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    My new winter rain bike. Took a long time, in fact that's what brought me here, looking for a nice bike that will ride like a good road bike but has room for fenders and won't break the bank. Found this on Philly CL, ordered the fork (Salsa Casseroll) online, and pretty much had the rest of the parts. I had a nice '96 Specialized Allez lugged frame, but there were just no room for fenders. I even tried out the Crud fenders that are supposed to fit almost anything and no dice.

    As I was building it, people kept calling it the way back machine what with the 8 speed DA, original ATAC pedals, old Flite and all, so the purple anno headset bits just seemed to fit. Custom made for my old brewery, Schooner Exact Brewing Co in Seattle.
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    Nice work. It is always great to get a bike completed and go for that first ride. Just remember to check the stem/handlebar tightness. Not that I have ever ridden off without tightening the handlebars properly. And forgetting to take an allen wrench with me on the maiden voyage. Nope.

    Put a Specialites TA crank on that bike and you have the makings of a nice randonneur for Paris-Brest-Paris.
     

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    No more Salsa?
     

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    That is one hot bike!
     

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    Here is my only current Salsa, my 2011 Casseroll at the beach...

    Life is too short to grow up, go ride a bicycle!

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    OP needs to hone in that fender line and it will be the hotness.
    My most recent pic of the casseroll. Will have a few more after riding Pittsburgh to DC next week.
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    SS Salsa Vaya with 42c tires

     

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    Podio here.
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    It is presently running Vittoria Randonneur Cross in 28 so it can do more of this...
     

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    My La Cruz is the only bike I have anymore. It has orange bar tape and fenders now.

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    Took this for it's first outing today:





    Holy cow.

    For ages I've been contemplating getting another MTB, but with all the options - 26", 650b / 27.5", 29er, 29er+ - I couldn't decide what route to take. I've known about Fat Bikes since the Surly Pugsley first arrived on the scene, but always dismissed them as 'snow bikes'. As they have gathered pace as more acceptable all-rounders (of sorts) they have drifted in and out of my awareness. Recently I was offered a couple as review bikes, and my interest both piqued and peaked - those review bikes never materialised, but the seed was planted.

    When a road bike project fell through late last year I began searching for something to replace that, but for months (literally) nothing that came up flicked my switches in the right ways. Then I joked with someone a couple of weeks ago about getting a Fat Bike - he replied saying he "had connections". One thing led to another, and I picked this up on Thursday evening... only it was my wife's birthday on Friday so there was no chance to get out on it (although she did want to go for a road ride together as a part of her birthday present so all was not lost!).

    Thankfully today is Australia Day, and therefore a public holiday. With enough birthday duties served, I was given a leave pass and jumped on it to take this beast for a lap of the local trail loop. My skills are a little rusty, but I can't remember the last time I had this much fun on a bike! Amazing, and totally the right decision in terms of MTB choice - I'm hooked!

    Better pics will follow - as will a few changes and upgrades, naturally...

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    Not even ridden yet, the clearing of the 20" or so of snow has me wiped.
    Soon.
     

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    "Repainted" and 650b'd La Cruz I just built up
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    Never actually have owned one (I know I know), and working at Garrisons Cyclery selling a ton of them. One frameset that really stood out to me was their road offering a few years back, the Pistola. What a pretty, straightforward bike. I fell in love with them at that point. Never heard a bad word about the El Mar's or any other Salsa for that matter. But heavy yeah, but strong durable steel frames at a good price makes for a solid ride no doubt. Hoping to get myself a salsa here in the next few months. I reckon I'll like it just fine.

    Really liking that first winter bike, and certainly the La Cruz 650 just above this post. Both very well done!

    I was thinking a good bit about a 650 since that Cannondale just came out, bet a 650 on 40's make for a sweet ride. They said in the website that a 650/40 is the same diameter as a 700c/22. Sounds like it would be a blast, how do you like your 650 Salsa so far JDP?
     

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    Thanks EightySixer! Got to put the La Cruz through it's paces yesterday at the JAMFund Grand Fundo and it completely exceeded my expectations. I was flying down technical/loose dirt descents that the far more experienced guys (on road bikes with 25s) would usually drop me on. I had to remind myself through corners a few times that I could actually push it harder and lean further than I'm normally used to. The thing definitely weighs a ton (23.3lbs!), but with a nice low gear, 34/32, I chugged up the steepest, longest climbs of the day. To say I'm pleased would be an understatement!

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    That sounds really rad! Thank for the reply, that just escalated my interest even more. It just looks and sounds like a really fun ride.
     

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    The La Cruz (the orange one) was one of my favorite bikes to ride. Smooth bike.
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    My 1985 Salsa.

     

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    My trusty Warbird:



     

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    More warbird

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    Some better photos. Such a fun bike to ride.

    Original portage strap is still present and in good condition. The freewheel was replaced to eliminate some shifting issues and the tyres replaced due to the original ones being rotten.



    A very early aluminium Salsa handlebar.



    Cockpit with Deerhead thumb shifters and Magura brake levers.



    Bottom bracket cable guide. Shell is stamped SM096.



    The fillet brazing is so smooth it hasn't been filed.

     

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