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Old 04-01-12, 11:14 PM   #2326
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while the caad is still strong.
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Old 04-01-12, 11:37 PM   #2327
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DUH, clickable links. Sorry fellas.
What are the drops on the Motobecane? They're so . . . not curved.
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Old 04-01-12, 11:39 PM   #2328
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while the caad is still strong.
More CAAD hyperspace... dig the paint job and matching red pedals
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At first glance, the bar tape made it look as though cc's Cannondale had bullhorns. Then my eyes followed the bars to the Ultegra shifters, where I then realized that the bars were in fact drops.

This is obviously just an effect from the noisy background ("noisy" being not a white garage door ), but it did throw me for a second.

That light is beastly. Is it the whatit'scalledmegalumensnightriding light that you got recently?
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Old 04-01-12, 11:47 PM   #2330
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That light is beastly. Is it the whatit'scalledmegalumensnightriding light that you got recently?
Seriously... a light to blind people with. Never got around to buying one. Do want...
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Old 04-02-12, 12:13 AM   #2331
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1987 Centurion Iron Man Expert. Recently bought & cleaned. I rode it around a couple of times... without having it inspected by a mechanic & just some steep hills that I would never take my fixie to go up or down, no big deal.



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Old 04-02-12, 12:45 AM   #2332
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I love anything that says Ironman on it. Looks like it might be too big for you though, if that saddle is where it's supposed to be.
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Old 04-02-12, 02:29 AM   #2333
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I love anything that says Ironman on it. Looks like it might be too big for you though, if that saddle is where it's supposed to be.
I think it fits me well. My fixie is a 49cm frame, which is really small. My inseam is about 32", and I think the frame is 54cm.
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Old 04-02-12, 08:49 AM   #2334
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I think it fits me well. My fixie is a 49cm frame, which is really small. My inseam is about 32", and I think the frame is 54cm.
Either it doesn't fit you or your saddle is a couple inches too low. You have virtually no seatpost showing.

Also, level out the saddle and bars. Your setup is pretty far off right now.

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a couple things:

a bright light is AWESOME. it should be standard equipment if you ride at night. this is not the tons of lumens one, this is the usb rechargeable cygolight expilion 170 which is focused so well it outshines some of the claimed 900 lumen flashlights i bought off dx. it is not as bright as the claimed 1200 lumen XML-T6 led lamp i have that is awaiting a battery taken hostage by my old roommates.

even better is the cygolight hotshot, fully programmable 2.0 watt taillight that is also on the bike. seriously, best tail light ever.

also: those are not ultegra shifters.
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Old 04-02-12, 09:16 AM   #2336
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CAAD is awesome. Love the color.
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Never had ksyriums.. how do they ride. Looking to upgrade my wheels.
I really like them, they are pretty light and strong. Nothing to complain about them.
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You can build much lighter wheels but they are stiff and durable. Good all around wheel set.
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Yep... my only complaint for now, without riding them, would be their weight.
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Old 04-02-12, 12:40 PM   #2340
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without riding them
derp.
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derp.
indeed.

the whole idea behind mavic wheel systems is that they are a complete SYSTEM. they ride better and faster than wheels lighter because of where that weight is and how that weight is incorporated into the design.

not that i'm shilling mavic now, but i believe them to be some of the highest quality wheels on the market, especially for their cost.
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make sure u regularly check the spoke/nipple interface... that **** will oxidize together very easily.

I own a pair of those kysrium sl's that are about 4 years old and finally starting to get slightly out of true. They're wheelpit/trainer wheels now.
EVERY single spoke is frozen in the nipples
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What are the drops on the Motobecane? They're so . . . not curved.
Honestly, I don't know- they came on it and were part of the somewhat bizarro custom build (campy shifters/deraileurs with shimano cranks and a sram cassette?). They look a lot goofier than they really are but I'm far too lazy to rewrap and reposition the ergos.
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i talked to a mechanic who said the amount of service required for Ksyrium bearings was kind of ridiculous and you have to have a special tool to do it. I'd lace something up yourself:

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wheel pr0n
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derp.
Good lord. It's an opinion, formulated prior to riding them. I'm allowed to have one.

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indeed.

the whole idea behind mavic wheel systems is that they are a complete SYSTEM. they ride better and faster than wheels lighter because of where that weight is and how that weight is incorporated into the design.
I have no complaints about mavic. I've ridden ksyriums all of 5 miles and don't consider that enough to have any real experience with them. About to ride some mavic OP's, but I assume those are an entirely different beast than the ksyriums.

I'm guessing this is what they mean by "isopulse" technology? I've heard they're actually very nice on climbs despite the added weight.
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Good lord. You must be an idiot. It's an opinion, formulated prior to riding them. I'm allowed to have one.
Judging a book by its cover.
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Judging a book by its cover.
Not quite. I didn't say they were good or bad wheels. I'm actually considering them for my road bike once my current wheel-set dies on me (DT Swiss R1700).
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I didn't say you said they were good or bad. I just said "derp" because you were complaining about a wheelset based solely on its weight without having ridden them for any appreciable length of time. Then you called me an idiot. So... yea.

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