For the aluminium models; not quite exactly sure about the steel models through, although I have a good feeling that it's likewise. Flip side is there is no such thing as pedal overlap for a normally proportioned person on a leader.
I wonder if Leader's warranty covers being a dumbass
I had remembered us talking about me buying a Leader earlier in the year and forgot that we were discussing the 722, not the 725 (ask questions first... about a different bike... then buy, just as good as buy first, ask later). I had actually forgotten about the TT thing with the 725 for whatever reason. The rest of the frame feel good though and I still did a few miles today on it. considering My saddle still has some room to move up and I can shorten my stem substantially I should manage okay.
Had my covered in stickers for the last few months seen here:
Was taking it apart to clean/regrease it and got the bug to change it up again. So I stripped all the paint off, put my old stem back on instead of running that pos walmart drop stem, put tape back on the bars instead of that hard rubber grip i salvaged off an old 80's frame, and made new straps that are ajustable this time.
It's the first time in a long time I've made an attampt at making my bike look good so i took lots of pics
The frame could use more polishing as I scratched it a bit taking the paint off, but I'm not sure I care enough to sit out in the heat rubbing on it anymore. It's to the point now where it takes a lot of polishing for little gain so my motivation is low to keep going. I'll probably just leave it as is until winter when i'll be bored and paint it again before the rain comes.
I liked the stickered up version much more, even more if you would've removed the reflective tape. It's like an urban camo.
You should've done a before and after weigh in to see how much the stickers weighed!
I started out with just a tile scraper (one of those flat razor blades on handles) just trying to scrape it off, but was taking far too long and scratching it way too much. So I just grabbed a can of jasco paint remover and sprayed it on. It literally melts the paint right off, powder coat too so be careful. It will melt through latex gloves too, so make sure you wear nitrate gloves like moms kitchen cleaning ones. Then to clean off little left over pieces I used steel wool. Don't use 0 or 00 grade because that will scratch too much. Start with 000 grade wool, then polish with 0000 grade. If you still want it shinier you can use metal polish to finish it off.
Edit: Oops, over at a friends house on his account. This is stryper.
Cause who wants silver hubs on a bike that had zero silver components? Paint doesn't effect the hubs just cause they're dura ace. And I'm sure sometime I'll go through and strip the wheels and polish it all up again too.
TBH once I have enough cash to replace them with even basic 36 hole hubs just incase it goes wrong, I'd like to drill out the side walls of the hubs where the plastic logos are
Yeah not sure what I want to do with them. I don't want a just black and polished bike though either, but the blue isn't looking right anymore. If I strip em I can have them locally anodized for $30, which might look nice.
Originally Posted by hamish5178
those handlebars. . . . .
if you look at them, they are just bullhorns that have been angled down at the ends. It just changes my hands from being vertical to horizontal. I agree they look ugly though, i would like to get some made by a local machine shop that are smooth and lighter