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Old 07-26-08, 07:15 PM   #1
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She's got it narrowed down

Looks like my GF has just one final decision to make:

The Giant OCR Alliance, or the Giant TCRCW. Both great bikes.

Either way, I'm a bit put out. Where's the learning curve? Where's the "earning your way" to a better bike by proving yourself on a hybrid or mountain bike or something? And since when does someone go out and get a carbon bike with Ultregra components as their first bike? And where, pray tell, is it written that the GF gets to buy a better bike than what I'm riding now?

Sigh.

But hey -- it's fun shopping with her. I get to pretend the bike is for me.
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Old 07-26-08, 07:25 PM   #2
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Face it, Digital.

Other than the fact that they chose to hook up with us, they're way smarter than we are.

When the only thing that we read was car magazines or ones with naked lady fold-outs, they were reading about how to get your own way in a relationship. The contest isn't even close.
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Not everyone ponders, agonizes, second guesses and analyzes their way through life. You have found yourself a self-confident girlfriend.
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Have you led her to the Sidis yet?
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There's still a learning curve, she's starting out with Giant. She'll be near the end of the journey when you take her on a trip to Italy for a personal fitting and custom made steel frame full Campy bike.
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Just face it- you have done too good a job at convincing the DGette that quality counts.

And on the TCR CW----make certain she gets away from the Giant wheels.The OCR Alliance and TCR can come with Mavaic Aksiums which although not top of the range- are better than the Giant wheels.
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IMO-
my partner was guided my experiences etc to get a great bike; that she likes, is comfortable with, rides
well and wants to ride. the few hundred or so extra $$$, a small investment in domestic bliss.
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Old 07-27-08, 09:04 AM   #8
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This sounds right to me, DG. She isn't going through the long, try-this-starter-bike-first phase because you've accelerated her learning. And this also indicates she has confidence in you.

Now about the "earning your way" part... Any chance you were raised Catholic as I was? Sounds like a familiar theme.
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This sounds right to me, DG. She isn't going through the long, try-this-starter-bike-first phase because you've accelerated her learning. And this also indicates she has confidence in you.

Now about the "earning your way" part... Any chance you were raised Catholic as I was? Sounds like a familiar theme.
Not Catholic, but raised with plenty of guilt. Weren't we all?

Looks like we're off in a hour or so to be at the LBS when it opens. She has decided: the Giant TCRCW it shall be! (With Mavic Aksium wheels, Stapfam!)

Pics soon to follow (after our shakedown cruise around Coronado...) She just asked if we can bring the Point and Shoot with us!
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Looks like we're off in a hour or so to be at the LBS when it opens. She has decided: the Giant TCRCW it shall be! (With Mavic Aksium wheels, Stapfam!)
How do you manage it!!!! I suppose it is after all the test rides you had while choosing which Trek bike to get- that you have been able to pass on the tips on how to choose a bike. It can't be much more than a week since you mentioned the DGette was looking for a bike and there she is buying one without consulting us. Really isn't on. Hope the saddle hurts on the first 50 mile ride- next Wednesday.


I think you know my views on The TCR C frame
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Will it be a white bike? Or black as in Alpha and Omega?

Together you could be gray.
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There's still a learning curve, she's starting out with Giant. She'll be near the end of the journey when you take her on a trip to Italy for a personal fitting and custom made steel frame full Campy bike.
Yes, I agree with this. This new Giant is not the end game, it is only an intermediate step on the road to a high-end bike.

DG is misreading the situation. This is step 2 on her learning curve, with DG's Giant Cypress having been step 1.

I can't wait to read about steps 3 & 4.
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DG better start shopping around for his next bike if he's going to stay ahead of the GF.
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Old 07-27-08, 04:34 PM   #14
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Sounds like a good catch, Gary. Nuff said.
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Looks like my GF has just one final decision to make:

The Giant OCR Alliance, or the Giant TCRCW. Both great bikes.

Either way, I'm a bit put out. Where's the learning curve? Where's the "earning your way" to a better bike by proving yourself on a hybrid or mountain bike or something? And since when does someone go out and get a carbon bike with Ultregra components as their first bike? And where, pray tell, is it written that the GF gets to buy a better bike than what I'm riding now?

Sigh.

But hey -- it's fun shopping with her. I get to pretend the bike is for me.

Kids these days! Sheesh. They ain't got no learnin'.
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