Dreaming of summer myself here.
Where did you order that wall mounted stand from?
is that a picture of you descending on the left there?
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Wonderful... Though it'd be fun with one of these wallmounts: https://www.steadyrack.com/product/classic-rack/ ... Vertical mount that lets you swing it from side to side
Cool as frig!
That looks really nice, good work.
Where did you get the wall print?
How did you get a partner in your home to let you do this to a room?
Cool but where's your bike?
legit as hell, thanks for sharing
It's like you were chasing the roadrunner on your bike but he managed to give you the slip once again.
Horizontal top tubes, horizontal stems, and straight non-dropped seatstays are peak road bike styling, IMO. Cannondale changing that on the new CAAD made me die a little inside.
Love that bike, screams for a black crankset, but I'd ride it.
I’m a masters level amateur racer. In 1983 I was a freshman at Kadena high school and I bought my first road bike from the Kinser PX. It was a $250 Nishiki. I rode all over that island. There was a tiny bike shop in Awase. The owner and I could barely communicate but he taught me so much about my bike and riding. He rarely charged me for anything. I wish you safe rides and I hope you enjoy Okinawa as much as I did.
a rough winter Okinawa
a rough winter
Oh go screw yourself! Cool bike though.
Growing up in the 90s has made get all warm and fuzzy any time I see a Klein. ESPECIALLY if it's a Mantra
That was my dream bike.
Love this bike. Something about mixed components Frankenstein bikes gets me steamed up
I really miss riding in Okinawa. Despite the smaller roads and heavy traffic, I felt safer riding there than I do here in the US. I used to take my bike on to the ferry in Motobu and go explore other islands by bike. Great memories!
How is it to ride in Okinawa?
Japan has always been the best place I have ever biked. Would never get tired of the scenery.
I was going to ask how would you prepare for the winter with no fenders and then I remembered the place. Touche!
KLEIN!!!! I have a 2002 Quantum Race in that same exact color scheme.
Love me a neo retro build. Very cool
where do you get the metal bendy brake lines?
Bravo! That looks wonderful.
How did you protect that beauty from the harsh winter humidity of okinawa?
I read this as Oklahoma. And thought they're land locked. Where is this massive lake and sunshine?
Nice! Okinawa must be an amazing place to ride.
Love the colour, but no mud guards? I would have expected a rough winter for okinawa to be full on rain.
Nice Uno stem !
Fuck you, man
I too ride etap on my winter commuter.
A $4k commuting frame.
I'm considering throwing an Alfine wheel on my Wolverine this winter, So the SLC road brine doesn't rot my rear derailleur off.
I actually lost a stem to the stuff.
What brand go pro holder thinga majig is that
Nice ride! Question for you- what do you do for a mask when the air quality gets bad (Assuming you live in SLC/Utah valley). I can’t find a quality mask/respirator that lets me breath fast enough when I ride. I usually suck it up and ride without on yellow/green air quality days, then revert to bus/car when the smog inversion gets really bad
Good luck ridding home! Ever since daylight savings it is getting dark super early! Be safe, so many idiots out their.
Mostly just test-riding this tire/wheel combo. I’ve got another project bike I’m working on building up that’s more suited for commuting. Fender mounts and all.
now that is a nice commuter!
That’s quite the commuter. Might just trove Craig’s list for some average joe fitness bike with fenders and a rack for that winter.
Why I admire that you ride a bike on your commute, when I see people doing this is horrendous weather where you need studded tires I’m not sure if your just committed or should be committed. s/
Kyle Norbraten, is that you?
Wish I could find the video of him installing tire studs for some winter shredding...
Love that shade of blue.
I've been riding here in wyoming on my road bike and it's pretty sccary going over ice and snow.
Jeez a 5k+ commuter and you got no fenders!?
That's a gorgeous color 😍
Wish I could give more than 1 up arrow just for the frame alone!
Edit: I really need a bike with lots of tire clearance.
View from the top. [EDIT: And this is the "loop over" tunnel the road sign depicts.]
The climb was great--it's long, but not too steep and the pavement's good. The road winds through a temperate rainforest up to the high pass. Then there's a shallow climb along an exposed ridgetop to Clingman's Dome, the highest mountain in Tennessee.
You cannot ride your bicycle up the fun concrete ramp to the observation tower, but there is a little store at the top where you can buy a chocolate bar.
It was a clear day, but chilly! Temps fell from 65F in the valley to 35F at the summit. I was cold by the end of the climb and nearly froze on the descent--despite bringing a thermal top and wearing full-finger gloves, I had to stop twice and put my hands down my shorts until I could feel my fingers again. By the bottom, my feet were numb and I was shivering hard enough that the bike was wobbling. Not fun!
Traffic was definitely a factor. Newfound Gap is the only road through America's busiest Nat'l Park; even on a weekday in mid-November, cars were pretty constant. However, the speed limit is 35, there's no cellphone service, and everybody is a tourist, so it's OK if you take the lane and slow down their scenic drive.
There are pullouts every quarter mile, so I alternated between taking the lane and riding super-slow through the pullouts to let cars pass. You had to pay attention, but it was fine--out of 500 cars, I only had one bad pass all day (and that was on the descent!)
Personally, I would not attempt this ride in the summer, when you'll never get a gap in traffic. And if you do the ride, you'll need to be comfortable taking the lane--there's no shoulder, and trying to ride to the right will get you whacked with a wing mirror.
As for the "HC" status: obviously, the only real HC climbs are on the TdF route (it's a subjective rating for the hardest climbs on the Tour). Strava uses a formula (meters in length * average grade) to rate climbs, and this one is well beyond its "HC" threshold.
Nice! I’m from Asheville. What a beautiful area we live in, especially for riding
What saddle is that? It’s confusing my brain
Also for slow people like me, the park will be closing Clingmans dome Rd to vehicles soon so you could park at Newfound Gap and ride to the dome without cars. Also, the road to Cades Cove will be closed in Jan and Feb to do repairs on the tunnel so you might be able to ride it.
I think someone go hungry and ate the front half of your saddle. Looks like great riding though
I've only done one "HC" climb in my life..hurt like hell
Wow, that's awesome! I've always admired the motorcycles that make this ride, a regular bike sounds even cooler!
I only had one bad pass all day (and that was on the descent!)
I certainly hope that was you passing the car :)
Take a headlight and tail light for the tunnels , no potable water after newfound gap to clingmans, carry something to put on your head for the descent, it will be fast and cold.
Pro tip: Don't measure at all. Insert the (uncut) fork, put on the stem and all the spacers you think you need, then add some more spacers, and mark the top of the stem-spacer-stack on the steerer tube. Then cut 1-2mm below that mark. On your first rides you can play around with the spacers, and when you are certain about your position, cut the steerer tube to its final length.
"Cut off three times and it's still too short!"
Takes guts to share this kind of mistake. I'll give op that much.
Awwww this hurts so much.
How on earth
You probably wanted the Enve upgrade anyway, amirite?
Sorry man, that sucks.
Have seen that done on a custom paint job bike.
The good part? OP can afford a Lynskey Helix frame. So he probably can afford a new fork.
Sorry for your loss though!
there are no options here right? Can it just be sold to someone who has a much smaller frame?
In your case maybe you should measure three or four times just to be sure.
Time to cut the head tube down now to make it fit!
Didn't something seem a little off? You had everything assembled to see how you high you like it. A few spacers, stem, a few more spacers, top cap. Oh! I need to cut one and a half inches of the steerer. Mark it. Disassemble everything and put it in the vice. Cut 6 inches of steerer. Ooops! I feel your pain. NFD coming up.
This is why forming relationships with your LBS is so important.
As someone who has done this myself, I'm very sorry for your pain. I won't be doing it again!
expensive mistake :(
Well, if it was cut to match the upper race then good job, looks clean!
Good news is that hopefully you can find some roadies with a smaller head tube than yours who will gladly take a nice and tiny (gosh, that's gotta only be around six inches) steer tube. Hopefully it can offset your replacement a bit.
That's an expensive mistake
I did the same thing on my inspired fourplay trials bike. Brand new bike came in, got too excited and cut the inspired fork way too short. Hated my life and it was an expensive lesson, never made that mistake again.
I did the fing same thing. I measured with spacers but forgot the damned stem.
Love riding there we go there every December and visit friends. I can’t wait to ride the new section.
View from the viaduct.
Eventually, the parkway will run 72 miles along the western edge of the Smokies. But that's distant future. Currently only 32 miles are open (the totals above are for the out-and-back trip).
It's relentless climbing, but the pavement's good, speed limits are low, no commuters, and the climbs are never too steep. Great views.
There's no water or restrooms along the entire road, but you can stop at a gas station at the parkway's northern end. Personally, I parked in the middle, where the parkway crosses US 321, and left a gallon of water and some granola bars in the car. It was cool and sunny yesterday (high 50's most of the way); I drank a little less than a gallon over the whole ride.
I'm a pretty strong recreational rider (FPT 275), and while it was not a struggle to finish, it was all the climbing I cared to do in a day.
Feel fine this morning, though. I may go ride up Clingman's this afternoon!
I have driven it hopefully get to ride it next month
What's the name of that saddle? I'm curious about no nose saddles
Is that lances bike!
I legit envy that bike
Well done good sir or madam
How is the car traffic? Bike lanes?
I always enjoy a nice Sfunday rude
Wish I could get 36mm bars like that. Looks great!
Are those bars Woodchippers? What do you think of them?
Super Sticky Kush baaaaabbbby!
That is a gorgeous photo.
Supacaz bar tape with shellac?
Those are Swiss wheels.
Bike magazine say "Light, Aero, Cheap. Pick two"
Me say "Light, Aero, Cheap, Safe. Pick three"
Drillium's Not Dead
Speed holes, eh?
Cheapo deep dish alloy wheels are heavy af. This is the only sane remedy.
Lose more weight when you lose your teeth.
This would only be effective in an ultra lightweight hill climbing bike. Otherwise the aerodynamic penalties will offset any acceleration gained from the lower rotational Mass at any speed over 15 kph
I would never be brave/crazy enough to do this. But i like it.
Looks like whoever did this didn't know about the rule of "at least half the diameter of the hole in material around the hole" strength.
Wondering if these whistle if the rider gets up to speed
Now if you dimple those..
Gotta look good when you’re rolling dirty at the critical mass ride
...and your lifespan.
Welp, now I need to know just how many holes you can drill in a bike before it's un-ridable.
Anyone got a beater an a drill they're willing to donate to "science"?
Death trap. Front brake on the wrong side ;)
Zipp hate this one simple trick.
How does this work? The entire street is for bicycles?
Cool color. Dont see that too often. I like it
Love it, love the color!!!
Damn! Sweet looking ride, looks like the same shade that I had mine done in.
Those are my winter tires. Don’t worry
I’m looking at getting one of these frames. How do you like the ride?
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaall that money and you throw GATORSKINS on it!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!
Get some GP5000's immediately!
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