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

Old 12-09-09, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH... View Post
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Like: Looks like a race bike

Dislike: toe clips on what otherwise looks like a race bike
told ya, needs some good ol look pedals

edit: and remove the rear brake, then its perfect.
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Old 12-09-09, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by RubberDucks View Post
I have to do this every time I put something new on my bike
the missmatched wheels are a little much in this case.
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Old 12-09-09, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH... View Post
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i feel i can say this because i have a cx02 and they're nearly the same.

put the gears back on. especially if that hub is the wrong size (assumption based on wheels, sorry)
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Old 12-09-09, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by helloamerican View Post
i feel i can say this because i have a cx02 and they're nearly the same.

put the gears back on. especially if that hub is the wrong size (assumption based on wheels, sorry)

the rear hub is made for road frames. correct spacing and correct chain line for a road crank.

why are you guys so hard on nice fixed gear bikes? maybe it was purpose built and there are no gears to "put back on".
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Old 12-09-09, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by helloamerican View Post
i feel i can say this because i have a cx02 and they're nearly the same.

put the gears back on. especially if that hub is the wrong size (assumption based on wheels, sorry)
No gears to put back on. The rear hub is a White Industies Eccentric Eno SS/ Fixed...Straps gotta stay, but pedals gonna be swithed to (white) Origin 8's...As far as removing the rear brake...for looks I agree..but I have this thing about stopping when I want...

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Old 12-10-09, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
the rear hub is made for road frames. correct spacing and correct chain line for a road crank.

why are you guys so hard on nice fixed gear bikes? maybe it was purpose built and there are no gears to "put back on".
It would seem it was purpose built, and that's good it's done right. The thread is 'what don't you like about my bike' i personally would run gears on that bike, and if i had a road bike, i'd probably have opted for the bmc track frame instead. As far as being hard on nice fixed gear bikes.... i just get turned on more by fixed gears on track/ss specific frames, i'm not saying any of the componentry is bad. I just love my cx02 and couldn't imagine using it for a fixed gear/ss, but to each his own. This guy is obviously enjoying his bike (from other posts) and isn't damaging it, so i have no qualms about any of that. But this is a preference thread.
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Old 12-10-09, 08:15 AM
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alright, i can respect that. i used a road frame for fixed gear because i had it, wanted road geometry (it doesnt see the track), and with what i use it for i dont need or want gears
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Old 12-10-09, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by RubberDucks View Post
I have to do this every time I put something new on my bike
I would change the front rims to white. Doesnt have to match the back wheel, but a white rim would look better. Or black rims with white tires.
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Old 12-10-09, 05:25 PM
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No better first post than one in this thread I guess



I know, handlebars. This is an old pic and they've since been adjusted.
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Old 12-10-09, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by RubberDucks View Post
I have to do this every time I put something new on my bike

SAG straps and those bars. The bars are personal opinion though based on my experience with em.
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Old 12-10-09, 06:45 PM
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whats wrong with SAG straps? not offended just curious.
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Originally Posted by Dr Fu Manchu View Post
I would change the front rims to white. Doesnt have to match the back wheel, but a white rim would look better. Or black rims with white tires.
You're so color coordinated. ...Or black tires and white sidewalk with yellow spokes and purple hub and blue jeans and black hair and white backpack and green sunglasses and salmon brakes and purple ipod mini and white belt. Yeah.
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Old 12-11-09, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
alright, i can respect that. i used a road frame for fixed gear because i had it, wanted road geometry (it doesnt see the track), and with what i use it for i dont need or want gears
Hey, I have a touring bike turned fixed gear for the same reasons. Nice slack geometry, room for wide tires. And you know what, it kicks ass. I don't use it for touring, but most anything short of that, it's my go to bike.
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Old 12-11-09, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by blahhblahh View Post
No better first post than one in this thread I guess



I know, handlebars. This is an old pic and they've since been adjusted.
Attachment is bad.
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Old 12-11-09, 10:57 AM
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My Scrambler. It's gone through an assload of changes in the last month or two. Still need to remove that ugly sticker goo from the rims. (Rubbing alcohol? Any other good ways?)

OH... and I'm getting a little tired of the risers, so I've ordered some drop bars. Should arrive sometime next week.

In the meantime, go ahead, get your hate on

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Old 12-14-09, 07:24 PM
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alright; im finally ready for this thread






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Old 12-14-09, 08:12 PM
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i'm going to start with clean it!!

is the seat the right height or did you just set it as low as you could for looks? (it looks good)

take the rim decals off the front and back.

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Old 12-14-09, 09:01 PM
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a silver chain. Then it's done.
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Old 12-14-09, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by delorean View Post
gold chains are for Long Island guidos. Too many risers. Are those the stock pedals with plastic clips? Prefer silver/chrome to black (seatpost, chainring/cranks, stem).

Nice tires.
The funny thing is... one of the best track chains out there is gold. I rock one. Izumi V.
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Clean, remove stickers, different seatpost
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Old 12-15-09, 01:59 AM
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I actually quite like the seat post. It looks (almost) the same width of the aero seat post, and there isn't too much of the round insertion portion of it protruding out. I think it's a fairly fortunate thing to be able to get it to that point, where there is a minimal round profile protruding out, and it fitting the rider. I agree it does break the line, of the aer seat post but given the circumstances of its design, it works as best as it could. if you REALLY want to mimic an aero seat-mast like look, you COULD go to expense of creating a 'fairing' on the base of the seatpost, to eliminate and fill in the change in form, from aero to round. But I think that's a bigger pain in the ass than its really worth.

What about a black Miche Supertype, for aesthetic reasons only. The unique visual of its 'truss work' may distract the viewer from the glaring transition from aero seat tube to round seat post.

With all that matte black it feels like a blank canvas, filled with negative space, to me. It's begging for a focal point. Right now it's in the erratically placed rear wheel decals, and (kinda) the purple front wheel one. Right now you've got a white saddle and a white grips. Creating, visually speaking, a line descending from the saddle to the bars/grips. The wheel decals (front and rear) don't, IMO, compliment that. You could compliment that with a small white decal/whatever near the headtube/downtube junction? Or perhaps something on the side of the fork?
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Old 12-15-09, 02:00 AM
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Yeah... I talk too much.
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your cranks are ugly as hell
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
i'm going to start with clean it!!

is the seat the right height or did you just set it as low as you could for looks? (it looks good)

take the rim decals off the front and back.
yeah, the seatpost is the right height, it just worked out that way; and the only reason it's dirty is because i rode it to the shop!

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a silver chain. Then it's done.
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The funny thing is... one of the best track chains out there is gold. I rock one. Izumi V.
yeah, this is a kmc devil 101 chain, its pretty sweet and i got it for free.

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Clean, remove stickers, different seatpost
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Yeah... I talk too much.
the stickers were mentioned in another comment too, and at least on the rear wheel, they came stock that way, and i kind of like them there aesthetically. the sticker on the front wheel is just something that my friends and i had made up for one of our close friends birthday. And dont worry about the lengthy commentarry, what you said makes sense, and i can see where youre coming from with the supertype, and was actually thinking about getting one instead of the razor.

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your cranks are ugly as hell
i will agree with you on that, theyre off of my road bike, which i put sram force's on. theyre kind of long as well at 172.5. I may be getting some new ones. The thing i couldnt decide on was what to get as far as color, i think the silver is a nice break from all of the black, but i can also see where all black would look nice, and then theres gunmetal which i am on the fence about. any input?
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