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The obligatory "I got a new bike!!" thread

Old 10-16-12, 04:59 PM
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The obligatory "I got a new bike!!" thread

Apologies in advance for this off topic thread, but I'm a happy guy!

I'm getting oh so close to the 200# mark, so I thought it was time for an upgrade. I actually weighed in at 199.6 (post ride, so it doesn't count) two days ago, but I'm hanging right at 202-203 for the past week. This is down from a high of 242 in mid May. Anyway, I have over 1500 miles on my Trek 7.2 since buying her on May 27th of this year. At that time I told myself I would get to 180 then splurge on a nice bike, but I couldn't wait. So last Monday I placed an order for a 2012 (clearance priced!) Scott CR1 Elite with SRAM Rival. This was after a test ride on a CR1 comp with Tiagra. After picking her up today I took her out on a 26 mile maiden voyage. This is far to much bike for me, but it is a sweet ride!

https://app.strava.com/activities/25210455

Yes, I know the stem is looking very fred-like instead of flipped and slammed, but with more riding and gaining flexibility it will get there. Actually that is not a stock stem. They had to put on a shorter stem so my arms aren't locked out.

Ain't she purdy?!?









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a) This isn't off topic
b) It is NOT too much bike for you. It's just enough.
c) stems are cheap, feel free to experiment. It's much easier to swap stems these days, those old quill things with the one piece fronts... you could NOT swap those without doing a whole handlebar redo. Pain!

That's a nice looking bike! I hope it brings you many miles of riding enjoyment.
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I love it and am HAPPY for you!!! You have earned it!
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Really nice bike, congratulations! That bike is not too much for you! Great job on the weight loss, that is my goal, to be 200!
Don't stress about the stem, do what is comfortable not what others thing it should be. Enjoy your new bike, that has always made me want to ride more!
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Very nice now ride lots.
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The bike is not too much for you to ride. It's too much to just let hang in the garage unused! And OFF TOPIC? Puuleeeze! We all like bike porn!!!! Congrats!
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Nice ride!! That's what the forum is about. New bike post with a pic on it!!!
No such thing as too much bike. Ride it enough so you'd "need" a new bike in a couple seasons
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Nice bike!
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Step one level those bars...ride, see if your back adjust.

step two, take the spacers and move them above the stem without flipping the stem. Ride, see if you can adapt.

step three, flip and slam, ride see if you can adjust.

i am on step two currently going to step three next week.
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Awesome!

FYI, this forum is for larger-than-average cyclists to discuss cycling issues. If you are a larger than averatge cyclist then nothing you post about cycling or bikes is off topic.

THe bars really should be turned down slightly... so the flats (the last few inches of the ends) is parallel to the ground or maybe 15 degrees up. THis will make it easier to reach the brake lever/shifters when in the drops.
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Weight loss and a new bike, congratulations!

For me lowering the bars has netted more speed and increased comfort. I've got mine down to where if I went lower I couldn't breath easily, too much belly. As the weight comes off I'll lower further.

Have fun!
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rival w/ mavic elite wheels!! Nice set of parts to start.

Its a REAL goo time to buy a bike if your on the fence, the deals on 2012 make it getting good. Congrats on the new whip and keep on riding!!
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Nice bike! I don't worry about all them riders shouting "slam it". Half of them have never ridden over 20 miles anyway!
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Nice Bike!

New bike photos are always an "ON" topic.

If you look back not that many years you will see grand tour riders with bike fits that had the bars not much if any lower than yours. Don't worry about what your stem looks like to achieve a good fit and comfortable ride. The most important thing is that you are comfortable riding and therefore inclined to ride more.

If you ever want to see some pro's breaking all the Freddly rules go to a track race. They'll have stems of every angle and extension in an effort to use one frame for both sprinting and endurance events.
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Thanks everyone for the comments.

Originally Posted by LarDasse74
The bars really should be turned down slightly... so the flats (the last few inches of the ends) is parallel to the ground or maybe 15 degrees up. THis will make it easier to reach the brake lever/shifters when in the drops.
Thanks. My nephew said the same when I sent him a pic.

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Nice bike! I don't worry about all them riders shouting "slam it". Half of them have never ridden over 20 miles anyway!
Not worried about it, but was trying to head off the "Fred" comments about the stem. I'm not sure why I was wanting to head them off because I embrace my "Fred-ness" LOL

For me right now it is all about keeping my butt in the saddle and riding for distances and longer times so I can lose more weight. If I'm comfortable then I'll keep pedaling.

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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
a) This isn't off topic
b) It is NOT too much bike for you. It's just enough.
c) stems are cheap, feel free to experiment. It's much easier to swap stems these days, those old quill things with the one piece fronts... you could NOT swap those without doing a whole handlebar redo. Pain!
3 for 3. Perfect shooting.

Just right with a little bit of growing room - or shrinking room - dang, you all know what I mean!
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Great bike!! I forsee many, many happy miles; the "fun" meter constantly pegged; a thinner and healthier Dad 2 3; a pack of jealous riding friends. Thumbs up! Ride Free!
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