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What road bike do you have?

Old 04-23-07, 10:50 PM
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I recently got back into cycling after an eight year break. I found this 2004 52cm 5200 on Ebay late last year and have been riding ever since. I did have to make some adjustments to make it more comfortable for me (I'm 5'7", about 150). My last bike was a 1994 Trek 2300 so this is a nice upgrade.

Swapped:
80 to 110 stem
38 to 40 bars
170 to 172.5 cranks
12-25 to 12-23 9 speed cassette (SRAM, works fine)
SLK saddle
Ultegra pedals
New Michelin Pro 2 700x20

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Originally Posted by recneps

Saddle-to-bar drop is outstanding. My back hurts looking at it. It looks so good though..

That has got to be like 6 inches. What's your longest ride on it and how does it treat you? My CAAD8 has 2.5".
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Old 04-24-07, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by MIN
Saddle-to-bar drop is outstanding. My back hurts looking at it. It looks so good though..

That has got to be like 6 inches. What's your longest ride on it and how does it treat you? My CAAD8 has 2.5".
Ive done a couple of centuries on it this year, and havnt had any problems. I did two races back to back a couple of weeks ago (ended up being like 86 miles) and being and I was a little sore after that but it might also have had something to do with the roads, they were really ****ty.

I ride crits in the drops almost the entire time without and troubles. Im pretty young though and pretty flexable. I'll post my TT bike later in the week, its got a pretty gnarly drop also.

Ive still got a 5mm spacer in there that I still havnt taken out. I'll probably get around to it eventually.
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Originally Posted by CdCf
This is my brand new build (finished it yesterday):



Weighs in at around 10.2 kg (~22.5 lbs) in the config seen in the pic. Since bike weights frequently are reported without pedals, bottle cages and computer, it's around 9.7 kg (~21.5 lbs) in that state.
Mix of Ultegra and 105 components on a 56 cm Surly Pacer frame and fork. Mavic Aksium wheels and Conti Ultra Gatorskin tyres. 52/39 rings and a 12-23 cassette.

I've named it "Kvicksilver" (lit. mercury, "quicksilver"), since it's silver and quick (I hope)!

Beautiful bicycle, just all hangs together so nice.
A word to the wise though, move your cyclecomputer's sensor to the front of the fork, as you have it now if it gets bumped towards the wheel the rotation of the spokes will drag it inwards, whereas if it's on the front of the fork the spokes would tend to knock it back outboard.

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Old 04-25-07, 12:42 PM
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Ritchey Break-away



This is my new road bicycle. I've already taken it to San Jose, San Francisco, and Calgary, Canada. I have tentative plans to go to Vietnam end of the year and a few more trips in California.

Its home is Seattle, Washington.

Specs: 60cm Ritchey Steel Frame, Shimano Ultegra Groupset, Velocity Fusion Wheels (hand-built), Ritchey Crank, steam and post, Crankbrothers Candy pedals.

Purchased and built at Perfect Wheels in Seattle. The bike shop owner has no scale and I haven't measured its weight, but probably it is around 20 pounds.
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Old 04-25-07, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by endeverleverone
been here for a while but i can finally flash my whip:

this bike has the components of what is now a steel corpse and YES those are 105 sti AND dt shifters ( cables wrapped around due to laziness. i hooked them up today actually.

87 peugeot chrmoly versailles
shimano 105 sti (06 model)
shimano 105 rd (old)
random fd from the 90's
shimano 105 crankset (not new)
standard mtn clipless
random brakes from the 80's
selle san marco saddle
random rusty splotches from the 90's
alex 295 wheelset (not very new)
continental gatorskin tires
shimano 105 8spd road cassete (8spd means old)


this is not for the ocp at heart . this is for the ride the hell out of what you got crowd. (i know you're out there!)

I really like what you've done with this...I'm actually thinking of doing something similar with my old nishiki for a commuter...
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Just got my new 06 Orbea Opal today, I rode it home from the shop ~16 miles. Didn't do any serious hill but I plan a little excursion in the morning. Here's the stats:
Silver / Grey 06 Opal
Shimano mix groupo
Dura Ace brake levers/shifters and rear deraillure
Ultregra front deraillure, 12-27 cassette and chain
R700 34/50 compact crank & BB
Mavic Kysrium Elite wheels with silver Conti GP4000
Easton EC70 stem 110mm
FSA Head set and Wing Pro bar
Zeus carbon seat post
Fizik Airone saddle

Here's a couple of pics:

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Old 04-26-07, 11:43 AM
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Old 04-26-07, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by genman

Is this one of their take-apart bikes?
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Old 04-26-07, 01:25 PM
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Officially

Yes, it comes apart. Ritchey makes any non-take apart frames anymore.

This bike succeeds my old Giant CFR-1 I bought back in 1997.
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Originally Posted by genman
Yes, it comes apart. Ritchey makes any non-take apart frames anymore.

This bike succeeds my old Giant CFR-1 I bought back in 1997.
Hrm, I've never heard of these bikes, do you have any pics of it taken apart? Or even some more pics of it as it stands under the tree?
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Old 04-26-07, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by genman
Yes, it comes apart. Ritchey makes any non-take apart frames anymore.

This bike succeeds my old Giant CFR-1 I bought back in 1997.
Ritchey's Break Away Bikes are fantastic. The ride is so good you would never think that you can take the frame apart. Best frame I ever bought and as I travel a fair bit I can check the bike in with it's own special bag. Luuuuuvit!

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Old 04-27-07, 04:00 PM
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A Fuji Tourer. Best bike I ever owned. Weighs 36 pounds ready to roll. It goes like hell downhill!
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Old 04-27-07, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian_1
Nice ride. One of the take-apart models?

Some of the steel Ritchey frames seem similar to QBP's Salsa La Raza.
I know the La Raza uses Ritchey dropouts. With Ultegra + components & light wheels, these bikes are good enough for all but category racers, and certainly appropriate enough for fast sport/recreational riders. I have little problem seeing riders with C-40's who can't keep up with people on $500 bikes on club rides, but it seems kind of silly - like the fellows with Subaru WRX's who mostly drive them back & forth from the grocery store at or below the speed limit. Ok, they're the minority of C-40 & WRX
users - but not always!
This is what it looks like ready to pack (pic from the Ritchey web site). The bag/box measures 700x700x260mm (26"x 26" x 11"). My bike and bag weighs 10.5kg (it now has full Campy Record ) which is just over half the check-in max and no one would guess theres a bike inside. IMO ride (and drive) what you want if it makes you happy and gets you on the road

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Originally Posted by Velomancer
This is what it looks like ready to pack (pic from the Ritchey web site). The bag/box measures 700x700x260mm (26"x 26" x 11"). My bike and bag weighs 10.5kg (it now has full Campy Record ) which is just over half the check-in max and no one would guess theres a bike inside. IMO ride (and drive) what you want if it makes you happy and gets you on the road

i'm not seeing how it comes apart...where do the tubes detach? it looks seamless when it's together...
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Old 04-27-07, 04:57 PM
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Panasonic DX3000 here

My dad gave me a Panasonic DX3000 4 years a go that he got at a garage sale and I love her !! she's been on the Rosarito-Ensenada 50 mile trip almost 7 times even do she's too big for me . planning on selling her now that my GF gave me a new aluminum Schwinn varsity for my birthday... I prefer the DX300 but again it's too big for me

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Old 04-27-07, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by aballas
i'm not seeing how it comes apart...where do the tubes detach? it looks seamless when it's together...
That's the beauty of it. You would never guess it was a "folding" (atlthough it just comes apart) bike. Here's a pic of one of the steel versions in contrasiting tube colours so you can see the joins.

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Old 04-27-07, 06:10 PM
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In spite of my nic, I have a Bianchi Volpe (a cross, not a roadie, but that's because I live in the nation's capital of potholes .
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Level 3 Custom Titanium Lynskey
50cm Frame is a smidgen under 2lbs.
Full Ultegra, Reynolds Fork, Fulcrum Racing 7's

Rides like a silk. I love this bike. It's the alpha bike in the stable
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Originally Posted by ripa
This is mine.
Very nice!
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Old 04-29-07, 06:07 PM
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07 Felt FW3
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My eBay special. Gardin Ultima - steel frame 61cm.



I saw the frame on eBay for $75 and couldn't resist. It took me another month of searching to find a 1" threaded fork for it because of the large frame size (currently aluminum) and slowly picked up parts on eBay. It's mostly old Shimano Dura Ace or Ultegra. I spread the rear triangle to run 9 speed ultegra wheels and have DuraAce indexed downtube shifters. I run a 172.5 Ultegra crank with 38/48 chainrings for climbing.

People ask me: "Gardin? Where was THAT made?" - My answer: It's made in Canada. Eh? and it's a sweet ride!

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Old 04-30-07, 03:59 AM
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Hi guys,
This is my first post as I am a pretty new rider and am beginning to learn about bikes, riding, nutrition, etc.

I bought my first bike about 3 weeks ago, it was a 07 Trek 7200 and I quickly outgrew it because I did not feel comfortable going at high speeds on that bike. I live in San Francisco, so there are a lot of hills and going fast is pretty common.

Anyway, the 2nd day I got my bike, I crashed when I was going downhill and ended up in between two street car rails and thinking that it was a bad idea tried to switch out. My front tire fell into the track and I just crashed onto the road. I think I held onto to the bike really hard so I didn't fly or anything, my right side just bashed onto the road and my right knee and elbow and arms really got a beating.

My knee still isn't 100% yet, but I'd say its in the 90s now. Anyway, I also recently purchased a 06 Bianchi Bravo and I have to say its A LOT BETTER. lol, I have not seen too many bianchis in this road forum and am just wondering why. I know bianchi makes a great bike, right? Anyway, my expertise is in computers and I noticed that a lot of people here have custom builds so maybe buying a bianchi is like buying a dell computer eh?

Anyway, any tips for a new rider is much appreciated. I kind of want to learn how to learn some evasion techniques...like bunny hopping and other stuff. I can't do anything yet, I just pedal. Any other bike resources, forums would be appreciated. I want to learn like maintenance for my bike and a little more on nutrition.

My bike is basically all stock parts except the pedals are not the plastic clipless ones, they got changed into some medals one by the previous owner. I should probably get some look pedals and shoes eh?

I don't know, I use my bike for commuting to school, medium rides on the weekends, and just riding around for fun now that i have a fun bike to ride.
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I have not seen too many bianchis in this road forum and am just wondering why. I know bianchi makes a great bike, right? Anyway, my expertise is in computers and I noticed that a lot of people here have custom builds so maybe buying a bianchi is like buying a dell computer eh?
Incorrect.
A lot of people on here use Bianchi's
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Originally Posted by Velomancer
That's the beauty of it. You would never guess it was a "folding" (atlthough it just comes apart) bike. Here's a pic of one of the steel versions in contrasiting tube colours so you can see the joins.

thanks for the pic....that's pretty damn neat!
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