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Old 05-16-10, 09:04 AM
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I thought I'd NEVER pay for a carbon cage, but then one came with my bike. I love it so much that I can't bear to put a non-carbon one on to go with it. Damn this sport and all its vices.
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Old 05-16-10, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by FreddyV View Post


Seriously though, I'm not a weight weenie. If I were, I'd be getting rid of some excess body weight to start from, and then start tearing the bike apart.
I ride a Giant OCR which weighs around 20lbs without bottle cages. Still need to find some time to get the bottle cage I have laying around repainted, as the carbon look paint it came with has been scuffed during a crash. I don't mind the extra weight the extra layer of paint brings with it either
These are carbon fiber for sure, but the only thing is that the cheap wegmans plastic water bottles i use have that stupid curvy shape to them so they are going to rattle in the cages, so i am going to have to pick up some cheap plastic refillable bottles. At least that way i can throw some gatorade powder in there without trying not to spill things, etc. Oh, and some ice too
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Old 05-16-10, 11:01 AM
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If you didn't spend at least 40 bucks...they're patently not cool.....

That is all.
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Old 05-16-10, 11:07 AM
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I dont care about what others think is cool, i care what I think is cool. And i think saving 74 bucks on carbon cages is pretty cool.
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Old 05-16-10, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Aimulator64 View Post
The only thing i will buy from wal mart is a bottle cage and a flasher for my commuter. A bottle cage serves a much simpler function than a pump or patch kits. Also, helmets are usually chosen for looks and ventilation, so if people like to sweat and dont think a wal mart helmet looks ridiculous, it is still going to serve the same purpose.
One other "cycling" purchase worth getting at Wal-mart is c02 cartridges. They sell unthreaded 12g ones like $9.99 for a box of 14 or 16. It works out to well under $1 each.
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Old 05-17-10, 05:13 AM
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The cool comment was meant tongue-in-cheek.....
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Nashbar sells the same thing (only with the Nashbar brand), but currently of stock. Its aluminum under the fake carbon paint. In the past I have also gotten them in silver and black. I've been using them for years on my fixies and touring rig. They are very good (strong, light, stiff, etc.) cages. They black ones rub off on the bottles, but the silver and fake carbon ones are good.


https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...7_10000_200368

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Old 05-17-10, 06:27 AM
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This is the only time that I will allow myself to wish that there was a Walmart in NYC.
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there's no walmart inNYC? How is that even possible !?
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Old 05-17-10, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
This is the only time that I will allow myself to wish that there was a Walmart in NYC.
There are 20 stores within 30 miles of NYC

20 within 33 miles of Brooklyn

I don't think you can get much more than 10 miles away from a Walmart in NYC.

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Old 05-17-10, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Tulex View Post
There are 20 stores within 30 miles of NYC

20 within 33 miles of Brooklyn

I don't think you can get much more than 10 miles away from a Walmart in NYC.
Yeah... not how it works in the city. For a non-car-owner, if it's not within 10 blocks of a subway stop, it might as well be in Ohio.
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Old 05-17-10, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Yeah... not how it works in the city. For a non-car-owner, if it's not within 10 blocks of a subway stop, it might as well be in Ohio.
So where do you ride your bike then? What if you don't/didn't have a bike shop that close? This just blows my mind. So what you are saying is that if Walmart built a store AT a subway stop, they would get major business at it. I wonder why they haven't done this. Maybe they are worried they would come back the next day to open and find it up on blocks.
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Originally Posted by Tulex View Post
So where do you ride your bike then? What if you don't/didn't have a bike shop that close? This just blows my mind. So what you are saying is that if Walmart built a store AT a subway stop, they would get major business at it. I wonder why they haven't done this. Maybe they are worried they would come back the next day to open and find it up on blocks.
Nonsensical post is nonsensical.

Don't try to think of NYC in terms of Rochester. Goods and services are built around walking distances, not driving distances. As such, small shops are generally favored over large chains (this works to the advantage of LBSs, which litter the city, FYI). There are some large chain stores, but they're the exception, not the rule, and they're generally close to transportation hubs. There are two or three Targets within the five boroughs. The Target at Atlantic Center, a major subway hub, is easily one of the busiest Target locations in the country.

As far as your attempted 'up on blocks' dig, 1) you're obviously an ignoramus when it comes to Brooklyn 2) you should only make disparaging remarks about cities more depressed than your own. As a Rochester resident, this doesn't leave you with too many options.
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Originally Posted by baribari View Post
Every piece of bike equipment you buy at Wal-Mart (even the most expensive stuff they sell) is liable to be really, really ****ty, fail prematurely, break, fall off, or otherwise not work.

I bought a $25 Bell helmet there because my LBS was taking too long to restock theirs... well, it fit well, but despite the number of vents on the top it has ZERO ventilation. Reason? The vents are all too small and don't even open towards the front of the helmet, so while this might make it somewhat aero, it also means that about a liter of sweat falls off my head the second I take the helmet off. Also, it's goofy looking because the shell is huge and sits too high on my head.

Bought a Schwinn-made bottle and cage, and while there's nothing wrong with the cage, the bottle's top is sticky and doesn't open and close smoothly, and it's already totally chewed up because of my teeth... the cage/bottle combo may or may not be making a little noise, though. Might only be when the bottle is empty.

Bought a frame pump from Walmart...which works OK, except that the frame mount doesn't hold the pump securely, the handle is too pointed (major pain when filling tires), and there's no way to lock the pump handle down for storage... and this was the "good" pump they sold. The package said it was rated to 120... good luck with that. I couldn't get it past 95 without a monumental effort, and doing that caused me to tear my tube at the stem.

Bought a Presta road tube...which only cost $1 less than a Bontrager tube from an LBS, and the Presta tube was too short for my aero rims so I had to get a $1.25 Schrader adapter to get it to work. Woops.

Walmart sells tire patch kits... for $9... you can get a patch kit for $4 at an LBS, and the patches are the self-sticking kind.

I don't even want to guess about the quality of the lights and computers they sell there.
I completely agree. I have a theory that explains this - we all know Wal-Mart carries things much cheaper than other companies. Most of that is because they PUSH, PUSH and PUSH even more, for there vendors to reduce the cost of their products. Vendors have to if they want to sell at Wal-Mart, so they push out a crummy product that is slightly off or lower quality. Many of the products are "Wal-Mart Exclusive" because they are the same product as somewhere else, but they have substitued cheaper ingredients.

WM is good if you want something cheap, but remember you are probably getting something of lesser quality.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Nonsensical post is nonsensical.

Don't try to think of NYC in terms of Rochester. Goods and services are built around walking distances, not driving distances. As such, small shops are generally favored over large chains (this works to the advantage of LBSs, which litter the city, FYI). There are some large chain stores, but they're the exception, not the rule, and they're generally close to transportation hubs. There are two or three Targets within the five boroughs. The Target at Atlantic Center, a major subway hub, is easily one of the busiest Target locations in the country.

As far as your attempted 'up on blocks' dig, 1) you're obviously an ignoramus when it comes to Brooklyn 2) you should only make disparaging remarks about cities more depressed than your own. As a Rochester resident, this doesn't leave you with too many options.
Wow, someone needs a hug. If you want to see my reply as a dig, go for it. I didn't in any way say my city was any better than yours. Hell, you can have them both for all I care. By the way, I'm not a Rochester resident. And even if I were, I would be able to ride to a local Walmart from any point in Rochester.

Which still leads me back to my original question. Are you saying you can't ride out of the city? If that's the case, I'd rather live in Rochester.
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I'm weary of plastic cages.
why?
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Wow, someone needs a hug. If you want to see my reply as a dig, go for it. I didn't in any way say my city was any better than yours. Hell, you can have them both for all I care. By the way, I'm not a Rochester resident. And even if I were, I would be able to ride to a local Walmart from any point in Rochester.
If there are two cities known as The Flour City, and Rochester is the more prominent, the other must really blow.

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Which still leads me back to my original question. Are you saying you can't ride out of the city? If that's the case, I'd rather live in Rochester.
Sure I can, for a worthwhile destination; Walmart doesn't qualify as such, at this point in my life. YMMV.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
If there are two cities known as The Flour City, and Rochester is the more prominent, the other must really blow.

Now there's some logic for ya.
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This is such a bling factor FAIL.

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Originally Posted by baribari View Post
Every piece of bike equipment you buy at Wal-Mart (even the most expensive stuff they sell) is liable to be really, really ****ty, fail prematurely, break, fall off, or otherwise not work.

I don't even want to guess about the quality of the lights and computers they sell there.
Wow, for someone who seems to have very little positive to say about their stuff, you sure seem to buy a lot of it...

I have been using a Bell computer on my commuter for 3 years with no problems yet. I ride in all weather too. In that time, on my road bike, I have had a Polar, 2 x Specialized and a Cateye all die...
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Wow, for someone who seems to have very little positive to say about their stuff, you sure seem to buy a lot of it...

I have been using a Bell computer on my commuter for 3 years with no problems yet. I ride in all weather too. In that time, on my road bike, I have had a Polar, 2 x Specialized and a Cateye all die...
Bought. I don't buy bike stuff there anymore, for that exact reason.
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$50 for a CF cage you say? How about $200 for a Campagnolo Record bottle cage?! I just stumbled across one while searching for details on the Bell CF cage.
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The only Walmart bike product I have is a seat bag. The only reason I got it was because it was free. I haven't actually used it much it seems durable. It straps on securely. Also it's huge! I could probably fit four water bottles in it. That's kind of a drawback though since I don't need such a big bag. Also it's very ugly.
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Bicycle parts.........Pick any two

Lightweight
Cheap
Reliable.
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