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Old 03-04-07, 09:37 PM   #1
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Got my new ride!!!

Here she is, just picked her up yesterday and spent last night and this morning outfitting her properly!







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Old 03-04-07, 09:38 PM   #2
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Oh yeah, this is why I use cardomain! Haha, thought some of you might get a laugh out of seeing that!

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Ooh, bright wheels! Stock? Reflective tape? Do tell.
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Old 03-04-07, 11:50 PM   #4
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They are stock Vittoria Randonneur 700x32c
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Jacobi, I just fell in love with your bike. Not exactly my "style" of bike, but if I ever got a "TRUE" commuter bike, that would be it.

Excellent find.
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Old 03-05-07, 12:58 AM   #6
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Thank you very much tapeworm! Here's something that makes it that much better...I used my own 20% off coupon at REI and my wifes at the same time. I used mine on the bike and hers on the headlight! Now to top it off, my dividend for last year was $281 so they practically gave me the bike for free!
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Very nice! Better have a big, fat U-lock to keep that one safe.
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Sweet looking bike and a great price deal you got there.
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Thank you very much tapeworm! Here's something that makes it that much better...I used my own 20% off coupon at REI and my wifes at the same time. I used mine on the bike and hers on the headlight! Now to top it off, my dividend for last year was $281 so they practically gave me the bike for free!
Can it do wheelies? Nice bike. Holy crap that price you paid is beyond smashing. Bettercarry two U-locks to keep that sweetie in place.
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Very nice ride you have there.
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Old 03-05-07, 08:24 AM   #11
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Nice. I see you put some reflective stickers on the rear fender too. How's she ride?
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Old 03-05-07, 09:08 AM   #12
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So that's what my bike looks like clean.
I have an 06 with about 8000 miles on it. Good bike. I also used the 20% off coupon with a dividend last year. My only issue is that the wheels are heavy as all heck. Still a good ride that you will enjoy.
Unfortunately for my wallet, it's a good incentive to purchase a roadie. I'm currently saving my pennies for a new road bike from my LBS.
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Old 03-05-07, 09:27 AM   #13
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That is one good looking bike! Fenders are sooo sexy
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Old 03-05-07, 11:42 AM   #15
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jacobi, what fenders are those?

I test rode a 57cm Randonee a week ago and have a 59cm on order. I'm planning using my 20% discount on it. I've been trying to figure out what fenders and lights I'm going to put on it.
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Jacobi, I just fell in love with your bike. Not exactly my "style" of bike, but if I ever got a "TRUE" commuter bike, that would be it.

Excellent find.
DITTO -- love the ride, man. perfect for the task at hand.
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Old 03-05-07, 07:06 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for the replies, it is not exactly my style of bike either but my roadie and full suspension won't cut it for commuting!

The light is a Light & Motion Solo Logic Li-Ion SL and it is unbelievably bright! The fenders are Planet bike HC Freddy Fender - 45mm. Here are some links:

http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...HP_CYCLING_TOC
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That adjustable stem does have one heck of an angle in it.
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i like it
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That's what I call road ready! As in ready to ride coast to coast... Cool bike, congrats!
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Old 03-06-07, 06:24 PM   #22
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I have a Randonee on hold, just waiting for them to put it together. Will use my 20% off and my $28 dividend.

Can't wait. First new bike in 22 years. This will replace my 1980 Motobecane Grand Touring.

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Looks just like mine! Except I got the Novara Transfer Panniers, and slimmer (35mm?) fenders, I like the sleek look, and will probably go down to 28's on the tires once I wear the stock ones out. However the stock tires are great for heading off into the grass when it's expedient. There's one particluar light where I can save about 10 minutes for taking 50 yds of grass enroute to a right turn - the 32's handle that just fine. I'm a fair weather commuter anyway, but I LOVE the randonee.

One note on the stem, I adjusted mine down just a touch, but it looks like to ajdust it down further you need to get a longer "hanger" for the upper canti brake stop - the cable comes right underneath the stem, and it can only bend but so tight. I'm not real happy with that design, but I guess I know what to do about it...
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I thought about dropping the stem but fholt is right about the brake mount being in the way and I figure it's fairly comfortable how it is. I love the bike and I'm commuting on saturday for the first time, really looking forward to it!
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Old 03-16-07, 11:19 AM   #25
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I'm on the Randonee bandwagon

I got my 59cm Randonee on Tuesday night, used the 20% off coupon. I have since lowered the stem. The panniers were 1/3 off. Superflash is on order. I still need to pick a decent headlight.
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