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  1. #1
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    Don't ya just hate it when....

    You go into a bike shop to check out prices to upgrade you bike, and end up buying a new one? Short story, my son and I where on our way back from Hocking Hills State Park (south eastern Ohio, really cool, but back to the story) stopped by the Performance Bike Shop in south Akron. I was planning on upgrading my old Cannondale sr300. I was looking to buy the new Raleigh Clubman this year, but the wife convinced me we needed other things this year, like a fence in the back yard for the doggies. We agreed on me upgrading the Cannondale, I was planning on new bars, fork, and seat (probably a brooks).
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    Boy this story has more tangents than a high school algebra book, doesn't it?

    So I am looking around Performance. They are having a clearance on '08 bikes. I looked at some road bikes, the asked if they had any steel bikes. They showed me the Fuji Touring. At first I didn't like the looks so much, but it was eating at me. It wasn't what I thought I was looking for. But the one on the floor was my size so I took it for a test ride. And as Paul Harvey Used to say "And that the rest of the story." I put it in layaway until I get my yearly attendance bonus check in three weeks.

    Oh yeah, original price $950 Clearance price $650, the club man I was looking at with very similar setup $1100

    My new ride :


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    Each Drop of Sweat Counts
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    Nice. I just picked up a MASI Speciale not too long ago and the ride is so much sweeter than my Trek 1.5. And I'm not saying the Trek 1.5 is a bad ride because it's nice, but the ride on steel is sweet.

    You hit a bump and you expect the shock but it never really comes.

    John

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    Well to be truthful, I do not hate it but my wife really does. I have not done this in awhile but it was bad when I did.

    Nice looking bike. I am sure that you will love the feel of steel. I remember going from a steel bike to an aluminum one. The aluminum was was defiantly stiffer and I was faster but boy did my back take a beating....
    Ron

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    I guess congrats are in order... enjoy when you can..

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    Yea I hate it also. I went to Performance Bike last Friday to pick up a small $7.00 cargo net for my rear rack. I made the mistake of looking at the bikes and noticed they had the 08 sale going on and a tax free weekend. Well I ended up buying a Fuji Absolute 2.0 for my wife.

    Congratulations on your new ride - it is really pretty.
    Julio (me)
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    Patricia (wife)
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    I really like it. Enjoy your new ride. Fuji makes a great bike.
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    I just bought the same one a few weeks ago, and love it. It's been to cold to go for a long run but I've been commuting to work since the first of the month.

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    i was very tempted to get that bike as a commuter...what a great price. Well done.

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    It is insane, but oftentimes it makes the most sense. I have been looking at upgrading my wheels and some key components to ultegra. That would be great. Then I look at the stock at my LBS and they have some complete bikes with the stuff I am wanting at around the price I would be paying for just the upgrades, and that is if I bought the upgrades online.

    I don't know what kind of deal the bicycle manufacturers are getting from companies like Shimano and Bontrager, etc, but they are clearly getting a lot better deal then we can since they can throw in the rest of the bike for free

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    I'd sell them doggies on craigslist so fast and use that money to finish paying off the bike!

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