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My new ride! Kestrel Talon

Old 04-23-10, 11:43 PM
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My new ride! Kestrel Talon

For the past 5 years, I had been riding my trusty $200 Dawes Lightning DLX. It got me addicted to cycling, and pretty much changed my life. But last October, it was stolen from my garage. Since I'm a high school senior heading to college next year, I decided to save up for a newer, better bike instead of getting another $200 bike. Well, it may have taken me 6 months, and working 3 part time jobs to save up the money, but I finally got my bike: a Kestrel Talon 2008! I'm telling you guys, I feel like I'm flying up the hills on that carbon frame. The smooth shifting of Dura Ace puts Soras to shame. Can't wait to put in the miles on it!

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Old 04-24-10, 12:41 AM
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Sexy bike... real sexy. Dura Ace... what more do you want? Love it
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Hell, that's one sweeeet looking bike. Probably performs a lot better than it looks too!

Nice man, must feel good.
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Old 04-24-10, 12:50 AM
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I got to ask, how big of a hole' did it burn in your pocket.
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Originally Posted by Diegomayra View Post
I got to ask, how big of a hole' did it burn in your pocket.
Was wondering the same thing.

Edit- Buy a 100-200 dollar fixie for college, if you're going to stay in a dorm your Kestrel will most likely get stolen.
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thats a pretty sweet bike, looks better in person than on the website
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Old 04-24-10, 01:27 AM
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Really sexy. Congrats man.
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don't even leave it anywhere near the college, i don't care if you have 6 ulock on her, it's will get jacked fast.

how much did you pay if you dont mind me asking
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Nice ride ...

Looks very close to the Ultegra Kestrel at BD ... do they have a Dura Ace model?

Shimano Ultegra SL, 20 Speed Road Kestrel Talon Carbon Road $1499

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...on_08_road.htm


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Nice looking ride. Ride the sprockets off it!
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wow looks like a fighter jet
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That is one sweet bike. I agree with others don't even think about locking that thing up around a college campus, or anywhere for that matter. I don't leave my bike anywhere, locked or not.
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Nice.
When I upgraded to my carbon bike, I hesitated to buy one from bikes direct.
Then like 6 months later my girlfriend bought a Kestrel Evoke SL.
My next bike will probably be an RT800 or whatever the equivalent is at that time!
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Thanks everybody! I keep walking from my room to the garage just to look at it.

Originally Posted by Diegomayra View Post
I got to ask, how big of a hole' did it burn in your pocket.
It was actually pretty cheap! I bought it online from a small bike shop, and it was one of their clearance items for $1650. But I also had shell out for shipping and tax, which was about $250 more.

Originally Posted by Singh View Post
Was wondering the same thing.

Edit- Buy a 100-200 dollar fixie for college, if you're going to stay in a dorm your Kestrel will most likely get stolen.
That's exactly what I was worrying about. But yes, I'm most likely going to save up for a cheap fixie to ride around campus. Question: Should I keep my bike in my room and lock it when i'm not there? I'm afraid that might make me look like an *******. But considering how much I paid for it, I'm willing to lose my integrity for my bike.

Originally Posted by FlatSix911 View Post
Nice ride ...

Looks very close to the Ultegra Kestrel at BD ... do they have a Dura Ace model?

Shimano Ultegra SL, 20 Speed Road Kestrel Talon Carbon Road $1499

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...on_08_road.htm
Based on what I see, that looks exactly like the Kestrel that I have except mine is Dura Ace. I probably would have bought that Ultegra model if they had my size since it's cheaper.
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Nice bike. Leave it at home.

I went to UF, where bikes are better than cars. Bikes were not allowed inside the dorms, no matter how nice. All bikes had to be parked outside.

What you really want is a beater bike for college. Leave the nice ride at home for the dorm year, and then when you get off campus housing, keep the good bike indoors and ride it on the weekends. The commuter bike can live anywhere.

You have a really nice bike. Enjoy it, but before taking it with you think about the conditions it will be exposed to.

EDIT - at the University of Florida there were a good 30,000 freshmen. I forgot the actual numbers but it was a lot. Dorms were packed. Rooms meant for double occupancy were made into triples, and single rooms were rare. As such, all bikes were banned from inside the building. There was simply no room. Even the outside racks were always packed. Before you do anything, get the bike policy IN WRITING from the campus housing authority.

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Very nice looking ride.

I'm worried about what I'll do with my bikes when I go to college in a year.
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Awesome!!! I have the same exact frame, but mine is built up with SRAM Red and FSA cranks. It is very reliable and I have no complaints thus far. Congratulations on a great bike.

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Originally Posted by mzeffex View Post
Very nice looking ride.

I'm worried about what I'll do with my bikes when I go to college in a year.
Same...
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You'd be foolish not to lock it in your room. I live in NYC...nothing gets left outside!
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when i was in the dorms i stuck my road bike under my bed. i had a seperate bike to get to class with.
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Viperplayer, that looks awesome! I was originally looking for the SRAM Red model, but they were all sold out.

And I think I'm confusing people. What I meant to say when I said I wanted to lock my bike in my room is that I literally want to lock my bike TO my room. Like somehow find some pvc piping or bedpost to lock it to, so when I'm not in the room, people that walk in won't be able to just snatch it and run.
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
You'd be foolish not to lock it in your room. I live in NYC...nothing gets left outside!
yeah, imagine what happen if your roommate forgot to lock the door. it happens to my friend once, the burglar took 3 laptops within 15 minutes.

i have a 200 dollar beater bike for school, even that i lock her up everywhere. bike thieve in california university campus are like fleas.
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When you're in college, leave the bikes in your room. I can take pictures of my setup in my dorm room if you'd like.

I have anywhere from 2-4 bikes on campus at once. Right now it's 2. If you raise your bed, you can put the bikes underneath your bed. If you like riding, you should race collegiate in college. It's a damn good time!
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@ridethecliche

That'd be great if you could show me a shot of your dorm! I was thinking of getting a bike rack to hang on my wall.

I'm headed to Boston next year, and deciding between Boston University and Emerson College, but I'll definitely be racing regardless.
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