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  1. #1
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    Why can't I stop fussing?

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    One of my bikes has been fussed and tweaked to perfection. It's my jewel, my zoom-zoom. (well, maybe it could use some Brooks bar tape)

    My commuter is also pretty darn perfect. I've fussed and bothered and switched... but I can't stop! Now I want different bars (maybe even Albatross bars?) and I want to put Kona JackSh*t pedals on her.

    I can't stop myself! There's always *something* to covet! I feel like a whiney kid in the grocery store checkout line: "I want one of those, I want that, Gimme some..."

    sigh.

    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    The key to life is not having what you want but wanting what you have.

    Yes Sheryl Crow did sing this in one of her songs but it's an old
    chinese proverb, she doesn't get credit for it.
    Living life like there's no tomorrow.

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    Fussy Hussy.
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    I don't know, hun

    I don't tweak my bikes.

    Did all the tweaking of my road bike in my head in the decision-making process. From there on I have not changed a thing. When stuff wears out I get to replace it, whoo hoo.

    I trust Chris, the owner of my LBS. I needed a new chain and he said right now there's a kind he like more than Campy record I had ok, I got that. I've worn through oh about 4-5 saddles but just get what my butt likes at the time.

    When the wheels on my 10 year old commuter got groady (is that a word?) I rewarded it with Mavic Cross ride wheels again at his advice. They look and ride so well it inspired me to paint the bike to match in Mavic Yellow.

    Bradley needed a new coat on her well worn steel frame. See "powdercoat" thread.

    I'd love to throw money at the commuter but the gosh dang thing keeps rolling I've replaced the rear cluster and chain two tuneups ago but rest of the power train is original. When I bring it in they put it on the rack, run it through the paces smile and say "dang, this is running well".

    They know it's an old bike, "outmoded parts" I ride often and take good care of it.

    After painting it's a full rebuild and I was hoping Chris would say "It's time you replace _____". Instead he cleaned it so well that I thought "these are new brakes and deraileur and .... nope, they are the same".

    If I do ALC with niece UK Eliphant in '09 I'd take it in and say "I love this bike, what can I do to make it lighter, faster. Here's my charge card and what I'd expect to pay on a new bike, do an extreme makeover on this old bike"

    Knowing Chris he'll say "your bike is fine, train "

    I :heart: my LBS
    Last edited by Trek420; 09-09-2007 at 09:52 AM.
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    I have the same gene, so I empathize. Except my compulsion includes getting more bikes, as well as tweaking the ones I already have.
    I need help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Popoki_Nui View Post
    I have the same gene, so I empathize. Except my compulsion includes getting more bikes, as well as tweaking the ones I already have.
    I need help.
    Sounds like a new 12 step program is needed.

    I'd love to get new shifters, the GT's thumb shifters are hard to work with my tiny mouse-like paws. At that point I'd go ahead with the rest of the power train. But it works well, and after the day at the bike spa looks good....so

    On the other hand now I'm fussing with all aspects of a home remodel.
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

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    Grip-shift, baby.

    I'm tellin' ya, they are highly under-rated for commutermobiles. And it's darn nice to be able to flip through a bunch of gears at once like with Campy.

    I'm not ashamed to admit I like Grip-shifts! (and I don't have mousey-paws)
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnottedYet View Post
    Grip-shift, baby.

    I'm tellin' ya, they are highly under-rated for commutermobiles. And it's darn nice to be able to flip through a bunch of gears at once like with Campy.

    I'm not ashamed to admit I like Grip-shifts! (and I don't have mousey-paws)
    Ok, I'll ask Chris. Why would you be ashamed of grip shifters? Are they considered Fred? Are there other shifters I should be lusting after right now? Right now I'm tearing out ancient repulsive carpeting. Yep, just as I thought, plywood under there.
    Last edited by Trek420; 09-09-2007 at 12:36 PM.
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    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek420 View Post
    Sounds like a new 12 step program is needed.
    Would a 12 bike program do instead? I like the sound of that. Heck, I'm half-way there.

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    Yesssss, i think a 12-Bike Program would suit me fine!

    (aaw, heck, let's go for a baker's dozen while we're at it!)
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnottedYet View Post
    Yesssss, i think a 12-Bike Program would suit me fine!

    (aaw, heck, let's go for a baker's dozen while we're at it!)
    Hmmm, I don't think I'd want 12 bikes. Where would I put 'em? There are bikes I admire, that catch my eye, but I can't think of 9 other bikes I must have. Guess for one thing I have what for me is the dream road bike; full custom Italian steel. I got to test ride a Seven once (thanks bikerz ) thought I'd feel deprived and dayuhm I love my bike.

    I'd like to TRY carbon but would I want one? If I found an ol' Trek 420, I'd want it. Riv or a Surly but I'm happy with the bikes I have.

    Grip shifters eh? Like these? Well, I'm sitting next to tile samples probably can't do both right now.
    Last edited by Trek420; 11-30-2008 at 12:01 PM.
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

    http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/

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    just got back from a little ride. Admiring the HUGE pile of dirty dishes in my sink and drinking a warm soy milk.

    I tried a carbon frame once, it didn't suit me. And if I could find another Trek 420 like my dear cobalt blue steel mid 1990's, you bet I'd buy it! (why oh why did I ever sell that bike!?!?!)

    I'd like an Xtracycle. And a Smoke for me (but not one with 29 inch wheels). And a 'bent. A folding bike could be good. And a single-speed just so I can be a poseur (it'd have to be a really really really little gear! and definitely NOT a fixie!) cuz I'm really not that cool.

    Let's see, how many bikes is that now?
    Last edited by KnottedYet; 09-09-2007 at 07:32 PM.
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    You think that's bad. I want one of those tiny teardrop trailers so Black Beauty and I can go places and find interesting rides.

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    Heaven help me...with only a few moments thought, I came up with the following wishlist:
    70's Gitane Super Corsa
    70's Gitane Interclub
    70's Raleigh Professional in Blue Mink
    70's Raleigh Super Course in Root Beer
    70's Peugeot PX-10
    70's Crescent Pepita Special
    70's Falcon San Remo
    70's Tommasini
    50/60s Bianchi (the one with the lovely chromed lugs, cottered steel cranks, 'with early Campy Record and finished in the classic old skool Celeste paintand graphics)
    '04 Bianchi Super Grizzly MTB'
    '07 Cervelo Soloist carbon
    '06 Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30

    Yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBelle View Post
    You think that's bad. I want one of those tiny teardrop trailers so Black Beauty and I can go places and find interesting rides.
    A practical and fun item to want....nothing wrong with that!

 

 

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