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    Duke Blue Gunnar Roadie

    Finally getting around to posting photos of my new Gunnar Roadie. With a lot of coaching from the LBS (and lots of reading up on this forum), I did most of the build myself--my first one. It's built with alloy Athena 11 and the wheels are Open Pros on Record hubs. I sprung for the Waterford 22 series fork.

    Please excuse the excessive black spacers; I'm still getting dialed in and will cut the steerer tube again when I know where I want it. I'm also looking to replace the cheap cages with nicer steel ones.

    And, of course, the paint job is a custom match of Duke blue. It rides like an absolute dream. Go Devils!

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    Duke blue...gross.

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    Very nice.

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    Congratulations on building the bike yourself. You made a really nice choice with the Athena and all of the silver parts. And with the Duke blue you'll never see another like it. Nice.


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    No, no, no! The bike is just too small! It needs to be a 56cm! Seriously, nice bike there. From the looks of the way your bars are turned up, which might suggest the need to go to a shorter stem.
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    Nice and congratulations on your first build.

    Next time you replace the cables, think about using white housing.

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    I applaud your choice of colors.

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    Thanks everyone! The bars looked turned up in the photo, but I think it's because the bike is leaning against the garage at an angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagabondcyclist View Post
    Nice and congratulations on your first build.

    Next time you replace the cables, think about using white housing.
    Thanks! Definitely going with the white housing next time. Good idea.

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    Thats a nice bike. I think some black wheels would be lovely. I have a similar scheme on my bike except that the frame is red and a couple of other minor things. I think the wheels on mine would look just as great on yours but with white cable housing on the rear derailleur. Great bike though. Dang! I just realized I should use white housing on MY rear derailleur. Gives it that pretty little touch with the contrast which is why I think you should leave the rest of the cable black.


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    Nice.

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    I've got a 1999 RSE in Trans Am Blue. It's almost identical to yours in color. That's a very nice bike. Great job.
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    Nice build. The only thing that would make it better...and by better I mean much much better is if it were Carolina Blue!!!
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    Great job! Building your own bike means you get it done right with the correct components.

    Must own up to a bias - had my Gunnar Sport resprayed in that scheme a couple of years back. Best all-round bike I've ever owned. Another bias here - I have same forks as yours. Very classy and far more elegant than 'straight' blades.

    Here's to you wracking up many happy miles on your Gunnar!

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    really, really tasteful and elegant ride!

    makes me want to have a curved fork, wait, I have one on my level top tubed cross frame...lol
    but, not on my sloping steel frame, might have to order one like your curved fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Drum View Post
    Finally getting around to posting photos of my new Gunnar Roadie. With a lot of coaching from the LBS (and lots of reading up on this forum), I did most of the build myself--my first one. It's built with alloy Athena 11 and the wheels are Open Pros on Record hubs. I sprung for the Waterford 22 series fork.

    Please excuse the excessive black spacers; I'm still getting dialed in and will cut the steerer tube again when I know where I want it. I'm also looking to replace the cheap cages with nicer steel ones.

    And, of course, the paint job is a custom match of Duke blue. It rides like an absolute dream. Go Devils!
    Very nice. What size is that frame? Is it custom geometry, or stock?

    Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by tconrady View Post
    The only thing that would make it better...and by better I mean much much better is if it were Carolina Blue!!!
    Ha. Certainly reasonable minds can differ there. Honestly, that's a color you don't see very often on bikes, and probably would make an awesome looking ride. I would have to hang my head in shame every time I rode it though. And if you ask me about it in real life I'll be obliged to tell you it looks gross.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raymond7204 View Post
    Very nice. What size is that frame? Is it custom geometry, or stock?

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    Thanks! It's a 52cm and the geometry is stock, which suits my short little legs just fine. The geo is here: Roadie – Hot Wheels for Grown-ups

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    Would look much better

    if it were Carolina Blue. Go Heels!

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    The money spent on the dark blue and the Waterford fork were well worth it. Nice all around.

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    How do you like the 11 sp group?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1 View Post
    How do you like the 11 sp group?
    It's worked flawlessly since I installed it. I found it difficult to make the initial adjustments, but I think that was more about me than about the group. To be honest, I'm not sure I notice much difference having that extra gear, but I love the campy ergonomics and the aesthetics. I do hear Athena has less functionality than the higher end campy groups, but coming from Shimano I don't even know what I'm missing.

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    do all the new gunnar roadies have the seat stays higher than the top tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jarbiker View Post
    if it were Carolina Blue. Go Heels!
    Raised in Chapel Hill, lifelong Tarheel fan....I agree 100%!

    Nice bike otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSRider View Post
    do all the new gunnar roadies have the seat stays higher than the top tube?
    Hmm... I'm not sure. It could vary by frame size. This is a 52. The seat stays do hit the down tube slightly higher than where the top tube does.

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