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    suggestions for road bike parts/components source?

    Any roadies on Bomber getting good deals somewhere other than the obvious (Nashbar or Performance)? Coupon codes? Anthing helpful at all is appreciated. My bike is getting some long overdue attention and I thought I'd put this out there before I fill a cart up and checkout. Thanks, of course.
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    I use Bike Tires Direct..

    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/

    helpful and quick to ship
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    thanks Al. i'll give it a look.
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    Nashbar...

    They have Ridley frames in three levels from 299-349 that are a way to custom assemble a sub $1800,sub 18lb bike that would outperform many current $3000 models.When I had a storefront I used Nashbar as one of my distributors to specialize in 'custom assembly',using mostly up to date tech but new old stock.My tri bike was built this way and has done me right:-)Of course there are deals on GT and FUJI with them too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Prokopiw View Post
    They have Ridley frames in three levels from 299-349 that are a way to custom assemble a sub $1800,sub 18lb bike that would outperform many current $3000 models.When I had a storefront I used Nashbar as one of my distributors to specialize in 'custom assembly',using mostly up to date tech but new old stock.My tri bike was built this way and has done me right:-)Of course there are deals on GT and FUJI with them too.
    thanks Steve. I'm looking to freshen up a 10 year old Litespeed. Cassette, chain, cables, maybe a new wheelset, etc. No new builds in the near future although I have pieced together my last two bikes with ebay, Nashbar and Performance. Just on looks, PARLEE is the fantasy next bike. love the ingenuity of those things - fresh. all the best.
    Davekempmeister

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    Oops.

    Quote Originally Posted by davekempmeister View Post
    thanks Steve. I'm looking to freshen up a 10 year old Litespeed. Cassette, chain, cables, maybe a new wheelset, etc. No new builds in the near future although I have pieced together my last two bikes with ebay, Nashbar and Performance. Just on looks, PARLEE is the fantasy next bike. love the ingenuity of those things - fresh. all the best.
    Funny,I breezed right through your original post and thought I was seeing that Nashbar level was what you were looking for;my mistake.Haha:-)

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    www.slowtwitch.com

    Lots of guys with "upgrade-itis" so you can pick up parts on the cheap...quite often new take-offs. I built up a Cervelo P2C this way. Slightly used frame and all new components for dead-cheap.

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    ebay.

    I could ramble on/on about the topic....but the short version is that pricing has stabilized and there are enough people buying on ebay than it sets the online standard.

    FWIW - the best value in groupo is SRAM Rival.

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    thanks for responses all - i'm a dura ace guy through and through. always looking for an angle.
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    With 11 speed Dura Ace coming,DuraAce 7900 10 speed parts should be dropping in price on ebay,or mail order for that matter, soon.I've been thinking in that direction for my next road bike as I had sold most of my road equipment to finance ironman a couple of years ago.

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    [QUOTE=Steve Prokopiw;377890]With 11 speed Dura Ace coming,DuraAce 7900 10 speed parts should be dropping in price on ebay,or mail order for that matter, soon.I've been thinking in that direction for my next road bike as I had sold most of my road equipment to finance ironman a couple of years ago.[/QUOTE

    I am partial to 9 spd 11-23 or 12-25 & 180 crank arms. the dura ace stuff is overpriced when compared to the nearly as impressive Ultegra stuff. i think i'm just nostalgic (or maybe a snob). i'm sure i'd love campy stuff but only ever rode it on steel frames way back and now i avoid it so that i don't run the risk of a whole new outlet for my $.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davekempmeister View Post
    I am partial to 9 spd 11-23 or 12-25 & 180 crank arms.
    i recently went from a 10/12-27 to a 10/11-23. bit of a shock, but what a difference. getting rid of the compact up front is next on the list.

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    I was attending the Amgen Tour of California this weekend and got to take a spin on a BMC SL01 equipped with Electronic Ultegra. All I can say is WOW. Just a little tap to the inner paddle (the brake lever is no longer involved in shifting) and it bangs off gears quickly. What is awesome is to see the front derailleur auto-adjust to whatever gear you are running in the back to alleviate chain rub.

    We hung out with the Reynolds Wheels crew, Reynolds provides wheels to team AG2R. It was awesome to see the excitement of the Reynolds crew's faces when they found out that Sylvain Georges won the Big Bear stage on a breakaway.
    I think I will spend more time on the carving stick, not sticks, this year.

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    [QUOTE=oldvolvosrule;377965] got to take a spin on a BMC SL01 equipped with Electronic Ultegra. All I can say is WOW.

    i have to overcome my aversion to tech in this context. it's my shortcoming and when i am finally on board i'll wish i'd done it sooner. eventually, i listen to my own advice.
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    I scored a couple of new/old stock, discontinued dura ace bottom brackets with most desirable specs. must be what a wine collector feels like when they clutch the prize. so happy, i think i'll just stack the boxes on a shelf in the work area for a bit just to look at. This developed after so many leads didn't pan out that I would not allow myself to believe it until I opened the box after delivery.

    Ultegra is great stuff, I know. Just bothers me going out of group and if one is to sell, it makes a difference in how the potential buyer views the bike.
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    Lightbulb Lehigh Valley Velodrome

    Dave, FYI, the Lehigh Valley Velodrome has a (flea market) sale twice a year. Vendors & sellers come from all over. All kinds of new & used goodies ( bikes, parts, clothing, etc.).
    The Spring sale is past, but they'll have one also in the Fall. If you're seriously looking to buy new, that's usually the one to be at since the dealers are looking to unload the current year stuff to make room for next years models. I bought a new $2300 (list) Cannondale road bike a few years back for $1000.
    Don't tell me, "Show Me"
    765 grams = 1.6865 lbs. or 26.985 oz.

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    DuraAce 9sp

    Quote Originally Posted by davekempmeister View Post
    I scored a couple of new/old stock, discontinued dura ace bottom brackets with most desirable specs. must be what a wine collector feels like when they clutch the prize. so happy, i think i'll just stack the boxes on a shelf in the work area for a bit just to look at. This developed after so many leads didn't pan out that I would not allow myself to believe it until I opened the box after delivery.

    Ultegra is great stuff, I know. Just bothers me going out of group and if one is to sell, it makes a difference in how the potential buyer views the bike.
    Dave,I agree with you on the DA 9 components.I used to buy and sell nos DA and Ultegra and other semi-vintage parts like a commodity on ebay to help finance my road racing.Loved using DA 9 and still think it had the best combination of understated beauty and excellent function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Prokopiw View Post
    Dave,I agree with you on the DA 9 components.I used to buy and sell nos DA and Ultegra and other semi-vintage parts like a commodity on ebay to help finance my road racing.Loved using DA 9 and still think it had the best combination of understated beauty and excellent function.
    once in awhile someone offers to buy my 12-15 year old DA seat post right out from under my.......... I always say; "how will I get home?" not that I'd sell anyway.
    Davekempmeister

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    Square taper or Octa link?
    I think I will spend more time on the carving stick, not sticks, this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldvolvosrule View Post
    Square taper or Octa link?
    octalink, 109.5, 68mm and english. saw a nos Dura Ace anniversary group in it's case and had to log off, just too dangerous.

    i have a Klein Quantum (15 years old/aluminum) that's next in line for long awaited attention.
    then, a 20 year old Cannondale.
    then..............
    Davekempmeister

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