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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-08-06, 07:20 PM   #1
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I ordered a Brand new 2006 Dawes LIGHTNING SST road racing TRACK bike.

Seeing the other two thread, I couldn't resist titling this thread similarly. Heh.

Anyway, I didn't just order the bike. I got it some time ago:


I ordered it pretty much to serve as a parts source to build this:


Unfortunately, my first test ride wound up stripping the cog/hub, and my second discovered a crack in the Bianchi frame. So I moved all the parts back to the Dawes frame, including the new IRO hub/Mavic MA3 wheelset, SR quill stem/SR touring handlebar setup, Cane Creek cyclocross brake handle, and 42 tooth Shimano Biopace chainring.

I did this so I could have a bike at the office for lunchtime rides, now that I am too far for regular commuting given my schedule.

Digressions aside, I got to take it for my first real ride today -- 10 miles up and down the Santa Ana River Trail. Truth be told, I'm impressed. It was a solid -- and fun -- ride. Now I know some of that might be due to the better wheels and navigational controls, but I didn't feel like the frame was going to crumple underneath me (which is what it looks like it would do, judging by the welds). Eventually I'll be replacing the frame, but I'm confident that this frame will last me a while and I don't have to worry about leaving it at the office overnight or on the weekends.

This much I did learn... the pedals and clips that came with it suck. I'm either going to put my Shimano 600 track pedals on it, or get some of the black Shimano SPD-SL pedals that use the same cleats as my roadie's Ultegra 6600s. The saddle, too, leaves a bit to be desired. Anyone got a spare Bonty Race Lux sitting around they wouldn't mind parting with?

Once I get the new front wheel on the bike (it's still got the old Alex RP15 wheel on it because the front wheel isn't finished yet) I'll take some new pictures.
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Old 05-08-06, 07:27 PM   #2
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Nice bike! I like that color on the Dawes, a lot.
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Nice bike! I like that color on the Dawes, a lot.
Yeah, aside of the massive track drops, it's a good looking frame from a distance or in a picture. Up close, though, the welds are cheap and the paint is thin.

Again, though, after riding it I really don't have any complaints; it'll be a fine bike for its intended purpose.
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Are you people for real?
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I must say though, that stem is a little funky lookin'..
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I must say though, that stem is a little funky lookin'..
Yeah, it's one of those ZOOM stems, and it's... gone. It's been replaced with (as I mentioned above) a nice, NOS, old-fashioned SR quill stem and some nice SR touring bars.

The picture doesn't do it justice, either... it's fully ugly as sin.
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No. We're all puppet accounts for the local BikesDirect shill.
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Then post us a new pictoor! I want to see it.
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Then post us a new pictoor! I want to see it.
I'm going to; I'm waiting for a matching IRO/Mavic front wheel before I take more pics, though. Right now it looks keen except for the stupid Alex front wheel. Alex wheels... ptui.
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hahah. excellent titling. I was thinking "oh god now bikesdirect sells dawes?"
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hahah. excellent titling. I was thinking "oh god now bikesdirect sells dawes?"
they actually do.
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they actually do.
Actually, yeah, they do. That's where I got it. Not from the bikesdirect.com site, but from one of their eBay accounts. I don't think I've ever seen them on the BD site; I think that even BD has *some* taste.
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they actually do.
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