"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
'14 Cannondale Synapse (carbon) - '04 Bianchi Imola (steel) - '99 Gary Fisher Big Sur (mtn)
My '08 Spesh Roubaix in MS-150 trim (clip-on aeros for Carpal Tunnel relief)
Submarines once, Submarines twice...
Staging isn't great, but it is what it is. It's a cross bike, but I do all of my road riding on it too.
Clip on or not, that bike is a hard Not for me.
Reasons I feel this way (since this secondary HRN is to include helpful ideas):
Aero clip ons (for purpose or not, they don't belong on a bike being submitted for aesthetic judgement)
SMP saddles are generally hideous to look at, regardless how comfortable they may be.
Very tall stack height
Very tall stack height PLUS a high degree stem
Dislike that the head tube is that high above the top tube
Dont like the red saddle or red bar tape. Even though there is red on the frame, I dont feel the colored parts compliment the frame. I think the color is over powering
Hoods are very high on your bars (though it sounds like it is for a reason, which I understand)
Dont like the red Cages
Not a fan of the shape of those bars
Last edited by bianchi10; 05-13-14 at 10:06 PM.
Ok some niggles: The brakes. They're red, but not matching red, anodized. Me no like. Anodized colored alu rarely works IMO for this reason. Note the derision the blue seatpost and cages are receiving on the Schwinn prologue of the same era as your steed. I think they would look better in the silver alloy it came with. If you went black, I could go with that, matching the seatpost, stem and fork. The cages. I'm trying to put down my retrogrouch biases and be ok with these. I see where you're going with the black, but me no like plastic cages. But that's a quick fix, slap on some silver (or black) alloy cages!
She looks in great shape and well loved. She looks fast, do you get her out for a hot lap now and then? Tall gearing, you have no choice but to speed!