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Old 04-01-13, 07:57 PM   #2251
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LOL, I meant hoods put on the stock bar.

Actually come to think of it, that was a dumb question. I was imagining hoods parallel to the ground being uncomfortable, but then I remembered mine are like that too >__>. Well, that was embarrassing.
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Old 04-01-13, 08:16 PM   #2252
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LOL, I meant hoods put on the stock bar.

Actually come to think of it, that was a dumb question. I was imagining hoods parallel to the ground being uncomfortable, but then I remembered mine are like that too >__>. Well, that was embarrassing.
Aren't the stock bars for the Kilo TT track drops? Why would you want hoods on track drops?
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Do you guys actually ride on the stock drops? They seem really huge in the pictures. The hoods also look uncomfortable :S
The drops aren't that large. 42cm is a pretty standard size. And those would be called brake levers, not hoods.
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Aren't the stock bars for the Kilo TT track drops? Why would you want hoods on track drops?
They aren't.
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They aren't.
They are I just checked. "Alloy Track Bend, 26.0, 42mm, Silver"
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They are I just checked. "Alloy Track Bend, 26.0, 42mm, Silver"
I've owned them. They aren't.

edit: 2013, nvm.
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Old 04-01-13, 08:51 PM   #2257
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Just checked. They updated the seats, bars, chainrings.
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Old 04-01-13, 09:56 PM   #2258
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well its probably due to my lack of experience, but I find it a stretch to call that kilo. I mean mercier isnt even around anymore (right?) and the TT's are just branded 520 reynolds from the same factory they make the new motobecanes, from my knowledge. I don't know where bikeisland gets there bikes, but what makes them 'kilo TT's'? They don't have decals, cause I assume BD bought the rights to them. Again, I might be confusing myself, and thats okay, but what makes these lugged bikes have any correlation to kilo's?
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Probably cause it's the EXACT geometry and tubing, just lugged instead of welded, oh, and it's called the "Mercier: Kilo Team"

Also, bikeisland is bikesdirect.
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Probably cause it's the EXACT geometry and tubing, just lugged instead of welded, oh, and it's called the "Mercier: Kilo Team"

Also, bikeisland is bikesdirect.
gotcha. I just find it humorous that all these sweet 'track' bikes have different brands even though the brands are no more than stickers; such is life. appreciate it
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gotcha. I just find it humorous that all these sweet 'track' bikes have different brands even though the brands are no more than stickers; such is life. appreciate it
What do you mean?
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What do you mean?
well it appears to me that every bike from BD comes from the same factory. the Mercier/Motobecane of the old days is gone. All the bikes are built in the same place, just different materials, geo, etc. They could all just be labeled 'BD track pro' or some other generic name but they choose to select which styles should be divided up to each 'brand' in the factories. So the way I see it, the only thing that makes any of those bikes are the decals they toss on them.
And yes, I know thats how it typically is in these factories, snowboard/skateboard world is no different, I just find it funny.

hopefully that made sense
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Made plenty of sense, but its not just the case for BD, happens with pretty much all manufacturers.
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BD bikes are made by Kinesis Industry. They also make bikes for Diamondback, Trek, Schwinn, Jamis, Felt, and Raleigh to name a few. So a good percentage of bikes on the street are Kinesis bikes with a sticker.
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So I was too lazy to swap my good seat back over to the kilo this weekend and just threw the stock one back on, got about 100 miles logged and my taint is seriouly in so much pain I can barely ride siting down.
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Old 04-02-13, 11:18 AM   #2266
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So I was too lazy to swap my good seat back over to the kilo this weekend and just threw the stock one back on, got about 100 miles logged and my taint is seriouly in so much pain I can barely ride siting down.
That seat was hell. I was getting some serious chafing on my inner thigh. Never looking back.
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Haha, thanks! I honestly have no problem with the saddle for now. My next two upgrades will be a new wheelset (probably the H+ Sons SL42s in all black) and a new saddle as long as I can find a decent black one at around 80$ or less.
Just get a Charge Spoon/Fyxation Pilot and call it a day
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What are the primary use for these "fixed gear" bikes? .....town bikes......or also longer rides? .....do you have different gearings on your bikes so you have one for different purposes? ......I think for longer rides a "free-wheel" bike is the best?
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What are the primary use for these "fixed gear" bikes? .....town bikes......or also longer rides? .....do you have different gearings on your bikes so you have one for different purposes? ......I think for longer rides a "free-wheel" bike is the best?
I think what you use your bike for is completely up to the rider. I use my bike for a town bike, but also for rides in the 30 mile range. Some people use it for training, some people for the track.

Gearing comes from knowing your riding environment and what you are going to be encountering as far as elevation change etc. I have seen some people have two fixed cogs on a flip-flop and I am assuming they might switch the wheel around depending on where they are riding.

And hey thats your opinion, it seems people either a. hate fixed gear bikes b. see them as efficient around town errand runners when they're not fully kitted on their carbon roadie or c. enjoy riding them for the 'challenge' and feel of riding fixed (which is what I'd say most people that hang around here do)
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I think what you use your bike for is completely up to the rider. I use my bike for a town bike, but also for rides in the 30 mile range. Some people use it for training, some people for the track.

Gearing comes from knowing your riding environment and what you are going to be encountering as far as elevation change etc. I have seen some people have two fixed cogs on a flip-flop and I am assuming they might switch the wheel around depending on where they are riding.

And hey thats your opinion, it seems people either a. hate fixed gear bikes b. see them as efficient around town errand runners when they're not fully kitted on their carbon roadie or c. enjoy riding them for the 'challenge' and feel of riding fixed (which is what I'd say most people that hang around here do)
I like the "simplicity" of these bikes and also the look. I considered one myself but I think it will be difficult to select a proper gearing......but better "too small" a gearing than "too big".....I think.
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I like the "simplicity" of these bikes and also the look. I considered one myself but I think it will be difficult to select a proper gearing......but better "too small" a gearing than "too big".....I think.
I completely understand, thats what got me into these bikes. Very simplistic by nature and also mechanical problems are kept at a minimal. And in regards to gearing, if you already have a geared bike, just try riding around town without shifting for a couple days. Try out a few different gears and if you like the feel check out a singlespeed bike, or if you want to take the full plunge go for the fixed gear. Whats great about the majority of these newer street tailored bikes is they have flip flop hubs, which allow for a fixed cog and a singlespeed.

and to keep it on track with the thread, the kilo TT is a great bike with good enough components for your first bike
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screw BD, get a kilo from this dude, only $1400!

http://baltimore.craigslist.org/bik/3710900963.html
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Old 04-10-13, 03:04 PM   #2273
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what kind of bottle cage mount do you have installed? I have a Kilo that didn't include the cage mounts so I'm struggling to look for a good universal mount for the down tube or seat tube.
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A few upgrades- Cinelli vai stem, deda rhm handlebars, celeste green bar tape and conti tire...unfortunately my LBS only had white/black contis...so I took them since my bike is white and black (but I HATE it...never again)

Been riding so damn much and lovin it!
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