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    A steel bike on a gravel road

    is the cover photo of the August issue of Bicycling magazine.

    Wherein they test "fast and fun steel bikes" (which I was unaware you could get both in the same bike).

    And a very interesting article about the science of suffering.
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    you should have been alive in the 70's. the suffering was the stuff of legend. steel EVERYTHING.

    *wink*
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    I have ridden a steel mtb down a long, steep, gravelly truck road(?), back in the day. That was terrifying.

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    The mind boggles.

    Poasting in Teh Lounge and reading Bicycling Bird Cage Liner.

    Is that allowed?!?
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    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    Wherein they test "fast and fun steel bikes" (which I was unaware you could get both in the same bike).
    fast, fun, and steel: choose two.
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    whippersnappers!

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    Y'all must buy your steel bikes at Walmart. Ever heard of Richard Sachs? Paul Sadoff? Mike Zancanato?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB1 View Post
    The mind boggles.

    Poasting in Teh Lounge and reading Bicycling Bird Cage Liner.

    Is that allowed?!?
    I used to use Bicycling magazine as bird cage liner, but then I started to feel like I was insulting the birds.
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    Monkhouse: I want to go like my Dad did – peacefully, in his sleep, not screaming in terror like his passengers.

    System: Fake news?? Trump's a Fake President, for God's sake.

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    Homer: I believe that children are our future. Unless we stop them now.

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    I remember when everybody hated steel, and aluminum was the next big thing. Now everyone hates aluminum, and carbon is in. I guess there are some fringers riding ti but I never recall it being a huge craze that went mainstream. I wonder what will we be onto once carbon jumps the shark?

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    Actually now that I think about it, carbon may have already reached it's critical mass.


    "It's got no SOUL man."

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    Or you can have all three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
    I remember when everybody hated steel, and aluminum was the next big thing. Now everyone hates aluminum, and carbon is in. I guess there are some fringers riding ti but I never recall it being a huge craze that went mainstream. I wonder what will we be onto once carbon jumps the shark?
    I suspect the same thing happened when steel started to take over from wooden frames, and when pedals and gears were introduced to the "walking machine".

    Bamboo should be the next craze. It's so renewable, man! Or maybe carbon nanotubes. Or bamboo genetically modified to produce carbon nanotubes. It's so renewable, but it's patented and banned in Europe and I'm afraid it will mutate my DNA!
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    My steel bikes are only fast or fun, but not both? I didn't get that memo. Actually I think I'm reaching the not so fast stage of my life, so no worries.

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    holy cow. people thought i was serious. three steel bikes, each more fun and fast than the last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsleepingjon View Post
    ...bamboo genetically modified to produce carbon nanotubes..!
    PERFECT!

    get down to the patent office STAT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by weltyed View Post
    holy cow. people thought i was serious. three steel bikes, each more fun and fast than the last.

    Oh thank dog.

    I had my jaw unhinged at your earlier post. I was was about to ask what alien ship abducted my Welty and why did ET poke a stick in his brain.

    And btw, Ox Plat ftw. My all 'rounder/gravel grinder is... better than fill in the blank ____.

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    I don't know about that.

    Quote Originally Posted by weltyed View Post
    fast, fun, and steel: choose two.
    One day the guy who got me riding showed up for our Sunday club ride on his classic Masi. I thought he just bought it for show and was surprised to see him riding it.

    Shifters on the down tube, toe clips, original everything, and he made a point of tearing our legs off.

    I assure you he was fast, riding steel, and having much more fun than the rest of us were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    I have ridden a steel mtb down a long, steep, gravelly truck road(?), back in the day. That was terrifying.
    Really?

    My old 80's Fisher was full rigid steel. Took me all over nasty Colorado roads and single track with nary a care. Loved it. Super stable.

    Today I nearly picked up an early 90's Fisher hard tail (alum) with full Deore XT and other goodies (old leather, riveted saddle of unknown origin) I spotted while driving by the Pawn shop today. Asking $400.

    Unfortunately it looked like whomever owned it...rode it like a teenage boy trying to be a big shot.

    I talked the pawn guy down to <$290 but my senses told me... a.) it was not steel and b.) I'd spend that much and more regenerating it, assuming the frame was not cracked.

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    [QUOTE=Jim311;3981114]Actually now that I think about it, carbon may have already reached it's critical mass.


    "It's got no SOUL man."[/QUOTE]

    Not so, imho.

    Depends on many factors, like any bike.

    Done right, it's a joy to ride.

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    went on a ride w/ the cyclists of the neighborhood
    all of them on Trek and Specialized CF
    They looked at my lugs and said "HOW OLD IS THAT?"
    I said '2005'
    then I introduced them to 'it's not about the bike'
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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsleepingjon View Post
    I suspect the same thing happened when steel started to take over from wooden frames, and when pedals and gears were introduced to the "walking machine".

    Bamboo should be the next craze. It's so renewable, man! Or maybe carbon nanotubes. Or bamboo genetically modified to produce carbon nanotubes. It's so renewable, but it's patented and banned in Europe and I'm afraid it will mutate my DNA!
    Calfee seems to agree with at least part of that

    http://images.google.com/search?num=...G_RrF19iY4IMM:

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    Quote Originally Posted by atpjunkie View Post
    went on a ride w/ the cyclists of the neighborhood
    all of them on Trek and Specialized CF
    They looked at my lugs and said "HOW OLD IS THAT?"
    I said '2005'
    then I introduced them to 'it's not about the bike'

    It only counts if you wore cut-off jeans shorts and PE socks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skepticman View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by atpjunkie View Post
    then I introduced them to 'it's not about the bike'
    Yuss!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by atpjunkie View Post
    went on a ride w/ the cyclists of the neighborhood
    all of them on Trek and Specialized CF
    They looked at my lugs and said "HOW OLD IS THAT?"
    I said '2005'
    then I introduced them to 'it's not about the bike'
    Was this on a downhill?
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