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Old 08-29-10, 06:09 AM
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It's finally here! The NEW bike!

Sorta 25 years in the making... I finally picked up my new bike, a custom steel Landshark. The builder is John Slawta in Oregon. I first saw a Landshark at an event ride many years ago. Since then, I would see one here and there and said to myself "Someday..." It took awhile because I just could not justify the expense... still can't but this is it... probably the last road bike I buy (now mountain bikes, another story).

It will be interesting to hear what you think of the paint scheme. I told the builder this "the reason I ride is to be outdoors' I think there is nothing sweeter than riding down a country road on a crisp sunny day,with the weeds and wildflowers blooming, hearing the birds chirp and feeling the wind in my face. I particularly love wild roses..." This was the builder's vision...

Although the bike looks whimsical, it's put together quite seriously. The shop, Main Street Cycles in Santa Maria, added alot of nice touches, some whimsical, some very functional. I think they had fun putting this bike together. The components are Ultegra 10 speed but I added Sram's new XX 36t cassette with an XT derailleur to give my old knees some climbing power. For some silly reason I like to ride hills but as I get older, it gets harder.

I would like to plug Main Street Cycles... if you are ever in Santa Maria, look them up. They are a high end bike shop. The owner, Scott, is an ex racer and knows how to put a serious bike together. He has two full time, experienced mechanics that actually know what they
are doing. Scott's shop is a regular stop for the professional riders during the Tour de California.

Anyway the photos:

Bike full view - in front of Main Street and more whimsical:




Another full view showing he paint scheme:


Showing the beautiful Sram cassette:
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Old 08-29-10, 06:11 AM
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That matches your personality.
Pretty bike.
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Old 08-29-10, 06:13 AM
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A few more photos:

Cool Green CK bottom bracket:

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Colored wired donuts - fun touch!


It's a Landshark!


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Old 08-29-10, 06:20 AM
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It's gonna be tough to post a new bike after that. Truly awesome!
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Old 08-29-10, 06:29 AM
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Old 08-29-10, 06:33 AM
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Very feminine - now all you need is matching shoes, girl just can't have enough shoes.

Seriously though - sweet!
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Old 08-29-10, 06:36 AM
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Also here are some images from my trip to Santa Maria:

Santa Maria has some truly lovely beaches although one thing I noticed that creeped me out -- the sea foam is brown!


The area is mostly agricultural - lots of lettuce fields. I found these wilds peas growing along side the road:


You get off the train station in Lompoc and here is your view. Not shabby huh?:


The Santa Ynez River feeds into Surf Beach:


The Lompoc train station is nestled within Vandenberg air force base. I found this old WWII bunker built into the Dunes:
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Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
Very feminine - now all you need is matching shoes, girl just can't have enough shoes.

Seriously though - sweet!
OK no joking... I am very anti-girly! I hate to shop, have a few good shoes, no more. Just not into all the salon pampering, getting nails done etc. This bike is really not a reflection of my personality... It's too girly; I'm one of the guys. but I am not complaining, it's very pretty!
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Great to see a bike showing whimsy. Too many are simply grim.
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Old 08-29-10, 06:51 AM
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Pretty bike Pam, have fun. Beautiful pictures as well, thanks.
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Old 08-29-10, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
OK no joking... I am very anti-girly! I hate to shop, have a few good shoes, no more. Just not into all the salon pampering, getting nails done etc. This bike is really not a reflection of my personality... It's too girly; I'm one of the guys. but I am not complaining, it's very pretty!
Yesterday I did a century with a women who I consider very tough - she suffers from both allergies and asthma yet she is still a strong rider, nothing girly about her. But what I don't understand is how, when riding close to her after 100 miles, she still smells good! There IS a difference!
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Well I hope I smell good as well....
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Old 08-29-10, 07:28 AM
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From The Rules, found here: http://www.velominati.com/blog/the-rules/

Rule 8:Saddles, Bars, and Tires:
  • Match the saddle to the bars and the tires to black; or
  • Match the bars to the color of the frame at the top of the head tube and the saddle to the color of the frame at the top of the seat tube and the tires to the color where they come closest to the frame; or
  • Match the saddle and the bars to the frame decals; or
  • Black, black, black
Im afraid you are in violation, in general. Please remand the bicycle to me, immediately.
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Old 08-29-10, 07:34 AM
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Very nice.
Since you are so "anti-girly" and "one of the guys", that paint job should be excellent for hiding the occasional errant snot rocket.
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Old 08-29-10, 07:46 AM
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Way cool!!!
And some very good photography.
Congratulations
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Love it, very beautiful is that saddle a kind of Leopard affect? Anyway Enjoy
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Old 08-29-10, 07:59 AM
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Is that clear tape that I see on the head tube to prevent the cable housing from rubbing against the nice paint job?
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Old 08-29-10, 08:11 AM
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That part of California truly is beautiful. We used to tramp around that area when I was younger.
My dad worked at the Vandenburg Missile Range. Those are some nice pics you have there

Sea foam often is an ugly, dirty brown. Much depends on the season and the current conditions. Life in the sea isn't always as portrayed on the Animal Planet or SpongeBob Squarepants. And I remember oil washing up on the beach back BEFORE they had rigs in the Channel. Go figure.

Some folks might also be interested to know that the Japanese planned to assault the US along the California coast. That bunker you have shown here is undoubtedly just one of many fortifications, installations and watching posts built along that desolate stretch of coastline. The Japanese actually did appear in subs off the Cali coast, quite often as I recall reading. They would scout around a good bit and were a constant worry for the residents of the region. Occasionally, they would even shell the coastline with their deck cannon, after popping up from beneath the sea. Good times, man, good times.
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Pamestique, Nothing like having the bike of your dreams. Ten years from now it'll still be your 'new' bike.

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I think it is very, very nice. I like it a lot! If someone passed me on the street riding that, it would definitely turn my head.

A pat on the back to you for your excellent choice and for pursuing your dream.

Great cassette too! You must have been pretty serious about it to spring for those kind of bucks.
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Gorgeous bike in a serious, hill-climbin', anti-girly way! I just got a new one too, but not like your beautiful Land Shark! Have fun riding!
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Very nice bike, Pam. It even looks like you got tires fat enough to give some comfort...........
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Congratulations on the bike -- it's a great design.

I have seen a few Landsharks in person and the paint is always spectacular -- I'm sure that it's even more amazing in pictures than it appears in your photos (though the photos are nice).

Your build is pretty cool, too - that XX rear cassette is a thing of beauty.
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Great cassette too! You must have been pretty serious about it to spring for those kind of bucks.
+1
Especially since SRAM and Shimano now have 36 tooth cassettes available down to to much lower price points.
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Looks very good even to a newbie like me. The paint job looks good too. I especially like the way the builder put his name on it without being garish like so many of the mainstream manufacturer's. How does it ride?
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