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Just picked up a Windsor Clockwork on CL, what needs upgraded/replaced?

Old 07-23-11, 10:14 PM
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Just picked up a Windsor Clockwork on CL, what needs upgraded/replaced?

I just bought this 61cm Windsor Clockwork on Craigslist for $200 - great deal imo

Seems to ride well however I am interested in bullhorns..any suggestions?

Also is there anything right away that I should upgrade or replace on the bike to enhance performance/prevent issues down the road?

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Old 07-23-11, 10:58 PM
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Ride it as much as you can. If something breaks or hurts you, replace.
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"Bikeforms. Why do any research on your own when we'll do it for you. We also do personal shopping."

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

If you notice, you have road handlebars with a flat section and brake hoods...and drops. You have all 3 hand positions. Going to bullhorns will restrict you to 2 hand positions. Going to flat bars or risers will further restrict you to 1 hand position.

Stop upgrading it and go ride it. If you want to upgrade it, then why did you buy something that's not what you want?

Also, don't spend $1,000 upgrading a $300 bike.
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Old 07-24-11, 01:54 AM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
"Bikeforms. Take off yer flectors."
Saddle, pedals, bars depending on your preference. Put in some saddle time and then figure out what really needs to be tweaked.
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Old 07-24-11, 04:54 AM
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The only thing that just NEEDED replacing on my Clockwork were the pedals. That Velo saddle was surprisingly comfortably for me.
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Old 07-24-11, 08:28 AM
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get different bars if that is what you want, you might need a different saddle depending on what your ass says.
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I do not use the drop handle-bars one bit and really don't prefer them for city riding. I want a more upward riding position. I like to hold the top curves of the bars.


I am looking into my options for bullhorn handlebars and contemplating the following:

chop'n'flip
soma urban pursuit
nitto drop bullhorn

Can you please give me some advice on these options and others?
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Old 07-24-11, 04:22 PM
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You can just flip your stem to get a more upright position. Keep the bars unless you find them to really suck because bullhorns aren't going to give you a more relaxed position.
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
You can just flip your stem to get a more upright position. Keep the bars unless you find them to really suck because bullhorns aren't going to give you a more relaxed position.
+1

Also, if you ever encounter a headwind, the drops come in handy.
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I've owned the clockwork for two summers and I'm a heavy rider. The only thing I've had to replace so far was the headset and pedals and tires tires tires oh yeah and tubes. Seriously though it's a tough bike I'll love it until death and the only reason why I had to replace the headset was because I broke some stock plastic part when I hit a pothole. Overall do what everyone says flip the stem and ride it until something breaks. As far as the handlebars my windsor has seen mustache's, flats, riser, bullhorns, track drops and road drops... It's all up to you because when got the bike I swore that I hated drops and now that's how it's currently setup. So in short ride the bike bro.
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Originally Posted by bhanl0n View Post
I do not use the drop handle-bars one bit and really don't prefer them for city riding. I want a more upward riding position. I like to hold the top curves of the bars.


I am looking into my options for bullhorn handlebars and contemplating the following:

chop'n'flip
soma urban pursuit
nitto drop bullhorn

Can you please give me some advice on these options and others?
If you find yourself only using the tops/elbows of your current drops, you have no use for Nitto drop bullhorns and will most likely hate them. The Soma Urban Pursuit bars provide an extra hand position way out on the horns but again will be useless if you prefer to be upright. It sounds to me like you're a candidate for risers.
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Old 07-24-11, 08:53 PM
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The only thing I replaced on my Clockwork were the pedals and swapped the stem for a different size to make the bike fit a little better. Outside of that everything else is stock. Even the Velo seat feels pretty good to me.
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Old 07-25-11, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
It sounds to me like you're a candidate for risers.
+1. If you want to be more upright, bullhorns/pursuit bars will work exactly 180 degrees counter to that purpose.
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Also, don't spend $1,000 upgrading a $300 bike.

True dat
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Old 07-31-11, 02:44 PM
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I've had my Clockwork since April and, much like your opinion, its been awesome to say the least.
So far, these are the upgrades/changes I've done:
  • added 16T Fixed Cog
  • New Pedals (old plastic ones broke)
  • Nashbar Track Drops
  • Took off Refelctors
  • Took off rear brake
  • upgrade to a 52T chainring

The the plastic pedals broke on me, the little bridge parts that guide the strap under your foot snapped. So these metal track pedals from Nashbar are working wonders. The only problem I'm having now is that, because of the convex nature of the crank arm, the arm chews away at my straps. So I have to buy straps every so often.

I noticed some other people talking on this forum about The Hour and how they've had to replace their Bottom Brackets. I'm about to hit 1500 miles and my BB is starting to make noise so that'll probably be next in line
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I wouldn't change the wheels, they look mighty good, mighty strong. The wheels look weak on many of the BD fixies but this bike is an exception.
If you're climbing out of the saddle a lot then you will appreciate bullhorns. The grip on the "horns" is far better than on the hoods on a drop bar.
But whether bullhorns will work or not depends upon the length of the top tube. If feels long with the drop bar it might be too long for a bullhorn which puts your hands ahead of the stem. At any rate, bullhorns can be had for cheep or you can chop and flip the road bar, not much at risk to give it a try.
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