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Old 05-23-08, 10:16 PM   #1
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My new ride

After bad advice by one LBS resulting in a very expensive mistake I passed my ill fitting Madone 4.5 to a new home. I am sure a person with a different build will appriciate this bike more than I did.

I have since changed bike shops and with the help of their great staff I finally got my dream ride put together. Been a long time since I had such a good fitting bike.

Frame is a Look 585 Optimum with all D/A except for the FSA SL-K Carbon Crank and Mega Expo Ceramic Bottom Bracket. Ritchey Matrix Carbon Stem and Evolution Bars, Easton EC90 Carbon Seat Post, my Red Sella Italia SLR Gel Flow from my previous ride, a Mavic WinTech ES Computer, Mavic Ksyrium ES Wheels, Conti GP 4000 Tires, BBB Carbon Bottle Brackets and Keo Sprint Pedals

After my first short ride all I can say is what a dream. I was in such a rush to ride it after I got home that I forgot my gloves. Since we used some Fizik gel under the Red Fizik tape together with this superb carbon frame and full carbon fork I hardly missed my gloves.

Thanks to everyone on this forum for their help with some of my more inane questions as I performed my due diligence the second time around. The questions may have seemed weird but there is a method to my madness.

By the way, One of the things I learned is that there is a vast difference in release force between the Ultegra SPD-SL pedal and the Look Keo Sprint. If you have knees like mine that have seen a dislocation or two in the past, you will appreciate the ease of exiting out of the Keo. Regardless of how the Shimano's were adjusted, they were much harder to get out of.

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Old 05-24-08, 05:25 AM   #2
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Love the new bike Red & black are my favorite colors.

Finding a good LBS and a good fitting bike are the most important things in my book.
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Old 05-24-08, 05:52 AM   #3
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Really nice bike!
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Old 05-24-08, 06:41 AM   #4
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Congrats on your success in getting what you want. It is a nice looking bike with that color scheme. Continue to 'enjoy the ride'.
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Nice ride, I know your going to love that CF, have fun.
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Very very nice bike. But then again, I am biased to LOOK bikes

Now, flip the stem, take some spacers out, and ride the heck of that bike!!!
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Good to hear you found a bike that you like. It doesn't matter what type or brand of bike you get, what matters is if it fits you then you will ride it.
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Great looking bike; I'm sure it rides well, too.
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Very very nice bike. But then again, I am biased to LOOK bikes

Now, flip the stem, take some spacers out, and ride the heck of that bike!!!
We left the steer tube long and the stem up so I can get into my grove. When I can comfortably bend a bit more will be shortening and flipping. At least the LBS knew enough to take me one step at a time. The owner was a pro racer and a semi pro bike coach. He is also in his early 60s and understands the needs of someone our age. Nothing against all of the science that has take over the sport but there is something to be said for experience and a good eye too.
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One of the things I learned is that there is a vast difference in release force between the Ultegra SPD-SL pedal and the Look Keo Sprint. If you have knees like mine that have seen a dislocation or two in the past, you will appreciate the ease of exiting out of the Keo. Regardless of how the Shimano's were adjusted, they were much harder to get out of.
I second that. I got SPD-SLs when I bought my new bike in February. It takes an aggressive twist of the ankle to disengage from the pedal.
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Definitely a first-class bike. Coongratulations!
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Looks nice. What did it cost you?
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Wishing you good health and happiness with your new bike. Second time's a charm!
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