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Old 03-05-07, 08:18 AM
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A few pics after some training sessions on Saturday. I never get over the handling of this bike. It's just on rails.



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Just got it yesterday. My first cross bike

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It's been on the commuting forum, but what the hell, I'll post it here too (it's an old crossbike, after all):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/82651445@N00/395660656/

btw, it's the sweetest ride!
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Originally Posted by auk
A few pics after some training sessions on Saturday. I never get over the handling of this bike. It's just on rails.



Nice bike! I like mine too.




I discovered the snow-ice traction limits on those vittorias this morning though.
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Old 03-10-07, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Ernesto Schwein
Nice bike! I like mine too.

LOVE the Orange!!!!
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So I'm a newb at CX bikes. I am looking into buying one - or maybe a full road bike, can't decide.

From a speed perspective, does the additional weight of a CX bike (also the addition rolling resistance) make you significantly slower than a road road bike? Why do you prefer a CX rig over a road? Doesn't the lax geometry effect handling relative to a road bike?

thanks in advance.
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My new ORBEA

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Here's my new Orbea

I just got it built up on Friday. Sweet ride and light! 19.01 lbs as is, but I'm sure when I get finished with it, it'll be just under 18. Not too light, but just light enough. I'll have to get a smaller pic, this one is too big.. I'll post later...
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Originally Posted by Ernesto Schwein
I discovered the snow-ice traction limits on those vittorias this morning though.
Well... you answered a question for me!
Commuting all winter in Montreal, QC, I have found that the combination of Conti Twister in front & Ritchey Speed Max in back works well if I run about 45 psi. Anything more, then traction is virtually non-exisitent.
When there is black ice, nothing really works...
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Originally Posted by arctic hawk
Well... you answered a question for me!
Commuting all winter in Montreal, QC, I have found that the combination of Conti Twister in front & Ritchey Speed Max in back works well if I run about 45 psi. Anything more, then traction is virtually non-exisitent.
When there is black ice, nothing really works...

I shoulda had the studs on or at least 10 psi less. Tubulars with 35psi are pretty confidence inspiring in soft snow.
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Old 03-13-07, 05:53 PM
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Just finished my first cross build.



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Chimivee, that looks like a nice solid ride! Did you build up everything?
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Originally Posted by IchbinJay
Chimivee, that looks like a nice solid ride! Did you build up everything?
Thanks. I'm having a blast on it!

Yeah, built it, ground up. It started life as a NOS eBay find:



I tried to keep a tight budget - so it was a mix of new and used parts from eBay, local sellers, and the usual online retailers. Let's see...

'02 Conquest Pro frame/fork
Ultegra Brifters
Truvative Rouleur Compact Crank, currently 34/50 (will probably swap to a 46T big ring)
12-27 Cassette
105 Derailleurs
Ritchey WCS Handlebar
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Korso Wheelset
Speemax Pro 32 Tires (tightest tires I've EVER mounted, emphatically confirmed by the bike shop whose assistance I finally solicited - and they had a tough time too, even with a bead jack and an extra set of hands!)
Avid Shorty 4 Brakes
Selle Flite Saddle (just switched from the crappy hand-me-down Fuji in the previous photo)
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Old 03-21-07, 12:14 PM
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My baby

Got this back in October and have over 1200 miles on it, replaced stock wheels with hand built at the LBS with DT SwissTK7.1 XT/Ultegra. Replaced a bent rear derailleur with an ultegra one, stock one got bent at hippie hollow at lake travis at the halfway point of a ride, no clue how that happened. The way back was hell chain kept falling off and locking up back wheel and changing gears constantly on it's own. Other than that it's been trouble free and loads of fun.
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NEW BIKE TOMORROW!
WOOT!
to be continued...
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shocks... pegs.... lucky!

2007 Kona Jake the Snake, about a month old

It's pretty much stock. I replaced the junky tubular straddle cables with real ones and raised them to prevent squealing and increase mud clearance. Other than that, it's pretty much stock except for saddle and pedals.



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Ok, it's not exactly cyclocross, but this is my fiancee's new bike. Part of the deal was that if I get a new bike, she gets one. It's her first "serious" bike since a ten-speed as a kid, but she's pretty into it.



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Old 03-28-07, 01:38 PM
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Here is my Cyclocross bike. Saved the frame from the trash (1975 Schwinn Sprint frame).
Built from a mishmash of parts I had laying around except for the wheels/tires (well..wheel at this point since I still have to finish the rear) Eventually will run front and rear hub brakes in a 45x20 gear combo.

Still need to replace saddle (this one is a loaner hence the weird color) but I figured the bike can't get much weirder anyways ...

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Old 03-30-07, 02:55 PM
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Weird? Its Bianchi Celeste! If I had to choose between replacing the bike to match the saddle or replace the saddle to match the bike....I would definitely keep the saddle!!!
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Lol...I do have the Bianchi to match. but the saddle isn't mine at this point anything would look good...I may be getting a very special one...I'll post update pics once I have it, along with the built rear wheel.
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Nice! I love the hub brake idea.
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What's that rim you used for the front wheel? Chrome lugs are übercool but I'm not sure about the drum brakes. I do like the semi-retro black Bianchi but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD why didn't you go for Campagnolo?

Today I had some fun. Last week I came home from work on my singlespeed beater bike and some guys I passed made some loud comments bashing my bike as crap. I had a look at their bikes which were very nice but nothing special. Two days ago the sun was out so I commuted to work on my weightweenie bike and noticed that I passed the same guys ago...who were very quiet this time. Then today I came home from work on the weightweenie cyclocross bike and there I passed the same guys again. Now not just silent but clearly green with envy. I usually do not care about comparing my bikes with others but I must say that I enjoyed this particular situation very much
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front wheel has a Velocity Deep V rim, chocolate colored, non machined ... since I don't need braking surfaces ... rear will have the same as well. All built up on a crow's foot patterned drum brake hubs ...
Both modified to shed some weight (the only downside of drum brakes)

As far as the Bianchi is concerned ... I know ... I had the parts laying around from a previous bike I sold since ... but this issue will be resolved as soon as I go back to the stock Nuovo record components
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Marc, that bike is the ****. Rock it!!!
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