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    Watching and waiting. jethro56's Avatar
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    I can't control my Trek Madone

    My new bike has a serious problem. Everytime I go out on it I tell myself "This is a recovery ride. Take it easy today." After a ever shortening warmup it takes control. It's pushing me to spin 100 rpm. It forces me down in the drops. It's constantly nagging me to go faster. Is there an obediance school for wayward bikes?

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    Getting a clue engstrom's Avatar
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    Nope, the best thing to do is just cave to its demands. Remember, resistance is futile.

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    No obedience school for that steed, my friend.

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

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    Sounds like a great bike!

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    Don't believe everything you think.

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    I've got an easy solution, send it to me :-D

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    Same problem with my new Cannondale Synapse Carb 3.
    Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive anyway.

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    Watching and waiting. jethro56's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Sounds like a great bike!

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    "Fred"--is that bad? DTSCDS's Avatar
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    Yeah, you are not going to be able to ride that beast slow. It looks fast just sitting there.
    As everyone else has said, just give in to its desires and then everyone will be much happier.
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    No taming a Madone. Just hang on for dear life and go along for the ride.
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    Sure there is, just buy another bike, one that weighs a LOT more, and take that on the recovery rides.

    BTW; Just because you spin at 100 doesn't have to mean you are going hard!
    Gravity hates us all, but it hates me more than thin people!

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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    It's like my Allez. It's a spirited race steed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
    Sure there is, just buy another bike, one that weighs a LOT more, and take that on the recovery rides.
    This is actually a much better idea than it sounds. It helps to prevent the wonder at how magical the nice bike is from wearing out.

    @ Jethro - you don't actually lock that sexy beast up, do you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    Is there an obediance school for wayward bikes?
    Yup, it's called "The School of Big Long Climbs". You won't be in the drops very long and your bike won't nag you to go faster..

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    Ride it as hard as you can, as ofter as you can, teach that puppy a lesson!

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    I think something is up with my new bike also, it keeps wanting to go farther from home.
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    Somehow I just knew that this would be the nature of the "problem" before I even opened the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Yup, it's called "The School of Big Long Climbs". You won't be in the drops very long and your bike won't nag you to go faster..
    I would agree with this. If this statement is not correct.

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    Same problem with the 5200 I ride. Huge difference between it and the old Schwinn Circuit I used to ride. The 5200 just wants to go and go and go..........
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    a.k.a., Point Five Dude Surrealdeal's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    My new bike has a serious problem. Everytime I go out on it I tell myself "This is a recovery ride. Take it easy today." After a ever shortening warmup it takes control. It's pushing me to spin 100 rpm. It forces me down in the drops. It's constantly nagging me to go faster. Is there an obediance school for wayward bikes?
    It's a trait common to all Treks; the manufacturer is aware of the problem but seems to be unable or unwilling to do anything about it.

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