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Making my Ti bike a "trophy bike", deep cleaning, long-term storage, lessons learned

Old 05-29-20, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by fuji_owner View Post
You don't have to understand. To each his own.
Of course you can do whatever you want with it. What I don't understand is the bike having limitations. My point was you can do whatever a road bike can do with any road bike, no?
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Old 05-29-20, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I guess youíve never heard of Vanilla Bikes.
What was the wait, 5 years?
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Old 05-29-20, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
What was the wait, 5 years?
I thought that it was 7, last I heard....
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Old 05-29-20, 04:18 PM
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I thought that it was 7, last I heard....
Might have been, it's been a long time since I looked at his page. He is an artist.
Is it only Speedvagen now, or can you still get Vanilla labeled frames?

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I have a seven. It's a nice bike. I like it a lot. I clean it when it gets dirty and perform routine maintenance when it needs it. Mine has S&S couplers so I take it apart and put it in a suitcase when I travel with it. I've never really thought about just leaving it in the case forever. Something to consider for the future I guess.
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Old 05-29-20, 04:54 PM
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It is a very nice bike that he isn't comfortable with thrashing around with on the unsuitable roads where he lives at the moment.
So he stores it until that situation changes.
As nice as it is it isn't "art" so why hang it on a wall to look at?
Can't see why anyone would have trouble understanding this.
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Old 05-29-20, 05:03 PM
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I'm failing to see a correlation between frame material and gaudiness of paint; any frame can be painted as restrained or as gaudy as one pleases.
No correlation, just observation. Most carbon frames are painted too loud and cloying.
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Old 05-29-20, 05:05 PM
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Just got my Merlin titanium back from its place of purchase ( Aug. Ď93) with a Chorus 12 gruppo, new wheels and a box of Chorus 8 components that I had the bike equipped with at purchase. It looks new and still is a dream ride, but my favorite ride and itís 3000í + climb is even sweeter for this 68 yr old. Iíd never pack up a good ride and I admit to thinking maybe I should have pushed on with the old configuration of 52/42 x 12/23. Then again I still have my 1978 custom Moseman (Rodney Moseman of Lititz, PA) and itís Campy components with 52/42 x 12/21 that I love climbing over that mt. on in my Detto Pietros with nailed on cleats. Bottom line for me, love the one your with and donít ever put them down.
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Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
It is a very nice bike that he isn't comfortable with thrashing around with on the unsuitable roads where he lives at the moment.
So he stores it until that situation changes.
As nice as it is it isn't "art" so why hang it on a wall to look at?
Can't see why anyone would have trouble understanding this.
you havenít read through this thread, have you?
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Old 05-29-20, 05:13 PM
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Of course you can do whatever you want with it. What I don't understand is the bike having limitations. My point was you can do whatever a road bike can do with any road bike, no?
If you read my first post, I said I want to explore wider tires and gravel bike types, disc brakes, subcompact chainrings. This doesn't mean I don't want to have a bike that is pure road bike with skinny tires, full size chainrings, no suspension. So I'm giving the road bike a break, but keeping it safe in the meantime.
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Originally Posted by fuji_owner View Post
If you read my first post, I said I want to explore wider tires and gravel bike types, disc brakes, subcompact chainrings. This doesn't mean I don't want to have a bike that is pure road bike with skinny tires, full size chainrings, no suspension. So I'm giving the road bike a break, but keeping it safe in the meantime.
Variety is the spice of life.
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Old 05-29-20, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by fuji_owner View Post
No correlation, just observation.
Confirmation bias, in other words. Cool.
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Old 05-29-20, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
Nice welds indeed. When it comes to Ti construction, I imagine that welds are the most common point of failure, given the technical difficulties in welding Ti, so as I see it, the more experience the welder has, the better (ie, high volume isn't necessarily a vice). My bog standard mass-produced Litespeed has pretty decent welds too. I think the point others are making is that, at the end of the day, your Seven is a mass-produced (albeit very well-made - I'm not denigrating Seven at all) consumer item that anyone with a few grand to spend on a frame can buy - it's not the Mona Lisa.

Meh, the welds on my old '93 Cannondale (aluminum, not Ti, but.. STILL!) were pretty nice:

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Old 05-29-20, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by goenrdoug View Post
Meh, the welds on my old '93 Cannondale (aluminum, not Ti, but.. STILL!) were pretty nice:

If they were such nice welds, they wouldn't have ground and smoothed them.
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Old 05-29-20, 06:00 PM
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This is the stupidest thread in the history of Bike Forums. And that’s saying something.
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This is the stupidest thread in the history of Bike Forums. And thatís saying something.

ive seen worse, and very recent.
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I'm pretty sure my "what bike should I not buy next" thread was dumber than this. I hope it was at least also more entertaining.
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Originally Posted by Dominae View Post
This is the stupidest thread in the history of Bike Forums. And thatís saying something.
Hey buddy, nobody has a gun to your head asking you to get involved. If this is the stupidest thread in the history of Bike Forums, stay away, ok? Unless you were feeling that your own stupidity needed validation, which sucked you in.
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Originally Posted by Dominae View Post
This is the stupidest thread in the history of Bike Forums. And thatís saying something.
welcome to the 41.

This is a stupid thread, but it doesnít even sniff the top 10.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
welcome to the 41.

This is a stupid thread, but it doesnít even sniff the top 10.
The only thread that might be more stupid was timtakís
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Confirmation bias, in other words. Cool.
Wrong. Observation. Plain and simple. Or I can say the same thing about your ranting on my post. "Confirmation bias".
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Originally Posted by Dominae View Post
The only thread that might be more stupid was timtakís
I love you man.

if the OP was a friend of mine, and he told me of his plan, Iíd probably tell him to turn around, so that I could kick him in the groin.

I donít know this guy, so Iíll just let it go.
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Well this entertaining thread has taken an unfortunate turn for the worst. Doesn't your mummy bike need some tanna leaves or something?

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Old 05-29-20, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Dominae View Post
The only thread that might be more stupid was timtakís
The Goofy Glasses one?? Thatís BF Gold, Jerry! GOLD!
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Old 05-29-20, 06:57 PM
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The Goofy Glasses one?? Thatís BF Gold, Jerry! GOLD!
Thatís the one! What made it unfortunate was that I thought he was trolling but the entire time he was sincere. Please come back for an encore timtak!

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