05:53 PM   #11941
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That's one of my favorite jerseys. Twinsix has awesome stuff.
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Good to hear, hope it fits me!

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Good to hear, hope it fits me!
I find their stuff fits true to american sizing. I wear a large tshirt, large twinsix gear, and xl italian gear.
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This is the 4th Bell Sweep I've owned. Hopefully this one will be retired due to age instead of catastrophic damage.
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Got a pair of these toe covers - I like the fact that they hook behind the heel.

I have those. I like them.
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Old 03-31-14, 03:12 AM   #11946
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get one of this during my trip to sydney lately

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Old 03-31-14, 03:30 AM   #11947
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While awaiting the surgeon's okay to ride again, I've been spending a lot of time looking for bike gear. :-D I scored this Bontrager jacket at the local Trek Bike Store for 75% off. Final price was $33. It's a very slim fit, which I like but I'm glad I'm continuing to lose weight because I'm gonna need to drop a couple of pounds in order to close it. But who cares for that price?

Also scored a merino wool baselayer tank from Rapha for half price. I love wearing baselayers under my jersey in winter and summer and the two that for me are the most well-made and functional are Rapha and Campy multi-layer system --especially the waffle cut undershirts with the mock turtle collar. They wear and wash well. I have two that I use a lot and so far, they've stood up to the wear and tear.
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New fork for the F5 quick half pound lost! Now the only thing left stock is the frame it self.
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New fork for the F5 quick half pound lost! Now the only thing left stock is the frame it self.
I still have a stock seat post, stem, and fork Also didn't know there was 200+ grams to be lost in the fork.
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The 1.1 is the lightest fork felt makes. 300 grams. The 1.4 fork that came with my F5 has aluminum steerer and drop outs.
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