|1st May 2013||#53|
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don't do it. Crabon is souless and easily destroyed. My wilier looked like squid-ink farfalle after I crashed it... my (now-ex) 'nago didn't even look bothered-it was all liek 'italian steel don't give a shit' and I was like 'lol'.
I saw an Olagnero SSCX go for £67 on ebay last week. Wasn't in the same league as Ola' but still, be patient...
still not selling you nuffink tho.
|14th May 2013||#60|
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Yes, i hada perforated Girardi before and it was very comfy but very slippy so this is actually a good 'innovation' (if you call adding some fluo stitching calling itself a system a 'system'). 90's style at its eh, finest.
Now toying with getting some Rotor cranks with Q rings on this bad boy...
|15th May 2013||#61|
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More tinkering-new saddle on (comfy!) but not sure how it sits with the set-back seatpost, the way the rails are make it look a bit odd?
Also fitted an ahead converted to install pimping crabon bars and deda zero stem-the ergoness will hopefully translate into more comfort as I get numb hands really easy (poor circulation, not bad fit) and for the moment it's like having some ladymounds stuck onto my bars, which can only be a good thing.
Also picked up fully rebuilt front wheel today and it's spinning in a very round, circular, Roycey manner in the way I always hoped it would.
Back onto the winter 25's in the face of the shocking rain over the last few weeks and the shit road surfaces though : /
|19th May 2013||#64|
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Right. had a good few long rides on this now, so forming a good impression of it...
Feels comfy to ride and I like the classic geometry, riding lightweight steel that feels sporty but soaks up road chatter. The new bars are actually ace and give a lot more comfort for hand positions...
Can't help but be a bit wary on descents though-mostly because i'm a bit unsure of the 'vintage' carbon forks and every time I hit a bump at speed I mildly crap it incase they explode, though I've hit potholes hard enough to put my front wheel out of true and it's help up fine. So, I'm pretty sure this is totally irrational, but how to solve beyond either replacing forks... part and parcel of riding an ex-team bike that's obviously taken a hammering during its working life I suppose.
So, considering re-building it as a full vintage with appropriate Dura Ace group and just riding it as a leisure/beater bike where it's not going to get as hammered, and putting this group on the schweet Olagnero and using that as my training/long distance bike. Last incarnation of Ola was envisaged with C-Rec Deltas/Seatpost and modern Campag grouppo, though this might be a bit towie for all concerned.
Or I should just shut my puss and keep riding the fucker until it either disintegrates or I feel more comfortable and keep Ola as the bauble bike.
|20th May 2013||#69|
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No not really .. your just unsure of the definition rake ;)
Bike forks have an offset, or rake that places the wheel axis centre forward of the steering axis. This can be achieved by curving the blades forward as in the minimal fork, or as is the case with your current forks angling straight blades forward at the crown.
|20th May 2013||#70|
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Plus, it mean you can have ahead.
|11th June 2013||#72|
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I sourced some NOS 1" crabon forks... Wrong colour and not exactly in keeping with the Time Featherlights that are on but fuckit they were cheap and they will do the job for now.
This is what I thought till i went through the banal process of sanding down the lacquer and paint and removing logos on a dark hungover day and wished i'd just spunked on some Columbus minimals.
But hey ho. Sanded now and I've painted the crown matching green and will re-laquer them in a week or so when that's cured. If I don't like 'em I can probably punt them on, but in the meantime I have bought a nice silver cane creek headset with stainless cartridge bearings-not a 110 series but close enough and was a bargainous £25 on CRC.
Fucker is it's got a black top cap which I didn't realise before ordering but nice looking headset nonetheless and bearings feel delish.
|11th June 2013||#74|
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that's true actually. yay!
Looking forward to having a decent headset on and getting rid of the ahead converter anyway-will make a big difference to the way it handles and the new forks should hopefully give me a bit more confidence when reticently teetering downhill waiting for carbon apocalypse.
|27th June 2013||#76|
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New fork and headset fitted... I'd have preferred some Columbus Minimals of course but as good as I'll get for £30 maybe. The DIY paint/lacquer is a bit ratty close-up but will soon to be enlivened with some yellow LIVEWRONG stickers courtesy of V-L.
Maiden ride was a 1000m of climbing ride yesterday-definitely handles much better and feels more stable on the descents, the Cane Creek is nice and solid for the moneys too
|27th June 2013||#78|
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It does, but it could easily look rubbish had you not painted the fork.
Either way, it save you some money and give you reassurance that it's worth getting something like a Columbus Minimals fork in the near future when you can afford to.
The other and possibly more expensive option is to get a steel fork made specifically (fillet brazed unicrown?) and painted to match the original carbon fork.
Last edited by edscoble; 27th June 2013 at 15:27.
|5th July 2013||#79|
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Interestingly enough, old carbon fork had a steel steerer and alu crown/drop outs... Probably not much lighter than a decent straight steel fork anyway.
In the meantime I have some jazzy stickers to cover up my pish rattlecan lacquer job and to enliven the fugly forks I have put on.
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