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Sticky Valentine
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Make one!

Here's my Bianchi Volpe (A.K.A Beyonce). She saw life as a road bike (the first bike to get my [at the time] 350lb butt in gear), then she spent a brief amount of time as a commuter, then it was off to play in the dirt. Her drive train was going out and she sat for a long time.

Then a random series of events lead me to make her my every day bike. My daily driver.

Yesterday I tore down my Soma and Bianchi and threw all my parts from the Soma on to this, with a few extra touches.

It feels pretty good to be riding what feels and looks like a brand new bike for almost no money. The only things I bought were bar tape and tires. These Vittoria Randoneer tires are pretty nice rolling though I had to wrestle the hell out of them to get them on the rim. I hope to god I don't get a flat because I'll be there for an hour just trying to seat the tire.

The colors are kind of out there, but I kind of dig it.

(Camera phone pictures didn't turn out that great, whatev.)

<img src="https://www.yodaddio.com/photos/510379201_yJ3MH-L.jpg" border="5">

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<img src="https://www.yodaddio.com/photos/510379299_J57xj-L.jpg" border="5">

I despise these cranks, ps, and I don't advise that anyone buy the Pake cranks (I've seen the same cranks branded differently, too, so whoever makes them... don't buy them). I got them for dirt cheap and I want to get rid of them. The arms feel like they're bent and the spider arms are a little cockeyed. They feel weird as hell to ride and I can't get used to them.



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Dave Hickey said:
Great looking bike...I love that frame

Yeah, it's a great frame. It was neglected for way to long. I'm glad I'm loving it again.

The frame is comfortable as hell. It turns kind of like a boat though, compared to my other bikes :p



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nice...

it says, i don't bow down to your matchy matchy fashion demands, but i could if i wanted to...so i just want to remind you that i'm cooler than you b/c i care less than you do :thumbsup:

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ampastoral said:
nice...

it says, i don't bow down to your matchy matchy fashion demands, but i could if i wanted to...so i just want to remind you that i'm cooler than you b/c i care less than you do :thumbsup:

:D

I rode past a group of hipster fixie revolution kids on my way in. they were stopped on a corner and I rode by and got the stink eye from all of them.

Rolled up girl pants, Chrome bag, track bikes with stupid drops and no bar tape, tri spoke front wheels, spoke cards in the rear, lots and lots of matte black... the whole 9.

And me in my cheesy "California" jersey with clipless pedals, fenders, a freewheel, funky colored bike, rack and pannier and a helmet.

It was spectacular.


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Most hipsters I know would be pretty into that bike, at least the ones that are legitimately into cycling.

In fact my friend has been neglecting his brakeless fixie lately in favor of a fully geared volpe.
 

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She's a mighty festive bike Geoh. :D :thumbsup:
 

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Nice looking bike...
Re the Vittoria tires: A bike shop went out of business at Lake Tahoe a couple of years ago, and i bought four Vittorias really cheap off the clearance table. I broke all my plastic levers (6) trying to mount the rear, then went to the supermarket for some cheap steel levers and finally, using a LOT of force, managed to pry the last of the bead on. It pinched the tube and put a hole in it (for the record, I've been riding more than 30 years and I know how to change a damn tire). I had to use a screwdriver to get the bead back over the rim (the lever was too fat). I finally got it mounted and inflated, and the next day I had a flat and spent half an hour sitting by the side of the road while riders went by and laughed at the doofus who couldn't even get his tire off the rim.
I never did bother to mount the front, and when a local club had a fundraiser, I donated the other three tires. Carry extra levers.
 

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Cool stuff.

By the way, what happened to the front wheel you lent me back then? I really thought they rode very smoothly and spun freely and were great. What tire was that using? I need a new front/rear tire for my clinchers possibly since this set has some issues with mounting etc....

//Cool huh when you re-spec your bike and it becomes just like new? Wish I had spare parts lying around to build something up.
 

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uzziefly said:
Cool stuff.

By the way, what happened to the front wheel you lent me back then? I really thought they rode very smoothly and spun freely and were great. What tire was that using? I need a new front/rear tire for my clinchers possibly since this set has some issues with mounting etc....

//Cool huh when you re-spec your bike and it becomes just like new? Wish I had spare parts lying around to build something up.

The wheel you used was an Open Pro laced to an Ultegra hub. Great wheelset, pretty common and pretty affordable. Ultegra stuff is pretty fantastic. You actually used that wheel right after I rebuilt the hub. I like being able to take apart and service and re-pack everything.

That wheel is on my road bike. And you cant go wrong with Ultegra hubs, IMHO.


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JoeDaddio said:
The wheel you used was an Open Pro laced to an Ultegra hub. Great wheelset, pretty common and pretty affordable. Ultegra stuff is pretty fantastic. You actually used that wheel right after I rebuilt the hub. I like being able to take apart and service and re-pack everything.

That wheel is on my road bike. And you cant go wrong with Ultegra hubs, IMHO.


joe
Pity I don't need an extra set of wheels but if I do build a rain bike up, I'll consider those wheels and tires you used too given how smooth it felt.

You rebuilt it yourself? The hub that is.


//How long did you take to rebuild this bike up here? I like the funky color scheme as well actually but won't use that crankset just coz it won't match any of what I have!!
 

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uzziefly said:
Pity I don't need an extra set of wheels but if I do build a rain bike up, I'll consider those wheels and tires you used too given how smooth it felt.

You rebuilt it yourself? The hub that is.


//How long did you take to rebuild this bike up here? I like the funky color scheme as well actually but won't use that crankset just coz it won't match any of what I have!!

I can do just about anything to a bike. Building wheels is the hardest part for me. I can do it (I built that blue Deep V on the Binachi) but it takes me a while and I don't get a whole lot of time to practice. Otherwise I can get-er-dun.

As far as most things go: I raced BMX for a lotta years as a kid and my cousin and I used to sit in the garage listening to Thin Lizzy working on and talking about bikes all summer long, every single summer. A single speed road bike is really just a big BMX bike that you can't jump and putting one together is actually pretty simple (and I've even impressed my LBS guys at how well I can put a pin into a chain without having it create a tight spot. I was adamant about never having a master link on my BMX bikes after pulling one apart out of the gate once at a race).

It took me some time to get used to dealing with gears, but I've gotten it down. I enjoy working on my bikes and I like doing all of the work myself. If something goes wrong I've only got myself to blame, and I like it like that. I was afraid of building wheels for a long time but had a good friend teach me a while back, so I can build them now, but getting it all tensioned and everything can take me some time.

One of the weirdest thing is using the actual real tool created for doing a lot of the jobs on a bike. My cousin and I ended up making most of our own tools (like headset presses and bearing race setters, etc) and it's kind of cool to see that we more or less made the same thing as the "proper tool" without ever seeing one.


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Vittoria Randonneur tires

are the worst things to get off a rim. Last weekend I spend the better part of an hour replacing just the front tire. Broke two tire levers and had several fly across the room (you could take an eye out with those things). I just could not face replacing the rear tire. So it is still on. I very much hope that I don't get a you know what... will end up sitting on the side of the road for days....
 

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JoeDaddio said:
I can do just about anything to a bike. Building wheels is the hardest part for me. I can do it (I built that blue Deep V on the Binachi) but it takes me a while and I don't get a whole lot of time to practice. Otherwise I can get-er-dun.

As far as most things go: I raced BMX for a lotta years as a kid and my cousin and I used to sit in the garage listening to Thin Lizzy working on and talking about bikes all summer long, every single summer. A single speed road bike is really just a big BMX bike that you can't jump and putting one together is actually pretty simple (and I've even impressed my LBS guys at how well I can put a pin into a chain without having it create a tight spot. I was adamant about never having a master link on my BMX bikes after pulling one apart out of the gate once at a race).

It took me some time to get used to dealing with gears, but I've gotten it down. I enjoy working on my bikes and I like doing all of the work myself. If something goes wrong I've only got myself to blame, and I like it like that. I was afraid of building wheels for a long time but had a good friend teach me a while back, so I can build them now, but getting it all tensioned and everything can take me some time.

One of the weirdest thing is using the actual real tool created for doing a lot of the jobs on a bike. My cousin and I ended up making most of our own tools (like headset presses and bearing race setters, etc) and it's kind of cool to see that we more or less made the same thing as the "proper tool" without ever seeing one.


joe
Will you go out with me? :D

//Damn, I could have learned a LOT of stuff from you man. I wish I was that adept at doing those things but I've been observing my LBS' mechanics do their repairs and such and picking up a few things.

I would have installed the new cockpit on my time trial bike had I known how to route the cables. But, after seeing that the mechanic took a lot longer than I thought he would (the internal cable routing wasn't that easy apparently), I was kinda glad I didn't attempt it. He did ask me to help though since he knew I liked working on bikes. In fact, repeated failures at getting the cable to route through the top tube (rear brake cable) was solved with my idea! Ha.

I can take stuff apart, but am not good at putting them back together so to speak. And, cables aren't my strong point either. Otherwise, I could pretty much build a bike up :D
 

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lol....

i generally don't mind the fixie hipsters....hell, i'm sure i just barely miss qualifying as one. BUT, and i'm not sure if this is national, but here they've all gone to really short flat bars that have a bit of rise to them. the one thing that makes me laugh every time is the drop stem (the negative degree track stems that are below horizontal with the ground) with rising bars....well, that and when someone is running 100+ gear inches and they can barely move the bike...that makes me lol as well
 
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