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... despite the doom and gloom...(25 posts)

... despite the doom and gloom...Akirasho
Jan 28, 2003 4:16 PM
... my new "toy" arrived today!

Dunno what I'm gonna build it with yet, but I'll enjoy it regardless of Cannondale's current woes (...psssst, anyone find a killer deal on a 60cm CAAD7 frame... lemmee know).

Be the bike.
Don't know about a CAAD but I've got a yellow helmet to sell.nmchopper
Jan 28, 2003 4:20 PM
A helmet for every bike?? nmKristin
Jan 28, 2003 4:26 PM
... ummmm, yes...Akirasho
Jan 28, 2003 4:31 PM
... and I've already got two yellow ones...

Be the bike.
How many fingers am I holding up?Kristin
Jan 28, 2003 5:04 PM
In your picture, you have 3 yellow ones hanging on the wall.'d better be more than one...Akirasho
Jan 28, 2003 5:26 PM
... them's in the pic are old Lime Green Giro Boreas that I bought cuz they were soooooo on sale a few years ago... the plan was, and still is, to give a couple of them custom paint jobs.

The other yellow helmet, a Garneau Prologue, is not pictured.

Next up, shewz...

Be the bike.
You have a gift...noveread
Jan 28, 2003 7:24 PM
Some may call it an illness, I call it a gift, the gift of very good taste.

I bet you could stock one incredible wine cellar! You'd be the type that if you feel a wine is worthy to be in the cellar, you'd buy at least a case of it to put in the cellar!

Now, could you please post some more pics of your stable of rides?!

painting no good?rightsaidfred
Jan 29, 2003 6:34 AM
Isn't painting a foam helmet(assuming it's foam) bad news?

Won't the solvents in the paint eat through the foam?
... water based acrylics...Akirasho
Jan 29, 2003 6:46 AM
... I'm fairly competent with and have a small airbrush setup...

The hard part for me will be masking relatively complex patterns onto a complex surface!

Be the bike.
You have an illness......TREKY
Jan 28, 2003 4:43 PM
...I wish I could afford. :-)
... ummmm, yes...Akirasho
Jan 28, 2003 4:46 PM
... who said I could afford it??!!

Be the bike.
You, my friend are the man!...n.m.koala
Jan 28, 2003 5:38 PM
maybe Akirasho in reality is a Hydra (nm)Bruno S
Jan 28, 2003 7:53 PM
Excess can be a sad, terrible thing...Tig
Jan 28, 2003 6:12 PM
...Unless it's bikes!

Yep, U da' man!
Excess can be a sad, terrible thing...S-U-B
Jan 28, 2003 7:58 PM
Akirasho, your my idol. I think I could have the same illness. been in cycling 2 years and already have 2 bikes, 2 shoes, 2 helmets and I'm aching to get something in custom Ti. How do you convince yourself you need it? Or maybe you just decide you want it and that's all that matters, works for me! I bought a GT 2 years ago when they went chapter eleven because it was to good to pass up. nice frame.

... need is such a subjective term in today's society...Akirasho
Jan 28, 2003 8:37 PM
... our culture is deluged with with "needs"... as these needs go, this is relatively benign (at least by my standards). No cell phone... no cable TV... no new car... no big screen TV.

As a friend of mind reminded me as we both pondered whether we should each get a Rivendell... "you most often regret the things you don't"... I'd have regretted the opportunity more had I let it pass.

While I don't want to come across as too materialistic... there's satisfaction in the experience as well... you might not appreciate how truly exquisite plain vanilla ice cream can be unless you at least sample a few other flavors.

Aside from about 5 bikes... all have been built up from bare frames and components or at least radically modified from their stock form. I like that.

Be the bike.

Be the bike.
frame from Gary Hobbs for $610?Ratite_Power
Jan 28, 2003 11:24 PM
Didja get it from Gary for 610 clams? I'm getting a fully built up ULTEEEEGRA one for 1350 clams. 58 cm. Can't frickin wait--road geometry but AERO BABY!!!!!

Indulge in senseless quad searage
... yup...Akirasho
Jan 29, 2003 6:20 AM
... Gary sold it to me.

I was surprised that the frame and fork came with the headset (integrated). I've got older 'Dale frames so it'll be interesting to make a few comparisons (albeit, not direct ones).

I've got a Cervelo P2K, and while I appreciate the aesthetics of the CAAD unit, it doesn't quite qualify for truly aero (you'll probably get the most bang for your aero dollar by working on your own position on the bike)... but who cares!

Be the bike.
Is $495 a good price for the R600 frame?Kristin
Jan 29, 2003 7:57 AM
I test rode a 54 cm R600 when I was shopping a 2 years ago and the bike really seemed to fit well. Sometimes I recall my decision for the DB Alle over the C'Dale and wonder if the R600 is the "one that got away." (Sure, she's got a little more around the middle than the Alle and is certainly less sexy. But sexy only matters for the first few months. For everyday riding, I want a kindler, gentler bike. The DB is quite the nag. Ride me, ride me, ride me. More, farther, faster. Its never enough...)

If this is a good price, then perhaps I'll pick up the frame and move my group over to it. I can afford $650, and it might not even cost me much at all if I sell the Alle frame. Or better yet, I'll start begging for parts and make it a fixed gear. (God, where will I store TWO bikes in my place? And I don't have an MTB yet either.) Perhaps I'll go test ride an R600 this weekend. Hmmmm.
Probably -Fez
Jan 29, 2003 8:11 AM
Don't know what kind of components you have now, but you still have to pay to switch them over. And the BB, post, and headset may not be a direct swap.

Unless you have a buyer for your current frame, it may be better to just buy the Cannondale and sell the old bike (or keep it).

Right now, I'd bet on Gary standing behind the Cannondale better than a current Cannondale dealer.

But yes, those deals are incredible at gvh bikes.
Is $495 a good price for the R600 frame?No_sprint
Jan 29, 2003 8:54 AM
Kristin, beware. What year r600 are you talking about? Recently they're spec'd with mostly 105 with some Tiagra even.

I don't know what your club/team connections might be, however, let me just say that a *club* deal on brand spankin' CAAD7s is $700.
GVH isn't selling this frame builtKristin
Jan 29, 2003 9:04 AM
So it isn't spec'd with anything, and I have no team connections so...
GVH isn't selling this frame builtNo_sprint
Jan 29, 2003 9:22 AM
It might be worth joining my club/team. All our local teams get great deals on their sponsored rigs. Dales/Fuji/Time/Giant. I can't believe it would be different in your area. Check it out.
Don't store them together, they'll breed! nmdzrider
Jan 29, 2003 12:20 PM
Wouldn't that be a good thing?Kristin
Jan 29, 2003 2:30 PM
As long as their quiet and don't disturb the neighbors. I wonder what I would get if I bred a Red solid AL C'Dale to a Yellow fade Columbus Alle DeBernardi? I'd rather start a breeding program that would produce light, mountain bikes that never crash.