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Old 07-16-07, 01:24 PM
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Having read this entire thread (can you tell I don't want start on a new project at work?), a few loose ends to tie up.

Why are they called "clipless" pedals when you clip into them?: I agree that the term "clipless" for modern pedals sounds stupid -- unless you put it in historical context. In the good old days when everything was better and we always had tailwinds not matter what direction we road , pedals themselves had no built-in foot retention system. One attached via small bolts or screws (depending on the pedal) little metal frames that positioned your foot at the optimal pedaling position. These were called "toe clips." which more or less described the way they looked. To lock your foot in, there were purpose-built straps, called "straps" , that looped through the back of the pedal, the back of the toe clip, and around your foot. So in addition to the other dumb stuff cyclists argued about, they also argued about who made the best clips (plenty of good ones) and who made the best straps (Alfredo Binda Extras - they stretched the least, came from Italy, and proved that you were really cool). So when Look first applied ski-binding technology to bicycle pedals, they were quickly dubbed "clipless" to distinguish them from the then-standard pedals with clips and straps and the term has stuck.

Jon & The Amazing Technicolor Dreambike: Rivendell has "SpeedBlend" tires that have several different colors molded into the sidewall. When go forward, it looks like they blend into another color. If you go fast, they appear to change color again. They are currently out of the size you'd want for the roadie, but check it out anyway. http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/tires_tubes/10054.html Rivendell is in Walnut Creek, BTW, and you can buy stuff at their shop and save the shipping.

Jon & the Amazing Technicolor Dreambike, Part II: Not that it's any of my business, Jon, but if you wanted a road bike so you could make it look like an explosion at a paint factory, you could have just grabbed an old Schwinn Varsity or Continental off eBay or craigslist and saved yourself a bunch o' dough. Plus you then could have done wheelies to your heart's content without any worries about doing damage. (Varsinentals go on the list of things that would survive a nuclear holocaust, along with cockroaches, Volvos, and Hostess Twinkies.)

Whazzit weigh?: 30 grams is about 2 grams more than an ounce. The average snot rocket weighs more than that. Choosing one wheelset over another because of a 30 gram weight difference is kind of like choosing one car over another because of the way the oil drain bolt looks.

Is it me or is it him?: Siu, nobody will ever, ever pass you by because of your looks. It's Jon, pure and simple - except when you ride with me. Then it's me. Well, some guys might also be a tad intimidated by your ability to rearrage their dental work with a kick , but I bet on Jon for this one.
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Old 07-16-07, 01:31 PM
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Lucky - if you haven't done so, do a search here on the Soul wheels. I think Terrymorse is riding a set and likes them fairly well.

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Old 07-16-07, 02:22 PM
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Old 07-16-07, 02:45 PM
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I emailed the guy with the litespeed, I asked him if he would do a trade with me for my OCR and a pack of bubbalicious gum. I'm awaiting his reply.

edit: Just playin' I emailed him and asked a few questions. So I am giving this some thought, It'd be nice to at least test ride it.

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Old 07-16-07, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer
Whazzit weigh?: 30 grams is about 2 grams more than an ounce. The average snot rocket weighs more than that. Choosing one wheelset over another because of a 30 gram weight difference is kind of like choosing one car over another because of the way the oil drain bolt looks.
Thats why I'm not getting the Deep Vs. They weigh 30 grams more than what I'm riding now. I like the low end Alex wheels that came on my bike but I'm looking for something lighter.

To answer Sui, Soul uses sealed hubs with ABEC 5s in them. I've heard good things but I'm going to talk to Mike Garcia because he's in my home state and it would be easy to get them worked on or new wheels and I'm going to talk to Vecchios. Though I'm in no hurry because I'm about to pack my bike up for a year.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer
Jon & the Amazing Technicolor Dreambike, Part II: Not that it's any of my business, Jon, but if you wanted a road bike so you could make it look like an explosion at a paint factory, you could have just grabbed an old Schwinn Varsity or Continental off eBay or craigslist and saved yourself a bunch o' dough. Plus you then could have done wheelies to your heart's content without any worries about doing damage. (Varsinentals go on the list of things that would survive a nuclear holocaust, along with cockroaches, Volvos, and Hostess Twinkies.)
Yes but I don't want an old bike, I want a new one, specialized to my personality. Yes It's going to cost more, but that's the price of being in the OCR(original colors of the rainbow). Oh and those wheels I think might be too colorful for me, they look like some little kids with a bunch of markers got their hands on them.

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Old 07-16-07, 06:54 PM
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Not sure if anyone has mentioned it in the last 5 pages, but I've heard those Moots posts (and similar designs) are an absolute nightmare to get a saddle installed on. Good luck.
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