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Old 01-21-19, 09:57 PM
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I'd like me some Trek. Checkpoint ALR 4.
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Old 01-22-19, 01:25 AM
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This, a C64, for my upcoming 64th birtday.

https://www.colnago.com/en/bikes/c64/
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Old 01-22-19, 09:18 AM
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Bianchi Specialissima, Celeste matte, Super Record 12-spd, Bora Ultra 35's.
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Old 01-22-19, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Without trying to criticize too much, I am confused as to why a Rivendell is magical/coveted as a general brand.
If the specific geometry matches your frame and the bike style is what you want- then perfect! It makes total sense.

If the Surly and Soma bikes didnt fit you as well as the Riv, then it makes sense that the Riv is preferred. The 3 bikes have different geometry, correct?
Riv bikes are simply well made with quality moderately heavy tubing(1/.7/1 or 9/6/9 for example based on what i have seen thru years of their frames) and often times long stays.

If the Soma and Surly had geometry for a CX bike, even a relatively comparable Riv will feel obviously different. If the Soma and Surly had geometry for a road bike, even a relatively comparable Riv will feel obviously different.

This is all general commentary as you didnt specify which Soma, Surly, and Riv frames you got or what sizes. But its commentary based on seeing the geometry of 'comparable' frames and knowing they are different in fit. What fits you is the Riv and thats awesome.
I agree with your statement regarding getting a geometry that suits you. All the bikes I've bought have fit me well although geometries have been intended for different purposes (road, trail, commuting). When I responded to "But its me"s post, they had said they were lusting for "anything Rivendell". My belief after my bike owning/selling experiences is buy what you love and you'll both keep it longer and enjoy it more. If that's a Riv, get a Riv. If it's a Moots, get a Moots, etc. All of that comes with the often competing caveat that I also believe it is important to live within your means. But, if you can afford a Riv, even if it is a slight stretch, I recommend it based on my experience with Rivs. When I bought mine, it was not to buy "anything Riv", it was because certain Rivs suited what I was looking for from a bike at the time.

When I had originally considered a Rivendell, I was seeking to reduce down to N. The idea was to find an all around bike that I could ride in road rides as well as fire trails and maybe do some bikepacking on both. I also tend to prefer steel (although have always been curious about Ti). In a Riv at that time meant either a Roadeo, a Hilson or a Hillborne. The Atlantis and Hunqapillar seemed to drift too far from my road aspirations. I chose the Hillborne because it seemed to suit my purposes and was the least expensive of the 3. The closest attempt I had to creating a bargain Riv was a 56 Surly Cross Check with BG Rock N' Roads. Overall, with beefy tires and mustache bars, that was probably the closest I came to the Riv I eventually purchased. You are correct that the geometry was different. The Cross Check is a more compact package than the Rivendell Hillborne. I would have thought that would have made it feel more nimble but that wasn't my experience. The Surly tubing was beefy and I was confident that it could handle anything I threw at it. However, that beefiness seemed to come at a cost. The ride felt a little dead to me. I couldn't put my finger on the issue until I bought the Hillborne. The Hillborne just felt more lively and nimble. Initially, I was a little concerned that there seemed to be more flex in the fork than the Surly but that seemed to enhance the riding experience rather than detracting from it. I've found the Hillborne a real delight to ride. I also own two sets of wheels (one light, one strong) for it which has also helped when I shift from road riding to trail. I don't know if it is "magical", but I have enjoyed the feel of that bike more than any other bike I've ever owned and I feel like I've owned some pretty nice bikes given what I can afford (sub-$2000 range). Given my age (55), I also like that Rivs make it very easy to get the handlebars either even with or above the saddle which has been easier on an aging neck. The Surly required buying an uncut fork and using a pretty high stack of spacers which I didn't care for aesthetically.

As for the SOMA, it was a Groove. After the Surly, I went back to two bikes for more specific riding, the Groove for trails and a Bianchi Veloce for roads. In this case, the geometry varied from the Riv a great deal more (especially due to the 26" wheels). The Groove was SOMA's more laid back geometry MTB so I did try a range of configurations of bars and forks to obtain more of an all arounder but I still didn't love it. Eventually, I sold both and got the Hillborne and 2 wheelsets. That has kept me happy for 4+ years and I have no intention of ever selling it. Recently, I did purchase a Ritchey Timberwolf to do a little more aggressive trail riding than I was comfortable doing on the Hillborne. If I knew that was in my future, I may have bought a Riv Roadeo or Roadini or other dedicated road bike by a different manufacturer instead of the Hillborne. But, I still love the Hillborne so no regrets and no lingering bike lust. Additionally, all of this experimentation was living within my means which is why a Lynskey dual suspension MTB was never mentioned (OK... so maybe a little lingering bike lust!)

Given the rise in popularity of CX bikes and gravel grinder bikes, my previous experimentation probably would have been much more challenging these days. I've tried a Handsome Devil, Ritchey Outback and a carbon Specialized adventure bike and they were all a lot of fun. Had they existed, I may not have ended up on a Riv. Hard to say. I do know now that I prefer to have dedicated MTB and road bikes and that just N didn't work for me.

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(who might also lust for a Butchers & Bicycles MK1e so I could abandon the car entirely)
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Old 01-22-19, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by fullergarrett View Post
Call me strange, but I've been wanting to acquire a vintage 1980s Raleigh.
You're strange...

but in an ok sort of way.

One of my "wouldn't it be nice to have" bikes is a clubman.
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Originally Posted by Noctilux.95 View Post

Bianchi Specialissima, Celeste matte, Super Record 12-spd, Bora Ultra 35's.
Thatís a pretty bike.
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Old 01-22-19, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
You're strange...

but in an ok sort of way.

One of my "wouldn't it be nice to have" bikes is a clubman.
Well, it's nice to know that someone doesn't think I'm not strange in a bad way.

I saw a 1980's Raleigh Capri about a year ago and fell in love with the styling of those '80s Raleighs. Similar to other bikes from that era, they have so much style. One thing I dislike about modern bikes is they all look alike - for instance, the Giant Sedona I just purchased blends in with the other bikes most students own on our campus.

I have a 1987 Free Spirit Pinnacle road bike that needs a lot of work and I'm not sure if I'll restore it to perfect riding condition (it has some degree of sentimental value to me) and I just paid $400 on a Giant Sedona and getting it ready to roll.

Plus, the Pinnacle was a lowly Sears bike that probably (or, so I'm told) isn't worth restoring. Both rims are shot, the seat is shot and the kickstand needs to be replaced. I plan on using it mostly as "indoor decor" and a backup for if the Sedona acts up. I've noticed that some of the parts are pretty rusty and needs a good cleaning.

If I end up getting another bike (unfortunately, my budget and other hobbies disagree with the "n+1" formula) I'll be on the lookout for a '80s Raleigh.
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Old 01-24-19, 06:24 PM
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Old 01-25-19, 03:57 PM
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The Bianchi Eroica, a Gunnar Crosshairs or a Spectrum Cycles Custom Steel cantilever brake frame build with silver components...

The first really depends on whether the tire clearance allows running 28X700C, but that is a classically beautiful time machine with chromed forks and stays. I would not want it as my only bike. A friend has a Tom Kellogg frame for years and it remains beautiful.

Until then, I am more than happy with my 2016 Bianchi Volpe.
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A lust bike? No. A lust frame, yes, Both steel.

No 1. Waterford or Gunnar in gloss black with a bright stainless fork setup for cantilever brakes.
No 2. A Bob Jackson World Tour World Tour | Bob Jackson Cycles Again in gloss black with a red panel on the seat tube and a red head tube with metal badge and chromed dropouts and fork ends

Either would be nice with Newvex lugs on the head tube. Yes I would prefer a 1 1/8 steerer tube, more choices..

No. 3 would be a Spectrum Cycles frame. WHy, because I used to visit the shop when they first opened.

Until that day, I am more than happy with my Bianchi.
See how fickle lust is, just 3 months later I have a new object of lust.
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Old 01-25-19, 11:44 PM
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I realize this is blasphemous, but I think I'm good for a while.
Are you about to go through another regeneration?
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Casa de Rollfast is expecting a new family member by month's end!

It's a Chicago Schwinn Cruiser!

It's sister, a 1962 Sears J.C. Higgins Flightliner will arrive in February.

I don't have enough to get you all bubble gum cigars though.
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Belt drive, IGH-8, and a Lefty. I like 'em weird.


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Old 01-31-19, 12:51 PM
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No joke I would really like this bike. Carlton Ten. Like the paint job too. Guy is asking $100. Money is a little tight this month. Hopefully I can scrape the money together before someone else gets it.

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Old 01-31-19, 01:17 PM
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I'm loving my home-brew budget TT bike. It's like a rocket ship. I've not even ridden it yet with the disc and trispoke. Just the roadie wheelset.

But, damn, some of the clean looks of the electronic groupset elite TT bikes are just whoa......BMC time machine with full shimano Pro disc/trispoke setup......wheewwwww.

Gotta be honest, I'm a TT bike guy..........that super bike triathlon stuff like the P5X and Ventus and stuff don't do anything for me.

Give me 20 minutes to destroy myself on this thing.

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I'm lusting after ALL of them.

But, if I have to narrow it down; a 1984 Guerciotti GLX84, all Super Record, in 54/55cm and a Giant Road E. How's that for worlds apart?
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Lusting? Trek Madone SLR in Rage Red. But unless I hit the lottery, I'll never spend that kind of money on a bike.

But realistically, a decent aluminum bike as a backup would be nice, but I just bought new wheels, so that'll have to wait a bit. lol
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Old 01-31-19, 03:32 PM
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I like the logo better that Wilier uses on its' gravel bikes

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Saw one of these in the sun last weekend, stunning bike. Not even that expensive for the frame. I also like a lot of the bikes that others have mentioned.
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Old 02-02-19, 01:58 PM
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Now that i have my hybrid decked out with rack and fenders (thus not needing to keep a Tubus Fly Evo rack on my road bike) I wouldnt mind trading in my Shimano 105 equipped Cannondale Synapse Sport (3x10, Aluminum) for a newer Synapse Carbon with Ultegra Di2. But I'll keep what I've got, and may instead do some minor drivetrain upgrades.
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Old 02-12-19, 05:04 AM
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Belt drive, IGH-8, and a Lefty. I like 'em weird.


I have this bike.
Thus, I am lusting over a Cannondale Slate. I wonder what suspensions feel like.
I have ask our local shop and he told me, "The left fork alone on the Slate cost more than the Bad Boy, at at least US$2000+" (Oh well...)
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Yeah, I'm probably in treason territory as I don't "need" any new bikes.
Play MTB - Surly Karate Monkey named Steve.
Bikepacking bike - Foundry Firetower with Lauf named Effie. <--- best darned bike that I've ever owned.
Road bike - Giant TCR.
Mountain tandem - Curtlo custom with S&S couplers.

I am looking at upgrading our road tandem from the POS Chinese aluminum one to a Curtlo steel. I wouldn't say lusting over it yet but it is on the radar for sure.
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Old 02-12-19, 07:55 AM
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mountain/ touring Surly Bridge Club in Blue

a folding bike with gates drive internal hub

a wheelset for my journeyman so i can just swap my byways and nanos the ea$y way haha
a lighter wheelset for my Cervelo r2
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