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Dilemma - which bike should I keep

Old 12-22-21, 10:22 PM
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Dilemma - which bike should I keep

Hi, So I have been building up a new bike to replace this one that was cracked
https://www.bikeforums.net/framebuil...-terminal.html

I got an ugly used frame with carbon fork, painted it matt black to my taste and have just about finished building it up with parts I had from the old bike (incl. 105 groupset)



Then yesterday I was found this in a pile of trash that someone was chucking out

The frame is better and lighter and it has newer 10 speed 105 groupset (the black bike is older 9 speed). Needs a new chain and a good clean.
But it is garish and bog ugly - I much prefer the minimalist black look and have some emotional attachment to the black one




I don't have room for both and can't decide. Please help - what should I do?
1. Keep black and just sell red
2. Keep red and sell black (would swap wheels)
3. Swap groupset and sell red with old 9 speed. (If I can be bothered doing this)

Thanks
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Old 12-22-21, 10:44 PM
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Keep the Argon 18 and put whatever components you prefer on it.
Even paint it black if you must.
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The all flat black look was played out about 10 years ago. Wish it would end. Wish it had never started.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
The all flat black look was played out about 10 years ago. Wish it would end. Wish it had never started.
I like mine. Then again, I like colorful bikes, especially Italian, as well. I must be bi-polar.
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I like mine. Then again, I like colorful bikes, especially Italian, as well. I must be bi-polar.
1. This is gray, not flat black, but either way, Cult of CAAD!

2. As someone old enough to remember a China where everyone rode a black Flying Pigeon before it opened up its economy, I am glad that now bikes are available in other colors. Better for visibility too.
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Originally Posted by dreamy View Post
Hi, So I have been building up a new bike to replace this one that was cracked
https://www.bikeforums.net/framebuil...-terminal.html

I got an ugly used frame with carbon fork, painted it matt black to my taste and have just about finished building it up with parts I had from the old bike (incl. 105 groupset)



Then yesterday I was found this in a pile of trash that someone was chucking out

The frame is better and lighter and it has newer 10 speed 105 groupset (the black bike is older 9 speed). Needs a new chain and a good clean.
But it is garish and bog ugly - I much prefer the minimalist black look and have some emotional attachment to the black one




I don't have room for both and can't decide. Please help - what should I do?
1. Keep black and just sell red
2. Keep red and sell black (would swap wheels)
3. Swap groupset and sell red with old 9 speed. (If I can be bothered doing this)

Thanks
What frame and carbon fork are on the bike painted flat black with spray can paint?
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Old 12-23-21, 08:57 PM
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I like the red, looks great. The black is meh........ Like said earlier, black is not in vogue anymore.
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
I like mine. Then again, I like colorful bikes, especially Italian, as well. I must be bi-polar.
I actually do as well, but flat black was the only option and I got the bike new for less than half price haha. I wish it was metallic blue or any other color but pink.

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That's nice.
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You have two bikes and want to get rid of one**********?


You need to find another forum.
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I like black bikes even if they are out of vogue. Not much concerned with what's currently fashionable. I also like my bikes with sweat equity invested. Long story short, I'd keep the black one.
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Ride both and have a backup for when one needs service
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ride both and have a backup for when one needs service
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At least give flat black frame a shiny clear coat. It looks like you applied a primer and couldn't be bothered to finish it. Like a cinderblock house where the owner ran out of money before they put on a facade.
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Uh, someone threw out a perfectly good Argon 18 frame?

How carefully have you examined it?
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Uh, someone threw out a perfectly good Argon 18 frame?

How carefully have you examined it?
Around here (suburban Melbourne) people throw out all sorts of valuable stuff because they couldn't be bothered selling it, especially when moving house. Half my house is furnished with stuff I picked up from the side of the road

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Ride both and have a backup for when one needs service
In my mind that would be the sensible thing to do, however my dearly beloved does not see things the same as me. I have 4 bike hangers and 3 spots are already taken by my other bikes, so only room for 1 road bike (which is probably the least used of all of them)
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At least give flat black frame a shiny clear coat. It looks like you applied a primer and couldn't be bothered to finish it. Like a cinderblock house where the owner ran out of money before they put on a facade.
I actually like the look, and it is what I was going for. You probably wont believe me but it looks a lot better in the flesh, the photo seems to accentuate the flaws. I do not regard myself as primarily a road cyclist. I like the sleeper look
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