So I've been wanting to try wider tires for a while now and went for these #VittorioCorsa 28mm. Look a lot plusher than my recent Veloflex Corsa (Italian tire brands are not very creative when it comes to naming are they?) yet not "fat". Would have gotten the black version if these hadn't been cheaper. Gumwall seems to be all the hype now anyways and I like this look more with every passing minute already. Let's see how these do the job asap...
Few things I learned over the past week:
- internal routing can be a pain but sure looks nice and having it set up correctly for the first time makes me feel like Tom Hanks in Castaway ("I have made fire!"). - In my search for the true handyman to trust my bikes with I have found that he was deep inside of me all along. Trueing wheels is a skill I could certainly need as well however.
- Fidget Spinners appear to be the hot shot amongst "youngsters" these days. While I see no redeeming qualities in them at all I remember when I was younger I'd always ride my bike and I still do now. Twenty years from now, will these kids still play with their Fidget Spinners?
- I feel like a grumpy old man for having just typed this ;D
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The C+C Road Disc Prototype. One one the common misconceptions about steel is that it is heavy. While there are heavy steel bikes out there, modern steel tubing like Columbus Life and Zona, tubes that we used, enables us build a frameset that is both stiff and light. This build comes in under 17lbs as you see it, has the acceleration similar to carbon without sacrificing the classic ride feel of steel road bikes of the past. Best of both worlds.
The C+C Road Disc Prototype. In designing our first road bike we had specific features like flat-mount disc brakes and clearance for large road tires as compulsory.
A less obvious need of ours was the lines of the bike needed to flow more naturally; we wanted the top tube to flow into the stem. We achieved this with the angle of slope on the top tube. Overall, the now looks like its ready to spring forward.
When thinking about paint, we wanted the 7x7 line detail on the fork (our nod to SF) to compliment the lines of the physical structure and mirror the same parallel lines.
The overall effect is a more balanced looking bike and better proportions.
C+C Road Disc Prototype. Our top tube slopes more aggressively than most bikes out there. This achieves two things. The frame tubes are shorter, thus become lighter and stiffer. It also allows us to have more seatpost exposed than other, more traditional, designs which helps soak up some of the unnecessary road buzz that can add to premature rider fatigue.
C+C Road Disc Prototype. Getting the desired ride qualities out of our design meant using opposing tube shapes for the stays. The chainstays are beefy and quite stiff while the seatstays are spindly and help aid in vertical compliance.