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Old 05-21-09, 02:01 PM
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nothing wrong with drops. I am finding with the kilo that I either want to switch bars or need to put on hoods. Without the hoods I am not a huge fan of the drops which is the appeal of bullhorns for me. I had risers on my last fixed and liked those just fine too.

It really all comes down to personal preference whether for style or comfort.
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Originally Posted by td.tony
Everyone seems to have riser bars or bullhorns, is there anything wrong with the stock track drops or is it just a preference thing? Do track drops feel much different than road drops? I ride a road bike and I can't imagine not having drops.
the stock kilo tt bars are NOT track drops. They are road drops...
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Originally Posted by td.tony
Everyone seems to have riser bars or bullhorns, is there anything wrong with the stock track drops or is it just a preference thing? Do track drops feel much different than road drops? I ride a road bike and I can't imagine not having drops.
There is nothing wrong with the stock drops. I felt they were entirely too flexy, though, and I thought I was going to break them. I swapped them out for RB-021s, but I am going back to drops once I find some ergo drops I like in 40cm, preferably used, and maybe trade my horns for them, so I do not have to pay anything.
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Old 05-21-09, 09:25 PM
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try climbing any decent hill with the stock drops and you will hear all kinds of creaking and popping coming from the stem area, as well as flex like a wet noodle. First thing I did was get rid of them and put on some track drops I got off a stock pista that seem to be more comfy than my B123s.
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has anyone seen pictures of a pannier front rack on a kilo tt? trying to find a way~

EDIT: something like this:


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Old 05-21-09, 10:26 PM
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I'm also looking for a front brake for my 57cm showing up any day now.

The type of lever I'm looking for is typically referred to as a MTB-type or "cyclocross style" lever... it'll be mounted near the stem on the flat part of my bars.

Like this:



If these are what I'm looking for, eighthinch.com has them here:

https://www.eighthinch.com/mm5/mercha...=brakes_levers

I've had a brake mounted on the end of a bullhorn before and it was ridiculous. Your hands are usually only there when you're climbing. And when you're climbing, you seldom want to pull the front brake (unless you want some extra work, I guess).

I don't think they have the brake I want, though. I'm looking for a normal reach front brake only. Budget, but quality.
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Originally Posted by PluperfectArson
There is nothing wrong with the stock drops. I felt they were entirely too flexy, though, and I thought I was going to break them. I swapped them out for RB-021s, but I am going back to drops once I find some ergo drops I like in 40cm, preferably used, and maybe trade my horns for them, so I do not have to pay anything.
has there been a single case of someone bending the stock handlebars by pumping? i understand the feeling.
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Old 05-21-09, 10:43 PM
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^There was the case of the guy who could spin his drops ('cause they're not solid, they have that sheath in the middle where the stem attaches).
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Originally Posted by xsnakobx
^There was the case of the guy who could spin his drops ('cause they're not solid, they have that sheath in the middle where the stem attaches).
that was caused by his sprinting?
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Just took my blue 55cm for first ride. Great stuff. Got a Shimano 105 brake w/ tektro cross lever at the shop (extra lever if anyone wants!)--everything else stock except for the front tire, which I very stupidly slashed with my pen knife when it slipped removing all the tube wrappings and bindings.

I'm 6'1" and the 55cm is a bit smaller than my previous bike but a pretty good fit overall, especially if you like your bikes a tiny bit on the small side.

Drive train is indeed a bit noisy--maybe it's the chain. Gonna grease it.
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Old 05-22-09, 07:00 AM
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i think this was covered somewhere, but i can't seem to find it. Does anyone have a link to a place that sells that black vinyl tape or sticker material used to cover the Mercier decal. I just got my Black kilo and I hate that giant Mercier decal.
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Just preordered a 55cm tt in gold after much deliberation between black, blue-fleck, and gold...anyone have any good suggestions for color schemes? I was thinking just simple black DP18s, black Origin8 crank, MKS slyvan tracks, and RB-021 (all of which I have already) to replace the stock parts.
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Gotta say I'm really impressed with Bikes Direct, especially after hearing some people in this thread gripe about their wait. I ordered my blue 55cm Kilo Sunday night (17th) and it arrived Thursay.

EighthInch.com on the other hand, I ordered a new lockring Monday night (18th) and it still hasn't shipped yet. Hmm.
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Originally Posted by KingsCountyFC
i think this was covered somewhere, but i can't seem to find it. Does anyone have a link to a place that sells that black vinyl tape or sticker material used to cover the Mercier decal. I just got my Black kilo and I hate that giant Mercier decal.
This seller on eBay was mentioned before.
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Old 05-22-09, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Defenbacher

Drive train is indeed a bit noisy--maybe it's the chain. Gonna grease it.
I've noticed the same thing. In fact, I find it rather annoying.
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when youre riding, is it easier to hear other peoples drivetrains than your own? im in disbelief of how quiet mine is.
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Originally Posted by dougland89
OMG you're in disbelief as to how quiet yours is? ME TOO!!!
same.

i remember the stock drivetrain being much louder.
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Just got my 57cm black Kilo today, rode it for about 3 miles with a friend, sweet bike. The saddle it comes with is THE WORST saddle i have ever ridden on. Only in that short ride my ass is already hurting. Can anyone recommend a good saddle for about $60 and under. I'm trying to go for a red and black theme so if any good saddles come in those colors i'd appreciate. Thanks
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DON'T get the soma saddle. I got it for $50 from an lbs... by the time I got home the covering was shredding where the rivets on my jeans were rubbing it...
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Old 05-22-09, 07:51 PM
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[QUOTE=muckymucky;8963431]has anyone seen pictures of a pannier front rack on a kilo tt? trying to find a way.

You posted a photo of a flat bed style rack, so what about this:



Pure pannier racks don't have as large a space on top.
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[QUOTE=rudetay;8969021]
Originally Posted by muckymucky
has anyone seen pictures of a pannier front rack on a kilo tt? trying to find a way.

You posted a photo of a flat bed style rack, so what about this:



Pure pannier racks don't have as large a space on top.
dang what pannier is that? that looks like a tank.
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Paul Flatbed, that rack costs as much as the frame.

Not my bike, here's the velospace page: https://velospace.org/node/11603

I actually saw it farther back in this thread.
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made my first true ride, no noises from the drive train but only from the left pedal. still making adjustment duh....over all a nice ride for the money but i do see myself switching out most/all of the components.
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Is it really a nice ride for the $$$ if you are going to switch out all of the components?
Sorry, im confused.
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also confused. components? switch? its a bargain bike off a discount website. just ride it. its awesome
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