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Old 11-28-08, 10:58 PM   #1
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My early Christmas present.

A few weeks back I went with my husband to one of the LBSes in the area to have his bike fitted. While I was wandering around I noticed that they had a 2008 Trek Madone WSD 4.5 in my size. I had been wanting a road bike for a little while and had even test ridden a few at another LBS including a WSD Madone. I really liked the Trek, but just couldn't justify the price (it was a higher level model 5.something).

When my husband was finishing up with his fitting, I pointed out the 4.5 to him. While he was paying he asked the clerk if they ever negotiated on last year models. The guy replied that they did, but usually not until late November or December. He offered to take my name and number though and said that he'd call if his boss decided to work on the price.

Days and weeks went by, and I pretty much forgot about the bike, figuring they had sold it, or the guy lost my number or whatever. Low and behold though, last week while we were on vacation I get a call from the bike shop. It's my new favorite LBS employee with the good news that the owner is ready to deal. We came to an agreement and I had him put the bike on hold for me.

Today after work I finally got the chance to get over to the shop and pick up my new bike. The shop owner was there and did a great job getting me fit. I love this bike and can't wait to take it on a nice long ride this weekend.

Here's a pic (I know it's supposed to be against a garage door, but it was dark by the time I got home).



And here's the specs for the 2008 model.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ve/madone45wsd

Yay for Christmas in November!
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Old 11-28-08, 11:12 PM   #2
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OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH that's NIIIIIIIIIICE!
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Old 11-28-08, 11:29 PM   #3
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Old 11-29-08, 02:19 AM   #4
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Dead Sexy! That bike is sweet. I love the color. Congrats on the early Christmas gift. I went to a Performance bike shop for the first time today, I tell you I could have bought 3 or 4 new bikes if I had the $.
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Old 11-29-08, 02:33 AM   #5
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What is that, like an 'ice blue' color on the frame?

Very pretty.
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Old 11-29-08, 02:52 AM   #6
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Sweet!
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Old 11-29-08, 04:02 AM   #7
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Breath taking! Now if my back could handle a DF bike, _that_ is the kind of bike that would pull me in.
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Old 11-29-08, 06:28 AM   #8
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Nice bike. That's a good way to kick off your holiday season.
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Old 11-29-08, 08:41 AM   #9
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beautiful bike
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Old 11-29-08, 09:13 AM   #10
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Nice ride!! Great color.
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Old 11-29-08, 09:50 AM   #11
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Beautiful bike. Have a fun Christmas.
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Old 11-29-08, 02:01 PM   #12
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I like it, and a Merry Early Christmas to you!
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Old 11-29-08, 09:22 PM   #13
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OOOOHHH nice!!Has the same blue as my 1500. And it looks fine where it is. When mine isnt on the road, it lives with me next to my bed
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Old 11-29-08, 09:46 PM   #14
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Lucky LUCKY woman! That is a beautiful bike, and a great colour. Happy riding!!
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Wow! It's going to be a very merry Christmas! Now--the key question--is he going to make you wait until Christmas to ride it?
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Very pretty. Congratulations on the purchase.
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Old 11-29-08, 10:57 PM   #17
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Thanks for the complements all. I love the color too. I guess I'm fortunate that the lowest priced WSD Madone is also one of the best looking (in my humble opinion anyway ).

I took it for a short spin this morning to get used to the clipless pedals and it rides like a dream. Tomorrow I'll go for a bit longer ride out on one of the local trails and take my camera - maybe get some better pictures of it.
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Old 11-29-08, 11:33 PM   #18
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I love how the lines on the bike flow. That frame is not only a great piece of engineering, but a work of art
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Old 11-30-08, 01:30 PM   #19
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Took the new bike out for a 20 miler this morning. It's going to be tough to get back on the commuter tomorrow. It shifts so smoothly and accelerates effortlessly. In one section that I usually average 16-17 mph, I was holding 22-23 mph. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, but I have the feeling that I'll have many many rides in the future with this beauty to get some good shots.
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