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Old 03-19-19, 09:02 AM
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What??? No guest track racing bike? What are you gonna do if Nelson Vails ever pays a visit?
Put him on a Huffy from Craigslist wearing cut off jean shorts and Chuck Taylors, take him to a local club race and bet the house!
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Old 03-19-19, 09:31 AM
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Old 03-19-19, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by tarsi View Post
Thanks in part to the online trade spreadsheet and some creative transactions, next week I will be in possession of what I believe to be "N".

I will have:
1) Race/Climbing bike - Bianchi MegaTube Ti
2) Commuting/Errand bike - Cannondale ST500
3) Touring bike - TREK 720
4) Sunday cruiser - Colnago Superissimo

I know many of you will argue that I also need a "Guest bike" however given that I have family/friends ranging in height from 5'6" to 6'2" and the majority of them are carbon heads, I've decided not to go down that rabbit hole and intentionally omitted that category from my "N". My question is, are there any unlisted categories of bike that I should be cautious of? I've never felt like I have all the bikes I want in my correct size until now and want to hear from others with a similar experience and how they "held up" over time. Is this really it? Does "it" even exist?
N=1 where no bike is 0N and more than one is N+x. N has no fixed value, it can be any value or property. Therefore, if you could achieve such an improbable state, N could be infinite.

N is your ultimate state of bicycle mind and bliss. It is a life's journey.

That will be 7 cents.
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Looks like a great N...... until you get into N derivatives

n = 531 frame, Columbus SLX frame, True temper frame,
n = italian, English, French, american, Japanese

etc, etc, etc
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N is all you need.
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Old 03-22-19, 12:25 PM
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I call that being off to a good start.
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Old 03-22-19, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by tarsi View Post
Thanks in part to the online trade spreadsheet and some creative transactions, next week I will be in possession of what I believe to be "N".

I will have:
1) Race/Climbing bike - Bianchi MegaTube Ti
2) Commuting/Errand bike - Cannondale ST500
3) Touring bike - TREK 720
4) Sunday cruiser - Colnago Superissimo

I know many of you will argue that I also need a "Guest bike" however given that I have family/friends ranging in height from 5'6" to 6'2" and the majority of them are carbon heads, I've decided not to go down that rabbit hole and intentionally omitted that category from my "N". My question is, are there any unlisted categories of bike that I should be cautious of? I've never felt like I have all the bikes I want in my correct size until now and want to hear from others with a similar experience and how they "held up" over time. Is this really it? Does "it" even exist?
Speaking as someone who is forever looking for the "perfect" (French horn) mouthpiece, as well as a lover of fine road bikes, I can confidently assert that "N" does not exist in the mind of an enthusiast.
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Well, I seem to be pretty much done with acquiring bikes. I haven't sworn off it resolutely, but it's been a while since I've built a new one for myself. My wife and I live in two homes. In each home, I have a go-fast bike for occasional unladen rides and also an all-purpose bike. In NYC, I also have a street fixie which I don't ride often. I recently converted my go-fast bike in the city to 650b wheels since it had a harsh ride. I haven't decided if I'll keep it this way, so I have all the old equipment ready. I do eventually want a bike suitable for rough trails for the weekend house, but I'm not in a rush. My do-everything bike there is being converted to a gravel bike with fat 700c wheels, and maybe that will be good enough. Or maybe not.

We like having guest bikes. Sometimes we have a tall visitor so I might like having a tall bike around at the weekend house. I've been eyeing a 25" UO-8 at the coop, and it's cheap, so maybe I'll pick that up.
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Old 03-22-19, 08:04 PM
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I didn't include mountain and gravel bikes because although I have both (well kind-of) I never ride either one. The last time I rode the mountain bike was 5 years ago and before that probably 5 years earlier. The gravel bike on the other hand, has been sitting in an un-rideable state since I picked it up for $25. It took this thread to remind me I even had it and that I probably should get started on healing her back to riding condition.

So this afternoon I started stripping down the forgotten Bianchi Boardwalk for an overhaul and noticed what I believe to be a chip on the DS rear drop-out (see below). What do you guys think? Is it a break or possibly the design to make inserting/removing the wheel easier? If it is a break, is it ok to ride, is it safe, unsafe? Please advise.


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Makes room for the end nut to slip around the derailleur.
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Old 03-22-19, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
Makes room for the end nut to slip around the derailleur.
So not broken? I'm so used to horizontal drop outs that I had to ask. Sounds like is intentional and nothing to worry about then.
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