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mdcc_tester

Member since Nov 2009 • Last active Jul 2015

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    I want to swap the stem out for a silver one

    Black stem is à la mode for the period

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    Nah, the double straps add too much weight.

    My 464 is the Dreadnought Tank, weight is not a concern. It is a bit light at the moment as I've nicked the cranks to use on my TT bike.

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    Froome used the Pro trispoke too, I think it's largely personal preference for the slightly different handling, as there's next to no performance difference.

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    Was this an aero bike back in the day

    Yes, the Modolo Kronos levers are the clue. I think roughly that build would have been used in the World Championship TTT just before lo-pros took over, back when the championship was a proper race for 4-up teams over 100km, not the nancy-boy 6-up ~50km version they do now

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    Brake behind the fork for the aeros. Brake in front of the seat stays to keep it out of the way of the pusher off :-)

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    Spotted one of these Argon 18s in the car park today. I'm sure it made sense in the designer's head

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    New Giro TT hat

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    Who the hell is riding around at gas mark 4?

    It's not the riding around, it's cooking them in closed cars which can really get the temperature up. Admittedly not past boiling point, unless you park near the Walkie-Talkie, but >340K is possible even in this country.

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    So I either stock up soon or will have to bin my bike?

    You'll be able to buy something that's usable for the rest of your life, but in the 40 years I've been watching the number of rim makes and models readily available at retail has shrunk dramatically as factory built wheels have taken over. That probably means, as @Cupcakes says, that eventually only a few specialist shops will keep them, and they will have to pick an extrusion from one of the huge OEMs and have batches made in retrogrouch drillings.

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    I suspect there will always be a market for rim brake stuff. Albeit a very small one

    There will be a big market for rim brakes, but it will be at the low end, satisfied by OEMs like Alex, Rodi, Ryde and even cheaper Chinese factories, not Mavic.

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