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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

bit off more than I thought I would, But I'm gonna chew it!!

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Old 06-02-09, 01:31 PM
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bit off more than I thought I would, But I'm gonna chew it!!

this is my first post, and a bit like my introduction...sooo

Ive been lurking for a few weeks, and have been using the site as one of many resources for the purchase of my first Road Bike. I was a VERY avid Mountain biker in the 90's, and then came a family, and subsequently a fat ass!! I bought a new mountain bike about 2 years ago, and have ridden it some, but to use it properly (off road/hills) means a couple hour drive, and the better part of an entire day, which the family doesnt allow me much. So I thought about a road bike, and started to ride my mountain bike regularly on paved trails and roads. the more I did this, the more i missed biking, and wanted a road bike at the same time.

the thought process went something like this
road bike
entry level or a bit above, say $1200-1600 budget
man I LOVE my full carbon mtn bike
ok so 2-2300 for a full carbon with a minimum of 105 components
narrowed down to 3 bikes between $2k and $2300
rode them all
didnt notice a lot of difference
decided on the shop that was best
bought a $4100bike brand new for 3k
more than I need, but hopefully worth the amount of use i plan to give it!!

god now I remeber the whole biking thing over spend... love it.

I pick up my new Trek Madone 5.2 on Sunday!!

I was torn about how much to spend, or not to spend, and a post i read last night sealed it for me, it said something like " buy the best you can afford, and enjoy it, dont worry about what others think". It is with this thought that i stepped up to a much more expensive bike that had a killer deal going on it, and it made in the USA. I like that in these times.

I look forward to sharing my "roadie" experiences with you!

Steve
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Old 06-02-09, 01:36 PM
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Enjoy your new bike! Post pictures. Ignore the people who make fun of said pictures.
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Don't worry, you're not gonna raise any eyebrows. enjoy the new bike
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AWESOME!! Congrats.

I was kind of in the same boat. I weighed 218lbs at 6 foot a yr ago, now I am 154 and race every other weekend.

Keep up the riding!!!!
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Old 06-02-09, 03:15 PM
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Given the subject line of your post I had to read it, welcome
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Sweet bike...... welcome aboard .....and here's your first one on the house
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The spending never stops... Pedals? Shorts? Jersey?

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Sweet bike...... welcome aboard .....and here's your first one on the house
oh PBR.......how I don't miss thee.....

grats on the new bike
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Old 06-02-09, 06:30 PM
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Thanks all,

Im from suburban Chicago
I'll post pics when i get it on Sunday
Thanks for the PBR ASAP! Got 5 more?
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Old 06-11-09, 08:08 PM
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Heres the pictures

in answer to the obvious responses:

I had JUST gotten home from my 15 mile ride home from the LBS when i took the pics, the reflectors came off right after....

Flip THIS! I had a fitting done, and for me the stem is better this way!

I have over 75 miles on it in 4 days..be nice, Im just starting this!

now for the pictures!





and heres both of my bikes
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Old 06-11-09, 08:13 PM
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Looks nice! Congrats and ride the wheels off it.
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I like it.
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Old 06-11-09, 08:42 PM
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I love the garage door, perfect white color.

Nice bikes too.
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Old 06-11-09, 08:52 PM
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Um, you should probably keep the reflectors on.
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Old 06-11-09, 08:58 PM
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Yeah, but he's trying to scam us with his saddle to bar drop.
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Old 06-11-09, 09:30 PM
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I feel you dude...I had an 18 year old Mongoose hard tail mountain bike that I took out from storage 2 months back..rode it up to about 20 miles/a day and decided a road bike was more for me. Bought a BD cyclocross bike with 105/ultegra components, loved riding even more and decided 2 weeks after riding the cyclocross bike to buy a Cervelo Soloist team. This will get addicting! I hit 40 miles/day withbout breaking a sweat now...MUCH more than I can say about my 30 pound MTB. the madone is hot...hopefully, it this doesn't turn into another one of my "phases", I'll upgrade to a full CF frame.
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Old 06-12-09, 08:19 AM
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You can also remove the plastic disk. You don't really need it and not having it there'll make you look cooler.
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Old 06-12-09, 08:25 AM
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The dork disk in the rear wheel is still good for preventing the chain from going into the wheels (if that ever happens). With a properly adjusted rear derailleur, it probably won't ever happen.

Nice pictures, though
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uber-hotness. nice color scheme. now ride, ride like the wind!
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Um, you should probably keep the reflectors on.

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