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Old 08-01-23, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Does this bike make me look old? (Notice the color coordination.)


To me, it looks like you know what you’re doing.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Does this bike make me look old? (Notice the color coordination.)


Let's see,
4 traditional panniers with matching color and slightly faded no less...check
bar end shifters....check
cantilever brakes....check
triple up front with square taper BB....check
steel is real frame....check
horizontal top tube...check
36 spoke wheels...check
Yea, this pretty much screams " Old fart "
(Ha Ha, of course I'm being silly)
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Does this bike make me look old? (Notice the color coordination.)


You call that color coordination?! I even color coordinated the background


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Originally Posted by indyfabz
And totally square.
Yes, I used up all my cool points years ago. I go panniers front and rear and I even wear a fanny pack for wallet, phone and keys. If I could I would wear a pocket protector.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
does this bike make me look old? (notice the color coordination.)


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My brother in law who was into casual biking wanted a serious bike. He went to the LBS where they convinced him to buy a $3k gravel bike, and full bike packing bags. He mounted them and kept his rain jacket and a spare tube and a light. Then after a while, he realized he will probably never use the bags. I should have offered to take them off his hands
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Originally Posted by Eric F
To me, it looks like you know what you’re doing.
I've carried two bundles of firewood on those racks. Try that with a frame bag.
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Originally Posted by robow
Let's see,
4 traditional panniers with matching color and slightly faded no less...check
bar end shifters....check
cantilever brakes....check
triple up front with square taper BB....check
steel is real frame....check
horizontal top tube...check
36 spoke wheels...check
Yea, this pretty much screams " Old fart "
(Ha Ha, of course I'm being silly)
+ Old school bungee cords. Paper cue sheet holder. (Didn't need a cue sheet for that day as there was only one turn.) CatEye computer. (But wireless. I am not a total luddite.).
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There is no way I am sticking my hand into the spokes fumbling for a water bottle. I think fork mounted bottles are stupid.

I do like a small (2,5L) frame bag to store my rain gear but mine permits traditional water bottle placement.

I have wondered why the love for those full sized frame bags with ultra racers. I doubt there is an aero benefit.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
+ Old school bungee cords. Paper cue sheet holder. (Didn't need a cue sheet for that day as there was only one turn.) CatEye computer. (But wireless. I am not a total luddite.).
Had there been a matching handle bar bag with a paper map visible on top, one has to think, "escape from nursing home?"
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
You call that color coordination?! I even color coordinated the background


We are deducting style points for no matching red bottle cages since there are a plethora of red ones available, even in titanium.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Does this bike make me look old? (Notice the color coordination.)


I don't see a bit of pink, purple, orange, or lime green in the whole shebang. Sorry, indy, you're getting old.
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Originally Posted by robow
We are deducting style points for no matching red bottle cages since there are a plethora of red ones available, even in titanium.
No, King cages rule. In both flavors of silver.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney
No, King cages rule. In both flavors of silver.
I have his SS ones on my road bike. They still look like new after 7 years.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney
No, King cages rule. In both flavors of silver.
I'm sorry but "Style Man" has ruled, and he feels the bottle cages need to be red in order to highlight or accent the red water bottle cap nipples.
Wondering how many remember "Style Man" ha
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Full frame bag means I can carry 3 litres of water as opposed to a single bottle as I only have one bottle cage mount in the frame (the joys if an XS frame). My custom frame bag can fit a 3 litre apidura hydration bladder and a couple of spare tubes and not much else.
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Originally Posted by robow
I'm sorry but "Style Man" has ruled, and he feels the bottle cages need to be red in order to highlight or accent the red water bottle cap nipples.
Wondering how many remember "Style Man" ha
I believe he called himself “Style Guy.” “He knows everything, and he knows it.”
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Originally Posted by robow
I'm sorry but "Style Man" has ruled, and he feels the bottle cages need to be red in order to highlight or accent the red water bottle cap nipples.
Wondering how many remember "Style Man" ha
Sorry but gotta go with the King cages. That’s what those are.

I’m more bothered by the sleeping bag stuff sack and tent stuff sacks.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I believe he called himself “Style Guy.” “He knows everything, and he knows it.”
Exactly ! His monthly piece was the best part of the magazine.
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Originally Posted by robow
His monthly piece was the best part of the magazine.
That's for sure. Many years ago, I got a free subscription for raising a bunch of money for an MS 150 bike ride. That was often the only part of the magazine I would read.
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So I opted to buy a frame bag (that I can velcro on). MOST of the time, I'll be riding where there will be plenty of opportunities to find water and food. I live on the east coast - you are never far from anything. This option just allows me to distribute weight better and I can take a heftier tube that won't fit in that tiny under seat pouch as well as a tire pump and lock. I didn't opt for a bladder version. If I EVER venture out so far as to need to hold a lot more water, I'll change up my gear, but I don't see that in the foreseeable future.

Don't get me wrong, I'll be carrying water, But I keep that usually at the handlebar area.
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Originally Posted by mams99
Don't get me wrong, I'll be carrying water, But I keep that usually at the handlebar area.
Seriously old school.

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Originally Posted by tcs
Seriously old school.

Decades ago I had a single bottle holder that was in front of the handlebar, the bottle was centered over the tire. And if I had ice water in the bottle on a hot and humid day, the condensation on the bottle would drip onto the rotating tire a few times every minute, and each drop would result in riding through cooler air for a split second as the cold water vaporized from hitting the rotating tire.
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I used a TA handlebar cage back in the '90s ...



Here's the only photo I could find of mine in use ...



edit: Mine may have been a Blackburn, not a TA (I found closer photos). Blackburn would have been more common in the '90s.

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Originally Posted by BobG
I used a TA handlebar cage back in the '90s ...



Here's the only photo I could find of mine in use ...
That is the one I had. It might still be in storage in my basement.
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