Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Eddy Merckx SXM, LeMond Buenos Aires, Cannondale Road Warrior 1000 plus a couple of comforts (Specialized Crossroads and Giant Cyprus) and a beater mtb for around town.
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I gots me a new bike--sort of
Well, it is a new bike, but it is (almost) identical to the LeMond Buenos Aires that Ms Inattentive broke for me a couple of weeks ago (Bike gets killed by inattentive driver
Before I got this "new" bike, I rode lots of things including an Eddy Merckx, Quintana Roo, Cervelo Team Solo, Orbea Onix (nice bike), Specialized Roubaix, Trek Madone 5.2 and 6.9, Seven Ti (wow), and learned the following...I really like carbon. Both aluminum and titanium let you know where every little bump in the road is....my butt is too old for that. Also, after all is said and done, I like the Buenos Aires a lot, so that is what I got. At the price point, it is as good as I need. My lbs got me an excellent deal from Trek because of the cracked frame.
The only difference from my old bike is that the new bike has a factory installed front triple (50-39-30) so I won't have to get a compact installed. I also got a fitting to make sure that the seat, stem, pedals, etc are all optimal for me. Got a set of Shimano 540 pedals and new road shoes. We'll see how all this works out. I have the bike at home all shinny and ready to ride, but Mrs TLC has asked me not to go out in the current heat, so I still have no ride report.
Trek gets the old frame back, but I can keep the 105 and Ultegra bits, seat, handle bars and wheels. Probably will sell them on Craig's list when I get them all inventoried and cleaned up.
While I am happy to have new wheels, I am not as thrilled as when I got the BA back in April. Ride report and photos as weather permits.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.