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Old 02-07-19, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by primov8
IMO, all this needs is the celeste colored bar tape and it would be perfect.
Agree. Needs celeste to offset the black top tube. Of course, all I can see is a 1/2 gallon water bottle hanging off the downtube, so who knows.

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Originally Posted by Kimmo

Nice and light. Stock Hot.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Nice and light. Stock Hot.
Not stock, but yeah, light.

Came with 7800 and Ksyrium ES. With the Red and RS80s it's 6.7kg.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Agree. Needs celeste to offset the black top tube. Of course, all I can see is a 1/2 gallon water bottle hanging off the downtube, so who knows.
i was going to suggest the Busyman handlebar tape. Super pricey but seems to last forever. Here’s mine
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Originally Posted by Kimmo

what bars are those?
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Originally Posted by Kimmo

Hummm, toe clips? NOT. Saddle, err, nope. And I think the red accents are a bit over the top. Along with the gargoyle. I say not hot.
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Originally Posted by cycledogg
Hummm, toe clips? NOT. Saddle, err, nope. And I think the red accents are a bit over the top. Along with the gargoyle. I say not hot.
see, we’re all different, I was giving him bonus points for classic pedals. They look like old Shimano Sante pedals!
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Originally Posted by Chi_Z
ugly saddle and disk rotor, sram red rotors would look much better
*sigh*

I agree with you on the saddle. I didn't want to like it. I didn't like the way it looks. I don't see the saddle when I'm riding it, though, and my bum likes it.

C'est la vie!!
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Old 02-08-19, 07:54 PM
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14.78 pounds, as it sits. Was hoping for lighter, but it's not completely full of weight weeny stuff. I'll keep at it, but it's still far lighter than anything else I have.

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Originally Posted by LAJ

HOT.


LAJ, I like the choices of your builds. When I had decided to get back on the road, it was between a '16 Focus Cayo and the Storck. I was able to ride a Cayo at the time because a friend of my cousin had it already. I remember the ride being so smooth, comfortable and handling was on point. Only reason why I didn't get it was because that person already had the Cayo with the powder blue colorway that I liked.
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Old 02-10-19, 08:41 AM
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Thank you kindly, primov8. It was actually built on a pretty low budget, and the more endurance type geometry appealed to me over the Izalco Pro, which was 100 grams lighter. I figured if this one could race Roubaix, it was A-OK.

FWIW, your bikes have always been dream type builds, and they're always spot on.

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Old 02-12-19, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Campag4life
As a public service and as the Voice of the Industry , please check out the video below of what bars the pros use. This has revelevance to bar width...I have switched to all narrower bars on my road bikes and vastly enjoy them more and a 40cm bar versus 44cm...I am just over 6' tall...feels so much better and more aero...but reason for posting the following video is because of all the bike handlebar setups I see with the hooks pointing down at the ground. You guys do that because you want to raise the hoods and tip them back a bit.


A suggestion and only that is...don't fall into that trap. Instead, set up your bars like the pros. They know what they are doing and the amateur less so. As a 'priority' first set your hooks level to the ground. This is 'so much' more supportive for low grip pressure in the drops and while sprinting.


Then, push your shifters up or down on the top of the bar to suit your wrist position. I would say a universal trap is to push your shifters back. I would say although not as critical as hook position, again look at the pro position. Hoods are typically more forward. If you don't have the flexibility, then use a shorter stem to place the bar more below you. Pushing the levers back aside from wrist position is compensation for lack of flexibility or running too long a stem.


Just wanted to share and point out we can all take a page out of how the pros ride and why they do what they do. Handlebars and shifters are designed by manufacturers with a given design intent. Rotating bars and positioning shifters back isn't ergonomically what the designers had in mind.


Two bikes above display the rotated handlebar syndrome which btw is more common than not in amateur ranks but 'rarely' seen in pro ranks. This is because rotating the handlebar back raises it with a given stem rise. A bandaid. Robbing peter to pay paul. Peter is the critical hook position. Better riders want to use the drops. The drops are the most comfortable and secure hand position on the bike 'provided the hook profile is correct'. Among pros, hooks are level to the ground which feels so much more supportive and hoods aren't pushed back because reach isn't a problem.


You will see it here and it makes a notable difference while out riding.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnWifIRkO4A

The key is to not have your wrists kinked at an angle while riding. This can cause injury and nerve pain. So if your bars are tilted back, you may have your wrists kinked with your thumbs or backs of hands bent back towards your forearms, which may cause injury.


BUT if you have a more upright riding position than a pro rider, you may need a little backward tilt to avoid a bent wrist. Anything more than ten degrees, and you should probably re-examine your stem and effective top tube length.


I would say that the position of your hoods is more critical than the horizontal angle of the drops, even for the pros. I saw an analysis recently of multiple UCI races looking at the hand position of pro riders throughout multiple events, and even pros have their hands on the hoods the vast majority of the time. The so-called "correct" set up has a smooth transition from the handlebar ramps through the brifter hood, but some vintage hoods will not allow for this because of their shape. Either way, avoid kinked wrists.
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Originally Posted by robbyville
what bars are those?
Copy of the 3T Aeronova by Toseek.

Originally Posted by cycledogg
I think the red accents are a bit over the top.
Nah.


Or how about


Sweet!
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I put a new groupset, wheelset and a paint job from Marinoni on this Marinoni Corsa 1993.

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Originally Posted by dan911
I put a new groupset, wheelset and a paint job from Marinoni on this Marinoni Corsa 1993.

New wheels deserve new tires of the same. I dig the cages! Nice build
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Originally Posted by cycledogg
New wheels deserve new tires of the same. I dig the cages! Nice build
You are right about the tire ! I still use this wheel with this old/ too worn Vittoria on the Tacx inside.I have a brand new Veloflex tire wating for the spring to be put on my rear wheel.
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Originally Posted by dan911
I put a new groupset, wheelset and a paint job from Marinoni on this Marinoni Corsa 1993.

On Could use some Campy. Burnin' hot regardless!
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Originally Posted by Kimmo
Copy of the 3T Aeronova by Toseek.


Nah.
Is your seat tube/post playing tricks on my eyes? Do you see what I see? I'm confused.
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Originally Posted by Kimmo


Hasn't it been established that having a website decaled on the frame is not hot?
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Originally Posted by Kimmo
The "TCR advanced" decals look like a Powerpoint presentation from 2003.
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Just finished building this up. Initially had the white stem on, but felt it may be too much white so swapped to a black stem. Still undecided.

Rip it apart...


71EC944A-C4BF-4DC0-A98E-A753A127E5D3 by m a, on Flickr


7DA1A465-53FE-47EA-95C6-F9BCC5FB855E by m a, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by BaconSandwich
Just finished building this up. Initially had the white stem on, but felt it may be too much white so swapped to a black stem. Still undecided.

Rip it apart...


71EC944A-C4BF-4DC0-A98E-A753A127E5D3 by m a, on Flickr


7DA1A465-53FE-47EA-95C6-F9BCC5FB855E by m a, on Flickr
Great looking build. Nice work.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev
Very classy and functional, but I don't know whether it's really "hot." Points off for the mismatched cages.
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Originally Posted by BaconSandwich
Just finished building this up. Initially had the white stem on, but felt it may be too much white so swapped to a black stem. Still undecided.

Rip it apart...


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Very hot. I like the white stem better. What Vittoria tires are you using??
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