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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 12-18-08, 11:18 AM   #1
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So I got my first road bike.. (CAAD9)

I just won this on Ebay. I'm a novice at road biking and this will be my first true road bike. Did I do alright?

http://cgi.ebay.com/2009-Cannondale-CAAD9-54cm_W0QQitemZ290282221346QQcmdZViewItemQQptZRoad_Bikes?hash=item290282221346&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_ trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

That's the URL, hopefully it shows up. I'm excited but intimidated at the same time. I'm a college student so spending this type of money is uncommon.

Flame on!

Edit: Here's a big shout out to Paul Barnard from LA. He's on bikeforums and has been an invaluable asset in assisting me with getting started in cycling. Thanks Paul!

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Old 12-18-08, 11:24 AM   #2
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Thats a nice looking bike
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Old 12-18-08, 11:27 AM   #3
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Do you frequently seek advice after taking action?
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Old 12-18-08, 11:30 AM   #4
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You did fine, especially for a first road bike.
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Old 12-18-08, 11:35 AM   #5
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great price
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I know I did fine, I just like to hear what others think about it. You can flame better than that...
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Nice bike. Infinitely upgradeable frame.
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I know I did fine, I just like to hear what others think about it. You can flame better than that...
Without doubt a nice bike. But I'm not sure about its new rider who flame-baits.
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From what I have heard, the CAAD9 frame is the ultimate entryish aluminum frame. That is, it is very upgradable without wasting money. But what do I know, I ride steel.
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Without doubt a nice bike. But I'm not sure about its new rider who flame-baits.
I was just preparing myself for what seems the inevitable on these forums. I have frequented these forums for three months now and have seen enough senseless belittling of new riders. I am not trying to appear cocky or initiate conflict, but if someone does end up flaming as is typical, I am ready and it won't phase me.
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i love that bike! If it was a 56 I would have bought it.

good purchase. Personally I just bought a caad9 as well - a 2008 though. Reynolds UL fork...

I personally think the Caad9 frame is one of the best 2.5 hour frames made. It sprints and it climbs. It is cheap to replace if it goes down.

Is there a better crit frame?

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Nice bike. Infinitely upgradeable frame.
That's what I'm hoping. That was one of the main reasons I ended up choosing the CAAD9 as I picked up on that sentiment from frequenting these forums.

Thanks for all the comments everyone!
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From what I have heard, the CAAD9 frame is the ultimate entryish aluminum frame.
Nothing "entryish" about it.
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i love that bike! If it was a 56 I would have bought it.

good purchase. Personally I just bought a caad9 as well - a 2008 though. Reynolds UL fork...

I personally think the Caad9 frame is one of the best 2.5 hour frames made. It sprints and it climbs. It is cheap to replace if it goes down.

Is there a better privateer race frame?
Fixed, and no.
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Excellent choice.
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Hey I got the exact same thing! Same size, R6, and barely used. Except mine was the 2008 version. That's a great bike and a really price.
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Tough to beat at that price!

And the mix of sora-tiagra is not bad since only the front derailleur is sora.

Now go ride it.
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Many people do; seeking validation of their purchase from others to avoid buyer's remorse. Nothing wrong with that.
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Great first bike, by the way!
NOTE: But please do remove the dork disc from the rear wheel upon arrival.
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Great first bike, by the way!
NOTE: But please do remove the dork disc from the rear wheel upon arrival.
What exactly is the dork disk, that plastic thing behind the rear derailleur? What is it for? How do I take it off?

Thanks! I wouldn't want to be a noob and a dork!
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What exactly is the dork disk, that plastic thing behind the rear derailleur? What is it for? How do I take it off?

Thanks! I wouldn't want to be a noob and a dork!
lol!
Yes, the clear plastic disc (behind the cassette). And yes, "noob and a dork" is a frightening and terrible combination.

If you don't want to do it yourself, your LBS would probably do it for free. But really, it's pretty easy.
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You could do it the right way by taking off the cassette first, which requires a cassette tool and a chain whip. Or you could do it the caloso way, which requires tin snips or garden shears. Just don't cut off a finger.
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Good choice. Got the exact same one, it was my second bike purchase. I'm looking forward to building it to the 14-15lb range.
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I'm also thinking about building a CAAD race bike. Tough to beat.
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