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Old 08-04-15, 08:32 AM
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Scored First 650b Wheeled Steel Bike!!

The bike is steel, has a lugged fork & big, wide 650b x 41 tires - frame fits and was actually designed for this sized wheel. No more measuring chain stay clearance and potential brake reach! I already slapped on my beautifully worn in Brooks B17 Special in Honey (now a rich, deep gold). Oh, it has drop bars too with short reach & shallow drop and fits great. Oh, and it's metallic flake PURPLE!



Unfortunately I won't be posting photos here.....it's a 2015 Surly Straggler! Has brifters and Avid BB7 disc brakes. I LOVE riding this bike. Already rode it about 25 miles yesterday, and am installing my Cateye Strada Wireless cyclometer. I do wanna know how far I've taken this baby. I haven't felt this confident on a bike for years.

Anyway, forgive my indulgence. I have no friends on any of the other forums, and I just had to share. I sold my 2011 Cross Check since it was a size too big and I hardly rode it, in order to fund this purchase. I've been waiting a long time to get a new bike and did a lot of research & test rides.
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Old 08-04-15, 08:36 AM
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I seriously like this bike but actually finding to try out is pretty difficult. If they had them when I worked at the shop I would of picked one up at cost. Even for being purple I still like it.

I eagerly await the call so I can pick up my new 2016 Trek Farley 5. The salesman said they'll probably be released after trek world this week. First fat bike and add in 13 months of winter here in Michigan I'm pumped!

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Old 08-04-15, 08:44 AM
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I'd like to see pictures of it anyway!

How's your experience with discs? I've never ridden them, but kind of have the itch to try. I know, I'll see myself out.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
The bike is steel, has a lugged fork & big, wide 650b x 41 tires - frame fits and was actually designed for this sized wheel. No more measuring chain stay clearance and potential brake reach! I already slapped on my beautifully worn in Brooks B17 Special in Honey (now a rich, deep gold). Oh, it has drop bars too with short reach & shallow drop and fits great. Oh, and it's metallic flake PURPLE!



Unfortunately I won't be posting photos here.....it's a 2015 Surly Straggler! Has brifters and Avid BB7 disc brakes. I LOVE riding this bike. Already rode it about 25 miles yesterday, and am installing my Cateye Strada Wireless cyclometer. I do wanna know how far I've taken this baby. I haven't felt this confident on a bike for years.

Anyway, forgive my indulgence. I have no friends on any of the other forums, and I just had to share. I sold my 2011 Cross Check since it was a size too big and I hardly rode it, in order to fund this purchase. I've been waiting a long time to get a new bike and did a lot of research & test rides.
Hey, show pics anyway! If it's not C&V, at least the 650B tire size is classically inspired! And it's steel, right? Post away!

The 650B size is addictive. I now have three 650B bikes, and my wife's only bike is 650B. Three of those four bikes date to 2011 or newer, but that doesn't stop me from shamelessly posting them in C&V .
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I'd like to see pictures of it anyway!

How's your experience with discs? I've never ridden them, but kind of have the itch to try. I know, I'll see myself out.
I'm curious too. My Bike Friday Haul-a Day which I got earlier this year has mechanical disc brakes, and I LOVE them. The modulation feels wonderful and they just seem more powerful and superior in every way to rim brakes... and these are low-end Shimano disc brakes. I wouldn't be surprised if I spec out my next "nice" road bike with disc brakes.
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I'm curious too. My Bike Friday Haul-a Day which I got earlier this year has mechanical disc brakes, and I LOVE them. The modulation feels wonderful and they just seem more powerful and superior in every way to rim brakes... and these are low-end Shimano disc brakes. I wouldn't be surprised if I spec out my next "nice" road bike with disc brakes.
I think most of them suffer by being horribly ugly, but I actually kind of like the look of the Paul Klamper. Should be no surprise, coming from Paul.

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Sounds like a cool bike and I agree with the others that you can post pics of the bike to your heart's content. I'll bet it rides very well with plush 650b tires. One of my favorite riding bikes is my '93 XO-2 as it was built around drop bars and 26 inch tires. The combination (drop bars and high quality fat tires) makes for a great ride.
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You guys are very forgiving. Did I mention gracious too? Don't worry - I won't spread it around.

Very busy day so Ill post photos later, as long as you don't make fun of my 6" spacers.
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Congrats on the new bike. Purple is a bonus in my book. Eager to see the pictures too.
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You guys are very forgiving. Did I mention gracious too? Don't worry - I won't spread it around.

Very busy day so Ill post photos later, as long as you don't make fun of my 6" spacers.
Way to go!
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