2 hours ago. I'm a total newbie, just having converted my old schwinn, and then upgrading to this, my first entry level track bike. Came around 5pm, greased and tightened everything, and rode it a couple of miles. The only basis for comparison is my 1970's Schwinn Continental which weighs 30lbs, so I felt like I was flying.
mine came too... sweet. but, the fork got banged, one of the dropouts is bent upward. meh.
Saw this in the kilo thread, seems to be pretty common all of the sudden for some reason. IIRC when i got my kilo frame from bikeisland the fork ends were sitting in a block of styrofoam. idk why BD isnt packing them this way...
... Btw did you have to tighten the cog(i don't have the chain tool or a cog gear tool) and what kind of grease did you use?
I didn't tighten the cog or lockring. I didn't really touch the back wheel area or BB yet, but greased the pedal threads and seatpost with Phil Wood grease that I have lying around. I'll probably inspect the cog, lockring and BB when I have a few more miles on it. I really just wanted to throw it together and try it out before the sun set today (hence no brake cable).
I just received my 53 cm WhiteSplash. I'll take photos as soon as its out of the box and assembled. For those wondering, the color could almost be described as pearl. It looks a little like the pearl paint on high-end cars. It arrived well-packed and completely damage free.
Some thougthts: The white looks like a bright white until it is in direct light. Then it has a metallic pearly finish. Also, the gold in the pedals is a really dark gold and kind of unnecessary. Its a totally different color than the chain.
As for size, I am 5'10" with a 32" cycling inseam and the 53 cm is a little bit big but not so big that it is uncomfortable. I probably could have gone with the 50cm but really its a toss up.
The bike looks and feels extremely well made. The ride is quick and a little twitchy but I am used to road geometry. Its a blast to ride.
I added a freewheel and will add the rear brake soon. I plan to swap out the drops for risers or bullhorns since I will never use the drops. I'm going to give the saddle a chance but it will probably go as well.
I recieved my white Stripper yesterday and I am very impressed. No issues right out of the box( I was kind of worried about the forks being bent). The little stickers that are on it are removable so I have no stickers on the frame. The bars kind of sucked so I flop and choped them to hold me off until I get my risers. The wheels were true and the cog lockring was tight. I really don't like the pedals so I will change those out for clipless in the near future. All in all I am satisfied with the stripper