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Old 08-18-2009, 06:55 AM   #11896
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So I took the bike to two more Trek dealers, and all four mechanics involved said the same thing - it's just cosmetic. So I rode the bike back, and it all seemed exactly the way it was supposed to.

Now I'm off to buy silver nail polish. Does anyone know of any tri-specific brands?
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:41 AM   #11897
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So I took the bike to two more Trek dealers, and all four mechanics involved said the same thing - it's just cosmetic. So I rode the bike back, and it all seemed exactly the way it was supposed to.

Now I'm off to buy silver nail polish. Does anyone know of any tri-specific brands?
What's wrong with Trek's touchup paint? Didn't get any?

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Old 08-18-2009, 07:45 AM   #11898
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So I took the bike to two more Trek dealers, and all four mechanics involved said the same thing - it's just cosmetic. So I rode the bike back, and it all seemed exactly the way it was supposed to.

Now I'm off to buy silver nail polish. Does anyone know of any tri-specific brands?

check to see if acrylic paint is safe on bare carbon fiber first.... they may use oil based at factory.....
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:53 AM   #11899
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Tubeless tires

Hola amigos,

Perhaps this has been covered. I stray in and out of this thread from time to time. I have re-entered the world of biking and find that I am behind the times to a great extent. Example being whilst purchasing a tube or two for the new ride, asking about tubeless (clued into this "new technology" by way of my tire saying "tubeless") and the wrench saying he had be racing tubeless on his MB for 4 or 5 years now...

So, is it as simple as that? Go tubeless? Wrench said my rims and tires were fine for the transition and I could get a kit to do it myself or he'd do it for me for $15 a wheel...
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:56 AM   #11900
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Hola amigos,

Perhaps this has been covered. I stray in and out of this thread from time to time. I have re-entered the world of biking and find that I am behind the times to a great extent. Example being whilst purchasing a tube or two for the new ride, asking about tubeless (clued into this "new technology" by way of my tire saying "tubeless") and the wrench saying he had be racing tubeless on his MB for 4 or 5 years now...

So, is it as simple as that? Go tubeless? Wrench said my rims and tires were fine for the transition and I could get a kit to do it myself or he'd do it for me for $15 a wheel...
If the tires and rims are ready its pretty simple: sealant and a pump. I hear it makes a big difference in the ride. Kinda like tubies on the road... Lower pressures (more traction) and no pinch flats.

Stan's makes a good sealant. I haven't actually done any of em, but I've read about em both road and mtn

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Old 08-18-2009, 08:00 AM   #11901
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If the tires and rims are ready its pretty simple: sealant and a pump. I hear it makes a big difference in the ride. Kinda like tubies on the road... Lower pressures (more traction) and no pinch flats.

Stan's makes a good sealant. I haven't actually done any of em, but I've read about em both road and mtn

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Stan's site was where he sent me for do-it-myself

Any downside outside of the theoretical massive unrepairable blowout? Heck, not like I am riding the snot out of this thing. Just for tooling around our place and riding around the back trails with the nephews/nieces...
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:12 AM   #11902
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You tried something like my Regal? Old skool but still ridden at the top levels.

I like mine.

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Regal, eh? S'ok, I'll see if I can track one down for a trial. Thx!
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:16 AM   #11903
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Stan's site was where he sent me for do-it-myself

Any downside outside of the theoretical massive unrepairable blowout? Heck, not like I am riding the snot out of this thing. Just for tooling around our place and riding around the back trails with the nephews/nieces...
Until yer out in the wuds, racin, etc. I really wouldn't worry about it too much. Tubeless comes into its own in low-traction sichyashuns.

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Old 08-18-2009, 09:40 AM   #11904
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Stan's site was where he sent me for do-it-myself

Any downside outside of the theoretical massive unrepairable blowout? Heck, not like I am riding the snot out of this thing. Just for tooling around our place and riding around the back trails with the nephews/nieces...
I usually run conventional tires converted to tubeless using Stan's on my MTB wheels.

Until you get the hang of it, tubeless makes for much more troublesome, messier tire changes. If you're someone who regularly changes tires to suit the conditions of a particular trail you're about to ride (doesn't sound like it), that's a problem.

Even after you get the hang of it, getting a tire mounted tubeless using only a floor pump can be a bit dicey -- unlike with a tube, you don't know 100% for certain that you're going to be able to get the beads seated. An air compressor helps make the process a lot more reliable.

The big advantage of tubeless is the ability to run lower pressures without risk of pinch flats. The extra traction and small bump absorption this provides on technical trails are both great.

But for the riding you describe, it's probably not worth it. If you're not regularly having your rear wheel spin out on steep climbs or failing to make it through rock gardens because of your front wheel getting bounced around like an overinflated basketball, then you won't notice a huge difference by going tubeless
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:08 AM   #11905
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What's wrong with Trek's touchup paint? Didn't get any?

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Nope, neither shop had any. But I spoke to a rep at Trek, and he said nail polish was fine. I'm going to try to apply it in dimple patterns for aerodynamic efficiency.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:48 PM   #11906
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I fell in love with the Look 566 on a test ride up in Chicago. It's at the top of my list, but also above the top of my price range.

I would probably be just as happy with a specialized roubaix, which at the component level I want is just barely within my price range.
Then, there's a handful of others in contention based on just how deep the dealers are willing to discount them as they are leftovers.

Just so long as they match my riding gear, it's all good.
Excel Sports in Boulder often closes out Look frames.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:56 PM   #11907
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I've been lusting after a Look (ot Time) for a long time. Too bad they're still spendy even on closeout!

AFA the interview: Didn't sound too promising

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Old 08-18-2009, 02:34 PM   #11908
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Stan's site was where he sent me for do-it-myself

Any downside outside of the theoretical massive unrepairable blowout? Heck, not like I am riding the snot out of this thing. Just for tooling around our place and riding around the back trails with the nephews/nieces...
Downside?

Adding a large amount of complexity to something very simple and straightforward?
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:59 PM   #11909
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Oh man, thanks. They got what I want at 30% off. Any idea how much it would cost to build up a frameset with ultegra level components and comparable wheelset?

If I could only be certain about which size frame to get. The geometry numbers are so screwy on relaxed bikes any more.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:37 PM   #11910
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I bought a bit o stuff from there too.

Oh, speaking of buying things... I'm headed to an interview tomorrow PM to be the manager of an LBS.

I'll let y'all know what happens.

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