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    just keep riding BluesDawg's Avatar
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    I've gone plastic!

    My brand new Roubaix SL3 Expert, size 58. I just brought it home today and only had time for a very short ride before dark. The ride is amazing. I have a few tweaks to make before it fits just right, but it is close. I may need to get a shorter stem, especially if I take off the spacers. I can't wait to take it out for a long ride.




    Last edited by BluesDawg; 12-17-10 at 11:11 PM.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    You'd feel better if you put some barcons on it. I know you would. Think of Ribby.

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    Wow! Plastic, indeed. But not like a Bic pen.dispatch_bic.gif
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    All along I thought you were a mtn biker, and - voila - a brand new road bike. It looks great, even for plastic.

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    Wowsers, BD! Congratulations.

    Juxtapositioned as it is, against those walking sticks in the first pic, makes this story quite profound.


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    Sweet!! ENJOY!
    Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
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    I see some very fast rides in your future....Awesome machine.
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    Great looking machine. The Zerks smooth out the ride?

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    Congratulations! Black Specialized bikes are fast and love to climb.
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    I now believe that any change is possible. Nice bike!
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    I like to see pictures of bikes in the living room.
    Only thing better is a bike on a workstand and a little grease on the carpet in the living room.

    Enjoy the new ride.
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    I remember you saying you were building up a bike but never realised that it was going to be this quick.

    Nice build and hopefully you can get the bugs out of the fit after your first ride.

    Ride report required now.
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    Mmmmmm

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    good one BD. Congratulations.
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    A real Black Beauty!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    I remember you saying you were building up a bike but never realised that it was going to be this quick.

    Nice build and hopefully you can get the bugs out of the fit after your first ride.

    Ride report required now.
    I changed my mind about doing the build with the Pro frame. I decided just to go with the Expert.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    Juxtapositioned as it is, against those walking sticks in the first pic, makes this story quite profound.
    My thought exactly. That photo should become iconic of the 50+ forum.

    Plus, of course, the big CD rack. Straight from the 80s.

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    Welcome to the dark side. After all, you did get the stealth version. Very cool looking ride.
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    Congratulations. The more you ride it the more you will love plastic!
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    Folks offer congratulations for new bikes as if you'd just become a parent. This may not be so far from the truth so I will add mine as well. You may find that people feel black bike ominous and that now they will fear you - this is good. I think it is amusing that you are buying a new bike while I'm waiting for snow to ski. on.

    I'm curious about your selection process. What were you looking for in a new bike? Did you do test rides? What does it weigh? (Like babies, the weight should always be provided.) My Specialized is black also and I really, really like it.

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    Pretty bike, BD. Good times ahead!

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    Exactly the model and color I test-rode, except for size. Amazing ride, huh?

    Congratulations, BD! Ride the hell out of it!
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    The Pro and the Expert use the same frame which is about the same as the sworks frame from the past two years (which I have for sale, in a 58, lol). It's hard to beat the Expert though as a complete bike for the money. Have fun on it!
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    Really nice bike, congratulations. I recently started riding a Cervelo RS, similarly equipped with Ultegra 6700, so I know you are in for some nice rides. The performance of the front derailleur is especially good, shifts so quick and smooth you almost don't notice it. Here's hoping you get some good riding weather now.

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    Congratulations on the beautiful piece of plastic. I'm jealous, but conflicted. Assuming I ever had the disposable income to reasonably consider such a purchase, part of me covets this bike very much, while the other part worries that such a beautiful machine would be wasted on the likes of me (old and slow.)

    Keep us up to date on the course of your relationship with the black beauty.

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    Bah, congrats are overrated, I'm just glad you ditched the pie pan and lawyer stickers!

    Have fun w/ the new addition

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