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    aluminum vs. steel

    what are the differences on the street?

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    Here we go again.

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    supposedly one feels better than the other: steel. But i only ride on steel. Alum is better for bad weather since it doesn't rust and alum is generally lighter than steel. I can't compare ride quality tho. Give me a Bianchi Pista Concept and I'll be more than happy to tell ya the difference.

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    aluminum is imaginary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDean
    what are the differences on the street?
    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

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    I have an aluminum track frame and a steel track frame. They are very hard to compare however, since the aluminum one is very high end and built up with a lot of carbon, while the steel one is pretty low end. Plus I typically only ride the aluminum one on the velodrome.

    From the riding I've done on the street with the aluminum one, there wasn't much difference in comfort (although this could be because of the carbon seatpost and fork).

    However there are other differences. Rust is certainly a factor. Another is repairability (is that a word?). I crashed a steel road bike in a road race and bent one of the seat stays. I took it to a shop and they bent it back. You can't do that with aluminum.

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    If you ride an aluminum bike, it is more likely to get stolen as our robotic overlords will take it and use it for fuel.

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    aluminum is stiffer and wont rust, it rides harsher, steel is smoother but will rust. I prefeer aluminum because my fat ass absorbs road vibration

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    Wolverine´s skeleton is made of aluminium. This is the final proof of aluminiums superiority
    I got nothing to do
    you got nothing to say
    everything is so ****ed up
    I guess it's natural that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikkhu
    Wolverine´s skeleton is made of aluminium. This is the final proof of aluminiums superiority

    my bike is made of adimantium

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikkhu
    Wolverine´s skeleton is made of aluminium. This is the final proof of aluminiums superiority
    my nerdy half hopes you're joking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ollyisk
    my nerdy half hopes you're joking!

    Dude I thought the same thing when I read it.

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    damn... baiting is almost too easy
    I got nothing to do
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    everything is so ****ed up
    I guess it's natural that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikkhu
    damn... baiting is almost too easy

    Do not test my nerd rage.

    aluminium, jeeze, thats worse than when they left web canisters out of the spiderman movies.

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    i prefer aluminum to steel anyday. they're lighter and look much better in my opinion.

    i had to use my old, spare, steel front the other day, and it makes things clunky!


    we're talking about rims, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfutz
    Do not test my nerd rage.

    aluminium, jeeze, thats worse than when they left web canisters out of the spiderman movies.
    Yeah. That got me so mad I turned green and had to go out to throw tanks at skyscrapers to calm down.
    I got nothing to do
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    I guess it's natural that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikkhu
    Yeah. That got me so mad I turned green and had to go out to throw tanks at skyscrapers to calm down.

    and then the rage only got worse when you had to fight radiation enhanced dogs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfutz
    and then the rage only got worse when you had to fight radiation enhanced dogs?
    Funny how these things happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfutz
    and then the rage only got worse when you had to fight radiation enhanced dogs?
    you just de-pantsed yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikkhu
    Funny how these things happen.

    vicious cycle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi
    I have an aluminum track frame and a steel track frame. They are very hard to compare however, since the aluminum one is very high end and built up with a lot of carbon, while the steel one is pretty low end. Plus I typically only ride the aluminum one on the velodrome.

    From the riding I've done on the street with the aluminum one, there wasn't much difference in comfort (although this could be because of the carbon seatpost and fork).

    However there are other differences. Rust is certainly a factor. Another is repairability (is that a word?). I crashed a steel road bike in a road race and bent one of the seat stays. I took it to a shop and they bent it back. You can't do that with aluminum.
    so pretty much the only reason they are on par is cuz of the carbon and stiffness of the aluminum? if that's the case i guess OP should stick to alum but that jst my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling
    Here we go again.
    Ha. This is word for word what my brain thought when I read the title of this thread.

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    While were at it....

    Apple Pie vs.Cherry Pie?
    Chevy vs. Ford?
    Beer vs. Wine?
    Doggie vs. Missionary?

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    well, i'd take apple pie over cherry--even though i'm not really partial to either
    i don't really like fords, chevy makes better trucks, who really cares about cars? i love using gas.
    i don't really like beer or wine, i'm more of a liquor type of guy to be honest here
    doggie is just more fun. missionary is for prudes.

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