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Old 03-17-09, 12:45 PM
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fat tony - cover the mercier, too. it will look much better.

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Make sure you don't ride over anything wet with a bottle in that cage.
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hope you have been riding for a while because that seat will tear you up! if anything they should have sent the kilo's with nicer pedals and w/o a seat, that thing is worthless
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Originally Posted by jmio
hope you have been riding for a while because that seat will tear you up! if anything they should have sent the kilo's with nicer pedals and w/o a seat, that thing is worthless
yep, about 150 miles in the saddle - 3 of them 25+ rides. I kinda got used to it I guess. I wear bike shorts BTW
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Originally Posted by dddave
fat tony - cover the mercier, too. it will look much better.
Nah, I like it as is for now
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Originally Posted by xxxfattonyxxx
Nah, I like it as is for now
lol. "nah" he says. love it.

i think it looks better without the mercier too, but cheers to you for doing things YOUR way. thats what its all about.
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Originally Posted by oneangrytoast
lol. "nah" he says. love it.

i think it looks better without the mercier too, but cheers to you for doing things YOUR way. thats what its all about.
haha, thanks. I'm already going to be enough of a sheep cause I'm going black/white so I thought i'd leave something to differentiate mine
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Originally Posted by jmio
hope you have been riding for a while because that seat will tear you up! if anything they should have sent the kilo's with nicer pedals and w/o a seat, that thing is worthless
I don't mind the seat on the Kilo for some reason.

Of course, I somehow manage to find comfort sitting on most seats, so I don't know. o_O
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I think they're decals placed after the powder coat but before the last gloss coat. So in order to get them off you have to somehow get the gloss coat off while not messing with the powder coat? Not sure.

Basically I don't think you can remove them without having to repaint the whole frame.
Sand, lightly... then re-clear .



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Old 03-18-09, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by martinus
Sand, lightly... then re-clear .


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Best bet is to carefully remove the decal (which has clear over it) with a needle (or exacto, if you're ballsy). Clean with a paint prep product, like kardol, then clear with enamel (lacquers will likely react with the paint that's on there). Wetsand lightly, clear again, wetsand more agressivly, clear, wetsand, polish.

The decal will come off easier if you warm it up a bit with a hairdryer or heat gun. Note that even a good clearcoat tends to have a little bit of a tone to it, so color of the area painted may not be totally perfect (but pretty darn close).

The problem is basically that anything with a metallic (I know my wheat-gold is metallic paint, I think the white might not be but most others probably are) cannot be sanded directly. It will come up splotchy if you do. Hence, clear before you sand on area where the decal was.
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Originally Posted by DrSpiv
Best bet is to carefully remove the decal (which has clear over it) with a needle (or exacto, if you're ballsy). Clean with a paint prep product, like kardol, then clear with enamel (lacquers will likely react with the paint that's on there). Wetsand lightly, clear again, wetsand more agressivly, clear, wetsand, polish.

The decal will come off easier if you warm it up a bit with a hairdryer or heat gun. Note that even a good clearcoat tends to have a little bit of a tone to it, so color of the area painted may not be totally perfect (but pretty darn close).

The problem is basically that anything with a metallic (I know my wheat-gold is metallic paint, I think the white might not be but most others probably are) cannot be sanded directly. It will come up splotchy if you do. Hence, clear before you sand on area where the decal was.
Thank you, this is all I wanted to know. Are they decals on the pro model too?
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Anyone have experience shipping a Kilo TT frame to Canada from Bike Island? Are there any border charges?
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I'm loving that spinergy

Just chopped up some old cruiser bars into a nice townie bend, also tossed on a freewheel for some coasting goodness. Gripped up the bars with Oury's, also tossed on an older Salsa stem. The original cranks and pedals are on my recent Klein build (check out the thread).

I've got a Selle Italia Turbo Gel seat waiting to go on too.



Here's the fenders that I have. They are made for the super low clearances of these frames, and they fit like a glove. I still haven't seen them on Giant's website. They run about 45 bones from my lbs (and they've got a few in stock)

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Does anyone know the official chain size? !/8 or 3/32? I've looked through the forum and it's like a split decision. Will it be on the chain itself? I bought a 3/32 surly cog and it seems to fit fine, but I'm not sure.
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Old 03-18-09, 06:57 PM
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pro TT = 1/8"
regular TT = 3/32"
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Old 03-18-09, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Nietzsche
pro TT = 1/8"
regular TT = 3/32"
awesome, thanks.

Guess it's a good time to get a new cog and chainring.
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Old 03-18-09, 10:00 PM
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i mean if you got a 3/32" cog you're good...
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Old 03-19-09, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Nietzsche
pro TT = 1/8"
regular TT = 3/32"
That is too complicated for this bunch, try:

GOLD CHAIN = 1/8"
NOT GOLD CHAIN = 3/32"
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lets hear it~
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Love the color theme mucky. Inspires me to make more money to afford everything.
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Old 03-19-09, 09:50 AM
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lets hear it~
looks like an endorsement for spearmint wrigley. (in an awesome way)
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I've decided to go with the Mercier Kilo TT over the IRO completes. I'm a complete n00b at this stuff so I need a lot of guidance.

I did a lot of reading on forums and have come to the understanding that the seats should be replaced immediately, as well as tires. My friend also said that I should replace the pedals and get quality clips.

The problem is.... Which brands should I be looking at? Which should I stay away from?
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Old 03-19-09, 10:35 AM
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buy kilo TT, see if you like the saddle, if not buy a new one, replace pedals with some GR9s and whatever clips you like... tires are pretty crappy so get whatever tires you like or try your luck with the stock ones...

you should be able to get by for a while just replacing that...
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