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Old 05-13-14, 12:56 PM   #101
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...I don't get it ? How is this an improvement ??
It says so in the title. Kind of like at the grocery store when they change the label on the shampoo.
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...I don't get it ? How is this an improvement ??
It's just new.
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The Rules are taken seriously in this thread (not really).
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I think he just wants to stick the original post, so that it's at the top of each page within this thread.
Ah, well in that case, I'll revise my statement and go with 182.
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...I don't get it ? How is this an improvement ??
It's a technicality. The "Rules" were unmentionable in the other thread even though there was a general consensus/agreement because they weren't mentioned at the start of the thread. Here they are clearly stated and so you can dot an eye (as in blacken someone's eye, I do know how to spell) for forgetting or breaking the Rules…

but really it's just cuz all the cool people hang out here.
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The Rules are taken seriously in this thread (not really).
Right!
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Funny thing is there are bikes with mismatched seat/bar tape getting Hots in this thread! /shudder
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This forum is for presenting your bike in all it's glory to be critiqued by other members. If you have thin skin, best to post your ride in the original Hot R Not, where criticism is limited to "not".

Some guidelines:
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a) against a neutral background
b) drive chain out with chain on large crank and one of the smaller cassette cogs
c) cranks at any angle except 90 or 45 degrees
d) remove seat bags, water bottles, lights, etc. (we really just want to see your bike, not your accessories)
e) valve stems at 6:00 and, if possible, tire logos properly aligned on rim.

2) Be prepared to handle criticism and not take this thread too seriously.
3) If you must criticize try and be constructive and not mean. We all can enjoy a good ribbing now and then and some tongue in cheek humor, but let's not get carried away or make it personal.
4) A "not" should be followed by a pic of your bike. (Unless you've posted it here previously)

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I've been through the gauntlet with my bike so I can tell you, it's not that bad. Just have fun, post your ride and let's enjoy.

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a shortish persons bike to balance it out, flame away !!!

Hot even though I don't care much for the bar tape.
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I do wear gloves, the weather is still on the cool side so I'm not sweating, I've never worn through bar tap before changing it for other reasons, and yes this is the first LS I've used. I only have a few hundred miles on it ~300 road miles and a dozen hours or so on the trainer. It's grippy, cushy, and looks good (at first), but at twice the cost of what I have used in the past I had expected it to have more staying power.

This is not my picture, but my experience is similar.

Crud, if that happens to the glossy lizard skins i just put on mine I'm going to be pissed. I just put zipp cx tape on my other bike and they seem pretty decent.
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but really it's just cuz all the cool people hang out here.


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...ibtl
Not - Saddle bag, handlebar bottle cage/bottle, helmet on bars, busy backgrounds, and valves not at 6 o'clock ruin it. That roll looks Hot though
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...ibtl
doubtful the thread will be locked given permission was granted by two of the three mods.

I suppose if a few saboteurs really want to ruin it for everyone they could not follow the guidelines here and start with the personal attacks and general nastiness but whats the point of that since there's always the other hot r not?
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...ibtl
Close. It would have been better, if you hadn't cut the pastry and we could see the barista art in your beverage.
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the steel lugged frame is pretty nice but the rest of the set up makes it look frumpy especially the seat and the toe clips. Not.
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Panasonic built 1988 Schwinn Prologue updated with a mostly 6700 ultegra group.
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Panasonic built 1988 Schwinn Prologue updated with a mostly 6700 ultegra group.
The blue and the purple don't make any sense and the chain is in the little ring, but I can't help but like this.... Hot.
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Panasonic built 1988 Schwinn Prologue updated with a mostly 6700 ultegra group.
Nice classic frame but the bar tape, the anodized post and cages are too much and detract from the bike. Not
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It would have been better, if you hadn't cut the pastry and we could see the barista art in your beverage.
...your constructive critique is noted and appreciated.
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the steel lugged frame is pretty nice but the rest of the set up makes it look frumpy especially the seat and the toe clips. Not.
...is frumpy a euphemism for comfortable ? In the old days, we called them saddles. I have so much to learn about this stuff.
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...ibtl
The bike is awesome. The fork is drool-worthy. Needs a Brooks (yeah, I said it) and the toe clips would need to go and then I would rock this bike all over the place.
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Panasonic built 1988 Schwinn Prologue updated with a mostly 6700 ultegra group.

For some reason this really works. The purple bartape seems to go well with the frame, not so sure on the blue bits. Chain needs to be in the big ring. I give it a hot.
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That's a beauty!
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The bike is awesome. The fork is drool-worthy. Needs a Brooks (yeah, I said it) and the toe clips would need to go and then I would rock this bike all over the place.
...I actually stuck a Brooks Pro on it after these were taken, but have no photos. When I did the saddle swap I felt like a whorish conformist. #follower

I have so many damn bikes that clips are the only way I can hope to ride them all, even with my access to an endless stream of used clipless at the co-op.
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...is frumpy a euphemism for comfortable ? In the old days, we called them saddles. I have so much to learn about this stuff.
Like a warn down lazy boy recliner
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