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Old 08-31-09, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Ill Mitch
Nice bike, is it the L or XL frame?

I've come across a good deal on a large 555 frame-set but I'm not quite sure if it'll be to small for me.
Cheers! It's an XL and I'm 6'2"...

Fits beautifully.
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Originally Posted by Tsuru
haha! Sorry, I thought you meant "flip it" as in try to make a few bucks by selling it as I mentioned the deal and nothing about the stem and his/her comment wasn't specific! ha! I was like, "no way man! Not my Clementine!!!"

As for the stem, yeah, thought about that and 99% chance I will, but left it "as is" for the moment to see how it fits. Get pretty flat in the drops as it is now, but yeah, I know me, I'll probably flip the stem soon enough (if only for the aesthetics at first). Proportionally, I'm more leg than torso, so I just need to make sure I fall into everything proper.
Well, one "real ride" with no back pack and yeah, the stem's been flipped.
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Originally Posted by Tsuru
haha! Sorry, I thought you meant "flip it" as in try to make a few bucks by selling it as I mentioned the deal and nothing about the stem and his/her comment wasn't specific! ha! I was like, "no way man! Not my Clementine!!!"

As for the stem, yeah, thought about that and 99% chance I will, but left it "as is" for the moment to see how it fits. Get pretty flat in the drops as it is now, but yeah, I know me, I'll probably flip the stem soon enough (if only for the aesthetics at first). Proportionally, I'm more leg than torso, so I just need to make sure I fall into everything proper.
I did mean the stem. BMCs are in fact my favorite frame design, except for the Giant TCRs.
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Originally Posted by mzeffex
I did mean the stem. BMCs are in fact my favorite frame design, except for the Giant TCRs.
How dare you compare BMC's to Giants?


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Old 08-31-09, 08:17 PM
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Well I have a Giant. And a Specialized. And a Lotus. Giant's the favorite currently
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First road bike




My new 2008 Schwinn with "mountain wheelset", Neuvation M28 SL, 11-28 OG 1070. Weight 17lbs as configured.
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Old 09-01-09, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by mzeffex
I did mean the stem. BMCs are in fact my favorite frame design, except for the Giant TCRs.
It was my mindset when you wrote "flip it" as we just spent the money and I was thinking about the deal! funny...

I ALWAYS loved BMC's aesthetics and frame design every time I'd see them at my LBS but honestly, I didn't think I'd ever be able to own one due to $$$. Man, I'm a happy boy. I love this bike.

Originally Posted by kcirick
How dare you compare BMC's to Giants?


BMC's are the hawtness.


Ah, and Hincapie just joined up with BMC... I'm ahead of the curve! Can't wait to get the BMC Assos jersey!
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06 Lemond Versailles

Heres my new ride, picked it up "used" (bought new and sat in storage for 3 years until i came along ) for about half retail. Going to be used for recreational riding, and commuting mostly. I love it so far, unique look and silky smooth ride. Not a feather weight by any means, but not a beast either, about 20 pounds as is, im sure i could drop a significant amount by upgrading rims and such, but im not really a gram counter anyway, so its no big deal.

Sorry for the crappy pic, its all i have at work. Ill get some better pics eventually.

105 shifters, brakes, and front deraillure
Ultegra rear deraillure
Cane Creek headset
sram 9 spd cassette
Bontrager everything else.

OCLV 120 Carbon Cockpit
OX platinum Steel Spine

watcha think?
(tell me good things or my head will ESSSPLOODE! j/k Its my first REAL bike and i was on a tight budget.)
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Posted mine a while back, I think, but here it is after a few, albeit minor, modifications. Switched the saddle to a Specialized Alias (heaven), pedals to Look Keo Classics, and tires to Specialized Armadillo's (after getting 4 flats in 3 months... roads are *rough* around here). Anyway, here's the baby (2008 Specialized Roubaix Elite w/105 all around).
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Originally Posted by Tsuru
It was my mindset when you wrote "flip it" as we just spent the money and I was thinking about the deal! funny...

I ALWAYS loved BMC's aesthetics and frame design every time I'd see them at my LBS but honestly, I didn't think I'd ever be able to own one due to $$$. Man, I'm a happy boy. I love this bike.



BMC's are the hawtness.


Ah, and Hincapie just joined up with BMC... I'm ahead of the curve! Can't wait to get the BMC Assos jersey!
Ballan is heading to BMC too. **hoping for world champ repeat**
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My new 2008 Schwinn with "mountain wheelset", Neuvation M28 SL, 11-28 OG 1070. Weight 17lbs as configured.[/QUOTE]

I'm really digging the look of that Shwinn. Nice bike.
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Originally Posted by vintagefuji
Heres my new ride, picked it up "used" (bought new and sat in storage for 3 years until i came along ) for about half retail. Going to be used for recreational riding, and commuting mostly. I love it so far, unique look and silky smooth ride. Not a feather weight by any means, but not a beast either, about 20 pounds as is, im sure i could drop a significant amount by upgrading rims and such, but im not really a gram counter anyway, so its no big deal.

Sorry for the crappy pic, its all i have at work. Ill get some better pics eventually.

105 shifters, brakes, and front deraillure
Ultegra rear deraillure
Cane Creek headset
sram 9 spd cassette
Bontrager everything else.

OCLV 120 Carbon Cockpit
OX platinum Steel Spine

watcha think?
(tell me good things or my head will ESSSPLOODE! j/k Its my first REAL bike and i was on a tight budget.)
I really like the Lemond OX Platinum bikes. I have a Fillmore, and it just rides soooo smooth. Congrats on your new ride!
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Originally Posted by riff
I really like the Lemond OX Platinum bikes. I have a Fillmore, and it just rides soooo smooth. Congrats on your new ride!
Thanks! Im really happy with it so far. It rides every bit as smoothly as my old tank of a bike. (88 fuji flair) But at nearly half the weight haha!
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Originally Posted by vintagefuji

watcha think?
(tell me good things or my head will ESSSPLOODE! j/k Its my first REAL bike and i was on a tight budget.)
That's the smallest white garage door I've ever seen.

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Old 09-02-09, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by vintagefuji

OCLV 120 Carbon Cockpit
OX platinum Steel Spine

watcha think?
(tell me good things or my head will ESSSPLOODE! j/k Its my first REAL bike and i was on a tight budget.)
Sweet looking bike, but you do need better pics. I just picked up a 2008 Lemond Sarthe (OX platinum steel) myself. It a wonderful ride! I have found that I am just as fast or faster on my Lemond then on my OCR A1 ever though it weighs 1.5 more. The Lemond's wheels are better and the geometry is just right. I think you made a great choice.
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Originally Posted by gvonne
My new 2008 Schwinn with "mountain wheelset", Neuvation M28 SL, 11-28 OG 1070. Weight 17lbs as configured.
I'm really digging the look of that Shwinn. Nice bike.[/QUOTE]

Thanks. Got what I thought was a great deal from Performance Bike, $1440 plus team performance points bought pedals, cages and computer. All carbon with full Rival, Askium race wheels, Ritchey headset, stem, and bars. I added Ritchey pedals, Forte carbon cages and swapped Kalloy carbon/alloy seatpost for lighter and prettier all carbon BBB. Also got a good deal on Neuvation M28SL wheelset ($249) and OG 1070 11-28 cassette ($60 ebay). I keep these at my vacation home in the mountains and just transport frame. The 11-23 that came with Askiums is fine for the flatlands but I needed help in the mountains! Had done some mountain biking but no roadbiking for over 20 years. Borrowed a bike from my neighbor this summer and we rode the descent from Crater Lake rim OR at 7000 ft to the valley floor. I was sold and bought the Schwinn a week later. It handles great and I now even cycle to work. I am obsessed and probably qualify for “born again” cyclist status.
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Originally Posted by Tsuru
My new ride, "Clementine"...



A brand new 2008 BMC Road Racer SL01 with full SRAM Rival I got TODAY for 1/2 off! LOVE her so so so so so so much... Went for a little recovery ride today with my wife on her after yesterday's century for the Pelotonia (featuring 3 flats) and it was just heaven. Coming from Ultegra, I'm really loving the SRAM.

FUH-LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!



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Originally Posted by Tsuru
FUH-LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!



Just so long as it fits, bro.
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Originally Posted by Sinn
Just so long as it fits, bro.
Agreed. And yeah, she does. Still minor tweaking with the seat height, etc, but we are good with the flip!
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Much bettah.
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Originally Posted by mzeffex
Much bettah.
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Originally Posted by Tsuru
FUH-LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!

The funny thing is, it looks "more serious" with the lowered stem -- visually, it looks cleaner as it lines up with the tops of the bars, and it doesn't look like a comfort bike.. lol
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I'm not sure if anyone remembers a thread of mine, from a while back. I had asked about making my 7.2FX work for another 4 months before I got a real full-on road bike this winter. I had planned on using buying the bike as extrinsic motivation for getting my research proposal finished this semester.
Well... as you can see I ended up changing my mind. For one, extrinsic reinforcement is worthless anyway , two, this bike was an OK deal at 20% off (and is the same as the 2010 F75, except for the fact that i think this 09 looks better), and third and most importantly... why the hell was i going to waste precious riding weather, only to buy a bike in the winter which I wouldnt want to/be able to ride for some time! See how good I am at rationalizing?

In my area, between about 3 stores, Trek, Cannondale, Giant, and Felt are available. No specialized. I, of course, was heavily considering the new Caad9-5.. or even an 09 model, but they were out of 56's. In the end, this F75 fit me.. it was the last one... and i saved 300 which I subsequently spent... immediately.. on 105 pedals, mavic shoes which surprisingly come relatively close to fitting my narrow foot, a jersey, gloves...

Shimano 105 all-around
Carbon fiber fork, seat stays, and seat tube
Its Red!
and most importantly... white bar tape.

On the list:
Remove the dork disk (its tiny, but its there)
Flip the stem (after a couple hundred miles, probably.. i hear its possible to ride in the drops, too )
New cages, maybe
And eventually a computer with cadence. For now, my cateye strada from my hybrid will have to do.


Sorry for the long post, but im fairly excited
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