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I Love My Windsor Hour!

Old 02-18-09, 08:32 AM
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my paint's chipped like a mofo
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Do you all think it's a cheap clear coat or just normal wear and tear?
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Originally Posted by Sikbug
Do you all think it's a cheap clear coat or just normal wear and tear?
After looking at other bikes around campus I'm almost certain it's just normal wear and tear. Almost everybody else's bike has the same chips in the fork from locking to the bike racks.
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The paint on the Windsors are not that durable.
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Im trying to update my crankset/bottom bracket for my hour. Any recommendations?
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Old 02-19-09, 02:01 PM
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I just got my clockwork. Still not put all together yet though. The burgundy looks so good in person I really love it. It's like a dull black/red/brown then when the light hits it the burgundy shines through but not flashy at all with almost a small hint of purple, but in a nice way. Going to take it to the lbs and get a new fixed cog and have them give it a look over.
I'll post some pics once it's all done.
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Just got it yesterday. Much nicer than my nishiki convert. I love it. I like it a lot more than my friends kilo too. Just need to cut the bars.



Gettin a little skid happy.



And one more just because I thought it was cool.

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Originally Posted by ballin
I like it a lot more than my friends kilo too.
Just out of curiosity, why? I am probably going to go the BD route soon, and I am deciding between the hour, the messenger, and the kilo tt.

So in your opinion, what makes this bike superior to the kilo tt?
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Well personally I just don't like the feeling of the kilo mainly because of its track geometry and toe overlap.

They are basically the same thing, it just depends on if you would prefer a really tight track frame or if you would like to be a little more relaxed.
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Just to let you know, I'm a kilo TT owner, and wouldn't mind having "relaxed geometry" at all. Track geometry might be great for the track, but seriously consider your style of riding. Will you be on the track often? I'm never on the track, and always on the roads. You can set either bike up aggressively or not, but don't go for the TT because you think the tighter geometry will add anything tangible to your experience, like I did. I wouldn't have minded having two brakes and a freewheel for the price I paid for the bike alone.

That being said, I don't dislike the Kilo at all.
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Originally Posted by Jesse M

In the process of reincarnating my Windsor. Going for a flip/flop roadie build, much like wildus' on the previous page.
what seat post?
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Old 02-21-09, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by PoopinFresh
Just to let you know, I'm a kilo TT owner, and wouldn't mind having "relaxed geometry" at all. Track geometry might be great for the track, but seriously consider your style of riding. Will you be on the track often? I'm never on the track, and always on the roads. You can set either bike up aggressively or not, but don't go for the TT because you think the tighter geometry will add anything tangible to your experience, like I did. I wouldn't have minded having two brakes and a freewheel for the price I paid for the bike alone.

That being said, I don't dislike the Kilo at all.
That's a good point. I kind of overlooked this. My bike will never see the track.
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Old 02-23-09, 08:22 AM
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Cranks and bottom bracket

I upgraded to Miche cranks and bottom bracket. No complaints.
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I finally got her put together but still haven't went and bought the new cog yet.




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Yellow one is coming along nicely.
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I just got my 17t fixed cog installed but it says 3/32" / 17t on it not 1/8", is the correct one to use?

Edit: Nevermind, from what I've been reading this is ok. I just don't know if it is ideal.

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In the Bikes Direct product page for the Hour, it lists the fork with a 1" steerer tube, but it features 1.125" threadless stem and headset. So is the fork 1.125" as well?

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Old 02-26-09, 07:27 PM
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Here's my Clockwork. $20 more than the Hour for the orange color, brakes, and 16t freewheel cog were worth it.
Removed the rear brakes.
Kept the front caliper with a Tektro lever.
Selle Italia saddle.
Flop and chopped stock bars.
MKS GR-9 pedals with Powergrips. (spin the bolt in the stock pedal to feel the resistance, it's laughable)
Shimano Dura Ace 14t 1/8th cog and lockring on fixed side.
Thanks BikeForums for ideas on the bike, parts, and build...I love my Windsor!



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Old 02-27-09, 01:56 PM
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look what mr. UPS man brought me today:







first thing I did was flip & chop those hideous ergo bars.
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Old 02-27-09, 04:03 PM
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first thing you should have done was take the reflectors off. im not a fan of chop and flops. its your bike though, have fun.
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time to get a carbon fork and deda pista drops.
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Here's mine. Got it off Craigslist all hipsterfied. Kid still had the stock bar so that went back on, pedals are some cheap old straps I had in a box until my clipless ones get here, and I put a 17 tooth cog on the other side of the flip flop so I can go from 15-17 when I need to. It's a nice bike, and for the price I paid it's in great condition (after I removed multi-colored tape and stickers from the frame and wheels). I've got a set of brakes and some quick releases on the way as well.

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Originally Posted by HybridPilot
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first thing you should have done was take the reflectors off. im not a fan of chop and flops. its your bike though, have fun.
I noticed the reflectors right after posting and immediately took them off. So far I like the flop and chops... eventually I would like to get some smoother-rounder track drops and some straight bars. A little variety.
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I'm so cool that my shoes match my tt protector.

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