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  1. I dunno. I would think a carbon bike would be...

    I dunno. I would think a carbon bike would be completely black under the paint unless the primer is white.
  2. "street look" to avoid getting stolen? If that's...

    "street look" to avoid getting stolen? If that's true, could be a good buy. But if it's "street look" because of street abuse, that's a whole different story. Basically, are those scratches or is...
  3. I would ride it first to get a feel for what it...

    I would ride it first to get a feel for what it is. Then decide what you don't like about it and pimp that mutha out!
  4. Like I said, there is a limit to what we...

    Like I said, there is a limit to what we individually can do. No amount of training will make you like Lance Armstrong.

    I used to pedal at 14mph avg. Bike setup now makes me 16.5mph where I have...
  5. I always LOL when I hear it's the engine and not...

    I always LOL when I hear it's the engine and not the bike. The bike makes a huge difference. My personal experience is that even after several years of enthusiastic riding, you will level off to...
  6. I would much prefer an 11 speed drivetrain. ...

    I would much prefer an 11 speed drivetrain. Besides that, the Expert Carbon is one of the best looking flat bar road bikes I have ever laid my eyes on.
  7. Oh, I know. But do they really take the time to...

    Oh, I know. But do they really take the time to adjust stem height? Different stem lengths? Different seat? Crank arm length? There is just so much more to it than adjusting seatpost.
  8. I think your story contradicts that advice. The...

    I think your story contradicts that advice. The way a bike for sale in a shop is setup is generic and arbitrary--likely won't be optimal for you. Picking what feels best among a bunch of candidates...
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    Indiana? Come on dude! In any case, that does...

    Indiana? Come on dude!

    In any case, that does bring up a good question about fenders. I would definitely want fenders for a winter bike.
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    Congrats! I dig the lines on that thing. Weight...

    Congrats! I dig the lines on that thing. Weight is not bad considering it has disc brakes. Overall, a great purchase! Seems almost too nice for a winter beater!
  11. 22" seems fine. Going back to the numbness...

    22" seems fine.

    Going back to the numbness part, it is probably one of the top two complaints in bicycling. Even with optimal fit, people will still complain of numbess, particularly the longer...
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    A 2013 Trek 7.7 msrp $1850. $1400 is about a 25%...

    A 2013 Trek 7.7 msrp $1850. $1400 is about a 25% discount. Up to you whether that is worth it. To me, that is definitely used condition (scratches, brake surface).
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    I think it just takes a while to get used to the...

    I think it just takes a while to get used to the riding when you are starting out. From experience, I went through several seats and a different set of grips. Now I ride a road bike seat and the...
  14. After the first couple of months and 1 or 2...

    After the first couple of months and 1 or 2 falls, you will probably never fall again.

    I had Shimano SPD, then SPD-SL, and now Speedplay Light Action. They were all pretty good but in terms of...
  15. You would seriously choose an aluminum frame bike...

    You would seriously choose an aluminum frame bike over carbon/composite when you are looking for comfort? Doesn't make any sense. Still, if you feel a particular bike fits you best, then that's...
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    Carbon handlebars do soften the ride...

    Carbon handlebars do soften the ride somewhat--just as carbon forks and frames do. How much? Really only a little. Maybe even borderline perceptable. Still, if you have the time, inclination and...
  17. My cheap-arse Vuelta XRP Pro Superlites will...

    My cheap-arse Vuelta XRP Pro Superlites will destroy any of the fancy-pants uber rims/hubs you are considering.

    ummm, maybe or maybe not. Just thought I'd throw them out as an alternative. I...
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    If you want a more aero posture similar to a road...

    If you want a more aero posture similar to a road bike, lowering the handlebars can get you there. You do add some pressure to the hands when doing so I'd recommend long bar ends for more hand...
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    Sticky: Weird picture!!! The rear wheel looks monstrous...

    Weird picture!!! The rear wheel looks monstrous compared to the front. I'm sure it's just an illusion...
  20. 7.6 most definitely. Not sure how a shop can...

    7.6 most definitely. Not sure how a shop can have a brand new 2011 though!
  21. I was a big 28mm front and rear believer. But...

    I was a big 28mm front and rear believer. But after switching to 32mm in the rear (keeping 28mm in front), I've got to say that it still feels agile but is at least as fast and definitely more...
  22. That looks hella stylish. Kudos!

    That looks hella stylish. Kudos!
  23. 105 on the scott is only for crank and rear...

    105 on the scott is only for crank and rear derailleur only. Tiagra on those would be fine. Scott uses Tiagra level shifters--higher grade shifters can make a real difference but few mfg are...
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    I don't think a new crank will do much on a 5...

    I don't think a new crank will do much on a 5 year old bike. I think you already hit a major advance going with the trigger shifters. I think the higher end shifters make for a better experience. ...
  25. Sounds like an interesting project. Keep us...

    Sounds like an interesting project. Keep us posted!
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