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

Old 03-29-09, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by craigcraigcraig View Post
well, as for fitting the legs fit great. the short cockpit due to that ridiculous stem makes for quite a strain on the neck while riding. so i have tried to find a negative rise stem(not sure if thats the correct term) i could stretch out a bit more which would be nice on the back
I like it a lot. Simple and clean. I always had a thing for red n white bikes. Seriously, tho, the stem is ridic. Go over to Mellow Johnny's and get an Origin 8 stem (30 bucks) I think it will be a serious improvement as far as comfort and fit go.
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Old 03-29-09, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by PedallingATX View Post
I like it a lot. Simple and clean. I always had a thing for red n white bikes. Seriously, tho, the stem is ridic. Go over to Mellow Johnny's and get an Origin 8 stem (30 bucks) I think it will be a serious improvement as far as comfort and fit go.
probably wont fit, i tried i think 8 different brands or sizes of stems and this is the only one that went in at all. i pulled it off an old rusty huffy in the back yard.
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Old 03-29-09, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by craigcraigcraig View Post
well, as for fitting the legs fit great. the short cockpit due to that ridiculous stem makes for quite a strain on the neck while riding. so i have tried to find a negative rise stem(not sure if thats the correct term) i could stretch out a bit more which would be nice on the back
I don't get it. How exactly is upright positioning straining your neck?
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Old 03-29-09, 09:44 PM
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I don't get it. How exactly is upright positioning straining your neck?
because the lower part or my back is curved as opposed to flat which makes me look at the ground if i keep my head straight. not sure how to describe with words to well so ill jump on the paint and see if i can draw it.
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Old 03-29-09, 09:56 PM
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maybe like this. probably no help though since it's wicked hard to draw on a laptop
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Old 03-29-09, 11:08 PM
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As strange as this may sound, the picture explains it perfectly!
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Old 03-29-09, 11:32 PM
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Roastin' Time!
points deducted for the craptactular knog tail light - get a superflash on there. what lights do you have on the front? dinotte? and ditch the waterbottle seatpost thing - it's blocking your light.
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Old 03-29-09, 11:54 PM
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it looks like its a dual water bottle mount, so the light is poking between the two mounts
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Old 03-30-09, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by craigcraigcraig View Post
maybe like this. probably no help though since it's wicked hard to draw on a laptop
Yes, I see. Without a more aggressive fit you are forced to keep your back and elbows bent and unreasonably supported in order to allow you to fellate your stem.
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Old 03-30-09, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by synapsemusic View Post
it looks like its a dual water bottle mount, so the light is poking between the two mounts
the light will still be blocked at two different angles.
I'd just use the two bottle mounts on the frame - not that hard to reach down.
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Old 03-30-09, 05:16 AM
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Vegi- no naked girlies on the flaps left a bit of steer tube for room for other bars

geordi- when riding fixed, I don't find it best to reach down when my legs are kicking, so it's much easier to reach behind. If I were riding freewheel, I'd have it in the frame mounts since coasting is available. also the back light isn't crap, at all, though I wouldn't doubt there are probably brighter lights. It's about to be replaced anyway as soon as the rubber breaks (since I change it from bike to bike sometimes, the straps have worn. I won't be buying it again though because of this problem) The front lights are Cateye
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Old 03-30-09, 07:47 PM
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My bikeeeee, bash me.





I can already see acouple things wrong
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Old 03-30-09, 08:06 PM
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Haha, you already know what we're going to say

Most of the stuff is simple maintenance- Pop off the crank, take out the chainring bolts, take off the inner ring, put in new singlespeed bolts. Is that a 1/8-in chain?

The cable just needs to be snipped and capped.

The grips are pretty lol.

Maybe rattlecan the bottle mount?
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Old 03-30-09, 08:30 PM
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And maybe put those drop bars to good use.
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Old 03-31-09, 12:13 AM
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three chainrings on a fixie = no bueno
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Old 03-31-09, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by clo_iam View Post

EAI Bareknuckle
Gold Deep Vs
Sugino 75s
Brooks b17
Drops
i am a huge fan. hard to tell under the sodium how the colors work together, but two thumbs up from here.
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Old 03-31-09, 01:59 AM
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Oh whoops, that IS a triple. Does the chain actually run smoothly? I generally find triples don't line up well-at least when running 3/32....
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Old 03-31-09, 04:02 AM
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i just went for as tarcky as possible


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Old 03-31-09, 06:46 AM
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i just went for as tarcky as possible


of course the intent was irony. we probably just wouldnt understand.
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Old 03-31-09, 10:12 AM
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well in all honesty, i had been living in nowhere, mississippi for years and didnt know that would be changing anytime soon. i never saw a single fixed bike my whole entire life while living at the various nowhere states and thought it would be funny on for the internet, and no big deal in real life to ride it around. i wasn't going to spend a whole lot on my first fixed bike and was just making it look outlandish.

now i just moved to los angeles (in burbank, moving to santa monica this sunday) and i'm kind of kicking myself. but oh well, i can laugh at myself about it until i change some stuff, and it is at least ridable, so hopefully the hate won't be too bad.
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Old 03-31-09, 10:23 AM
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Why is the seatpost backwards and the saddle so far forward?
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Old 03-31-09, 10:38 AM
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duuude, homesick, i don't even know what to say? Who builds a bike just for it to be funny unless you have lots of extra income lying around and have other bikes, too. I can't imagine putting money into something that was "a joke" or that I didn't actually like. if you wrap your bullhorns, get rid of oury, take out spoke cards, fix seat, it's not THAT bad.

Edit: also get rid of polka dot tt protector.
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Old 03-31-09, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Gyeswho View Post
Vegi- no naked girlies on the flaps left a bit of steer tube for room for other bars

geordi- when riding fixed, I don't find it best to reach down when my legs are kicking, so it's much easier to reach behind. If I were riding freewheel, I'd have it in the frame mounts since coasting is available. also the back light isn't crap, at all, though I wouldn't doubt there are probably brighter lights. It's about to be replaced anyway as soon as the rubber breaks (since I change it from bike to bike sometimes, the straps have worn. I won't be buying it again though because of this problem) The front lights are Cateye
I've owned that knog tail light - it sucks compared to a superflash. that's what you should get when the knog dies.

I've been checking out the flashlights mentioned in the electronics/gadgets forums - I plan on upgrading my cateye headlight to a flashlight that effectively is 5x brighter for practically the same price.
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Old 03-31-09, 12:01 PM
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hmmm, lets see. its not exactly a joke bike per se, it's just i was being over the top flashy on purpose. like i say, it's still perfectly ridable. the only "problems" it has imo is aesthetic.

as far as cost, it was 300 complete. i payed for the two gatorskins and everything else was gifts. i don't have the spoke cards in anymore and am going to take the stickers off soon.

the seat post is backwards and seat scooted all the way to the front because although i'm 6'3", i have a somewhat awkwardly proportionate body and it's not comfortable if i'm any further back.

i guess to sum it up, i bought it when i first wanted to get a fixed bike and did a lot of brash things that i wouldn't redo after my year or two of experience riding. but i don't have the funds to change anything right now and until i do, i just try and see the humour in the situation.
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at least you are personable

because that looks horrific.
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