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HotRNot? Cross/Gravel Thread

Old 04-16-16, 04:33 PM
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The brand new AWOL:

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Old 04-20-16, 12:34 PM
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Just a stock AC Macho Man Disc. Their new color scheme is a red-into-white thing, but I think orange rhymes with hot.


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'15 BMC Team Edition Aliante R3 would have been a savvy addition, as would a non-droopy seat bag. Blue stem faceplate is random, and might fit better were the seatpost clamp collar and wheel quick releases blue as well.

I'd have been inclined to do the cages (yes, two) in white/black rather than red/black as well, to unify the bar tape's white across the bike.

Absent those things, it's a'ight, but not tight enough to be Hot, IMO. But it could just be the angle throwing me off, too.
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Just a stock AC Macho Man Disc. Their new color scheme is a red-into-white thing, but I think orange rhymes with hot.

Perhaps stock, but perfectly handsome to my tastes.
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Originally Posted by Gus90 View Post
Here's mine.

Purposeful, sporty, and yes, hot!
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Old 04-21-16, 07:47 PM
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Maybe not the hottest of the crew, but it gets the job done.
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Maybe not the hottest of the crew, but it gets the job done.
The gumwalls are a really nice touch!
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Originally Posted by tiiger View Post
but I think orange rhymes with hot.

Agreed!
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Old 04-22-16, 12:49 PM
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Late 90's Bianchi BUSS SS 26'er. Think I have $250 into it including the bike. Just installed the old school Rock Shox seatpost this morning to ditch the Kalloy setback post that was on there. Bike fits like a glove and eats up bumps and gravel like it's breakfast.

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BuSS: Not

Brown is hard enough to pull off as Hot in the current aesthetic milieu, but throwing in several shades of mottled, tanned, and plaid browns on top of it was a recipe for failure.
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Late 90's Bianchi BUSS SS 26'er...
It's definitely brown and ugly, but I like it anyway. In my basement sits a BUSS frameset, and I don't expect it to be any prettier when it get's built up.
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You can't make something pretty when it's called the "B.U.S.S."
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@Henry III truth.
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Old 04-24-16, 08:23 PM
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I'm not trying to make it look pretty...just make it ride good and be comfy. Check...check. If I wanted something pretty I'd go buy a "Gravel Grinder" from a bike shop like everything else here.
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Old 04-25-16, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
I'm not trying to make it look pretty...just make it ride good and be comfy. Check...check. If I wanted something pretty I'd go buy a "Gravel Grinder" from a bike shop like everything else here.
Remember, this thread is "Hot or Not", not "Ol' Reliable," so being pretty is kinda part of the deal, and being "not hot"'doesn't mean your bike sucks, isn't good, or is uncomfortable, it simply means someone didn't think it looks hot. And that's nothing to get worked up about, especially when you posted the picture in a thread asking the question.

I agree with you that off the rack, factory-stock bikes are hard to be Hot. Not impossible, but hard; hotness best derives from having something special, and while that could be scarcity (e.g. low production, or price-induced), it's really thoughtful personalization that's the essence of hotness. It's about "cool."

Related, just being old doesn't grab HP (hot points!) from me. Vintage bone stock is no more not-hot than current bone stock. A bike still has to have "je ne sais quoi" to be hot, IMO.
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Old 04-25-16, 10:14 AM
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Road bike, pea-gravel glider, caliche cruiser, and urban pot-hole hopper.
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Road bike, pea-gravel glider, caliche cruiser, and urban pot-hole hopper.
That's unusual! What frame is that? Extended head tube, chainstay yoke, anachronistic fork... Why is there a dropper post (trick cable routing, btw) on it? And the rear fender is cool; which brand is it?
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Frame and fork are built by Scott Quiring, straight gauge 3-2.5 titanium frame tubes, custom geometry.

The head tube is tall to add height, but as a side benefit provides an enhanced feeling of control. My hands feel like they are connected to each end of the front axle.

That 6/4 titanium yoke is special on many levels.

The fork is about function. Pacenti's crown allows a short A/C distance and wide fork blade separation. The fork blades are disc brake specific, and it is coated, not painted BTW.

On descents, a fixed seat post would position my rear higher than my head while in a tuck. A dropper provides a bit of neck relief, so I'm not crunching it to see forward, and I can position my weight far rearward when needed, without the saddle in the way. Swinging a leg over the bike when mounting and dismounting is much easier too. When one has joint degeneration, appendages positioned at obtuse angles causes discomfort. That dropper comes in handy often, it provides many Ah Ha! moments. The cable guide weld bead on the seat tube is really neat.

The fenders are mudhuggers, the rear is shortened from standard length.


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Old 04-25-16, 09:31 PM
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Very cool bike, Werkin. Very cool.
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That's some welding porn, right there.
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Originally Posted by Werkin View Post
Frame and fork are built by Scott Quiring, straight gauge 3-2.5 titanium frame tubes, custom geometry.

The head tube is tall to add height, but as a side benefit provides an enhanced feeling of control. My hands feel like they are connected to each end of the front axle.

That 6/4 titanium yoke is special on many levels.

The fork is about function. Pacenti's crown allows a short A/C distance and wide fork blade separation. The fork blades are disc brake specific, and it is coated, not painted BTW.

On descents, a fixed seat tube would position my rear higher than my head while in a tuck. A dropper provides a bit of neck relief, so I'm not crunching it to see forward, and I can position my weight far rearward when needed, without the saddle in the way. Swinging a leg over the bike when mounting and dismounting is much easier too. When one has joint degeneration, appendages positioned at obtuse angles causes discomfort. That dropper comes in handy often, it provides many Ah Ha! moments. The cable guide weld bead on the seat tube is really neat.

The fenders are mudhuggers, the rear is shortened from standard length.

Quiring! Michigan in the house!!

As was said, that yoke is beautifully crafted! Wow!

Very interesting, cool bike!
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bump for new gravel hot/not bikes
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So this isnt mine- its my brother in law's. The saddle is now level and it rocks 41mm Surly Knard tires.
Ive never cared about the hotrnot threads and much prefer the 'show us your...' threads as this thread is basically all thats wrong with beauty pageants with about as much substance as one too.
With that said, I find a lot of beauty(or hot) in repurposing in a genuinely usable way.

This is a '92 Trek Multitrack 750 which was orignally a flat bar hybrid. Quality True Temper DB tubing, frame built in the US, and the last year of lugs. Its fully capable of touring too with front and rear rack mounts. Its basically everything many bikes are currently trying to be- relaxed geometry, road drop bar, room for 40mm tires, wide gear range, can be a day bike/commuter/tourer.

Anyways, the gaudy tape was used as a joke when he sent me the long anticipated finished pic...but he has kept it for whatever reason.
It isnt hot in the current standard since its lacking everything modern, but usable repurposing is hot.

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