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Old 02-21-13, 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by bianchi10
That ribble is a mess! fix that saddle. There is a point where personal preference goes out the window and it just becomes wrong. your bike is set up wrong.

Dont like red seat post. Dont like white stem.

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Mess? More like a circus with all that stuff going on. BTW, I went back and looked at my own bike- the shifters are not level-- fixed it. Still trying to figure out how I missed it- they were level before and the clamps are tight. Must be some "ghost-shifting"--- oh, that was bad.
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Old 02-21-13, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclebycle13
Mess? More like a circus with all that stuff going on. BTW, I went back and looked at my own bike- the shifters are not level-- fixed it. Still trying to figure out how I missed it- they were level before and the clamps are tight. Must be some "ghost-shifting"--- oh, that was bad.
+1, see that is what the forums are for. Kick you off your cloud More than likely the one that was dropped a bit (I think your right shifter) was probably just a little loose and from the weight of your hands and you during a ride it just squirmed it's way down. GJ, cause that was pretty much the ONLY thing people were focusing on despite how nice of bike it is.
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Old 02-21-13, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by counterfit_hero
Apologies for non bf approved photo, took a quick snap after build up today. Merckx Corsa Extra, Campy 10 speed mix.
I vote Hot. Looks like a great real-world bike.
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Old 02-21-13, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Ally G


I realise that black appears to be the fashion of the this forum, but I will give my bike a viewing here. ( I believe my bike looks better on the road and whilst moving very fast!)

Full specs below for those who are interested

weight 7.8kg without pedals about 17.3lb (not bad I think for a £1200/$1700 bike)
I think you'd do well to tone it down a bit.

Black bar tape
Black stem
remove wheel decals
level out that saddle (oh god)
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Old 02-21-13, 08:18 AM
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Nice Bikes, I am curious though. With the seat that high doesn't your back get sore bending over to reach the handle bars.
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Old 02-21-13, 08:24 AM
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And now for something completely different. I'll throw my somewhat-vintage road bike out there to be shredded.


(Please note, the pedals have been upgraded to Mavic Race SL Ti clipless pedals. These were temporary replacements between when my Ultegra pedals broke and the new pedals arrived.)
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Old 02-21-13, 08:31 AM
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Are white stems not cool? I'm a little concerned as my new bike has a integrated white stem/bar and the bike will be finished next week. Scared to post lol.
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Old 02-21-13, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by R1lee
Are white stems not cool? I'm a little concerned as my new bike has a integrated white stem/bar and the bike will be finished next week. Scared to post lol.
Probably just depends on the color scheme of the rest of the bike. I think white would look hot on a mostly white bike. But on a mostly black bike, eh not so much. My Felt (mostly black) actually came with a white stem, but was switched to a black one in the process of fitting, and IMHO looks a ton better.
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Originally Posted by counterfit_hero
Apologies for non bf approved photo, took a quick snap after build up today. Merckx Corsa Extra, Campy 10 speed mix.


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needs a more flattering photo. And the seat angle is giving numbness in certain places just looking at it. not a fan of the seatpost. but everything else looks good
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Old 02-21-13, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94
Probably just depends on the color scheme of the rest of the bike. I think white would look hot on a mostly white bike. But on a mostly black bike, eh not so much. My Felt (mostly black) actually came with a white stem, but was switched to a black one in the process of fitting, and IMHO looks a ton better.
mine is a black bike with a with bar/stem. Well i'll leave it up to you guys to decide lol
The wheels come mid next week
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Old 02-21-13, 09:50 AM
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My BH G4. Sorry the pic is not so clear.
Need your comments guys. Thanks.

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Old 02-21-13, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by skybono
My BH G4. Sorry the pic is not so clear.
Need your comments guys. Thanks.
The handlebar angle looks....... uncomfortable.
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Old 02-21-13, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by save10
needs a more flattering photo. And the seat angle is giving numbness in certain places just looking at it. not a fan of the seatpost. but everything else looks good
Good points to be fair, pic was taken just after i had built it up last night. I do ride a little nose up on the Flite but this was just eyeballed at this point and a little extreme, the seat post is scratched to hell and will be replaced soon.
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Old 02-21-13, 11:53 AM
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Riding a bike now instead of waiting for the perfect thing is pretty hot. I like the Merckx. The only other major aesthetic bummer besides the seatpost is those FSA cranks.

That Ribble is really ugly. With all black everything and saddle and cockpit set up at sensible angles it could be ok.

Re: the Raleigh introducing a color that doesn't already exist on the bike is always risky. Doesn't work for me.

That BH just looks like a modern road bike.
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Old 02-21-13, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by counterfit_hero
Good points to be fair, pic was taken just after i had built it up last night. I do ride a little nose up on the Flite but this was just eyeballed at this point and a little extreme, the seat post is scratched to hell and will be replaced soon.
Yeah, people are very conservative of the setup of the shot on this thread, for good reason too. But, I think if you placed your bike in front of a solid beige/tan/brownish background, it will cteate a really nice solid clashing background to your bike. Obviously following a couple of the rules set forth in this thread will help as well.
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Old 02-21-13, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon
Re: the Raleigh introducing a color that doesn't already exist on the bike is always risky. Doesn't work for me.
I'm not sure which color you were talking about. A better picture may help more. The backround on "Raleigh USA" on the top tube is yellow. "Competition" on the top tube is yellow, and "Raleigh" on the downtube is yellow fading to silver.
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Old 02-21-13, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by cvall91
The handlebar angle looks....... uncomfortable.
They looks set up exactly as intended to me.
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Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh
I'm not sure which color you were talking about. A better picture may help more. The backround on "Raleigh USA" on the top tube is yellow. "Competition" on the top tube is yellow, and "Raleigh" on the downtube is yellow fading to silver.
Ah. Looks more gold in the picture.

Anyway, too much yellow.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon
Ah. Looks more gold in the picture.

Anyway, too much yellow.
Point taken. I was thinking that the tires were just too much over the top ever since I mounted them.
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird
They looks set up exactly as intended to me.
Yes. Nothing wrong with the angle of the bars on the BH.

The ramps are pretty steep compared to compact handlebar shapes, but that's just the way they are. Maybe the hoods could come up *very* slightly, but you can get into goofy territory quickly with that type of bar.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon
Yes. Nothing wrong with the angle of the bars on the BH.

The ramps are pretty steep compared to compact handlebar shapes, but that's just the way they are. Maybe the hoods could come up *very* slightly, but you can get into goofy territory quickly with that type of bar.

Agreed. Just a good old traditional bar. Based off recent experience, I'm guessing they are about as high as they can go without issue. Nt often you see sti levers on these bars, ergo levers are more common.
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Old 02-21-13, 03:00 PM
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Hard to form a definitive opinion without better pics, but I lean towards "hot"...

even though it's too loud for me to want to ride, there's real eye appeal IMHO

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If we are throwing out vintage bikes to get shredded. 1984 Peugeot pgn10
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Ok here goes. Probably not the right time to post this since the bar tape isn't on yet and I don't want to put it on just to take it off when I go to the fitter tomorrow. I'll post afterwards but it will lack the "style" proportions and I'll post on a snow background.

I took the cues from many of you, made sure my tires aligned with logos on rims, valve stem, etc. Have fun but be good to me, I'm fragile

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Ditch the valve caps, and if your tape isn't going to be white, it should be.
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