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    Watching and waiting. jethro56's Avatar
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    My First Road Bike

    After exhaustive research, input from countless sources and riding 9 different bikes I bought a bike that many, including myself, thought to be an overpriced Fred bike. I went to Champaign Cycle and rode one of my finalist for the second time a Trek 2.3. My plan was to make a direct comparison with the Cannondale Synapse Alloy 6 that was finally assembled and ready to ride and a Giant Defy.

    When I returned from a 10 mile ride of the 2.3 the salesman asked me what I thought of the 2.3. I told him what I liked and disliked. He said "Before you go. I want you to ride a 4.5 Madone." I replied that I'd ridden a Synapse Carbon 5 and didn't like it and explained why. He said he'd ridden one and agreed with my objections.

    So I got on it and 1/4 mile down the road I'm thinking "This is pretty nice but it won't handle the rough roads I ride on." An hour later I returned and bought it.


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    Nice!

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    Congrats, Jethro! I got the 5.2 Madone in June after going through much of what you did. All I can say is that I loved it from the first pedal stroke of my first test ride on it and I love it a little more every time I ride it. You're gonna love that thing!

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    Street Pedaler: Did you get a H2 or a H3?

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    Jethro, I rode an H2 because of some back/ neck things. It felt comfortable but, after talking with the guys at the LBS, we decided I may be smart to go H3. It's easier to go more aggressive in geometry, should I ever want to, than it is to go less aggressive. So short answer, long, I went H3 and I'm really glad that I did. I think it may actually have helped my neck. Never would have thought that.

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    Sweet bike. Congrats
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    W00t! Way to go, Jethro! Hubba hubba!

    You gonna be riding this one at Arthur this year? I'm thinking I'll be there on the Synapse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    W00t! Way to go, Jethro! Hubba hubba!

    You gonna be riding this one at Arthur this year? I'm thinking I'll be there on the Synapse.
    Sounds great. I hope you won't mind slow cruising with a True Clyde.

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    Very nice!
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    Nice ride!
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    Nice bike. Nothing wrong with being "fred" as long as your comfortable and enjoy riding it.
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    Hey Jethro, what did you not like about the 2.3? I have a 2.1 and recently bought a Cervelo R3 and although I like the Trek, the Cervelo is in a different league in terms of ride quality and handling.
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    Congrats on the sweet ride!

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    Nice bike! When I'm ready, I will take a look at this one. Right now, I'm leaning towards Cannondale since I've always felt comfortable on them.

    BTW, I grew up in Champaign-Urbana. My Dad still lives there. I miss that place...

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    It is pretty too!

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    Very nice

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    And they say the economy is in the toilet.

    Love your choice.
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    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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    1855: The 2.3 had much more vibration in the handlebars. It also felt a little too agressive but I was willing to change the stem height/reach to relax it a bit. Unless the Alloy Synapse or the Giant Defy was far superior I would have bought it. I also felt like Champaign Cycle was the better LBS for me and they knocked $350 off of list. I will say the 2.3 really accelerated and handled well.

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    Great looking bike, Congrats Jethro!
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    Very similar to you, I almost bought a Trek 2.1 then I spied the Madone 4.5. I tried it out and about an hour later I ordered it. I had them change the bar tape and cables to different colors and swap the saddle for a Sella Italia C2 Gel Flow. It's been a great bike for me, I'm very happy with it. I hope you enjoy yours as well.
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    That is one nice ride. I'm sure it will serve you well.
    "Obstacles don't like me very much. I make them look bad."

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    I have a 2008 Trek 5.2 and absolutely love it. Today I did 108kms at 28.4km/h in the Tour de Norfolk ride in Ontario, Canada. Although the last 15km I seriously doubted that I could finish.

    I sometimes I keep it in my living room and stare at it, in utter joy My wife thinks I a nuts LOL I don't really care I love cycling so much

    Claude

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    dats a darn purdy bike yous got dare. [read with a heavy southern accent and a banjo playing in the background]

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    Very nice, Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ C View Post
    dats a darn purdy bike yous got dare. [read with a heavy southern accent and a banjo playing in the background]
    Actually, it'd sound like this: "Dayum, boy - thats a right nice bike you got! It IS a bike, right? Why, bless ur heart. What dahell is it good for, anyway?" {Sound of a big, noisy truck revvin' in the background, country music blaring from the cab. Things have changed a bit down South...**
    "Watch out for giants; they are boorish fools with tongues wagging, drunk upon their own words.
    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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