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    2012 Upgrades

    It's that winter time for the upgrades.

    Parts

    Gravity Dropper seat post
    DMR bars
    Hope Matchmakers- special project
    Ultimate Strap
    DRC X Monitor ED-1
    Bike Light
    Paul Thumbies or New XT Thumbshifter mounts
    Thomson seatpost


    Clothing
    Gore Fusion 3/4 shorts
    Dakine Amp18
    Shift Squadron jersey
    Fox Flux Helmet
    Endura winter gloves
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    Wait... Ride up grades, not upgrades - wasn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Wait... Ride up grades, not upgrades - wasn't it?
    I like doing both. Mercx can stuff it.

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    Word.

    Shift Squadron jersey
    Fox Flux Helmet

    Just ordered a half-closetful of clothes from those guys for about a hundred bucks.
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    I stocked up on bike stuff at the end of the summer. No need to throw any cash at my cycling hobby this winter.

    The only thing my bikes really need right now is a good washing.
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    New Steed!

    Incoming in just over a month. One of these (29er) with the list below to bolt on!

    Drivetrain: SRAM XX
    Brakes: Marta Mag SL
    Handlebars: S-Works Flat Bar
    Frameset: S-Works Epic 29er
    Seatpost: S-Works
    Saddle: Specialized Phenom Expert
    Stem: Ritchey WCS 260
    Fork: Rockshox Sid World Cup Custom
    Wheels: Dave's SpeedDream Custom
    Tires : Schwalbe Rocket Ron
    Grips: Ergon GS1 Leichtbau

    Have almost all of this...Just need wheels, tires, and grips...

    Fun times!
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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Wait... Ride up grades, not upgrades - wasn't it?
    As Capt Sydor noted earlier. For me it's less upgrade and more simply replacing what I have ridden into the ground.

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    I REALLY need a new pair of shoes. My Dominator 5s are looking pretty tired. Will probably replace with the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister View Post
    Incoming in just over a month. One of these (29er) with the list below to bolt on!
    I'm a little surprised the S-Works still uses a quick release front wheel / fork. It seems many 29ers are moving towards the 15mm axles for increased stiffness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    As Capt Sydor noted earlier. For me it's less upgrade and more simply replacing what I have ridden into the ground.
    Yes yes.. of course.

    One need only look around to see much needs replacing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Yes yes.. of course.

    One need only look around to see much needs replacing...
    Hey, that whole bike over there in the corner looks kind of worn out. I think it needs to be replaced by a new upgraded model. Come to think of it, that other bike also looks a bit tired. Better replace that one too.

    My off-season of acquisitions is going to be a bit on the thin side. I have a total of four bikes in my stable collected up over the years, all of which I still enjoy riding at different times. Unfortunately, I only have 3 sets of brakes that I informally rotate between the 4 bikes, always leaving one of them wanting for a set of stoppers while they get cross-cannibalized. With the addition of one new pair of brakes, I will have all the bikes operational at once for the first time in years, making the eeny meeny miny mo process when selecting what to ride a bit easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Hey, that whole bike over there in the corner looks kind of worn out. I think it needs to be replaced by a new upgraded model. Come to think of it, that other bike also looks a bit tired. Better replace that one too.

    My off-season of acquisitions is going to be a bit on the thin side. I have a total of four bikes in my stable collected up over the years, all of which I still enjoy riding at different times. Unfortunately, I only have 3 sets of brakes that I informally rotate between the 4 bikes, always leaving one of them wanting for a set of stoppers while they get cross-cannibalized. With the addition of one new pair of brakes, I will have all the bikes operational at once for the first time in years, making the eeny meeny miny mo process when selecting what to ride a bit easier.
    Specialization is for insects... I've discovered attempting to get so specific can result in an ant hill's worth of bicycles and a lot of expensive repairs. Even then, eventually you'll have the wrong bike!

    I think this year instead of acquiring i'll try and sell off some dead-weight onto craigslist or even pinkbike. Don't want the place to end up looking like Igor's


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    This season I would like:

    - new chain for mtb (2 seasons old - better to replace it now before it snaps and I loose the ability to procreate)
    - road shoes and road pedals
    - would love to replace my 3year old MTB shoes, but I don't think its in the cards unless I come across a sweet deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Specialization is for insects... I've discovered attempting to get so specific can result in an ant hill's worth of bicycles and a lot of expensive repairs. Even then, eventually you'll have the wrong bike!
    They're old enough now that the resale value isn't worth getting rid of them. They are nice to have around for when people visit from out of town and need a loaner rig (my own friends, or even visiting friends of friends), or if some of my friends who don't have the benefit of multiple bikes are up for some significant downtime because of repairs or damage to their own bikes. No one abuses the privilege, and there's always opportunities to pay it forward back and forth.

    Plus, as mentioned above I get to entertain myself with the aforementioned 10 seconds of eeny meeny miney mo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    They're old enough now that the resale value isn't worth getting rid of them. They are nice to have around for when people visit from out of town and need a loaner rig (my own friends, or even visiting friends of friends), or if some of my friends who don't have the benefit of multiple bikes are up for some significant downtime because of repairs or damage to their own bikes. No one abuses the privilege, and there's always opportunities to pay it forward back and forth.

    Plus, as mentioned above I get to entertain myself with the aforementioned 10 seconds of eeny meeny miney mo.
    Well, my concern is logistics... i would upgrade the fork and brakes on this ride, but really it's crowded already and like you say, it is a strange point where the bicycle is not worth fixing and not really worth selling and realizing the loss. Thinking might as well sell it while things are still working, though having extra bicycles around is nice.

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    Okay. Bar ordered.. ghloves ordered, and one pair of shorts from the nation that embraces crud, mud, and filth riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Well, my concern is logistics... i would upgrade the fork and brakes on this ride, but really it's crowded already and like you say, it is a strange point where the bicycle is not worth fixing and not really worth selling and realizing the loss. Thinking might as well sell it while things are still working, though having extra bicycles around is nice.
    I find the idea of selling a bike nearly inconceivable. I've never willingly parted with one.

    Having said that, space is getting tight around here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    like you say, it is a strange point where the bicycle is not worth fixing and not really worth selling and realizing the loss.
    The bikes are all mechanically sound, kitted out nicely even by current standards, and ready to ride (with the exception of the one missing set of brakes) so no problems there. However, a couple of the frames are creeping toward 10 years of age, and no one is really interested in looking at bikes with frames that old for any meaningful resale price unless they have some vintage/collector status, which mine don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Thinking might as well sell it while things are still working, though having extra bicycles around is nice.
    It's easy for a year or two to slip by and suddenly you're past the point of decent resale value. Sell, sell, sell !!!

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    Selling bikes sucks. I dislike having bike stuff exit my procession unless its being fulfilled by other stuff (like a trade).
    3 bikes sold in the last 1.5 years though Moving to an apartment cramped my style

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    I've only sold two bikes in about a decade of riding. A worn out department store mountain bike, and an old steel roadbike with a flatbar. Both were pretty easy to let go of.

    My mountain bikes tend to get ridden until they break.
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    The last five bikes that have left my possession did so through ...curbside pick-up. All were bought new.

    That is my "resale value" in a nutshell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I find the idea of selling a bike nearly inconceivable. I've never willingly parted with one.

    Having said that, space is getting tight around here...
    You could always sell a car...

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    I've already started collecting my upgrades for the season.



    Still need to add a 10 speed chain, some new 29er wheels, Enduro seals, and I'd like some leather bar wrap for my touring bike...... Santa, are you listening?
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    Only upgrade for me this year will be my commuter drive train. After probably 6-7k of miserable miles over 3 years, it finally started slipping this past weekend. All the teeth are nice and pointy. Maybe some brakes pads.

    Then again, given I'm closer to work now with no escarpment climb, a belt drive singlespeed would be nice!

    Beyond that, I had a huge flurry of replacing worn out bikes in the past 1.5 years while also acquiring lots of accessories. Accessories I tend to keep for a while till they are falling apart. I have shoes from 1999 I was still using for specific purposes last year.

    So, money this year will go towards cycling related travel possibly.

    Edit: Race tires and tires in general. I've ridden almost exclusively since Sept 07 on a set of Specialized Fast tracks and Hutchison Pythons, with no lack of riding. They both started as fast rolling tires, they are pure slicks now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    You could always sell a car...
    Bah, the basement currently only has one bike in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RatchAttack View Post
    I've already started collecting my upgrades for the season.
    Nice! I don't own any SLX gear (all geared mountain bikes are currently SRAM drivetrains), but the SLX group has an excellent workmanlike, if not so "pretty", aesthetic quality to it IMHO. From what I understand it's a great sweet spot for cost versus functionality too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Bah, the basement currently only has one bike in it.
    You're not really doing it right until you have at least one bike living in every room in the house. I'll give you a pass on the bathrooms for this rule of thumb, although you're welcome to have a bike in each of these also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Nice! I don't own any SLX gear (all geared mountain bikes are currently SRAM drivetrains), but the SLX group has an excellent workmanlike, if not so "pretty", aesthetic quality to it IMHO. From what I understand it's a great sweet spot for cost versus functionality too.
    I've enjoyed mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    You're not really doing it right until you have at least one bike living in every room in the house. I'll give you a pass on the bathrooms for this rule of thumb, although you're welcome to have a bike in each of these also.
    Currently there are two in the living room. One in the guest room and one in the basement... so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Currently there are two in the living room. One in the guest room and one in the basement... so far.
    You're getting there! Don't think that kids' rooms need to be exempt from this either. They need to start learning about these things from an early age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    You could always sell a car...
    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Bah, the basement currently only has one bike in it.
    Haha. Nerdgirl, it looks like your cyber-persuasion has its limits. At least you got those blingy new wheels installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    You could always sell a car...
    Has he pulled this move on you yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    You're getting there! Don't think that kids' rooms need to be exempt from this either. They need to start learning about these things from an early age.
    Two of those bikes were moved to make way for the crib!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Has he pulled this move on you yet?
    It's all fun and games until this happens...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    You could always sell a car...
    Take that back!
    Strava made me do it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    You could always sell a car...
    How else do you think I'm funding the new CX frame??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    How else do you think I'm funding the new CX frame??
    Selling other peoples' kidneys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Nice! I don't own any SLX gear (all geared mountain bikes are currently SRAM drivetrains), but the SLX group has an excellent workmanlike, if not so "pretty", aesthetic quality to it IMHO. From what I understand it's a great sweet spot for cost versus functionality too.
    I'm coming off a SRAM driveline to SLX, cheap way to upgrade to 10 speed and replace my very worn driveline. Looks to be as tough as XT just a bit more weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RatchAttack View Post
    cheap way to upgrade to 10 speed
    10 speed is an upgrade? I've never really tried it on a mountain bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    Selling other peoples' kidneys?
    Organ theft. Arggh, nasty.

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    first upgrade:

    second upgrade:

    third upgrade:
    RIP Adam Yauch

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    Sweet. Pulling out all the stops on the wheelset.

    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    first upgrade:
    second upgrade:
    third upgrade:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Sweet. Pulling out all the stops on the wheelset.
    it's a turner!
    RIP Adam Yauch

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    I tore the rear derailleur off my cross bike riding in brutal mud a couple days ago. That was an unexpected bill. I have to replace that and get a new chain and hanger. I also ordered some Mavic Fury shoes tonight. Hopefully they fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    it's a turner!
    It's just that the wheels (along with a set built up from Enve AM rims) are as blingy as it gets, bar none. The frame is a bit more understated on the bling scale, although it's a beaut too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    It's just that the wheels (along with a set built up from Enve AM rims) are as blingy as it gets, bar none. The frame is a bit more understated on the bling scale, although it's a beaut too.
    i paid more for the frame than the wheelset. i figured i'd go absolutely balls out for this build as the frame has been my dream frame since late '08. turns out i'll hold back on certain parts of the build. i've got about $2500 into the frame/wheelset which isn't bad considering that is retail on each. (that's what i tell myself to justify it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    i paid more for the frame than the wheelset. i figured i'd go absolutely balls out for this build as the frame has been my dream frame since late '08. turns out i'll hold back on certain parts of the build. i've got about $2500 into the frame/wheelset which isn't bad considering that is retail on each. (that's what i tell myself to justify it)
    I had a feeling you didn't pay retail. Very well done! Looking forward to seeing the complete build!
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    Planning a frame upgrade. I've been riding simple single pivots for nearly a decade thinking it was good enough, until I got my new DH frame this year and saw what I was missing.

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    Does that bike use the Syntace system? Looks awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickboers View Post
    Planning a frame upgrade. I've been riding simple single pivots for nearly a decade thinking it was good enough, until I got my new DH frame this year and saw what I was missing.
    that's a hot looking frame.
    RIP Adam Yauch

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