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Old 05-09-07, 12:25 PM   #1
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Yah hooooooo!

I should preface this by saying that I'm married to the bestest wife in the whole world.

We will be celebrating our 29th (year!) anniversary soon. I told her I wanted a new road bike. I've been studying and came to the conclusion that the LeMond Reno is a ton of bike for the money.

My wife spoke with The Turk, a hard core hammerhead that I don't always get along with. "Tell your husband he needs a really expensive bike. He has an inner roadie that needs to be released".

So we're driving down to the LBS. I tell her a Reno would suit my needs. She starts telling me I need a much more expensive bike. I tell her about the law of diminishing returns, that beyond a certain quality level that you're just getting bling.

I ride the Reno for about 45 minutes. I love it. It feels like a jet fighter compared to my Wahoo. It climbs like a scalded monkey and is stable at speed. It has a bit of roadbuzz. Not bad, though.

When I return to the LBS, awaiting me is a Lemond Buenos Aires.

"Just try it once", my wife says. The salesman winks.

So I go do the same course on the B.A. It handles about the same. Climbs even better because it's a bit lighter. But the huge difference is in the comfort. Minimal roadbuzz. Handled chip-and-fill crap with ease.

It also had a 53/39 chainring. Not for me. I can get up the hills but I need the comfort of some nice low sit and spin gears.

"Well, how did you like it?" asks the saleman, as if there's a chance I don't like it as much as the Reno. He has been brainwashing my wife the entire time I've been gone. She has her checkbook out (I can't afford full carbon, but if she's gonna pay for it......)

Within five minutes I going through the store looking for red cages, red gloves, red helmet, and red jerseys, to match the red paint of the Buenos Aires. If you're going over to the Dark Side, there's no use fighting it. Resistence is futile.

The bike gets in Monday (because I wanted a triple).

Did I say that I have the greatest wife in the universe?
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Old 05-09-07, 12:32 PM   #2
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Your wife is the absolute greatest!! Congratulations and I hope you've planned a great anniversary celebration for her.
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RE: The wife. You do, you surely do (next to my Lovey of course). Congratulations on knowing it for so long.

RE: The bike. And congratulations on a nice new bike.
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Old 05-09-07, 12:37 PM   #4
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I agree 100% -I HAVE to- that the Reno is a ton'o bike for the money, especially when you buy one on sale, as I did. I also have to agree that the Buenos Aires would be a few more pounds than a ton. My wife tolerated me buying a Reno, your wife bought a Buenos Aires for you. Oh man, maybe you DO have the greatest wife in the world (then, we've only been married for 24 years. Maybe in 5 more years... nah). Of course, my wife did buy the Kaitai for me and that's how this whole mess started. OK, I call it a draw. Wait! Did you cry when she pulled out the checkbook?

Anyway, seriously, good on ya for getting the new LeMond. If you love yours just half as much as I love mine... oh heck, you will... believe me.
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Wow! They BOTH are special! Congrats on getting a Great bike!

The ONE thing the wife cautiioned me on when I started a few weeks ago at the Bike Shop is that no NEW little two wheeled items would come home with me.... I wonder if that's why the Shop has extra Hooks in the Basement for Employee's bikes! LOL!

All the best to you and your wife! Happy Anniversary!

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IMy wife tolerated me buying a Reno, your wife bought a Buenos Aires for you. Oh man, maybe you DO have the greatest wife in the world (then, we've only been married for 24 years. Maybe in 5 more years... nah).
Maybe there IS hope for me then! With that line of thinking my wife of 32 years in June should be buying me at least a Zurich! Who here is going to tell her what is expected of her! LMAO!

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Another 50+ BF'er just bought a Buenos Aires (Grampster), here is his:



When you post your pictures, I better see a matching kit, cages, pedals, helmet, etc.

Congrats on an awesome bike!
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Great wife, great bike. Many happy miles of smiles. BTW, I know what you mean about the Wahoo, I love mine in the dirt but riding it on the road is painful.
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Another 50+ BF'er just bought a Buenos Aires (Grampster),
Congrats on an awesome bike!
Yep, that's me with my new Buenos Aires and I can only tell you that you have made one of the best bicycling decisions of your life (or rather your wonderful wife seems to have made it for you). Are you ready to concede that The Turk was right? We'll agree that no one needs to drop 2 large on a bike, especially when you can get very, very nice bikes for half that. But you have been riding long enough to recognize that this bike represents something beyond just the intrinsic value of carbon fiber and 105's and Bontrager's...it truly makes you one with the bike and one with the road......and wait until you get to some hills, it climbs better than any bike I have ever ridden. Tell us more come Monday.
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What a wife. Mine did basically the same thing so I could buy/build up my Mercian. Its much nicer than I would have treated myself to. Here's to the wives who understand!
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- congrats on the new bike!

- you're a lucky man (and i am too, as my wife encourages me to ride every day, and doesn't mind that i have a nice sampling of Ti, CF, and steel in the garage)...

- on the other hand, i work in the yard, wash windows, and around the house i cook, i clean, i wear pretty things!

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Terrific story! You're going to love that bike in a number of different ways!!!
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Wow, even more new bikes!

My only reservation would be if your wife has a huge list of chores waiting to balance the equation.
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Another 50+ BF'er just bought a Buenos Aires (Grampster), here is his:



When you post your pictures, I better see a matching kit, cages, pedals, helmet, etc.

Congrats on an awesome bike!
That's what I'm talking about. I get giddy looking at that picture.

I'm just nitpicking, but the jersey, water bottles, and helmet don't match.
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That's what I'm talking about. I get giddy looking at that picture.

I'm just nitpicking, but the jersey, water bottles, and helmet don't match.
The coolest thing in that picture (OK, maybe the Buenos Aires is a tiny bit more so) is the Washington Nationals black baseball cap.
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I'm just nitpicking, but the jersey, water bottles, and helmet don't match
And this is how it starts, eh?
Shoot me before I get to this point... although I REFUSE to put a silver bottle cage on my LeMond with the black one it has on it now. I will be putting two silver ones on it I guess... my LBS can't keep black in stock it seems
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Please post photo...

Of what- The wife or the bike? Or both.



Weak Link.

My worry would be that if the wife paid for it- It would come out of the joint account.

I have to admit that I am a mountain biker with a road bike. BUT that road bike is getting more use now that I have it dialled in and a couple of changes. I bought the economy version- The Giant OCR1 as this would be good enough for my type of riding. Only problem is that the LBS has a TCR in stock in my size and I keep looking at it.
Glad to see that the wife has more sense than you. Even more glad that you have the patience to wait for a triple. With My legs- on my hills- I have no objection from getting a bit of assistance from my Granny. She gets me up hills that 30 year olds on normal road gearing are struggling up.

Pics are required- of the wife and the bike. I know what the bike looks like- But I want to know what a caring- sharing wife looks like.
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Only problem is that the LBS has a TCR in stock in my size and I keep looking at it.
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And this is how it starts, eh?
Shoot me before I get to this point... although I REFUSE to put a silver bottle cage on my LeMond with the black one it has on it now. I will be putting two silver ones on it I guess... my LBS can't keep black in stock it seems
Go for silver - stainless steel. Black marks all over a water bottle from aluminum bottle cages don't go well with any color bike.
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That's what I'm talking about. I get giddy looking at that picture.

I'm just nitpicking, but the jersey, water bottles, and helmet don't match.
This is my cool weather gear...I have to admit that I have a red set for when it warms up....but the black Washington Nationals cap stays.
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I grew up in Washington D.C. and was a big fan of the old Washington Senators. I was glad to see that the hat for the Nats looks a lot like the old Nats hat.

Also, I was really struggling with my mountain bike riding for a long time. One of the folks locally suggested that I'd be better on the trails if I did conditioning, especially LSD rides, on the road. He hit the proverbial nail with the third strike, right down the plate and through the uprights. Not only can I climb much better than I used to, but for some reason I'm clearing logs and such that I used to be terrified of. And my complection is also clearing up.

The downside of all of this is that I had a bunch of work I was supposed to do, but I can't concentrate on it right now. I think that's called Acute Carbon Intoxication.
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