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Old 01-11-06, 05:11 PM
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Just won this bike on e-bay



Cinelli Unica

Looks like they put some more mid range parts on there, which is fine as I really wanted a nice light bike to get into racing with, and didn't have the 2 grand to throw down for it right now. I'll be able to upgrade little by little and get it just how I want it.

That said, what do y'all think would be the best options to start thinking about for upgrades at this point?
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[IMG]That said, what do y'all think would be the best options to start thinking about for upgrades at this point?
Wheels! Then maybe a Chris King Headset. That's a really nice bike - never seen one like it before.
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Nice bike, and nice price.
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wheels and brakes
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cool bike!

Those wheels are good for training but eventually you might want to get some better race wheels if you get more serious. Hubs like those will get rough after a few thousand miles and especially with all this rain! You could upgrade the brakes if you're having problems stopping but it's really not necessary.
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Originally Posted by gonesh9
That said, what do y'all think would be the best options to start thinking about for upgrades at this point?
Call Uncle Rad - he's been known to be very generous with some of his excess parts. Especially to people he likes.

Congrats on the new acquisition - what size is it?

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O.K., I figured wheels. Anyone have any suggestions?

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150 lbs., will use it for fast group rides through Oregon countryside, a few centuries, lots of hill climbing, start racing at PIR (auto track), hopefully race road a bit as well.
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Call Uncle Rad - he's been known to be very generous with some of his excess parts. Especially to people he likes.

Congrats on the new acquisition - what size is it?

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Well I just might have to do that. Thanks... it seems to be a smallish 53, which hopefully will work. My e-bay hand just couldn't help typing in a bid at the last second!
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brakes and wheels

you've already got a stiff frame, keep that in mind when you look at wheels--this will ride differently than your steel cross-check, tires will play a role as well in the ride quality

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That's a great looking bike G9, I've been thinking about buying that one in a medium, GVH Bikes sells the frame/fork for $695, which seems like a good price. Should be fast, don't forget to say "on your left" as you blow by!!
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Well if you wanted to shave off some weight you could get a new seatpost and maybe a saddle if you can stand something like an SLR (I love mine).

New brakes would probably shave weight too. But you have a pretty nice bike, I have a comparable one and I got some 1999 Dura Ace racing wheels cheap from a friend, a carbon seatpost, and an SLR saddle.
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PS: See you at PIR! I'll be the skinny junior with a green jersey on a white and yellow Fuji. Will you be in the 4/5 field to start?
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PS: See you at PIR! I'll be the skinny junior with a green jersey on a white and yellow Fuji. Will you be in the 4/5 field to start?
Yeah, never raced other than 'cross and mountain bikes, so am planning on at least starting in the 4/5 field to check it out.
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Originally Posted by gonesh9

That said, what do y'all think would be the best options to start thinking about for upgrades at this point?
Well, first of all get rid of that silly double and that casette. What's wrong, are you getting soft?!
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Well, first of all get rid of that silly double and that casette. What's wrong, are you getting soft?!
Yeah, Yeah. It'll probably take me a while to get used to all that clutter!
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Call Uncle Rad - he's been known to be very generous with some of his excess parts. Especially to people he likes.
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I've only met Rad once and next thing you know he offered me a Cinelli Frog quill stem for the grand sum of a value meal. Unfortunately 120mm was too long so I didn't take him up on it. Later that week an ebay auction I was watching for the same stem (in a 90mm) ended at $45.
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Tires
Wheels
Brakes
Saddle
Crankset

Probably in that order, although you'll probably be fine with what you got. Nice bike.
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I bought a Colnago from that very same company, (noticed there logo in the corner of the pic), excellent company. They even have a 30 day return policy which was by no means needed.
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The rear der looks like a longer cage and one of the other pics on the Ebay ad made it appear the crank is a triple.

Is this true or is it a double?

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...like the color.
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Nice bike love the cinelli....good buy.
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Emmmmm..... new bike...... yum yum....
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Oh God G9 are you gonna take pictures of us going up mountains on that? That is a nice bike dude! Let me tell you folks- this guy can climb good and if he gets respectable weight off any bike we here in Portland are in for some huge trouble with our breathing.
Congrats 9 we will be seeing soon I hope
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Originally Posted by gonesh9
O.K., I figured wheels. Anyone have any suggestions?

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I hear good things about mike garcia wheels, mavic kysrium elites, something in that area would be a good choice.
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