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post #2116 of 3555

Sometimes, you've gotta make do with what you've got.

 

 

1000

 

This is the wheel that was bent like a pretzel by the idiot who ran me over a couple of months ago. I wanted to see if the rim could be straightened, so it could be used again. Surprisingly, it's quite easy to unbend an aluminum rim. In fact it's so easy, I bent it the other way by going overboard. All you need to do is mark the maximums and minimums with a dry-erase marker, then place the wheel on the first step of a stair and jump on it. Within a few minutes, I had a rim with around 5 cm of wiggle to a rim with less than 5 mm off. The problem is, it's just as easy to bend it again, and now that I have some spokes with max tensions and others looser, I'm scared it'll bend again under stress. I fine-tuned the tension in each spokes to equalize the tension, but some are still remarkably looser than others. Ah well, I'll give it a try and see.

 

Now the question is, do I sell the new set of rims I bought after the "accident", or do I keep both. Since I have studded tires for winter, keeping both will mean I won't have to re-rim tires twice a year. But if I move to a larger city next year for University and sell this bike, I won't need two rims, so I may as well sell the new set while they are still new. Ah the dilemma.

post #2117 of 3555
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Originally Posted by PleasantNoise View Post

that's not a production step really is it? seeing as the metal does it on it's own when exposed to air.

 

It's not necessary step, but it's an option. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anodizing

 

It's not like they'd just wait a couple of months for the metal to oxide before painting it. And even if they did, anodizing creates a thicker layer than would naturally occur. 

post #2118 of 3555

I saw some Surly bikes today in REI.... and fell in love. Maybe in a few years..... im mad just bought a bike. 

post #2119 of 3555
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Originally Posted by micrors4 View Post

How is that frame made?  It looks like it was just CNC'd from one big chunk of magnesium but that seems a little crazy.

 Cast manufacture. Very very very stiff & hard ride. Not light either. But will last a life time.

post #2120 of 3555

1000

 

 

 

Just purchased the kind of bike I used to laugh at when I was a Colnago snob. HA

 

Used 2012 $260 usd. Suntour, suntour, suntour.The mechanical brakes will drive me crazy I'm sure. Good brakes cost more than the bike.


Edited by Redcarmoose - 12/21/12 at 12:45am
post #2121 of 3555

Oh, but you're destined to have fun. Especially since you can look back and remember...

post #2122 of 3555
Got a travel bike and started the process for my custom Firefly Ti Road Bike.

post #2123 of 3555

Looking to get a road bike.. Any recommendations for maybe $300? Or is that just a laughing price for a road bike? If it is, I'll save up some morebiggrin.gif

post #2124 of 3555
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Oh, but you're destined to have fun. Especially since you can look back and remember...

1000

 

 

It's a clunker but fun to ride. The 4th bike I own.

post #2125 of 3555
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Originally Posted by vpivinylspinner View Post

Got a travel bike and started the process for my custom Firefly Ti Road Bike.

 

 

That's insane! beerchug.gif

post #2126 of 3555
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Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post

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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

Oh, but you're destined to have fun. Especially since you can look back and remember...

 

 

It's a clunker but fun to ride. The 4th bike I own.

 

That's it! I'm going out later today (Saturday). I never intended to take a few months off rolleyes.gif, but... I have you guys to inspire me. 

post #2127 of 3555
Here is what I will be riding this spring Merlin Ti extralite.
post #2128 of 3555
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Here is what I will be riding this spring Merlin Ti extralite.

Ahh Merlins how I miss mine......Works of art.
post #2129 of 3555
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Looking to get a road bike.. Any recommendations for maybe $300? Or is that just a laughing price for a road bike? If it is, I'll save up some morebiggrin.gif

Any?

post #2130 of 3555

If you've been recently measured for fit/frame, you could then seek out Pre-Owned rides on Craig's List or somewhere.

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