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post #901 of 1829
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post
They actually aren't metal (would have been nice) but plastic that look silver. They are SKS fenders.

Ahh word. Thank you.

Nice looking chariot though. Next you're gonna tell me the matching seat and bar tape is fake leather too.

How does it ride?
post #902 of 1829
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Originally Posted by saxamaphone View Post
Ahh word. Thank you.

Nice looking chariot though. Next you're gonna tell me the matching seat and bar tape is fake leather too.

How does it ride?

haha no, fortunately those are real leather. Thanks--I'm very pleased with how it came out aesthetically. I'm not super knowledgeable about bikes so I just got the stock cross check and had a few mods made by the bike shop to make it a bit more unique--the fenders, silver post for the saddle, silver stem, silver rack.

Ride has been great so far--I can really feel the difference with the steel frame versus the cheap aluminum mountain bike I had before. The ride is very pleasant over the rough asphalt I'm dealing with. The bike feels fairly quick too--down the road may switch up the tires, maybe go with something smoother and perhaps down to 28mm. First time with drop handle bars, and I'm liking them very much, though the do feel a little wide actually. Still getting used to the bar end shifters, but they are actually pretty convenient and easy to use. Brakes don't seem amazing, but are fine so far. Haven't really carried much of a load yet--currently just sticking a backpack on the rack with a bungee net and it still feels pretty swift and stable with that, but interested to see how the ride will be with panniers. I decided not to get clipless pedals but even after two days I'm starting to think about getting a pair that has platforms on one side and clipless on the other so that rides to work I can use clipless and rides around town I can use regular shoes.

Anyway, for a non-bike nerd I am very happy. It was expensive but it feels like a quality ride and I hope to get a lot of use out of it. It seems to be exactly what I wanted--a bike that can do everything pretty well. I don't plan to race but I feel like it will be great for commuting around town, grabbing groceries, and I don't see why I won't be able to go on longer trips with it as well--looking forward to working up to a century in the next few months.
post #903 of 1829
fgfs or njs?
post #904 of 1829
Keirin for days!
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post #906 of 1829
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Originally Posted by poorman View Post

Kind of bastardized....will he give you the original parts that came with the frame?

That brake lever + bar ends is
post #907 of 1829
God no. F*cking horrible.
post #908 of 1829
For $350, you could probably land a Serotta Atlanta with 8sp Shimano Ultegra/600, or something like that. Hold out for that. That Atala is junk.
post #909 of 1829
Love it. You guys are so helpful! How about this one? GONE. :/
post #910 of 1829
poorman - why don't you tell us what you're looking for, and we can keep an eye out for good deals.

i.e. what budget? what use (commuting, road riding, little bit of everything)? etc.
post #911 of 1829
I mentioned it in earlier posts, I didn't want to demand too much from you guys. LOL. Well, in short a commuter, I'm 5'8" with a ~31" inseam. A budget of $200>...$300 if it's just too good.
post #912 of 1829
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post
here are a couple shots of my new cross check (crappy iphone / iphone plastic camera pics). will start commuting with it tomorrow, and will report back after a week or two living with it. I really need some panniers. I saw a few that look nice on Etsy, but the lead time is a bit long. Looking for waxed canvas, if anyone has any other ideas.
Is that a Brooks saddle?
post #913 of 1829
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Originally Posted by Carlisle Blues View Post
Is that a Brooks saddle?

yep. basic b17 in honey.
post #914 of 1829
Can anyone tell me the difference between the Crank Brothers Egg-Beater and Candy? Is it just the platform? And are the Egg Beaters uncomfortable? They look like they would be horrible. But I suppose they have as much contact with your foot as an SPD, right?

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post #915 of 1829
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post
yep. basic b17 in honey.
You may know how to care for your beautiful saddle, but, if not the following is suggested "Proofide"... Have mine a B-17 Titanium on my Road Bike I used to have it in my Mountain Bike
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