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Old 12-17-10, 10:28 PM   #1
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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.





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Old 12-17-10, 10:37 PM   #2
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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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Old 12-17-10, 10:47 PM   #3
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Wow! Plastic, indeed. But not like a Bic pen.
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Old 12-17-10, 10:52 PM   #4
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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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Old 12-17-10, 11:07 PM   #5
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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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Old 12-17-10, 11:09 PM   #6
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Sweet!! ENJOY!
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I see some very fast rides in your future....Awesome machine.
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Old 12-17-10, 11:19 PM   #8
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Great looking machine. The Zerks smooth out the ride?
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Old 12-17-10, 11:23 PM   #9
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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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Old 12-18-10, 02:40 AM   #11
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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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Old 12-18-10, 04:31 AM   #12
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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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Old 12-18-10, 05:25 AM   #13
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Mmmmmm

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Scuse me, I have to get a towel, I've drooled on my keyboard.






good one BD. Congratulations.
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A real Black Beauty!!
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Old 12-18-10, 06:48 AM   #15
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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.
I changed my mind about doing the build with the Pro frame. I decided just to go with the Expert.
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Old 12-18-10, 07:52 AM   #16
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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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Old 12-18-10, 08:02 AM   #17
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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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Old 12-18-10, 08:40 AM   #18
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Congratulations. The more you ride it the more you will love plastic!
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Old 12-18-10, 08:54 AM   #19
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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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Old 12-18-10, 09:19 AM   #20
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Pretty bike, BD. Good times ahead!
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Old 12-18-10, 09:34 AM   #21
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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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Old 12-18-10, 09:37 AM   #22
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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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Old 12-18-10, 09:52 AM   #23
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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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Old 12-18-10, 10:42 AM   #24
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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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Old 12-18-10, 11:19 AM   #25
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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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