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Yeah, it's actually one of my favorite aluminum...

Yeah, it's actually one of my favorite aluminum frames I've ridden (vs. my old Dolan Track Champ (no personality/snap like the Fuji IMO), my street beater Superb Sprint (really tall feeling)). As you...
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I guess I never posted this here: ...

I guess I never posted this here:

https://i.imgur.com/xQy9lKm.jpg

Probably going to ditch the Deda handlebars at some point for some much narrower Nittos at some point. Gotten very used to my...
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Posted By octopus magic

So do you guys ban small built frames from your...

So do you guys ban small built frames from your tracks (eg Yamaguchi/Sachs/*insert whatever NJS frame builder)? Do you ban people with products that are from companies that no longer exist (Colossi)?...
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Posted By octopus magic

This is quite possibly the craziest thing I've...

This is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever heard of on this forum. Would someone having a totally authentic Scatto breaking and causing them to crash be just a "racing incident" due to it...
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Posted By octopus magic

Off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure Phil is...

Off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure Phil is the only company that makes a rear track hub in 20 hole. Everyone else bottoms out with 24/28, at least for the rear.
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Posted By octopus magic

Sit on it for two months and if you still have...

Sit on it for two months and if you still have the same amount of lust for it, figure out if it's monetarily justifiable.

That being said, they're relatively cheap for a decent geometry'd frame,...
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Posted By octopus magic

I think this is my similar reasoning for not...

I think this is my similar reasoning for not bothering ever to do RHC. There's too much testosterone from guys who sure are fast, but trying to prove way too much so they can get some Instagram fame....
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Posted By octopus magic

Some of my family lives a half hour away from the...

Some of my family lives a half hour away from the Velodrome and I was trying to figure out a way to get a race in while visiting. Bummer!
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Posted By octopus magic

Thanks! Yeah, I want to get some...

Thanks!

Yeah, I want to get some localstorage ability in, I'm rebuilding it now to be based off Redux as it's starting to become unmanageable as a raw React piece.

Building a database for...
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Posted By octopus magic

Without trying to sound like a complete wet...

Without trying to sound like a complete wet blanket, here's a few reasons why I think track has issues:

There are not a lot velodromes left in the world, and more than a few of the ones that are...
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Posted By octopus magic

Fun activity, if you just take a measuring tape...

Fun activity, if you just take a measuring tape to your own frame and drop it down, you'll see the "top tube" length decrease. Good ole geometry!

This kinda proves that reach is even more...
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Posted By octopus magic

Interestingly enough, I plugged in the numbers...

Interestingly enough, I plugged in the numbers for the "tiny" Bridgestone/Anchor TR9 in size L (with the 555 cm top tube) and compared it to two of my current track frames (A 58cm Fuji Track Pro from...
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Posted By octopus magic

Actually on further inspection/comparison,...

Actually on further inspection/comparison, they're the same length as the Dedas, the shorter reach made them look longer. My mistake!
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Posted By octopus magic

I picked up some of those 15 dollar 38mm Tange...

I picked up some of those 15 dollar 38mm Tange handlebars for fun this spring while racing (wanted to try something deeper than the ADB-X I have on my commuter), except during fitting I realized that...
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Posted By octopus magic

1) Get a 330+ watt FTP (Maybe doable) 2) Get a...

1) Get a 330+ watt FTP (Maybe doable)
2) Get a new frame (maybe) .
3) Squat 360lbs (probably not going to happen this winter without sacrificing #1, as I'm back down to 285lbs x 3 now)
4) Design a...
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Posted By octopus magic

To that point, my father used to know a guy who...

To that point, my father used to know a guy who was a World War 2 fighter pilot who post war went on to racing cars in SCCA. Certainly not to the point of take-off and dogfighting, but similar in...
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Posted By octopus magic

Not to be that guy, the Zipp 404 is 58mm deep,...

Not to be that guy, the Zipp 404 is 58mm deep, rather than 40mm. (Zipp's naming scheme irritates me only slightly more than Look's frame naming) ;)
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Posted By octopus magic

Here's a small question, does anyone know if...

Here's a small question, does anyone know if there's a way to jam some better track ends on the old 2003 era Fuji Track Pro? I like the frame a lot, but having to use tiny Miche track nuts all the...
01-19-10, 10:12 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

The lock ring threading on my Phil Wood rear hub...

The lock ring threading on my Phil Wood rear hub decided to **** the bed, so I threw a freewheel on and I use it as my single speed cross wheel.

Pretty, but save yourself some cash. I got a (used)...
11-30-09, 01:44 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Thanks for the tips guys, I'm going to close out...

Thanks for the tips guys, I'm going to close out the year on SS and maybe run next season half SS, but see what I can dig up for some brifters/9 or 10 speed rear/derailer hanger if I can get around...
11-28-09, 11:17 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Single Speed CX racing tips with the geared guys.

So yeah, I got the cross racing bug after converting my commuter (Van Dessel Country Road Bob) into a full out CX bike, but I have a pretty small problem. Or make that a really big problem: I am...
11-24-09, 10:56 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Drifting is the SWEET Fixed Gear Freestyle of...

Drifting is the SWEET Fixed Gear Freestyle of cars.
11-24-09, 07:09 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

I guess I'm due for an update: Van Dessel...

I guess I'm due for an update:

Van Dessel Cross Rig:

http://velospace.org/files/crbsidedetail.jpg

Gearing is different now (smaller chainring), and it's a lot dirtier.

In action (SS Cross...
11-18-09, 03:25 PM
11-18-09, 01:12 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Or maybe because they're poorly managed and...

Or maybe because they're poorly managed and selling ricer garbage "aero" kits is always going to have the fact that China will make sprayed fiberglass replicas of anything.

The only people who...
11-18-09, 01:06 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

No, it's not really a copy, it's the same exact...

No, it's not really a copy, it's the same exact frame with a different paint job.
11-17-09, 04:15 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Neither will Dura Ace cranks. :(

Neither will Dura Ace cranks. :(
11-16-09, 10:04 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Oakley Factory Pilots! ...

Oakley Factory Pilots!

http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/040715/040715_greg_lemond_vmed_11a.widec.jpg
11-16-09, 06:01 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

i didn't post this here but here it is ...

i didn't post this here but here it is

http://www.syntheticpawn.com/junk/bikestuff/mspaint.jpg

True story. :(
11-02-09, 03:06 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

How about a jansport and some plastic garbage...

How about a jansport and some plastic garbage bags, and spend the rest on beer.
10-29-09, 05:44 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Oh yeah, these too: ...

Oh yeah, these too:

http://www.vandesselsports.com/images/dsc/dsc2009_main_large.jpg

Van Dessel Drag Strip Courage - 1 grand.
...
10-29-09, 05:00 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

That blue TR250 is so obnoxious with risers and...

That blue TR250 is so obnoxious with risers and an aerospoke. Does that dude wear trucker hats too?

Also the Look 464 Track is HOT.
10-28-09, 12:22 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

That's a pretty poor cross bike. You have a...

That's a pretty poor cross bike. You have a single speed with some cross tires on it.
10-27-09, 03:33 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Why do you want an integrated seat mast so bad?! ...

Why do you want an integrated seat mast so bad?!

The only really stiff stuff you're going to get is going to cost you an arm and a leg, eg Fuji Track Elite, Look 496, BT, Corima...
10-23-09, 06:57 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

Why do triathletes have such a lousy aero...

Why do triathletes have such a lousy aero position?
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Posted By octopus magic

600-900 for the disc, I know that much. ...

600-900 for the disc, I know that much.

Front wheel, maybe around 400-500ish? Maybe a little more, maybe a little less, it'll be harder to find just a front though.
10-22-09, 07:51 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

My 2009 Zipp 900 disc has cartridge bearings. I'd...

My 2009 Zipp 900 disc has cartridge bearings. I'd consider it a pretty high end wheel, personally.

Ceramic bearings on bikes is dumb and a waste. Ceramic bearings were initially designed for...
10-22-09, 07:39 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

my bikes own, your bikes suck. That's the short...

my bikes own, your bikes suck. That's the short end of it.
10-21-09, 09:04 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

It's more than likely got an aluminum tube for...

It's more than likely got an aluminum tube for the fork, so drill away.
10-21-09, 08:33 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

Probably around 15-16, depending on how much...

Probably around 15-16, depending on how much those wheels weigh.

Also that seat post looks just about right for me.

I really like the completely removable dropouts, Van Dessel did the same on...
10-16-09, 06:46 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

All I have to say is it's a good thing I'm not a...

All I have to say is it's a good thing I'm not a Bianchi frames because that bike is an embarrassment.

749 for an old frame they threw some flat black paint on.
10-12-09, 11:05 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

Not as much as living in a fly-over state.

Not as much as living in a fly-over state.
10-12-09, 10:53 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

Hurr durr me get bike for 42 dollar i sure hope...

Hurr durr me get bike for 42 dollar i sure hope this goes through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
10-11-09, 10:19 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Motorcycles are slow at turning, so your...

Motorcycles are slow at turning, so your comparison means nothing. Especially at Japanese autocross sized tracks.

also lmao @ Nitto tires.
10-11-09, 10:42 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

That whole HELLA FLUSH crap is more suited for...

That whole HELLA FLUSH crap is more suited for dudes who wanna do "sweet dorifuto" and have cars that are more suited for FAST AND FURIOUS or hard parking (hard driving) than actual wheel to wheel...
10-08-09, 06:06 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

Carbon Cross fork Cantilever mounts

Hey, I got an older (2002-2003) Van Dessel Country Road Bob (with a carbon fiber fork) that had its cantilever studs removed, and I want to put a front brake back on for cross.

So I got new canti...
09-18-09, 08:03 AM
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Posted By octopus magic

If you don't think a disc and bars help out,...

If you don't think a disc and bars help out, you've obviously never ridden one.

I dropped over 50 seconds with bars + Disc + Trispoke on a 10 mile TT, still completely undialed in (as in my aero...
09-16-09, 03:13 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

I just have this feeling like sweet fixie trix...

I just have this feeling like sweet fixie trix are going to go the way of extreeeeeeme rollerblading, except sweet fixie trix didn't even have a limelight period. It's like a culture jam of...
09-03-09, 05:30 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

It's tarck because the mash frame has sissy boy...

It's tarck because the mash frame has sissy boy geometry for a track bike.
08-21-09, 01:19 PM
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Posted By octopus magic

http://www.syntheticpawn.com/junk/bikestuff/timetr...

http://www.syntheticpawn.com/junk/bikestuff/timetrialsmirk.jpg

SWEET FIXIES RULE, YO! (During a local TT series)
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