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post #1546 of 1746
yesterday:


- fixed gear
- big knobbly tyres
- hydraulic front brake
- full mud(snow)guards
- a layer of ptfe spray grease
- skulls

alltogether a big fat high five in the face of king winter. and magical skids forever.



post #1547 of 1746
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smile.gif I have to say the "new" standard of having thru-axles on both front and rear wheels have made a ton of difference in ride quality- better control, less flex, etc..

makes a lot of sense that it would add so much more control....I'm shopping for a new ride this Winter, thru-axles def. on my want list.

Is that your Ibis? My buddy has a mojo HD and he loves it. carbon scares the hell outta me even after watching and reading all the tests.
post #1548 of 1746





bike has a chainstay bridge, but no braze on for a bolt. I fashioned a solution with a bracket and a spare blinky seat stay mount.


SKS 45mm Longboard Fenders for 700c wheels. They fit fine on the 26" wheels, but the front fender had to be trimmed. SKS makes it easy to trim down and reattach the mudflap (you just hacksaw/file it to size and drill a hole) because the mudflap is attached using a button mount and not a rivet. Now its really "maximum coverage"!



I actually made a mistake in ordering the Beige colored SKS 45mm longboard fenders. Amazon had it where when you scroll over the silver it showed beige (vice versa). The beige actually turned out great with a color thats close enough to the Pearl Tusk of the frame.

I originally wanted the planet bike cascadia fenders in white or silver, but my wife is loyal to SKS and wanted silver. The mistake in color ended up turing out pretty sweet anyway.

post #1549 of 1746
Wait...your wife has loyalty preferences to bicycle fender manufacturers?

That's some dedication.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Wait...your wife has loyalty preferences to bicycle fender manufacturers?
That's some dedication.

she installed the sks herself on her city bike. she doesn't like the planet bike fenders because they now have huge planet bike logos on them:

post #1551 of 1746
Wow. I can't even get my wife to pump up the tires on her bike.
post #1552 of 1746
damn Lawrence, that's awesome build! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

and +1 to NORE's pic of 'stones track bike
post #1553 of 1746
How's the VWD riding?
post #1554 of 1746
stupid fast, thanks for asking biggrin.gif

I usually like to start at the back of my group so I have someone to look forward to passing and the VWD does phenomenally well!
Also, being that I'm a smaller fella (140lbs) I relatively don't pump out as much wattage as the other guys, especiallly on the flats and rolling hills - I feel the aerodynamic/weight attributes of the bike really help to catch up in break-aways or leading.

Longest climb I've done with it so far is a 2mile 8%avg with a 53/39; 11/25 gearing.
No complaints smile.gif I pass fellas with compact 11/28 -- given my weight and the bike's, I think 25 to me feels like a 28 to them.
post #1555 of 1746
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Originally Posted by ianGP View Post

damn Lawrence, that's awesome build! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
and +1 to NORE's pic of 'stones track bike

Thanks! Nice to hear you're hammering on the c'velo. I hate to admit it but aero is > lightweight bike/components... so you made a wise choice with the S5. Thats going to be one of those iconic frames that push the industry forward for the next decade.

I was just in your area last friday. We took the bikes on a road trip to Key West Florida. I brought my commuter and my wife's bridgestone.





I found a dog carrier on amazon that works for pups up to 24lbs.... You can't really hammer with it, but hopefully it'll work in brooklyn when the weather gets better.

the wife made a game time decision and ordered a unscheduled stop in Alexandria VA before going home on Friday... I was thinking maybe we could get in a ride towards Mt. Vernon, but it was too cold for my liking frown.gif.



then the storm hit right for our drive back home.



florida seems a million miles away.....
post #1556 of 1746
Sliced a chunk of my thumb off with my mandolin on Christmas Eve. Can't shift on two of my bikes and can't fix the flat on my third. I've seldom wanted to ride so badly. Stupid thumb.
post #1557 of 1746
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and magical skids forever.

icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #1558 of 1746
Ugh... Dammit I'm having an upgrade itch... Been looking to replace my hardtail 26er with a 29er... Saw a Litespeed Cohutta in the shop with its oversized tubes and it looked so delicious. Also been thinking about getting a Santa Cruz Highball frame and build a 21 lb. steed.
post #1559 of 1746
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

Thanks! Nice to hear you're hammering on the c'velo. I hate to admit it but aero is > lightweight bike/components... so you made a wise choice with the S5. Thats going to be one of those iconic frames that push the industry forward for the next decade.
That would be cool if it did become iconic! I just love the way it rides/feels better than the R5 (I feel much faster on it) and it's light enough for long steep climbs.
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I was just in your area last friday. We took the bikes on a road trip to Key West Florida. I brought my commuter and my wife's bridgestone.
HAH i remember that slushy sad attempt at a snow storm frown.gif
Glad you guys came out of VA ok...bunch of donkey drivers around here during winter. I'm lovin' the pics!! Thanks for sharing!
Makes me wish spring/summer would hurry the f up!
post #1560 of 1746
Check out this ground-breaking new design!!!

http://www.rockthepost.com/posts/view/1847/ZTorque-Bicycle-Cranks
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