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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.
Ok, that's just plain cool.
Dood - you parted the Slingshot?
My two rides. The blue Rivendell was custom built for me, and has seen three different parts groups since new (about 20 k miles on the frame). The latest iteration is eight speed Dura Ace. It was Campy Chorus ergo, but since I broke my distal radius one year ago (plate and 13 screws) when i totaled my Ninja, I have problems with shifting ergo levers. My right thumb just ain't the same.
The green Rivendell is a neat bike: custom built for someone else, it actually fit me better than them! It takes long reach brakes, so for fast riding, I put on a set of 650c wheels, and for winter, I can put on 26 inch wheels and fat tires/fenders, and ride all weather.
I love bicycle riding as much/more than motos.
Great bikes. GREAT DOG!
Gotta love Rivendell frames.
I've been sucked in by their marketing machine- hook, line- and woolen bi-cycling trousers.
From a very short ride report in gravity's pic a day thread:
My trusty DiamondBack along the trail.
Couple random iPhone shots. About an hour ago (7:00pm PST) 8/20/07 near one of my favorite river spots.
Poor little wounded goose (one bad foot), his family was a little down river.
He swam over to us, maybe he liked the music?
We shared some carrot cake cliffbar with him, best bar they make BTW.
He didnt care too much for the Anchor Steam though.
I have tried a bunch of ideas from Riv (Grant P's ideas, actually). I prefer clipless, have had a love/hate relationship with Brooks saddles, love lugs, wear wool jersies/t's every ride, don't like baggy shorts on the bike, admire Nitto and things Japanese from a new perspective (I was a Campy holic for several decades), not as enamoured of fat tires as everybody at Riv but like the option, I could go on.
So, the bottom line: the frames ride GREAT! They look good too.
Thanks, my best friend ! He goes to work with me everyday. He does not mind when I get dressed for a bike ride, but you should see him mope around when I put on my leather for a moto ride. He thinks if I am taking a gas powered vehicle, he should get to go. Smart dog, all 120 lbs of him.
Thanks....we've actually hauled it to a tandem rally that way and were NOT the only ones to show up with a rig like that!
Here's what happens to bicycles when you get old fat and lazy.
Actually my wife's old Paramount has been getting a good work out as her indoor trainer lately.
It's been over 6 years since I've raced a triathalon now and probably 5 since that ugly purple Klein has been off that rack! Look the Trek aint even got cranks on it!
These old tanks see an occasional rail-trail is about all....
My wife's childhood Varsity saved for nostalgia, I suppose....
as is her grandparents old Schwinn tandem that they used to ride in parades back in the 50s and 60s.
We have been pedalling that 13 year old Santana Arriva tandem some already this year though.....got a ride scheduled for tomorrow as the weather looks great!
2003 Surly Cross Check. This sub-$400 steel frame has a better road feel than many an exotic unobtanium.
gawd damn what a bunch of esoterica riding bike dorks you people are
so I bought a fucking pushbike of my own
I stopped by a sporting goods store on the way home and just got it (damn I miss Galyans, Dicks sucks ass)
I know, I should have gone to a bikeshop, got one that fits, get a bike that suits the type of riding I plan to do and all that happy bullshit
whatever dude, I liked the silver one
so I bought the silver one
now what do I do with it
yeah, I know the bottoms of the kayaks are awful smooth - we just got them last fall so back off
I'll scuff 'em up proper this summer
first I gotta take that damn kickstand off my new bike
what the hell is a 29'er anyway?
can you put gin and tonic in one of those water bottle thingies
and fuck presta valves, I had to go four places to find those damn little adapters
What do you need adaptors for? Real men blow up presta valves with their mouths, no adaptors necessary
Nice bike, btw, its amazing what great stuff you can get for not much moolah these days.
my brother has a bike he dropped easily twice as much coin six or seven years ago and this thing has equal or nicer components, slicker shifting and the fork is adjustable
the forks on my motorcycle are not adjustable
welds liked stacked dimes, alum frame
I am stunned at what you get for not a fuckton of money
now I just have to figure out to pedal the damn thing for more than 10 minutes without passing out
I thought passing out was the fun part.
That is bomb-diggity.
Why the two different shifter styles? Weight savings, or parts bin build up?
I think it's time for me to get a steel cross bike.
I really, really like my Gunnar. 853 and American made.
I've got a Reynolds fork on it that I think needs to be retired. Getting lots of fork chatter. Maybe an Easton?
I'm being talked into a sporty touring bike now, like maybe a long-haul trucker.
(I've got a thing for surlys.)
Also thinking of looking at what Soma has to offer, and got a recommendation for the Felt Z class bikes.
I just want something that's a little more relaxed than my bianchi SL so I can do some longish lazy miles. And maybe start commuting again, if I can get into shape...
Pretty much ANY cyclocross bike will do that too.
Ditto with Bruce Gordon's stuff.
IF makes a fan-farging-tastic bike.
...and the list goes on... Go look at the pics from the NAHBS from recently. LOTS of eye candy
It's because of the disk brake caliper. STI levers don't pull enough cable for it to work effectively. You can use STI levers, but you need those travel adapter things for it to work effectively. I originally had barcons on both sides, but hit my knee too many times on the right side which caused me to shift into my highest gear while climbing. Cantilevers offer the best clearance for mud, but that's rarely an issue in my locale.
Are Surlys not made in the US?
I just went to one of the local shops website - they carry Surly and the long haul truck and the cross-check are about a grand a piece.
I might mosey on in there this weekend, but I should probably leave my credit card at home...