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Old 04-08-19, 05:15 PM
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Yes, finally pulled the trigger! Will be delivered sometime this week.
Get the Utility App ready so you can turn the "road feel" grocery cart over tile feature right the heck off lol then enjoy!
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Old 04-08-19, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
I'm a cap guy too. I wear one on every ride. I like the look of those caps but the brim looks a bit too big, at least for riding in the drops which I like to do a lot.
Lately I've ordered the smaller brim caps from Walz Caps, which gives you a nice 1 3\4 vs 2 1\4 brim size option on many of their caps.
caps just arrived. the brims are normal and w/o the hand-wringing giant brims.

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Cateye BM-45 mirror. Never thought I'd be so stoked about putting a mirror on a road bike but this inexpensive, lightweight, small mirror works amazingly well for keeping an eye out behind you and doesn't look ridiculous or get in the way. Getting another one for both bikes now.

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Old 04-09-19, 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by MagicHour
Cateye BM-45 mirror. Never thought I'd be so stoked about putting a mirror on a road bike but this inexpensive, lightweight, small mirror works amazingly well for keeping an eye out behind you and doesn't look ridiculous or get in the way. Getting another one for both bikes now.


Thanks. Been using the Sprintech, and love them, but this is much cheaper. When I need to replace.
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Old 04-09-19, 05:36 PM
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Busy last week. New Specialized Roubaix SL4 and some new parts for it. These include Ultegra carbon pedals, white handlebar tape and hoods and new cages.
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Old 04-10-19, 01:50 PM
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a new rear cassette for the commuter and a new tire for back up.
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Old 04-10-19, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by MagicHour
Cateye BM-45 mirror. Never thought I'd be so stoked about putting a mirror on a road bike but this inexpensive, lightweight, small mirror works amazingly well for keeping an eye out behind you and doesn't look ridiculous or get in the way. Getting another one for both bikes now.

Are you in the UK.. that mirror's on the wrong side of the bike
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Old 04-10-19, 05:29 PM
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Marketing image not my bike. You had me doubting myself for a second.
Originally Posted by Sy Reene
Are you in the UK.. that mirror's on the wrong side of the bike
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Old 04-10-19, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene
Are you in the UK.. that mirror's on the wrong side of the bike
In NYC, we have lots of one-way streets, and the bike lanes are on the left side. The NYC cycling handbook says that if there is no bike lane, they recommend riding on the left side of one-way streets, as that's where drivers expect us. I wear my mirror on the left side out of habit but am thinking of moving it to the right side. That will be an adjustment for me.
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Originally Posted by noglider
In NYC, we have lots of one-way streets, and the bike lanes are on the left side. The NYC cycling handbook says that if there is no bike lane, they recommend riding on the left side of one-way streets, as that's where drivers expect us. I wear my mirror on the left side out of habit but am thinking of moving it to the right side. That will be an adjustment for me.
hmm.. while I know what you're talking about re: bike lanes on avenues being on the left, most 1-way streets are the numbered streets, and most do not have bike lanes, and my experience is that most bike riders keep to the right on most streets that don't have bike lanes. So.. not sure about the advice proposed by the 'handbook'. Also, these days there are so many out-of-town license plates, we can't know what those drivers 'expect'.
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Old 04-10-19, 06:55 PM
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Well, it's a small point that really doesn't matter. But if you do a lot of riding on the left side, a mirror on the right makes some sense.
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Old 04-10-19, 07:11 PM
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I ride on the left on narrow gravel roads. Motorists can more easily gauge the distance between bike and car that way. Most motorists on narrow gravel roads won't even pass when I'm on the right but will as soon as I move to the left.

Speaking of gravel...





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Old 04-11-19, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene
Also, these days there are so many out-of-town license plates, we can't know what those drivers 'expect'.
Ha. They're just NYers looking to save on tax and insurance so they have the cars registered with family that live elsewhere. I knew quite a few that did that, particularly younger people (20s).
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Old 04-14-19, 03:19 PM
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Specialized took all their 2019 gloves off their site already (wtf...) so I had to run to the store to grab a pair of these:




And because this particular LBS almost never has what you want in stock, I had to order the long finger version, but with shipping in 7-10 days, I'm pretty sure they are going to call me one day about 10 days from now and be like "durrrr they are actually out of stock because our online inventory system sucks today, sucked yesterday, and will continue to suck and be inaccurate." As it was I had to go to two stores just to get the short finger version because once again, the online inventory system was wrong.



For whatever reason, the white stuff on the wrist strap is dark gray in real life. I couldn't care less either way, but I always wonder how a product ends up looking different in real life than in the pictures of it online? Must've been a last minute materials change.

Anyway, I'm hoping I'm not left pissing into the wind with the long finger ones, and that they actually do show up. I think last time something was supposed to ship in X days from that LBS chain, it never did.

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Old 04-14-19, 06:17 PM
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[MENTION=442369]puma1552[/MENTION] those look like an excellent pair of gloves.

New to me...



And



Although I have yet to put the tyres (I bought two of them) on my bike.
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Old 04-15-19, 08:04 PM
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New bars/stem. Needed something rated for clip-on aero bars, went with Bontrager Elite Aeros, they cleaned up the cables a bit and the -17 stem made them level. Looking forward to fitting the aero bars and getting used to them for my next TT.

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Old 04-15-19, 08:16 PM
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My dream frame showed up local, my size, down to the full reach with the integrated . Chances were if I passed on it I would regret so.
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Old 04-15-19, 08:50 PM
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My dream frame showed up local, my size, down to the full reach with the integrated . Chances were if I passed on it I would regret so.
Beautiful frame, so shiny!

Congrats on the score!
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Old 04-15-19, 08:57 PM
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Finally broke down and ordered a Brooks saddle. After a lot of research I knew I wanted the Swallow, and I ended up ordering the Copper 150th LTD Edition just because it looks bad-ass. I've never owned a Brooks, or any other leather saddle for that matter, but I'm tired of suffering! I hope the Brooks lives up to it's reputation. Scheduled to arrive tomorrow... Rain in the forecast for the next several days, so it looks like I'll do initial testing on the rollers.
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Old 04-16-19, 04:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Esthetic
My dream frame showed up local, my size, down to the full reach with the integrated . Chances were if I passed on it I would regret so.
Unbelievably beautiful. Congrats. Didn't know that Wilier did custom.

What material is that fork and stem? All carbon I guess?
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Originally Posted by puma1552
For whatever reason, the white stuff on the wrist strap is dark gray in real life. I couldn't care less either way, but I always wonder how a product ends up looking different in real life than in the pictures of it online? Must've been a last minute materials change.
Looks like a retroreflective surface, gray in normal light but bright white when illuminated directly (for example, from a flash when taking a photo).
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Originally Posted by Fiery
Looks like a retroreflective surface, gray in normal light but bright white when illuminated directly (for example, from a flash when taking a photo).
This was a limited run paint Wilier did in 2017/2018 I believe. This very bike/color was ridden in TDF by Sylvain Chavanel. They're doing it again this year, little different, with a like black chrome this time around.
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Originally Posted by Fiery
Looks like a retroreflective surface, gray in normal light but bright white when illuminated directly (for example, from a flash when taking a photo).
I think you might be right...I had that thought shortly after I posted. It is a reflective surface.
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Originally Posted by Esthetic
My dream frame showed up local, my size, down to the full reach with the integrated . Chances were if I passed on it I would regret so.
Absolutely gorgeous! I am very envious!!!
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Originally Posted by deepakvrao
Unbelievably beautiful. Congrats. Didn't know that Wilier did custom.

What material is that fork and stem? All carbon I guess?
Thanks. Yes, carbon frame and fork. This is a $1,000 color option to what was already pricey frame. I bought this used in a local cash + barter arrangement and was able to make this happen . The gentleman had acquired it used( built once) via Ebay , taking a gamble as he was short of the 54cm fit. He rides 52s, I ride 54 (550 tt with 100mm stems) and this was a 540 tt w/110mm stem. Hes an older guy with quite a collection, he came to terms he just couldn't do full stretch race position required to keep it and enjoy it.

This is their 'Ramato' finish, Wilier had done this copper finish in their 1940s-1980's steel frames , winning the 1948 Giro D'Italia in one of them and the finish went on to become synonymous with the company's legacy. So for their 110th year anniversary , Wilier both created the Cento10Air and in 2017 brought back the finish as an option on it, they made a limited run of the classic steel frames , and offered the finish on the Jaroon steel gravel bike.



Luckily I was in a position to make a deal and the seller was willing to meet and work with me. I drove to pick it up 4 miles from my house where his sister resided . I still cant believe it.

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