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What road bike do you have?

Old 12-27-08, 05:01 PM
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yeah, he must live around there. I used to see him in that neighborhood back in the 1990's....
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Old 12-27-08, 05:01 PM
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Old 12-27-08, 05:12 PM
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Old 12-28-08, 12:29 AM
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Anybody want a peanut?
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Old 12-28-08, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by stoofa1
very nice give us some stats
2008 Specialized Tarmac Expert with Ultegra SL and Fulcrum Racing 5's. Had planned to get a Tarmac Pro at some point this year but got this for less than what that frame and fork would've cost...
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Old 12-29-08, 12:21 PM
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- 2009 4.7 Trek Madone;
- later 80's Cannondale Black Lightning;
- '83 Nishiki International.

Still love riding the Nishiki and Cannondale. The steel (Nishiki) is heavy but very comfortable. The aluminum (c-dale) is not but is a workhorse. Still intend to use that for crappy weather.

Will not know how to deal with a shifter that is not on the downtube.
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Old 12-29-08, 12:48 PM
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here's good pics of my bike, how do i make the images show, not just the attachments?





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Old 12-29-08, 04:04 PM
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Not a great picture... not complete either. See this thread to read up about what I'm doing with it.

That's a chrome plated fork, btw, and that is glare on it that is causing it to look black.


1995 TSX-UL RC frame... Cane Creek Volos wheels... Full ultegra basically.

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Old 12-29-08, 07:26 PM
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Awesome bike! Even the TIG'd fork looks good, which I usually don't like.
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Old 12-29-08, 08:31 PM
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If only I had the winter gear and willingness to ride it on the salty roads... Spring--come!
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Old 12-29-08, 09:29 PM
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I just found a gnar picture of my current rig. The only thing different from this picture is the saddle. I've got a San Marco Regal on right now. Just a more full, classic shape.

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Old 12-30-08, 12:51 AM
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the ultegra group is amazing, I must say. especially if it's from pbk.
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Old 12-30-08, 10:52 AM
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About to get double-Argons, the E112 and the Krypton, both with Chorus Grouppo. wheels, not sure yet. Club has sponsorship for Reynolds, so i was thinking of going with the 66's plus their disc. That way I'm covered for everything, RR or TT's.
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I'd be doing myself, and you guys, a disservice if I didn't ride the hell out of this thing!
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Old 12-30-08, 02:49 PM
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I cleaned my ride recently and took a pic for the zephyr group buy so I figured I might as well post her up here as well, even though she isn't done yet (hopefully to get under 15 lbs, if you have any suggestions for lightening her up, throw em out)
'07 madone 6.5
15.5-ish lbs. in this pic

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For starters, you might want to get rid of that triple and that heavy stem.
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Old 12-30-08, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ninjaman
For starters, you might want to get rid of that triple and that heavy stem.
What he said. Possibly the seatpost too.

I'd hate to see the hill that needs a triple on a 15lb bike.
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Old 12-30-08, 03:12 PM
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The crank that's on there now is a 52/39/30. Would I have to replace my left brifter, fd, rd, cranks, and bb to do the trick or could i change out the crank/bb first and then do the rest at a bit later in sequence?
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Old 12-30-08, 05:21 PM
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yo CK, how'd you go about hiding your shift cables? doesn't look like nokons and i don't see a loop. teach me.
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Old 12-30-08, 06:30 PM
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Actually they look exactly like Nokons to me.
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Old 12-30-08, 06:34 PM
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maybe i'm blind.
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Old 12-31-08, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by The Bike Kid
The crank that's on there now is a 52/39/30. Would I have to replace my left brifter, fd, rd, cranks, and bb to do the trick or could i change out the crank/bb first and then do the rest at a bit later in sequence?
How about a full build list so we can help you get under 15? Change from triple to double in order of importance:
1. Crank/BB
2. F. Derailler
3. F. Shifter
4. The rear derailler doesn't care how many chainrings you have, but you might want to change to a short-cage if you want to save the weight and will be using a tight cassette. Alternately, if you are afraid that changing from a double to a triple will limit your low gear, employing a long-cage r. derailler will allow you to run a much broader, even MTB-like range on your cassette-perfect for effortlessly sailing up hills on your sub-15.
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Old 12-31-08, 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by The Bike Kid
The crank that's on there now is a 52/39/30. Would I have to replace my left brifter, fd, rd, cranks, and bb to do the trick or could i change out the crank/bb first and then do the rest at a bit later in sequence?
You can use triple shifters on a double.

So if you go to a compact double and bb, everything else on there will work. Compact doubles are lighter than doubles in most cases (since the rings are smaller) and they'll be a nice substitute for your triple.

Maybe get a good set of light cranks. That'll shave off some weight.

Then depending on what seatpost you have, you might be able to save some weight there as well.

1 lb is 454 grams. If you get a good light crankset, you can probably drop atleast 200ish grams just with that, no?
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Old 12-31-08, 09:59 AM
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I really like DA cranks. Probably if you get the 7900 series cranks on there, you will be good enough weight-wise without compromising stiffness.

Here is how I would run the upgrades after that. You could get a lighter stem (and I recommend working on your core so that you will eventually be strong enough to turn the angle downwards), a lighter seatpost (it looks like you have a Bontrager Race Lite on there; those aren't very light) and, perhaps, if you can, a better saddle and handlebars.
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Old 12-31-08, 11:22 AM
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just some thing really odd about a bike with a triple and carbon race wheels and zero bar to seat drop.. but your the one who gets to ride so,,

have fun
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here my bike. i got it of bikesdirect.com i have been working on it. got some origin8 bars specialized pro stem, easton ea70 wheels.. i got a shimano 105 crank and dura ace 7700 seris front derailer. waitn n the ultrgra shifters, 105 10speed cassette, and the 105 rear derailer to come
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