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Old 01-20-13, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by retrac1324
Wow, your bike matches your tires, brakes, brake cable ends, handlebar tape, stem, computer, light, waterbottle cage, waterbottle, and bag.
Yeah, I'm a little bit "blue crazy". That "light" is actually a CONTOUR ROAM2 (HD Camera).

You can include the saddle, seat post clamp, valve covers, chainrings, pedal, pump and skewer lock heads as well. lolz





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I've been thinking about something like that - any concerns about friction/scratches on the steerer tube?
Well I never really thought about that since it was never a concern for me. It's a common velcro strap so I guess I'll find out sooner or later.
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Old 01-20-13, 09:58 AM
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Where's the laser, oil slick dispensers, and rocket launchers on that beast?
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Originally Posted by ARPRINCE
Yeah, I'm a little bit "blue crazy". That "light" is actually a CONTOUR ROAM2 (HD Camera).

You can include the saddle, seat post clamp, valve covers, chainrings, pedal, pump and skewer lock heads as well. lolz






Well I never really thought about that since it was never a concern for me. It's a common velcro strap so I guess I'll find out sooner or later.
Dayuuum, that's a great-looking bike! Why is it that most of the ones I see offered for sale, are either boring black, or white....or black & white (as if we lived in a monochrome universe!)- Never a beautiful blue?!
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Old 01-20-13, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by DayGloDago
Dayuuum, that's a great-looking bike! Why is it that most of the ones I see offered for sale, are either boring black, or white....or black & white (as if we lived in a monochrome universe!)- Never a beautiful blue?!
kewl....Thanks!
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This wasn't working out for me
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so I bought this.
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Old 01-20-13, 09:40 PM
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Rails wrapped in electrical tape in case I don't like it and need to return within 30 days.

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My 2nd-most-recent cycling-related purchase:



This spin bike- (Didn't want the hassle of a trainer, and felt that this offers a better experience)- My first encounter with indoor cycling- had it less than a month- I can't believe how my road cycling has improved just over the last few weeks, after months of stagnation. $258 bucks with free delivery on Amazon!
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Old 01-20-13, 11:06 PM
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Hope you like the saddle david. I love mine!
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Old 01-20-13, 11:21 PM
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Don't you have to have a different clamp for the oversized saddle rails?
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Originally Posted by Muffin Man
Don't you have to have a different clamp for the oversized saddle rails?
If so, they didn't say anything. Don't know why you'd need them though, it seems to clamp just fine.
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Old 01-20-13, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Muffin Man
Don't you have to have a different clamp for the oversized saddle rails?
You do with certain seat posts. The stock cdale seat post will support those rails. Ritchey seat posts require a larger clamp.
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Spinergy Xaero lites, 1535 grams and super comfy.
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Originally Posted by FPSDavid
Rails wrapped in electrical tape in case I don't like it and need to return within 30 days.
Tried that once with a Toupe, it actually did more wear to the rails than just leaving them bare. Plus the seat moved around like crazy with tape on there.
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Spinergy Xaero lites, 1535 grams and super comfy.
Surprisingly comfy wheels, no doubt. Love mine!
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Originally Posted by DayGloDago
My 2nd-most-recent cycling-related purchase:



This spin bike- (Didn't want the hassle of a trainer, and felt that this offers a better experience)- My first encounter with indoor cycling- had it less than a month- I can't believe how my road cycling has improved just over the last few weeks, after months of stagnation. $258 bucks with free delivery on Amazon!
So, I see adjustment for seat height and fore/aft relative to the pedals, as well as handlebar height, but how do you increase handlebar reach? That seams to be set - so if you need longer reach, you're stuck moving the seat way back which screws up your pedal relationship. I've been wanting to get a spin bike for home but it seems like none of them would accommodate my longer reach needs.
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Originally Posted by nhluhr
So, I see adjustment for seat height and fore/aft relative to the pedals, as well as handlebar height, but how do you increase handlebar reach? That seams to be set - so if you need longer reach, you're stuck moving the seat way back which screws up your pedal relationship. I've been wanting to get a spin bike for home but it seems like none of them would accommodate my longer reach needs.
How much reach do you need? This particular spin bike seems to be geared[no pun intended] more towards larger people. A short person would be in trouble, as there is no way to reduce the reach.... but as long as you can reach the bars, it shouldn't be a problem, because there is a large area on the bars, from the "stem", forward, that you can grip. In all the reviews on Amazon, I've rad a few of shorter people complaining...but not one of a larger person saying that reach was a problem. (You really think they would have made a provision to adjust the distance of the bars...it would have been easy enough. Strangely, when I was looking around before buying this, I don't think I came across one bike that had such a provision. Also, remember, that since it is a stationary bike, being aero isn't a concern....so your position isn't as important- although I do tend to try and replicate the fit I have on my road bike.)

If you'd like any measurements from the bike, I'd be happy to oblige.

Now if I could just figure out why it is that my cycling has improved more in the < one month I've owned this thing, than in the previous 8 months of actual cycling..... I just don't get it! Riding this 1/2hr-1 hr. a day, 5-6 days a week seems to have done me more good than 3 or 4 2hr. actual bike rides a week. (Maybe because I go harder on this, and the fact that there is no coasting?)
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Old 01-21-13, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by nhluhr
So, I see adjustment for seat height and fore/aft relative to the pedals, as well as handlebar height, but how do you increase handlebar reach? That seams to be set - so if you need longer reach, you're stuck moving the seat way back which screws up your pedal relationship. I've been wanting to get a spin bike for home but it seems like none of them would accommodate my longer reach needs.
The CycleOps spin bikes have this adjustment, but they are pricey new. I scrounged Craig's List for quite a while and finally found one that looked like new but had been sitting out in this guys garage for some time (judging by the dust). The odometer read ~560 total miles. Picked it up for $700.
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Celebrated the 1 year anniversary of my bike over the weekend with a complete teardown, clean/degrease & rebuild with some upgrades:

Rival FD, Force RD & crankset, Jagwire Racer cables & Fizik Microtex in black (changed from white).

Went from a 52/36 to 53/39.

The only reason I went with a Rival FD instead of Force is I got it as a free warranty replacement for a broken Apex FD.

Changed to black bar tape because I was sick of always cleaning the white.




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Old 01-21-13, 10:14 AM
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^ looks nice! Im coming up on a year and was looking to replace the cables (may as well do the housing too). How do you like the Jagwire? Was it difficult to install? thanks.
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^ looks nice! Im coming up on a year and was looking to replace the cables (may as well do the housing too). How do you like the Jagwire? Was it difficult to install? thanks.
Thanks!

I like the cables so far... Not difficult to install at all... However, the housing seems a little firmer to me than others I've used, so you have to pre-bend them prior to install.

Also, I put a dab of light grease on the tips of the cables before running them through the housing. Some say it's not needed, but it doesn't hurt.

Make sure you have proper brake cable cutters beforehand - the teflon cables are impossible to cut otherwise.
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Originally Posted by antmeeks
Celebrated the 1 year anniversary of my bike over the weekend with a complete teardown, clean/degrease & rebuild with some upgrades:

Rival FD, Force RD & crankset, Jagwire Racer cables & Fizik Microtex in black (changed from white).

Went from a 52/36 to 53/39.

The only reason I went with a Rival FD instead of Force is I got it as a free warranty replacement for a broken Apex FD.

Changed to black bar tape because I was sick of always cleaning the white.




Stunning!

Starting to get all the gear for my upcoming bike build. Frame done, wheels done, this weekend ordered Ritchey WCS Logic Carbon Curve bars, C260 Stem, and some Lizarskins 3.2 Tape. All that's left now will be component group, seatpost, assorted hardware, tires, tubes. But will need to get off my butt and list the current bike for sale before I can order that stuff!
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Seem to be a lot of people on this forum with good taste- lots of NICE-looking bikes!
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Old 01-21-13, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by antmeeks
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I like the cables so far... Not difficult to install at all... However, the housing seems a little firmer to me than others I've used, so you have to pre-bend them prior to install.

Also, I put a dab of light grease on the tips of the cables before running them through the housing. Some say it's not needed, but it doesn't hurt.

Make sure you have proper brake cable cutters beforehand - the teflon cables are impossible to cut otherwise.
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