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Old 07-02-19, 09:50 PM
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First ride tomorrow morning before it reaches 100F.
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^ That's a lovely clean-looking bike!
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Old 07-04-19, 12:05 PM
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Here's my newest baby. 2019 Bombtrack Hook EXT-C. What an amazing machine. Only changed out the stem, seatpost, tires, and brake rotors. Rest of this bike is perfect. Happy with the Rival 1, for the price was hoping for at least Force, but so far it's been pretty bulletproof. Doing the Great Alleghany Passage with this during the week of the 22nd.
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Old 07-04-19, 06:00 PM
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Here's my newest baby. 2019 Bombtrack Hook EXT-C. What an amazing machine.
Nice! Love seeing the smaller brands posted up.
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Old 07-06-19, 09:23 AM
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Finished this drop bar conversion yesterday. 1999 Schwinn Homegrown.

Shimano XCR carbon fork.
Profile tubular cranks up front with 40t ring and ti spindle. 11-42 XT 11sp cassette on back with XTR RD. Microsoft 11sp bar end.
Hubs and brakes are XTR M950. Rims are late 90s Bontrager. Paul skewers.
Phil seat collar, Dean ti post, Schwinn Stinger saddle with ti rails.
White Ind headset, Paul stem, Crust 53cm wide bars, Cane Creek V levers. SimWorks Homage tires (26x1.95).





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Old 07-06-19, 04:41 PM
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^^ I really like that Schwinn.

Looks like so much fun.

Go get it dirty
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Old 07-07-19, 03:07 PM
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I decided to give the Panaracer GravelKing slicks another chance. My original experience with them was on wet grass and it was not positive. After reading more and more good things I decided to give them a second chance. I put them back on about a week ago, and I have to say that I am very happy with them. Their only downfall is wet grass. Even in this moist mess, they were great. I will be setting them up tubeless later this week.

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Old 07-09-19, 03:18 PM
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Picked this frame up yesterday with a bunch of extra components and some wheels for free off of BookFace Market with the caveat that I pay it forward and do something good for someone else.

This is just a mock up with parts I pulled from my other bikes. I'll probably switch up the wheels and put a Sram NX crank on it.

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Old 07-09-19, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by BoozyMcliverRot View Post
Picked this frame up yesterday with a bunch of extra components and some wheels for free off of BookFace Market with the caveat that I pay it forward and do something good for someone else.

This is just a mock up with parts I pulled from my other bikes. I'll probably switch up the wheels and put a Sram NX crank on it.

Haro? Whoa. Didn't know that they were still around. Haro, Hutch and Kuwahara made me get all sweaty as a child, while thumbing through BMX Plus magazine.
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Old 07-09-19, 06:13 PM
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Haro? Whoa. Didn't know that they were still around. Haro, Hutch and Kuwahara made me get all sweaty as a child, while thumbing through BMX Plus magazine.
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This kinda blew my mind too. If someone told me they still made bmx I wouldn't have thought anything of it,but 650b I am surprised.
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Old 07-21-19, 07:33 PM
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Old 07-21-19, 08:52 PM
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Just finished building this up from a Jamis Renegade Escapade frameset. My first build and I'm pretty pleased! More details:
Rival 1 hydro groupset with Force 1 cranks
Fulcrum 700c 19mm wheels and gravel king 35mm slicks
Salsa cowbell bars and stem
Fabric Elite saddle
eBay carbon seatpost
Bontrager gel bar tape
PDW sparrow bottle cages
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Old 07-21-19, 09:03 PM
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Nice. FD cooperating again?

Kind of drooling over these clutched RDs now come to think of it.
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Old 07-22-19, 02:12 AM
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The Open UP is literally the perfect bike for me, but I refuse to spend $3000 on a frame. Since there are no cheaper options, I decided to take a leap of faith and get this open mold frame for $550. It mimics the Open geometry to a T, and has the same tire clearances too. I copped an entire Ultegra 6800 Hydro groupset for $400 (Lucky! The guy just wanted to get rid of it), and the wheels for $300, and had cockpit parts lying around, so I only spent $1250 on this sub 19lb machine!

It's been an awesome bike. The geometry is the best: slacked out head tube to make it stable off road, road bike short chainstays in the back to keep acceleration peppy. With road tires it's just as fast as my road bike, yet when I throw my 650b 48c Panaracer Gravel Kings on it's extremely capable on dirt. I was initially skeptical about its durability, but it's shrugged off the past 5000 miles of rough roads and MTB trails easily. As for compliance/comfort, idk. I have no benchmark to compare to since this is my first gravel bike, but it's sufficient for my needs with the fat 650b tires.

My only complaint has been the proprietary seatpost. I had some issues with it slipping at first, but carbon paste and sandpaper solved that. And the aero profile is stupid on a gravel bike, and I'm sure a round seatpost would've been more comfortable. But for the price I paid, I'm not complaining.

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Old 07-22-19, 07:27 AM
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And now for the lower end of the price scale....

2017 Giant Anyroad 1

Stuff I've added:

- Fulcrum DB7 wheels
- Donnelly X'Plor MSO 36
- Swissstop Organic pads
- TRP floating discs
- Salsa Cowchippers at 44
- 3T ARX II stem
- Lizardskin 3.2DSP bar tape
- Crank Brothers Eggbeater 3 pedals
- KMC X10 Ti Gold chain

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Old 07-22-19, 07:51 AM
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The bike wasn't built to fit Batman.


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Old 07-22-19, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Nice. FD cooperating again?

Kind of drooling over these clutched RDs now come to think of it.

It has been through 0.36 miles of grueling tests at the cul-de-sac proofing grounds and everything is running fine.


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Old 07-22-19, 10:18 AM
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Obviously.

Everyone knows that Batman wouldn't be riding that upright/has much longer arms.
Stop being rude. We don't rag on other member's bikes here.

Here's my gravel racer all dorked up after a rainy event back in April. Mis-matched framebags give me a little but I knew that would happen.

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Old 07-22-19, 10:21 AM
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It's... not even that many spacers.
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I can finally unveil my build in progress, my 1971 Raleigh Super Course. Nothing is original except brake calipers and headset.

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I can finally unveil my build in progress, my 1971 Raleigh Super Course. Nothing is original except brake calipers and headset.
Fun! Are those 33s? Also, is that a dynamo hub?

I ran a mustache bar for a while for the sheer novelty of it. I really, really dig the look. Unfortunately I found it to be too limiting for long distance. Really only one usable hand position, for me. But I swapped it over to a townie build at they were great for that--nice wide angle felt super solid and stable but still a good upright position for watching traffic.
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Fun! Are those 33s? Also, is that a dynamo hub?

I ran a mustache bar for a while for the sheer novelty of it. I really, really dig the look. Unfortunately I found it to be too limiting for long distance. Really only one usable hand position, for me. But I swapped it over to a townie build at they were great for that--nice wide angle felt super solid and stable but still a good upright position for watching traffic.
They are 37mm tires, Vittoria Voyager Hyper. I had them on a commuting bike, and they are outstanding. Off the wheel, they feel heavy in the hand, but they feel very light on the bike.

I have mustache bars on my current commuting bike. The number of hand positions is limited, two for me, but it's good enough. It's not a permanent decision for this bike. The nice thing about them is that the positions vary in reach but not in height.
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They are 37mm tires, Vittoria Voyager Hyper. I had them on a commuting bike, and they are outstanding.
I do question they're decision to discontinue them as they have such a huge following
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Fun! Are those 33s? Also, is that a dynamo hub?

I ran a mustache bar for a while for the sheer novelty of it. I really, really dig the look. Unfortunately I found it to be too limiting for long distance. Really only one usable hand position, for me. But I swapped it over to a townie build at they were great for that--nice wide angle felt super solid and stable but still a good upright position for watching traffic.
I kind of like the handlebars too. Reminds me of the bikes they road in the tv show Downton Abbey. Very retro.

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Here's my latest addition to the fleet. 2014 Giant TCX SLR2 I picked up slightly used for a song. Running tubeless Vitorria Terreno Zero's in 37c. I'm really liking this bike!

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