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Old 02-02-24, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by seypat
I have a couple of halfs coming up in March, so I have to get in a longish LSD run on Sunday. Fatigued earlier in the week, so I'm taking off shortly. 7 last night, 9 tonight and 13 on Sunday. I like running at night. You don't get either of the extreme ends of the weather. In the summer, it gets cooler as you go.

More power to you. I hate running. You doing monster cross by chance or any of the crits at bryan park this year?

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I have mixte feelings about this one. Those yellows aren't close to matching. Slamming the stem might help. Are you sure it's inserted to the minimum line?
Good one!

No, the yellows aren't close to matching. Perhaps they'll get closer as the bar tape fades... Until then, I'm going to have to believe they're different enough to call them complimentary:



The Technomic stem is in past the line. This is a rider for me. The seat will likely rise 1 or 2 cm, and hopefully I'll lose enough weight and gain enough flexibility to lower the stem as well.

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Originally Posted by bampilot06
More power to you. I hate running. You doing monster cross by chance or any of the crits at bryan park this year?
No and no. Bryan Park starts a little too early. I can't get there in time. Dan333 races those. The races are on YouTube. He's on the Sweet Spot Cycling team. Tall, dark headed guy on a black Trek with orange shoes. Bryan Park is like a NASCAR super speedway. The racing is boring. If you can make it, the Newport News Twilight Crit is the one to do. Look at it on YouTube. Pedal to the medal on kind of a figure 8 course. Lots of accelerations. You either have it or you don't. If you don't, you're out quickly.
I've only been a runner/cyclist since about 2010. I had to quit the court sports because of Plantar Fasciitis, so I became an endurance athlete. Mediocre MOP to BOP at best, but it's something to do. I could probably be a good track cyclist, but the closest track to us is 300 miles to the north or 300 miles to the south. Anyway, time to run.
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Originally Posted by seypat
No and no. Bryan Park starts a little too early. I can't get there in time. Dan333 races trac.The races are on YouTube. He's on the Sweet Spot Cycling team. Tall, dark headed guy on a black Trek with orange shoes. Bryan Park is like a NASCAR super speedway. The racing is boring. If you can make it, the Newport News Twilight Crit is the one to do. Look at it on YouTube. Pedal to the medal on kind of a figure 8 course. Lots of accelerations. You either have it or you don't. If you don't, you're out quickly.
I've only been a runner/cyclist since about 2010. I had to quit the court sports because of Plantar Fasciitis., so I became an endurance athlete. Mediocre MOP to BOP at best, but it's something to do. I could probably be a good track cyclist, but the closest track to us is 300 miles to the north or 300 miles to the south. Anyway, time to run.
Ive done the twilight crit and the todd stadium crit, langley, hampton, just havnt done bryan park yet. I’ve seen Dan just havnt talked to him in person yet.

Monster cross will be my first gravel, looking forward to it. Kind of leaning towards just doing gravel. I joined THR 2 years ago now I think.
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Originally Posted by seypat
Mojo's weather. His weekend weather looks similar to ours, but about 10 degrees warmer. His is better for cycling, but ours is better for running. If your wife has a run this weekend, midday either day is about perfect.
Yep rained today. Hoping roads are dry by 8:00 tomorrow. No real sun forecast for awhile.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Hmmm...The silver rims throw things off for me.
Originally Posted by bampilot06
Love the bike, but the wheels. This is mother bike where the spacers under the stem don’t really take away from the bike. My eyes are not drawn to them.

The wheels would look much better black. I think Boyd wheels are near you. Just a thought.
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Same issue the blue Gunnar has. Black forks are homely on non black bikes. Maybe try some black rims with silver brake tracks.
It's amazing how wrong you all are about the polished silver rims.

I hate the look of silver brake tracks on black rims.
Only LAJ actually gets it:

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I like it a lot. My opinion......

There's lots of black on the bike, and I think in order to offset that, I would look into an aluminum seat post and aluminum spacers under the stem.
That's been the balance I'm trying to achieve. I've got all silver parts for the cockpit, but trying to figure out what to put where has been a challenge. I thought about silver spacers but would think it would draw a bunch of attention to the 50mm stack under the stem. Most annoying thing for me at the moment is that all the black parts don't have the same finish. Fork is matte, headset top cap is gloss, spacers are gloss but carbon so a bit lighter, etc.

Also that Salsa seatpost has the best adjustment mechanism I've ever used.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
Ah what the hell, why not?

I have my opinions. Let's see if they align with anyone else's:

I think it looks pretty good!
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Steerer yet to be trimmed


Billet cassette clearanced to fit on 7s cassette body, OLD pushed out to 132, pretty minimal dish with the OCR. Pedals shaved to minimum stack height, buckles deleted from straps

Number of the beast

I have another one of these, but a size too large. Looked for one in this size forever since, pretty much gave up. Then I shaved all the cable guides and made it full internal Di2 with 9000; that bad boy weighs 6.14 with 50mm deep tubulars...

Less than a year after that, I found another one in the right size. Gonna have to repeat the surgery at some point... Probably with the addition of internal brake cable; I think I have that nearly figured out.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I think it looks pretty good!
Ditto, love it
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Originally Posted by abshipp
Ah what the hell, why not?

I have my opinions. Let's see if they align with anyone else's:

It's amazing how wrong you all are about the polished silver rims.

I hate the look of silver brake tracks on black rims.
Only LAJ actually gets it:

I don't have anything against polished silver rims. Got 3 or 4 sets of them. Sometimes you can mix and match. Sometimes you have to make a choice. Sometimes neither is right and you have to go a different direction. When you have both chrome/silver and black on the bike, I think black rims with silver tracks tie it all together. I could be wrong.




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Can’t leave well enough alone but it was time for new skins.


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Can’t leave well enough alone but it was time for new skins.


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Originally Posted by Shadco
Can’t leave well enough alone but it was time for new skins.



Hot, I want those wheels.
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Originally Posted by Fredo76
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Definite not. I bet this rides nicely, but as others have noted the yellow/tan doesn't match. Also, there's a jumble of black/grey/silver/white and modern/vintage parts, so visually it's chaotic.

Originally Posted by abshipp
Ah what the hell, why not?
I have my opinions. Let's see if they align with anyone else's:
Looks pretty good to me aside from the levers being low and the bars tilted up.

Originally Posted by Kimmo
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So close to being hot - just needs black/dark grey brake calipers to match the rest of the build kit.

Originally Posted by Shadco
Can’t leave well enough alone but it was time for new skins.
HOT!

Having judged others, here's my TCR:

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Having judged others, here's my TCR:
Nice bike, but poor staging. Could be hot.
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Originally Posted by Shadco
Can’t leave well enough alone but it was time for new skins.


Hot!

Staged like a BOSS too.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Nice bike, but poor staging. Could be hot.
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Originally Posted by lasauge
Definite not. I bet this rides nicely, but as others have noted the yellow/tan doesn't match. Also, there's a jumble of black/grey/silver/white and modern/vintage parts, so visually it's chaotic.


Looks pretty good to me aside from the levers being low and the bars tilted up.


So close to being hot - just needs black/dark grey brake calipers to match the rest of the build kit.


HOT!

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That is HOT!

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Originally Posted by lasauge
So close to being hot - just needs black/dark grey brake calipers to match the rest of the build kit.
Well, the rear is a tricolour; that's dark grey. The other bike like this was built up with the same gear except a 7400 rear to go with the 7700 front, and along with the pedals, I thought the silver bits went alright with the metal decals... Bit of silver on the Red derailers too.

Your paintjob is bangin'. But your position has no drop, and it's stock as a rock. Maybe take off the tool bag and bottles, and try to shoot it from an angle that makes the bars look lower?
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Flame away...I was working on it down in my shop, so not the best staging.
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^looks like its just poo'd on the floor

Here's my latest build for appraisal. 28 year old ti frame, new Columbus Max fork, NOS shifters and triple 3×10 crankset, ti seat post and 3ttt gunmetal cockpit, modern wide Archetype rims , 30c tyres and Merckx bottle cages.

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Originally Posted by Sierra_rider
Flame away...I was working on it down in my shop, so not the best staging.
Originally Posted by Eric F
Nice bike, but poor staging. Could be hot.
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