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What road bike do you have?

Old 02-21-09, 03:36 PM
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I've been impressed with the Cannondale Synapse aluminum frame. The seatstays and chainstays are true craftsmanship. I saw the glossy black but thought it showed smudges too much. Your matte black looks great. The Synapse aluminum is a great bang for your buck bike.
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Old 02-21-09, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by acckids
I've been impressed with the Cannondale Synapse aluminum frame. The seatstays and chainstays are true craftsmanship. I saw the glossy black but thought it showed smudges too much. Your matte black looks great. The Synapse aluminum is a great bang for your buck bike.
That is great to hear. My only complaints so far, after my only riding experience( a 20 miler I did solo today), is that the seat is the devils only child and that i think i will be rotating the bars down a bit. I wasn't happy with how it felt on the hoods and getting to the brake. And, I will probably flip it for a lowered posture.
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Latest pic of my Bianchi. Scored a Dura-Ace 53t chainring for $20 and a Selle Italia SLR for $20 today at the Seattle Bike Swap.

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That Ciocc is ridiculously sexy.

Nice looking Bianchi too.
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Old 02-21-09, 07:23 PM
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Jimbo, you need to get that Ciocc to a studio or a very good photographer and have some really good shots taken before you dirty it all up.
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Originally Posted by .:Jimbo:.
My old-skool rig. Just finished it up this week!

NOS Ciocc Frame, built up with mostly Campagnolo C-Record parts, but with a chorus Seatpost, and Croce D'Aune F.D.









I like!

Think about it, maybe it's time for us to buy a full Dura Ace 7800 Groupo and bury it in our back yards.

By the time we dig them up in year 2038 they'd be the vintage Dura Ace with no on-board blue tooth electrics! I bet even Sora will have electronics on them by then
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Old 02-21-09, 07:46 PM
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nice choach!
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Originally Posted by JimJimex
I like!

Think about it, maybe it's time for us to buy a full Dura Ace 7800 Groupo and bury it in our back yards.

By the time we dig them up in year 2038 they'd be the vintage Dura Ace with no on-board blue tooth electrics! I bet even Sora will have electronics on them by then
We'll all be dead in 2012, so what's it matter?
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Originally Posted by Vanhecht
That is great to hear. My only complaints so far, after my only riding experience( a 20 miler I did solo today), is that the seat is the devils only child and that i think i will be rotating the bars down a bit. I wasn't happy with how it felt on the hoods and getting to the brake. And, I will probably flip it for a lowered posture.
I had the same seat on my CAAD9 5 and it sucked. My last bike had a Toupe that I liked, but for this bike I picked up a E3 Form Titanium saddle from Performance for $34 and like it more than the Toupe. I also ditched the Cannondale carbon wrapped seatpost for a Specialized Pave carbon seatpost with the zertz fittings, and it helped my butt as well. Try the seat, for the price you might like it.
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Old 02-21-09, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Vanhecht
That is great to hear. My only complaints so far, after my only riding experience( a 20 miler I did solo today), is that the seat is the devils only child and that i think i will be rotating the bars down a bit. I wasn't happy with how it felt on the hoods and getting to the brake. And, I will probably flip it for a lowered posture.
Try a Terry Fly Gel saddle. It has good support but enough give at the important parts. Handlebars? If those don't work, try one with a shorter drop(i.e. Ritchey Pro Biomax). The Biomax have a good transition from hood to top of bar transition.
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Old 02-21-09, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
We'll all be dead in 2012, so what's it matter?
Word.
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Put some new tyres on today getting ready for summer:

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Old 02-22-09, 12:15 PM
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Old 02-22-09, 12:17 PM
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Jesus, Zatopek- you sure hav a lot of sweet roadies. How big is your garage???
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Old 02-22-09, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by ninjaman
Jesus, Zatopek- you sure hav a lot of sweet roadies. How big is your garage???
Garage is filled to the rafters with housemates' stuff. My bikes inhabit the basement with me. They are hanging, racked and leaning all over the place. Between 7 big dogs and 8 bikes, it's a bit crowded down here. But, I'm a happy SOB surrounded by so much love and beauty.
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Old 02-22-09, 02:47 PM
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My new CAAD9 5

Just picked it up yesterday. Took it for a maiden voyage this morning. My oh My!
Felt like I had a 100km wind behind me both ways~!
Coming from toe straps on my MTB to this is like finding religion.
I'm a believer!
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Good choice for first road bike!!
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Well, there hasn't been much fodder for the Trek haters lately, so here's a couple shots of my acquisition this afternoon. "Left over" 2008 Madone 6.5 Pro. 54 cm. All Dura-Ace. As shown, with somewhat heavy stock Bonty saddle, Speedplay Zeros, it weighed in at 15.6 pounds. Almost exactly 2 pounds lighter than my 5.1, which I'll be selling soon.



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^^^ Lovin' that Trek. Sweet setup.
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take off the dork disc. Nice bike...
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
take off the dork disc. Nice bike...
I'll get right on it. Spent the first gleeful hour of ownership eradicating all the attractive little safety billboards the lawyers plastered all over it. That cute little dork disk goes next. Can't believe it, but I actually got the shop to take all the reflectors off. Mostly because the salesman wanted them off to weigh the bike.
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Old 02-22-09, 09:07 PM
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for serious riders I'll take them off, but anyone else, they all stay on.
No road bike keeps the wheel reflectors.
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My new baby!!

Just picked her up a week ago. Got a quick 20 mile ride in that day and haven't been able to get back out on her since. It's been raing or snowing or below 30 ever day since!!! It's driving me crazy just looking and not riding!

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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
Awesome bike. Those aren't Cane Creek brake levers are they? They look like those old Carbon-Graphite Modolo levers.
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wow, really nicely done.
thanks guys, I'm happy with the results too. although I did change the saddle out and I think I'd be more comfortable if the stem was 1cm shorter, so I'll have to pick up a 100mm soon. oh, and Crimson, the levers are just new cheap-o tektros, not a bit of carbon on this bike. haha it's really heavy as hell. but luggin' all that weight around will whip me into shape.
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