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Old 01-29-20, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by illdrag0n View Post
I'm not far off a Gorilla.

Yeah that was an experiment. I've since levelled it.
I’m the opposite. All legs and arms.

Some people used to call me Spider, but I ****ing hated that nickname.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I like it.

Not really hot, but it was smoking hot in itís day. Full CF hoops would heat things up.
The wheels are actually new to the bike (used for sub-$500). I opted for something on the robust side with an aluminum breaking surface because I'm 60 lbs over "race weight" from when the bike and I were both a lot hotter. When she was in her prime, she rolled on Zipp 404s. Unfortunately, when I hung up the bike, I ended up selling the Zipps to fund gear for a new hobby. These Dura-Ace wheels are a good fit for my current needs, and not far off the vintage of the bike.
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Old 01-29-20, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post

Now if @jadocs would just polish up his C-Record seatpost....
I think this is as good as itís going to get, unless I take some sandpaper to it. I may do that at some point. Lots of scratches. Iím curious though about how it will look so will mount it up after install the new stem.


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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
I think this is as good as itís going to get, unless I take some sandpaper to it. I may do that at some point. Lots of scratches. Iím curious though about how it will look so will mount it up after install the new stem.


Shiny! Shiny chrome is always hot.
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Old 01-29-20, 08:31 PM
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Shiny! Shiny chrome is always hot.
Thatís not chrome, itís polished aluminum.
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Old 01-29-20, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I like it.

Not really hot, but it was smoking hot in itís day. Full CF hoops would heat things up.
Well said. Super hot back in the day, and I think it's still pretty dang good.
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Originally Posted by illdrag0n View Post
I'm not far off a Gorilla.

Yeah that was an experiment. I've since levelled it.

Hot
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Thatís not chrome, itís polished aluminum.
How about shiny silverish metal. That's always hot.
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The grey Giant and the time are both nice looking bikes.
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Old 01-29-20, 09:38 PM
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If someone is looking for shiny bar tape that is a good match for polished aluminum/chrome, Fizik makes it.


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Old 01-30-20, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Just give us a standard pic in decent light like the Cervelo above and let the bike stand on it's own. Your pics look like you're trying to hide something like a crack in the frame. Too many shadows. That paint looks like it could be spectacular, but I can't tell without decent lighting.
I think the poster has done a fantastic job photographing the bike, I have a bike with a similar paint scheme and my efforts to photograph it are at best terrible, the bike comes out just dark green if I just put it on the sun and take the traditional side on photos of it. It changes colour as you move around it, which is exactly what OP' photos show. Well done! Not wanting to stir the pot, just provide a bit of context.
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I think the poster has done a fantastic job photographing the bike, I have a bike with a similar paint scheme and my efforts to photograph it are at best terrible, the bike comes out just dark green if I just put it on the sun and take the traditional side on photos of it. It changes colour as you move around it, which is exactly what OP' photos show. Well done! Not wanting to stir the pot, just provide a bit of context.
A nice gif shows it spectacularly...


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Originally Posted by Winny42 View Post
A nice gif shows it spectacularly...


That is some serious disco-sparkle going on there!
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Old 01-30-20, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Winny42 View Post
stopped raining long enough to take it outside...

The complete lack of exposed cables/wires in the cockpit is such an awesome look. So clean!
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Updated

Took the advice and installed the C-Record seatpost (still unsure which I prefer). I also swapped the 120mm stem for a 130mm to dial in my reach. Unfortunately the stem cannot be lowered anymore...such is life with short head tubes.

Open to all critiques and opinions. (I know Iím not in biggie smalls)



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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
Took the advice and installed the C-Record seatpost (still unsure which I prefer). I also swapped the 120mm stem for a 130mm to dial in my reach. Unfortunately the stem cannot be lowered anymore...such is life with short head tubes.

Open to all critiques and opinions. (I know I’m not in biggie smalls)


Hot, once you lose the cork bar end plugs.

The seatpost looks great. If you need to to lower the stem, you could cut the inserted end down as needed, but I wouldn't use a hacksaw. A machine shop should be able to handle it for a few $.

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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Hot, once you lose the cork bar end plugs.
Now you're just asking too much!!! LOL

Thanks for the tip about cutting it down, I had thought about that and wondered how I could do it. Seems like it would need to be pretty precise given the wedge design.
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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
Now you're just asking too much!!! LOL

Thanks for the tip about cutting it down, I had thought about that and wondered how I could do it. Seems like it would need to be pretty precise given the wedge design.
That's why I wouldn't use a hacksaw. A framebuilder or any machine shop should be able to handle it easily, and it shouldn't cost much.
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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
Now you're just asking too much!!! LOL

Thanks for the tip about cutting it down, I had thought about that and wondered how I could do it. Seems like it would need to be pretty precise given the wedge design.
Another option is a threadless adapter, which will give you your choice of a lot more stem options.

Here's one...https://www.amazon.com/Profile-Desig...ef_=ast_bbp_dp
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Another option is a threadless adapter, which will give you your choice of a lot more stem options.

Here's one...https://www.amazon.com/Profile-Desig...ef_=ast_bbp_dp


Thanks, but that's not for me.
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Thanks, but that's not for me.
No worries. Just an idea.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Hot, once you lose the cork bar end plugs.

The seatpost looks great. If you need to to lower the stem, you could cut the inserted end down as needed, but I wouldn't use a hacksaw. A machine shop should be able to handle it for a few $.
+1 all that
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Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
Another option is a threadless adapter, which will give you your choice of a lot more stem options.

Here's one...https://www.amazon.com/Profile-Desig...ef_=ast_bbp_dp
Every threadless adapter I've seen is a horrible piece of ****, except for joejack951 's magnificent effort which deletes the locknut by including the headset, so you'd swear it was threadless unless you knew the fork was threaded - in which case you'd be like, whoah.
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Every threadless adapter I've seen is a horrible piece of ****, except for joejack951 's magnificent effort which deletes the locknut by including the headset, so you'd swear it was threadless unless you knew the fork was threaded - in which case you'd be like, whoah.
the joejack951 headset is slick. Itís the only way I would ever do a theadless stem conversion.

Sadly Thomson doesnít make their old Elite stems anymore.
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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
Took the advice and installed the C-Record seatpost (still unsure which I prefer). I also swapped the 120mm stem for a 130mm to dial in my reach. Unfortunately the stem cannot be lowered anymore...such is life with short head tubes.

Open to all critiques and opinions. (I know Iím not in biggie smalls)



Much much better now. What would really make it sharp is a polished aluminum component group.

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