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    Nice ride SushiJoe ^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
    ^^Was that up Trail Ridge Road? When? That road is closed now for the winter. I'd like to do that ride sometime but traffic sucks and the road is narrow and most of the cars are driven by out of state idiots that don't know how to drive in the mountains. I know they did some work on that road over the summer but not sure if it got any more bike friendly or not. I wish they would do a few "no car" days during the summer.
    Yep! It was actually August last year but thought it'd be relevant to post here. Re: narrow road and out of state motorists, that = correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo_Tut View Post
    Nice ride SushiJoe ^^^
    Thanks! I've had a lot of bikes but this is the one that's left. A lot of it is due to the fact that the rest of my stable fetched more on eBay, but this bikes fits me like a glove-- perfectly set up.

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    Soon to join the cult. LBS has a leftover CAAD9-4 (in BBQ black ) and I'm putting it on layaway next weekend - if the Mrs. didn't spend too much money Black Friday shopping that is.... Will need to go with a heavier duty wheelset for sure since I am classified as an Uber-Clyde. Any recommendations on a budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassjones View Post
    Soon to join the cult. LBS has a leftover CAAD9-4 (in BBQ black ) ...
    Welcome to the BBQ Side!


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    Well, I'm lovin' the caad. I was a bit worried about buying a racing bike. I'm not a racer, have no desire to be a racer, and couldn't if I wanted to. But I really liked the bike and felt I'd be more likely to ride it if I enjoyed it. Well, I've been out several times now despite the cold and it's certainly a fun bike. Sorry for the lame pic but better than nothing. Took this two days ago. 31 degs and fairly strong 25 gusting to 35 mph winds. Not the best day to ride but even a bad day on the caad is a good day. And, yes, freding it up with the mismatched bottles and mtb pedals but who asked you. I'm having fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
    Well, I'm lovin' the caad. I was a bit worried about buying a racing bike. I'm not a racer, have no desire to be a racer, and couldn't if I wanted to. But I really liked the bike and felt I'd be more likely to ride it if I enjoyed it. Well, I've been out several times now despite the cold and it's certainly a fun bike. Sorry for the lame pic but better than nothing. Took this two days ago. 31 degs and fairly strong 25 gusting to 35 mph winds. Not the best day to ride but even a bad day on the caad is a good day. And, yes, freding it up with the mismatched bottles and mtb pedals but who asked you. I'm having fun.

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    ^^^ Do your white hoods get dirty pretty quick? I've always wondered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmai18 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
    700c rear/650c front?
    Rear wheel is closer to the camera. Distortion through perspective, not an actual size difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BmoreDrew View Post
    I like my brakes very close, so that you can juuuuuuuuuust see between them and the rim. they almost look like they are touching, thats how close they should be. or at least, that is how I've always had my brakes setup and seen them come from the shop.
    This is a personal preference thing, but I set up my brakes so that when I squeeze the brake levers, they quit squishing right before the lever hits the bar. They're not as touchy (IMO), while reducing the chance of braking while shifting (a Shimano semi-issue, of course) and, more importantly, let me get a better grip on the lever so I can get some more braking power.

    Besides, there's enough travel built into the calipers to allow for reach adjustment at the levers, so it's not like I'm losing maximum braking power, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wens View Post
    Rear wheel is closer to the camera. Distortion through perspective, not an actual size difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassjones View Post
    Soon to join the cult. LBS has a leftover CAAD9-4 (in BBQ black ) and I'm putting it on layaway next weekend - if the Mrs. didn't spend too much money Black Friday shopping that is.... Will need to go with a heavier duty wheelset for sure since I am classified as an Uber-Clyde. Any recommendations on a budget?
    Did you consult with Cannondale regarding the weight limit on their CAAD9 frames? You seem to be losing weight quickly, but you might still want to check to make sure it is suitable for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    This is a personal preference thing, but I set up my brakes so that when I squeeze the brake levers, they quit squishing right before the lever hits the bar. They're not as touchy (IMO), while reducing the chance of braking while shifting (a Shimano semi-issue, of course) and, more importantly, let me get a better grip on the lever so I can get some more braking power.

    Besides, there's enough travel built into the calipers to allow for reach adjustment at the levers, so it's not like I'm losing maximum braking power, either.
    arghh im trying to get my issue figured out right now on the mechanics forum ...i have sram, my first was shimano and the brakes were a fair distance away.. but now i have a new bike and the shop guy said it was 'better' i thought i give it a try, its nicer to just tap it, but i also know what u mean when its a 'shimano semi-issue' thing cuz of the shifting concept.

    how did yall tighten the headset on yalls bikes? was there a tool involved or just human strength? mine has a little bit of play in it...
    yeeha! lets go biking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fa63 View Post
    Did you consult with Cannondale regarding the weight limit on their CAAD9 frames? You seem to be losing weight quickly, but you might still want to check to make sure it is suitable for you.
    i guess that would be recommended but isn't caad like one of the stiffest frames?
    yeeha! lets go biking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hkboy313 View Post
    how did yall tighten the headset on yalls bikes? was there a tool involved or just human strength? mine has a little bit of play in it...
    1- Go here:
    http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...eadset-service

    2- Scroll almost all the way down to where it says "Headset Adjustment - Threadless Type".

    3- Read and follow the step-by-step instructions and you are good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hkboy313 View Post
    i guess that would be recommended but isn't caad like one of the stiffest frames?
    Stiffness and strength are not the same thing. It would be a good idea to check just to make sure that the bike is structurally capable of supporting the rider's weight to avoid a potential failure.
    Last edited by fa63; 11-29-10 at 05:29 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fa63 View Post
    Did you consult with Cannondale regarding the weight limit on their CAAD9 frames? You seem to be losing weight quickly, but you might still want to check to make sure it is suitable for you.
    yes. there is no weight limit on the caad9 frame. the only real issue will be the wheels. Of course, the stock RS10s suck anyway and would be the first thing anybody would likely replace, aside from maybe the seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hkboy313 View Post
    arghh im trying to get my issue figured out right now on the mechanics forum ...i have sram, my first was shimano and the brakes were a fair distance away.. but now i have a new bike and the shop guy said it was 'better' i thought i give it a try, its nicer to just tap it, but i also know what u mean when its a 'shimano semi-issue' thing cuz of the shifting concept.
    Even with Sram, I'd set the brakes the same way. A short tap for shifting is nice (and why I would get Red shifters if I switched from Shimano), but having a similarly short tap for braking is unnecessary, IMO.

    how did yall tighten the headset on yalls bikes? was there a tool involved or just human strength? mine has a little bit of play in it...
    Go here and scroll down to "Headset Adjustment - Threadless Type":
    http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...eadset-service

    Basically, the top cap holds the whole fork-headset-top tube assembly together. It does this as it presses down on the stem and any spacers you have. To make adjustments, then, you need to loosen the stem's bolts a bit so that it's free to slide down the fork's steerer tube. Make sure that the headset's bottom bearings are seated, do the same with the top bearings, then secure everything by tightening the top cap. The last bolts to tighten are the stem bolts; do those when you're sure that the headset is secure and, of course, the stem is pointed straight ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fa63 View Post
    Stiffness and strength are not the same thing. It would be a good idea to check just to make sure that the bike is structurally capable of supporting the rider's weight to avoid a potential failure.
    oops sorry, thats what i mean
    yeeha! lets go biking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassjones View Post
    yes. there is no weight limit on the caad9 frame.
    Good deal (as long as that piece of information came direct from Cannondale and not a bike shop employee).
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    Noob question...is it generally cheaper to buy a frame set and do your own build? I've wanted a CAAD 9 forever and I'm about to pull the trigger, but I may go the build route if I can save a good chunk of change. I'd need a 54cm frame, so if anyone knows of a good source I'm all ears!

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    ^It can be if you spend a lot of time on eBay/craigslist/slowtwitch and make sure you get a good deal on everything you buy.

    However, it will most likely end up costing more. Believe it or not, there isn't a huge markup on pre-built bikes (for the most part).
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