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    New To The Sport!! Help Needed

    Hello everyone and thanks for having such a great forum where people like me can hopefully get some help...

    So i have decided to finally go ahead and fulfill my dream lol. I have always wanted to buy a road bike but never really got the itch.. That is until the weather became super nice..

    So last week i purchased a 2010 Specialized Tarmac Pro Dura Ace ($4500) i know its a bit overkill for a beginner but i didn't want to fall in love with the sport and have to upgrade.
    I also purchased a pair of specialized S Works road shoes color black, purchased shimano dura ace 7810 pedals, specialized S Works Helmet Color red, a pair of bontrager shorts and last but not least a cateye double wireless.

    I guess im here to find out what the hell i need to know and see if i can meet some people in the Edison NJ area that i can ride with as well as try to find out how i can learn about the bike and how to fix or modify it if need be.

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    Welcome to BikeForums. $4500 on your first bike? I guess you won the lottery.
    Stop by the Northeast Regional subforum and you should meet lots of riders in your area.
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    With the N+1, you will shortly need another bike. Don't worry you will find a reason to justify it.
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    $4500 is a big investment for something you don't even know you're going to stick with. you could of started w/ a Trek 2.1 or a Cannondale CAAD9 for much less and have been just as happy w/ your first purchase. I can say i just picked up my first road bike recently and I already have upgradtitis
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    That is a lot of money to spend to find out what type of bike to buy next, but I hope you are really enjoying doing it.
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    You probably should have bought an Allez first, see if you like the sport even...

    You must have money to spare...

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    Welcome to BF and enjoy the ride with the new bike. That's a lot to spend on a bike if you aren't even sure if you will like it or not. Just ride it and put on the miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by School View Post
    Hello everyone and thanks for having such a great forum where people like me can hopefully get some help...

    So i have decided to finally go ahead and fulfill my dream lol. I have always wanted to buy a road bike but never really got the itch.. That is until the weather became super nice..

    So last week i purchased a 2010 Specialized Tarmac Pro Dura Ace ($4500) i know its a bit overkill for a beginner but i didn't want to fall in love with the sport and have to upgrade.
    I also purchased a pair of specialized S Works road shoes color black, purchased shimano dura ace 7810 pedals, specialized S Works Helmet Color red, a pair of bontrager shorts and last but not least a cateye double wireless.

    I guess im here to find out what the hell i need to know and see if i can meet some people in the Edison NJ area that i can ride with as well as try to find out how i can learn about the bike and how to fix or modify it if need be.

    Thanks
    Dennis
    Good choice on a first bike even if it might be a bit agressive to some. One of the things you will find in forums like these is it is hard to get you purchase right for anyone but you. If you bought a less expensive bike some would say you should have bought a more expensive bike. If you got an Aluminum bike some would have suggested a CF bike. Some might even suggest a steel bike. But you have what many of us would have moved to anyway at least with the equipment. If you stick with it that will be as much bike as you need for many years to come.

    Simply ask at some of your LBS and they can point you to groups to ride with or as some have suggested look in the sub forums for your area. But be warned you still will be looking for wheels and more than likely a saddle. If you end up riding with a group just see what the others are riding and you will soon learn what you need.

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    Congrats on your new purchase. I think a lot of us are just jealous. I know I am...

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    I'm curious, School. Did someone who seemed like they knew what they were doing at the place you bought this great bike help you get fitted to it? What got changed from the time they pulled it off the hook til you rolled out the door?
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    This reminds me why I never go into road...........thanks guys.

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    thanks for all the advice guys. i actually purchased this bike out of state. im pretty much going to ride it right out the box as soon as it put together by my lbs. The reason for not getting it there was because buying it out of state i paid far less and didnt have to pay sales tax. I know its a bit over kill for my first bike but i dont like to half ass stuff. Hopefully i can meet some friendly riders and learn a great deal..

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    For local contacts, see http://www.bikeleague.org/cogs/resou...19&submit.y=13

    Great bike, by the way.

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    tomorrow i will be riding for my first time lol. so far i do think i need a more comfortable saddle

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    where is a good place to learn when i should and shouldnt change gears and were to know what gear i should be in

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    Quote Originally Posted by School View Post
    where is a good place to learn when i should and shouldnt change gears and were to know what gear i should be in
    If your lungs are hurting more than your legs, shift up. If your legs are hurting more than your lungs, shift down. If neither are hurting, keep pedaling and enjoy the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by School View Post
    where is a good place to learn when i should and shouldnt change gears and were to know what gear i should be in
    Here's a good link.
    http://www.bikeleague.org/resources/...ingcycling.php


    Just curious. If you paid $4500 for the bike, how much did you pay for your shorts, jersey, shoes, and helmet?
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    Cool! I love that you committed and that you are "all in." I disagree with the people that say you went overboard. That is one nice ride! I guess you could have gone the route that many people do... Buy a $700 bike, ride it a few times, and say, "oh well, I didn't spend too much" and let it sit in the garage... Or really get into cycling after the $700 purchase and realize that you didn't buy nearly enough bicycle for the enjoyment of the sport and go out and spend $4500 on a new bike. Either way - the $700 didn't get you what you wanted and you still spent it. As long as that $4500 doesn't take food out of the mouths of your kids, I'm all for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Congrats on your new purchase. I think a lot of us are just jealous. I know I am...
    Okay, just how did you manage to get into my head???
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Here's a good link.
    http://www.bikeleague.org/resources/...ingcycling.php


    Just curious. If you paid $4500 for the bike, how much did you pay for your shorts, jersey, shoes, and helmet?
    i got my shorts for $112 my shoes for 300 and helmet was 200 and the cateye was 60

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs hunter View Post
    Okay, just how did you manage to get into my head???

    hunter lets go devils

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    Quote Originally Posted by School View Post
    hunter lets go devils


    So, how did you like that 7-3 triumph over the Islanders? It was a nice way to bid "the Igloo" goodbye, with a strong victory and a retrospective of the great names and triumphs of the past.

    Hail, Mario!
    "And the rubber is hand-rolled on the thighs of 20 young, Italian virgins, clad only in white thongs, trying to stay cool." -'Urbanmonk' on the virtues of Campagnolo

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs hunter View Post


    So, how did you like that 7-3 triumph over the Islanders? It was a nice way to bid "the Igloo" goodbye, with a strong victory and a retrospective of the great names and triumphs of the past.

    Hail, Mario!
    lol i didn't like it we are battling you for the division. it seems the devils cant beat the **** teams but play well against the good ones. Mario is the greatest goal scorer to play the game hand down if he didnt have any injury's he would of surpassed Gretzky goal scoring wise. Im a devils season ticket holder

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    It must be the tough economic times. I find more posts in the forums about how much something costs rather than how something performs.

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of cycling. People are going to think you are a poseur for buying an expensive bike and not being able to ride it very well. On the other hand if you had bought an old bike and wore normal clothes they would look down on you for being a fred. Its a catch 22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitchpole View Post
    Welcome to the wonderful world of cycling. People are going to think you are a poseur for buying an expensive bike and not being able to ride it very well.
    Expensive bikes "ride" (wheels on the ground) very similar to cheap bikes. However, they do crash (wheels to the sky) different.

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