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Old 10-09-15, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Before removing the old cable, tape a thin string to it and when you pull the cable out the string takes it's place. Tape the new cable to the engine and put the string to drag the new cable through.

Easy peasy.
I wish it was that simple when I got the frame, I bought the frame used and it came completely bare. No cable guides installed, the guy at the shop said that was the first time he got to use a giant magnet to help him on a bike. The right brake housing (black above) actually runs through the whole top tube, not just the cable runs through. The shop said that was a little tricky to maneuver the whole housing through part of the frame.

Originally Posted by SpeshulEd
What about tying dental floss to the end of the cable and then sucking that through with a vacuum?

Also, totally random, but I read this week that if you only use one bottle you should put it on the seat tube because it's more aero. (Of course, I still think it looks better on the down tube).

All in all, not bad.
Couldn't get the vacuum to suck the floss, the rd cable enters near the handle bars and exits at the rear skewer, to far for a success for me.

Actually on this frame, you have the option to move the cage/bottle a notch down on the down tube. According to their engineers, that is the most aero spot for a water bottle on this frame. You can see the 5th water bottle bolt a couple of inches below cage in the picture. I did put the cage there for a few races, but it's a stretch to grab the bottle, I am afraid that I will drop a bottle during a race on that lower option.

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Old 10-09-15, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd
Also, totally random, but I read this week that if you only use one bottle you should put it on the seat tube because it's more aero. (Of course, I still think it looks better on the down tube).
Old news.

Who uses only one bottle(other than pros with domestiques to support them)?
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Old 10-09-15, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht
Old news.

Who uses only one bottle(other than pros with domestiques to support them)?
I did this week to and from work. Still put the bottle on the downtube.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht
Old news.

Who uses only one bottle(other than pros with domestiques to support them)?
I do unless it's really hot. On Long Island, its easy to get a refill since there are stores and delli's everywhere.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht
Old news.

Who uses only one bottle(other than pros with domestiques to support them)?
I do too depending on distance and location. Anything under 30 miles and I usually just do one bottle.
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Can't believe I am doing this for an online crowd, but I was e-hurt.

I've come back for redemption!

I just threw on the seat real quick for the picture, so forgive it for not being set perfect.




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Originally Posted by jordanair45
Can't believe I am doing this for an online crowd, but I was e-hurt.

I've come back for redemption!

I just threw on the seat real quick for the picture, so forgive it for not being set perfect.

Came back for redemption and yet....
"I just threw on the seat real quick for the picture, so forgive it for not being set perfect"

You should get a not just from the lack of effort. You are taking a picture and presenting it for judgement/voting. The least you can do is take some effort in its presentation.

But I cant just give you a Not based on slapping a saddle on without effort, so I'll give you a Not for not taking any effort in presentation at all. Bike is basic and nothing that would get a second look. That being said, this thread is specifically for judgment on aesthetics. Hope you get lots of fun riding on it. Next time, just take some time to present the bike better.

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VALVE STEM CAPS!! Oh my. Half black and half white cables? Interesting.

And is it just me, the bad photograph, or is the top of the fork dirty/greasy?

For me, these posts as as much about composition as they are about the bike. Neither of these photos prominently feature the bike as the subject.

Also, cropping. Portrait orientation for a landscaped subject? C'mon. I love having to scroll vertically for a photo 1/2 the width of the screen.
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Originally Posted by jordanair45
Can't believe I am doing this for an online crowd, but I was e-hurt.

I've come back for redemption!

I just threw on the seat real quick for the picture, so forgive it for not being set perfect.
It's a saddle.
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Rough crowd. You've made some excellent changes though. The bar tape, saddle, bottle cages, and drive side photo are all steps in the right direction.

If you level the saddle, change the front quick release lever so it's on the other side, and photograph it in soft lighting, it'd look a lot better.
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd
Rough crowd. You've made some excellent changes though. The bar tape, saddle, bottle cages, and drive side photo are all steps in the right direction.

If you level the saddle, change the front quick release lever so it's on the other side, and photograph it in soft lighting, it'd look a lot better.
Except for the bit about the lighting (which I like), I agree. Although I don't care for the Allez (or much of anything Spesh, for that matter), and the presentation is still sloppy, the choices/changes are all fine. Well, not fine as in fine dining or haute cuisine, but like a nice plate of pasta and sauce.
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Old 10-11-15, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht
Old news.

Who uses only one bottle(other than pros with domestiques to support them)?
One bottle was fine for Houston today on a 30 miler. Honestly I forgot to carry two and was surprised myself that the single bottle held up. It was warm but not hot and a bit drier than usual. On my daily 15-20 milers all through the summer I only carry one. One hour, one bottle seems to work fine.
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Originally Posted by jordanair45
Can't believe I am doing this for an online crowd, but I was e-hurt.

I've come back for redemption!

I just threw on the seat real quick for the picture, so forgive it for not being set perfect.
Still a NOT for me. You took the time to put the saddle on, but didn't level it? I am sorry, but WTF is that? Tires are still not lined up with the valves. Presentation looks dirty because it is in the dirt. Fork may not be dirty, but after seeing it in the dirt, it starts to look dirty. And the big thing for me, it looks like you are cross chaining. Huge no no. This thread is purely about aesthetics, and this bike wouldn't get a second look from most people. It is better than before, but still not there.
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My first road bike now slammed! Fuji Roubaix 1.3 56 cm Shimano 105 Fizik Arione Tri 2, 8.3 kg

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Old 10-12-15, 04:33 PM
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My first road bike! Fuji Roubaix 1.3 56 cm 105 Shimano Fizik Arione Tri 2 8.3 kg

Thanks for looking.
While it might not meet "hot" standards. I rode that bike around Hawk Hill in SF and it was a really fun bike to ride. Congrats on your purchase.
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The bike industry really loves white black and red bikes.
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New wheels and bar tape day. Couldn't find a wall to lean against, sorry for the distracting background of a scarily low California reservoir...

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Glad you opted for the black Zipp logos, white would of been too distracting.
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^ Take those yellow and red logos off the wheels, totally kill the otherwise very cohesive color scheme.
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2
New handlebars and another silver bottle cage will not redeem you.

Improper background
Improper side of bike to take a picture of
Improper position of tire valves in picture
Tires are not lined up with valves
Improper crank arm positioning
Bar angle is odd
Stem angle is too high
Saddle
Saddle bag
Saddle bag light

The bike has potential, but in the current picture, it is extremely far from a hot.
What is the proper positioning of the valves?
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What is the proper positioning of the valves?
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