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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 08-24-05, 08:05 PM   #2651
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It is my pride and joy.

The wheels are alright for a mid-level wheel. I had them trued once a few weeks after taking delivery of the bike and haven't touched them again since then. They're no longer *perfectly* true, but they're not rubbing against my brakes or anything so I'll leave it until my end of season tune-up. I've taken them over some pretty crappy roads and they've held up pretty well. I'm only 135lb, so I'm not punishing them anyway.

I'd like to get a set of 1500g wheels from Oddsandendos sometime next season, though I'm in no rush to replace these. They've served me well for 2000km.
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Old 08-24-05, 11:20 PM   #2652
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I took possession of my first road bike this past weekend - an 05 Bianchi Giro.
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Old 08-25-05, 12:35 AM   #2653
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that bianchi is pretty sexy.

hmai18, thanks for the feedback on the wheels.....i wish i was a little closer to 135 lbs......
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Old 08-25-05, 02:47 AM   #2654
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Here is mine again.....it is a re-post because I miss seeing it in here...if for no other reason :-)....2004 LeMond Tourmalet 57cm, 105/Ultegra. All stock except for the clipless MTB pedals, and after 6 months 1500 miles I am still in love with it. I plan on adding some new bar tape (green) and a Cateye Astrale 8 computer. This is my baby!

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Old 08-25-05, 09:02 AM   #2655
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i'm gonna join Brains Bandwagon

Sitting in my living room eager to get out

This was when I first got my camera and I was experimenting (No, its not my stand It was very nice though)

the front. The only difference is that now I have flare bars (I wish I had regular bars, but I got them as take offs for cheap, and i have black tape.

This is a pic of me during my first 40 miler, i was dying at this point. It was early spring late winter.

In the future I want to bet regular drops, maybe ergos. Also have Celeste tape. DO YOU FEEL THE LOVE! BAM!
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Old 08-25-05, 02:16 PM   #2656
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LOL!!! Brain? Isn't that a bodily organ?
No sweat hi, but it is Brian...one of my pet peeves since I was little...many moons ago.

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Old 08-25-05, 02:27 PM   #2657
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LOL!!! Brain? Isn't that a bodily organ?
No sweat hi, but it is Brian...one of my pet peeves since I was little...many moons ago.

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lol oh oops!
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Old 08-25-05, 02:39 PM   #2658
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It's all good man....that's been happening to me for as long as I can remember.
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Old 08-25-05, 05:43 PM   #2660
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'05 specialized transition.. enjoy.

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Old 08-25-05, 10:07 PM   #2661
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^wow thats a nice bike, must be very light
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^wow thats a nice bike, must be very light
its a large-tube aluminum frame with 105/tiagra, clip-on aerobars, a tripple crank and a *relatively* thick looking saddle....its definetly nice, but not exactly "very light" by road standards.
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Old 08-25-05, 11:27 PM   #2663
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here's my baby with its shiney new dura ace drivetrain and shifters (- the cranks)

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Old 08-25-05, 11:53 PM   #2664
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here's my baby with its shiney new dura ace drivetrain and shifters (- the cranks)
Nice. Like the color matched crank and tires. Are you an OCP? If your not you should check up their exclusive club having all that carbon and color matching
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its a large-tube aluminum frame with 105/tiagra, clip-on aerobars, a tripple crank and a *relatively* thick looking saddle....its definetly nice, but not exactly "very light" by road standards.
yeah its not light compared to the other bikes here... but i like it... i'm not a "hardcore" rider... just doing it because i need some cardio workout.. i hate running so i chose biking... also, i got it at a really good price that i could'nt resist...

i'll be doing some upgrades soon... but not now...
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yeah its not light compared to the other bikes here... but i like it... i'm not a "hardcore" rider... just doing it because i need some cardio workout.. i hate running so i chose biking... also, i got it at a really good price that i could'nt resist...

i'll be doing some upgrades soon... but not now...

Yeah its a totally sweet bike and very attractive, I very honestly hope you don't think i was trying to detract from it, i was just replying to Fightinirish's insight on the weight.

Very cool bike

Also, craign04, that Giant is really nice...i like giants a lot, and probably would have given them more thought if i hadn't been in love with Cervelo
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This is my new baby, I have had it for 4 weeks and have over 520km (325 mile) on it now. This bike use to be owned by an Australian Paralympian and I bought it off his brother. I got a nice signed photo of him winning 1 of his 2 Olympic Golds last year. He also informed me that he won his first Road World Championship in Italy on this bike...I am so proud to own it

Cannondale CAAD4 with limited edition paint finish
Ultegra 9 speed (Tiagra Front and Rear Derailler)
MAVIC Krysium Elite (Black) wheels

I am looking at adding a silver and black Fi:zik Arione soon and probably changing to chrome Elite bottle cages.

It is such a pleasure to ride, I owned a Cannondale 2.8 before this which are renowned for being extremely Stiff and Harsh and I must say that the CAAD4 is a great improvement. I am sure the Carbon Fork has a bit to do with this but the wishbone seatstays with there ergo shape probably help as well.




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Old 08-26-05, 06:33 PM   #2668
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Old 08-26-05, 10:19 PM   #2669
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stripped a few bikes now and seem to have arrived at a good configuration:

frame: 57cm gt titanium
cranks: dura ace 56-42 172.5mm
bottom bracket: dura ace octalink
cassette: dura ace 12-23 9 speed
chain: wipperman
derailleurs: dura ace
brake calipers: dura ace
pedals: speedplay x2
brifters: dura ace 9
handlebars: modolo 40cm
stem: 120mm -17degree litespeed titanium
fork: easton ec90 aero
headset: cane creek s2
wheels: dura ace hubs to deep v rims (3x 14g in the rear, radial 14g in the front)
seatpost: stella azzurra
saddle: flite

...comes in around 18.5 pounds and at a cost of less than $800.
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Old 08-26-05, 11:05 PM   #2670
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stripped a few bikes now and seem to have arrived at a good configuration:

frame: 57cm gt titanium
cranks: dura ace 56-42 172.5mm
bottom bracket: dura ace octalink
cassette: dura ace 12-23 9 speed
chain: wipperman
derailleurs: dura ace
brake calipers: dura ace
pedals: speedplay x2
brifters: dura ace 9
handlebars: modolo 40cm
stem: 120mm -17degree litespeed titanium
fork: easton ec90 aero
headset: cane creek s2
wheels: dura ace hubs to deep v rims (3x 14g in the rear, radial 14g in the front)
seatpost: stella azzurra
saddle: flite

...comes in around 18.5 pounds and at a cost of less than $800.
Schweet! I love putting together high bling bikes on the cheap.
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Yeah its a totally sweet bike and very attractive, I very honestly hope you don't think i was trying to detract from it, i was just replying to Fightinirish's insight on the weight.

Very cool bike

Also, craign04, that Giant is really nice...i like giants a lot, and probably would have given them more thought if i hadn't been in love with Cervelo
nah man!... we're cool... i was just replying to your response too

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stripped a few bikes now and seem to have arrived at a good configuration:

frame: 57cm gt titanium
cranks: dura ace 56-42 172.5mm
bottom bracket: dura ace octalink
cassette: dura ace 12-23 9 speed
chain: wipperman
derailleurs: dura ace
brake calipers: dura ace
pedals: speedplay x2
brifters: dura ace 9
handlebars: modolo 40cm
stem: 120mm -17degree litespeed titanium
fork: easton ec90 aero
headset: cane creek s2
wheels: dura ace hubs to deep v rims (3x 14g in the rear, radial 14g in the front)
seatpost: stella azzurra
saddle: flite

...comes in around 18.5 pounds and at a cost of less than $800.
That is a wild looking frame. I know I'm new to this and all, but I've never seen seat stays come up to the top tube like that -- does it offer any advantages or purely for looks?

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That is a wild looking frame. I know I'm new to this and all, but I've never seen seat stays come up to the top tube like that -- does it offer any advantages or purely for looks?

Adam
it's a GT thing and they've been absorbed by pacific, so mostly you won't see it except for on the mid to late 90's GTs. in theory, it offers a stiffer rear triangle. in practice, it must not offer much since no one else has taken up the design.
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First road bike.
Bianchi Premio
Big mix of components but it does have 105 shifters (they look cool in dark grey.) and Mavic wheels.
I just got back from my first ride. I couldnt be happier. It fits (or seems at least to the first timer) perfect. Very comfortable. I got it a week ago but held off posting it until i had a chance to test it out.


EDIT: Favorite part about it


Made in Italy

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Bought the frame used in 56cm but everything else is new,spec's below.
Trek Y-Foil 77 year 2000 carbon fiber frame & fork
Shimano Dura Ace 7800 double & brake calipers, cassette 12 - 25
Kestrel Ems carbon bars
Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL Wheelset
Aztec Viba Shock bar tape
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Cane Creek C2 headset
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Profile Design agua Rack
Bontrager RaceLite Hardcase 700x23c
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Trek Icon 100mm stem

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