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Here's to you, 2003 Lemond Zurich--a great (almost) everything bike

Old 09-30-10, 05:25 PM
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Here's to you, 2003 Lemond Zurich--a great (almost) everything bike

This 2003 Lemond Zurich has now officially taken me 6000 miles, most of which have been on the six-mile roundtrip commute to work, rain or shine (predominantly wind and fog here in SF). Plenty of 50-75 mile rides in there too, from Tam to Diablo.

A few new chains, cables/housing, plenty of tape, new chain rings after I crunched them into a pole on one of several crashes, new saddle, new (old) wheelset, tires--all the usual tweaks--and she's still running like a champ, even if she's a dirty, bruised up lady at this point.

Just felt like showing some love to my daily rider. It really was the perfect choice for me considering the hell you're bound to put your first road bike through. And always fun on the commute.

Cheers, Lemmy.

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I don't think of a Lemond Zurich as being a commuter somehow. Plus, your seat angle looks high to me. I saw one very much like this one last weekend on a group century., albeit more stripped down. Nice bike. I have a 2006 full carbon Zurich, and it looks very different.
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That's quite a commuter. Looks good.
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I love a well ridden bike!

A bike is not the sum of the state of the art frame and weight weenie parts - it's a sum of the memories of rides.



(That applies to my Zipp shod BMC PoMachine )
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Nice, I put over 1500 miles on my 89' Bianchi, but recently sold it to buy a more commuter friendly bike.

I just picked up an older steel Trek 830... for $65 it was too hard to pass. I'm getting some 26x1.5" slicks for it tomorrow, along with new grips. It should make for a pretty fun and comfortable bike. I've been used to commuting 700x25 for the past year and a half.
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Originally Posted by Randallissimo
I don't think of a Lemond Zurich as being a commuter somehow. Plus, your seat angle looks high to me. I saw one very much like this one last weekend on a group century., albeit more stripped down. Nice bike. I have a 2006 full carbon Zurich, and it looks very different.
I would tend to agree. But when you only have one bike to ride, it has to fill all positions. And what a great bike to be able to ride every day to the office (and then keep with you in your super-sweet cube like the office pup).

I think the 2003 was actually the last year the Zurich was all steel-- and the only year they used that paint scheme/decals. 2004 saw the steel/carbon blend, I believe, and then it went to all carbon as you said. I'd love to ride a newer model sometime.

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I love a well ridden bike! A bike is not the sum of the state of the art frame and weight weenie parts - it's a sum of the memories of rides..
Exactly. This bike has been everywhere with me since I got it. Six different apartments and a lot of different destinations.

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Nice, I put over 1500 miles on my 89' Bianchi
Just put an '89 Bianchi Brava together for my ladyfriend She loves it.

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