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What to do with the Roubaix???

Old 11-03-06, 12:11 PM
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What to do with the Roubaix???

Ok so I got the Merckx and it is currently having the BB faced while I wait for the rest of my components to arrive. But for the last week or so I have been thinking about my stable and specifically the Roubaix. What the heck am I going to do with it? A full CF, Record equipped rain and trainer bike? That doesn't make much sense to me at all. Not get ridden? Force myself to ride it over the Merckx (split time 50/50 or something liek that)? That doesn't make much sense either.

What I am getting to here is that the more I think about it the more I think it is time to sell it.

How would you go about selling it? My current thought is that I will part it and use the Record components on the Merckx rather than the Centaur I have on the way. Then I will buy something like a CAAD8 for cheap (I can get the Optimo 2 version for ~$900) and build it up as a beater/trainer bike with the Centaur stuff and sell off the components I don't want from that bike...or upgrade my commuter to a drop bar with those components.

Or I could just keep it.....



So what would you do with it?
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I'd keep it but I am the owner of 6 bikes so obviously, I am not right in the head and my opinion should be discounted. Why did I reply then?
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What Merckx did you get? I'd certainly pull the Record group off of the Specialized if the Merckx is worthy. And then sell the frame, if you must. Or hang the frame for a while and build it up later.
Me personally I have a hard time parting with the bikes I have liked and still have the frames. The ones I didn't really care for I get rid of.
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What Merckx did you get? I'd certainly pull the Record group off of the Specialized if the Merckx is worthy. And then sell the frame, if you must. Or hang the frame for a while and build it up later.
Me personally I have a hard time parting with the bikes I have liked and still have the frames. The ones I didn't really care for I get rid of.
Well since you asked:
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Completely different bikes - the Merckx and the Roubaix. No reason you shouldn't keep both. Sure the Roubaix may get put aside for awhile, but eventually, you will be happy you kept it.

Nothing wrong with tearing it apart and rebuilding it with a different configuration later.

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keep both and alternate after you figure out the components you want on the specialized or vice versa.
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Keep it and get a Cannondale...

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Keep it. As Rad said. Two completely different bikes and eventually you'll be happy you kept it.
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Well this is pretty much a blow out for keep it. Thanks gang...now can someone call my wife and let her know what you decided I should do?
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I agree with Rad... you'll be kicking yourself if you get rid of the Roubaix. That lovely steel Merckx is a thing of beauty. You should build it up with 06 Centaur shifters and ders, 05/06 Record Alloy cranks. That would be a thing of beauty.
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I agree with Rad... you'll be kicking yourself if you get rid of the Roubaix. That lovely steel Merckx is a thing of beauty. You should build it up with 06 Centaur shifters and ders, 05/06 Record Alloy cranks. That would be a thing of beauty.
Your close...it is getting 07 Centaur cranks.
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Keep it! Your like the "Roubaix Master" for all who need information on that bike. I sold mine as it was stock after approximately 7 months and got $1300 for it, FYI. Very nice looking Merckk!
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I'm in the keep it boat.
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I'd keep it and make it a fixie.
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Chopper, on it's own, is there something you don't like about the Roubaix?

I vote for keeping it.

And buying a CAAD8 to build up.
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I realize I'm a bit late in responding but I will anyway.

I like having the Litespeed because I know it makes a good everyday and wet weather bike. No rust. I like having the Serotta because it makes a good everyday and dry weather bike. Both ride great but different. Having two nice road bikes isn't a bad thing...
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Send it to Rad's painter. That way, you'll still own, but you won't have it.

BTW, the Merckx is gorgeous.
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Wait a while, I keep going back to my Roubaix for a reason.
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Keep it. I've got more than a few bikes too, but I build them up for different things. One has heavier components, so I use that when I'm riding alone so I get a better workout and it's my winter bike. It's not as much carbon, so I use it on night rides in the winter. One is extremely light and is my 'go-fast' bike. That one goes on group rides when i'm not sure I can keep up. It also has gearing for hills. Another light bike is not geared (for my knees) for climbing, so it's my flat-route go-fast bike. Yet another is really a rainy-day bike, with a triple, so it can go anywhere, although it spends all winter on the trainer.

Keep them. Keep them all!
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Sell it and don't look back. There is no reason to let a bike get stale sitting around the home. Later, when you heart beat picks up on the thought of owning another bike that will suit your fancy, you can get another Roubaix or any of hundreds of available bikes. Biking should be fun. Keep buying, selling and enjoying them because the day will come when you can't do it anymore.
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Keep the Roubaix as is and build up the EM as planned. Were I in your shoes, I'd just ride the EM on super nice sunday rides and burn the tires off the Roubaix as a workhorse. The Merckx is too special to beat on.
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Keep it. It's been good to you.
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Sell - unless it fills some niche. Like if you built it up with a compact for use as a climbing bike. What inspired the Merckx purchase? Or make your wife/gf (or bf, not that there's anything wrong with that, ba dum dum) drive behind you with one bike on the roof as not so neutral support.
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Sell - unless it fills some niche. Like if you built it up with a compact for use as a climbing bike. What inspired the Merckx purchase? Or make your wife/gf (or bf, not that there's anything wrong with that, ba dum dum) drive behind you with one bike on the roof as not so neutral support.
Well the Roubaix already has a compact...and the Merckx wasn't a purchase, I was gifted the frame, fork, HS and a Thompson X2 stem...I did have to buy everything else for it.
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