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Old an creaky
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Since BianchiJoe posted his mid life crisis, I'll post mine
Probably not everyones' cup-o-tea but it's what I wanted.

Frameset: Teesdale True Temper S3, Tear drop TT, double oval DT, round-to-oval ST, Surly Track ends (I like the idea of the larger junction at the rear end) straight bladed fork, all TIG welded. 53.5 cm ST 55.5 TT, 73/73.5* angles, 15.7" chainstays

Rides like a dream

Bar/Stem/Grips: Cinelli Pista Aluminum/Thomson X2/ Champion (1 1/2 on each side)
Seat/Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece/ San Marco Caymano
Brakes: SRAM Rival caliper/ TRP carbon lever/ I-link housing
Wheeels: Miche Primato Hubs/ DT Champion Spokes x3/ Mavic CXP-33 Rims
Crank/Chain/Cog: Miche Primato Advanced 50T/ SRAM PC-1/ Miche 18T cog, carrier, and lockring
BB: Phil Ti 108 ISO
Pedals: Crank Brothers 2 Ti
Headset: Chris King
Cage: King Ti
Tires: Michelin Pro Race 3

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Cockpit
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CS bridge detail
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SS Bridge, no hole
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ST/TT cluster - old style Moots keyed seatpost binder
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Curved Chainstays to accommodate 50T ring
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Sweet bike, great components, great builder.

Just curious - do you ride in the drops all the time? I couldn't imagine putting track bars on a road bike. The only reason I ride my fixed-gear on the road is to commute, or to do something like train (but not actually to train for something...). It has either road drops with two brake hoods (and two brakes, but it only has two now because I got tired of the asymmetry, and that's beside the point) or, as it has right now, some crazy custom Ti moustache bars. The idea, then, is that I ride it for as short and efficiently as possible, or just as long (and, resultantly, comfortably) as possible. As such, I couldn't imagine riding in the drops any more than I do on my regular road or cross bikes, which is more than exceptionally, but still not much unless I'm racing or descending.

So, in the pursuit of understanding - and I ask this as inoffensively as possible, and I ask it of other posters with similar bikes - what's a bike like this for? (And of course, "Just for coolness" is an acceptable answer.)
 

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Old an creaky
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Thanks everyone for the comments.

Applesauce said:
Sweet bike, great components, great builder.

Just curious - do you ride in the drops all the time? I couldn't imagine putting track bars on a road bike. The only reason I ride my fixed-gear on the road is to commute, or to do something like train (but not actually to train for something...). It has either road drops with two brake hoods (and two brakes, but it only has two now because I got tired of the asymmetry, and that's beside the point) or, as it has right now, some crazy custom Ti moustache bars. The idea, then, is that I ride it for as short and efficiently as possible, or just as long (and, resultantly, comfortably) as possible. As such, I couldn't imagine riding in the drops any more than I do on my regular road or cross bikes, which is more than exceptionally, but still not much unless I'm racing or descending.

So, in the pursuit of understanding - and I ask this as inoffensively as possible, and I ask it of other posters with similar bikes - what's a bike like this for? (And of course, "Just for coolness" is an acceptable answer.)
I live in a very rural area and usually just ride gravel roads. My "urban riding" with traffic extends only about 1/4 mile in any direction. I think the closest stop light is 35 miles away. I can ride a fixie to the grocery store pulling a burley trailer and never have to touch the brake. The road bike is more of an indulgence and I've used one to gauge my fitness more than any other purpose. I have several paved routes that are long and fairly straight and fairly flat except for a few short rollers. As for bars and hand position I probably ride about 50% in the drops and 50% on the forward sweeps, depending on wind direction. I suffered a pretty severe shoulder separation with nerve damage at the Crested Butte 100 mtb race a couple years ago and my ortho /PT people steer me away from flat bars or riding on the tops. The forward sweep is almost at the identical position as the hoods on my "gravel bike." The angles are a steeper and effectively rotates my position ever-so-slightly forward, and feels very similar to my back angle/reach to drops on my other bikes. The idea was to have a bike to ride in long straight lines, as fast as I can, with no one around, and admittedly, with attention to the aesthetic.
 

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Nice, very nice!!

The more I ride my FG Track frame, the MORE I want to build something like your Track Geo SUCKS for long rides.
 

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kps09 said:
Neat.. how old is that bike?
It came out of the paint hotbox Friday afternoon, I got there ~5 when Tom was chasing and facing. So about 2 days, 50-ish very wet miles, and one flat old.

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how does his fitting process go? I've always been curious about what goes into a custom frame design. I've been daydreaming about one and TET's pricing structure just lit my imagination on fire.

also is the signature clearcoated? That would be amazing.
 

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cool

Cool. Orange is catching on, huh? Very clean looking bike.
 

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Dr. Placebo said:
how does his fitting process go? I've always been curious about what goes into a custom frame design. I've been daydreaming about one and TET's pricing structure just lit my imagination on fire.

also is the signature clearcoated? That would be amazing.
I did it a while ago (late 80's, I've had several of his frames) but I filled out a sheet with specific measurements ie inseam, femur length, shoulder to wrist, torso. It was fairly comprehensive as I remember. Then filled out a questionnaire about ride length, style. Also a few phone calls back and forth, this time just a few e-mails as he pretty much has me dialed in.
 
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