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Old 07-11-06, 04:59 PM   #1
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Got my Sequoia

Well, here it is, and I had better like it since it was you guys who talked me into it . This is the bike just an hour after I picked it up from the LBS, so it doesn't even have bottle cages on it yet although I did have them put my SPD pedals on it:



The picture doesn't really do it justice, as the color (Titanium) is very metallic-looking, but just comes out silver in the photo. I took it for three laps around Stoney Creek Metropark for a total of 18 miles on a cool but windy day. The riding position worked out better than I thought, but I still might opt for a slightly shorter stem. Compared to my recent comfort and mountain bikes, this is definitely a lot faster, as I was cruising at the speed that would be my max on the other bikes.

I also couldn't resist a shot of my "tow rig". When I bought the car, I had no idea that it had rack mounts built right into the roof rails and would make such a good transport vehicle:



It was interesting that the bike came with a totally "content free" user manual that was apparently written entirely by lawyers. I never knew there were so many ways to get hurt or dead on one of these things. More impressions later when I get some more miles on it.
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Old 07-11-06, 05:00 PM   #2
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Old 07-11-06, 05:01 PM   #3
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Beautiful!

Don't forget about the garage door and other low heights! If you have an automatic opener, put it in your wedge - that way you can't open the garage door without taking your bike off of the roof.
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Old 07-11-06, 05:03 PM   #4
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Nothing righteously prouder than a new daddy. Congrats on your new arrival. In time, post a ride report!
I like the "faster" part.

P.S. Any mention of "tabs" in the owner's manual? (See thr current thread on "lawyer's tabs".)
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Old 07-11-06, 05:14 PM   #5
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I love new bikes, you got a beauty!
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Old 07-11-06, 06:07 PM   #6
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Don't forget about the garage door and other low heights! If you have an automatic opener, put it in your wedge - that way you can't open the garage door without taking your bike off of the roof.
Uh, actually my garage door header already has a chunk out of it from my lesson learned last year . Unfortunately, my wife's bike took the brunt of it, but it was not damaged too badly. It's astounding that I could forget something like that, but then again at my (our?) age...
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Old 07-11-06, 06:18 PM   #7
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Very nice!! I know you'll really enjoy it.

By the way, I'll be more than happy to trade bike mobile's with you. With mine, the bike rolls right into the bike so no worries about hitting the bike with anything. Plus, my bike mobile is very broken in as it only has 425,000 miles on it.

I'll be renting a bike just like that in a couple weeks in Taos, New Mexico so it's good to see some pics of the handsome bike!!
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Old 07-11-06, 06:19 PM   #8
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A sweet ride...and the bike's not bad either!
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Old 07-11-06, 07:08 PM   #9
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Nice looking bike. May you get many miles of happy riding on it.
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Very nice bike! I hope you truly enjoy it!
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Old 07-12-06, 08:37 AM   #11
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Instructions from LBS on proper use of QR hubs? if not, file those tabs off (ref CrossChain's squealing...) and then just go 'NUTS' riding faster & faster until the front wheel falls off.
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Nice Ride

I think you'll enjoy it. Like you I picked one up - though back in late April. Mine is the "Elite" model with the 105 components and carbon fork/stays. I didn't ride the base model like yours because they didn't have one in the shop. What sold me was my neck problems. The additional length on the front tube got my head up so that I could see without straining an already bad disc at C-3. To date I've got a little over 1200 miles on it and pulled my first century at the end of June. It is comfortable, relatively nimble and a joy to ride. Only gripe I have is that I've flatted three times already. Though that may be more a function of all the trash on the roads around here than the tires. I did trade out the stock seat at purchase time because several other posters on the reviews section at road**************** complained about it.

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Old 07-13-06, 05:05 PM   #13
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bschoen,
I also have the Elite and have had some saddle problems. What saddle did you eventually end up with?
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Old 07-13-06, 06:47 PM   #14
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Congratulations, DougG! That's a NICE bike - hope you enjoy it for many, many miles and smiles!
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Congrat's A new bike is a beautiful thing! ENJOY!!!!!
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Old 07-13-06, 08:01 PM   #16
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Nice bike. I liked the Sequoia a lot when I was buying about 18 months ago. It didn't seem to come in as big a size as the Specialized Roubaix (I'm 6'8"), or my bike shops couldn't find one, so I sent with the Roubaix in XXL. Not all that much difference, as I recall. I really like the more upright ride these bikes give, yet great handling. Specialized does a great job.
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Old 07-13-06, 08:19 PM   #17
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Kickstand........

Nice bike. Haven't seen a kickstand for quite some time.
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Old 07-13-06, 08:27 PM   #18
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sweeeeeet!

i was just looking at the sequoia elite today -- also, the sirrus pro.

end of the '06 model year and no availability on either in my size -- XL

i'll be hitting the big 6-oh next thursday and want to treat myself to a new bike.

right now i'm leaning toward the flatbar sirrus but it could be a coin toss.

i'll be anxious to hear how you like your new sequoia and would welcome any input on the sirrus pro.

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=13177

really nice ride -- enjoy!

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Old 07-13-06, 08:48 PM   #19
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Stoney Creek Metro Park is were I do much of my biking while on business in Detroit which is every week.
I am out there on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 PM to dark with a red Cannondale R2000.
I will be looking for you and your Specialized Sequoia.
BTW, I am seriously considering getting a Roubaix soon. Where did you get your bike?
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Old 07-14-06, 10:05 AM   #20
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Yes, excellent kickstand! The German one, that is.
I also think Specialized got it right on this one; they built a road bike for 'the rest of us'. I bought my Elite three weeks ago and can't ride it enough, even with the cheesy saddle. And the drop bars, I'm either gonna cut them off below the brakes or install TT style. I just can't breathe down there, even with the 'up' geometry. This bike has very long legs and really covers ground. I have over 300 miles so far. The saddle will go. It gets pretty hot at about 60 miles and doesn't cool off after that. I'm going to give the B-17 another try. Thick hide stays very cool over distance. With the semi-upright posture (read: not too much bum pressure), it might do. I'm comparing to a Trek 520, which is, in my opinion, very tough competition for comfort. The Sequioa is very smooth riding and handles fast, tight turns reasonably well. I consider it a Sports Sedan.
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