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The BikesDirect Thread: Pics and Opinions of your BD bike!!!!

Old 04-13-09, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by TarmacDude View Post
My threads have been BD related as of late only because I have considered buying one as of late.
Sorry, but that doesn't make any sense to me. BD isn't a brand of bike. That's like asking everybody to post opinions of the single bike they bought at a particular LBS because I'm thinking of buying a bike (of unrelated brand) there. It would make more sense if you were asking for opinions on Motobecane, Windsor, etc.
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All right I'll go. I bought my daughter a Windsor Hour back in 2004 when she took up track racing at the age of ten. She road the bike for two-and-a-half years before out growing it. During that time she road it at two velodromes, 2-3 days per week for training and racing on the weekends. I even set it up with a ss/freewheel and brakes, so she could ride on the road until she got a road bike(year-and-a-half). She won two State Championships, and several medals at two National Championships on that cheap little starter bike.

The bike NEVER gave me a single problem. It is still in perfect working order. After getting her new bike, I continue, to this day, to use the stock wheels from the Windsor as her training wheels. The only thing I have done to them, aside from minor truing (and yes they have been crashed...more than once) is remove the grease from the rear hub and run it with light oil only. I did it as an experiment to see how well this low end hub would stand up. It's been two years and still going strong.

I paid less for that bike than most people pay for a set of training wheels.
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30 posts...everyone wants to argue......it's like watching unsupervised children....

so................FINALLY........



Frame from BikeIsland (BD on ebay)...parts from my garage. Really nice ride actually...and it's just about as light as my friend's Cervelo.
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Trek destroys BD and all other bikes combined. Everyone knows this. If you don't ride a Trek, you're just a shill for some other crappy bike co. fact.
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Originally Posted by redtires View Post
30 posts...everyone wants to argue......it's like watching unsupervised children....

so................FINALLY........



Frame from BikeIsland (BD on ebay)...parts from my garage. Really nice ride actually...and it's just about as light as my friend's Cervelo.
Hooray!
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Old 04-13-09, 05:29 PM
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This =
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You guys love to find something to fight about.

Anything will do . . . new topic every day.

If you don't like the bikes, don't buy them.

What are you fighting about . . . because some guy might be a shill, or some other guy might be a troll?

What a waste of bandwidth.
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Old 04-13-09, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
You guys love to find something to fight about.

Anything will do . . . new topic every day.

If you don't like the bikes, don't buy them.

What are you fighting about . . . because some guy might be a shill, or some other guy might be a troll?

What a waste of bandwidth.
Let the record show you're adding to it... again.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
You guys love to find something to fight about.

Anything will do . . . new topic every day.

If you don't like the bikes, don't buy them.

What are you fighting about . . . because some guy might be a shill, or some other guy might be a troll?

What a waste of bandwidth.
Im not fighting. Im bringing love to BF and this BD thread
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That's fraking great.
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The main reason I quit roadbikereview.com about 4 years ago is because it had so many shills and sock puppets you couldn't tell who was real anymore. I would hate for that to happen here.
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Originally Posted by Humongous View Post
Trek destroys BD and all other bikes combined. Everyone knows this. If you don't ride a Trek, you're just a shill for some other crappy bike co. fact.
so wait............what if I have both!!????
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I have no complaints. I'd prefer the bikes without the Bottecchia decals, though.



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Okay, I'll bite.

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I got this last fall, and it's been a good do-everything bike. The usual complaints: saddle was junk, pedals were junk. I put my usual saddle and pedals that I put on all my bikes, so that was a non-issue. Everything else's been fine. I use it with slicks and panniers as a commuter, and I go offroad on singletrack with the cross tires. The frame is solid (and I'm a 270 lb clyde beating it up trails) and was a good $550 spent. I use it when there's snow, or when it's damp and I don't want to ride my carbon roadie, and for commuting/groceries.

I wish the drop handlebars were compact drop bars, and that I had a smaller chainring than 36 for doing climbs on the trail, so I might switch the front crank to a touring triple.
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Old 04-13-09, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by TarmacDude View Post
I'd like to keep this thread free of debate.
Good luck with that.
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Originally Posted by TarmacDude View Post
You start a cervelo thread and people don't get called shills.
You're not paying attention are you?
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That being said, this thread would not be complete without the obligatory shot of my Fly Ti MTB from BD, which is identical to $5K MTBs from companies like Dean (but it cost $2K).

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That being said, this thread would not be complete without the obligatory shot of my Fly Ti MTB from BD, which is identical to $5K MTBs from companies like Dean (but it cost $2K).
Pcaddy, how are the "vuelta" ultra-lightweight wheels?

I was really impressed at how light the listed weight is on the "Fly" MTB's, and was considering getting the Fly Team (basically an aluminum version of your bike)

I'm a clyde though, and was a bit worried I'd make those ultra-lightweight wheels go squish and so instead opted for this jobbie with WTB rims and a less weight weenie fork:



XTR (sans crank) including the M972 shadow RD, Juicy 7 brakes. Unfortunately instead of the Fly which is about 21 lbs, this bike weighs 27. I did save about $600 for being less of a weight weenie.

Lacks the sex appeal of Ti, and I haven't taken it out on the trail yet, as my job sent me out to San Diego the day after I built it, but as soon as the weekend hits I'm going to get on it.

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Originally Posted by CardiacKid View Post
The main reason I quit roadbikereview.com about 4 years ago is because it had so many shills and sock puppets you couldn't tell who was real anymore. I would hate for that to happen here.
I'm real, are you?

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Pcaddy, how are the "vuelta" ultra-lightweight wheels?
Surprisingly impressive. I was going to upgrade them, I didn't bother. They are light, actually rotate 360º in perfect circles and they are tough.
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