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    Show Your Road Bikes Now

    I have been visiting this forum long enough to come to the conclusion that a good percentage of mountain-bikers also ride road bikes. I ride 5000-6000 miles on the road each year and do so for several reasons. One is the convenience; rather than having to load up and drive to a trail system, I simply hop aboard my bike and hit the road. That encourages me to ride more often than I would if I did not have a road bike.

    I find that putting lots of miles on the road makes me stronger on my mountain bike. I also ride a road bike when the trails are too wet to mountain bike. Still, I am a trailie at heart.

    With that said, I think its time we mountain-bikers bring our road bikes out of the closets for the world to see and I'll go first with my three.

    Happy trails everyone



    This 10-speed LeMond Croix de Fer has a steel frame and is my favorite road bike. I really take care of my bikes so the condition you see is not indicative of its age. I ride this one more than my other two combined. It has a classic look not seen in todays plastic bikes. Steel is real!!


    My serious mountain-climbing road bike is a 9-speed steel-frame LeMond Alpe D' Huez with a triple up front and a mountain bike deraillieur with 12-34 cassette out back. It has conquered Assault on Mount Mitchell twice and it is my favorite for riding anytime a lot of climbing is involved.


    This 17-pound Cervelo R3 iis my Sunday-go-to meeting bike. I bought it because I wanted to try carbon fiber plus the fact that its geometry is much like that of my two LeMonds. It sprints like a rocket but since I am not into racing a lot of its qualities are wasted on me. When I bought it I figured my times for various distances would be a bit quicker but it takes me just as long to ride a century on it as on either of my two LeMonds. Absorbs road buzz much better than an aluminum frame but is no more comfortable than a steel frame.


    Okay, you've seen mine now let me see yours.
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    edit, wow this forum does not resize pics? Get with the times technology!

    Here is a link to the pic, excuse my finger making an appearance. http://i.imgur.com/7oVBc.jpg
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    Here are my road bikes, first is a Schwinn Gt built for Harley-Davidson, leather grips, seat, nexus 7 speed hub/grip shifter, carbon look fenders/chain guard, drum brake rear, disc front.

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    Then my real road bike, a 2005 Harley-Davidson with a Harbor Freight trailer for the mountain bikes..

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    I'll play , my current main ride , this morning , 19 degrees F.
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    Don't know.....been pretty damn happy with my "plastic" bike.

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    Road bikes are funny

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    This here's my bike trail, slight commute, and bike polo machine Some changes have been made since this picture was taken (last summer), will post updated pics soon.


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    Okay, leaders in these categories so far are (drum roll please);

    Prettiest Category
    White Cannondale

    Most Likely To Be Noticed By Hot Chicks On Road Category
    Red & White Giant with "pea-green?" wheels

    One You Won't See Everyday Category
    Schwinn GT by Harley Davidson

    One I Would Most Likely Steal Category
    White Vintage Bike With Red Tires
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    @stumpbumper- wheels are lime green it's just a horrible camera phone picture. I've got more green bits on the bike since then.

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    you guys out to win races?

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    Winter / Summer

    Love them both.
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    This bike serves several purposes. Cyclocross, commute, and road.

    My Rocky Mountain Solo CX - shown equipped with 700x26c slicks and fenders.
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    Quick and easy on theses old bones.
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    i've been hearing that the steel frames are more forgiving than the lightweight carbon and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    you guys out to win races?
    The race to get to work on time.....

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    My Rocky Mountain Solo CX - shown equipped with 700x26c slicks and fenders

    RKJ---What brand of fenders? I see the braces at the rear but how do they attach to the bike toward the front?

    Have you seen fenders made of various exotic woods? Friend of mine has them in mahogany on his bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    i've been hearing that the steel frames are more forgiving than the lightweight carbon and stuff.
    I would have believed that when I first started riding carbon fiber but after becoming accustomed to its different handling characteristics, I find very little difference. My Cervelo responds more quickly to shifts in body weight but I don't consider that to be less forgiving.

    One big advantage to steel is it is easier and less expensive to repair than carbon fiber. The ability to dampen road buzz is about equal between the two materials but steel does a better job of smoothing out undulations in the road.

    Since a carbon fiber bike is lighter than steel, it is better for racing, epecially when sprinting, but for the general riding that I do, it offers no real advantage. My Cervelo is about four pounds lighter than my two LeMonds but regardless of whether I ride 25 miles or 100 miles, my average speed will be the same on either bike. When I first bought the Cervelo I figured I would at least be faster in the mountains but I have not found that to be true. I know all of this because I have kept a detailed ledger that contains all sorts of information on every ride I have done since I got into cycling.

    A younger rider who is into racing may be a bit faster on the lighter bike but for the average rider like me, one is as good as the other.

    I used to think steel bikes were prettier than plastic bikes and I still like their classic look, but you only have to look at the various bikes posted on this thread to see pretty bikes of both types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpbumper
    My Rocky Mountain Solo CX - shown equipped with 700x26c slicks and fenders

    RKJ---What brand of fenders? I see the braces at the rear but how do they attach to the bike toward the front?

    Have you seen fenders made of various exotic woods? Friend of mine has them in mahogany on his bike.
    The fenders are Axiom Rainrunner Trekk Reflex. The fenders mount pretty easily to the frame with all the supplied hardware. There are holes through the arch of the fork, and the bridge between the chainstays, as well as the bridge between the seatstays. Bolts, washers, nuts, and you're done. Notice the hardware on the fenders pictured below.



    Wood fenders are often flat, allowing the water to splash to the sides onto your legs and feet. More for fashion than function.
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    I have a large stable but I'm probably at a distinct advantage being primarily a roadie and getting back to mtb with a 2011 Trek Fuel EX 8. I've done most of my off-road riding with a Serotta cross bike:

    1) Custom Richard Sachs built in 2001 for me. It is a replica of his 25th Anniversary bike. I'm going to put downtube shifters and alloy cranks on it before the Spring.



    2) Custom Kish titanium cyclocross bike. I had Jim build this last winter and it has eyelets for fenders and racks. It's my All-rounder type of bike.:



    3) A couple of Serottas - Ottrott ti-carbon and Fierte carbon that I put on the bulk of my mileage:



    4) Serotta Concours titanium cyclocross, which had been my main off-roader until the Trek Fuel:



    and my latest rig for winter riding: an All City Nature Boy single speed cyclocross bike with studded tires.

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    out of the closet....
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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpbumper
    I would have believed that when I first started riding carbon fiber but after becoming accustomed to its different handling characteristics, I find very little difference. My Cervelo responds more quickly to shifts in body weight but I don't consider that to be less forgiving.

    One big advantage to steel is it is easier and less expensive to repair than carbon fiber. The ability to dampen road buzz is about equal between the two materials but steel does a better job of smoothing out undulations in the road.

    Since a carbon fiber bike is lighter than steel, it is better for racing, epecially when sprinting, but for the general riding that I do, it offers no real advantage. My Cervelo is about four pounds lighter than my two LeMonds but regardless of whether I ride 25 miles or 100 miles, my average speed will be the same on either bike. When I first bought the Cervelo I figured I would at least be faster in the mountains but I have not found that to be true. I know all of this because I have kept a detailed ledger that contains all sorts of information on every ride I have done since I got into cycling.

    A younger rider who is into racing may be a bit faster on the lighter bike but for the average rider like me, one is as good as the other.

    I used to think steel bikes were prettier than plastic bikes and I still like their classic look, but you only have to look at the various bikes posted on this thread to see pretty bikes of both types.
    steel, pretty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpbumper
    I used to think steel bikes were prettier than plastic bikes and I still like their classic look, but you only have to look at the various bikes posted on this thread to see pretty bikes of both types.
    I much prefer the look of steel bikes. I have two and absolutely love the tubing shape, frame, etc. My plastic bike is pretty too but my two steel bikes make me really happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    steel, pretty?
    There are flourishes with steel that can't be done with other material. If you strip off the paint of an aluminum or CF bike, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between one and another.

    With steel, lugs can be hand-filed into beautiful curves and cutouts ( you can also get them investment cast now). Plus really cool fork crowns. A builder like Columbine actually encrusts jewels into his bikes. Visit the National Handbuilt Bicycle Show website (http://www.2011.handmadebicycleshow....ge/2011-bikes/) and see how steel can make some beautiful bikes; the 2011 show is going on this week in Austin and bigger than ever. Here are some examples of which is why steel bikes are still flourishing (albeit in the custom built world).



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    OK, you pathetic turncoats, here is what my roadbike looked like shortly before selling it last year (October, 2010)—2008 Ridley Damocles, Belgian size LARGE:



    I think the thing that turned me off the most about the road biking crowd were the hot-headed little short guys riding the 48-50cm frames who were always talking smack like they were big-time badasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fred-da-trog
    out of the closet....
    Did you, or did the bike come out of the closet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpbumper
    Okay, leaders in these categories so far are (drum roll please);

    Prettiest Category
    White Cannondale

    Most Likely To Be Noticed By Hot Chicks On Road Category
    Red & White Giant with "pea-green?" wheels

    One You Won't See Everyday Category
    Schwinn GT by Harley Davidson

    One I Would Most Likely Steal Category
    White Vintage Bike With Red Tires

    Haha awesome, Cant believe my handy work is most likely to be stolen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS
    This here's my bike trail, slight commute, and bike polo machine Some changes have been made since this picture was taken (last summer), will post updated pics soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayBeard Pirate
    Where do you buy your skinny jeans?

    Performance!
    I've got a pair of Levi's and also some Bullhead's from PacSun. You can find them in most malls. I believe the Levi model is 511. But I don't wear skinnies as much anymore since I'm doing quite a bit of work on my uncle's farm. But anyways back to your question, just look around through the malls and popular "young people stores".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    OK, you pathetic turncoats, here is what my roadbike looked like shortly before selling it last year (October, 2010)—2008 Ridley Damocles, Belgian size LARGE:

    I think the thing that turned me off the most about the road biking crowd were the hot-headed little short guys riding the 48-50cm frames who were always talking smack like they were big-time badasses.

    The thing that turns me off most about road biking is when I am struggling along in granny gear on a terrible climb and a really, really fat girl on a 35-pound hybrid passes me like a rocket.

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    So many great bikes, you guys are making it more and more difficult for me to pick the leaders in various categories. The four I named first are still hanging in there (Those wheels are pea-green and I don't care what you say).

    Here, then, are the latest additions---- A really looooong drum roll please;

    Welcome In My Living Room Anytime Category
    Black & White Trek

    Bike I Would Want To Be On During A Monsoon Category
    Rocky Mountain Solo Replete With Cool Fenders

    Reminds Me Of That Cute Blonde Next Door When I Was Four Category
    Orange, Blue, Pink With Handelbar Basket

    Should Be Against The Law To Own So Many Beauties Category
    Richard Sach, Kish, Serottas, Etc.

    What Is the Guy About To Be Attacked By The Dog Doing In This Thread Category
    Out-Of-Closet Single Speed With Weird Fork

    Second Bike I Intend To Steal Category
    Black Surly With Brooks Saddle

    Prettiest Category
    White Cannondale

    Most Likely To Be Noticed By Hot Chicks Category
    Red & White Giant with "pea-green?" wheels

    One You Won't See Everyday Category
    Schwinn GT by Harley Davidson

    One I Would Most Likely Steal Category
    White Vintage Bike With Red Tires

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    They're lime dude haha it's a bad cell pic

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    I tengo un silver Raleigh Grand Sport. I don't got photos, but it's all stock except with two silver cages and SPDs (I switch them between my bikes). It works good enuf for me.

    What category does mine go in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpbumper
    The thing that turns me off most about road biking is when I am struggling along in granny gear on a terrible climb and a really, really fat girl on a 35-pound hybrid passes me like a rocket.
    Hehe, been there!!! I think her name is Wendy (standard fat chick name), and she only goes 5 miles to her classes at the community college, whereas you and I were bonked out at the end of a grueling 50 mile ride with 7,000ft of climbing.
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    2010 Steel Allez
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    I think her name is Wendy (standard fat chick name)
    I know a fat Wendy too! Looks like a damn sumo wrestler. She's Jewish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felix5150
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    How do you like that Steel Allez? I've ridden a few of those and think they are very cool bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS
    How do you like that Steel Allez? I've ridden a few of those and think they are very cool bikes
    i like that steel allez also. looks pretty sweet.

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    Today's votes were cast and hermetically sealed in a peanut butter jar (Jiff Extra-Crunchy) until I could escape from the salt mine long enough to tabulate them. Still much the same except the white Cannondale was finally nudged into second place in the "Prettiest" category. We also have a new leader in a new category. And any hot chicks who read this will be thilled to see their favorite with the pea-green wheels still hanging in there.

    So without further ado;

    Prettiest Category
    Red & White Richard Sachs

    Steel Is Real But So Is Titanium And It's 40 Percent Lighter Category
    Silver Moots

    Welcome In My Living Room Anytime Category
    Black & White Trek

    Bike I Would Want To Be On During A Monsoon Category
    Rocky Mountain Solo Replete With Cool Fenders

    Reminds Me Of That Cute Blonde Next Door When I Was Four Category
    Orange, Blue, Pink With Handelbar Basket

    Should Be Against The Law To Own So Many Beauties Category
    Richard Sach, Kish, Serottas, Etc.

    What Is the Guy About To Be Attacked By The Dog Doing In This Thread Category
    Out-Of-Closet Single Speed With Weird Fork

    Second Bike I Intend To Steal Category
    Black Surly With Brooks Saddle

    Most Likely To Be Noticed By Hot Chicks Category
    Red & White Giant with pea-green wheels

    One You Won't See Everyday Category
    Schwinn GT by Harley Davidson

    One I Would Most Likely Steal Category
    White Vintage Bike With Red Tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS
    How do you like that Steel Allez? I've ridden a few of those and think they are very cool bikes
    It's a pretty sweet ride and my go to bike for most rides. Just did the Tour of Palm Springs century earlier this month on it over the Tarmac. Will probably also use it for the Solvang century next month.

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