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Old 01-12-05, 10:35 PM   #1
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time trial bike

have any of you guys/girls ever ridden one of these jobs. The ones with the crazy sloped top tube and take 24" wheel in their fronts. those bike look totally rad. id like to get one and see how fast i could get with one, but can you even ride those things in the city. It looks like if you hit any kind of dip you end up eatting major S***.
...but dont they look bad-azz
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Old 01-13-05, 01:14 AM   #2
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for the track only.....
i always thought they looked like overpriced aluminum nonuseful uncomfortable crap
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Old 01-13-05, 02:29 AM   #3
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i got somthing uncomfortable for ya right here...

only this things got meat in it, sorry. Ooooooh
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Old 01-13-05, 10:53 AM   #4
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I ride this sometimes (if it's a nice day, not raining, the planets are aligned):
http://www.tmobilepictures.com/Judah...1105635600478#

Not quite a time-trial bike, but it does have a sloping top-tube. It rides and handles like a dream.
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Old 01-13-05, 11:30 AM   #5
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I think the 24" TT bikes are a little insane. Pretty difficult to find wheel bits: tires, tubes and rims. Best left alone IMHO. Though depending on the set up, you can ride 'em and unless you hit a huge pothole you won't get launched;steep descents though feel a little sketchy.

I'd stick with TT bikes with a front 650c. They ride great and don't feel too different than an aggressively styled old school track bike. And if you can get one with a curving top tube, they look sick.

BTW does anyone know why these funny bikes are no longer legal at most races?
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I always assumed it was because they give you an unfair advantage, but I bet someone else has a better explanation.
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24" in the front is a bit extreme. However, the 650c bikes are awesome. I probably would not ride mine on anything more than a century. I have toyed with the idea of installing an adjustable stem for longer rides. In the city you might run into a problem running anything wider than a 25 tire. There is not a lot of clearance.

Don't listen to those who do not own one. They hate them cuz they can't keep up. Don't listen to anyone who does have one, cuz they do not want you to be able to keep up.

Mine is awaiting a Surly Fixxer and some aero levers.


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Holy *****!
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what BostonFixed said.
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holy guacamole.

and yes, i think the sloped tt bikes are hot. that pinarello is tits. and there's nothing you can do about it, vegan dave.
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Thanks for the comps.

I originally bought this bike to "fix" & resell. However, as is typical with me, one good ride and I am in love. She'll be staying in the harem...

I plan to change the Shimano components over to Campy, after all she is Italian, as I find fitting replacemant parts. Then perhaps some trick wheels. Gotta treat her right...
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Old 01-13-05, 03:09 PM   #12
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she's purdy...

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I have a GT track pursuit bike. 24" front, 700c back. Steel. Here are some various thoughts (I need to take a new picture. I'll post something tonight):

24" wheels are a pain. I'm sitting in the school's computer lab because I have a flat on a tubular (and I left my tufo tire sealant at home). Finding 24" tubular stuff isn't impossible (you have a few choices, at relatively low prices), but clincher is harder I would say, as far as tires go. Road repair might be a little easier, but I wouldn't know (apply tubular tire sealant is easy, I just never remember to keep it with me).

The geometry on my ride is pretty aggressive, and though it's a pissload of fun to ride in traffic given its excellent handling and quick acceleration, it's not much of a distance rider. I'm toying with the idea of a stem with some rise, but my current Cinelli 1R+LA84 horns combo is really sweet.

All in all, it's a fantastic bike, and I love it more than I love some family members. It's really REALLY fast, and gets a lot of attention. In retrospect, you might strongly consider one with a 650c wheel, as wheels bits are exponentially more available.
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I do not want to get this thread moved, so I will not post the link. Anyone interested in this style of bike at a reasonable cost should search ebay for a Nishiki Linear. Might make a sweet fixed gear. I know there is at least one current listing for a frame. A complete bike with Shimano 105 sold this week for around $125.

Here tis...

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Yellow jersey has a few TT frames that are brand new in the box old stock.

They are pretty nice.

Can't wait till my thylacine is done.
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I ride this sometimes (if it's a nice day, not raining, the planets are aligned):
http://www.tmobilepictures.com/Judah...1105635600478#

Not quite a time-trial bike, but it does have a sloping top-tube. It rides and handles like a dream.
nice ride. like the color.
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nice ride. like the color.
Thanks, people always give me crap for riding a baby blue bike...
I just changed to the B123 bars last night from 018 bullhorns. I like the feel of the bullhorns more but I switched to the drops because everyone always talks about how great they are so I figured I'd give them a shot seeing as how I had a set lying around in the garage...
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Can't wait till my thylacine is done.
Will that ever be more than just a frame?
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What you said and add "Batman"
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My Sannino pursuit rocks in the city. (Pic link in the signature)
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24" in the front is a bit extreme. However, the 650c bikes are awesome. I probably would not ride mine on anything more than a century. I have toyed with the idea of installing an adjustable stem for longer rides. In the city you might run into a problem running anything wider than a 25 tire. There is not a lot of clearance.

Don't listen to those who do not own one. They hate them cuz they can't keep up. Don't listen to anyone who does have one, cuz they do not want you to be able to keep up.

Mine is awaiting a Surly Fixxer and some aero levers.
Adker, I have a bike similar to that. Those bars are REALLY nice. What kind are they?
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I do not want to get this thread moved, so I will not post the link. Anyone interested in this style of bike at a reasonable cost should search ebay for a Nishiki Linear. Might make a sweet fixed gear. I know there is at least one current listing for a frame. A complete bike with Shimano 105 sold this week for around $125.

Here tis...
Trust me, it's the second time the seller had put this one up, and since it was a 62 cm c-t, I was all over it. The seller however seems to be a greedy bastard, and the reserve was somewhere above 700$, so it sure as hell didn't go for 120$. Reverve not mer means just that.
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Adker, I have a bike similar to that. Those bars are REALLY nice. What kind are they?
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