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Old 09-19-11, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
Yes, his son was there. Both very nice people; he really enjoys talking to people in general and it's always fun to watch people's reaction when you tell them who that guy over there is.

Ride was a blast, other than having do to the first climb twice thanks to a mechanical issue on the new bike. Echelon puts on a top notch event...I had smoked salmon on my bagel.

Group took off with him down Kings Mountain Rd and pretty much did the Moto GP thing on the way down. Ended up being Greg, me and my teammate pretty far OTF. My parting words before we took off were "don't be the guy who takes Lemond out in one of the hairpins".
What a great opportunity. Very cool.

Originally Posted by Nate552 View Post
I've thought about a Ritchey breakaway, but those go for $1200, and I already had a spare bike, so I went with the shipping route. Southwest does have better than most fees, but the only airlines that fly out of where I live are Continental and American. Both have hefty oversized fees.
Looking at that crack, I think Kirklee in Austin (along with Calfee, and probably Crumpton) would like a shot at fixing that. My friend and neighbor had an Opal repaired at Kirklee. Cracks similar to yours, but across both chainstays -- fixed and painted for $400 out the door. He's been riding it for two years since the repair, and it's perfect. Really great work there with a solid engineering approach for the original design of the frame, so you don't end up making some repaired piece too rigid for the joints that surround it, for instance.

Being in the shop really made me want a Kirklee frame too. It's a total slobber fest in there.
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