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New Bike Day (well, new to me that is)

Old 10-23-22, 07:38 PM
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New Bike Day (well, new to me that is)

Is it wrong to have two bikes in Celeste green? I picked up this lightly-used 2021 Infiniti XE this week, after a couple years looking for one and hemming and hawing over (and eventually missing out on) a few previous ones that came up for sale during that time. It's my first carbon bike, my first Ultegra bike, my first thru-axle bike.... Probably a few more things too. I haven't weighed it yet, but I can tell when I lift it it is lighter than my Nirone. It has mis-matched tires, the front being a Gatorskin. The wheels are Fulcrum.


I'm exhausted from picking up leaves in the yard all weekend, so I've only managed to put fifteen miles on this one so far. It definitely feels faster than the Via Nirone, but I can't actually prove if that is real or if it's just the endorphins from buying a shiny new toy making my brain think it is faster. I'm not sure which. It almost feels like I am riding in the "easy" gear but my speed says otherwise. It's also interesting that the Celeste green paint is a deeper and more vibrant color than on the Via Nirone; perhaps a function of being made in different factories.


I'll need to get an authentic Celeste water bottle for a better photo next time.... It is unfortunate it is now late October and I have just a short window to ride after work before it gets dark. Guess I'd better move the lights over to this one so I can be safe!


Anyway, it would be interesting if anyone here was the previous owner. The mis-matched tires would give it away, as well as a couple other minor details only the owner would have known about.


That is my n+1 story for this week. Enjoy!


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Old 10-24-22, 10:57 AM
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Is it wrong to have two bikes in Celeste green?
Nope!

As long as you know which is which.

Have those tire logos and valve stems matched up for the next pic. Oh, and at 12 O'clock too!
Still you do get credit for it being taken from the drive side and the pedal forward.

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Congrats. looks dope.
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Thanks, it sure is fun to have a pretty new bike!

I took it for a nice longer ride after work today (maybe the last chance for awhile since there is a lot of rain coming the next few days). I like the way the bike soaks up the bumps.... I still feel them, just not as harshly. Must be the aluminum vs. carbon thing I keep reading about! This is my first carbon bike.

I do notice it makes more noise when cross-chaining. Much more so than any previous bike I've had. Obviously, I know not to ride like that but I do admit I was surprised to hear the noise come early and often if I did inadvertently come close to a big chainring/big cog selection (like I am almost in here in the photo). No problem, I'll just stay away from cross-chaining.
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
Thanks, it sure is fun to have a pretty new bike!

I took it for a nice longer ride after work today (maybe the last chance for awhile since there is a lot of rain coming the next few days). I like the way the bike soaks up the bumps.... I still feel them, just not as harshly.
Congrats, the bike is a beauty.
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I don’t know what it is about the color but I think it looks fantastic especially on steel frames
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On my other car I use a cheapie Allen trunk-mounted bike-hanging rack. I'm not sure that's the right kind of rack for a carbon bike?

I got this 1up rack awhile ago but had only used it a couple times until now.

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Congrats. Nice bike
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It is VERY wrong to have two Celeste bikes.




Belated congrats on you purchase. You done good
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On my other car I use a cheapie Allen trunk-mounted bike-hanging rack. I'm not sure that's the right kind of rack for a carbon bike?

I got this 1up rack awhile ago but had only used it a couple times until now.

There is no rack that is one up on the 1-UP. There is no other!

I would NEVER, EVER put any bike I care about on a hanging rack. No way!
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Is it wrong to have two bikes in Celeste green?
If you are happy with your purchase, how could it be wrong? It's a beautiful bike. Enjoy!

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It has mis-matched tires, the front being a Gatorskin.
Tires are consumables and wear out. I wouldn't even give this a thought when buying a bike.
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It is VERY wrong to have two Celeste bikes.




Belated congrats on you purchase. You done good
I kept seeing pics of yours (and those of a few others....). At some point I just couldn't stop myself!
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I would NEVER, EVER put any bike I care about on a hanging rack. No way!
I had a faux-Trek for a few years, really just a big-box bike vinyl-wrapped and lettered with "Trek" decals..... It was perfect for the hanging rack! If it got scratched, I didn't mind.

This one, though, no hanging racks. And the 1up is great because I can fit anything on it.... It's much more versatile than the hanging rack!
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I do notice it makes more noise when cross-chaining. Much more so than any previous bike I've had. Obviously, I know not to ride like that but I do admit I was surprised to hear the noise come early and often if I did inadvertently come close to a big chainring/big cog selection (like I am almost in here in the photo). No problem, I'll just stay away from cross-chaining.
Belated congratulations. Maybe you need to fine tune your FD's top trim position?
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