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Nothing left to upgrade - I feel so empty

Old 06-14-06, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
Well, are you a cyclist or a cycle builder?
I'm definitely currently more of a cyclist, but I'm in danger of turning into a builder. My profession is as a software engineer. I love my job, but after 15 years of doing this, there is precisely nothing physical for me to point out and say "I built that !". Some engineers can point at bridges; I can point at a filename in Windows Explorer. Not quite the same thing. Heck, there isn't even a CD to hold; you just download the latest off our website!

So I got into tinkering with bikes. It's something physical that I can wrap my hands around. I can touch it. Sounds a little crazy, but...
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Old 06-14-06, 01:06 PM
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You could start replacing all the fasteners on your bike with titanium ones.
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Old 06-14-06, 01:40 PM
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Get a Powertap if you don't have one. I went for my first ride today with mine. It is awesome.

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Old 06-14-06, 01:41 PM
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I am a chronic tinkerer(sp?). I have taken old bikes and made them suitable for riding. I just gave 2 away to a couple who needed bikes. Makes me feel better and I get to tinker.
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Bull*****. A) You're plenty strong enough. B) It's a fun project, and 3) You'll like it and ride it more than you think. Really. There's something soulful about it
+1. I love mine. Perfect for easy days when spin technique drills and low hr are the order of the day. I have mine geared at 43x18. Fixed and BMX freewheel. Right in the middle. Like playing a round of golf with only a 5 iron and a putter.
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Old 06-14-06, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by reef58
Get a Powertap if you don't have one. I went for my first ride today with mine. It is awesome.
For you it's awesome. For me it would be depressing, especially when the readout remains near 0.
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Your BIKE is done. YOU are not.

Start hanging out in the Training & Nutrition forum to learn all about its various intricacies. There's more there to help you become a better cyclist than in this "equipment" forum, at least for you now.

You'll never "run out" of things to do with regards to training. When it comes to equipment, everyone eventually "runs out" of things to either upgrade or for things that they can afford.
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Old 06-14-06, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by pigmode
Build a fixie.
Set it up mid-range gear for those recovery spin days or going to the store. They are lots of fun. Besides you could take up wheel building at the same time, the symmetry of the rear wheel makes them the easiest to learn to build.
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Old 06-14-06, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by cydewaze
Ack, I'd sooner build a cyclocross bike.


HMMMMMMMMM... a cyclocross bike might be kinda cool....
Or a tourer. I've been wanting to build one to load down with panniers to take shopping. The problem is shopping is a 60 mile round trip and I rarely have the time to ride a bike that far. You did get some titanium skewers didn't you?
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Originally Posted by 42x16
Set it up mid-range gear for those recovery spin days or going to the store. They are lots of fun. Besides you could take up wheel building at the same time, the symmetry of the rear wheel makes them the easiest to learn to build.
I've built bazillions of wheels over the years. Got tired of that sometime around 1995.

My fixie would have to be a 40x27
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Old 06-14-06, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by FatguyRacer
Like playing a round of golf with only a 5 iron and a putter.
Now that's an analogy that helps me understand the allure of fixed gear riding...
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Old 06-14-06, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by cydewaze
My fixie would have to be a 40x27

Hey BreakawayPaul, shaddap.

I'm running 48x18, which is right at 70 gear inches and it's perfect for tooling 'round the neighborhood. I have a 22 (57 gear inches) freewheel as a bail-out, but I haven't ridden it yet....
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haha!!!

This thread reminds me of when, after picking up 5 guitar amps over the years and trying out tons of speakers/tubes in all of them, I realized that I was done. I can get any sound I want, and have everything from 5 to 100 watts to work with.....OH NO....they all sound GREAT!
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Pardon me if I don't shed a tear for your "problem"
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Originally Posted by superdex
Hey BreakawayPaul, shaddap.
lol! I'd totally forgotten about that moniker.


Originally Posted by superdex
I'm running 48x18, which is right at 70 gear inches and it's perfect for tooling 'round the neighborhood. I have a 22 (57 gear inches) freewheel as a bail-out, but I haven't ridden it yet....
So do you have the 22 on one side of the wheel and the 18 on the other? And you just stop and flip the wheel around?
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Thought I would use this as an excuse to post a new pic of the Trek. Haven't posted one since I got the new wheels, bars, and stem on it.

Sorry about the focus. It's a crappy camera.
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Man, what a nice ride. How is the fit now?
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Originally Posted by docbluedevil
Your BIKE is done. YOU are not.

Start hanging out in the Training & Nutrition forum to learn all about its various intricacies. There's more there to help you become a better cyclist than in this "equipment" forum, at least for you now.

You'll never "run out" of things to do with regards to training. When it comes to equipment, everyone eventually "runs out" of things to either upgrade or for things that they can afford.
+1. When I saw the thread title, my first thought was whether or not anyone would suggest upgrading the engine. Doesn't matter how good that is, it can always stand a little work.
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Originally Posted by 14max
Man, what a nice ride. How is the fit now?
Thanks! The fit is great, now that I figured out the problem. My saddle was too far back, and once I moved it forward, raised it, and got a longer stem (with less negative drop) to compensate for the saddle change, it fit like a glove. I also went a bit wider on the bars after seeing some pics of myself with my arms pointed inwards while on the hoods. Feels like a totally different bike, but boy is it ever nicer.

I'm amazed I went 12 years like that.


Originally Posted by USAZorro
When I saw the thread title, my first thought was whether or not anyone would suggest upgrading the engine.
I don't know if an engine upgrade would help much. I think I need a complete swap!

Seriously though, the point isn't to go faster, it's to tinker. I'm always working on the engine (with varying degrees of success)
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Beautiful bike. I love the black...

The saddle to bar drop looks pretty modest, even with that stem. It's funny how bikes can end up looking so different to achieve proper fit from rider to rider.
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You can always upgrade your lactate threshold. It seems to have made my steel Ritchey Road Logic with 36H wheels a lot faster than most of the carbon machines around here.

Most people don't scoff at my 2001-era componentry because it's too blurry
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I understand how the OP feels. About a month ago, I got my first Brooks saddle for a commuter I've been building up like I prefer, and since then I haven't wanted a THING, which leaves a void in my life, since the last few years have been a nonstop frenzy of bike lust and/or Nashbar purchases. I'm getting used to this weird feeling of satisfaction. I think I've talked myself into being kind to an old, loyal friend, though...
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Nothing left to upgrade - I feel so empty

Now you can turn your attention to world hunger. There are 2.6 million people starving in Africa, ya know.
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Originally Posted by BeeTL
Beautiful bike. I love the black...
Thanks man! Btw, we got a call last night from the LBS. The manager was working overtime, and I gave him a ring at 10:15pm and he was still there finishing up the build on Jess's Serotta. We should be picking it up Friday (the shop closes before we can get there today), so this weekend will be her first weekend on the new bike!


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Now you can turn your attention to world hunger. There are 2.6 million people starving in Africa, ya know.
Funny you should mention that, because my wife just got a job with a charity organization that works to help with that exact situation. How ironic, eh?
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