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Finally bought a road bike!

Old 11-14-05, 04:36 PM
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After weeks of trolling this forum gathering imformation I finally bought a bike. My initial plan was to ride the three bikes I had decided on for at least 30 minutes each.

1) Trek 1000 2005 model on sale for $599.00 I really liked this bike! I was pretty sure this was the one I would end up with.

2) Giant ocr3 2005 model I could have bought this bike for $525.00 nice bike! but I preferred the Trek.

3) Felt F-90 could not find one at any of my LBS. But while looking for one I stumbled on this

Raleigh Grand Prix
MSRP: $ 880.00


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Frame Material: 7005 aluminum
Frame Angles: Unspecified
Sizes: 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cm
Colors: black
Fork: Raleigh
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra STI Dual Control
Handlebar: Ritchey Comp
Stem: Ritchey Comp
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless steel
Front Der: Shimano Tiagra Triple
Crankset: TruVativ Elita, 30/42/52 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano 105
Pedals: Shimano PD-M505 SPD
Tires: 700 x 25c Vittoria Zaffiro

After riding this bike for 10 min. I Knew this was the one I would buy if I could talk the salesman down from the $725.00 sale price on the orange tag. After 30 min of Bronco's football talk mixed in with some haggleing I was out the door for $600.00
Bad news is It's snowing now so it will be a few days before I can ride.

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Old 11-14-05, 04:42 PM
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pics???

Congrats!!!!!!
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congrats, pics?
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Old 11-14-05, 05:13 PM
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Sorry! Thre's the pic. It's at the top of the post instead of the bottom but who cares.
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About time! : )

Nice looking bike, I pray that your handlebars are more level than what they are showing in the photo.

Nice deal and unique, beats riding one of the gazillion of those Trek 1k's on the road.
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Welcome aboard! Best of luck with your new ride.

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I believe one of Lance's first 'serious' bikes was a Raleigh.

If it matters.
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Congrats, now ride the wheels off of it!

I'm smelling a century with a lot of climbing in your future.
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I had to do a double take for a second there:
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Old 11-14-05, 07:53 PM
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Congrats! Now ride, ride, ride!
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Thanks Everyone! See ya on the roads.
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cool bike

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Originally Posted by Inverted
I believe one of Lance's first 'serious' bikes was a Raleigh.

If it matters.
Not much of a suprise. Relieghs are just some damn nice bikes.

Question for op if possible could you take a pic from the front or tell me if its got a medalion logo vs a sticker?
Cause for that kind of money i might just have to buy one regardless im just wondering if ill need to be popping of the medalion from my old 73 to put on a new one
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Yup, that'll do it. Now all you have to do is ride it.
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It has a very cool medallion! I dont have a camera at home or I would snap a close up for you. But if no one else does it I'll bring one home from work and do it.
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Congrats! You are in the perfect place for cycling

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Am I blind? Because I don't see a pic there. C'mon Curt...no new bike posts w/o pics
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Not much of a suprise. Relieghs are just some damn nice bikes.
Friend of mine rides a Reliegh. Very nice. Getting Tiagra over Sora is much nicer too.
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Friend of mine rides a Reliegh. Very nice. Getting Tiagra over Sora is much nicer too.
Yeh i have a 73 gran prix. I love that old bike and cant wait till i can invest some money in a rebuild. Its gona be fairly costly as i need to get the forks rechromed on the end paint job decals and things like bb cups and the nut for the forks made. I think it will be worth it though. I wish it used standard threading but no such luck oh well heh shouldnt be more than 250 for all the special attention it needs.
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