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Old 03-11-19, 07:10 AM
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Actually riding yesterday, I did feel a little like Lance. And it wasn't cause of the trek 5900 or even the black mid calf socks but rather that I slapped some poor innocent guy for looking at me wrong.hehe. I think [MENTION=413981]markwesti[/MENTION] humour starting to rub off on me.
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The real climbing test of a Trek 5900 is to give someone behind you "The Look." Jan Ullrich is out of contention right now while he gets himself back together. I'd suggest Lars Ulrich. You could beat him like a drum.
"The Look," as in "my ass is a pincushion, how about you?"
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I put my matching cages to give it a RTish look.hehe. I'm actually gonna put white pedals, white saddle, white cages which I have. And buy some cheap white wrap since I don't have any white inner tube wrap. Btw I test rode it 17 miles with clip in pedals.
​​​​​​​So I finally took the Ole beater out for a ride. It's the trek 5900 purple people eater. So I'm posting about the ride in comparison or contrast to the Ironman.
Right off the bat the trek is lighter, (18. something by my fish scale) than the Ironman. Next it accelerates quicker than the Ironman. Lastly it climbs well but only as well as my previously owned steel '88 Ironman with regular road bars. Since I've been running more than riding I'm more comfortable standing than sitting while riding even small inclines to keep my momentum. When I climb with my aero bar setup I'm usually in the drops when standing, but being on road bar hoods when standing is really ideal and that made it somewhat easier. So I call it a draw on climbing. Next is handling, and the trek is a hair quicker but not insurmountable.in fact possibly like my '89 Master.
As far as fit, because it's 56cm and I normally ride a 54 it is a touch bigger. About a 1/2 Inch longer TT and a 1/2 inch longer stem so only 1 inch longer overall, the seat measured basically the same as my 54cm. So not much difference yet I felt so much higher on the trek. The saddle is some type of tri saddle and although it was shorter than my preferred turbo I had no complaints. Honestly it felt great overall. It felt a lot like the '88 master I sold to my riding partner. I think the road bars had a lot to do with that. However the '88 Ironman had brifters and the brifter hoods are way more comfortable.
Here's a pic. The rear derailleur, DT shifters, chain and 3 chainring bolts I borrowed from [MENTION=418370]canklecat[/MENTION]...uh thanks?
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Possible nickname is............................the Purple People Eater.

Edit: I see it is already dubbed the Purple People Eater. Dang!

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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Actually riding yesterday, I did feel a little like Lance. And it wasn't cause of the trek 5900 or even the black mid calf socks but rather that I slapped some poor innocent guy for looking at me wrong.hehe. I think [MENTION=413981]markwesti[/MENTION] humour starting to rub off on me.

My X riding buddy , Psycho Billie would take us through a part of the Long Bach Marina that was traveled by walkers . The ride was nice we would start out from home and wind up at the Queen Mary . After that particular ride one day PB and I were knocking back a few brews , PB starts talking to himself as usual so I didn't pay much attention then he starts swinging his arms around and muttering that he will be slapping some chick butts on our next ride when we go through the pedestrian place . I'm thinking , Oh great PB is going to be arrested for sexual assault and my custom Centurion ( that I used to let him ride) will be impounded and then be used for exhibit A at his trial and I'll never get it back . After a few more beers I said "hey Psycho lets do the Pacific Coast Highway loop next time" .
The Velominati's are having a little trouble with their site , but you can get some fashion tips .

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Exhibit A...Classic.
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If you let him ride the Ironman, they'll be slapping his....

Just sayin.
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tex , RT , you can't make this stuff up . This happened about ten years ago , the Centurion in question was pretty cool . The frame was a low level Centurion I got from my buddy Du The Climb , the forks where chromed Columbus Cro Mo the groupo was Shimano Santee including the hubs . I painted the frame satin white . I loved Billie but he was just too much work to be around . Last time I talked to Billie he told me he had been possessed by a cosmic entity and he wanted to know if I wanted to talk to anyone from another dimension .
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You know, folks, the "C" bike thread is "on" now.
Don't be shy, stand and deliver.
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My '88 carbon is now an 8 speed and the one I'll be racing this year. Generally I like to train on the bike I'll be racing however I don't have any training wheels. And I can't seem to find any at the price I like. So I was thinking while I was on my Miami Vice today that I'll just use one of my other IM and use the '88 strictly for racing. Then I thought again (always scary) that I'll just alternate between my remaing three for training. You know, since theyre set up the same. That made me think some more and I've decided next year I'll race the '86 first race, '87 the second race, the '88 third race, and the'89 the last race. Yep, that's what I'll do. Fortunately I have race wheels for all just no training wheels for my '88 8 speed.
All this got me thinking how Ive got a red training shirt for my '86 Classic a black training shirt for my '88 Carbon, a blue training shirt for '89 Summer Time Blues but no pink training shirt for '87 Miami Vice. Wait a minute I have a yellow training shirt that might work. Yeah!
All that made me remember when I got my Classic I got some black sidis with red trim and a black helmet to match. So why not get black carbon fiber look shoes for my Carbon and blue shoes for my '89 and pink or yellow for my '87? Oh yeah cause it cost money! In the past I've had sidi, lake and shimano shoes. I prefer the sidis. Believe it or not I saw some vintage nos pink and yellow sidis my size, perfect except over 200 from Italy in the bay. So they exist. I don't like the modern shoes with snaps and laces and such. I prefer the two velcro straps for faster transitions.
And finally, I have black and red shades, blue and black shades, all black shades, but no oink and black shades for my Miami Vice but it may be easier to find yellow and black. BTW, I got all those shades brand new from goodwill for 3.99 each. Oh and they are all Ironman sunglasses. When you only have one brand of bike you have more reason to get matching accessories. Well OK.
Later Irongents....lets see C-Cat top that for length.
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My ironman 1989 master in pristine condition is up for sale on the forum here - please check it out all if interested!
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
...Later Irongents....lets see C-Cat top that for length.
Don't get me started. I have a keyboard and I'm not afraid to use it.

BTW, I took the Ironman for a casual group ride Wednesday night, something I rarely do. I mostly use the Ironman for "workout" rides and take my Univega Via Carisma for casual rides. But the Univega's rear wheel needs work (squeaky spokes, just annoying).

So I took the Ironman. I immediately noticed how much quicker it feels in stop and go city riding. Not just the overall weight but the lighter wheels and tires. It's not that my overall average speed was faster than usual. But I was less tired after 45 miles because it takes less effort to get the Ironman spun up to speed than the heavier Univega with heavier wheels and 700x32 tires.

My only concession to keeping it casual was to wear regular running/walking shoes rather than my Scott clipless shoes. The Look pedals will jab my feet painfully if I try to push too hard, or stand to stomp the pedals on climbs and sprints.

Usually that's enough to keep my competitive nature in check, but not Wednesday night. My friend Ted was the ride leader and he's a natural cyclist/athlete, gifted with a climber's physique -- small, lean, naturally strong with great stamina even when he doesn't work out often. And he rides a hybrid with 8-speed IGH, no front derailleur (he says derailleurs are the devil's tools ), and flipped North Roads bars, and 700x32 or so touring or cyclocross tires, like a modern take on a path racer. The bike probably weighs 30 lbs but I can't convince him to get a road bike. He's only in his 40s and considers himself a cycling enthusiast, not competitive. He doesn't want to jinx the fun with a road bike.

Too bad because he'd crush us on a road bike. Heck, he'd probably own KOMs on many regional climbs. On some climbs Wednesday night I tried to keep up with Ted but couldn't do it. I'd be okay for a few hundred yards but on the longer grades I'd fizzle while he kept churning. These are sprint-climbs, like 1%-5%, pretty much full gas, no strategy, just whoever has the legs and lungs.

I'm gonna blame the lack of my proper clipless road shoes. But the fact is my legs and lungs gave out before I even noticed the Look pedals jabbing my feet through the soft soles.

Now I'm daydreaming again about another Ironman to hybridize for those casual group rides. Put on some albatross or North Roads bars, maybe bar end shifters, platform pedals. But I suppose all I really need is a beater or fixer upper, a stealth hybrid. I don't think I could do that to a pristine Ironman.
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Originally Posted by canklecat
Don't get me started. I have a keyboard and I'm not afraid to use it.

BTW, I took the Ironman for a casual group ride Wednesday night, something I rarely do. I mostly use the Ironman for "workout" rides and take my Univega Via Carisma for casual rides. But the Univega's rear wheel needs work (squeaky spokes, just annoying).

So I took the Ironman. I immediately noticed how much quicker it feels in stop and go city riding. Not just the overall weight but the lighter wheels and tires. It's not that my overall average speed was faster than usual. But I was less tired after 45 miles because it takes less effort to get the Ironman spun up to speed than the heavier Univega with heavier wheels and 700x32 tires.

My only concession to keeping it casual was to wear regular running/walking shoes rather than my Scott clipless shoes. The Look pedals will jab my feet painfully if I try to push too hard, or stand to stomp the pedals on climbs and sprints.

Usually that's enough to keep my competitive nature in check, but not Wednesday night. My friend Ted was the ride leader and he's a natural cyclist/athlete, gifted with a climber's physique -- small, lean, naturally strong with great stamina even when he doesn't work out often. And he rides a hybrid with 8-speed IGH, no front derailleur (he says derailleurs are the devil's tools ), and flipped North Roads bars, and 700x32 or so touring or cyclocross tires, like a modern take on a path racer. The bike probably weighs 30 lbs but I can't convince him to get a road bike. He's only in his 40s and considers himself a cycling enthusiast, not competitive. He doesn't want to jinx the fun with a road bike.

Too bad because he'd crush us on a road bike. Heck, he'd probably own KOMs on many regional climbs. On some climbs Wednesday night I tried to keep up with Ted but couldn't do it. I'd be okay for a few hundred yards but on the longer grades I'd fizzle while he kept churning. These are sprint-climbs, like 1%-5%, pretty much full gas, no strategy, just whoever has the legs and lungs.

I'm gonna blame the lack of my proper clipless road shoes. But the fact is my legs and lungs gave out before I even noticed the Look pedals jabbing my feet through the soft soles.

Now I'm daydreaming again about another Ironman to hybridize for those casual group rides. Put on some albatross or North Roads bars, maybe bar end shifters, platform pedals. But I suppose all I really need is a beater or fixer upper, a stealth hybrid. I don't think I could do that to a pristine Ironman.
MKS urban pedals would be the ones to get for the IM hybrid. They are a similar design to the legendary Lyotard Marcel Berthet Model 23 pedal.
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Originally Posted by seypat
MKS urban pedals would be the ones to get for the IM hybrid. They are a similar design to the legendary Lyotard Marcel Berthet Model 23 pedal.
Yup, I'm thinking about those dual platform/clipless pedals for group rides in the city. My friend Ted uses 'em. With casual shoes, much more practical than my slippery, clunky Look Delta cleats in the city. And Wednesday night's ride including an impromptu shortcut down a muddy alley. I had to get off and walk when my 700x23 slicks bogged down. That would not have been fun in my Scott road shoes with Delta cleats.

But I do like the Look pedals/cleats for uninterrupted workout rides, mostly in rural areas. Some days I can ride 20-30 miles and never need to unclip.
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Originally Posted by canklecat
Now I'm daydreaming again about another Ironman to hybridize for those casual group rides.
Put on some albatross or North Roads bars, maybe bar end shifters, platform pedals.
But I suppose all I really need is a beater or fixer upper, a stealth hybrid.

I don't think I could do that to a pristine Ironman.
Sure you can, just Build it right.
Ironman is not picky about its dominance.

A hybridized Ironman is like any other really pretty girl.
With a moustache, that's all.

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Note the Merckx logo on the collar of the jersey. Per @seypat, there was a connection with wheels.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
You know, folks, the "C" bike thread is "on" now.
Don't be shy, stand and deliver.
I added most but not all my C's , have a few Centurions that are in various states of assembly or dis for the truth
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Originally Posted by fleslider
I added most but not all my C's , have a few Centurions that are in various states of assembly or dis for the truth
I only posted one, I guess I'll post the other three.
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[MENTION=108582]RobbieTunes[/MENTION] I can't PM you. IDK why. Unblock you piopular bastud. Thanks RT for the offers but I'm good.
I got it all sorted out. Check it, I'm going to take all C-Cats off the very Ironman like purple trek and replace with the following. Deore LX rear derailleur. A tricolor front derailleur but missing decal, dura ace 7 speed DT shifters. Staying with the 105 crankset and I'm leaving the American classic seatpost but with a white saddle. Flipping stem, replacing with white cable housing and adding white bar tape. Then I'm gonna put the biggest pie plate cassette the deore LG will shift [MENTION=103617]jetboy[/MENTION]. That should piss off all you bikies. Hehe

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I didn’t block you, but the more I think about it...

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Originally Posted by texaspandj
[MENTION=108582]RobbieTunes[/MENTION] I can't PM you. IDK why. Unblock you piopular bastud. Thanks RT for the offers but I'm good.
I got it all sorted out. Check it, I'm going to take all C-Cats off the very Ironman like purple trek and replace with the following. Deore LX rear derailleur. A tricolor front derailleur but missing decal, dura ace 7 speed DT shifters. Staying with the 105 crankset and I'm leaving the American classic seatpost but with a white saddle. Flipping stem, replacing with white cable housing and adding white bar tape. Then I'm gonna put the biggest pie plate cassette the deore LG will shift [MENTION=103617]jetboy[/MENTION]. That should piss off all you bikies. Hehe
Large cassette means a large... prostate.
Good you reminded me though, I have a new job at work (same place, new job) and had no time to work on the carbon/IM. But we just hired someone to help me so hopefully i have a bit of breathing room to try a fix.
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Un-Ungh. You are mistaken.
Large cassette = large hands.
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So what's the biggest 7 speed cassette the shimano deore LX can handle?
I'm thinking of putting a 11-36 or bigger. Bahaha
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Funly I have three projects to contend with.
First the '88 Carbon needs the properly sized front derailleur braze on adapter that I just received installed.
Next I need to reinstall the 7 speed grip shift on to my Miami Vice. I had It on my Carbon but fortunately the Carbon now has 8 speed gripshift and dura ace I robbed from the trek.
And now I need to install the deore LX rear derailleur, 6401 front deraileur, dura ace 7 speed DT shifters,chain, white saddle, white cable housing, white cages, and order some white bar tape. So that's my plan for tomorrow. Later Irongents.
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Un-Ungh. You are mistaken.
Large cassette = large hands.
+1, the large nose is just for aero.
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Un-Ungh. You are mistaken.
Large cassette = large hands.
I have a corn cob ! Um , oh right , OK I get it , ahem ...


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