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Old 03-20-06, 06:24 PM
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I could not ride that bike in groups because I would undoubtedly have spontaneous orgasms at inopportune times.
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Originally Posted by Dial_tone
I could not ride that bike in groups because I would undoubtedly have spontaneous orgasms at inopportune times.
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Originally Posted by ViperZ
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What kind of pedals are going to use? Maybe some Look Keo Carbon Ti!
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why do i keep coming back to this thread?
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Originally Posted by BeeTL
There are SOOOOO many hobbies out there that are MUCH more expensive than cycling, even at Titanium/Carbon/Record/Dura Ace levels. Most don't result in improved fitness.... That said, I view money spent on cycling as a win/win....
ahhh, nice.... thanks for that much-needed shot of rationalization/justification!
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Originally Posted by shawneebiker
What kind of pedals are going to use? Maybe some Look Keo Carbon Ti!
I may get a set of those yet I may go back to road specific pedals, but it's highly unlikely

I'm starting off with a set of Forte Titanium's



I like being able to walk around when I ride, so while they are not the best pedals, I hope they work well enough for me. I have Sidi Dominator 5's, that I just love, with SPD cleats. My my other 2 bikes have SPD pedals, so it's all a transferable system.




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Because you like it here?
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ViperZ, since I'm the one who recommended the Forte pedals to you, I'd like to point out that "best" is in the mind of the owner. I also ride with the Sidi Dominators and find that the Forte MG/TI Pros are the "best" match you can find. Furthermore, they're going to look great on the Tuscany. Let the pedal snobs cry in their beer as they slip and fall while we walk with impunity!
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Originally Posted by Ostuni
ahhh, nice.... thanks for that much-needed shot of rationalization/justification!
+1...that definately made my day.

Viper - those Sidis look an aweful lot like my genius 5 Love mine as well. Have you considered speedplay pedals? They may look small but have quite a large contact area. I have the stainless, they're super stiff and have 0-15 degrees adjustable float. I'm getting to the point where I have mine almost at zero degrees float after positioning a few times to find the sweet spot.
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Originally Posted by blandin
ViperZ, since I'm the one who recommended the Forte pedals to you, I'd like to point out that "best" is in the mind of the owner. I also ride with the Sidi Dominators and find that the Forte MG/TI Pros are the "best" match you can find. Furthermore, they're going to look great on the Tuscany. Let the pedal snobs cry in their beer as they slip and fall while we walk with impunity!

You got that right When I was setting up the Tuscany with my DA Looks, I put on my old Diadora road shoes with Look Cleats. I could not help split a gut at how slippery they were on the painted floor of my workshop Those days are over for me

Your success with the Sidi/Forte combo made my decision
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Originally Posted by sleepystarz
+1...that definately made my day.

Viper - those Sidis look an aweful lot like my genius 5 Love mine as well. Have you considered speedplay pedals? They may look small but have quite a large contact area. I have the stainless, they're super stiff and have 0-15 degrees adjustable float. I'm getting to the point where I have mine almost at zero degrees float after positioning a few times to find the sweet spot.
I have considered a lot of pedal options, but at the end of the day they have to be walkable, that leaves only a few choices, and to be compatable so I can just step into any bike with my Dominators, they have to be SPDs.

Sure I could use my old Shimano M110's for the other 2, but then I would be wearing old shoes

Who knows, things may change, but that the plan for now.
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^^^ Sure that's understandable. I just ordered a pair of these guys for my speedplays... $10



It will help with wear and tear on my cleats, as well as the slipperyness you mention.
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Originally Posted by Ostuni
ahhh, nice.... thanks for that much-needed shot of rationalization/justification!
Glad to be of service!

It was well a practiced speech delivered by a long-time hobbyist (guitar, bass, drums, r/c model airplanes, and WAKEBOARDING) to a very skeptical wife prior to buying my new Serotta.

Pictured below was my OLD bike...

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Sleepy, those would help, what do you do, take one off, step in and then once you get rolling take the other off and step in?


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Pictured below was my OLD bike...

How could you give that up? I love water skiing There use to be a time when I would feel lethargic if I did not get in a slalom run for the day. I would bee all dragged out because I did not get my fix of adrenaline
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How could you give that up? I love water skiing There use to be a time when I would feel lethargic if I did not get in a slalom run for the day. I would bee all dragged out because I did not get my fix of adrenaline
Silly things like food and shelter.

I slalomed freestyle in the 80's, switched to kneeboarding for the tricks, then wakeboarding for the big air:
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Originally Posted by BeeTL
Silly things like food and shelter.

I slalomed freestyle in the 80's, switched to kneeboarding for the tricks, then wakeboarding for the big air:
Cool, I slalomed and Ski Jumped, did some wakeboard and trick skis, but love slalom and jumping.
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Originally Posted by ViperZ
Cool, I slalomed and Ski Jumped, did some wakeboard and trick skis, but love slalom and jumping.
There's nothing like being airborne knowing that if you don't nail the landing, all you'll hit is water.

As you know, water still hurts, but not nearly a bad as dirt!

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Originally Posted by BeeTL
There's nothing like being airborne knowing that if you don't nail the landing, all you'll hit is water.

As you know, water still hurts, but not nearly a bad as dirt!

Funny how skipping off the water like a stone can hurt so much huh? I think because as parts of your body(arms, legs, head...etc) enters the water, it actually creates enough drag to the rest of the body parts above water, moving at 30-40mph, that it's actually tearing you apart. At least that's how I thought it felt sometimes
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Originally Posted by ViperZ
I have considered a lot of pedal options, but at the end of the day they have to be walkable, that leaves only a few choices, and to be compatable so I can just step into any bike with my Dominators, they have to be SPDs.

I'm more of a lurker than a poster on these boards, but I've got to chime in and say that this is the bike that I will compare all my future bikes to!!!

Concerning pedals, given your demands and the top shelf components already on your masterpiece, might I suggest the two options below...They fulfill all of your demands, are very light weight, keep with the titanium theme and look amazing I've used the cheaper version eggbeaters on my roadbike with mountain bike shoes for a while now, and I too love being able to walk with ease.
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Originally Posted by boomer-sooner
I'm more of a lurker than a poster on these boards, but I've got to chime in and say that this is the bike that I will compare all my future bikes to!!!

Concerning pedals, given your demands and the top shelf components already on your masterpiece, might I suggest the two options below...They fulfill all of your demands, are very light weight, keep with the titanium theme and look amazing I've used the cheaper version eggbeaters on my roadbike with mountain bike shoes for a while now, and I too love being able to walk with ease.
The Crank Bros Quattro SL's are pretty fine too...
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I looked at those Egg beaters, and thought they could be it... Only thing is I would have to buy another pair of shoes, or 2 more sets of pedals Unless I used my old Shimano 110's but we have already decided those would be for mud riding from now on
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I guess I don't understand why you would have to get another pair of shoes?..An SPD compatible "mountain shoe" cleat (one without rubber pontoons [sp?]) is included with the eggbeaters I'm talking about.
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Originally Posted by boomer-sooner
I guess I don't understand why you would have to get another pair of shoes?..An SPD compatible "mountain shoe" cleat (one without rubber pontoons [sp?]) is included with the eggbeaters I'm talking about.
Are the cleats not different from an Eggbeater to a SPD? My Trek 5000 and Rocky Wedge has SPD pedals, I want to use 1 pair of shoes for all 3 bikes.
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Sorry, I'm an idiot I wasn't even thinking about the actual shape of the cleat, just the compatiblity...I don't know if they are interchangable or not, but looking at these two photos, the actual engagement parts of the cleats look very similar.

If nothing else, you could buy a set of the Ti eggs online, then two sets of regular chromoly eggs off ebay for dirt cheap

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Originally Posted by boomer-sooner
Sorry, I'm an idiot I wasn't even thinking about the actual shape of the cleat, just the compatiblity...I don't know if they are interchangable or not, but looking at these two photos, the actual engagement parts of the cleats look very similar.

If nothing else, you could buy a set of the Ti eggs online, then two sets of regular chromoly eggs off ebay for dirt cheap

Edit: Forgot the pics
That certainly are different enough Thanks for the picture!
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Originally Posted by boomer-sooner
Sorry, I'm an idiot I wasn't even thinking about the actual shape of the cleat, just the compatiblity...I don't know if they are interchangable or not, but looking at these two photos, the actual engagement parts of the cleats look very similar.

If nothing else, you could buy a set of the Ti eggs online, then two sets of regular chromoly eggs off ebay for dirt cheap

Edit: Forgot the pics
The eggbeater cleats are compatible with most SPD shoes. With some Sidis it might require slight trimming but I doubt the newer ones need it. I have eggbeaters (SL's and triple Ti's)on all my wifes and I's bikes, mountain and road, without a single problem. Some folks prefer the larger cage of the quatro but I have found the eggbeater with the quatro cleat (on a road shoe) to be an excellent combo. Light and no hot spots. On mountain shoes you should be golden with the standard cleat and eggbeater.

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