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ducnut 11-27-2010 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeyD
Anyone have any experience with Planet X bikes. They are having some smoking deals online right now and I need new wheels and I'm itching for a new frame.

I'm looking at the Nanolight frame and the 50 clincher wheels.

I wouldn't be afraid to buy/ride one. Their TT frames are popular with hard-to-fit, tri-chicks. Good prices, too. The Uncle John 'cross bike looks like a cool bike at a great price.

I know nothing of their wheels. However, at that price, they wouldn't be a hideously, expensive experiment. They claim they're "structural carbon". Most "affordable" aero wheels are just a carbon fairing bonded onto an aluminum hoop. So yeah, a good price there, as well.

pierce 11-27-2010 07:08 PM

more kinda old parts
 
For the sake of historical documentation, I present a 1988 Shimano Deore II rear (RD-MT62), and a 1984 Shimano 600EX front (FD-6207)

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/TP...0/IMG_8185.JPG

these are what I took off Ian's steelie to replace with 105 (mostly because this stuff is setup for wide range triple gearing, and Ian has fairly narrow range double gearing.

k7 11-27-2010 07:09 PM

Today's ride....
 
...just about killed me. I was supposed to do a 2-day ride but my "friend" canceled on me at the last minute. I was able to watch a big football game yesterday and decided to explore the planned ride area today.

Maybe it's better I didn't attempt this after all. It was 11.2 miles out, about 2500 ft of descending with more sand than I'm used. Deep sand - bb-sized pebbles in some places. I stopped for lunch and then did the reverse out. 2500 ft of climbing/walking and cursing. :evil

It was a spectacular day though.

First, a profile of the ride:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...010/Export.jpg

Stopped for lunch:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...Picture015.jpg

The desert is beautiful.....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...Picture010.jpg

This was kind of a test of my new bags from Revalate Designs. I carried about 75% of what I would carry on a trip. They worked perfectly.

TheNedster 11-28-2010 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by k7
The desert is beautiful.....

I'd say so! Looks like a helluva place to ride. :thumb

I ordered a new new cassette and chain for the cross bike yesterday. Gonna swap out the 11-25 for a 11-27 to get some more oomph climbing the trails around here. Ordered the stuff through the LBS; it was quite a bit more $ than ordering online, but the folks there have been really good to me (advice, free adjustments, etc.) Support your LBS!

Gummee! 11-28-2010 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by TheNedster
I'd say so! Looks like a helluva place to ride. :thumb

I ordered a new new cassette and chain for the cross bike yesterday. Gonna swap out the 11-25 for a 11-27 to get some more oomph climbing the trails around here. Ordered the stuff through the LBS; it was quite a bit more $ than ordering online, but the folks there have been really good to me (advice, free adjustments, etc.) Support your LBS!

For those of us working in shops: thanks!

Went out on the Allez today. Coupla hours of looking for dirt roads. Found a pair of new ones I'd never ridden before. :ricky Hook back into roads I've ridden bunches, but I'd never been down these sections. L'Enfer du (whatever West is in French) Ride in April is lookin good! These last 2 sections have some 90deg bends in em like the pave in France. :clap :rayof

Coupla thoughts on the Allez: I don't like D/A 7800 hood/lever shape. It don't help that I have em too far down on the bars, but I still don't like the shape. I also don't like the light action stuff. I much prefer the CHUNK of the SRAM and Campag shifts. Rode my Flite R/W/G saddle of the same vintage. Don't match the color scheme (yaller), but hey! it fits the theme. The Syncros stem I have on there is beautimus. :tb I love the polished AL that they used. Can you say 'stiff?!' I'd forgotten how firm the Flite is, but at the same time, my ass don't hurt either, so it must fit. :dunno

Bike has a 1" threaded Kinesis AL fork. :baldy I *may* start looking for an Ouzo Pro for it, but I dunno. Its disconcerting looking down when yer standing on the pedals and seeing the fork tips moving! :eek1 Otherwise, it feels OK.

Hope y'all had a good weekend,

M

trailer Rails 11-29-2010 11:13 AM

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You guys might like this stuff:

http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_570xN.187262886.jpg

http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_570xN.197790639.jpg


I finally got around to listing most of it on my Etsy store. http://www.etsy.com/shop/jwright0000

ducnut 11-29-2010 03:05 PM

My GF scored this barely used, '10 Specialized Era Comp, off eBay. I didn't think $1695 shipped on a $2800 MSRP was too bad. She won't know what to think, after riding a non-suspended MTB for the last 10 years. :lol3

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...s/IMG_1465.jpg

trailer Rails 11-29-2010 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut
My GF scored this barely used, '10 Specialized Era Comp, off eBay. I didn't think $1695 shipped on a $2800 MSRP was too bad. She won't know what to think, after riding a non-suspended MTB for the last 10 years. :lol3

That is a sweet ride. :clap

Gummee! 11-29-2010 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by trailer Rails
That is a sweet ride. :clap

The amazing thing about ebay is that I can look in my wholesalers' catalogs, then flip over to ebay and see the same things for the same prices. Sometimes less!

Having said that, ya gotta watch whatcher buyin on ebay. :nod

M

TheYeti 11-29-2010 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
The amazing thing about ebay is that I can look in my wholesalers' catalogs, then flip over to ebay and see the same things for the same prices. Sometimes less!

Having said that, ya gotta watch whatcher buyin on ebay. :nod

M

Yea it's a wonder LBS's can survive.

Gummee! 11-30-2010 05:29 AM

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Originally Posted by TheYeti
Yea it's a wonder LBS's can survive.

I in particular am blessed by a population that knows less than nothing about bicycle wrenching.

THAT'S how we're staying in bidness

M

trailer Rails 11-30-2010 05:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
I in particular am blessed by a population that knows less than nothing about bicycle wrenching.

THAT'S how we're staying in bidness

M

X2, either that or they are too busy to work on their own stuff.

It is fun to see some customers progress. They start out buying their first bike from you. Then they buy a better one. Maybe even another. Then one day you notice some new part on their bike that you did not install. Then you start seeing them less. Then you see them riding one day on a new mail order bike. It kinda sucks but there are always more newbies out there to keep buying bikes from you.

Sasquatch 11-30-2010 06:22 AM

I try to support my local LBS where possible. I do all my own work (same goes for MC and car), but will try to buy my stuff from them as long as their prices are within a reasonable range of what I can order them for.

If I were to buy a new rather than used bike. I would stay with a LBS that I am familiar with and pay the premium. That would hopefully pay off if there was a warranty issue. And having the initial setup done would be a nice perk.

I do order all my clothing since no LBS carries big and tall stuff around here. :cry

It goes beyond saving a few bucks. I need to support them because there are times that I need to pick their brains. And since I am new, that has been rather frequently lately. Having a LBS that I am familiar with, that knows I spend money there (even if I bought my bike used), they are willing to help me out with info.

I wish my KTM dealer was the same. I buy all my KTM parts online now because the local shop is such a pain to deal with. He has almost nothing in stock, everything must be ordered. He only places his orders on Thursday. So if I break something on a Saturday ride, call him on Tuesday (he is closed Mondays), place the order, order goes in on Thursday, and I dont get the part until the following week. Lost a weekend of riding.

With the internet, I break it on Saturday, place order Saturday night when I get home, part is on my door by Wednesday, bike is back in order by next weekend. And at a substantial financial savings to me. The shop owner lives 6 houses down from me and he and I have had words over this before. I keep hitting him with the facts that he has nothing in stock that I need, and too long of a wait for him to order it. I dont bring the price into the conversation because for most stuff I would pay his price if he had it in stock. He just does not get it. Or he does, but is barely hanging on and does not have the resources to stock many parts, I dont know which one is correct. I really wonder how he stays in business.

ErrinV 11-30-2010 10:08 AM

I've been working out my bikepacking setup on the Salsa Fargo. Thought I'd share a pic of it. http://errinv.smugmug.com/Bicycles/S...99_zkEqj-M.jpg

rmi03 11-30-2010 10:16 AM

Sweetness! Looks like you got a nice light setup there.

Ryan

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Originally Posted by ErrinV
I've been working out my bikepacking setup on the Salsa Fargo. Thought I'd share a pic of it. http://errinv.smugmug.com/Bicycles/S...99_zkEqj-M.jpg



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