Bicycle thread

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

  1. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna

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    Didja notice the wide-ass handlebars on that thing? :lol3
  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Bikes I lusted after when I was new to mtn biking:
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    Bridgestone MB-0 (and/or MB-1)
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    Stumpjumper
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    but NOT this color scheme :puke2

    Yeti
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    Grove Innovations

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    Check out the size of that DT!!! AND its a STEEL bike! :eek1

    all right, that's about it for now... back to making phone calls. :2cry

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  4. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    Well it looks like I got REAL LUCKY.

    I'm not going steel aluminum, or carbon.

    I found me a BASSO Titanium with all Dura Ace compos, and a brand new set of KSYRIUM mavic hubbed rims with bladed spokes.

    Sweet. And all for the price of a nice dinner.

    My Dad's heavy into cycling, so I call him and ask him what type I should buy/does he know anyone selling a good used. He just bought another super bike of sorts so he says I can have his Basso (technically hold onto it since he doesn't want to sell it but doesn't use it anymore).

    I'll post pics tomorrow.

    I'm riding in the am:D
  5. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna

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    Holy bajeebus. :eek1

    :tb :tb :tb

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  6. Chonero

    Chonero Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the new bike. Ti is the way to go... unless you go steel. I won't even ride an AL bike unless it is fully suspended.

    I'm looking for a new steel frame myself.

    Yeah, but we've got wicked downhill almost everywhere out west.

    You can get a lot more technical stuff with rocks and roots if you ride in the Sierras. Downieville, Rock Creek, 008, etc..

    I'll admit though.. east coast riding is cool.. just not enough sustained downhills for me though.

    As a member of the original Bike Magazine Heavy Pedal Tour in 2000 I rode a prototype Cannondale Lefty, a prototype Harro, and an Ellsworth AEON. I'd take a Kona, Rocky Mountain, or Ventana over any of them but they were free to ride and abuse.

    I liked the Harro for all around and mostly downhill, it was a tank. The Cannondale could climb like a monster.. but I found it's geometry skittish on the high speed downhills. The Ellsworth AEON was a sweet ride but the company dicked over one of my friends; so, I mostly rode the Harro. I was bummed when we had to give em back.


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  7. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    A "Basso" you say. Does it come "loaded"? :stoned
  8. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    I know, crazy right.

    I almost never asked him too? I figured he had a friend (he's prez of a big bike club) who might have a good deal....

    He dropped it off last night, so I brought him and Mom out to dinner.

    I forget what NEW bike he just purchased but i heard it was very expensive, and very light...


    Basso just needs a good cleaning, new seat, maybe a new stem, and some bar tape. The Dura Ace is sick:wink:
  9. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    So I took it out for a spin this morning, and realized it's in desperate need of a few things. All new cables, full tune up, and most likey a new stem/repack of headset. Rear brake was locked shut from rusted cable.

    So I dropped it off at the bike shop and rode the MTN bike instead.


    Basso will be a refreshed mid week, psyched to start using it.
  10. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    8 or 9spd Ace

    I'm loving my 9spd DA setup, but I made the mistake of trying out 10 a couple weeks ago and I fear I've done bad things to myself and my budget...
  11. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    I never checked to be honest, but has a triple crank. It's at the bikeshop now.

    Expensive spoRt isn't it. :D
  12. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    I worked in a shop for a while and was able to build my bikes at employee price, which is a good deal less than retail. Unfortunately shops don't pay well, so it all balanced out in the end.
  13. Cycletroll

    Cycletroll Catastrophe Specialist

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    So, let me get this right.... you want to exercise. Ride whatever ya got. A mtn. bike with big knobbies will take more effort to pedal=more calories burned=decrease in ginormous gut. And you can ride it to Starbuck's and look all macho, just like the guys on GSA's with TKC's who never go more than a few miles from their yuppie heated garages. I mean really, what's wrong with your Klein? It used to be pretty shiznit back in the day. (BTW Gary Klein is a fag!)

    To quote one of our favorite brain washing/make Tiger and Mikey rich companies: "Just Do it"
  14. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    Well for one I don't have a "ginormous gut", in fact I actually look to be in decent shape. But I know I'm a far cry from my Marine Corp. days when I used to run 30 miles a week.

    Why would you assume I'm a yuppie? Because I happen to live in a city?
    FYI -I've ridden centuries, commuted innercity on bicycles (as well as motorcycles), and I can't stand starbucks. Luckily here in NYC we still don't look like every strip mall in America, we have quite a few choices for coffee. I've had my newest GS for all of 5 months and I've already ridden out to Nebraska, and North Carolina,no TKC's I'm running Metz z6'S.....

    I've seen the tourists posing in front of these coffee shops, but I';m too busy working. In fact I'm working today for the 7 day straight, got home last night at 2:30am.

    There's nothing wrong w my Klein, except it ain't made to be used as a cardio road bike in a smooth paved city park with many hills.

    And I wish I had FREAKING garage.
  15. yater

    yater Long timer

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    You want to rethink that? If you put in the same effort, you actually go somewhere on the road bike. It's not about sitting and spinning. Why struggle against the wind when you can glide and cover 50+ miles in a few hours? Fat fucks will never understand excercise. If you don't know shit about bikes, it's ok to shut the fuck up.
  16. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna

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    :lol3 "Index steering". crunch crunch crunch

    It's gonna be nice to pick it up all tuned and ready to go. Most of the bike techs I've known enjoy bringing a nice bike back to life for an active rider...they know it's going to be enjoyed the way it should.

    Give it a good polish. :thumb

    And post pics, dammit. :tappingfoot
  17. Mulekick

    Mulekick 2.7 on Fu Man Chu

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    Perry's a fat ass Perry's a fat ass......:razor


    Ps-If your done with the Klien you can send it to me.....:deal
  18. dlew

    dlew Daypass Adventurer Supporter

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    Dude, get out of the Starbucks right now where you are surfing Jo Momma and keeping an eye on your GS while the passers-by ogle your new Remus headers, you poser yuppie. :lol3 :evil :lol3 :evil

    Congrats on the Basso you lucky bastid.

    I didn't see your thread until now. We shoulda talked bikes earlier. And btw, I think it's going to be between six and seven hours to the MOA. :eek1

    I do think you should still consider a fixed gear bike for the city. You have so much control in the stop and go of the city and you feel really connected to the bike having the direct drive of your legs. On free wheeling bikes in the city I find i'm pedaling, then braking hard over and over. With the fixie I'm just connnected to wheels like I'm walking. It's addictive.

    That Bianchi Pista is nice and reasonably priced and it turns super fast but the geometry is so steep the ride is too punishing for the city. I had one but it was stolen by one of my lovely Brooklyn neighbors. I do like that Specialized bike.

    A cyclocross bike is a great suggestion.

    Do NOT get a triatholon or time trial bike.

    I'm building a rack for the GS now. I say you build one, too, and we GS it to Bear Mountain with the bikes.

    Come over and check it out the stable:


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    Merlin Extralight titanium for fast fitness riding with the pack in the park, all titanium hardware (bolts) even spokes except for seat post and bar which are carbon and brakes which are titanium. Crank is steel. Dura-Ace drive train. Bought used from a bike mechanic.



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    Bridgestone XO-1 dual sport bike used mostly for fire roads, jaunts with the kids, and pulling the kid trailer. It's the bike that inspired the Rivendell.



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    Surly Steamroller fixed gear bike for training and commuting. Durable, comfortable, upright, and quick. Only bike I've ever bought new and built-up. I ride this bike in the snow and the rain (the fenders really help) but I'll also do a fast fitness ride. You gotta ride it.



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    Ibis Scorcher for getting coffee. It's an old school fixed gear cruiser but is actually very light and smooth riding.
  19. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike" Supporter

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    Nice collection dlew. I like the swept bars on the XO.
    How much does a garage like that rent for in Brooklyn...? :D

    Perry:
    Cool your dad "loaned" you the Basso.
    Get some pop/son rides in while you have the chance...!!!
  20. dlew

    dlew Daypass Adventurer Supporter

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    thanks kawidual.

    the bars on the XO are moustache bars made by Nitto. they're not as comfortable as drops IMO, although there are some really big fans of those bars.