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Discussion in 'The Aqua Lounge' started by Garuf, Mar 13, 2012.
So, lets talk bikes...
peddle or motor bikes?
Pedal but I'm open to talking about motorbikes as long as they're not Harley Davidsons.
So about 10 years ago I was big into mountain biking. I saved my pennies (about 100,000 of them if I remember correctly) and bought a 1999 Specialized Rockhopper. I worked at a bike store and took advantage of their discounts. I replaced the stock brakes with some side-pull Shimano XTR (they had hinges that allowed the pads to pivot as they made contact with the rims.. this added a lot of extra braking power) and I also added a slightly longer, slightly flatter (less rise) Kore stem. This is what my bike is -- (not my exact bike, but mine is just like it):
These are my brakes:
Sadly I haven't been on it in a long, long time. I'd like to get started in it again. So much fun. Great exercise. And around the Baltimore area, there are tons of great state parks full of valleys that make for some great riding - very technical and very challenging.
I also put this guy on my handlebars:
I was in a race once, and as I prepared to pass someone I would honk him a few times. I think it helped me by catching them off guard. If you really get into bikes, you quickly learn that things like kick stands, reflectors, etc are very, very frowned upon.
Oh, and my pedals are clipless. They came that way. The person who bought the bike shown in the picture must've added toe clips. (And they didn't remove the reflectors... boo!)
I've always ridden. Never in competition, more a case that the bike is my vehicle. It's probably why I never learnt to drive.
I've seen too many mates (errmmm maybe all of them would be truer) go from their youth and walking/biking places and being very into activities to lazy drive everywhere if it is not their next door neighbour types. Then the slowly gave up their activities as well.
2 members of my pool team live next door to each other and when we play at a pub which is 500 yards from their house. At the end of their street you guessed it. Maybe you didn't. They both drive, not even share a car for the 30 second trip!!!!
So from there I swore I would never drive, so never ever had a lesson, not a single one.
Onto bikes. I've always loved road bikes. Had a cheapy in the early days, then a second hand Raleigh, then when I first got a job I bought a brand new Raleigh.
From there I bought this Tifosi from ebay:
Then got a little obsessed with 'bling' and carbon and turned the above into a copy of the £6000 Cannondale Super Six TDF bike:
That got nicked last year (yes it was locked up) so I bought this Raleigh and started carbonizing again (sorry not overly keen on the appearance but money was tight so no real pictures focusing on the bike:
I like Darren Baum's own bike and am going to copy it like for like in terms of finish however instead of 'BAUM' it will be 'GREEN' and instead of 'RISTRETTO' it will be 'NEEDLE'.
If I get hold of a decent bike hopefully with either SRAM Red or Dura Ace (sorry can't stand Campag shifters and they were removed sharpish from the Tifosi pictured above) components then I will get on with this project, picture a very similar bike to the one in the picture with my own Brand logos and with Schwalbe Ultremo white tyres.
As a gauge on how much I mean my bike is my vehicle this is what I mean. On the handlebars is the hardscape from my aquascape Portinho da Arrabida. This weighs in the region of 40kg. lol so I wheeled it rather than riding:
I've carried some massive items on my bikes:
10 sheets of plaster board, multiple 18mm plywood sheets. full kitchen worth of floor tiles for the kitchen.....you get the picture. lol
So nothing to do with competition. A mixture of self satisfaction in terms of bling mixed with a practical belief in never being a driver.
This is my current bike It's a 1983 gas pip peugeot. For all the hate it gets it's such a supple fast ride. Doubt I could keep pace with andy but I do or did hefty miles. I'm currently trying to get over stressing my hamstrings so all movement at the minute sucks.
An old photo before replacing the fork after snapping it on roadworks and replacing the seat and bars.
The rock hoppers a nice bike, it's amazing how quickly mtb's seem aged, I had a specialized p1 or p2, the geared one which I think was the p2, and looking back it seems crude compared to todays fair a pretty enough bike for the job though. In general I find the "better" bikes are the uglier they tend to be, but then I'll always ride steel where I can and can't stand carbon... That's an aside though!
I've had my eyes on SRAM red recently, the groupset keeps coming up for what seems like a bargain, I'd love to kit out some steel with a nice modern groupo.
Andy get on with that project bike! I'm starting one for this summer, got my eye on a falcon Olympic 531c, gonna recondition it and sell it on for massive profit, or at least that's the idea.
This is great!
I owned and operated my own shop for over 16 years. I spent several years working as lead mechanic on CTS camps(Carmichael Training Camps). Basically lived the life of bike. For MTB my heart is with my friends at Kona as Patty is a personal friend of mine. But for the road bike Pinarello is my love.
If it has 2 wheels Im on it
Orlando it sounds like you lived my dream. I want to go into frame building. My degree in landscape architecture can strut haha.
Pinerello? Pah. There's only room for one p in biking and it's Peugeot.
It was fun while it lasted. I have been riding bikes from age 5 and never stopped. I did take on building frames with my friend here my home town.
Take a look
Villin Cycle Works, Inc
Mates rates on a frame? Yeah. I ride a 56x56 but a 55x55 would do too...
The lug work on those is fantastic, I really like the portouer lights too. Are the wrap over seat stays?
I'm really into triple triangle frames at the minute, spotted a custom one here in Leeds and it's like nothing i've ever seen, integrated seat tube too.
Full Cannondale Scapel dual MTB
Synapse Carb roadie(Ultegra triple, did not care for the Dura ace)
Schwin fast back Cyclocross(added Mavic SL rims)
I have not been riding as much as I use to..........but I have nice stuff
Which sucks, when I was poor and rode all the time, it was always something.......
I'm not happy about the Disc brake changes and bleeds, sucks vs old school V brakes........
That Baum is awesome.......would not help me much though, I like hills and descents on the road/MTB. Good rims = worth their weight in gold.
I ride the Schwin mostly, but this summer, and spring, the Dowieville downhill is all mine. So are Tahoe trails. I'll need the release.
We are going on a ride if you come back to CA anytime.
I know you know the Dowieville and certainly the epic road rides.
Tom - You have to pay for the quality with Baum and they are not carbon. They are proper top notch detail finished bikes, custom painted to order with no visible lugwork at all. Pretty similar to the Cannondale method of lugging where Cannondale put smooth lugs over the actual stress holding lug, the Baums are not smooth lines they are invisible
Take a look at their site. Whilst they will do the custom paint job in the customer's requirements they do refuse some. They want any bike they produce to fit the restrained paintwork so no garish requests are approved. lol
As for the wheels I agree. I am not putting deep rims on mine. I'm no time trialist and do not want heavy wheels even if they look the part. Carbon ones are lighter of course however semi or standard carbon rims are lighter still so mine will be the standard these days of semi.
They do Mountain bikes and Touring too
The one in the picture is Darren Baum's own personal bike with full on electric transmission. You can guess it is probably one of the best bikes in the world if the owner of such a company has made it for himself
Australian though so the import duty may well push the price up even higher.
Take a look:
Garuf - Would've done the Raleigh in these colours this year but got a little depressed with being out of work and missed the summmer. I have no workshop, just a few blankets/sheets so I need next to zero breeze for spraying.
The custom decals were £35 inc shipping. They aren't stickers. I asked them for removable ones. More like stencils as I don't want to have to add 1mm of laquer to avoid the bumps. Even my Raleigh if you have soft hands (like me) you can feel the slight bump around the branding through the laquer. Not much but it's there.
I doubt you would struggle to beat me. Whilst I do thrash it out it is only short rides from one destination to another and no really long rides. Until I give up smoking you will definitely have the edge on me.
Orlando - I was thinking of PInarello myself. Something top end but second hand then getting rid of the garish paintwork. A little like Fondriest paintwork. Whilst I love bling I like plain simple colour matching and not all the airbrushing style. Very skilled and very well done however not to my style. lol
One thing I have worried about a little with Pinarello as with others like Trek are the carbon frames are made in the Far East and not sure if any of the carbon bikes are made in their home countries anymore. They are all finished in their home countries of course however I have seen quite a few Treks and Pinarellos where the carbon forks have snapped at the crown or a seat stay has gone. lol
I guess thats the risk you take with carbon but I don't drink anymore so isn't going to have the weekly crash on the 3mile bikeride home from my favourite pubs. Yes I was a silly boy. Drink 10-15 pints on a bender Friday/Saturday and then ride 3.5miles home at top speed with no problem except the odd misjudgement (I must add that Lincoln is cycle track central so this was not on the road and nearly always in the early AM hours. lol.
Love talking about bikes as you can guess
Another bike I like and was going to 'reproduce prior to finding the Baum was the Cinelli Strato in black. Sorry about the ridiculous resolution. 'Bike Porn at it's best :drool:
You can see what sort of colours I like. That would have had Cinelli branding as it was before I decided to put my own branding on the bike. These wouldn't be 'fakes' to sell though. These 'copies' were purely for me and my 'vain' nature. lol
I don't plan on ever going carbon, I just don't trust it. At all, see busted carbon blog, there's loads of cases of wheels just exploding too, Mavic carbon spokes especially. Give me steel any day.
Deep v's are a bit of a fashion thing, the carbon ones are for weightweenie time trial sorts and the ones you see on the roads about here are metric tonne fixed gear crowd. The undeniable stiffness of them is something of a bonus though, especially around Leeds where there's more holes and troughs and rough tarmac over the top of cobbles in the road than there is smoothness. I've been tempted to buy some cyclocross rims, having to get my open pro's trued every couple of months of normal riding gets annoying quickly.
I've got some cheapo Rigida on at the mo. Semi V and heavy at around the 2kg a pair. They came with the bike.
I had some cheapo Shimano bottom of the range ones on the last bike. £50 a pair same semi V and only a little lighter at about 1.8kg. Many reviews were saying they flex when climbing but I am only a skinny little beanpole and I had no problem. They were pretty bulletproof for me.
I'm never going to get carbon wheels. Like you British roads are no good anymore for road wheels. Chucking chippings on top of tar and not resurfacing as they did only a few decades ago is poor return for the tenfold increase in car drivers (which of course means a tenfold increase in road tax revenue. That extra money must be going on the multitude of pointless extra roadsigns and fancy painting on the roads these days.
Lincoln is pretty much like Leeds. Roads are bumpy as hell especially as people don't use their driveways anymore and park on the road no matter what. The edges of the road are trashed round here.
I'm gonna get some of Planet Xs pretty cheap wheelsets. Come in @ 1.5kg for £100 and get pretty good reviews. If they go 'boobies up' then I'll stick the Rigida 'tonne' wheels back on.
Wheels aren't something I can really go carbon on without developing a taste for oval wooden tracks. lol
Good times. I raced for almost 8 years. I am still technically a member of my team, but I stopped racing 2 years ago. Team is killing it this year. Just swept the podium at a stage race in Madera. Already have 8 first place finishes and it's only March.
I got on the podium a lot in my career, but I was just a top 10 guy once I got in the top category. So much work and pain just to not lose fitness. I miss those days a lot though as nothing has ever seemed as magical to me as being in a small break only 10 miles into an 80 mile stage and staying away.
As stated, I do not deserve the nice stuff I have today
Well, taking a corner on a hill at 45 mpg and having a spoke go out while you are in front and everyone drafting you behind, it's a rather religious experience. I lost 3 spokes that day in 100 mile ride in the mountains here. I rode in the back after that last hill No one died, and I made it home actually. I feel safer doing 50mpg down Mammoth on a MTB.
I have Ultegra carbon rims, they are pretty stiff, but the SL Mavics are plenty good enough for me and able to handle the stress. I have Red Mavic Crossmax on the mountain bike. They can handle a good beating.
I use to ride 40 miles round trip a day to work. Then do club rides on the weekend. 300 mile weeks. I was in decent shape then. Now I run mostly, but that keeps ,me able to ride, vs just riding and then trying run 8 miles? You die.
So mostly running, then 2-3x a week rides.
Ooof, 50mph is fast. Fastest I've ever got was this summer with 52mph scared the living daylights out of me feathering the brakes to slow down. I ride open pros on super record hubs and haven't really had any issues with the wheels, everything else however... I wish I'd the time to do lots of rides and the weather, I was trying to do 250 miles in the summer, did a 121m ride in one stint and it nearly killed me, did it in skin tight jeanshorts and a backpack and without a bottle cage and with cages over spds and was rubbed raw and the sweatiest I've ever been. Looking forward to doing it again in the summer with friends though, camping this time and definitely using a rack and investing in some water carrying learnt my lesson. Hope to have a good frame by then too. Something sub 13kgs.
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