General Bike Thread (Desiderata, questions, porn)

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  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    went back to the shop today, they're not getting revenio's for a couple weeks so I was looking at this

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    http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/stee...grand-prix-11/

    I was quoted 750$

    I think it may be a better option that the revenio, it's much less ostentatious and cheaper


    Where is the downside? a little bit heavier maybe? That Grand Prix looks awesome...LUGGED reynolds tubing...Tiagra...why not?
     
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    It's being built right now so I'm picking it up tomorrow
     
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    I just got the bike, turns out it was actually 1000$ not 750$, I'm very happy with it but my bank account is not.
     
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    That bike looks classy as hell. I love how steel seems to be making a comeback relative to the early 2000s.
     
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    I also got a ulock with a cable so there's no fucking way this is gonna get stolen
     
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    I also got a ulock with a cable so there's no fucking way this is gonna get stolen

    Renters (or homeowners) insurance with full replacement value==brand new bike for $Deductable when it gets stolen
     
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    I'm sending my dad a crap load of pictures and videos for insurance purposes
     
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    I also got a ulock with a cable so there's no fucking way this is gonna get stolen
    Now you've tempted fate. Search youtube for videos of thieves ganking U-locked bikes. If they know what they're doing, it's comically simple and frighteningly fast. All you can do is make yours less desirable to steal than the one next to it. I've had up to five or six bikes concurrently; right now I'm down to two: a beater that I lock up, and my MTB. The latter is always in one of three places:
    1. in my apartment
    2. locked to my roof rack while I'm driving to meet up with other riders
    3. under me
    No "I just ducked into the bagel shop for a few seconds," no "it's locked against a parking meter while I chat with my buddies," none of that. I spent too many years working in bike shops and hearing sob stories from folks who didn't use a lock, didn't lock it up properly, or were just plain unlucky. ps: your bike frame is steel. don't leave it locked outside in the rain unless you want it to rust from the inside out.
     
  9. Althis

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    When I'm not at class I take it up to my dorm room, also if they cut through the ulock then kyptonite guarantees 1500$ apparently. I've always locked my bike properly but when they stole mine they cut the cable lock.
     
  10. otc

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    When I'm not at class I take it up to my dorm room, also if they cut through the ulock then kyptonite guarantees 1500$ apparently. I've always locked my bike properly but when they stole mine they cut the cable lock.

    careful, this requires them to defeat the lock (not whatever it is locked to) and usually you have to prove it with the lock.

    The bike I had stolen (though it was a bike I got for free and locked with a miniature padlock...easy come easy go), the lock was nowhere in sight.

    That being said, its no fun if you are paranoid about theft...I lock outside with a mini-u lock through the frame and a cable grabbing the wheels and I am not particularly worried.
     
  11. LawrenceMD

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    the newer flat key U-locks are good - no longer shimmed by bic pens. i have a Kryptonite NYC lock with a chain. I hate having to carry around 10lbs of lock, but what can you do.

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    renters insurance is good as long as the deductible isn't more than the cost of your bike! LOL


    Now you've tempted fate. Search youtube for videos of thieves ganking U-locked bikes. If they know what they're doing, it's comically simple and frighteningly fast. All you can do is make yours less desirable to steal than the one next to it.

    I've had up to five or six bikes concurrently; right now I'm down to two: a beater that I lock up, and my MTB. The latter is always in one of three places:

    1. in my apartment
    2. locked to my roof rack while I'm driving to meet up with other riders
    3. under me

    No "I just ducked into the bagel shop for a few seconds," no "it's locked against a parking meter while I chat with my buddies," none of that. I spent too many years working in bike shops and hearing sob stories from folks who didn't use a lock, didn't lock it up properly, or were just plain unlucky.

    ps: your bike frame is steel. don't leave it locked outside in the rain unless you want it to rust from the inside out.
     
  12. Althis

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    sorry, pics were taken by my phone i took off the toe clips since i dont intend on using them but i can puttem back on whenever and the seat looks a little odd but it's very comfy [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] and the damage [​IMG]
     
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    my new bike.

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  14. otc

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    Had a double race weekend...

    For saturday, I hadn't registered in the A race of my category and it was full...so instead of playing the waitlist game, I decided to race in the even more n00btastic 4B race.

    While I finished far better than I ever finished last year (when that was my normal race), I had my first real race crash. Sure, falling down isn't infrequent in cross but this was full on, lose it on the corner, get run over, create a massive pileup, lose 10 places that you will have to fight back sort of crash. Clawed my way back forward, took a beer hand-up, and scored a few points for my team.

    I thought everything was fine until I was unloading my bike for the sunday race and realized that when the guy ran me over in saturday's crash, he bent my seat stay. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Steel frame...so it was fine to keep riding but I can't help but think that it wouldn't have happened if I had just registered in the A race (in my observations, more experienced people will avoid actually rolling over peoples bikes because they either steer around it or lock up the front wheel and endo over it).

    Race on sunday was great...I usually start really strong--top 15 or so for the first half a lap and then slowly get passed by 40 more people by the end of the race. I knew there was a really technical bottleneck not far after the start so I knew I had to have the strong start...got in the second row on the line (right behind the top 10 in the series who automatically get the first row) and rode hard off the start. Made it clear through the bottleneck which quickly turned into a nasty mess--when the course eventually looped back in sight of the bottleneck, there were still people fighting to get through it. Rode hard for the rest of the race and finished around 20 people ahead of where I usually end up [​IMG]
     
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    I'm looking to start doing some upgrades on my Cannondale Synapse I got at the beginning of the Summer. First I'm looking at a new crankset and front derailleur. I currently have a Shimano Sora Triple derailleur and an FSA Vero crankset. I have no clue where to start and have been doing a little browsing on Jensen USA. Does more expensive necessarily mean a better part? Are there brands that I should stay away from or gravitate toward? What are the differences in sizes (do some perform differently or are there some that won't even fit my bike)? Is this even a good place to start for upgrades? My rear derailleur is a Tiagra, so I just figured I'd start upgrading the shittier parts first. Also I was thinking about upgrading to a carbon fiber front fork. After a quick browse I found this Bontrager Satellite Plus Fork on ebaye for cheap: http://cgi.ebay.com/Trek-Bontrager-C...#ht_500wt_1156 The q&a section says it's from 2004. Does this make a difference? I think I'm going to jump on it, but wanted to get some input from others who might know the deal. Thanks!
     

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