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Old 12-08-23, 06:09 PM
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I've been fortunate to have above-average spinal flexibility (always have). At 55, I can still bend at the waist and put my palms flat on the floor. I'm not sure how much longer that will last, but I make an effort to keep that flexibility intact. The only change I've made to my road bike setup compared with my race bikes from 20 years ago is a 10mm shorter stem.
My body proportions put me on old-school long and low fits even without great flexibility.
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Old 12-09-23, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
My turn to be abused, misused, and amused.
Hot. Without reservations.
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Old 12-09-23, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
My turn to be abused, misused, and amused.
Hot and well staged. Nice bicycle cycle indeed.

I can deal with a quality stand.
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Old 12-09-23, 05:19 PM
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Can a gravel bike be judged for hotness in a roadie forum, or is dirt too cool to be hot?


With the standard being pro road bikes, a MTB is definitely un-hot.
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Old 12-09-23, 05:52 PM
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Hot Giant. I love the color, and staged like a boss.

I have no clue wtf that thing is below it.
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Old 12-09-23, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Hot Giant. I love the color, and staged like a boss.

I have no clue wtf that thing is below it.

Thats a niner…..
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Old 12-09-23, 07:11 PM
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Thats a niner…..
So, not quite a tenor, eh?
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Originally Posted by Eric F
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Both get a HOT vote from me!
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Old 12-09-23, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by LAJ
So, not quite a tenor, eh?
not a giant.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Hot Giant. I love the color, and staged like a boss.

I have no clue wtf that thing is below it.
Neither bike is a Giant. Neither am I. I ride a medium.
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Old 12-10-23, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Neither bike is a Giant. Neither am I. I ride a medium.
You are right. I'm blind as a bat, obviously. That Niner on top is hot, that thing below it is unidentifiable.
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Old 12-10-23, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Thats a niner…..
It is a Niner. I swear I read Giant on that downtube, then never revisited it. My apologies.

Ah well. I blame bike wrecks.
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Old 12-10-23, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Hot Giant. I love the color, and staged like a boss.

I have no clue wtf that thing is below it.
You obviously have no clue wtf either are. Maybe you should go ride some of that gravel ********....
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Originally Posted by LAJ
You obviously have no clue wtf either are. Maybe you should go ride some of that gravel ********....

It is actually a lot of fun. Checkpoint changed my life.
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Old 12-10-23, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Can a gravel bike be judged for hotness in a roadie forum, or is dirt too cool to be hot?


With the standard being pro road bikes, a MTB is definitely un-hot.
Niner is hot.

Not qualified to opine on mountain bikes.
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Old 12-10-23, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
not a giant.
Nor a midget.
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Old picture - It has an SR compact crank on it now for the new year as well as a printed saddle.


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Old 12-10-23, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by daviddavieboy
Old picture - It have a SR compact crank now for the new year as well as a printed saddle.

the gold chain and the red on the wheels takes away from the bike. It’s distracting.
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Old 12-10-23, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
It is actually a lot of fun. Checkpoint changed my life.
I tend to agree. As someone who started as a MTB’er, then went to road, and bumbled around with CX, gravel riding kind of wraps it all up in one package and touches on many of the things that excite me about riding bicycles. I still ride and enjoy my MTB and road bike, but gravel has gained a big slice of my bike passion pie.
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Originally Posted by daviddavieboy
Old picture - It have a SR compact crank now for the new year as well as a printed saddle.

More imagining on the changes. As bampilot says, the gold chain is out of place. Nothing is gold on the bike but that. I can live with the red on the wheels. It seems Campagnolo does that.

Well staged, and that's a very nice bike. Hot, but could be smokin'
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+1 hotness point for having the wheels pretty much identically rotated.
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This forum is for presenting your bike in all it's glory to be critiqued by other members. If you have thin skin, best to post your ride in here: What road bike do you have?

Some guidelines:
1) For best results, stage your bike properly:
a) against a neutral background
b) drive side out, chain on large ring and one of the smaller cassette cogs
c) cranks at any angle, but try to place them where they don't hide parts of the bike.
d) remove seat bags, water bottles, lights, etc. (we really just want to see your bike, not your accessories)

2) Be prepared to handle criticism and not take this thread too seriously.
a) If you can't handle the criticism, please don't post anymore. Coming back with petty sniping against other members and their bikes, ruins the fun of this thread.


3) If you must criticize, be constructive, and not be mean nor condescending. We all can enjoy a good ribbing now and then and some tongue in cheek humor, but let's not get carried away or make it personal.
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If you have a nasty streak and you think this is a good place to be cruel to others, you're in for a bad day.

4) A "not" should be followed by a pic of your bike. (Unless you've posted it here previously)

5) If it turns high maintenance, it will be closed.

a) If it turns high maintenance, it will be closed.
b) If it turns high maintenance, it will be closed.
c) If it turns high maintenance, it will be closed.
d) If it turns high maintenance, it will be closed, forever and ever.


(Much of this is copied from Gus90's "rules" from the New and Improved.)

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'2000 LS Vortex. Frameset used on eBay in 2003, a mix of early/mid 2000's Campag 10sp componentry. Still my principal road bike.

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Old 12-11-23, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by daviddavieboy
Old picture - It have a SR compact crank now for the new year as well as a printed saddle.

I like it better than the others, but I pretty much just never like gold chains and so ignore them. The red on the wheels is echoed on the crank, so it works for me.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
the gold chain . . .
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the gold chain is out of place. Hot, but could be smokin'
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but I pretty much just never like gold chains and so ignore them.
I must say I am not a 'fan' of gold chains either but considering I paid $25 CDN for a genuine KMC 11 speed chain I can live with it for a few months. After that it can live on the trainer where it will never be seen again in public LOL Thanks for the encouraging remarks tho. I have been trying to find one of these in my size for over 20 years (for a reasonable price) and even then I could only find the frame and built it up.
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Originally Posted by daviddavieboy
I must say I am not a 'fan' of gold chains either but considering I paid $25 CDN for a genuine KMC 11 speed chain I can live with it for a few months. After that it can live on the trainer where it will never be seen again in public LOL Thanks for the encouraging remarks tho. I have been trying to find one of these in my size for over 20 years (for a reasonable price) and even then I could only find the frame and built it up.
Colnagos at a reasonable price is not a concept I am familiar with.
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