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richie_b

Yay! I got a new toy too!
« on: May 23, 2008, 09:39:47 pm »
After months of deciding and a few weeks of waiting, I am now the very proud owner of a black satin Challenge Fujin SLII!   ;D ;D

Went out riding with Laidback & all of the wonderful things that are said about this bike are true!

I had a perma-grin whilst riding it & may have let out a whoop of excitement at one point whilst accelerating.

It has also helped whilst out riding with Laidback.  He's both a better climber and sprinter than I am, but I was able to drop him on climbs for the first time today  :thumbsup:

Best bike I've ever ridden  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Photos to follow

richie_b

Re: Yay! I got a new toy too!
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2008, 10:01:52 pm »
Photos:

Me holding bike....


Riding bike....


& the bike in all her carbon fibre loveliness

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Re: Yay! I got a new toy too!
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2008, 10:09:32 pm »
Chain's a bit slack long.

V. Nice.  I'm having an "n+1" moment.
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Re: Yay! I got a new toy too!
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2008, 10:11:48 pm »
Either thats a stunning bicycle or my trousers just got 2 inches shorter ;D

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2008, 10:53:08 pm »
Chain's a bit slack long.

V. Nice.  I'm having an "n+1" moment.


I was told the replacement cost of that chain today  :o :o :o
When that chain dies, it might not get replaced with the same thing...

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Re: Yay! I got a new toy too!
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2008, 06:37:48 am »
What a pretty machine!
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2008, 10:11:10 am »
How fast does it go?

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2008, 10:59:07 am »
How do you ride that without a headrest?
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2008, 05:03:48 pm »
How fast does it go?
That would normally depend on how hard I'm pedalling!  A lot faster for the same effort than anything else I've ridden, if that helps.
How do you ride that without a headrest?
The position is quite similar to that of the Nazca Fuego (my other bike), so I'm quite used to it & only tend to get any soreness in my neck when I'm tense, so heavy traffic can be a pain, but otherwise it's no bother.
The top of the seat is too low to fit any sort of useful headrest anyway...

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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2008, 11:27:44 am »
How do you ride that without a headrest?

Practice?  Srsly, I've never felt the need for a headrest (though Cosimo does have a piece of handlebar grip glued to the leading edge of the tail fairing to prevent my neck from being sawn in two).
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2008, 11:32:33 am »
It's not often I have little moments about bicycles, Richie... But that's pure filth  :D
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Re: Yay! I got a new toy too!
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2008, 11:39:19 am »
Clearly I am lacking in sit ups and neck/chiropractor interface!!!
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2008, 12:04:45 pm »
Welcome to the SL2 fun.  I still love mine, even though I have had to rebuild it 3 times now. And yes the 3 chain costs a fortune. Treat it with care is what I say.

Keep a close eye on the rear fork gusset underneath and the front forks at the crown - both stress points if you hit a pothole or a cattle grid.

I have a headrest - works a treat - suppoprts the neck just behind the head and I couldn't  do big mileage without it.  It is a standard carbon strut with a rest made out of 'noodle' foam, with a sock over it so it looks OK.

I found that bigger tyres made a much more comfortable ride on rough roads, after I broke spokes with the stelvios.

Radical make a small bag that fits the SL2 just perfect for a hydration bladder etc.

Have fun!


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Re: Yay! I got a new toy too!
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2008, 09:30:19 pm »
It's not often I have little moments about bicycles, Richie... But that's pure filth  :D
She is quite pretty isn't she?  I do feel very bad for being unfaithful to my reliable everyday bike with this flighty wee thing though...

Welcome to the SL2 fun.  I still love mine, even though I have had to rebuild it 3 times now. And yes the 3 chain costs a fortune. Treat it with care is what I say.

Keep a close eye on the rear fork gusset underneath and the front forks at the crown - both stress points if you hit a pothole or a cattle grid.

I have a headrest - works a treat - suppoprts the neck just behind the head and I couldn't  do big mileage without it.  It is a standard carbon strut with a rest made out of 'noodle' foam, with a sock over it so it looks OK.

I found that bigger tyres made a much more comfortable ride on rough roads, after I broke spokes with the stelvios.

Radical make a small bag that fits the SL2 just perfect for a hydration bladder etc.


I've read about the stress points & will be watching.  Paul V seems to have made a number of improvements based on feedback (the idler problem has now gone) & I know that they were going to attempt to beef up the rear end a little, so fingers crossed I'll not snap the frame!

Bigger tyres?  Which ones are you using?  I've gone for the 650c rear wheel & can't find much that isn't 23mm & not much that looks fast at 25mm (& nothing fatter).  I was quite prepared to put up the discomfort, but breaking spokes doesn't sound like fun!
(I was going to stick with 23mm up front & am happy with the Stelvio there, it's the rear that concerns me).

Which Radical bag do you mean?  I was thinking of the US bag & bladder thing (Fastback systems), but I'd prefer to use Radical.  I wasn't sure that the Aero would fit, nor was confident with buying the Solo Racer without trying: it'd be good to hear from someone who has used these things...

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Have fun!

Is it possible not to on a Fujin?   :thumbsup:

& thanks you for the positive comments, I've passed them on & she's sat looking very proud in the kitchen  ;)

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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2008, 10:13:10 pm »
Oh!  I forgot!  Can I ask if anyone has ideas on how best to mount a GPS on the ver narrow tiller bars.  Is a Minoura Spacegrip the best option?  Will this gub up my aerodynamics (because I am fast enough to notice! *coughs*)?  Fuddle with the bars until it kinda works?
Ideas, please!

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Re: Yay! I got a new toy too!
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2008, 12:33:03 am »
Terracles accessory mount?
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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2008, 09:46:38 am »
Terracles accessory mount?

The terracycle mount is the only mount you should allow near your lovely bike - you can mount the GPS on the tiller so that it is exactly at eye level which is sweet.

The Radical bag to get IMHO is the lowracer bag which fits the fujin like a glove and is perfectly aero behind the seat. It is a quality piece of kit, and has light holders too.

Rear tyre - I am now running Vredestein Moire rear and have found it much better for road use - just a little more give and grips on hills in the wet etc which I found the stelvio didn't. It is a tight squeeze with the brake callipers though. Likewise on the front I have a slightly larger tyre than the stelvio for road use - I am paranoid about front end slippage under braking. I had to trial and error different brands until I could get a tyre inflated inside the calipers that didn't rub.

I would use stelvios if I knew I was on good roads in good weather though, or racing.

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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2008, 08:28:27 pm »
Ooooh, those Terracycle mounts are rather lovely, aren't they?
I might have to get a few whilst the dollar is so low.  I presume that there's no too much bother getting them shipped over here.  Is there import tax to pay on top of the price?
Is the radical bag that one with a bit each side?
The Vredestein tyre that you're using is 26" (559) rather than 650c (571) & don't come in my size.  650c/571 tyres tend just to be roady ones & 23mm....  Och well!

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« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2008, 05:12:31 pm »
Ooooh, those Terracycle mounts are rather lovely, aren't they?
I might have to get a few whilst the dollar is so low.  I presume that there's no too much bother getting them shipped over here.  Is there import tax to pay on top of the price?
Is the radical bag that one with a bit each side?
The Vredestein tyre that you're using is 26" (559) rather than 650c (571) & don't come in my size.  650c/571 tyres tend just to be roady ones & 23mm....  Och well!

Yes - bit of bag each side. lust right for hydration, tools, and wetkit.  For shorter rides a bumbag with a belt-bottle holder is enough but for an audax etc you need a bit more capacity I find.

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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2008, 10:57:22 am »
Ooooh, those Terracycle mounts are rather lovely, aren't they?
I might have to get a few whilst the dollar is so low.  I presume that there's no too much bother getting them shipped over here.  Is there import tax to pay on top of the price?

IIRC they may be had from Trikes'n'Stuff, wot are the UK importers of Catrike.
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« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2008, 11:47:01 pm »
IIRC they may be had from Trikes'n'Stuff, wot are the UK importers of Catrike.
Thank you for this, I'll be emailing presently...