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Old 07-20-08, 07:44 PM
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I think the mercier is a pretty saucy bike. My buddy shann just got one and he loves it to death.
I went for the Bianchi Pista when it came down to bikes. I'm a sucker for shiney stuff.
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Old 07-20-08, 07:51 PM
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Odd question, but how "track" does this frame feel? Looking to add to my bike quiver, Mercier is top 3 for choices.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:40 PM
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So I decided to order a new set of wheels for my KTT. On a budget, of course. I decided to go with the 2008 Vuelta Track Team from BD's sister company Bike Island, in white. When I received them -- even though both the order and the box they came in said white -- I was actually shipped blue wheels.

Hmm.

I contacted Bike Island and they were ready to have a UPS guy at my door to pick them up and get me a white set, but the more I looked at them the more I thought it might look OK. Unique, if nothing else. So I told the Bike Island guy not to worry about it, that I'd keep the blue (for what it's worth, he refunded me $20 anyway, which I thought was cool.)

I swapped out the black Swobo grips for some blue Oury's, and I'm hunting down some blue brake cable housing and a blue saddle. Here it is:



I'm a bit iffy myself. I think the white would have looked better, but it's too late now. I think with some more blue, though, it could wind up kinda cool. What do you guys think?

Edit: the picture makes the wheels look a bit more purple than they actually are. In reality they're much closer to the color of the grips than that picture makes them appear.

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Old 07-21-08, 10:06 PM
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I think the blue looks pretty good. I was thinking about getting white Dp18s, but I'm trying not to spend money since I'm going on vacation this week D:

Here's my stock bike..but I just put on the white bar tape and I think it looks pretty snazzy compared to the black tape.



I also want to cut the steer tube a bit cause I think it looks way too long and my stem's not all the way up either.
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Old 07-21-08, 10:20 PM
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..but I just put on the white bar tape and I think it looks pretty snazzy compared to the black tape.
don't worry.
that tape won't be white for long!
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Old 07-21-08, 10:21 PM
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tim, looks good.
i'm all for unique and gnarly color setups.
advice: put a pin in the end of those ourys and get the air out!!
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Old 07-21-08, 10:23 PM
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advice: put a pin in the end of those ourys and get the air out!!
HAH! Already did that.
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Old 07-22-08, 12:12 AM
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Has anyone made their Kilo more of a townie? As in, more upright position, basket, etc.


Oh and Tim, I noticed your Kilo is 60cm, how tall are you?
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Old 07-22-08, 12:17 AM
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Oh and Tim, I noticed your Kilo is 60cm, how tall are you?
6'3" with long legs.
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Old 07-22-08, 12:26 AM
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When straddling the top tube, how much space do you have?
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Old 07-22-08, 12:33 AM
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A hair over an inch. But the tip of my junk hits the bottom bracket shell.

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Just kidding.
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Old 07-22-08, 12:58 AM
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Thanks for the info, I'm trying to decide on a size.
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Old 07-22-08, 01:01 AM
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Ah. Well, as you can see in this pic, it looks like I dwarf the 60cm. But it's very comfy for me to ride:

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Old 07-22-08, 01:14 AM
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tim, blue looks great. it's just a bit different, something you would see on a soccer jersey but not on a bike! definitely unique and an awesome bit of mishap.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:07 AM
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i ride a 60cm as well and i'm 6'2" with short legs.
i didn't want a really cramped bike.
it's not as big as people say and i really is quite comfortable.
with it's track geometry and high bb, it makes the bike feel smaller imo.
.....but what do i know?!
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Old 07-22-08, 10:08 AM
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kudos on being the only one wearing a helmet in that pic, tim.
some people are just too "cool" to protect themselves, i guess.
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Old 07-22-08, 01:44 PM
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i spotted a green kilo in town yesterday, i thought that was neat
i don't see too many new fixed gear bikes
 
Old 07-22-08, 03:33 PM
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yeah i am 6'3" with regular sized legs and my junk rests on the TT when i stand over it flat footed. kind of uncomfortable. i guess i could go for a little smaller, but i think the 57 or whatever might be too small. any bigger though, and it wouldn't be comfortable. would never know without trying.
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Old 07-22-08, 03:44 PM
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Old 07-22-08, 04:07 PM
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ugly electrical tape!
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Old 07-22-08, 04:17 PM
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Wrd!
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Old 07-22-08, 06:14 PM
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what fork is that jason?
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Old 07-22-08, 06:15 PM
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wow, if only i would've clicked that bike link you had there, first.
fork looks good.
tape, not so good.
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Old 07-22-08, 06:56 PM
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Green and gold is just hot..

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Old 07-22-08, 07:46 PM
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yea, that etape job looks pretty bad.
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