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Old 08-20-09, 02:00 PM   #1
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track bars

I'm looking to buy some drop track handle bars when i get my next paycheck and I'm abashed in which i should get. I wanna get something nice but I also want to be able to pay rent and not brake my bank account.
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Old 08-20-09, 02:06 PM   #2
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deda pistas are extremely nice. I used to have them, but I don't really like drops. B123 cromo's are nice too, with not a lot of vibration coming through them since they're steel.
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Old 08-20-09, 02:16 PM   #3
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Slight thread derail, but what is the big deal about having steel bars? They sound like they'd be very heavy and prone to corrosion, and wouldn't have vibration dampening properties even coming close to squishy grips/bar phat.
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Old 08-20-09, 02:24 PM   #4
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Slight thread derail, but what is the big deal about having steel bars? They sound like they'd be very heavy and prone to corrosion, and wouldn't have vibration dampening properties even coming close to squishy grips/bar phat.
Well a lot of people have aluminum framesets which already have a lot of vibration, and when you're sprinting a lot of the vibration travels up your arms. Having steel bars (even though heavier) on an already lighter aluminum track frame makes it more comfortable and not at all senseless.

Plus, I personally prefer to ride drops raw. Even if you get some tape, it doesn't dampen all the shock.
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Plus, I personally prefer to ride drops raw. Even if you get some tape, it doesn't dampen all the shock.
Please tell me you always, always wear gloves.

FWIW: I prefer steel bars. My flat bars are True Temper steel and my drops are vintage road drops pulled off some ****ty old 10-speed with a bad frame but good bits on it. The Al bars (non-oversided) I've had all just seemed too flexy to me.

2 nitpicky points because I just got home from teaching English to little kids all day (not your fault, don't take it personally)

1. "not brake my bank account" BREAK is the spelling you want. A brake is the thing you should have mounted to your fork.

2. Look up the word "abashed" again.
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Old 08-21-09, 03:46 AM   #6
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Just as an example, a local shop (Recyclecd Cycles) has a set of used Deda Pistas for $50. Pretty good deal imo. If you want cheap new ones, you could look into stuff from eighthinch, Soma or Origin8.
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Old 08-21-09, 08:07 AM   #7
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I've got a spare pair of Deda Pista alloy drops if you need em (42cm).
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Abashed could work here because it also means confused.
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Abashed
Abash A*bash" ([.a]*b[a^]sh"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abashed
([.a]*b[a^]sht"); p. pr. & vb. n. Abashing.] [OE. abaissen,
abaisshen, abashen, OF. esbahir, F. ['e]bahir, to astonish,
fr. L. ex + the interjection bah, expressing astonishment. In
OE. somewhat confused with abase. Cf. Finish.]
To destroy the self-possession of; to confuse or confound, as
by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or
inferiority; to put to shame; to disconcert; to discomfit.
[1913 Webster]

Abashed, the devil stood,
And felt how awful goodness is. --Milton.
[1913 Webster]

He was a man whom no check could abash. --Macaulay.
[1913 Webster]

Syn: To confuse; confound; disconcert; shame.

Usage: To Abash, Confuse, Confound. Abash is a stronger
word than confuse, but not so strong as confound. We
are abashed when struck either with sudden shame or
with a humbling sense of inferiority; as, Peter was
abashed by the look of his Master. So a modest youth
is abashed in the presence of those who are greatly
his superiors. We are confused when, from some
unexpected or startling occurrence, we lose clearness
of thought and self-possession. Thus, a witness is
often confused by a severe cross-examination; a timid
person is apt to be confused in entering a room full
of strangers. We are confounded when our minds are
overwhelmed, as it were, by something wholly
unexpected, amazing, dreadful, etc., so that we have
nothing to say. Thus, a criminal is usually confounded
at the discovery of his guilt.
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Satan stood
Awhile as mute, confounded what to say.
--Milton.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

A little ctrl v action from my linux dictionary app.

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Linus Torvalds would be proud.
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Abashed could work here because it also means confused.
It's a matter of syntax. I'm not saying it couldn't work, but it needs to be tweaked.

Also, this thread is now about word usage and syntax.
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Old 08-21-09, 10:24 AM   #12
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Linus Torvalds would be proud.
probably not, that formatting looks like it is from the gnome dictionary app, Linus is known for hating on GNOME.
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Old 08-21-09, 10:41 PM   #13
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i really dig my B123s, or at least the looks of them. got em for $20 off the local craigslist. the steel ones, they don't flex at all and feel pretty great in the drops, but riding the tops of them kinda sucks. my hands bend slightly inward. after i got over the whole track look, riding some risers is infinitely more comfortable. just my two cents.
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