What bikes do we lust over?

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guys i want to buy a single speed for tooling around on. straight handlebars. two brakes. i want to buy it new not 2nd hand because i don't have time to make changes or go hunting. i want to spend less than $500. options are kind of overwhelming. can anyone say anything to narrow it down?

caek, Thursday, 24 October 2013 20:46 (six years ago) link

motorbacon from bikesdirect for $299 if you're stateside is probably as cheap as you can get and not be a giant piece of crap.


sous les paves, Saturday, 26 October 2013 00:59 (six years ago) link

bringing it back round to the start of this thread, must say i am feelin the vamoots DR


LubricatedGoatVEVO (haitch), Monday, 28 October 2013 22:34 (six years ago) link

would it kill em to paint the fork tho, jeeeez

LubricatedGoatVEVO (haitch), Monday, 28 October 2013 22:38 (six years ago) link

Nice stuff and I see quite a bit of moots here in CO, but it doesn't seem special to me. I should really try to ride one sometime. I swear by my old ti bike, insanely comfy.

everything on layaway (Hunt3r), Monday, 28 October 2013 22:42 (six years ago) link

yeah sorry $300 mail order bikes not v lustful, but that does actually look just the job. thanks slp.

caek, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 00:16 (six years ago) link

hunt3r am i right in thinking you took all the old paint off your ti bike - love how there's so many different ways to finish one, from the moots matte look to mirror polish to some of those ano'd fireflys. that's before you even bring paint into the equation!

LubricatedGoatVEVO (haitch), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 02:52 (six years ago) link

yeah, it's plain matte except for the bright polished couplers. some people actually ask me if it's a moots, as they do coupled frames. i should get some white decals and put "MUTT" on it, it's got no fine pedigree- dean by sandvik modified by bilenky. (it is of good quality tho).

caek, lustful bikes are those that get ridden regularly regardless of cost, appearance, or mark. imo.

everything on layaway (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:21 (six years ago) link

lol MUTT. do it!

nice bit of painted ti from salsa


LubricatedGoatVEVO (haitch), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 05:04 (six years ago) link

i guess i shoulda wrote "lustworthy" above.

is the warbird a "gravel grinder" bike? looks like an underside cage braze-on there. that's great looking, no matter how cynical i get about micro-discipline bikes (yes, i know, gravel grinder ultras are the next whatever, just huge, put one in your quiver next to your randonee, cx, 24 hr mtb, marathon mtb, freeride trail mtb, enduro, adventure rig, and fat bike).

everything on layaway (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:01 (six years ago) link

yeah it's a gravel bike. I want one.

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:16 (six years ago) link

yep 3rd bottle bosses, you can get a frame bag in there too

LubricatedGoatVEVO (haitch), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 07:58 (six years ago) link

i've never used a third bottle, have any of you? are they easy to reach? it seems like you would be getting a steady diet of tirespray mud, sand, cowpoop, and giardia. i guess you get that pretty much anyway, just in lower doses from the regular mount.

i do have some behind the saddle dual mount cages that i used on a long hot unsupported ride back in the 90s. functional but weird.

everything on layaway (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:52 (six years ago) link

guess third bottle makes sense for touring?

cozen, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 13:55 (six years ago) link


cozen, Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:34 (six years ago) link

did they blur the background in post? that bike looks tiny for some reason

eris bueller (lukas), Thursday, 31 October 2013 19:29 (six years ago) link

one month passes...


=(3 Ɛ)= (cozen), Thursday, 19 December 2013 20:41 (six years ago) link

love a bit of ano'd ti

free dong commissioner (haitch), Friday, 20 December 2013 00:35 (six years ago) link

Ooh that is very hot

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 20 December 2013 10:09 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

44mm ht on a std steel frame still looks aaaassssss (til i DIE), but otherwise some nice stuff.

a nation filled with lead (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 02:07 (six years ago) link

it is a bit inelegant, yes.

dat tartan colourscheme, though!

stakker human leg (haitch), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 03:05 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

Ooh, nice. Not a fan of seatmast though.

the times recommends: gluten-free dining in italy! (Hunt3r), Saturday, 5 July 2014 13:34 (six years ago) link

i recognize that this is completely irrational, since they're the best wheels money can buy, but i can't stand lightweight wheels on bikes. not from a functional perspective, but the logo/name just kills the bike aesthetically. it's like if your bike were made by a company called "really fast" and your downtube had a big decal with "really fast" printed in times new roman. couldn't they just make a cool logo and slap that on there instead? (or, since they don't really do much marketing anyway, no log at all?)

eh mec, elle est ou ma caisse? (ytth), Saturday, 5 July 2014 16:43 (six years ago) link

suspect there are like 1,000 straight-from-alibaba carbon frames with variations of faux-brand "really fast."

the times recommends: gluten-free dining in italy! (Hunt3r), Saturday, 5 July 2014 19:34 (six years ago) link

Is that titanium?

100% agree with you, when I first saw the bike the Meilenstein was uppermost and I was wondering who made these wheels with such cool graphics, then I saw the crappy Lightweight decals and they are an instant turnoff.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 6 July 2014 06:37 (six years ago) link

Titatnium, yes

I really like that it is a seat mast, it makes the top tube/seat tube lug really nice

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 6 July 2014 06:38 (six years ago) link

yeah my objection is not the visual aesthetic, that seattube 'lug' is nice.

i do think the aesthetic of a 1 1/8 stem clamp over a 44mm headtube continues to be bad.

the times recommends: gluten-free dining in italy! (Hunt3r), Sunday, 6 July 2014 13:12 (six years ago) link

Definitely agree on that one, I'm not sure tapering the tube would make it much better.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 6 July 2014 13:19 (six years ago) link

I'm also not entirely sure what the whole tapered steerer thing is supposed to achieve, test theres a bigger crown race but I've never hear a complaint about the load bearing capacity or longevity of a 1 1/8th inch crown race

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 6 July 2014 13:21 (six years ago) link

I now have a ti bike with a 1" hs, and a carbon cx with a pretty massive 1.5/1.25 hs, and while the dif is apparent in riding I don't think it's due to control or precision issues on the road. Imo. On dirt I like the os headset though. Longevity? My 97 Chris King 1" is flawless still.

the times recommends: gluten-free dining in italy! (Hunt3r), Sunday, 6 July 2014 13:45 (six years ago) link

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