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Old 11-09-2012, 01:35 AM   #6276
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I've been using this as a winter commuter/trainer. Since this started life as a CX bike, it took some customizing to get it right for my intended duty.

First things first, I got rid of the goddamn Avid Cantilever brakes in favor of the excellent TRP CX9's. I also put on full SKS Chromoplastics with flaps (required equipment for PNW commuting and also for any training rides with my team). Conti GP 4 Season 700x28s, stem for better fit, carbon seatpost for better vibration damping, and of course the Ultegra chainrings bolted right onto the POS FSA Gossamer crank to give it true road gearing. This thing rocks!

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Old 11-24-2012, 12:17 PM   #6277
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Frame #4 built up for some R&D, getting a good idea where the cable stops for the rear triangle need to go and some miles down to make sure it's a turd worth polishing.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:06 PM   #6278
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For Sale! Had my first child 4 months ago and something has to give. The wife says the baby stays, so the road bike has to go.

2011 Trek Madone 3.1, 54cm frame
upgrades: Bontrager Race-lite, 2 Bontrager cages, 105 brakes
Also available: Bontrager helmet, Bontrager shoes, will get pics and model info if interested
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:14 PM   #6279
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How much? I need to get a road bike again now that I no longer have a spouse dictating what I can and cannot have.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:21 PM   #6280
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Just bought my first bike in a long time. I need to start exercising more and figured it would be easier on me than skateboarding like I used to since I have a problem with my patella tracking properly due to the ligaments in my knees. (damn hereditary problems).

It's a Schwinn cutter... only things changed around are a better lockring and a light and stuff.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:06 PM   #6281
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How much? I need to get a road bike again now that I no longer have a spouse dictating what I can and cannot have.
$1500?
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:11 PM   #6282
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$1500?
I'll think on that. I wasn't prepared yet to do anything, so not sure if I can swing it at the moment.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:39 PM   #6283
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I'll think on that. I wasn't prepared yet to do anything, so not sure if I can swing it at the moment.
I might even be willing to deliver in the spring when I visit friends in NC.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:40 PM   #6284
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I'd buy it, but I'd look like a ridiculous fat bear on it. My e-bike + full raingear is much more my style.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:13 PM   #6285
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Looking for some advice, I am going to be in the LA area for at least a week possibly longer in Jan(approx 20th-27th) and want to ride as that's the dead of rainy season up here for us. What is the protocol for renting from a LBS? I know there is a shop owner on here that is located down there somewhere as well.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:46 PM   #6286
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I might even be willing to deliver in the spring when I visit friends in NC.
Man, I'm going to have to pass. My roommate is moving out at the worst possible time of year (who the hell moves out during the holidays?), and I have no idea how long I'm going to have to carry the full rent.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #6287
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Man, I'm going to have to pass. My roommate is moving out at the worst possible time of year (who the hell moves out during the holidays?), and I have no idea how long I'm going to have to carry the full rent.
No worries.

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Old 11-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #6288
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Bontrager RL Road shoe, carbon sole, size 43







This Scalpel is also for sale. It is a 2006 Scalpel 1000, medium frame, upgraded with Ergon grips, Avid Elixer 7 front brake, Fizik Tundra saddle. New cables installed over the summer. I'm taking the carbon lefty off for my 29er (will have the standard alloy DLR2 lefty). Wheels are also coming off and the standard Crosslands will go back on. $900 takes the Scalpel, $300 takes the wheels.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:02 PM   #6289
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$4689.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:07 PM   #6290
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$4689.
Do want!!! I'm still concerned its a little too race oriented for me, but I have a thing for the Lefty!!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:25 PM   #6291
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Do want!!! I'm still concerned its a little too race oriented for me, but I have a thing for the Lefty!!!
Cannondale has an insane clearance on them right now. MSRP was $7600 when they came out last fall, so it is really a killer deal if you can find a leftover 12. The catch is that they only marked down the Carbon 1 this much. You get some great kit, though. XX/X0 drivetrain, X0 brakes, hollowgram cranks.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:23 PM   #6292
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Bike three, my Trek 930 from college is coming along. I found someone on Craigslist selling an even older 970 frame that was way too small (a pity since the lugging is beautiful) that included clean refurbished derailleurs, shifters, brakes, crank and cassette for $100. So for that and the cost of some new cables and housing I was able to get started.

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Yeah, at 19.5 inches it really is too small for me. I'll need to keep an eye out for a larger frame.



But check out the original Deore index/friction selectable thumb shifters. They're the seven speed shifters with the hidden eighth click, though since I'm still using the original seven speed cassette it's not needed yet. Adjusting them was pretty easy. They replace the original STX rapidfire shifter/brake assemblies that haven't worked for many years.



I couldn't resist grabbing the beefy headset from the 970. Luckily there's a community bike shop about a mile away so I stripped both bikes to their frames and carried them there one evening and for a $10 donation used the proper tools to knock out and reassemble the headsets. The brakes are also from the donor frame. The 930 originally had a nasty swivel piece for the rear brakes that I replaced with a simple hanger from Surley. I don't know how strong it is, but for now it works.



The original crank is a weird thing that's smashed to fit a short bottom bracket. The replacement crank wouldn't fit so I put it back together as it was, ordered a new, larger bottom bracket and a new chain. Like this I took it on a sixteen mile trip following an old freight line that used to connect to the elevated transit from a few miles south of my place through some residential and light industrial areas (comparison pictures are from the early 80s):



After 16 miles the old chain broke and since I wasn't packing the chain tool I took it home on the train.



Last week the chain and larger bottom bracket arrived and I put them on, re-adjusted everything and took the bike on a trip to the Field Museum, about eleven miles south of my place. It felt pretty different from my regular commuting bike but I didn't get any aches or pains from it. I rode down around two o'clock and home through the dark around six. With some lights from the commuter it wasn't a problem. Temperature was in the low 30s headed down and somewhere in the 20s on the way home. With two long sleeve shirts and some long pants it was a little chilly at first but you get warmed up fast enough along the lake and there's no stopping and starting for traffic so you stay pretty warm.

I like it, but the frame is too small for anything other than messing around town. More than anything it's made me comfortable stripping and reassembling a bike. All I need to do now is learn how to build wheels and I'm set.

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:09 PM   #6293
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:49 AM   #6294
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At about 7AM today.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:08 AM   #6295
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Cannondale has an insane clearance on them right now. MSRP was $7600 when they came out last fall, so it is really a killer deal if you can find a leftover 12. The catch is that they only marked down the Carbon 1 this much. You get some great kit, though. XX/X0 drivetrain, X0 brakes, hollowgram cranks.
Do you have a recommendation on how to find one? My LBS (and other local dealers) don't have any. I wonder if they do dealer trades like car dealers??


EDIT: I went to my LBS and they are getting a list from Cannondale for available inventory.

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:33 AM   #6296
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Do you have a recommendation on how to find one? My LBS (and other local dealers) don't have any. I wonder if they do dealer trades like car dealers??
There is a large at Pro Cycles in Pittsburgh. My LBS called their C'dale rep and he found one for me.

Edit: my LBS has a large, and XL can be ordered. A medium is very hard to come by.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:43 PM   #6297
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Weather was perfect on Thanksgiving and my wife was working so I took the bike out.



2012 Trek Marlin. I really need to upgrade the fork, it's mostly horrible...mostly.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:50 PM   #6298
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An air fork is a MUST. I stress that to my buddies when buying bikes. They never listen.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:12 PM   #6299
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At about 7AM today.
That is a great section of road. I had to look at your location to make sure I wasn't crazy.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:44 PM   #6300
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Raleigh Record
I like it. I wanted to get that Raleigh Record Ace a few years ago. White w/Ultegra and a Brooks saddle. Then they had the steel model with Dura Ace which was pretty sweet too.
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