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Old 07-16-11, 07:21 AM   #1
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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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Old 07-16-11, 07:27 AM   #2
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Old 07-16-11, 07:31 AM   #3
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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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Old 07-16-11, 07:47 AM   #4
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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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Old 07-16-11, 08:45 AM   #6
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Sweet bike. Congrats
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Old 07-16-11, 09:30 AM   #7
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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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Old 07-16-11, 10:00 AM   #8
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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.
Sounds great. I hope you won't mind slow cruising with a True Clyde.
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Old 07-16-11, 10:10 AM   #9
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Very nice!
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Old 07-16-11, 01:56 PM   #11
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Nice bike. Nothing wrong with being "fred" as long as your comfortable and enjoy riding it.
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Old 07-16-11, 02:14 PM   #12
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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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Old 07-16-11, 02:20 PM   #13
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Congrats on the sweet ride!
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Old 07-16-11, 03:19 PM   #14
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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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Old 07-16-11, 03:30 PM   #15
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It is pretty too!
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Old 07-16-11, 03:41 PM   #17
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And they say the economy is in the toilet.

Love your choice.
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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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Old 07-16-11, 06:45 PM   #21
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That is one nice ride. I'm sure it will serve you well.
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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

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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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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...**
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