Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Hurry up Sunday March 10th!!! :baldy

    1) That is my oldest daughter's birthday, and I like giving her gifts. She is still young enough to be excited about stuff.

    2) Daylight savings time!!! Much easier to ride after work when I can see where I am going (MagicShine's got 'nothin on the Sun)!
  2. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    When do you figure that picture was taken?
  3. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer

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    I was at the LBS the other day and a leftover C-dale Synapse Carbon Rival caught my eye. Anyone have any experience/opinions on this bike? I read some online reviews, and a few mentioned that standing up and hammering can get the chainstays flexing and bouncing, but only a few reviews mentioned this. Most of the reviews talked about it being lightweight and comfortable, both qualities I'm looking for...

    Also, the bike is equpped with Mavic's Aksium Wheel-Tire-System. Anyone know anything about this? If I don't lke the tires can I just swap them out without issue?
    :ear
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    If I had to guess, it'd be 30s. No derailleurs on the bikes that I see.

    Re: that c-dale. The Synapse is C-dale's answer to the Roubaix. Probably not the stiffest thing on the road, but it'll be an 'all-day ride' kind of bike. AFA the wheels, there's nothing proprietary about em. :nah Wear out the tires that come with the bike and get something else if you don't like em.

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  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  6. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    1923 French Championships, apparently.

  7. Flaco

    Flaco Zombie Holocaust

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  8. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    My buddy has the exact bike and loves it. The black/light blue combo looks killer.

    I wouldn't sweat what the magazines say. Apparently, all the staff can flex anything. If it's compliant, it's unbalanced and doesn't precisely handle. If it's stiff, then, it's harsh. Screw 'em. Jump on that thing and take it for a good long ride. Only you know what you feel and like.

    As Gummee! mentioned, there's nothing proprietary about that wheel/tire setup. Wear 'em out.
  9. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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  10. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer

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    Ok, thanks for the comments. I figure it would slot in nicely between my caad 8 and the Vaya, although the caad 8 probably wouldn't see much use anymore if I get the Synapse. The shop offered to set the bike up on a trainer to try it out. Too much white crap on the ground for a real test ride now...
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That's about right. Gonna ride softer than the CAAD and stiffer than the Vaya. As much as the 'laterally stiff, vertically compliant' thing gets pooh-poohed by the 'experts' C-dale and SpecialHuffy have gotten it right with their 'endurance' bikes. :nod

    My Roubaix was as stiff side-side as a Tarmac but rode oh so nicely. If I could find a team version with the Tarmac sized head tube, I'd buy another.

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  12. Aurelius

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    Got the opportunity to test ride the 2013 Specialized Epic S-Works 29er recently. OMG. :bow :bow Handling is razor sharp, and the 'Brain' equipped suspension system makes it feel every bit as rigid as a road bike until a big enough bump activates an inertial valve, allowing the suspension to compress. I must have spent close to an hour riding over various obstacles and making suspension adjustments to see how each one affected the bike. By the time I finally got back to the store I half expected that they'd already called the police to report a theft. At a non-negotiable price of $10,000, it definitely won't be following me home though. :cry

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  13. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Which is exactly why my GF and I, both, have brain-equipped MTBs. My only regret is getting a Stumpy instead of the Epic. Oh well.
  14. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Do these 'brain' equipped suspension systems require any extra maintenance? I wonder why other manufacturers haven't come up with something similar. :scratch
  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    The SpecialHuffy dealer in Cheyenne got the trailer o' bikes from SpecialHuffy to come out.

    OMG does that Epic S-Works pedal itself up the mountain* or what?! I didn't like the 29er as much as I did the 26er, but I think that had more to do with gearing than anything else.

    :drif

    ...and yeah, the price tag threw me off too.

    Today: 1:10 easy. Evidently there's a NorEaster coming and my sinuses are jacked. :bluduh I went anyway, but I'd rather be in bed.

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    *Curt Gowdy State Park has some great riding. Recommended if you're in the area. :ricky
  16. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I've heard it's all about the rider, not the bike. :augie :amazon

    :nod My first car cost me about $7800, brand new. I just can't see spending thousands more than that on a bicycle, no matter how nice it is.
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    It is. That last tenth of a percent or so is the bike. The first 99.9% is the rider. You may be able to argue that up to maybe the last 5%, but a fast rider is still going to be a fast rider whether he's on a hoopty or an S-Works.

    Gotcha beat. Mine cost me $20. ...but then I proceeded to throw $1200 of repairs at it. :augie

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  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I just did a 'make an offer' thing on ebay and won the seatmast topper, an extra, and the spacers I've been looking for for half price. The guy came back so quickly I'm thinking I should've offered less! :baldy

    Oh well. New from the Giant dealer the parts are $125-ish. I got what I was looking for and more for $20.

    Next step: sell off the extras.

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  19. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    and then what happens when you get it wrong and throw it down a rockly slope ? That's three times what my kdx cost new. :huh
  20. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    That S works is beautiful, but I'm with you guys - no way. $2k I dropped last winter on my Reign made me :huh... until I rode it. :clap


    Can someone tell me what the big deal is with Thompson seatposts? Why are they much better (and much more expensive) than the one my bike came with? Not looking to buy one, just curious.