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Last original member of the Moto club may be leaving

Old 02-19-06, 10:41 AM
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Last original member of the Moto club may be leaving

Hey all,

I just joined the same team as 2Roadies, Team 360 Cycleworks. Really stoked about being on the team. Even have my jersey already (darn, Castelli jerseys run a bit smaller than I remembered...that or I'm larger from the winter....nah, couldn't be. )

Anyway part of the rider agreement is that I have to ride a bike the sponsor sells. Most affordable way to get there is to get a frameset and switch over the parts. I've narrowed my choices down to the Orbea Opal, Felt F1C, and Cannondale CAAD8.

So the Moto unfortunately will be going away for a while. I've enjoyed it a lot. I've appreciated its stiffness and agile handling and it was never too harsh for me. I'll probably keep the frame and rebuild it as time/money allows - but that may be a while.

One final look in all its glory...



Of course, this means a new toy is on the way. Stay tuned......

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Old 02-19-06, 10:46 AM
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Old 02-19-06, 10:49 AM
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Good for you Ravenmore,

Have a great season on which ever new Ride you decide! You have been a Great spokes person (pun intended) for Club Moto, and I'm sure they'll miss your daily inputs
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Old 02-19-06, 10:56 AM
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Do what the pros do - repaint/decal the moto as a Felt or Cannondale! If you're fast enough no one will ever notice it's a different frame.
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Old 02-19-06, 02:27 PM
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You'll always be a member. Congratulations on joining the team. We look forward to seeing your new ride. Orbea, I assume.
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Old 02-19-06, 02:42 PM
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Thanks guys.

With all the abuse we endured in the "early days" I just feel like the original few that took a chance on the "new" Motobecane are a fraternity of sorts. Honestly, I don't know that I'd feel so attached to the brand if it wasn't for the constant harrasment.

Yes, my new sponsor and I are leaning towards the Orbea. I'm still waiting for the final numbers though, which is all important. I have to admit a facination with the F1C though. Members of weight weenies.com are trying to tell me its "flexy". My sponsor says that its actually quite "stif". I'm a bigger rider though and I know I can flex anything that can be flexed, so its a tough choice going on the words of others who are 30 pounds lighter than me. One things for sure my Moto was stiff as hell, esp. for a 3 pound or sub 3 pound frame, so the new bike will have some shoes to fill.
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Old 02-19-06, 09:08 PM
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Hehe - hopefully its only temporary. The Moto's too good of a bike to leave laying around. Hmmmm, wonder if my sponsor would be ok with me peeling of the Motobecane stickers and putting on Fuji? They used to sell Fuji's I think. Kind of ironic - a Fuji that was a Motobecane that was a Fuji......

I just filled out and paid for my racing license as well as signed up for my first race. Doing the Pace Bend Cat 5 B race at 8:10 am next Sunday. Gee, I'll have to be warming up at 7:30. Ouch.... I'll probably have to race my first race on the Moto. I doubt I'll have my sponsored bike by then. They're cool with me riding the Moto for a couple races.
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Congrats, how did the race go? That is awesome that you have a sponsor. I finally got my Immortal, I have road it several hundred miles, and it is awesome. Did you get all your new equipment in from your tax return? Wanted to hear more about it! good luck to you hope it all works out!

For what it is worth, I have a friend that races an 2006 F1C, and does not like it. He loved his F55 FELT that was aluminum Front and Carbon Rear. He is a 6' rider about 185lbs and says it is a little sloppy. Oh well just an opinion, and it is not even mine!!!
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Bah you forgot about my Vent Noir...still got it, won't drop it. The bike keeps getting better, mile after mile.

...but the vent is so far from stock it's not even funny. I think there may be only be 4 stock components on it....handlebars, stem, seatpost, and headset...
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Thanks Shawn - I came in 29th out of 40 some odd riders. I have some work to do. I only purchased my Topolino's with the tax return, and they've given me some problems. The rear came out of true during the race, enough to rub the brake arm a little. Not sure how much of a difference it would've made though. Its the 2nd time its come out of true. Topolino wants me to send the wheel back to them - they're paying for the shipping too. Can't complain about their customer service but I need a dependable wheel. Hopefully I just got a bad build or something and the replacement will be solid.

My sponsor hasn't told me what the price will be on anything yet. He's focusing on the Opal. I have to admit the Scott still looks pretty cool to me - wicked light. Thanks for the heads up on the Felt. Someone else said that too.
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Originally Posted by catatonic
Bah you forgot about my Vent Noir...still got it, won't drop it. The bike keeps getting better, mile after mile.

...but the vent is so far from stock it's not even funny. I think there may be only be 4 stock components on it....handlebars, stem, seatpost, and headset...
Stuart told me that I am a weak cyclist and I can't join a team, is this true?
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One way to find out....try.

With how others have said you done on rides, I say you can probably hold your own. If you can race, you can find a team.
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Old 02-28-06, 07:36 PM
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Didn't Lemond ride a Huffy?

If you love the bike, rebadge it.

The LeChamp is startlingly similar to the fiji team.
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