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What road bike do you have?

Old 07-09-09, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by acaurora
Well I did as you asked - the ride seems fine to me, and that thread no longer has pictures showing pre / post "flip"... is there a way to tell without taking it apart?

<-- is kind of scared of messing with his bike.
Actually, your stem already looks like it's flipped downwards, so you're good to go.
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Old 07-09-09, 07:12 PM
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Oh. Hmm... well, okay! haha thanks!
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Originally Posted by acaurora
Oh. Hmm... well, okay! haha thanks!
Yeah -- even at the low angle of your pic, it looks like, if you drew a straight line along the head tube (the one where the fork's steerer tube pokes through), then another line forward through the stem, the angle would be more downward than upward.

By contrast, here's a pic of my bike with the stem flipped upwards in clear violation of the BF "rule".

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And that white CAAD9 has a downward-flipped stem. ^^^
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Old 07-10-09, 12:10 AM
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Here are some photos just hours after purchase...




Trek Madone 5.2 (52.9cm)
Ultegra compact 12/27
Mavic Open Pro Wheels 32xxx DT spokes
Continental 25mm 4000S with chili
Look Keo pedals
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What did I forget?

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Old 07-10-09, 12:13 AM
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o.O ? I dont see anything
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Originally Posted by lbear
Since you're new.
The "Rules"
1) Picture from the drive side
2) Pedals at 3 and 9 o'clock
3) Big gear front, little gear rear
4) Pick up stuff on the floor
5) Zip up that seat pak!!!

Remember your bike is a work of art treat it like one.

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7. No bottles on bikes
8. Tube valves hidden behind fork and rear triangle
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10. Big/small gear combo
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Old 07-10-09, 07:19 AM
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10. Big/small gear combo
Try to read: 10 = 3
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Old 07-10-09, 01:48 PM
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Okay! So today I had some time to do the aforementioned, except for removing the clear plastic disc in the rear... what do you think?




Will be out biking in the meantime >
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Originally Posted by acaurora
Okay! So today I had some time to do the aforementioned, except for removing the clear plastic disc in the rear... what do you think?
Since you asked...

You're close, so close. Three things I would do --

Put the computer back into its mount. No reason to hide the fact that, as a road biker, you prefer to watch the numbers describing your pain rather than the scenery.

Turn your cranks just a bit more forward, so the near one is at, say, 3:10, if you catch my drift (I'd say they're at 2:50 now). The idea is to align the crank arms with the chainstays to make one clean line (which, really, is an understandable aesthetic reason to align the cranks with the seat tube, too.. IMO).

Remount the speed sensor on your fork so that it points forwards. This is actually a practical change -- the slight aero advantage of the rear-facing sensor is very slight, but if it somehow gets knocked inwards, it'll catch the spokes, which will be a problem. If the sensor is forward of the fork, the spokes would only tap it out of the way.

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Old 07-10-09, 02:42 PM
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Faster bike, hardly ever ridden.



Smoothest bike, built from frame up. Custom Douglas frame.



Aluminum that got away, I'm trying to get it back from LBS..Douglas Motive



My only triple, full Campy Mirage w/Khamsin wheels, 9-sp Chorus Ergos. Also gone..



Overnight build with spare parts, yes I put a chain on it, and sold it in 2 hours on CL.



Everything else is C&V. Two of them ride as well as the Ti bike.
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Old 07-10-09, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi
Since you asked...

You're close, so close. Three things I would do --

Put the computer back into its mount. No reason to hide the fact that, as a road biker, you prefer to watch the numbers describing your pain rather than the scenery.

Turn your cranks just a bit more forward, so the near one is at, say, 3:10, if you catch my drift (I'd say they're at 2:50 now). The idea is to align the crank arms with the chainstays to make one clean line (which, really, is an understandable aesthetic reason to align the cranks with the seat tube, too.. IMO).

Remount the speed sensor on your fork so that it points forwards. This is actually a practical change -- the slight aero advantage of the rear-facing sensor is very slight, but if it somehow gets knocked inwards, it'll catch the spokes, which will be a problem. If the sensor is forward of the fork, the spokes would only tap it out of the way.
Okay I'll do that in a bit. The third one I can't do as it was installed by the LBS, and I don't have zip ties o.O maybe when I bring it in for the 30 day checkup hehe. I see the danger now that you have pointed it out, and have moved the sensor a little bit further out. What is the range between the sensor and the piece on the wheel anyway? I don't think that moving the sensor further out will effect the readings, but maybe I'm just being paranoid.

EDIT: After some tinkering (and the fact that my apartment has horrible lighting), here it is.



Phew. That's enough picture taking today. Will try to take more later when the lights are better haha
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Big front ring - small rear cog. C'mon, acaurora, you can do this...

It's kinda fun to keep picking on you...
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Old 07-10-09, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi
Big front ring - small rear cog. C'mon, acaurora, you can do this...

It's kinda fun to keep picking on you...
LOL I bet it is... as for the cog setup bah I'll do it later lol such a little thing :X... good enough
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Old 07-10-09, 09:08 PM
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The handlebars look huge, its just distortion on my 17-35mm.

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Old 07-10-09, 09:34 PM
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Cool wheels, I have the same ones, though i took the stickers off because i thought they were ugly.
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Old 07-11-09, 01:05 PM
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already posted this one:


but i bought another one for cheap on CL to ride while visiting fam in the bay area. i'll ship it back to toronto when i leave.




wheelie for hipster points/cred.
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Old 07-11-09, 09:15 PM
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Here's my old dudes ride I picked up in March, so far inspite of the pathetic weather we've shared @750 miles!

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Old 07-11-09, 09:27 PM
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Holy headtube Batman!
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Old 07-11-09, 10:00 PM
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Massive isn't it, herniated disks C5 & C6 tend to make one fairly conservative. If all holds together for another year or so I'll try to join the real world
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Old 07-12-09, 07:55 PM
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I think it's pretty cool that the (I don't know the term for this) tube that runs from your crank to your seat post is actually *cut out* to make room for your wheel hehe
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