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TheDoctor has a new carbon bike!

Discussion in 'Photo Gallery' started by TheDoctor, 31 Mar 2008.

  1. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Got the frame for Christmas, and I've only just finished building it.

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    Frame and forks - Ambrosio from FatBirds, Hunstanton.
    Bars - Salsa Bell Lap
    Groupset - Sora triple, with Stronglight alloy 48/38/24 rings, 13-26 cassette, and Fibrax salmon front pads.
    Wheels - 36 spoke Open Pro on Tiagra, built by Byercycles, Shefford.
    Tyres - Conti UltraSport kevlar folding, 23mm
    Cinelli reflective bar tape.

    Weight 9.0 kg, according to my bathroom scales.

    Ventoux beckons...:girl:
     
  2. That's nice! I feel it needs a 'Doc' graphic and a cup of tea logo somewhere!:girl:

    (That is one 'mother' of a granny ring Doc!)
     
  3. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Why that looks a nice smooth ride, Doc :girl:
     
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Yeah! That'll get you up the Ventoux as the crow flies.

    So you bought a bike with the money you should've spent plastering that wall behind the curtain and then ran out before you could buy any decals for the frame :girl:

    I like it: C'mon cough up. What did it cost then?

    What's the saddle?
     
  5. OP
    OP
    TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Hard to say what it cost. Frame and forks £350, bars £25, new cables maybe £15, but everything else I had already. Lets see, Sora's about £140, and £100 for the wheels, tyres and tubes, £25? Saddle, stem, seatpost, replacement rings...
    adding up...
    Maybe £690 all in. Call it £700 tops. And some of the bits i've been using for ages already.
    But...a mate has given me (given!) an ultegra compact groupset. Once that's on, it's an even better bargain.
    Saddle is a Bioflex Shocklite Gel. Bought as clearance about 5 years back.
    And yes, the granny ring is a bit...excessive. I wanted a 26T, but they'd run out. My excuse and I'm sticking to it. I could go up a 1:5 on the old frame, and this is about a kilo lighter. And I'm about 8 kilos lighter!

    It's the best bike I've ever had. *glees*

    The curtains are hiding a window, BTW. It doesn't need plastering...
     
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    That's a bargain for the frame - wow....
     
  7. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    Beautiful bike, and sounds like a bargain too.
     
  8. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Very nice bike. Maybe I should reconsider a bike ride with you the next time you're over this end - you'll leave me for dust!
    Are you any good at hills? Maybe I could draft you going up Llanberis Pass and let you do all the work :smile:
     
  9. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Do you cycle over the Llanberis pass every commute then Plax?
     
  10. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    No, I haven't actually got round to going up the Llanberis Pass on the bike. I go in the other direction. TheDoctor has rellies over this end and has said next time he's over he'll let me know and we can arrange a bike ride. Now that he has a new all singing all dancing bike though:biggrin:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    I've got other ones! Anyway, I need a light bike because I'm rubbish at climbing.:blush:
     
  12. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Nice. Understated - I don't think it needs decals.
     
  13. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Well if you need someone to make you feel a better climber, let me know, I'm sometimes down that way for a bit of leisure and I've never cycled the Pass but always meant to (there's a caff at the the top).
     
  14. OP
    OP
    TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Thanks! I might see if I can knock up a little CC one to go on the headtube. And I also liked the earlier suggestion of a TheDoctor one for the downtube. I'll see if inspiration strikes.

    That sounds like a potential plan:biggrin:. I'll give you and Plax a holler when I'm next in sunny Snowdonia.
     
  15. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    That's a tiny chain ring Doc. You'll notice a difference in low gearing if you change to a compact won't you?
    Before or after Ventoux?
    I'm doing MV in June so I'll be interested in your experiences.