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Definitely Losing It...(5 posts)

Definitely Losing It...Fred the Cross Poser
Jul 16, 2003 10:13 AM
All my friends and family think me insane! I just bought my first fixie from a not so local bike store this past March. I find that it has more miles on it than my normal ride. This past Monday, on a whim, decided to do my annual century ride from Plymouth to Provincetown on Cape Cod with it. Yep - 100 miles. And, the Cape isn't as flat as you might think, particularly in Truro. But, the average for the ride was 17.4 mph - best time ever!

Details:

2003 Bianchi Pista, glued on water bottle holders (GE Silicon II), front brake only (Tiagra caliper/Exage levers, 42 Truvativ ring (16 cog), everything else stock.

I never thought I would own one nevermind completing a century on a fixed gear....
They're right!PaulNYC
Jul 16, 2003 10:32 AM
Good for you :)

Insanity sounds quite pleasing!
Cool ride. Always wanted to do the length of the Cape . nmdzrider
Jul 16, 2003 10:43 AM
more info on glued cagesdesmo
Jul 16, 2003 1:53 PM
splain what you did there and the results so far. metal or plastic cage? removable without hurting the paint? how's the bond? etc. I'm not familiar with that product, but it sounds like an interesting solution.
more info on glued cagesFred the Cross Poser
Jul 17, 2003 12:13 PM
GE Silicone II, better known as caulk, becomes a soft rubber when it sets up. It works by creating an air seal between the tubes and the concave suface of my el-cheapo LBS water bottle cages. The silicone becomes essentially a pad between the metal cage and tube - the paint on the Pista is unaffected. Small squeeze tubes (like toothpaste) are available at walmart/home depot/etc.

I haven't tried to remove them, but dabs of the silicone peel off with a light rubbing. It will be harder to break that air seal, but I cannot imagine it would be too hard.

I use 24 oz bottles - the joints have help up fine for over 500 miles. No drilling required!