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New rider here. Do I do good?

Old 05-19-20, 06:55 AM
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New rider here. Do I do good?

So I have always been interested in Road Biking. My neighbor had a bike that he was going to sell and asked me if I would want it. He said I could have it for 650.00, So I jumped on it and figured this would be a great time to get started. I have now been riding it for about 2 months and have done several 20-30 mile rides. Everything works like it should and the bike fits me great (My neighbor and I are about the same size). But anyway I wanted to get your thoughts on my "Deal". I don't know exacts, but here goes.

2016-17ish Focus Cayo (Carbon)
Dura-Ace Shifters
Ultegra 6800 Crankset
Ultegra 6800 Rear Derailleur
Tiagra Front Derailler
S-Works Aerofly Carbon handlebars
Concept cex brakes
Shimano Clipless Pedals
Shimano RS II Wheels
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Old 05-19-20, 07:02 AM
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I cant post Pics Yet because I need at least ten Posts...lol
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Originally Posted by Wrecks24 View Post
So I have always been interested in Road Biking. My neighbor had a bike that he was going to sell and asked me if I would want it. He said I could have it for 650.00, So I jumped on it and figured this would be a great time to get started. I have now been riding it for about 2 months and have done several 20-30 mile rides. Everything works like it should and the bike fits me great (My neighbor and I are about the same size). But anyway I wanted to get your thoughts on my "Deal". I don't know exacts, but here goes.

2016-17ish Focus Cayo (Carbon)
Dura-Ace Shifters
Ultegra 6800 Crankset
Ultegra 6800 Rear Derailleur
Tiagra Front Derailler
S-Works Aerofly Carbon handlebars
Concept cex brakes
Shimano Clipless Pedals
Shimano RS II Wheels
Assuming the frame is in good shape (e.g. not damaged) then yes, this seems like a good deal. Those handlebars alone are a few hundred bucks new, though it's hard to tell if they'd make a difference on 20-30 mile rides

Enjoy the new toy and have fun riding!
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Old 05-19-20, 07:56 AM
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Thanks Man, I am excited about it.

Frame is not damaged other than a couple of scuffs here and there.
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Use a little imagination. It used to be that newbies figured out for themselves that all they had to do was post the pic to a hosting site, put the URL in the plain text of their message and change the "." to " dot " and maybe a few other things to obfuscate that it's a URL. Not trying to beat you up per se, but since the corona virus, newbies have been a little slow to figure this out. <grin> I guess it's just difficult in these times to find good quality newbies. <grin> My apologies for poking too much at you. Just some friendly ribbing at your expense. Finish your beer and I'll poor you a scotch and drink it for you.

As for the bike, if it fits, and rides nice, don't worry if it's a good deal. I certainly wouldn't have paid that much. Sounds like the bike was a upgraded from a Tiagra model with pieces parts of better groups sets. So if you subtract what that person paid to upgrade it, then you probably got a deal and just paid him the cost and perhaps a tad more for the upgrades.

But like I said, if it fits and rides nice, it's a good first bike. Save for a new one later when you find out after many miles what your next bike needs to work better for you.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Use a little imagination. It used to be that newbies figured out for themselves that all they had to do was post the pic to a hosting site, put the URL in the plain text of their message and change the "." to " dot " and maybe a few other things to obfuscate that it's a URL. Not trying to beat you up per se, but since the corona virus, newbies have been a little slow to figure this out. <grin> I guess it's just difficult in these times to find good quality newbies. <grin> My apologies for poking too much at you. Just some friendly ribbing at your expense. Finish your beer and I'll poor you a scotch and drink it for you.

As for the bike, if it fits, and rides nice, don't worry if it's a good deal. I certainly wouldn't have paid that much. Sounds like the bike was a upgraded from a Tiagra model with pieces parts of better groups sets. So if you subtract what that person paid to upgrade it, then you probably got a deal and just paid him the cost and perhaps a tad more for the upgrades.

But like I said, if it fits and rides nice, it's a good first bike. Save for a new one later when you find out after many miles what your next bike needs to work better for you.
Man, how expensive is that scotch?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Man, how expensive is that scotch?
Not too expensive, but if it's less than $100 a bottle, then I may as well be drinking bourbon or canadian whiskey. Ardbeg is what I've been working on lately. Gotten addicted to the peat flavors.
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If it fits, you got a great deal.
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It's only a good deal if you get 20K miles on it. Get to work!
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Old 05-19-20, 05:31 PM
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There are a few of those bikes on eBay

Costing up to $1,200 so I think you did pretty well. Most importantly if the frame fails you know where the previous owner lives ...

Originally Posted by Wrecks24 View Post
So I have always been interested in Road Biking. My neighbor had a bike that he was going to sell and asked me if I would want it. He said I could have it for 650.00, So I jumped on it and figured this would be a great time to get started. I have now been riding it for about 2 months and have done several 20-30 mile rides. Everything works like it should and the bike fits me great (My neighbor and I are about the same size). But anyway I wanted to get your thoughts on my "Deal". I don't know exacts, but here goes.

2016-17ish Focus Cayo (Carbon)
Dura-Ace Shifters
Ultegra 6800 Crankset
Ultegra 6800 Rear Derailleur
Tiagra Front Derailler
S-Works Aerofly Carbon handlebars
Concept cex brakes
Shimano Clipless Pedals
Shimano RS II Wheels
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Not too expensive, but if it's less than $100 a bottle, then I may as well be drinking bourbon or canadian whiskey. Ardbeg is what I've been working on lately. Gotten addicted to the peat flavors.
Ach, but I wanna git me hands on a bottle o Wee Beastie, even if it is a cheap Ardbeg! We got chased by some mama sheep at Ardbeg once... good times...
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Old 05-19-20, 05:54 PM
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Seems like a nice bike and good value. Enjoy
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I'd swap out that front derailleur with a 6800 just because.
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Thanks Guys. I had to wait 24hrs to post. But thank you for your input. I am happy with the bike and it got me into the sport relatively cheaper than buying a new bike not knowing whether or not cycling was for me. I have already learned a lot to use if and when I buy a new bike.
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I'd swap out that front derailleur with a 6800 just because.
For sure. Already planned that.
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Bah Humbug oh just noticed. pour, not poor! Thanks.

You have to admit it is not as annoying as when people ask about break trouble. Starts me thinking the vending machines in the break room must be broken.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Not too expensive, but if it's less than $100 a bottle, then I may as well be drinking bourbon or canadian whiskey. Ardbeg is what I've been working on lately. Gotten addicted to the peat flavors.
dude.
u had me at scotch.

tasty. rare. 😃
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This is what got me hooked on the peaty scotch.....

https://www.ardbegproject.com/images/.../anb_front.jpg

https://www.ardbegproject.com/anb.shtml

When the first drop hit my tongue, I thought certainly they'd mislabeled some barrels of used cleaning fluids. But by the time that first sip made it down, it had changed flavor and aroma a couple dozen or more times. Really interesting drink. Sadly, I didn't realize it was a limited run and would never be again. Since finishing that bottle years ago I haven't found another quite like it. But I'll keep looking!

Some how I feel this thread might wind up in the foo forum.

My apologies again to the OP. Ride that bike! And don't drink scotch while riding!

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This is what got me hooked on the peaty scotch.....

https://www.ardbegproject.com/images/.../anb_front.jpg

Airigh Nam Beist

When the first drop hit my tongue, I thought certainly they'd mislabeled some barrels of used cleaning fluids. But by the time that first sip made it down, it had changed flavor and aroma a couple dozen or more times. Really interesting drink. Sadly, I didn't realize it was a limited run and would never be again. Since finishing that bottle years ago I haven't found another quite like it. But I'll keep looking!

Some how I feel this thread might wind up in the foo forum.

My apologies again to the OP. Ride that bike! And don't drink scotch while riding!
yes.
been to many an Ardbeg open house in nyc area.
brand ambasssdor made it on website in kilt many moons ago.
😃
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