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tripleDot

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Re: My First Road Bike... is a Chiner.
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2016, 03:15:47 AM »
Why not consider road pedals? You want to use the same shoes with all your bikes?
I'm doing this for now (using my Time XC8 pedals with my Mavic MTB shoes) but I already know that I will buy a dedicated set for my road bike in the future (probably Ultegra pedals and Fisik R5B shoes).

And I forgot to mention that I was completely shocked by the price you paid to get your bike mounted. $18  :o :o :o We definitely live in a different country!

Yes, my plan is to use the same pair  of shoes for my XC and road bike.  I'm also looking at more riding time with the XC, the road is for my long rides which is like once (or twice) every couple of months.  And also I've seen enough roadies having a really hard time walking on those rb shoes.  Hehehe.

Yup US$18... and that's considered on the expensive side.  Most lbs are just charging $6-$7 only.  That is part of the reason why I don't bother to assemble/tune-up my bikes myself.  It cost me more to buy those tools and rapair stand.
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« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2016, 03:03:50 AM »
Yes, my plan is to use the same pair  of shoes for my XC and road bike.  I'm also looking at more riding time with the XC, the road is for my long rides which is like once (or twice) every couple of months.  And also I've seen enough roadies having a really hard time walking on those rb shoes.  Hehehe.

I endorse this... I used road pedals and shoes for quite some time, but when I was doing some commuting, I switched to MTB pedals for the walkability... and discovered I personally can't tell any difference once I'm in the pedals, and I can get into the MTB pedals so much faster than any of the roadies I ride with. This is a big benefit on any ride that involves a bunch of stopping and starting. I recently tried road pedals again, and after two rides pulled them off, sold them, and I'm on nothing but MTB pedals now.

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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2016, 07:28:53 AM »
Thanks cmh and tripledot!
I was wondering if I needed to buy road shoes, for the few times I ride a road bike.
Not anymore :)

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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2017, 03:05:28 AM »
Some new updates.

Pedals are now Crank Brothers Candy 2, a shorter stem with wider angle. Which puts it in a more upright position and more comfty for me.  Also got a brighter orange Fizik bartape, I didn't remove the old bartape, had it double wrapped instead. Resulting in a more comfty feel.

This is actually a new frame. Had a mysterious crack and a patch of chipping cf on the right seat stay on the original frame (pic 2). Had it disassembled last Feb (or March) for painting and discovered the crack. So I reported it to Peter. After a few emails of pictures he told me he would replace it but I had to wait a while as he doesn't have an available replacement. Didn't really had any problem with Peter except for the waiting time. But then again, I wasn't in a hurry. Anyway, did a couple of 100km plus a few sub-50km on it already.

Oh yeah, the painting. It was actually a very bad experience for me. Commissioned this local guy who actually got a lot of praises on his facebook account. He charges $100 for it. Turned out to be very unprofessional. Couldn't keep his own schedules, no updates or communications. The 2 weeks job turned out to be a disaster. His $100 paint job wasn't worth $10. I told I would not accept such a mediocre paint job and had him redo it. He pretty much had 3 extensions, and after a month was still asking for another one. So I told him I'm tired of his excuses and gave him 1 day to return the frame to me in it's original state. 1 whole month wasted.



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« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2018, 02:55:40 PM »
Just curious if the frame was ever replaced by peter? And if you’ve had updates on your paint job  :)

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« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2018, 10:49:08 PM »
Just curious if the frame was ever replaced by peter? And if you’ve had updates on your paint job  :)

Sorry for the late reply.  For some reason, the Road Bike section wasn't showing on my Android device.  It is only now that I was able to checked in on a PC.

Yes.  Peter replaced the frame with a new one, even split shipping with me.  Normally, other companies would have you shoulder the shipping cost.  The first picture above your post is actually the new frame.

I also get to keep the cracked frame... which I eventually had some local auto shop do a DIY repair, and is currently a single speed.  Haven't really rode it much yet, it just got assembled a couple of days ago.  So can't say if the repair would hold.  I will try to update this thread to show the single speed.

About the paint job, I completely ditched it.  Got pretty disappointed with that bad experience.
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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2018, 01:21:28 AM »
Here's what I did with the cracked frame.

US$ 6.00 DIY repair.
Around US$ 300.00 on Carbon Speed fork & seatpost, Cinneli Mash bullhorn (knock off), Shimano Tiagra 2x crank, Shimano Sora clamp brakes, Tektro brake levers, Jaguar brake cable/housing, Fizik bar tape, Circus Monkey spacers & seat clamp, press fit adaptor, single speed Olive chain, chain tensioner and Ti skewers. Just an estimate, didn't really keep track of the expenses, but pretty sure didn't go over that figure and is inclusive of the repair cost.  Assembly was free of charge as a friend did it for free.  Everything else came from old bikes.

Single speed!

Total weight, 7.85kg.

So far, only did around 20km (2 x 10km) rides around town. My first time with a bullhorn hb. And had to stop a few times to adjust the brake levers to a more comfty position. Rides pretty good althought the 50x13 gear made starting a bit slow and climbs a cardio experience. But I'm enjoying this bike. And hope that repair would hold for longer rides.
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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2018, 01:50:15 AM »
A couple more pics.

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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2018, 02:39:13 AM »
...the 50x13 gear made starting a bit slow and climbs a cardio experience...
This is a hell of gear ratio indeed. Is your country as flat as Holland ? :)

...And hope that repair would hold for longer rides...
Did you wrap the tube with carbon cloth and epoxy ?
If you made the patch tick enough and compressed it well, you'll be fine.
i did a repair on a chainstay once, and it is still there( well... I broke a seatstay when crashing months later, but nothing related ).
I even think reusing this broken frame as an indoor bike for the winter.

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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2018, 03:25:35 AM »
This is a hell of gear ratio indeed. Is your country as flat as Holland ? :)
>:( ... we have ... ehhhh ... okay, you're right!



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« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2018, 07:09:35 AM »
Regarding the 50x13... well, there's lots of mountains over here. But there is this 200km (round trip) route here that is 95% flat that a friend and I frequent (not exactly the whole 200km though).  Downtown is pretty flat too. It is kind'a easy for me to avoid the climbs.  ;)

As for the repair, yup, wrapped with carbon cloth and epoxy, 3 layers I believe.

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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2018, 11:08:02 PM »
Did a 50km on the ss yesterday and learned something unexpectedly. It's a lesson on saddle. Literally the saddle. I got that saddle for 5 or 6 dollars over a couple of years ago. It was intended for my XC but 5km into the first ride and I already want to ditch it. That was how uncomfortable it was. Tried selling it but it didn't move, so it stayed in the garage all these time until I got this ss project. I sort of forgot to get a new saddle for the ss and remembered this old one. So I thought that I'll use it as a temp until I get one of those Fabric Scoop saddle. But that 50km showed me that that old saddle was made for this ss. Seems like bike geometry had something to do with saddle comfort too. All those years, I thought that if the saddle doesn't work for you on one bike, it wouldn't work for you on another bike either. Guess I just saved $25-50 bucks.

About the ride... I'm loving this build. Would love to try a 100km on it. Seems like the repair would hold.
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« Reply #27 on: February 18, 2018, 03:38:40 AM »
Just playing around.  Because I used a bullhorn handle bar, I got some excess bar tapes that I thought of doing some DIYs. With some Gorilla tape, I made my ss a chainstay protector. Not so nice up close though, you can see bubbles.