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"Lemond is cycling's version of Rev Jessie Jackson." -johnnyperu 5/18/07
"Just because I suck doesn't mean my bike has to" -rickn 9/2/08
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Train hard...race well.
"Jim, I happen to agree with you" DougStern
For the forks, take them into your spare tub if you have one with some 600, 800 and 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and fill the tub up enough to cover the forks sideways.
Start with the 600g sandpaper to cut through the surface of the clearcoat on the forks, once you are through that and start to sand off the stickers/lettering switch over to the 800g. Once the writing is off, sand that surface with the 1000g and the rest of the forks. You need to sand the rest of the forks to create mini scratches for the new clear coat to stick too. Head to the local automotive store and buy a can of clearcoat. Do not cheap out and get the good stuff.
Spray outside on a nice clear day and do a light sanding once dried in the tub with the water again. Dry if off and spray a few more times doing it the same way. After about three times with the clear, all you have to do is buff it up and life is good. I remember reading somewhere that to take the gloss off all you have to do is take some steel wool to the fork. I am not sure about the last step to make them flat but someone will know how.
I have done this process with forks in the past and will be doing this to a few pairs of cranks in the next little while on my 12.80 road build above and another bike to get rid of the FSA stickers on the cranks.
It is a fun project is you have the patience to do it. If you do not then the next best way to do it is send it too Brent at Rue Sports in Arizona. Brent makes high end carbon bikes and did the forks on the road build above for me as I did not have the time to do it this time around and did it for a good price. I figure my time was worth more than he charged so life is good.
Everyone puts way too many stickers on their products and I just take them all off when they are not covered by clear coat. Every sticker on my wheels have been taken off or are in the process of coming off. I think that the RENN 575 stickers will be the tough one.
FYI - Above is my wife's bike - Paolina Allan's Trek WSD Equinox Team Timex Ltd. Edition. My apologies for the mud and manuer splatters. It was a rough 100K in the rain this morning!! However it gives the bike that spring classics Euro roadie look! :) This is the training mode set up. Racing mode will loose the behind the seat holder, add on Profile aero-bar bottle and Bontrager Aeolus 6.5 tubular wheels.
Steve Fleck @stevefleck | Blog
You leave me no choice...
1. Chain is in the small chainring. HUGE ST no no.
2. Cranks aren't parallel to the ground.
3. SPACERS? We don't need no stinking spacers around here. Get your wife a bike that fits!
4. Q rings? If anyone notices those, this is going to turn into a 40 page debate on whether or not they work!
5. Not in race trim.
All of the above are obviously jokes and you know that I don't care.
Out of curiousity, was there a reason you called MissP's bike to my attention? It's a beauty for sure. I'm just wondering if this is in reference to a conversation we had or something.
My apologies. You were last post on the thread.
You should know me by know that all those details are rather insignificant with me. Where the clock stops is what's important. I will say that this bike has flirted with the 5:00 barrier in an IM a couple of times! :)
The Q-rings are interesting. MissP was given a set to try. As good as a cyclist as she is, she has always had a bit of hiccup in her pedal stroke right at the dead-spot at 12:00. We put the Q-rings on and the hiccup went away and really smoothed things out. Will they make her faster? Hard to say. Pedal stroke is smoother and looks more efficient. Will have to wait and see how the racing goes. She's set to do a ITT next week then it's onto IM Lanzarote!
Steve Fleck @stevefleck | Blog
Next is the road training ride. 2005 Trek Madone Aero It is a former tour ridden frame. It too has been upgraded but this time with Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 full carbon wheels. This is the last year for this ride. I am upgrading to the '09 Madone after Moo.
Here is my off road training ride. It is a Trek Top fuel with the full carbon rear. It wont get that much use this year for fear of injury and jeopradizing Moo. Since this pic, the fork has been upgraded to a Fox F100 RLC in white.
Owner of a few Speed Concepts since 2011.