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    Semper Fi, A way of life. qcpmsame's Avatar
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    First ride on my new bike, finally!!!

    Well it took long enough, 1 week since I bought the new CAAD 10 but I finally got that first ride today. I installed a Specialized cycle computer and bottle cages when I got home from work and a trip to my LBS. It weighs 18.5 lbs with pedals and nothing else added on it.

    The bike: It is the light blue and orange "Ford GT-40" Gulf Racing, LeMans livery. it rides so smooth compared to my R500 and I liked that frame a lot. The carbon fork and the SAVE frame technology do make a difference in how the bumps are absorbed as do the Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels (20 spokes, radial lace front, and 24 spoke, radial on the non-drive side and cross 2 on the drive side.) I never ride wheels like this and these are Fulcrum's entry level alloy rim. I deliberately took the roughest route and path I could. Wow!

    The SRAM Rival shifted very well, a slight hesitation on the FD going up to the big ring but, I'll let the LBS take care of adjustments for now. I need to adjust to the SRAM brifter's tap system but it seems fine once I made a few shifts. Time will help here. I could tell immediately I needed to flip the stem up as my R500's stem was (done when I got home). Reach and bar width are spot on for my body's build. The Prologo saddle was actually fairly comfortable but, it isn't my B-17 or a Professional Brooks, still I am going to leave it on for now, seems to work fine for my butt. Brakes were as good as the 105 I had on the R500, cannot complain here.

    I really think I got the bicycle i needed and wanted. Thanks to the LBS, Cyclesports of Pensacola, for taking all the time to choose and properly fit the CAAD 10 to me and for a sweet price I literally could not refuse. I didn't find anything other than the hesitation going up on the FD. Thanks for bearing with me while I waited to ride my baby.

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    Pics or it didn't happen!

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    18.5 lbs? That's only half a bike in my world.
    Congrats and enjoy the new bike.
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    Four paragraphs and you didn't mention the bike's color. Something's wrong....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Four paragraphs and you didn't mention the bike's color. Something's wrong....

    Please tell us you got that brushed/raw aluminum color!

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    I mean, this ain't happening. A new bike, first ride report and NO PICTURES... Come on now!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cehowardGS View Post
    I mean, this ain't happening. A new bike, first ride report and NO PICTURES... Come on now!!
    Flagrant violation of Level One BF Norm- let us shun him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cehowardGS View Post
    I mean, this ain't happening. A new bike, first ride report and NO PICTURES... Come on now!!
    Perhaps he had to pawn his camera to help pay for the bike.

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    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-today-for-me!
    N+1 came a week ago. Nice to hear the ride report finally came through with flying colors!

    Enjoy the new ride!!

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    Pics this afternoon, I promise. Please not the dreaded shunning, Augggghhhh. I wanted the nice brushed aluminum and black but the only one they had was a 50cm feminine geometry, as Cannondale calls their women's bicycles. I really didn't want to wait for the aluminum finish to be ordered. I got the light blue and orange "Ford GT-40" Gulf Racing livery. I really like it and I am looking for a scale model of the LeMans winner to build and display above the 10 4 in my living room. (wife lets me keep it there, actually.) That is where the N+1 picture was taken. Garage door, big ring, drive side pic this afternoon. Please don't beat me or banish me to the 41 for this level 1 norm transgression!!!!!

    My son took the R500 out and really enjoyed his afternoon ride. He has shin splints when he runs, as did I, and he wants to ride with me and Monica now. That is just icing on the cake for me!
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    Bill,

    I was wondering when you were going to post a first ride report. Glad to hear that the bike meets all of your expectations. I got a call yesterday that my N+1 came in and is ready for pickup. I'm going to pick it up this morning and will post photos of it and give a ride report, if I get a chance to ride it today. If not the ride report will come tomorrow.
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    Just post the pics, or risk the dreaded shunning lead by Billydonn

    Here is the indoors picture to try and head off the dreaded shunning. Peace Billydonn, I won't let it happen again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Just post the pics, or risk the dreaded shunning lead by Billydonn

    Here is the indoors picture to try and head off the dreaded shunning. Peace Billydonn, I won't let it happen again.
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    I think "try" is material here; it's going to be a close-run thing, qcp. True, you did post a pic here before posting in the 41 (by about three hours, to your credit); however, 'they' got three, we got one.

    I dunno; may still call for shunning-light. The 50+ hive-mind will no doubt arrive at a suitable punishment for this transgression.

    Niiiice C'Dale, btw!

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    Nice looking ride. Hope you get many, many happy miles out of it.
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    No Pie on the first ride

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    Great bike and glad it is everything you wanted it to be.
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    A nice Ford GT-40 and a Gulf stickers on the top tube is needed

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    That is one ugly bike. (awkward silence) Just kidding! Nice looking ride!
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    Here are the required garage door pictures y'all.

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    The road pic is Schifko Road where we live and start/finish our rides. Downhill finish today but into a south headwind. Still all good.

    This is such a sweet riding bicycle I cannot believe the difference in technology and how they absorb the rough spots. Got the FD shifting correctly with a simple cable tightening at the adjuster. A Avenir seat bag, spare tire, tube and Park Tools patch kit/levers are enroute from Amazon. Stapfam, Pie was good when I got home. Chocolate oatmeal crispy pie with chocolate milk is so good. Wife made it.

    Okay, let the tort.............. punishment begin. I throw myself at the mercy of Billydonn, Stapfam and Dnvrfox, the council elders.

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    Congrats on the new bike. Nothing like having a new one.
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    Beautiful/gorgeous bike, and so is the color with accents on fork and stays--enjoy--but seriously: you have hills in Florida?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Here are the required garage door pictures y'all.


    The road pic is Schifko Road where we live and start/finish our rides. Downhill finish today but into a south headwind. Still all good.

    This is such a sweet riding bicycle I cannot believe the difference in technology and how they absorb the rough spots. Got the FD shifting correctly with a simple cable tightening at the adjuster. A Avenir seat bag, spare tire, tube and Park Tools patch kit/levers are enroute from Amazon. Stapfam, Pie was good when I got home. Chocolate oatmeal crispy pie with chocolate milk is so good. Wife made it.

    Okay, let the tort.............. punishment begin. I throw myself at the mercy of Billydonn, Stapfam and Dnvrfox, the council elders.

    Bill
    Sweeeet ride. But now you have broken the heart of all the steel frame, tripple chainring, fender and 700cx32 group. But they have hope because there is always N+1.
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    Nice bike, Bill.

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    Very impressive, and I love the paint job, even if there is no Gulf sticker on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by VNA View Post
    Beautiful/gorgeous bike, and so is the color with accents on fork and stays--enjoy--but seriously: you have hills in Florida?
    I should have used a smilie there, the picture shows the road's grade at our home and around here that is a "hill". Where TomD77 lives, in Santa Rosa County we do have some rollers where streams (cold water creeks, in our parlance) have cut their paths that will give you an enjoyable workout but certainly not a HILL as y'all know them. I go to the University of West Florida's drive in from U.S. 90 to do some what we consider hill work. 6.2 miles of nice rollers and quiet road!

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    Beautiful bike!!! Around here an interstate overpass is a hill.

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