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Old 10-30-05, 10:50 AM
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im taken back by that matte black, oh jeeeeeeeez!
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Originally Posted by shabbis
New ride, not mine though. It's a 60th birthday present for my old man (replacing his R800).


That has to be the most beautiful Cannondale I have ever seen...I wish they would of had the Matte black on the r700....
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heres my bike.

not as great as some on this site, but I like it. My first new road bike, the rest have been used crap.
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Hey,

Took a few pics of my new and first road bike...a 2006 Felt F65...
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Originally Posted by joetronic
heres my bike.

not as great as some on this site, but I like it. My first new road bike, the rest have been used crap.

Oh my gosh! Thats beuty!
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>>So you could have a porche or aston martin, but you could also drive a toyota or honda. The both serve the purpose, they will allow you to shift gears. However unlike the porche or aston martin, it wont look as nice or shift as fast, but you can still go.<<

This is the notion that keeps companies like Seven and Serotta in business selling $6000+ bicycles in an era when companies like Cannondale and Giant are actually producing racing bikes of equal or superior performance for 30-50% less retail cost. Been there, done that, and for many years.

I'm so up to here with fat dudes on Colnagos that I actually wanted a non-exclusive bike that delivered top performance. This Cannondale is blowing me away - along with every other experienced racer I know who test rides/buys it. So if a $6000+ Serotta or IF is your bag - and that's fine, really - it's your dough. I like beautiful bicycles too. But my bike gets ridden a LOT, and it winds up with duct tape, sweat and blood all over it sooner or later. Along with plenty of road grime and grit. Seems a shame to do that to a lovely frame that looks too gorgeous to subject to all that abuse : ).

By the way, I'm refinishing my Ibis Ti (Tom Kellogg of Spectrum will clear coat it) and that's the bike that will never see the rain. My new Cannondale? That's destined for a life of all-weather riding. That's why I bought the thing. And in five years when it looks like all hell - if I'm still riding 6000+ miles annually - I'll get a new one.

Again, thank God for fat dudes with fat wallets on fancy bikes. They keep the high end bicycle business .... IN business. Remember boys, like Lance said, it's NOT about the bike after all. I've been doing this bicycle thing for the better part of 20 years, and the older I get, the more I realize that.
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Old 10-31-05, 06:21 AM
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This is my 1999 Trek 2100. It has a few goodies added. Garmin Etrex GPS navigation. Supergo HR-2000 heart rate monitor/ cycle computer, Profile aerobars, Time Cyclocross peddles, Cateye LED taillight, Serfas ultrabright headlight, Polar water bottles, Catamount bottle cages, and Nashbar bags. The bike came stock with Rolf Vector wheels, 105 group and Sella Gel Sphere seat. This pic was taken this summer after RAGBRAI. I rode this bike on RAGBRAI 2004 & 5, and TOMRV 28. I also completed my first 200K brevet this year on this bike. I cant say enough good things about this solid bike. I have had no major problems. I do all my own maintenance. I cant stress how important it is to know how to service your own bike. I do endurance riding and break downs are prevented before the ride. But being prepaired on the road is a must. This bike has made me a believer in Trek quality.
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Again, thank God for fat dudes with fat wallets on fancy bikes. They keep the high end bicycle business .... IN business.
John Kerry doesn't look fat to me... just a lil' dorky.
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Old 10-31-05, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by bluyak
This is my 1999 Trek 2100. It has a few goodies added. Garmin Etrex GPS navigation. Supergo HR-2000 heart rate monitor/ cycle computer, Profile aerobars, Time Cyclocross peddles, Cateye LED taillight, Serfas ultrabright headlight, Polar water bottles, Catamount bottle cages, and Nashbar bags. The bike came stock with Rolf Vector wheels, 105 group and Sella Gel Sphere seat. This pic was taken this summer after RAGBRAI. I rode this bike on RAGBRAI 2004 & 5, and TOMRV 28. I also completed my first 200K brevet this year on this bike. I cant say enough good things about this solid bike. I have had no major problems. I do all my own maintenance. I cant stress how important it is to know how to service your own bike. I do endurance riding and break downs are prevented before the ride. But being prepaired on the road is a must. This bike has made me a believer in Trek quality.

How is the GPS on the bike? Kind of clunky ? Do you take it off and use it in the car or anywhere else? I seem to get lost a lot...I've been thinking of GPS in the car for a while, but if I could use it on my bike and car that would be more motivation to get it Canadian Tire had a hard drive unit on sale for 399$ about a week ago I was looking at...
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I originally bought the GPS to mark fish hides on trout streams. Then I started using it on my kayak to mark hot spots while bass fishing back waters of tributaries of the Mississippi. Also to find my way back out. The swamp can look all the same from the kayak. Then I seen a handle bar mount for it. On long rides I up load routes and mark POI and food stops. I also down load the log files to see how I did on hills, averages, and other data I use for training. When I rode my first bervet I had the route and checkpoints loaded. It kept me on track and on time. I have used it in my car, interfaced with my PDA on some long road tripes. As the Etrex weighes in at a whole 5.5oz. I dont think its a issue as being "clunky". I have a Space Grip mounted to the aerobar. The GPs and headlight mounted to the Space Gripe. It puts it in a nice dash view and out of the way when in the aerobar. GPS's are veery handy if you know how to use them. They display time of day, sunset, sunrise, ETA to next waypoint or destination. I still use a cyclometer. As it has HR and information as ride time and total time. That the GPS doesn't log. Some may think its useless info. But if your looking to shave time and make your riding easier there great. My best exsample is you can mark steep grades and points to start backing off to reserve energy for the climb. You dont want to sprint just before a hill. Gives ya a chance to take on some fuel and water.
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Old 11-01-05, 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by bluyak
I originally bought the GPS to mark fish hides on trout streams. Then I started using it on my kayak to mark hot spots while bass fishing back waters of tributaries of the Mississippi. Also to find my way back out. The swamp can look all the same from the kayak. Then I seen a handle bar mount for it. On long rides I up load routes and mark POI and food stops. I also down load the log files to see how I did on hills, averages, and other data I use for training. When I rode my first bervet I had the route and checkpoints loaded. It kept me on track and on time. I have used it in my car, interfaced with my PDA on some long road tripes. As the Etrex weighes in at a whole 5.5oz. I dont think its a issue as being "clunky". I have a Space Grip mounted to the aerobar. The GPs and headlight mounted to the Space Gripe. It puts it in a nice dash view and out of the way when in the aerobar. GPS's are veery handy if you know how to use them. They display time of day, sunset, sunrise, ETA to next waypoint or destination. I still use a cyclometer. As it has HR and information as ride time and total time. That the GPS doesn't log. Some may think its useless info. But if your looking to shave time and make your riding easier there great. My best exsample is you can mark steep grades and points to start backing off to reserve energy for the climb. You dont want to sprint just before a hill. Gives ya a chance to take on some fuel and water.

Thanks for the info, I'm going to start looking at some different units a bit more seriosly,
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Old 11-01-05, 10:56 AM
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Old 11-02-05, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by hi565
Oh my gosh! Thats beuty!
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I posted this on the clydesdale thread, so I figured I might as well post it here. It's a custom frame by local S. Cal builder Dave Arnold. I'm not the smallest guy out there so he built the frame out of Scandium, using their oversized mtn. bike tubing for the three main tubes. Easton carbon seatstays make it easy on my bad back. But the slighty compact geometry gives me the performance charactertistics I need for racing. It's really everything I've ever looked for in a bike.

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Old 11-02-05, 08:06 PM
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Here is my primary bike:


Not the best picture of her...
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Originally Posted by bigdraft
I posted this on the clydesdale thread, so I figured I might as well post it here. It's a custom frame by local S. Cal builder Dave Arnold. I'm not the smallest guy out there so he built the frame out of Scandium, using their oversized mtn. bike tubing for the three main tubes. Easton carbon seatstays make it easy on my bad back. But the slighty compact geometry gives me the performance charactertistics I need for racing. It's really everything I've ever looked for in a bike.

Man, something about the old dura ace, just gives me the heeby jeebys (in a good way! )
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Originally Posted by bigdraft
I posted this on the clydesdale thread, so I figured I might as well post it here. It's a custom frame by local S. Cal builder Dave Arnold. I'm not the smallest guy out there so he built the frame out of Scandium, using their oversized mtn. bike tubing for the three main tubes. Easton carbon seatstays make it easy on my bad back. But the slighty compact geometry gives me the performance charactertistics I need for racing. It's really everything I've ever looked for in a bike.


I'm lovin' it!
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Old 11-03-05, 12:28 PM
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i hope i did this right... if all went well, you will see an '05 giant tcr composit 2. i originally purchased the composit 1 but the frame was cracked during shipping. giant was out of the c1 frames so they shipped me a c2 frame & my bike mech put my c1 components on it. i'm new to the road bike thang but am learning fast. - enjoy!
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I though I'd share another one. I posted my Roubaix Pro on page 99 and the Merlin is pictured with the same wheels. I still can't make up my mind what wheelset to use (fussssssy!). The entire bike was built from new parts gleaned from eBay. 6 months to complete and done less than 50km (30miles).

Frame: 2004 (the only year it was made) Merlin Lunaris 56
Group: 2005 Campy Record Triple
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Cage: 04 Campy Record (the most insane part - US$120 retail - FOR A BOTTLE HOLDER!!!!)
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Old 11-03-05, 06:22 PM
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i hope i did this right... if all went well, you will see an '05 giant tcr composit 2. i originally purchased the composit 1 but the frame was cracked during shipping. giant was out of the c1 frames so they shipped me a c2 frame & my bike mech put my c1 components on it. i'm new to the road bike thang but am learning fast. - enjoy!

Is it just me or is there something wrong in that pic? I mean, uh, unless there is some serious problem with your camera I think someone at the shop is messing with you. Are those wheels different 700 rear and 650 front? Is that a new method of going faster that is going to be the new OCP rage soon?
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that back wheel does look a little large doesnt it..
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here it is. and no laughing your heads off histaricly that i ride this old thing. its in top notch condition (aside from the paint) https://www.freewebs.com/mooglinux/DCP_0388.JPG
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LeMond Maillot Jaune, Trek 1500 "Project", Trek 1200c Commuter. So, does anyone know how to pronounce Maillot Jaune?






Maillot Jaune is pronounced MYowe Zhawn
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