Show us your bike(s) [as in bicycles]


I've decided to do a "mod-like" thing and copy a bunch of pertinent stuff over from the [url= Your Coolest Tool?[/url] thread and continue some of that conversation over here. I hope no one objects?


Well, here's the thing: I put 3,567 kms on a rear Michelin Pro2 Race clincher tire before wearing it out, but the thread on my rear Vittoria Rubino Pro clincher just recently started showing after only 2,970 kms. That tire in the pic you see is a new replacement (to match the front). Obviously my experience isn't definitive, and everyone seems to swear by their favourite brands, but it turns out that the Michelins lasted longer for me. And this after I posted to raving about Vittoria clinchers!

I bought a nice used tubular wheelset in the fall, but I could never get the hang of gluing, the ride wasn't smooth for me (shuddering at high speeds), and I kept on getting flats. Last month I got a flat at -5 degrees outside of town; I had to call a cab to come pick me up. That was the last straw. I'm back to clinchers now.

But even so, what's the deal with the loss of pressure over so short a period of time? That seems bizarre to me, I've never heard of that. I regularly check my pressure, but I can go 500 kms before I need to top it up from 110 psi to 130 psi.



latex tubes are super light, like condoms instead of inner tubes. lighter is better, and they also feel better as there is a closer fit inside the tire, so there's less internal friction as the wheel turns. but at high pressures, there's not much stopping the air from squeezing out between the latex molecules...

trick with tubulars ios to pay big money for them.. cheaper ones are false economy, as they are lumpy and flat readily. can't really help it when you ride over a staple but kevlar and vectra bands are worth all the extra money for most road debris and glass. expensive tires also have better carcass and valve building, so they are less lumpy even before they're on the wheel. the Vittoria rally or the contintental trainer, for example, is OK but not great, Evo Corsa and Continental Sprinter are great.

gluing is a bitch, especially when it's cold. in warm weather, with a well stretched tire, it's easier than clinchers if you're a gorilla at the first section of the tire and stretch it well on to the rim right from the get -go. that allows the last part of the tire to be mounted with the same tension as the first, and then there's less lumpiness, and more even rolling resistance.

i used to get maybe 5,000 km from rubinos. weird, hey?



gonna try and ride her al the way to taidong (and beyond?!) this CNY


posted in another thread, but since no-one's looking there and as I am an attention slut, I'll post it here again.

my newly-restored 25 year old Colnago Saronni ... 717741071/


Sweet looking ride Urodacus.


That's a piece of work. You must be very happy. I looked at the rest of the flickr pics. Who the hell did that paint job? It looks outstanding!


I prepared the frame, removing the old paint with stripper, sanding, filing and thinning the lug points to reduce stress risers, rust converting, phosphoric acid wash, etc, then primed it and sanded back many times. Next, i got the red base coat done in Ankeng at a place jeremy recommended, then i took it back and did the yellow infill detailing at home and applied the decals that I bought from an expert decal recreator in Australia. Finally i sent it back to the paintshop for several coats of hard wet-look clearcoat. the red metal fleck looks stunning in the sunlight, and he's done a really good job of layering the paint over the lug edges. i was quite impressed, and I'd recommend the guy to anyone.

the forks and all small pieces like wheel skewer parts got rechromed, also at a place that Jeremy recommended.

I did all the polishing of the aluminium bits, with a cloth wheel and rouge, or by hand. i also rebuilt the wheels, reusing only the original but rebuilt hubs and sourcing new (actually very old) rims and new stainless steel spokes. handlebars, stem, seat, brakes and brake levers are all old stock either refurbished or mostly OK traight off the shelf. took a months of sundays to get all the bits i needed. even found some genuine old Colnago bartape in the right colour... can't summon the courage to actually get it dirty now, unfortunately.


My 92 Kona Explosif doing a quick tour in the Philippines this summer.


Great bike for the job, Ktownboy. and what a view that must have been!


Its really beautiful, Urodacus. I'll give you NT$1,500 for it, straight-up cash in hand!


Some more bike porn:

The predecessor to my 92 Kona was this 91 Brodie Expresso. {Kona basically ripped off Brodie to make bikes with exactly the same frames.)
An amazing frame which survived 15 years of off-road beatings on Vancouver island to then retire to touring asia.

Before this I had a 98 Giant something or other. Never really did like the angles on this aluminum frame; scared me to death every time I did a high-speed downhill due to the much shorter wheelbase. Plus, the chainstays were too short to mount a rear rack without my heels clipping the panniers.


My road racing monster machine :slight_smile:

I love riding my bike at high speed on flat roads.


Whoa, stunning job. Well done. Some day when this recession is over I will buy a new bike, and I'll turn my 1980s-vintage steel Bianchi into a single-speed, too.


Yeah, that's a glorious looking bike, Urodacus :lick:.

I really admire anyone with the time and skill to do something like that - my bikes just accumulate paint chips, and never look the same again. Still, at least I can go ride them. You got to find the balls to take it out for a spin and add some Taiwan dust and grime now.


I'm not on much anymore (I'm no longer in Taiwan), but this is an important thread. As such, I feel it incumbent upon myself to present the latest incarnation of my Bianchi. I know, or at least suspect, that people have been losing sleep over this, so here it is:

Explanations: I put over 4,000 kms on my Fizik Arione before admitting to myself that at 130mm it was simply too narrow for my wide arse. So I ditched it for an old Selle Italia Prolink in yellow, which I got in a trade last year for a pair of tubular rims and had been using on my trainer bike in the basement. Riding on the trainer is not the same as riding for "real," so I never thought I'd like the Prolink on the road, but it turns out I do. Feels good and feels right, like the Arione never did.

But my vanity got the best of me in another aspect: the stem. Long and low stems are kewl, short and high stems aren't. I got the 120mm 3T Motus quill stem with detachable faceplate used for a nice deal, and I've been riding low for a while now, and it feels fine. I've learned not to tense my shoulders, and to keep my head and neck in a natural position in line with my shoulders (very important for neuromuscular reasons!).

P.S. Anybody want the used Arione in the photos in previous posts in this thread? Got anything interesting to trade?


Hey Tash,

Is that scene anywhere in Taiwan???

I am looking for people for bike a ride in Taichung city.



Thought I'd resurrect this thread - since I got this bike a couple of months ago I've been wanting to show it off.

I haven't toured on it yet - it's only been on day trips and on the turbo trainer. I was due to tour on it last week but Parma got in the way


Here is one i can find when we made a tour for over 200km in a day . I am the TOKEN one and the Taiwanese fellows following.

The bike is for sale now to make room for new one. ... 5b5e34.jpg

The image doesnt show up so add the link here


I was seriously considering a Surly LHT for a couple of months. I vacillated between that and the Bianchi Volpe, but in the end I decided against both of them because I wanted to have something that would fit my physical dimensions, riding style, etc. So I went custom--titanium frame custom built and shipped from China and components that suit everyday riding as well as touring that I do on my holidays.
I am quite happy with the results.