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Old 10-14-06, 08:59 PM   #1
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New Frame from College Park, MD

Went to College Park bicycles in Maryland. Have not been there in almost 10 years and outside was fixie galore. Inside was top end Mt. Bikes, road bikes and Fixie/SS heaven; Bianchi, Trek, KHS, Fuji, Rivendell, On One, Italian names I cant pronounce. GOD!! that place is SWEET. Got a Cayne Uno frame and these things are NICE!!. Warning!!! DO NOT BUY off the internet. Get one in person. I usually ride 58cm conversions so I thought either the 59cm or the 56cm. Walked out with the 53cm which fits me perfectly. mechanic there was very helpful especially since I was pressed for time due to needing to get to work.
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Old 10-14-06, 09:02 PM   #2
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You should put this in the LBS sticky at the top of the forum!
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Old 10-14-06, 09:25 PM   #3
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You usually ride a 58cm but walked out with a 53cm?!?!

That's a huge ****ing difference.
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yeah some of the pirates have gotten pretty good deals there lately. good shop for sure.
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Old 10-14-06, 10:41 PM   #5
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My friend works there and its a pretty cool shop.

Strangely, my shop owners also know of that shop even though we are some 7hrs, 300 miles away from DC.
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that show is amazing. im in the process of paying off a track frame from there.
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Old 10-15-06, 06:12 AM   #7
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I usually ride 58cm conversions so I thought either the 59cm or the 56cm. Walked out with the 53cm which fits me perfectly.
Long Top-tube?
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Old 10-15-06, 07:52 AM   #8
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don't know how to describe it. You figure with a 5cm difference there would be a significant size difference but there is less than 1/2 inch difference on the top tube. My Raleigh is a old road frame with a level top tube where the Cayne Uno has a slight slope downwards in the back to it. The bottom bracket sits higher off the ground like a true track frame. I think what it is is that I have always been a MT. Bike type of person and this frame is more like my Gary Fisher single speed than a "roadie" type of bike. The clearence in the rear stays and fork are very tight compared to a conversion. With the Raleigh I have about 3/4 inch standover clearence with the Uno I'm looking at @ 1 1/2 inch clearence which might be better so I don't start sounding like Michael Jackson if I have to make a quick stop. I'm confused. Everyone has different feelings on how a bike should fit and this just feels right to me more so than my Raleigh or Fisher.
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Old 10-15-06, 08:11 AM   #9
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Older roadbikes tend to have more slanty seattubes. This can account for sometimes a pretty significant increase in seattube length.
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and perhaps a slightly higher bottom bracket would help a little too?

i love that shop. i am one of the pirates who has gotten a good deal there. i got my noni from larry. awesome guy, super fun to just hang out and talk with. don't go on a saturday though, the traffic in college park was worse than the traffic in dc. perhaps it was gameday?
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bike123.com is a catalog of alot of this places bikes. its damn rad.
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Yeah, but nothing beats actually going there if you can. I've said it before, they must have some kind of magic dickhead filter,'cause everybody that works there is nice, and seems pretty knowledgable.
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Yeah, but nothing beats actually going there if you can. I've said it before, they must have some kind of magic dickhead filter,'cause everybody that works there is nice, and seems pretty knowledgable.
you mean MDRawk can't get a job there? leave emoKid alone.
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just got back from there.....nice place...
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you mean MDRawk can't get a job there? leave emoKid alone.
He could totally get a job there, I said they had a dickhead filter, not a sarcastic a$$hole filter! Happy Birthday MD
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Great shop..I miss it, being at college and all.
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