Thanks guys, I appreciate the comments.
@ JkAlentejano I still might go tubulars for "special days" that would be local, but I felt I might as well train on the same things I 'compete' on every-day. I am considering building up a set of 20mm tubulars for a sub-950g set. Not a priority right now, too many other things are on my plate with work and projects. I could do a little vinyl on the crank art, true. Since my career is design and I'm also finally getting back in touch with my artwork recently, I'm looking into developing full vinyl-wrap for frames and components. It may be an effective, but affordable, alternative to paint with minor weight penalties.... it also helps that it helps my artwork remain complex: a frame painter told me that a frame in my art style would run $2k minimum in painter's fees because it is too complex and detailed.
@ monkeyburger - hoods, working on them. It's one of a few projects, but I'm hoping to make them an actual product to be sold.
@ konky - Tubulars do ride great, it's true. But the difference between tubular and clincher over 200+ mi of various road conditions and surfaces becomes so small that it's not worth it. I could justify riding tubulars for centuries along with a can of sealant in the back pocket (and a spare tub, obviously), but the costs of each tire is expensive for me at this time.
@ fitty4 - before... and after just because I used so little of it. One standard syringe of Opti-Coat is enough for two full size cars. I still have some left! Just be sure to clean the component with IPA solution before you apply the Opti-Coat (IPA is 50% water, 50% rubbing alcohol).
@ jhamlin38 - The chain catcher has only been used once, that I'm aware of, on a recent ride where the road hooked sharp to the right at nearly a full 180° turn and a change in grade from 1% to 10% (immediate change, not gradual). I attacked a little too early during the shift and I heard the chain catcher save the chain. I'll keep it on there, it's no big deal.
@ krzysiekmz - Yes, I have the old box for the headset here and it came with a carbon dustcap - took off the logos to what you see here. Unfortunately it looks like the only Token headsets on eBay by the same model name have alloy headcaps now... but I'm sure you can find another cap to match.
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