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Old 04-28-16, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Ferrarif2002
Yeah, lots of flat lands out there lol

I'm around camelback mountain, lots of short steep climbs around here
Lake Pleasant is the closest climbs to me, but I hate doing out&back routes. I prefer to do loops without crossing my path.
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Old 04-28-16, 07:59 PM
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Lol me too, it's harder mentally for me to do an out and back than it is to do a ride that's 30 or 40 miles longer as long as I don't pass the same place twice.

I wish South Mountain had another side to either go up or come down.
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Old 04-29-16, 01:47 AM
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Originally Posted by kkapdolee
Thanks. After switching over to midfoot cleat position (moved the cleats back 50 mm or so) and moving my body more forward as a result, I couldn't get my saddle forward enough. The reason it looks weird right now may have something to do with the fact that I pushed it as far forward as possible and then lowered the nose for a little extra forward feel. I'm thinking of getting a Thomson Elite seatpost with no setback for extra forward adjustability. Do you think that will also help with the looks as well?

Yeah, the bar tape did get very dirty after a while but I think I need to stick with white for the right color scheme. I'm thinking of a white Lizard Skin handlebar tape and hopefully, they don't get as dirty as quickly.
Did you also lower the saddle, and how much if yes?

Regarding white tape, fake leather such as Fizik Superlight is the way (several options from other manufacturers exist as well). If you need more padding and absolutely don't want anything but a single layer of tape, Pro Microfiber Smart Silicone is an OK alternative, much better than foam/"cork", but not as good as Fizik et al. Lizard Skins has a grippy, rubber-like surface - sort of cleanable, but not really dirt-repelling.
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Old 04-29-16, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by the sci guy
Gold chain.
Wheels mismatched?
Ugly water bottle.

Not.
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Old 04-29-16, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by kkapdolee
Second post after some small updates.

Bar tape is nasty, crank is grotesque, saddle is lower than the hoods, multiple-fused-vertebrae spacer stack. Not hot.
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Old 04-29-16, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by MakiNn
Thought I would share a few proper pictures of the bike that replaced my Focus.

LaMere Carbon
Sram Force 22
HED Jet 6+
Vitt Gumwall tires
-14 degree stem
Fizik Saddle (Still debating on it as I have been testing others)

Pictures from after ride and after giving it a much needed bath.




Remove the wheel stickers and get a black saddle, then it will be fire hot.
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Originally Posted by Muffin Man
Crappy phone pic, but you get the main idea. Sized up one size in a swap with a friend, and I'm really enjoying how much better it looks and handles.

Cannondale Supersix Evo Hi Mod in 52.

A+ ride, would look again.
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Originally Posted by bosoxmrkn
2016 Diamondback Podium Optum Team Frame with SRAM Force, Quarq Elsa, Mavic Cosmic 40C. I think I need an orange saddle and the bar tape is a disappointment (1500 miles, torn to ****.. Lizardskins)

The fork looks like it belongs on a different bike, saddle is dirty, orange bar tape is disgusting and should be black, stem is flipped (lol), and Garmin is pointed at the sky. Not hot.
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Old 04-29-16, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by jerbax18
my bike



my friends bike. he will cut the steerer tube once the fitting is done.
Both are fantastic.
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Old 04-29-16, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Muffin Man
Crappy phone pic, but you get the main idea. Sized up one size in a swap with a friend, and I'm really enjoying how much better it looks and handles.

Cannondale Supersix Evo Hi Mod in 52.




Anything made after 1998 should not have gumwalls on it...
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Old 04-29-16, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by SirHustlerEsq
Remove the wheel stickers and get a black saddle, then it will be fire hot.

Wheel decals have sense been switched to their blacked out version and actually I changed seats for a final time to a black fizik arione haha
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Old 04-29-16, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by SirHustlerEsq
Bar tape is nasty, crank is grotesque, saddle is lower than the hoods, multiple-fused-vertebrae spacer stack. Not hot.
What's wrong with the cranks? I actually have a 5800 drivetrain but when changing crank arm lengths, chose a 5700 crank both because that was what was compatible with my Powertap C1 and because I thought four arm spiders are ugly. I kinda don't like how the crank arm looks wider than the seat tube unlike my previous crank though.

What do you mean by multiple-fused-vertebrae spacer stack? That slamming the stem would look better?
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Old 04-29-16, 07:09 PM
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nashbar build FTW, aluminum with crabon forks and tapered headset, vuelta alloy 37mm rims, conti grand sport race 25f/28r fsa cranks, 105 RD and shifters, fizik saddle and matching tape. and yes I know the ugly HR monitor watch is still attached to the bars, not glamorous, but functional on a training ride . . .
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Old 04-29-16, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ypsetihw

nashbar build FTW, aluminum with crabon forks and tapered headset, vuelta alloy 37mm rims, conti grand sport race 25f/28r fsa cranks, 105 RD and shifters, fizik saddle and matching tape. and yes I know the ugly HR monitor watch is still attached to the bars, not glamorous, but functional on a training ride . . .
Nice bike! I like the understated appearance.


I just got a used 2009 BMC SLC01 Pro Machine. Dura Ace cranks and Sram Force drivetrain. A bit older, but its in good shape and I like it. I can't afford a brand new carbon bike.

I've customized it with UCI "World Champion stripes" to make it resemble the BMC bikes that Cadel Evans and Philippe Gilbert rode back then. Thinking of getting white handlebar tape. (Yes it is a very short stem, I have a short upper body unfortunately)

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Originally Posted by maartendc
Nice bike! I like the understated appearance.


I've customized it with UCI "World Champion stripes" to make it resemble the BMC bikes that Cadel Evans and Philippe Gilbert rode back then. Thinking of getting white handlebar tape. (Yes it is a very short stem, I have a short upper body unfortunately)

First of all, thanks, she's my baby! I'm in the same boat as you, would love to be able to afford the best and lightest but she gets the job done.

Plain black and white looks great on your bike as well. The frame looks nice, I'm not sure I'm sold on the look of modern aero frames for everyday road bikes. I like the accent color bars but . . . is that electrical tape?!
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2011 BMS SLR01 pictured before I installed new cranks (P2Max with Rotor 3d & Praxis Works).



havent been near a neighbours garage door to take a snap yet but below is a shot taken inside with new cranks..



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Old 04-30-16, 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Rcrxjlb
Anything made after 1998 should not have gumwalls on it...
You are my soul brother/sister. See sig for details.
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Originally Posted by ypsetihw
First of all, thanks, she's my baby! I'm in the same boat as you, would love to be able to afford the best and lightest but she gets the job done.

Plain black and white looks great on your bike as well. The frame looks nice, I'm not sure I'm sold on the look of modern aero frames for everyday road bikes. I like the accent color bars but . . . is that electrical tape?!
Yes it is It looks good though, apart from where it doesn't perfectly blend in with the original paint, you couldn't really tell the difference from a distance.
You would be surprised how hard it is to find those exact colors electrical tape too
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2
You are my soul brother/sister. See sig for details.
seriously, what's with all the gumwalls on this thread?
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Old 04-30-16, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Rcrxjlb
Anything made after 1998 should not have gumwalls on it...
Just to be clear, this opinion comes from a man who's only bicycle in the last 30 years is a Wal-Mart Denali.
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Why do people bother posting thumbnail sized photos in this thread?

Host pics on imgur or flickr please.
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Originally Posted by SirHustlerEsq
Just to be clear, this opinion comes from a man who's only bicycle in the last 30 years is a Wal-Mart Denali.
Completely unrelated. Doesn't matter what he or she rides or doesn't ride.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest
Why do people bother posting thumbnail sized photos in this thread?

Host pics on imgur or flickr please.
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new addition - technically gravel/adventure but WTF gravel are still roads...


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