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Is this the ultimate road bike?

Postby mikeschn » Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:07 pm

If anyone is looking for a good road bike, I think this one is it.

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/cusa ... 8XR7C.html

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Of course I'm not ready to buy it yet... cause I would have to decide which one of my bikes I would give up in the process... :(

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Postby Fenlason » Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:53 pm

far from ultimate :roll:

why give up a bike to get it :thinking:

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Postby mikeschn » Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:53 pm

But I like the feel of disc brakes! :?

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Postby Mauleskinner » Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:11 pm

mikeschn wrote:But I like the feel of disc brakes! :?

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That's one of the features of the wrecked mountain bike I bought to retrofit my homebuilt ;)
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Postby mikeschn » Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:30 pm

Maul,

Got a pic of that home built?

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Postby Alan Wood » Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:02 pm

mikeschn wrote:Maul,

Got a pic of that home built?

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I also would like to see photos. The biggest problem I have with recumbents is price. Maybe I could build what I want... :thinking: With a bit of inspiration... and probably a welder. Though I have seen some interesting wooden recumbents.
Mike, you might want to look up recumbent buckboard. Relatively simple design but fairly impressive at the same time.
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Postby Alan Wood » Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:18 pm

Alan Wood wrote:
mikeschn wrote:Maul,

Got a pic of that home built?

Mike...


I also would like to see photos. The biggest problem I have with recumbents is price. Maybe I could build what I want... :thinking: With a bit of inspiration... and probably a welder. Though I have seen some interesting wooden recumbents.
Mike, you might want to look up recumbent buckboard. Relatively simple design but fairly impressive at the same time.
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I assumed that it would be easy to find. It's not. Little more than a laminated ~1 inch thick curved piece of plywoood. IE something similair to what you did for the frame of the ultralight TD except rather wider. And that is the frame. Yes I do mean the builder made it from wood veneers no more than 1/4 inch thick. Probably less but not bein able to find it I'm not sure.

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Postby toypusher » Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:46 pm

Checkout some of the links in this search: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=wo ... tnG=Search
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Postby Mauleskinner » Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:22 pm

mikeschn wrote:Maul,

Got a pic of that home built?

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Here ya go...the "2x4 Lowracer"...
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Like Alan, one of my motivations was cost...WAAAAAYYYY too much money for something I liked.

Probably going to go through a few iterations over the next several years, but it was a big enough improvement over my Canto that I'm going to stick with the basic concept...although "quadrider" Steve's mahogany trike is intriguing.

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Postby Fenlason » Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:27 pm

mikeschn wrote:But I like the feel of disc brakes! :?

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if you want ultimate.. you need to go to the bike show that Elmo is going to.

I forget the name of it.. but it is all custom builders showing their "stuff".

you want ultimate... you need to have a bike made for YOU. :D
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Postby elmo » Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:31 am

Fenlason wrote:
mikeschn wrote:But I like the feel of disc brakes! :?

mike...


if you want ultimate.. you need to go to the bike show that Elmo is going to.

I forget the name of it.. but it is all custom builders showing their "stuff".

you want ultimate... you need to have a bike made for YOU. :D


This is the place!!

www.handmadebicycleshow.com



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Postby Greg M » Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:25 pm

Alan Wood wrote:Mike, you might want to look up recumbent buckboard. Relatively simple design but fairly impressive at the same time.
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And they ride really nice. I had a chance to ride a couple of Sam Bennett's (that's the designer/builder) Buckboards at last year's Human Powered Challenge and was very impressed.

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Postby Alan Wood » Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:11 pm

Greg M wrote:
Alan Wood wrote:Mike, you might want to look up recumbent buckboard. Relatively simple design but fairly impressive at the same time.
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And they ride really nice. I had a chance to ride a couple of Sam Bennett's (that's the designer/builder) Buckboards at last year's Human Powered Challenge and was very impressed.

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Ah having the builders name did the trick. Mike there is a photo of it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wmbates/2190542474/
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Postby Donutboy » Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:53 pm

Going back to the original bike, I have a Trek Portland. Cyclecross components, disc brakes, removable fenders, and a triple chainring up front (important for my 40+ year old knees).

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/urban/portland/portland/
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Postby Gary and Cheri » Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:07 am

Mike,

Shouldn't the ultimate bike come with pedals? Don't think turning the crank with my big toes stuck in those little crank holes is going to be comfortable.
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