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Old 07-03-24, 12:15 PM
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picked up some Boyd Prologue 44mm wheelset for my Emonda rim brake setup.
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Old 07-03-24, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Shadco
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Forget the saddle. I am digging the hi-fi components. Nice taste!
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Old 07-03-24, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by macattack71
Picked up an 11-34 HG-500 10 speed cassette with a couple of new chains. Moving on from the 12-30 I had, so I can climb a little easier. No issues with the GS derailleur handling it. Losing weight would also help the climbing situation. I was considering 11-speed to get 11-34, but this was much cheaper. Now to get a set of wheels, which I do need.
My man!

A 10-36T Force cassette showed up today. I am going to spin uphill, carrying my carcass. Yeah we could lose weight, but at 51, my BMI is fine at less than obese. I still have a 35Ē waist and my clothes still fit after 15 years. Iíll be alright.
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Old 07-09-24, 07:32 AM
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New summer project is stripping the Specialized Aethos and transferring the parts to a Winspace T1550 1.5 gen that I got on closeout with free integrated bars and express shipping. After riding the Aethos I realized while a fantastic bike that excels in handling, climbing, and descending while being very counterculture, compliant, and easy to work on, it simply isn't as fun to ride as a dedicated aero bike or even a traditional stiff race bike. I personally found it simply didn't hold speed like I would have hoped and that the stiffness even for a smaller rider like myself who doesn't put out big power numbers was still noddle like. It's funny because I sold my previous Winspace T1500 to basically get this Aethos in hopes I would do more climbing, but in reality most of my rides are sub 3K elevation if that and the 48/35 10-33 while not climbing specific is fine for the rolling hills we have here in the Tri-State NY/NJ/CT area. Not sure if I am going to trade in the frame, sell the frame, or keep the frame as of yet. As usual my bike store of choice in Piermont Bikes will be stripping down the Aethos and building up the T1550.




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Old 07-09-24, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Jrasero
New summer project is stripping the Specialized Aethos and transferring the parts to a Winspace T1550 1.5 gen that I got on closeout with free integrated bars and express shipping. After riding the Aethos I realized while a fantastic bike that excels in handling, climbing, and descending while being very counterculture, compliant, and easy to work on, it simply isn't as fun to ride as a dedicated aero bike or even a traditional stiff race bike. I personally found it simply didn't hold speed like I would have hoped and that the stiffness even for a smaller rider like myself who doesn't put out big power numbers was still noddle like. It's funny because I sold my previous Winspace T1500 to basically get this Aethos in hopes I would do more climbing, but in reality most of my rides are sub 3K elevation if that and the 48/35 10-33 while not climbing specific is fine for the rolling hills we have here in the Tri-State NY/NJ/CT area. Not sure if I am going to trade in the frame, sell the frame, or keep the frame as of yet. As usual my bike store of choice in Piermont Bikes will be stripping down the Aethos and building up the T1550.

Mind sharing where/how you got the closeout deal? I'm considering one of those.
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Old 07-09-24, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Mind sharing where/how you got the closeout deal? I'm considering one of those.
New 2nd gen T1550 just came out but unfortunately that geo has been changed and doesn't fit me. I live chatted with a Winspace rep and they found the last couple 44cm (S) Disc frames and put them back into their stock. I just asked a rep for free UPS/FEDEX shipping and the free $300+ bars and maybe because the 1550 1st gen is at the end of the line and because I am a returning customer they gave me what I requested. Their common 10% still applies, but I was given an additional 5% (10%+5%), so shipped the frame and bars came to $1522. Which IMO is a pretty great deal since I had such a good experience with my T1500 and I think for the same combo I paid the same $1522 for the frame and bars for a T1500. I don't think there is really anything changed between a T1500 vs T1550 1st gen besides the steerer being more optimized for mechanical setups when doing fully integrated and the much improved aesthetics
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Old 07-10-24, 07:10 AM
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Vintage Alpina sunglasses....

...sone 42cm wide uncut 3ttt Moscow bullhorns...

...some excellent condition 10 speed Campag Daytona shifters...

...and a hoard of fancy vintage Campag wheels, Ghibli tubular, and 2 pairs of clincher Shamals,



.. one set being a old style lo-pro version with a . smaller 650c front wheel. I don't currently own a lo-pro so that's what my next project will be, to build a bike around those wheels.
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Old 07-10-24, 07:49 AM
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Just bought some Microshift Sword components to make a 1x10 drivetrain for a road bike for one of my kids. The bike is pictured a handful of posts above.
She is 13 and doesnt ride hard enough to care or need small jumps of a 2x drivetrain. Plus, the FD shifting isnt super easy with smaller hands.

Bought the 1x10 shifters, a 1x10 RD, and a 10sp 11-42 cassette.
Already had e a new 10sp chain...dont remember why I would have ever purchased that, but whatever.
Bought an inexpensive 40t narrow-wide 110bcd chain ring off Amazon to use on her existing 165mm crank arms.

The Microshift components were priced really well at TreeFort's site last weekend. I almost just went with 1x9 Microshift r9 shifters that would have been cheaper and worked with the current Shimano derailleurs, but would have still needed a new cassette, and went with Sword because it was only $70 more in total and the shift cable routes under bar tape, plus its 1 more gear in the middle range so shift jumps will be slightly tighter.

Sword components delivered yesterday and seem very solid. It is obviously a budget group and the materials/finish reflect that, but everything fits tightly and I expect it will last a long time.


Low risk purchase- if it ends up being a bust, or she wants to switch after a year, I am confident I could sell it to recoup a lot of the cost or keep it and use the components on some project.
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Old 07-10-24, 11:23 AM
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Time to replace my shoes after 5 seasons, and I couldn't pass up this price:


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Old 07-10-24, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by TX_master
This just arrived. Specialized Allez Sprint.

I'll do the unthinkable and quote myself. Took a bit to build because I was waiting on the wheels. Finished it a few weeks ago. Specialized Allez Sprint/105 di2/Elite Drive Helix 46/Time XPro 10/Ritchey Carbon Skyline saddle.
Not super exotic for sure but the frame very pleasantly much stiffer than I had hoped for. Fast and comfortable, it's the fastest of the 3 bikes I do own.

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Old 07-10-24, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TX_master
I'll do the unthinkable and quote myself. Took a bit to build because I was waiting on the wheels. Finished it a few weeks ago. Specialized Allez Sprint/105 di2/Elite Drive Helix 46/Time XPro 10/Ritchey Carbon Skyline saddle.
Not super exotic for sure but the frame very pleasantly much stiffer than I had hoped for. Fast and comfortable, it's the fastest of the 3 bikes I do own.

Looks good.
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Old 07-11-24, 03:50 AM
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Originally Posted by TX_master
I'll do the unthinkable and quote myself. Took a bit to build because I was waiting on the wheels. Finished it a few weeks ago. Specialized Allez Sprint/105 di2/Elite Drive Helix 46/Time XPro 10/Ritchey Carbon Skyline saddle.
Not super exotic for sure but the frame very pleasantly much stiffer than I had hoped for. Fast and comfortable, it's the fastest of the 3 bikes I do own.
That came out lovely.
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Old 07-11-24, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Just bought some Microshift Sword components to make a 1x10 drivetrain for a road bike for one of my kids. The bike is pictured a handful of posts above.
She is 13 and doesnt ride hard enough to care or need small jumps of a 2x drivetrain. Plus, the FD shifting isnt super easy with smaller hands.

Bought the 1x10 shifters, a 1x10 RD, and a 10sp 11-42 cassette.
Already had e a new 10sp chain...dont remember why I would have ever purchased that, but whatever.
Bought an inexpensive 40t narrow-wide 110bcd chain ring off Amazon to use on her existing 165mm crank arms.

The Microshift components were priced really well at TreeFort's site last weekend. I almost just went with 1x9 Microshift r9 shifters that would have been cheaper and worked with the current Shimano derailleurs, but would have still needed a new cassette, and went with Sword because it was only $70 more in total and the shift cable routes under bar tape, plus its 1 more gear in the middle range so shift jumps will be slightly tighter.

Sword components delivered yesterday and seem very solid. It is obviously a budget group and the materials/finish reflect that, but everything fits tightly and I expect it will last a long time.


Low risk purchase- if it ends up being a bust, or she wants to switch after a year, I am confident I could sell it to recoup a lot of the cost or keep it and use the components on some project.
I've read some very good reviews of the 10 speed Sword stuff. It will probably work out very well.
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Old 07-11-24, 08:21 AM
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3 pair of dura ace 7800 shifter covers, a pair of DA 7800 shifters, two pairs of new old stock look delta cleats, one pair of new old stock look PP186 for the canondale, one fsa carbon crankset with an ISIS titanium bottom braclet, some Fausto Coppi bar ends and some look PP396 Laurent Jalabert limited edition pedals
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Old 07-12-24, 01:59 AM
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Wife surprised me with a Kask Utopia helmet today. My ballista helmet didnít fit me well, and was uncomfortable. The mask helmet is a huge improvement.
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Old 07-13-24, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Wife surprised me with a Kask Utopia helmet today. My ballista helmet didnít fit me well, and was uncomfortable. The mask helmet is a huge improvement.
She's a keeper. Mine lets me buy my own stuff, yours buys you stuff.
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Old 07-13-24, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
She's a keeper. Mine lets me buy my own stuff, yours buys you stuff.

They had the BMC R01 stealth built. We tried and tried to get her to say yes. She said only if I sold my SLR. Thatís a nope.
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Old 07-13-24, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
They had the BMC R01 stealth built. We tried and tried to get her to say yes. She said only if I sold my SLR. Thatís a nope.

Party pooper
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