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Old 03-09-07, 07:05 AM
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The unstable stable

Ok so over the winter I got sucked in by this uncontrollable force and most bikes I own have either changed or been sold. So I figured I would post some updates since everything we have been seeing lately has been carbon...and I got rid of my carbon bike. No offense to the Roubaix, it is a fantastic bike, but it didn't make sense with the addition of the Eddy Merckx which I received as a gift.

So here it is...other than my Cannondale Rush 800 which I haven't yet had a chance to photo...I should have taken the time last night but it was getting late. I so need to learn about lighting...I am pretty unhappy with these in terms of lighting...garage door photos to come when it gets a bit warmer out.

First off the Eddy. I initially built this bike up with 2006 Centaur components (2007 UT crank) but with the decision to sell the Roubaix I moved the Record over and bought it a 2007 Record UT crank. Just a great bike and it will get nice day and special even ridden. Complete Record groupo, Reynolds Race AL stem, Ouzo Pro Anatomic bars, Am Classic post and Toupe Gel saddle. The pedals for this bike are on the Langster while the Langster waits for its pedals (come on PBK).







With the addition of the Eddy, my Roubaix was going to be a rain bike...and the Roubaix is so much more than a rain bike. I took that as a chance to sell the frameset and buy a bike more deserving of the rain/slop/trainer and a fixed gear as well. With the Centaur components off of the Eddy and the Mavic Cosmos wheels which went on the Roubaix when I got the Eddy all I really needed was a fork and frameset. Seeing a few people buying the BD Bottecchia bikes to strip down for parts I contacted a few people and wound up picking up a 54cm frame for what I consider a decent price. Other than the Centaur parts this bike has an Avatar, generic post, Ritchey WCS 4-Axis stem and Easton EA-70 bars. Built into a very nice looking bike IMO.



Well with the rest of the money from the sale of the Roubaix I bought the fixed gear I had been looking to get all winter. I picked this Langster up off of eBay for about what my LBS was going to sell me a new one for...the bonus here and the reason I went for it was the upgrades: Chris King headset and a sweet set of wheels built with Velocity Fusion rims and Pauls high flange hubs. It also had the gearing I was going to put on the bike I bought so no need to buy a ring (Salsa), cog or lock ring. Not overly keen on the brakes that are on it so I ordered some Shhhmano 105 calipers which haven't arrived yet...also didn't think I would like the Ritchey Biomax bars but they have been a pleasant surprise so far.



Edit: Hmm I was just thinking I totally left my commuter/family bike out of this discussion and that just isn't fair. My Commuter is a 2003 Marin Mill Valley ALP that I got off of eBay in the fall of 2004...it in fact is the bike that I have owned the longest. Upgraded a lot on that bike, Ultegra 6500 cranks, 105/DelgadoX wheels, Ritchey stem, fenders, rack, panniers, lights...about 40lbs of love.

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Old 03-09-07, 07:23 AM
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oops...you have Roubaix on the mind. That last one is da Langster.
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Old 03-09-07, 07:34 AM
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Thanks fixed it...and the Chris Kick headset. LOL
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nice juggling of your stable
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The Merckx is beautiful. Love the chrome.
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love the e.m

enjoy!
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Will you be moving the Langster out to make room for the IRO build?

I love the Merckx too. My steel Fondriest will soon be built up in the same general fashion and can't wait!!
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Will you be moving the Langster out to make room for the IRO build
Good question...don't know yet and we have until June to figure that our anyway which in my stable is aparently half a lifetime.

Plan for the IRO is a Miche build kit and then lacing the Miche hubs to ???? At the moment thinking Sun Venus, Velocity Fusion, Kinlin XL-240...something in the 24-25mm deep rim arena. Once that is built I am not sure what will happen to the Langster.
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nice stable there g-chop.

how's the hipster ride?
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nice stable there g-chop.

how's the hipster ride?
I have only been on one quick ride so far and then it started snowing again...that said I like it...the fit seem great with the upflipped 90mm stem, though I may in time go with somehting longer and with less rise (that one is 10°), once I get use to fixie riding. Or maybe I will use that stem in the winter when the belly and the extra clothes restrict flexability.
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Nice job on the changed stable GC. So which one you bringing along to Covered Bridges?
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Nice job on the changed stable GC. So which one you bringing along to Covered Bridges?
Eddy wihtout a doubt.
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Eddy wihtout a doubt.
Cool! Looking forward to seeing it in person.
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Nice mix up Chopper. The Eddy looks great, and the new UT crank doesn't look as out of place on the narrow tubed frame as I thought it would. I've seen a few older steel frames with the new campy cranks and it's grown on me a little by now. I still have a brand new 06 Record crank in the closet for my modern/vintage mix build though.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
My Commuter is a 2003 Marin Mill Valley ALP that I got off of eBay in the fall of 2005...it in fact is the bike that I have owned the longest.

Hmm... Clearly I have not yet perfected this cycling obsession: Prior to buying my latest bike in June 2006, the bike I had was the same one I'd ridden for the previous 11 years. I gotta work on this Inventory Shuffling thing!
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Hmm... Clearly I have not yet perfected this cycling obsession: Prior to buying my latest bike in June 2006, the bike I had was the same one I'd ridden for the previous 11 years. I gotta work on this Inventory Shuffling thing!
I have to amend that...I got that in the fall of 2004...the 2005 models where out so I considered it a 2 year old bike...thinking back it was in the fall of 04 for sure. Got to keep in mind though that I got back into cycling in the summer of 2004 so the Marin was the 2nd bike I got. Don't get into the inventory shuffling thing...honestly it sucks and I truely hope I am about done. The Merckx is great and with Record I coudln't really ask for more. The Bottecchia could really be my #1 bike as it is more bike than I really need as a casual rider. The Langster is probably a silly buy...I don't need a fixed gear, just wanted to try it. The Marin in my workhorse and honestly gets the most miles...it have been my trusty steed...even though I complain that it is both too stiff (vertically) and too flexable (laterally). I have thought about getting a steel touring bike to replace it but just never spent the money and honestly at this point it isn't going to happen.
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Nice Bottecchia!



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Grasschopper, that Eddy Merckx is stunning!
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Nice Bottecchia!



Someone had to say it.
It really is a nice frame...not Record worthy but plenty Centaur worthy. IMO if BD sold the bike closer to how I have it built and for like $999 they would sell a bunch of them.
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