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    Senior Member phantyk's Avatar
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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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    Thats a nice looking bike

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    Do you frequently seek advice after taking action?

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    You did fine, especially for a first road bike.

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    great price
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeybikebike View Post
    Do you frequently seek advice after taking action?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by phantyk View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kniveswood View Post
    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?
    Last edited by adamt; 12-18-08 at 11:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by YungBurke View Post
    From what I have heard, the CAAD9 frame is the ultimate entryish aluminum frame.
    Nothing "entryish" about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamt View Post
    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.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeybikebike View Post
    Do you frequently seek advice after taking action?
    Many people do; seeking validation of their purchase from others to avoid buyer's remorse. Nothing wrong with that.

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    Perfect bike
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    Knowing's half the battle SushiJoe's Avatar
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by SushiJoe View Post
    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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    Knowing's half the battle SushiJoe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by phantyk View Post
    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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