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Old 05-12-14, 07:29 PM   #1
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The New and Improved HotRNot Thread

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:
1) For best results, stage your bike properly:
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)

(if I left something out, let me know and I'll add it)

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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Old 05-12-14, 07:48 PM   #2
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NOT!!!! It's ugly.


















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Reasonably hot for a tall person's bike.

Now for some (actually solicited) advice: in terms of photography, bikes are like children - it's often better to photograph them while down at their level. IOW, this is the second time during this post that I'm telling you that you're too damn tall - get down a little more. If you can step back from the bike a little further, it'll help with some of the distortion, too (use a longer focal length or just crop the photo a bit).
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Reasonably hot for a tall person's bike.

Now for some (actually solicited) advice: in terms of photography, bikes are like children - it's often better to photograph them while down at their level. IOW, this is the second time during this post that I'm telling you that you're too damn tall - get down a little more. If you can step back from the bike a little further, it'll help with some of the distortion, too (use a longer focal length or just crop the photo a bit).
Good advice. As to my height, if I got a larger frame, I'd rack myself every time I came to a stop if you know what I mean.
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that is one ugly bike.
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Only thing I wished differently on the giant is full carbon wheels and not the aluminium brake surface. Regardless of that, Hot.
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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:
1) For best results, stage your bike properly:
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.

(if I left something out, let me know and I'll add it)

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

Really?

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It's not bad.
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I think we're off to a good start so far. Now lets see some more bikes
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Good advice. As to my height, if I got a larger frame, I'd rack myself every time I came to a stop if you know what I mean.
I have the opposite issue. My legs appear to be short, My leg length had never been an issue for me before, tennis, running, soccer, in fact were great, I'm damn fast runner with naturally a lower center of gravity. But cycling, it's a pain, I'd like to ride a bigger frame, 54 to get that 55/56 toptube, but 54 would destroy my balls.
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this thread sucks, even more than this post does
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this thread sucks, even more than this post does
I think it's a good idea. Have one thread for people who just want a hot or not response and another if you want criticism of the bike and be able to handle that. The other one just blew up with moderators getting upset over language and demeanor and criticisms etc.
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I think we need more pictures of red, white and/or black carbon bikes with deep profile rims because, you know, nobody has ever seen that before.
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I think we need more pictures of red, white and/or black carbon bikes with deep profile rims because, you know, nobody has ever seen that before.
Post yours, they are better than mine, it says so below your avatar
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Of course.



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Very Italian! I like it! Looking at the frameset on Torelli's site. Would prefer a tapered seattube, and not a fan of the mitered bonded tubes, makes the carbon look too much like AL with smooth welds.

I'll rate it hot!

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This one was "hotter", but I pretty much stopped riding it and sold it.

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Very Taiwanese! I like it!
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It's not hand built in CA?
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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:
1) For best results, stage your bike properly:
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.

(if I left something out, let me know and I'll add it)

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.
Change the wheels for UD Full carbon de-badged. Change the saddle. Front bottle cage needs to be black so it flows with the color adjacent to it. FSA K Force crank instead of the 4 arm Ultegra. Remove the giant branding on the seatpost. That's it... You do that and it will be meh but better.

The only real good thing about that bike is that it's a giant.
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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:
1) For best results, stage your bike properly:
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.

(if I left something out, let me know and I'll add it)

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.

I assume this picture is to illustrate how not to stage our bikes.
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Lotsa tall people bikes so far.
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