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Old 11-13-2014, 05:54 PM   #2761
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But, you have to keep in mind the true purpose of a bicycle and not get too caught up in placing it on a pedestal.
Part of the enjoyment of cycling is needlessly fawning over the aesthetics and componentry of the machine, IMO. Is it temporarily forgotten when I'm 18 minutes deep into an FTP test or plotting an attack on a buddy? Yes. Is the post-ride pedantry critical to my enjoyment of the sport? Double yes.

I've met very few other people who have the same obsessive mindset about the aesthetic of their bike, but when two or three of those people get placed in a room full of attractive bikes, they'll entertain themselves until the end of time.
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Oh, absolutely. I love learning and reading/talking about the details that go into making a bike, especially custom handmade frames. I spent a long time deciding what parts to use to build up a set of wheels for the frame since I wanted them to compliment it perfectly. I also refinished the Sram Red shifters for the bike since I couldn't stand the loud graphics that they originally came with. For me, its the little things like that really make the bike in the end. At the same time, I'm still not afraid to hang a saddle bag or pump or light from the bike if I see the need.

Now, if I come across an older Campag group (before they switched to their new ergo shape) at the right price, I may be forced to switch.
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Completely agree. I fondled and photographed tons of bikes that could be considered art at NAHBS this year. But, you have to keep in mind the true purpose of a bicycle and not get too caught up in placing it on a pedestal. Believe me, it was not a good feeling when I scratched my frame when building it up. I've gotten over it though, and just ride the **** out of it instead of worrying about keeping it in showroom condition.

I actually visited the WW forum recently after ignoring it for a while. Not as bad as it used to be. A lot of the trolls are gone. Plus, they've got a decent wheelbuilding subforum with some good info in it.
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I dig the 1x XTR cranks... you have a wide/narrow chainring? or a chain keeper that I can't see?
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Thought I'd share this with folks who will appreciate the humor in it.

As most of you know, I'm strictly an urban commuter cyclist who rides cheap, steel-framed department store bikes and takes a highly utilitarian view of the hobby. My ideal bike is one ugly enough not to be stolen while chained up overnight in midtown Manhattan which can carry two full-size grocery bags in the collapsible baskets plus a vacuum-cleaner attached to the rack with bungee cords (and has disc brakes.)

I recognize that this places me in the minority, and have come to terms with that.

At work, someone who is no longer with the TV station was a carbonlusting enthusiast who subscribed to Bicycling Magazine and is unfamiliar with the concept of a change-of-address form. So the magazines have been coming in with no one to deliver them to.

Lori, who works in our mailroom, apparently decided that letting them go to waste would be a shame, and has been dropping them on my desk instead.

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Old 11-13-2014, 11:25 PM   #2766
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I dig the 1x XTR cranks... you have a wide/narrow chainring? or a chain keeper that I can't see?
Neither. K-edge keeper I bought for it clamps low enough to interfere with the flared part of the seat tube. FSA doesn't offer their trick thick/thin ring in the XTR 104mm 4 bolt pattern. So I need to find a braze on style clamp with a bit more vertical offset. Or pony up for a set of D/A 180's :(

Test rode it tonight or over some egregiously bumpy mountain bike wash board and the chain wasn't close to coming off. So I might be OK for the time being.
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Test rode it tonight or over some egregiously bumpy mountain bike wash board and the chain wasn't close to coming off. So I might be OK for the time being.

the chain won't fall off unless you race. everyone knows that.

MRP might have you covered... 1x ? MRP $105 is pretty insulting though.
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the chain won't fall off unless you race. everyone knows that.

MRP might have you covered... 1x ? MRP $105 is pretty insulting though.
I have run one of these on a 1x hard tail trail geometry mountain bike with a shimano shadow rear derailleur. Chain hasn't come off even once in the nastiest or rock gardens.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:22 AM   #2769
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Part of the enjoyment of cycling is needlessly fawning over the aesthetics and componentry of the machine, IMO. Is it temporarily forgotten when I'm 18 minutes deep into an FTP test or plotting an attack on a buddy? Yes. Is the post-ride pedantry critical to my enjoyment of the sport? Double yes.

I've met very few other people who have the same obsessive mindset about the aesthetic of their bike, but when two or three of those people get placed in a room full of attractive bikes, they'll entertain themselves until the end of time.
Saturday ride is about going diesel, discussing the virtues of looking pro amongst other stuffs, going diesel on the way home. It's four hours where I realize that I've found the happy place.
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My new toy. Much carbon. Soon to be covered in drool, beer, sweat and mud.

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Wood. Luckily my CAADx is so floppy up front in the HT that I don't know what I'm missing without through-axles. I rode a Cross Machine and it pretty much ruined my life, but I became so intoxicated that I forgot what it was like. I know, very "CX of me".
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Neither. K-edge keeper I bought for it clamps low enough to interfere with the flared part of the seat tube. FSA doesn't offer their trick thick/thin ring in the XTR 104mm 4 bolt pattern. So I need to find a braze on style clamp with a bit more vertical offset. Or pony up for a set of D/A 180's :(

Test rode it tonight or over some egregiously bumpy mountain bike wash board and the chain wasn't close to coming off. So I might be OK for the time being.
Maybe try the Parlee adapter? For whatever reason I've never dropped chain on my CX bike and it has FSA rings, I don't get it.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:27 AM   #2770
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Done. "XL" version of the K-Edge catcher I have now. This one mounts much further up the tube just for the carbon bikes with radically flared seat tubes.

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Old 11-14-2014, 01:27 PM   #2772
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SL-8001 900lm 4-Mode White Bicycle Light & Headlamp w/ Cree XM-L T6 - Dark Brown (4 x 18650) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme

I've used this on a bicycle and as a back-up on a motocross bike. I just used it for a winter camp as well with the head lamp attachment. Very well built for china, in fact it looks like anything from the major brands as far as thread quality, machining, wire suppleness and battery pack/pack holder. Li batt packs. It has a glass lens. Very bright and it a spot beam with some flood areas lit up. 3 mode - full, half & strobe.

I picked it for price 1st and then read the reviews. DX has so many varieties of these so pick wisely based on feedback. I've had it for over 3 years and its still going strong. Once the first one arrived I bought another right after. I'd buy another and probably will this season.
Thanks for the recommendation, I found it on Amazon (Prime, even!) so it'll be here Saturday. Do you mount it to your helmet?

I think I might fabricate something so that I can mount it with a GoPro mount.
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Thanks for the recommendation, I found it on Amazon (Prime, even!) so it'll be here Saturday. Do you mount it to your helmet?

I think I might fabricate something so that I can mount it with a GoPro mount.
I do quite a bit of night mtb riding. I ride with one of these cree lights on my handlebars and a magic shine on my helmet. I like to haul *** at night so ALLOFTHELIGHT is helpful. I use the wide angle lenses for both the cree and my magic shine. Out of hte box the magic shine has a better light pattern. The reflector on the cree unit is cheap and provides a very sharp beam pattern that hampers it's effectiveness to a degree.

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Wide angle lens is bonus points but so worth it. with two lights with the wide angle lenses I can rip along at 80% of daylight speed. It is quite awesome.
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Did my first long rollers ride the other night... it sucks.


Got these to help me stay fit and sane through winter:
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Because it's boring? I have tried running, rollers, stationary indoors and I get so bored so fast. Studded tires on the MTB is actually quite fun.

I also got some old CC skis, I just need boots now.
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Because it's boring? I have tried running, rollers, stationary indoors and I get so bored so fast. Studded tires on the MTB is actually quite fun.

I also got some old CC skis, I just need boots now.
Yeah. Super boring. I'm moving in a few weeks, so will hopefully move the rollers to a spot where I can watch tv or movies during the ride.

I also try to run in the winter, but that is also boring and makes my knees hurt. The skis are just another distraction and a way to get out on the trails when it snows a lot.
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anyone tried Dengfu carbon frames from china?
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anyone tried Dengfu carbon frames from china?
Cali Miata crew Sean rides on and I've seen a few. I'd buy one for racing, might even buy one as my daily bike.
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Cali Miata crew Sean rides on and I've seen a few. I'd buy one for racing, might even buy one as my daily bike.
Sean rides a HongFu, it has some pretty scary characteristics if you wiggle the handlebars in the wrong way. He's actively looking to replace the frame with either a Felt or a Cervelo S3.
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