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Before(12 posts)

BeforeMatno
Oct 7, 2002 10:18 AM
Original stock Schwinn SuperSport purchased for $200 in 1992.
And After...Matno
Oct 7, 2002 10:23 AM
Now with 9 speed gearing (mostly 105, DuraAce aerobar shifters), new stem, seatpost, saddle, wheels (my first full wheelbuilding experience), cables, pedals, etc. Considerably lighter now and rides like a dream. Most noticeable improvements? The stem more than anything and the wheels (especially since the old ones were out of round...) It just feels better!
And After...fbg111
Oct 7, 2002 10:38 AM
Nice work. Looks good too. So when's the carbon fork getting installed? ;)
Stop me, please!Matno
Oct 7, 2002 10:45 AM
I am "finished." Believe it or not, I have actually put less than $500 into this bike (including the purchase price, and subtracting the parts I sold to get arrive at my "net" price). I would love a carbon fork (if nothing else, for the looks), but that will have to wait at least a couple more years. The steel fork that's on there now works great, so I really don't have much incentive to change. (Do I?) This upgrading business is a real addiction.
Stop me, please!fbg111
Oct 7, 2002 2:05 PM
lol, tell me about it. I just got my first road bike a few months ago and already have a $600 upgrade wish list going. That'll have to wait a while though. I don't know how much good a carbon fork would do, since steel apparently already has a decent ride. My aluminum bike probably benefits more from its carbon fork than a steel bike would. Maybe someone else around here who's ridden a lot of steel can tell you. But when I saw your finished picture, I just imagined what it would look like with a Reynolds Ouzo Pro on the front, and liked it immediately. For looks anyway.
Stop me, please!jwarrenod
Oct 7, 2002 9:20 PM
www.chucksbikes.com has carbon forks with alum steerers for $60 and up!

JW
StemGMS
Oct 7, 2002 11:14 AM
Seeing as you like it so much, what kind of stem did you get?
Deda MurexMatno
Oct 7, 2002 3:53 PM
Quill stem. 110mm. It's flexy as heck (torsionally, not laterally or up/down), but it really smooths out the ride. I probably wouldn't like it if I were a racer for that reason, but for distance riding on less than perfect roads, I love it.
Your fueling my fire.look271
Oct 7, 2002 6:19 PM
To upgrade my Nishiki. Mine is going the triple/climbing bike route. I paid $50 for the bike (Tange prestige 2 steel frame), The bars have been swapped out already. I've kept the stem-it fits. Next is the wheelset and then we're going to D/A downtube shifters and a 9speed rear derailer. Front crank is already a triple but was set as a double so I need new chainrings. Should cost me about $300 including the bike.
Oops! That should be "You're" . D'oh! (nm)look271
Oct 7, 2002 6:20 PM
How much does it weigh?PEDDLEFOOT
Oct 7, 2002 12:11 PM
My storyaeon
Oct 7, 2002 6:56 PM
Started out on the road with an 80's steel Gardin (400 dollars Canadian, new)

Upgrades, roughly in order:
8sp Chorus ergo shifters ($250)
new stem (70mm)
new bars (profile 44mm, up from 42)
cork tape
derailleur (gipiemme)
cranks (longer shimano 600)
brakes (shimano 600 dual pivot)
pedals (ritchey mtb clipless)
saddle (Bonti ti railed, found for $10 new)
stem (90mm)
fork (kinesis ems carbon - free with trade!!)
derailleur (campy veloce 8sp)

bottem line is I prefer my ride as it is to most bikes in the shops. I like my campy, and I like my tubulars. Good luck finding a new modern bike with those for a good price!