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Old 12-28-20, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
First off, its a flat bar. Have some pride and get a damn drop bar on there.
Secondly, 2" tires with tread?!?! This is the road hot or not- 32mm slicks or dont even try.
Third, yeah of course a different saddle is needed. You should have bought a Meld custom carbon saddle weeks ago. Not sure how easily one creates a Meld saddle around a diaper, but it needs to be done.
All valid points!

Once I get the little man comfortable with the flat bar, will throw some drops on there... maybe some Aerofly II's? The tires are already on order (he only rides this thing on the road). The saddle is tricky... I'm worried about the saddle fit will change with his diaper size going up month after month.
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Old 12-28-20, 02:48 PM
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New (to me) Venge

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Originally Posted by gofastdontcrash View Post
All valid points!

Once I get the little man comfortable with the flat bar, will throw some drops on there... maybe some Aerofly II's? The tires are already on order (he only rides this thing on the road). The saddle is tricky... I'm worried about the saddle fit will change with his diaper size going up month after month.
I blame Specialized for not addressing the diaper issue before release. They need to introduce a saddle as you grow program. Exchange one out for the next to ensure proper fit.
Innovate or Die, Specialized!
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Old 12-28-20, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by gofastdontcrash View Post
New (to me) Venge

Yeah man. Of course, I like black bikes.
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Old 12-28-20, 02:59 PM
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I like the stem, I think black tape really is the hot ticket. The red bike down below screams red, this one doesn't need to scream blue. I like the fade.
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I like the stem, I think black tape really is the hot ticket. The red bike down below screams red, this one doesn't need to scream blue. I like the fade.
A black stem/handlebar is on the way (the current one isn't quite the right fit for me), and black cables will be installed at the same time. Not sure why, exactly, but I dislike black bar tape.
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Originally Posted by zatopek View Post
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It’s a Storck. Of course it’s hot! Here’s mine.





Hot. An out front mount would be more pleasing on that bike.
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Originally Posted by Falcon900EX View Post



Hot, simply because it looks classy.
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
My COVID build brevet bike. The ultimate goal for this bike is PBP 2023. HOT was not a consideration, but I'm pleased with the aesthetics. Just a couple things I'd change.



Still tweaking fit.


So much black these days.

France in 2023

Admittedly the name was a draw.

Fenders are functional, as is the buddy flap. But they don't have to be ugly afterthoughts.

Lighting is part of the build.
Not the typical hot or not candidate, and for that, you get a hot.

I can't imagine riding it 1200k. I hope you get it done in 2023!
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
My COVID build brevet bike. The ultimate goal for this bike is PBP 2023. HOT was not a consideration, but I'm pleased with the aesthetics. Just a couple things I'd change.



Still tweaking fit.


So much black these days.

France in 2023

Admittedly the name was a draw.

Fenders are functional, as is the buddy flap. But they don't have to be ugly afterthoughts.

Lighting is part of the build.
Smoking hot!! Did you cross shifter cables under the downtube? Cable routing looks super clean!!
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Old 12-28-20, 04:52 PM
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A tale of two steels

The Speedvagen has been in this thread a few times already and although vintage don’t generally feel the love when it comes to hot or not I still felt like I should post.

The frame and fork were bought back in ‘92 or so by me and new. Used a mush mash of parts for years then sent to a friend who had it for the last 15 years. I got it back and have built it with a Campy Chorus 8 speed that is in amazing condition. Coupled with my extra set of Industry Nine wheels set tubeless (of course). The bike rides incredibly well albeit must be in the 21lb range, maybe a bit lighter. Will be a fun change every now and again from the SV!





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Smoking hot!! Did you cross shifter cables under the downtube? Cable routing looks super clean!!
You know I did

Thanks.
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Although the chocolate color saddle and bar tape is nice, it is introducing a 4th color which makes things busy. If both were black, the red accents would really pop out. Now they are fighting with the other colors. Just my opinion on what is a very nice looking bike
Thanks! Seems to be consensus on the black bar tape.
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Not the typical hot or not candidate, and for that, you get a hot.

I can't imagine riding it 1200k. I hope you get it done in 2023!
Thanks!

I've done five 1200k brevets and one 1500, but all on a recumbent. This is another level of challenge. I'm good up to 200k at this point.
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
My COVID build brevet bike. The ultimate goal for this bike is PBP 2023. HOT was not a consideration, but I'm pleased with the aesthetics. Just a couple things I'd change.



Still tweaking fit.


So much black these days.

France in 2023

Admittedly the name was a draw.

Fenders are functional, as is the buddy flap. But they don't have to be ugly afterthoughts.

Lighting is part of the build.
I had to take another look at this one. It should be a sticky at the top of the page on how you put a build together. The perfect balance between the main color and the contrasting white, black and silver. The lights are awesome. They're the right ones for this build. The overall look is definitely a head turner.

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I had to take another look at this one. It should be a sticky at the top of the page on how you put a build together. The perfect balance between the main color and the contrasting white, black and silver. The lights are awesome. They're the right ones for this build. The overall look is definitely a head turner.
I agree with this.

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Thanks!

I've done five 1200k brevets and one 1500, but all on a recumbent. This is another level of challenge. I'm good up to 200k at this point.
Plus, you do get to ride with the Seattle International Randonneurs, simply because of the mud flap. Because it's a mud flap, not because of the SIR on it. If I showed up to one their rides on my Rando bike, they wouldn't let me hang out with them.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
I had to take another look at this one. It should be a sticky at the top of the page on how you put a build together. The perfect balance between the main color and the contrasting white, black and silver. The lights are awesome. They're the right ones for this build. The overall look is definitely a head turner.
Wow, thanks.

I still struggle with the black/silver balance. For example, I wish I'd gone with:
- Silver headset. I bought the headset right after the frame, to get the build going. I didn't have the color scheme figured out yet.
- Silver bars. Mostly covered by tape but silver stem and silver bars with black tape is a classic look. Funny enough, I had no intention of building a bike, but I bought these from a guy who'd done a flatbar conversion. So then I started looking at frames and here we are.

I'd like to see how it would look with:
- Silver Rims. As-is, they blend with the tires, which is okay. Maybe if/when I build a 650b wheelset.
- Silver Brake calipers. Again, I'd like to see how it looks.

I think all of that would be too much.

Finally, this one I would definitely have preferred, but I wanted fenders to be easily removable:
- Tail light: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting...d-red/?geoc=US
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
I agree with this.



Plus, you do get to ride with the Seattle International Randonneurs, simply because of the mud flap. Because it's a mud flap, not because of the SIR on it. If I showed up to one their rides on my Rando bike, they wouldn't let me hang out with them.
Thanks.

SIR is a super welcoming bunch; if wet (it doesn't always rain in Seattle) they'd most likely eye your setup then relegate you to the back. Increased familiarity would lead to increased harassment. I did a 1000k with SIR the fall of 2019, which of course turned into a rain-fest. There were one or two fenderless bikes, out of five. They mostly stayed on the back so nobody had to eat their spray.

I need to get up there and ride with them more.
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Wow, thanks.

I still struggle with the black/silver balance. For example, I wish I'd gone with:
- Silver headset. I bought the headset right after the frame, to get the build going. I didn't have the color scheme figured out yet.
- Silver bars. Mostly covered by tape but silver stem and silver bars with black tape is a classic look. Funny enough, I had no intention of building a bike, but I bought these from a guy who'd done a flatbar conversion. So then I started looking at frames and here we are.

I'd like to see how it would look with:
- Silver Rims. As-is, they blend with the tires, which is okay. Maybe if/when I build a 650b wheelset.
- Silver Brake calipers. Again, I'd like to see how it looks.

I think all of that would be too much.

Finally, this one I would definitely have preferred, but I wanted fenders to be easily removable:
- Tail light: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting...d-red/?geoc=US
You'd be fine going this route as well. I think the key is that the headset is not a different color than the other colors. What gets me here is that the disc brakes are almost invisible.(as they should be) The background in the photo helps. The vintage looking fluted crank really helps also. It's not a Stronglight or TA, but it's close. It's almost a copy of an early Stronglight 99. I don't know that a modern crank in either color would add to the aesthetic.

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1977 Nishiki ONP w/ Suntour Superbe. Bars and stem updated since original post. Frame was originally purchased by my dad, and was his daily commuter for many years, but had just collected dust in my garage since he passed in '94. The recent rebuild was my COVID-lockdown project earlier this year. She rides very sweet - smooth and agile.
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1977 Nishiki ONP w/ Suntour Superbe. Bars and stem updated since original post. Frame was originally purchased by my dad, and was his daily commuter for many years, but had just collected dust in my garage since he passed in '94. The recent rebuild was my COVID-lockdown project earlier this year. She rides very sweet - smooth and agile.
Although I'm not one to ever build up or ride a classic, vintage bike, I have to give credit where credit is due. Definitely a HOT c&v bike.
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Although I'm not one to ever build up or ride a classic, vintage bike, I have to give credit where credit is due. Definitely a HOT c&v bike.
Thanks. My Storck is my ride of choice, but I do enjoy taking this old girl out for the occasional roll in the sunshine. The connection with my dad - and our shared passion for cycling - made this a special project for me.
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1977 Nishiki ONP w/ Suntour Superbe. Bars and stem updated since original post. Frame was originally purchased by my dad, and was his daily commuter for many years, but had just collected dust in my garage since he passed in '94. The recent rebuild was my COVID-lockdown project earlier this year. She rides very sweet - smooth and agile.
Hot. You can't beat Superbe. It's the pinnacle of C & V drivetrains. Same for the Turbo. I can take one out of the box and do a century on it. No break in needed.
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Thanks. My Storck is my ride of choice, but I do enjoy taking this old girl out for the occasional roll in the sunshine. The connection with my dad - and our shared passion for cycling - made this a special project for me.
Eric, I remember your post looking for suggestions on rebuilding this bike. You did a wonderful job. Ride and enjoy it, think of your Dad and be grateful.
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My custom JameFrames Cross Bike in Tomato Red. It is quite similar I think to the Marin Nicasio now that I think of it.


Custom built JamesFrames cross bike built to the geometry of my old Redline cross bike I drive into the garage. I wanted tomato 🍅 red as something different and a little nostalgic for the late 1970’s colors. Little did I know it would turn the logo badge almost a pinkish/peach color. Use it as my gravel bike and trainer bike mostly right now, as it is really built like an old school rock hopper.

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