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Joined the road bike crowd, went a bit overboard

Old 09-30-10, 12:01 AM
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Joined the road bike crowd, went a bit overboard

In the middle of the summer my wife and I decided it'd be neat to try out biking, so we both bought a couple of Trek hybrids. Neither of us had biked in 20 years, so we went in with pretty entry level bikes.

Little did I know the intensity that I would be into biking. I'd unleashed a monster.

It is now 90 days later, the wife rides once a week (at most), I've worked up to 500 miles in the month of Sept (1250mi since 90 days ago), and I completed a solo century this past weekend. Along with all this comes upgradeitis. It's a transmissible disease, I think mostly spread through bikeforums and other similar sites, and I've caught it. Why not upgrade to a road bike?

So a couple weeks ago I headed over to the local shop with a firm budget in mind, rode a half dozen bikes, and went home to think. The next day I went back to purchase something, and $1999 later ended up with my bike. An full Ultegra 2010 Roubaix Expert Test bike. It'd been tested over the year by customers, and one customer had apparently dropped it because there are light scratches in the paint on one side; however, I knew this was the only way I could possibly score such a sweet bike on my budget (which admittedly was less than $2k, but who can pass up a deal? To quote my wife, "think of how much money I saved!").



I've finished up my training I was doing for my century, so the next twelve weeks will be all about speed/power training and this will be the beast I do it on.

It's been a very expensive 90 days (dont forget newbs gotta buy all the biking stuff like pumps, helmets, clothes, etc), hopefully the next 90 ends up being much cheaper.
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Old 09-30-10, 12:06 AM
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Congrats, beautiful bike! Enjoy riding on the road bike!
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Old 09-30-10, 12:18 AM
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First noob bike I've seem here with a flipped down stem, Is that even a -17 stem?

Good job. Yes it's going to be cheaper
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Old 09-30-10, 03:27 AM
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That is a super sweet looking ride man, congrats!
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Old 09-30-10, 04:12 AM
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I like the paint scheme...
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Old 09-30-10, 04:34 AM
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Are you sure you have enough water bottle carrying capacity on that bike? You don't want to die from dehydration on your next metric century you know.
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Old 09-30-10, 04:34 AM
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Nice bike. That Ultegra 6700 is the shiznit.
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Old 09-30-10, 04:37 AM
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Nice ride. Who cares if it's a demo, you got a good deal.
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Old 09-30-10, 05:13 AM
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I haven't seen this paint scheme before, it's stunning. Congrats on the new bike!
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Old 09-30-10, 05:56 AM
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Nice ride!
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Old 09-30-10, 06:18 AM
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good looking bike, i really like the white stem, its a nice touch.
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Old 09-30-10, 06:20 AM
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I feel you! I just cant stop. but lots of us just have to make do with what we have now until we find our own 2010 Roubaix Expert Test bike! sweet deal!
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Old 09-30-10, 06:26 AM
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-12 degree stem too, nice bike
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Old 09-30-10, 06:33 AM
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Looks good!
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Old 09-30-10, 07:02 AM
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Nice, keep up the riding.

*cough* post pictures of the drive side *cough*
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Where is the white garage door? And the presta valves should both be at the bottom of the wheel when you took the pic. Haven't you learned anything from here?

In seriousness, a buddy of mine rides that same bike and loves it to death, happy riding
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Old 09-30-10, 07:33 AM
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Nice looking ride!
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Old 09-30-10, 07:38 AM
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Looks great. What will your next bike be? Dura Ace?
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Nice bike and a good deal. Who cares if it is a demo? You bought it new and it has a warranty, so a win-win situation here. I am with Pcad here, do you carry 4 bottles with you on the road? I think two 24 oz bottles should be sufficient on any ride, with refill of course.
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Old 09-30-10, 08:03 AM
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Nice bike! My first road bike (actually second after a long period from the first) was a Specialized with white saddle and bar tape. It's hard to keep them clean but definately looks great.
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Old 09-30-10, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Are you sure you have enough water bottle carrying capacity on that bike? You don't want to die from dehydration on your next metric century you know.
Shame on you for picking on a n00b like that.

In the next 90 days he'll become a weight weenie and jettison some of the bottle carriers because they slow him down too much. That's what the team car is for
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Old 09-30-10, 08:08 AM
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Sweet ride.
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Old 09-30-10, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Nice bike. That Ultegra 6700 is the shiznit.
Yes. Yes it is.
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Old 09-30-10, 09:11 AM
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You did well. I too was hit with the addiction but you spent much more intelligently than I did. I bought a used Calfee for $1850 and then slowly replaced every part of the bike until all that is left now is the brakes, shifters, stem and cassette. I replaced the frame with a different model Calfee. I will replace the groupo next year with Campy 11 speed and then all that will be left from the original bike is the seat post.

I really like what I have now and I was making good money when I built it. Now that the economy is tight and I wonder if I made the right decision to buy used.
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Old 09-30-10, 09:16 AM
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I've had one of those before, great bike. Man, I'm glad (and sad) I don't have a wife like yours. I'd be broke! If mine told me look how much money I saved each time I wanted to buy another bike, I'd be on the streets with a hobo house made of bikes.
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