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The "What don't you like about my bike" thread

Old 11-14-09, 06:40 PM
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I finally got proper bars for my bike (thanks to the bike swap meet on 4th ave for those of you in Tucson)

and my bike went from


to



Now I just want an all red rear tire when its ready to be changed.
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Old 11-14-09, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
I would want hoods on a bike with that much seat-to-bar drop. It would be a pain to only be able to ride on the tops or drops since the drops are so low. ugh, or is that top tube making the drop look larger than it is?
seat to bar drop is GREATLY exaggerated by the frame geometry. its about 4.5 inches give or take. at 6'2" i can comfortably ride in the drops. most of the time i actually ride on the forward section of the bars as if they are hoods. the ergo bars are flat as they extend forward and its quite comfortable. i rarely ride on the top of the bars.

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Old 12-03-09, 09:35 PM
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Old 12-03-09, 10:08 PM
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top tube pad doesnt go with anything...

the saddle position is odd. if thats really where you need it i would get a thompson elite (they dont have a setback)

the chainring looks out of place

overall its not bad. a few changes and i would ride it.
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Old 12-03-09, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
top tube pad doesnt go with anything...

the saddle position is odd. if thats really where you need it i would get a thompson elite (they dont have a setback)

the chainring looks out of place

overall its not bad. a few changes and i would ride it.
Yeah, I've been fiddling with different saddle positions today. I'm not sure what I'll choose. The tires are blue, same as the top tube pad. It's hard to see in the pic. What chainring would be better?
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Old 12-03-09, 11:48 PM
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The risers are going away, I'm getting white bullhorns with white long grips on tomorrow, but please, flame away.
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Old 12-03-09, 11:54 PM
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frame color is cool, fork is ugly, seat is ugly, and not a fan of the black seatpost and stem. Don't like stickers on the rims either.
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Old 12-03-09, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by craigcraigcraig View Post
frame color is cool, fork is ugly, seat is ugly, and not a fan of the black seatpost and stem. Don't like stickers on the rims either.
Thanks! I never liked the fork either, but for 300 bucks, I think i got more than what I paid for. I'll keep that in mind while I'm building this, first things first though, maintenance. The chainring and spider are bent, so that crankset's gotta go.
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Old 12-04-09, 12:03 AM
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well we can't tell that from the photos but that would be a good fix.
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Old 12-05-09, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Nuggetross View Post
Yeah, I've been fiddling with different saddle positions today. I'm not sure what I'll choose. The tires are blue, same as the top tube pad. It's hard to see in the pic. What chainring would be better?
ok i will give you the top tube pad. i dont like how they look but very nice when you go to lock up.

i will put the saddle comment on hold till you sort it out...

i just think "solid" chainrings like that look cheap. get something with holes or windows in it like the orange bike up there ^ or one that is more "sculpted" like the chainring down there v

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Old 12-05-09, 12:37 AM
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Old 12-05-09, 10:02 AM
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i would put the braking surface on your front rim to good use or if you refuse to run a brake get a rim to match the rear.

i would run bullhorns over risers and find a bladed seat post as well



its very nice though. i wouldn't be afraid to ride it as is.
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Old 12-05-09, 12:15 PM
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Old 12-05-09, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by geeknerd99 View Post
It's actually the Dealer Technology Evaluation Sample.

Risers are carbon, and the ridiculous rise prevents me from having to jack up the stem. The increased visibility and comfort from the more upright position is worth it.

The Raleigh decal is under the clearcoat. And it's an aluminum fork. Carbon fork is on the list for upgrades, in addition to a better crankset.

Ever considered stripping the paint and polishing the fork?
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Old 12-05-09, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
i would put the braking surface on your front rim to good use or if you refuse to run a brake get a rim to match the rear.

i would run bullhorns over risers and find a bladed seat post as well



its very nice though. i wouldn't be afraid to ride it as is.
Ive got a brake on there now. havent decided on what drops to put on yet.
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Old 12-05-09, 07:59 PM
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deshi:

i like it
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Old 12-05-09, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
deshi:

i like it
Thanks man.
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Old 12-06-09, 01:28 AM
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I don't like that its not mine
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Old 12-06-09, 01:44 AM
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Old 12-06-09, 02:37 AM
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Have at it.
There is a lack of fail happening there...
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Old 12-06-09, 01:22 PM
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sticker on the fork.
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Old 12-09-09, 03:05 AM
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First SS



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Old 12-09-09, 05:18 PM
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Like: Looks like a race bike

Dislike: toe clips on what otherwise looks like a race bike
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Old 12-09-09, 06:45 PM
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needz moar gearz
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I have to do this every time I put something new on my bike
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