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DaShen

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My rear derailleur was a little slower than normal, so I detailed my bike and did an overhaul on it this weekend. I figured since I am already going to take a while, I might as well finally get to taking pics of my bike, so here they are. The Flight Deck isn't on it, because I was doing maintenance and I had to take it off, but otherwise the bike is all put together.

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DaShen

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Other than the fact that I should have gone for a cushier seat, I love the bike. I may need to get a longer stem, but I really like the look of the stem I currently have though.

Anyways, every time I look at my bike, I start smiling. She only lets me ride her, so you can look, but can't touch. :p ;)
 

DaShen

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Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Continentals? Eh, whatever floats your boat. Or rolls your bike for that matter :)

Those are the Continental Attack Force tires. They are the only ones I like to use. What do you usually use?
 

NanoStuff

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Originally posted by: DaShen
Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Continentals? Eh, whatever floats your boat. Or rolls your bike for that matter :)

Those are the Continental Attack Force tires. They are the only ones I like to use. What do you usually use?

I use Vittorias. The last pair of Continentals I've witnessed sucked mucho, but I've noticed the Attack/Force use silica rubber, so I was probably riding on some entry level cheap ****** back then :)
 

boyRacer

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You broke rule #1 of bike porn. The chain has to be on the big ring/small cog. Just kidding. :p ;)

Nice bike. How does that saddle feel? That's the first time I've seen it on someone's bike. Anyway, I ride the same tires you do... they're great. Too bad they're damn expensive.
 

DaShen

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Dec 1, 2000
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Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Originally posted by: DaShen
Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Continentals? Eh, whatever floats your boat. Or rolls your bike for that matter :)

Those are the Continental Attack Force tires. They are the only ones I like to use. What do you usually use?

I use Vittorias. The last pair of Continentals I've witnessed sucked mucho, but I've noticed the Attack/Force use silica rubber, so I was probably riding on some entry level cheap ****** back then :)

Anything below Ultra 2000 for Continentals suck big time, and I would only use Ultra 2000s for trainers. But Attack-Force tires are the best deal for good quality, medium lasting tires IMO.

Vredesteins are good tires, but I have found that the mix of 22mm front and 23mm back rides really well on the Continentals. Only use the Vredestein Fortezza SLs though, everything else seems to be :thumbsdown:. I have never used Vittorias... what would you recommend?
 

NanoStuff

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Originally posted by: DaShen
Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Originally posted by: DaShen
Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Continentals? Eh, whatever floats your boat. Or rolls your bike for that matter :)

Those are the Continental Attack Force tires. They are the only ones I like to use. What do you usually use?

I use Vittorias. The last pair of Continentals I've witnessed sucked mucho, but I've noticed the Attack/Force use silica rubber, so I was probably riding on some entry level cheap ****** back then :)

Anything below Ultra 2000 for Continentals suck big time, and I would only use Ultra 2000s for trainers. But Attack-Force tires are the best deal for good quality, medium lasting tires IMO.

Vredesteins are good tires, but I have found that the mix of 22mm front and 23mm back rides really well on the Continentals. Only use the Vredestein Fortezza SLs though, everything else seems to be :thumbsdown:. I have never used Vittorias... what would you recommend?

I use Evo CX. They are near-slick, but the tread is extremely thin so they are virtually slick-equivalent in performance with superb wet-traction. Rolling resistance is the lowest I've found and with the kevlar-bead model I'm yet to have a puncture. Me likes :)
 

DaShen

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Originally posted by: azilaga
My my, what lovely.....components :)

Did you piece this together yourself?

Yes, I did. I set it all up myself except for the cabling which I wanted done by someone.
 

Dessert Tears

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Nice bike. I don't ride hard or long or fast enough to justify Dura-Ace.
Originally posted by: DaShen
Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Continentals? Eh, whatever floats your boat. Or rolls your bike for that matter :)

Those are the Continental Attack Force tires. They are the only ones I like to use. What do you usually use?
According to these rolling resistance tests, Continentals rank towards the bottom: http://www.rouesartisanales.com/article-1503651.html

Granted, the tests were run on a smooth, curved drum, but the general consensus of posters (I can find the thread link if there's interest) agreed that the relative rankings would remain the same even if the absolute numbers are not representative of real-world conditions.

I run blue Michelin ProRace (on sale after the release of the ProRace2, which are substantially the same tire), which I found out later to be very popular for their combination of good rolling resistance and good puncture-resistance.

My gripe with your tires is that you didn't line their labels up with the tube valve stems. :)
 

DaShen

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Originally posted by: Flatscan
Nice bike. I don't ride hard or long or fast enough to justify Dura-Ace.
Originally posted by: DaShen
Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Continentals? Eh, whatever floats your boat. Or rolls your bike for that matter :)

Those are the Continental Attack Force tires. They are the only ones I like to use. What do you usually use?
According to these rolling resistance tests, Continentals rank towards the bottom: http://www.rouesartisanales.com/article-1503651.html

Granted, the tests were run on a smooth, curved drum, but the general consensus of posters (I can find the thread link if there's interest) agreed that the relative rankings would remain the same even if the absolute numbers are not representative of real-world conditions.

I run blue Michelin ProRace (on sale after the release of the ProRace2, which are substantially the same tire), which I found out later to be very popular for their combination of good rolling resistance and good puncture-resistance.

My gripe with your tires is that you didn't line their labels up with the tube valve stems. :)

Ultegras last longer anyways, so no worries.
 

NanoStuff

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Originally posted by: Flatscan
Nice bike. I don't ride hard or long or fast enough to justify Dura-Ace.
Originally posted by: DaShen
Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Continentals? Eh, whatever floats your boat. Or rolls your bike for that matter :)

Those are the Continental Attack Force tires. They are the only ones I like to use. What do you usually use?
According to these rolling resistance tests, Continentals rank towards the bottom: http://www.rouesartisanales.com/article-1503651.html

Granted, the tests were run on a smooth, curved drum, but the general consensus of posters (I can find the thread link if there's interest) agreed that the relative rankings would remain the same even if the absolute numbers are not representative of real-world conditions.

I run blue Michelin ProRace (on sale after the release of the ProRace2, which are substantially the same tire), which I found out later to be very popular for their combination of good rolling resistance and good puncture-resistance.

My gripe with your tires is that you didn't line their labels up with the tube valve stems. :)

Nice find, pretty much confirms my findings on continentals :). If they were cheaper, fine... but that is a lot of pedalling power down the hole.
 

DaShen

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Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Originally posted by: Flatscan
Nice bike. I don't ride hard or long or fast enough to justify Dura-Ace.
Originally posted by: DaShen
Originally posted by: NanoStuff
Continentals? Eh, whatever floats your boat. Or rolls your bike for that matter :)

Those are the Continental Attack Force tires. They are the only ones I like to use. What do you usually use?
According to these rolling resistance tests, Continentals rank towards the bottom: http://www.rouesartisanales.com/article-1503651.html

Granted, the tests were run on a smooth, curved drum, but the general consensus of posters (I can find the thread link if there's interest) agreed that the relative rankings would remain the same even if the absolute numbers are not representative of real-world conditions.

I run blue Michelin ProRace (on sale after the release of the ProRace2, which are substantially the same tire), which I found out later to be very popular for their combination of good rolling resistance and good puncture-resistance.

My gripe with your tires is that you didn't line their labels up with the tube valve stems. :)

Nice find, pretty much confirms my findings on continentals :). If they were cheaper, fine... but that is a lot of pedalling power down the hole.

Meh, the Continental Attack Force tires did pretty well on that list. :)
 

DaShen

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Dec 1, 2000
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Originally posted by: DonVito
Isn't that a time-trial chainring? What is that thing, a 56? Holy moly!

Nah it is a 55-42, I have been thinking about a 56-44, but that is only because I live in Houston. (no major hills around here, so the only way to train well is to increase gear ratio) Chances are I will go back to 53-39, once I go through this crankset (DuraAce alloy really isn't the most durable compared to Ultegra or Campys). DAs are lightweight and the only Shimano I found in TT gear ratios though.
 

Molondo

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When you said bike porn, i thought you had one of thsoe that i saw at a sex museum in amsterdam. Basiclly it had a dildo going up and down as the pedals revolved.
 

DaShen

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Originally posted by: Molondo
When you said bike porn, i thought you had one of thsoe that i saw at a sex museum in amsterdam. Basiclly it had a dildo going up and down as the pedals revolved.

<shudders>.... ummmm... Oh-kay... <backs away slowly>
 
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Originally posted by: DaShen

Nah it is a 55-42, I have been thinking about a 56-44, but that is only because I live in Houston. (no major hills around here, so the only way to train well is to increase gear ratio) Chances are I will go back to 53-39, once I go through this crankset (DuraAce alloy really isn't the most durable compared to Ultegra or Campys). DAs are lightweight and the only Shimano I found in TT gear ratios though.

DA should be, if anything, harder and more durable than Ultegra. I believe both are softer than Campy, however.

You must be pretty fit to ride around pushing a 55. I used to live in San Francisco and ride the mountains of Marin quite a bit - the only time I have ever really spun out a 53 was on long descents, and I was "only" using a 53/12 - I assume you have an 11 in back.