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Just Bought First Road Bike (with photos)

Old 01-04-07, 01:56 PM
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Just Bought First Road Bike (with photos)

I finally bought my first road bike. It's a 2006 Giant TCR C3. Bought it at my LBS this past weekend. I love the bike, but I'm a bit disappointed with the buying experience. They didn't do much regarding fitting ("Yeah, you look like a 54.") They did eventually switch the stem after I insisted, but I'm having to adjust everything to find a comfortable position. Yesterday I finally got the seat in the right spot, but then had my first flat and had to walk home. Time to buy some CO2 cartridges.

I moved my EggBeater pedals over from my mountain bike until I decide which road pedals to use. Is that an OCP violation? No computer yet, but I added some carbon fiber bottle cages. The attachment holes on the seat tube were too low. The guys at the LBS had to file the bottom edges of the holes on the cage to allow the cage to to move up a few mm.

Thanks to all of you here at BikeForums -- you're a great source of info.

I know how everyone here likes bike porn, so here are some photos that I took of my new ride. (I'm a professional photographer.) What do you think?









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Old 01-04-07, 01:59 PM
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My friend rides that same bike (colour, size). It's lighter than a lot would think and rides pretty sweet too.
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Great Pictures!!!

Nice looking bike, enjoy it!
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Old 01-04-07, 02:11 PM
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If the buying experience was so bad, why did you buy there? Just curious....congrats on a great bike though. Enjoy!!!
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Old 01-04-07, 02:11 PM
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What a nice way to begin!!! Enjoy.
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Wow! Great looking Giant. Nice Choice.
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Congratulations! its a great looking bike.
Enjoy the time you spend on it!

Great quality pictures...very crisp!
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Old 01-04-07, 02:14 PM
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outstandng. enjoy many happy miles
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Beautiful bike and the photography is breathtaking! Congratulations.
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Great bike! Enjoy!
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Nice bike. Welcome to the addiction.

I use crank bros candy pedals on my road bike, and they work just fine. Yeah, some people might give you crap for it, but if eggbeaters work for you, there really is no reason to buy road specific pedals.

Did you seriously take those pictures?
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Old 01-04-07, 02:25 PM
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Nice bike, nice photos. Man, that looks as good as any stock photography I've seen. You ought to send your shots in to Giant (or any other manufacturer, for that matter.)

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Wow I totally was going to rip you for posting stock photos....damn those look professional (well duh I guess they are).

Nice looking bike.

Oh and a model of OCP.
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What camera setup were you using? Looks wonderful. Heck of a starter bike too.

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great looking bike ! you mind taking pics of my bike ???
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Ohhhh, that sure is perty. I sure do like the way Giant presents their bikes.
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Very cool!
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Old 01-04-07, 03:23 PM
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At last we have someone who can give Rad and Viper a run for their money with the photos!

Great looking ride, no worries about the eggbeaters, ride what you like. But if you're looking for road shoes and pedals, that bike screams for Look Keo Carbons.

As far as the buying experience, find yourself another LBS in the area, go in, talk to them about fit, and what types of fitting they do before you show up with the bike.
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Old 01-04-07, 03:28 PM
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Nice bike.. where did you buy it? I havent heard of such crappy service at a shop around here.
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Old 01-04-07, 03:47 PM
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I have almost the same bike (aluminum version) and LOVE it. Congratulations and very nice photgraphy work!
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I like those forks. There's just something very "kick behind" about straight blade forks.
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Great photos. my kinda work..... I hope you enjoy that bike as much as you enjoy your camera.... If you ride like you Compose and Photograph. look out!
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Man I love it when good photographers get the road bike addiction on BF.
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TCR is a good bike for the money. That said, I like mine. I have the aluminum one. The only thing I'm not fond of on the TCR is the extremely long stem which I will need to replace sometime soon. Guess you ran into that problem as well.
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Old 01-04-07, 04:59 PM
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That's the most beautifullest blue TCR Composite. I have the same color. Mine never looked that good in a photo! You will love love love love the bike/ride.

*that's not a dork disc is it?*
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