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SantosLHalper

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I could only dig up two old photos of my bikes.

'94 Bontrager Race-Lite.


It's built up with old-school XTR, Cook Brothers cranks, and a Ringle wheelset. I also have a '91 Bontrager Race with a Bontrager fork that is built up with old-school XT and top-mount shifters. I haven't ridden either Bontrager much since I got this:

'04 Seven Verve


This picture is out of date, I recently upgraded to Avid Juicy Carbon discs and a Bontrager Race Lite wheelset. Such a sweet ride.

Don't have a photo yet, but just built up a Surly Pacer road bike with 10s Ultegra so that I could start putting some road miles in.
 

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I started another thread regarding "casual" cycling shoes. Just something to throw on for an easy ride around the neighborhood--maybe to the farmers' market, kind of thing. A number of you were nice enough to give some advice.

One poster, sorry can't remember how, mentioned Five Ten. I hadn't thought of them since I thought they made only rock-climbing shoes. In fact, I still have a couple pair sitting around that haven't been used in more than a decad--yourr free if you want them.

Anyway, I found these, which look pretty cool. Anyone know anything about them? They fit one major criterion: they look cool. They have a rocker built into the last, they say. Would that be bad or good or neither?

 

zippyh

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Originally Posted by velobran
Anyone else think this is a pretty lame bike thread? I know it's a style forum, but come on.

Yes, but I'll try to help it out.

Here's my wife's ride. She just got it for her birthday a few weeks ago.
Cervelo RS with Ultegra RS in size tiny. Those are 650 wheels/tires.


My carbon bike. Look 555. Mostly Ultegra.


My Campagnolo bike. BMC SL01. Centaur with horror of horrors, Shimano pedals.
 

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Nice rides - do both of you race?

Think I've settled on Speedplay Zeros.. now the question is Cromoly or SS.

velo, where is your rig?
 

voxsartoria

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Originally Posted by dopey
What is a good Bike Forum to look at while I anxiously wait for my bike to arrive?

What did you get?

Originally Posted by Philosoph
bikeforums.net is like Styleforum for bikes. They even have their own version of vox.

Originally Posted by Invicta
It may even be Vox himself, isn't he into biking as well?

I am devoted 24/7 to the needs of StyleForum, but yes, I am into cycling, both road and MTB.

Originally Posted by thekunk07
thanks much. those look like great recos for what i want.

Also consider getting a used bike...a bike is the kind of thing that has a high reject to gift ratio. At your budget, you could probably get an appreciably better used bike than new since the quality and weight improvements are still signficant up to the $1K (new) mark.

- B
 

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Nice Cervelo zippyh. I have the Soloist which is an awesome ride. I also have an Orbea Orca but have put many more miles on the Cervelo. Just a really smooth bike that fits me well. I'd like to try out the Cervelo S3 but alas, I've fallen from grace on bikes.
 

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I am always amazed at the rides I see locked up casually on the street. There is a guy in the Ravenswood area of Chicago that parks his original Merckx One Hour edition at the Rockwell station from time to time. Only a handful of those were made by de Rosa decades ago.
 

Philosoph

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Originally Posted by voxsartoria
I am devoted 24/7 to the needs of StyleForum, but yes, I am into cycling, both road and MTB.

The guy I was thinking of is definitely not you. You just have a similar online conversational style.

Originally Posted by unpainted huffheinz
I am always amazed at the rides I see locked up casually on the street. There is a guy in the Ravenswood area of Chicago that parks his original Merckx One Hour edition at the Rockwell station from time to time. Only a handful of those were made by de Rosa decades ago.

So true. I've seen some Tomassini and Colnago frames casually chained to lightposts. I'm assuming they survive only because they don't look as flashy to idiot bike thieves. A Cervelo might not last as long.
 

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Bought a Trek 2.1 today. Won't be ready for me to pick up until next weekend though, so this stock photo will have to do for now:

 

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I had no idea this hobby would turn out to be so flipping expensive.

For instance, a list of necessary/recommended/suggested accessories:


What it is:
\t
What it is:
\t

Why you need it:

Helmet
\t

A lifesaver in an accident

Good lock and holder
\t

A bike saver

Pump that fits your frame
\t

Use to fix flats

Spare tube
\t

To replace punctured tubes

Tire levers
\t

Eases tire removal

Water bottle and cage
\t

Makes it easy to stay hydrated

Patch kit
\t

For patching popped tubes

Gloves
\t

Adds comfort and protects hands

Mini all-in-one tool
\t

Just in case an adjustment is needed

Seat bag
\t

A way to carry all this stuff

Eyewear
\t

Protection from airborne debris

Cycling shorts
\t

They’re padded for comfort

Energy bars
\t

Calories in case you tire

Sun block
\t

Prevents sunburn
Other Goodies



What it is:
\t

Why you'll want it:
Dress for Success

cycling shoes & socks
\t

increase comfort & efficiency

cycling jersey (short & long sleeve)
\t

comfy with rear pockets for gear

cycling tops (for women)
\t

comfy, pockets, high visibility

tights
\t

keep knees & legs warm

windbreaker
\t

protection from wind & rain

leg & arm warmers
\t

easy on/off; fit in pocket

rain jacket
\t

keeps you dry and warm

booties (shoe covers)
\t

protects toes from cold & wet

long-finger gloves
\t

warm & protect hands and fingers
Get all the Right Gear

front light or lighting system
\t

be safe at night & expand your ride time

flasher taillight
\t

be seen after dark

bell
\t

friendly warning device

hydration system
\t

carry your favorite sports drink

hydration system cleaning kit
\t

kills nasty germs

cyclecomputer
\t

shows/records speed, pace & distance

rear rack
\t

carry more stuff

aero handlebars
\t

for a stretched-out, streamlined position
Be Fit for Life

heart-rate monitor
\t

a tachometer for your heart

indoor trainer
\t

bike in front of the TV

computerized indoor trainer
\t

a virtual-reality cycling station

home gym
\t

build strength without the club
Bike Repair is Fun

floor pump
\t

has air to spare

maintenance book
\t

learn how to fix your bike

bike repair stand
\t

supports the bike so you don't have to

wheel-truing stand
\t

helpful for fixing wobbly wheels

bicycle tool kit
\t

cool tools for fixing your ride
Hit the Road & Trail

panniers (saddlebags)
\t

bring the kitchen sink

trailer for kids or gear
\t

hooks to the bike & pulls easily

car rack
\t

carry your bike on the car

bike case for airline travel
\t

protection from the baggage goons
Be the Sport

membership in cycling organization
\t

meet other cyclists

Lance Armstrong book
\t

gives you goosebumps

cycling videos
\t

watch for fun & motivation
 

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Here's my road and MTBs. Both pretty old frames, but they've held up well.





and my S&S coupled Indy Fab travel bike, it breaks in half and goes into a airline case. Off to Colorado in a few weeks.

 

acidboy

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Originally Posted by rdawson808

One poster, sorry can't remember how, mentioned Five Ten. I hadn't thought of them since I thought they made only rock-climbing shoes. In fact, I still have a couple pair sitting around that haven't been used in more than a decad--yourr free if you want them.

Anyway, I found these, which look pretty cool. Anyone know anything about them? They fit one major criterion: they look cool. They have a rocker built into the last, they say. Would that be bad or good or neither?



that would be me, and i like that pair! where did you get them? i haven't tried five ten bike shoes before but an all mountain riding friend of mine swears by them and claims they are quite sticky.

Originally Posted by kronik
I had no idea this hobby would turn out to be so flipping expensive.

For instance, a list of necessary/recommended/suggested accessories:


What it is:
\t
What it is:
\t


i also strongly recommend bringing simple first aid items like band-aids, bandages and antiseptic wash. i had my share of nasty falls and they are imo necessities.
 

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