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Monday, February 26, 2007

Shopping Spree


I wasn't planning to go on a shopping spree, but when Mach posted a message in the PCN saying that he's selling his KHS Alite Team frame for a really good price I knew this was my chance to get one of the frames I'm targeting to upgrade.

He posted it Friday night and I got it from him Saturday lunchtime. As you can see, I didn't waste any precious time. I called up Hermie right away and scheduled an appointment that same afternoon.

I got to Velo City at 3:00 in the afternoon and everything was finished by 5:30. As for the damage, it was not that much. I had to buy a new Deore XT top-pull derailleur and brake bosses from Ross and some brake cable housing from Paulinas.

It wasn't part of the original plan, but since my shoes have all but retired, I got myself a new pair of Shimano mountain bike shoes - A SH-M121G.

With the new bike frame, I had to use a different stem. Both the Kore Elite 130mm and the Thomson 110mm were too long. I had to borrow King's 90mm Truvativ team stem for things to feel right.

With the new frame, the ride was very different. I was able to do the climbs up La Mesa without the front tire losing traction on climbs and I'm not scared of doing an endo every time I go down a steep hill. It was awesome!

Now that this is finished, I feel this frame and I will go places.

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