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Old 02-11-17, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
No same year. Mine had the same nice RSX 7 speed brifters. I took them off as the cables make it hard to mount a front handlebar bag. It's a great frame (and I agree that the paint job is tough) with middling of the road parts. 37c plus fenders isn't bad on an older touring/every kind of bike.
The chainstays are a tad short for loaded touring. With rear panniers, I have to lift my heel to avoid scraping them on the panniers. This is a deal breaker for some people, but I don't mind. I could remedy it with a rack that sits farther back. It is a great all around bike. I call it my SUV. It is sure-footed and predictable.
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Old 02-13-17, 11:22 AM
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Some say it's a beuaty, but it's the beast inside that I love. Snow, ice, rain, mud, it can take it at all with ease, and riding off a kerb with a passenger on the back and a week's groceries on the front is no problem either.
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Old 02-13-17, 03:22 PM
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@Stadjer, I think it's both!
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Old 02-13-17, 03:55 PM
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This one is pretty beastly, like a pack-mule beast.
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Looks like a beauty to me, rides like a beast Call it manbearpig.



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Beauty with a lot of scratches and paint chips...




Didn't realize after all this time that @caloso also has the same bike (Ridley Excalubur). It may be billed as a race bike, but the ride is really good. I think its a good all rounder and used to be used by one or two continental pro teams. Also got rid of the saddle and went back to the good ol Terry Buterfly. After a few weeks on it, it was becoming a gleuteus maximus hatchet...
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It really is a great all-around bike and one of the last race bikes that had a standard BSA BB, a round, non-proprietary seatpost, and external cabling. Its problem was a Ridley marketing issue: it wasn't aero (Noah); superlight (Helium); relaxed (Fenix); or gravel-tire ready (X-Trail).
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Old 02-14-17, 12:44 PM
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Beauty, but I do beastly things to them.
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Amélie est belle. Sure she has a few blemishes, but they make her even more beautiful.
Gorgeous!!!
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Standards of beauty vary greatly from one sub-culture to the next. On the road forum, this bike would be a straight-up beast -- I wouldn't dare ask their opinion. On the C&V forum, a few people seemed to agree with my assessment that she looks pretty OK from a distance. On the commuter forum, I think she qualifies as a classic beauty (though some might object to the lack of rack or the plastic saddle).




My hypothesis is that on the road forum they deduct points for anything that isn't the latest and greatest, on the C&V forum they're mostly neutral but may deduct points for anything that breaks continuity, while on this forum functionality is highly valued and things like fenders that may reduce aesthetic appeal in other groups increases it here.

I'm still looking for a group that thinks the Gevenalle shifters are beautiful. So far that consists of a small group sometimes known as "The Goats".
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Standards of beauty vary greatly from one sub-culture to the next. On the road forum, this bike would be a straight-up beast -- I wouldn't dare ask their opinion. On the C&V forum, a few people seemed to agree with my assessment that she looks pretty OK from a distance. On the commuter forum, I think she qualifies as a classic beauty (though some might object to the lack of rack or the plastic saddle).




My hypothesis is that on the road forum they deduct points for anything that isn't the latest and greatest, on the C&V forum they're mostly neutral but may deduct points for anything that breaks continuity, while on this forum functionality is highly valued and things like fenders that may reduce aesthetic appeal in other groups increases it here.

I'm still looking for a group that thinks the Gevenalle shifters are beautiful. So far that consists of a small group sometimes known as "The Goats".
Beauty!
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