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Well, I picked up my new bike. I totally love it, it's really light and quick. I think it weighs about 18lbs , I haven't weighed it yet, but the model from 2 years ago is 18.1lbs. It's been so long since I've ridden a bike, I'm still adjusting, but it's a blast.

 

 

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The amazing self-balancing bike ;)

 

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The crank assembly

 

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Some carbon-fiber porn

 

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I haven't owned a bike in about 10 years, one of the major changes since then is that the brake levers now do double duty as gearshift levers, pushed to the side the silver lever upshifts, the black one behind it downshifts.

 

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The geek in me loves the cycle computer, this one is wireless, and is controlled from the brake levers, so your hands don't leave the handlebars. It tells you just about everything you want to know, and a few things you don't. The circles represent cogs on the front and back of the bike, so you can look at it and se what gear you're currently in, very nice.

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Originally posted by HL2CROSSFIREMOD@Feb 15 2004, 07:34 PM

Im not into riding bikes, but thats pretty sweet lookin man! How much you pay for it?

Just under $1800 (including the computer). I used a tax refund for the majority of that.

 

That may sound like a lot of money, but if you haven't ridden a nimble racing bike, you don't know what you're missing :)

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Spin the big ring!

 

Nice bike. 1800 is a great price for a CF rear stay ultegra bike.

 

I can't ride my bikes until released by the surgeon but I am doing light spinning using my recumbent bike on the trainer in the living room every day. Can't get on my road bike yet though.

 

Cycling nut here.

Cannondale ultegra road bike (built)

Santa Cruz Superlight buildup (built)

Giant AC2

Vision recumbent.

 

Cost? hehhe.

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Nice bike. 1800 is a great price for a CF rear stay ultegra bike.

 

The forks and seatpost are carbon too. Its not all Ultegra, the brakes are 105.

 

I can't ride my bikes until released by the surgeon but I am doing light spinning using my recumbent bike on the trainer in the living room every day. Can't get on my road bike yet though.

 

Cycling nut here.

Cannondale ultegra road bike (built)

Santa Cruz Superlight buildup (built)

Giant AC2

Vision recumbent.

 

Wow, you are a cycling nut. :shock: Cool!

 

I used to race in my teens, I had an Olmo "Competizione Profesionista" that I built, I totally adored that bike.

 

Like I said in my first post, it's been about 10 years since I sold that bike, never really thought I'd get another. But in the past few years, the knowledge that I need to exercise and the memories of enjoying riding caused me to jump back into it.

 

I'm amazed to see what has changed and what hasn't. When I was racing, I had a preference for Suntour components, but they have vanished. I didn't really care for Shimano back then, but they seem to dominate now more than ever, and Campagnolo looks to have been pushed into the very high end.

 

And where the heck did Bontrager come from? I don't think I ever saw a component from this company before, but they are everywhere now.

 

When I was racing, american bikes were largely ignored, probably unfairly. But now, of course with Lance Armstrong riding Trek, that has changed in a big way.

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Cannondale Jekyll 800

 

I just looked it up, very fancy suspension...

 

Originally posted by Bruce B@Feb 16 2004, 08:26 AM

In your neck of the woods(San Francisco correct?) where does one ride a bike? On the street, or are there designated paths. My town and surrounding towns are almost completely done with a project turning the old railroad tracks into miles and miles of awesome bike trails.

So far, on the street, which isn't as nice as out in the countryside where I used to live. But this bike is now my main form of transportation too, I don't have a car, and SF is only 7x7 miles. There are many streets with bike lanes, I'm only beginning to figure out which ones have them. Then there's Golden Gate Park, which has nice bike paths.

 

Also, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system lets you take bike on, so for a few dollars I can take my bike to any number of other towns in the bay Area to get away from traffic if I need to.

 

I have a Cannondale road bike, but I've developed a fear of traffic (not without reason around here) and haven't ridden in a few years. I bought it intending to try cyclocross, but it turns out I have a fear of being cold, wet and in pain, too.

 

Cyclocross is brutal, I remember watching that sport when I was a teenager and being pretty amazed at what those guys and gals do, slogging through the mud with you bike on your shoulder, riding on impossible terrain.

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Freak, Make sure you get on over to the Dublin area and ride up Mt. Diablo. I can't think of a more fun ride in your area :twisted:

 

I do prefer building up my bikes from a frame I want. A nice sense of accomplishment.

 

Oh and shaving the legs isn't important but a good cycling short or bib is mandatory. And a helmet, please.

 

Bontrager is just Trek's equipment/stuff/wheels company.

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Yes! I've done Diablo a few times. I grew up about 30 miles from there, so it makes for a good ride. It will be a while before I'm in that kind of shape again. The Diablo climb was ranked by Bicycling as one of the top 10 climbs in America (back when I was racing).

 

Yep, the helmet was purchased with the bike.

 

Did Trek buy Bontrager, or create a new company?

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I can't remember the entire history but Trek was using some other wheel manufacture and Keith Bontrager won the contract to supply wheels to Trek builds. It just grew from there. I do not believe that Trek owns Bontrager like they do so many other companies like Gary Fisher.

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I managed to dig up some old pictures of my old bike, these are about 18 years old.

 

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This is right after I put the bike together, I upgraded seveal of the components as time went on.

 

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I had to talk the bikeshop into setting up my front wheel with radial spokes, they were worried about strength, but I was pretty confident that the teardrop rims were more than strong enough to compensate. It turns out that the wheel never needed truing again.

 

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This is pretty much the final state of the bike. It was fitted with Suntour Superbe Pro components, except for the rear derailleur and hubs which were campy chorus, and the brakes which were Modolo.

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Originally posted by Carlucci@Feb 17 2004, 10:42 AM

Allright, since nobody else asked: Ed, what IS holding the bike up in your first photo?!

 

 

Carlos.

It's the magic of photoshop...

 

I retouched out a hand and arm, while keeping the fence slats aligned.

 

("photo evidence" is a thing of the past ;) )

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