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Broke my shifter paddle today, and the only thing I could mutter about it was “Damnit.”

Anyone want to sell me a left/FD SRAM Rival shifter paddle?

Sram rival shifter brifter front derailleur paddle shifter brake lever

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Hasa Full Carbon Road Bike

  • Frame – Toray T-700 Carbon Fiber 12k
  • Fork – 1 1/8″  Threadless Carbon Fiber fork and Steer Tube
  • Bottle Cages – 2x Specialized Rib Cage Road (Spray Painted Black)
  • Headset – Integrated Headset, Hiddenset
  • Stem – Ritchey WCS 4-Axis, 90mm
  • Handlebar – Ritchey WCS Classic, 42mm
  • Brake Levers/Shifters – SRAM Rival ’09
  • Bar Tape – Bontrager Gel Tape (Reusable)
  • Cables/Housing – Bontrager
  • Brakes – SRAM Rival ’09
  • Wheels – Flit Letica
  • Skewers – KCNC Ti Skewers
  • Tires – Vittoria Open Corsa EVO, Bontrager Race 700 x 23c
  • Bottom Bracket – Truvativ GXP 68mm
  • Cranks – SRAM S550 Compact Crankset 50/34
  • Front Derailleur – SRAM Rival ’09
  • Chain – KMC X10-SL
  • Saddle – Nashbar Glide
  • Seatpost – Ritchey WCS Carbon One-Bolt 31.6mm
  • Seatpost Clamp – Campagnolo Clamp for Carbon Frames
  • Pedals – Ritchey WCS
  • Cassette SRAM OG-1070
  • Rear derailleur – SRAM Rival ’09

This bike was the first bike I ever built from the frame, up. It has been a work in progress, changing out handlebars, wheels, and cranks until I have found perfection. It hovers at the UCI 6.9 kg (aka 15.25 lbs), and rides like a dream. The component selection is all to make this bike look as ninja as possible, while still sticking to a high standard. Ritchey products are not the lightest or best, but they sure are reliable, and are competitively priced.

The carbon bike’s geometry is fit perfectly to me. After a long MTB ride, or a five-mile run, I feel like I can crawl up on the saddle and pedal on it like it was molded specifically to me… like a glove. It does not handle perfectly downhill at high speeds, and this has made me reluctant over time to go faster than 40-45mph on the bike. I have said the light weight feel of the bike is the culprit, but I think it is more of how much of my body is place where on the frame and just use the weight as a crutch. Climbing on this bike is equivalent to running a marathon on roller blades; it just makes things seem effortless. I am sure this bike, not only due to the weight, but also the fit has allowed me to gain watts, or not need to use as many on strenuous parts of a ride. I couldn’t really ask for a better bike with my standing socio-economic status as of 2009.

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Think about how many bikes you own. What made you purchase each and every one of them?

Was it finding a deal?

Was it need?

Was it bike lust?

Now think about what bikes out of your stable you ride the most. Which one do you pedal the most and why?

I own three bikes. ’09 GF Cobia, Full Carbon HASA eBay special w/ SRAM Rival @ 15.25 lbs, and an ’06 Dawes Lightning Sport which is a friction shifting seven-speed, steel eBay bike. When thinking through all the time I have spent with these three bikes last year, it came down to me riding my eBay bike the most.


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Thirty years ago, 1980, bicycles were the same design that they were since safety bicycles were developed. I really doubt people were thinking of time trial bikes or some of the modern aerodynamic innovations brought to bikes these days; shimano di2 was not even thought about either.

The first time I used indexed or even non down tube based shifters was pretty mind blowing for me. SRAM Rival is a dream. I still don’t really grasp the technical standpoint  and need for anything more. Not sure what the future has for us, but Its kind of fascinating and almost scary to think.

Will we really have spoke less wheels or things like that in the future; are we ready for things like this? Are they economically viable?

Do we really want proprietary electronics already installed into a bike? speedtraps and what not are dandy, but I mean pre-installed flashlights or electric motors. These kinds of things are not hot with me?

What about you? What do you think bikes of the future will lean toward?

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