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Old 12-19-12, 06:42 PM
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Ugliest Handlebar Tape Job Ever.


"Ach! My eyes! The goggles, they do nothing!"

Haha--thought I'd experiment with vibrating (clashing) colors to be more visible to motorists, but this Hot-Dog-on-a-Stick tape job will only make them want to run me down intentionally.


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Old 12-19-12, 06:48 PM
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Didn't make me laugh until that last photo.
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Old 12-19-12, 07:27 PM
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fee dub in full effect with chris and his ride. you wrap your bars a lot neater than i do. no one laughs at the badger's bike. not to his face, anyways
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Old 12-19-12, 11:01 PM
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Ugly is what i did to my bike... what you have there is garish. get your lingo straight.
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Old 12-20-12, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
Ugly is what i did to my bike... what you have there is garish. get your lingo straight.
Pics hero, or it didn't happen. Put your ugly where your mouth is...

I still think, aside from every Polaris/Victory motorcycle(including their ridiculous tricycle-snowmobiles for asphalt), and about half of the Harleys I've seen, it's one of the ugliest things I've ever seen on wheels.


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Old 12-20-12, 12:56 AM
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I kinda like it, except for how it's taped all the way to the stem and too short front brake cable housing.
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Old 12-20-12, 08:53 AM
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Kudos for style, but you shoulda used Fizik bar tape. It would have been more better. Too, with the blue in the frame paint scheme, you really need some blue on the bars, somewhere, to make it work. How about blue brake hoods? Bar plugs?
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Old 12-20-12, 10:07 AM
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I think that you should alternate the 3 colors separately as they will all work, but imho, not sure what to think about the two together. Rest of the bike came out real nice though. I need your wheels
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Wow, I haven't seen those bars in forever. I'd say that's totally pro, but I thought wrapping all the way in to the the clamp is taboo.
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Originally Posted by robertkat View Post
Wow, I haven't seen those bars in forever. I'd say that's totally pro, but I thought wrapping all the way in to the the clamp is taboo.
You know me better than that Kat. Violating OPT is my raisin-detra. Even if the Ebay-bought bars' stem-mount sleeve didn't have ugly scratches from a previous hamfist, I always wrap to the stem.

(Other Peoples' Taboos)

The C&Vers uniformly & strenuously disagree, but I prefer my comfy carbon bars and blocky-looking mtb-style stem, which is back on the bike now.


And thanks Genaro. You'll love 'em when you get 'em. The C24-CL's are lighter than a fart, slicker than owl-poo, and despite being super-cush, they remain truer than gospel.

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...The C24-CL's are lighter than a fart, slicker than owl-poo, and despite being super-cush, they remain truer than gospel.
You got that right! I've been riding WH-7850-C24-CL wheels for a tad over a year now and they have held up my overweight mass quite well. Only problem I had was the front wheel needed a 5-minute true job after I plowed into another cyclist who stopped for a light ... and I didn't. If you are patient, you can score a set of WH-78xx or WH-79xx on the bay for about eight or eight and a half bills.
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
You got that right! I've been riding WH-7850-C24-CL wheels for a tad over a year now and they have held up my overweight mass quite well. Only problem I had was the front wheel needed a 5-minute true job after I plowed into another cyclist who stopped for a light ... and I didn't. If you are patient, you can score a set of WH-78xx or WH-79xx on the bay for about eight or eight and a half bills.
a couple of months ago, they had a set on bonktown(chailove) for about half that. There were 5 minutes left, and I freaked out and didn't get them
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Old 12-20-12, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
You got that right! I've been riding WH-7850-C24-CL wheels for a tad over a year now and they have held up my overweight mass quite well. Only problem I had was the front wheel needed a 5-minute true job after I plowed into another cyclist who stopped for a light ... and I didn't. If you are patient, you can score a set of WH-78xx or WH-79xx on the bay for about eight or eight and a half bills.
I'd go with the 7850 or 7900. Read a few scary reviews about the 7800 hubs, which were perhaps the reason they re-engineered them and released the 7850's.
After a little more than 2.5 years, I've rebuilt my rear 7850 hub with ceramic bearings (yeah, yeah, yeah, this conversation isn't about ceramic bearings and I'm not interested in anyone's opinion) and it was remarkably simple to do. And I've only had to true the rear wheel once after a bombing run down a very rough Foxen Canyon Road with a 45+mph tailwind.
I really can't believe how true they've remained, given how cushy they are. I've also been cornering and braking hard enough down Palomar to feel them flex in terrifying fashion, but they were completely true when I got them back up on the truing stand.
And +1 on checking Wiggle and other Euro/UK-based distributors. They frequently ship free, and I got mine for a song after the Euro took a steep drop after another news story about Greece.
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7900 C24s are 842 on ribble right now... is that what you're all talking about? https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/roa...ir/shimwhfr901

Is the carbon structural or is it just a fairing?

My cell phone photography skills are inadequate to the task of properly conveying what I did to the bar tape, but in short - the little ends popped out somewhere on the road and now I just have the pleatherette ends of the bartape sticking past the ends of the bars. It's very hobo.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
7900 C24s are 842 on ribble right now... is that what you're all talking about? https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/roa...ir/shimwhfr901

Is the carbon structural or is it just a fairing?

My cell phone photography skills are inadequate to the task of properly conveying what I did to the bar tape, but in short - the little ends popped out somewhere on the road and now I just have the pleatherette ends of the bartape sticking past the ends of the bars. It's very hobo.
The carbon is structural, but the braking surfaces are aluminium, with little wear indicators on them.
Pleatherette handlebar streamers erm, heh heh... "ugly" isn't the first word that pops into many people's minds in reading your description...



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Nice garage.
It's Revolution in Solana.
The triathlete running in the picture is Ken, the father & cofounder of the shop. He just died this year and his son Joel is running the place now.
They're decent, but they have Dano (the Derailleur Whisperer.) I'm competent at installing, adjusting and tuning derailleurs, but shifting gears after Dano's worked his magic is like p33ing in the Grand Canyon--no sound at all...

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