Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 07-29-12, 02:21 PM
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Bye Bye Litespeed

I sold my 2000 Litespeed Classic all Dura Ace in mint condition.It had Mavic Helium wheels,came in at 17lbs. A dream bike.I sold it because I needed the money and got a fair price for it.I'm writing this cause it never really did it for me.I have a vintage Pinarello Montello which was my bike of choice for all but the longest rides.Though I was amazed at the excellence and flawlessness of the componenets and it fit me like a glove the ride didn't excite me like the steel bikes I've had.Can't really put my finger on it.Dare I say a certain "deadness" to the ride?It really flew and responded exceptionally well but in the end I often would ride it and yearn for the Pinarello.Anyone relate?Have similar experience with Titanium?
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Old 07-29-12, 02:55 PM
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Old 07-29-12, 03:18 PM
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Not the same experience for me and my 2001 Merlin. But you sound like you are happy with the vintage steel Pin so good for you!
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Old 07-29-12, 03:31 PM
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I have a old Fuji that i never really liked and i have been thinking of pulling it out and get it running again.Its not it perfect shape but very good.However i would hate to put a lot of money into it and still not care for it.
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I once had a saddle I didn't care for.
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I used to have a ride I didn't much care for. But sometimes, at 2AM, with a bunch of beers in me, it was better than nothing...
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I loved my Ti road bikes, they are all gone, still have a Ti hardtail MTB, love that more. But in the end I do prefer the modern CF frames, I now ride a Cervelo S2, P3 and a Scott Addict.
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That gif of the kid stomping and sitting in his chair is pretty nifty.
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My Ti bike is the best I've ever ridden and I've had and have a few nice carbon ones...maybe its fit....
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i have never owned a ti bike but i have gone from carbon back to steel. something about steel just puts me more at ease over carbon. glad that your happy.
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sadly I can relate 100%...I had a wonderful litespeed built Eddy Merckx with ulgetra nice bike I luved the idea of nEddy M but I never really luved it....layed back geometry slow but the name was great...I sold it a few years ago after turning it into a single speed. Got me a sweeet full Carbon Bianchi....luv it.
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I once had a saddle I didn't care for.
Really?
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That gif of the kid stomping and sitting in his chair is pretty nifty.
I read in an internet forum that he sold that chair and now sits on a folding steel chair.
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I've never ridden ti, but I'm guessing in a couple of years, when you don't need the money any more, you'll wish you hadn't sold it.
There's a lot of options & choices in bike gear, mostly just a matter of preference. Knowing what you like and what works for you can save a lot of money, time, and regret. If vintage Italian steel does it for you, go with it!
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Can't really put my finger on it.Dare I say a certain "deadness" to the ride?It really flew and responded exceptionally well but in the end I often would ride it and yearn for the Pinarello.Anyone relate?Have similar experience with Titanium?
Nope. Absolute opposite experience. I love my Lynskey.
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My Litespeed is probably the last road bike I'll ever need to buy. It's light, fast, and comfortable. It has timeless styling and because it's titanium, the frame will probably outlast me.
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I read in an internet forum that he sold that chair and now sits on a folding steel chair.
He probably heard that steel is for real. Although, I bet he misses the light weight and simplicity of a fixed position chair.
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Had my Litespeed Tuscany/105 for 12 years now - I like it a lot, no desire for a new bike but not in a great position to compare - it"s the only road bike I've ever ridden!
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In the same way that carbon fiber bikes don't all ride the same, the best titanium manufacturers also have their own signature ride qualities.

Moots makes an incredible bike, they have their traditional designs that are super comfy and the newer RSL (reinforced tubing) for a more high performance ride. They also have a great program where you can send them your old and haggard frame and they will re-polish it and apply new stickers to make it look like new. I can't remember the exact price on that, but it's really reasonable (like a few hundred dollars).

In addition to Moots, Lynskey and Seven are builders that make "bikes for the rest of your life" that you will be happy with for a long, long time.
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Love my Lynskey. All they make is Ti bikes. Had others. Rode a Lemond steel bike for years still have it.
Steel is real. Yes... but, Nothing rhymes with Titanium.
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Love my Lynskey. All they make is Ti bikes. Had others. Rode a Lemond steel bike for years still have it.
Steel is real. Yes... but, Nothing rhymes with Titanium.
Ti is fly. ... Or something.

All in the construction and tube selections. Any can be super stiff, or noodly (lively)
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I've never ridden ti, but I'm guessing in a couple of years, when you don't need the money any more, you'll wish you hadn't sold it.
There's a lot of options & choices in bike gear, mostly just a matter of preference. Knowing what you like and what works for you can save a lot of money, time, and regret. If vintage Italian steel does it for you, go with it!
I already miss it!I always appreciated the exceptional excellence of the bike.I think what I'm saying is that there is an excitement and liveliness to certain steel frames that can't be matched.By the way my Classic was signed by Linskey.Thank you all for your input!
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I already miss it!I always appreciated the exceptional excellence of the bike.I think what I'm saying is that there is an excitement and liveliness to certain steel frames that can't be matched.By the way my Classic was signed by Linskey.Thank you all for your input!
its Lynskey.
And thats unlikely, Lynskey sold the company in 1998.
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My Merlin CF/Ti is wonderful. First time on it I thought I was flying. Had it for 8 years and can not imagine needing another bike...ever.
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its Lynskey.
And thats unlikely, Lynskey sold the company in 1998.
I don't have any reason to lie about it.Blow that up and see the signature on the stay.
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