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She finally made it home...

Old 08-28-08, 09:33 PM
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She finally made it home...

My custom build is complete (sans the ****ty arse wheels, until I can afford a decent set). Here's a picture of her with the Salesman (Ed, on the left), and the builder (Matthew, on the right). More pics tomorrow when I can get her pearl white paint to glimmer under the So. Cali sun

Thank you Ed & Matt @ Rock n' Road Cyclery (Anaheim Hills, CA)!!!



I adore her so.

Oh, I forgot to mention... she set me back about $5,150 all said and done (Parts, labor, taxes).
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Old 08-28-08, 09:37 PM
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I really like the way the world champ s-works look. Nice ride!
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Old 08-28-08, 09:38 PM
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unless they did all the work on the frame for you, I wouldn't really consider that guy the "builder" Putting a bike together from parts isn't a hard task, well if you don't have access to the tools it can make it harder.
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Originally Posted by Szczuldo View Post
unless they did all the work on the frame for you, I wouldn't really consider that guy the "builder" Putting a bike together from parts isn't a hard task, well if you don't have access to the tools it can make it harder.
I had Matt do all the work, however I was with him every step of the way. I don't trust myself to put that thing together (at least not yet). However, now I have a pretty solid understanding of how things went together and how to maintain it properly.

What are the basic tools needed to do your own bike maintenance and how much would all the tools run? I have the tire levers, a floor pump, and a good allen (hex) wrench set. What else would I need?
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Do what I did, Kareem. I just bought a tool whenever I needed it. After a few of years, I had filled my tool box.

But that's a very purty bike!!! Would look even better with the stem flipped, but if it's fitted to you don't mess with it. Come up here for a ride some weekend.
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Beauty. Makes me want to get a real job.

Wait.. No. Nothing is that beautiful.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Do what I did, Kareem. I just bought a tool whenever I needed it. After a few of years, I had filled my tool box.

But that's a very purty bike!!! Would look even better with the stem flipped, but if it's fitted to you don't mess with it. Come up here for a ride some weekend.
That's what i've been doing (buying stuff as I need it). As far as the stem angle, if I flip it wouldnt it angle downward? The way it is now I feel like I could easily dive over the handlebars on demand... but I am tempted to remove the spacers and flip the stem just so I can get the most aggresive position possible.

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Beauty. Makes me want to get a real job.

Wait.. No. Nothing is that beautiful.
Get a real job ya panhandling bum... although, I know some professional panhandlers that make over 100k a year (through panhandling).
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Originally Posted by Iamkar33m View Post
Get a real job ya panhandling bum... although, I know some professional panhandlers that make over 100k a year (through panhandling).
I'm listening....
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A friend of mine plays guitar on a corner with his case open and makes bank every night. 400 in two hours? i could deal with that.
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I don't know how they do it... it's their well-kept secret. I've actually seen a bum pack up his "panhandling kit" walk two blocks to a nice (fairly new) white lexus GS and drive off.
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They look so enthused...
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They look so enthused...
Haha, yeah, I don't blame them though... they're just closing up the store as I took the picture. They're ready to go home (they've been there since 9am and picture was taken at 7pm).
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Originally Posted by Iamkar33m View Post
That's what i've been doing (buying stuff as I need it). As far as the stem angle, if I flip it wouldnt it angle downward? The way it is now I feel like I could easily dive over the handlebars on demand... but I am tempted to remove the spacers and flip the stem just so I can get the most aggresive position possible.
Eh, if it feels good, ride it. Your saddle to bar drop is fine actually. If you like, flip it OR remove the spacers, but don't do both at the same time. Ease into the more aggressive position as you gain flexibility.

You guys now have me considering taking the ol' trumpet out to the street corner Friday nights.
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The wheels, oh the wheels.......

It looks awsome, can't wait for the ride report and better pics.
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Eh, if it feels good, ride it. Your saddle to bar drop is fine actually. If you like, flip it OR remove the spacers, but don't do both at the same time. Ease into the more aggressive position as you gain flexibility.

You guys now have me considering taking the ol' trumpet out to the street corner Friday nights.
I'll flip the stem on Sunday, then i'll gradually start removing spacers as I ride more then the last step is upgrade to a 10mm collar. (There are two 10mm spacers and the collar is currently 20mm).

As far as your trumpet goes I don't think that'll fly too well. You need either a saxophone or a guitar... something easy on the ears and cool looking.

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The wheels, oh the wheels.......

It looks awsome, can't wait for the ride report and better pics.
Shush about the wheels.... they're gonna be the first to go when I upgrade this sweetheart. First on the list of upgrades is the Specialized Roubaix wheelset (They're bombproof, or so I hear).
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nice bike...ride in good health.
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As far as your trumpet goes I don't think that'll fly too well. You need either a saxophone or a guitar... something easy on the ears and cool looking.
I didn't know any band instrument was "cool" looking.
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I think Specialized is the devil, but that's a killer bike. Now ride, ride, ride. You're going to need more water.
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I think Specialized is the devil, but that's a killer bike. Now ride, ride, ride. You're going to need more water.
I think Trek is the devil, but I will admit some of their bikes are nice. The bottle will be filled on the bike's maiden voyage this Saturday.
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specialized is the new trek
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Originally Posted by Iamkar33m View Post
Shush about the wheels.... they're gonna be the first to go when I upgrade this sweetheart. First on the list of upgrades is the Specialized Roubaix wheelset (They're bombproof, or so I hear).
You should see what I ride when I'm not running the tubulars. In a word G.H.E.T.T.O. but they were free.
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Nice looking bike, ride safe

$5k+ holy moly
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What componentry do you have on that fine looking bike?
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Maybe it's just me but is everbody missing the part where the bike cost $5,150 and the wheels are "complete junk" !?! How is that even F'n possible. I'll never understand the road bike industry, but I sure do love the sport.

That said it is a very nice bike, I really like specialized's higher end stuff quite a bit. I had the oprotunity to get a Roubaix when I was first starting to ride seriously a few years ago and passed it up. Still kicking myself for that.
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So uh, is it fast?
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