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This shouldn't influence your opinion on a test ride...

Old 09-23-11, 10:14 AM
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This shouldn't influence your opinion on a test ride...

The shop is letting me have a 48 hour test ride with a used Cervelo Soloist. After a lot of miles at 25 mph, and after I had a noticeably easier time keeping the needle above 20 than on my other bike, I was pretty much set on buying it. But I wanted a long test ride to make sure of the fit.

I passed by one of my favorite parks, and decided to slow down for a moment and enjoy the view. An older lady yelled out "That's a gorgeous bike! I love Cervelos." Sounded like she was a roadie, so I went back and asked her opinion about the deal, which was about the same as mine, plus "From a woman's perspective, it's a very beautiful bike."

So there you have it. I need a comfortable, mechanically sound metal bike and want a good sprinter. And chicks dig it.
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Wait...one 'older lady' = chicks dig it?
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Wait...one 'older lady' = chicks dig it?
Not bad when you've only been on the bike for about 45 minutes.

Besides, she had quads the size of Texas, and looked like she could have easily crushed my soul!
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SF's age is highly relevant here. 'Older lady' could be 30-60 if we just assume he means 'at least 10 years older than me'.
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you get her number? You could save $ on the bike... just sayin...
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Gives a whole new meaning to test ride, doesn't it. I thought this was a family forum geeezz...
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
The shop is letting me have a 48 hour test ride with a used Cervelo Soloist. After a lot of miles at 25 mph, and after I had a noticeably easier time keeping the needle above 20 than on my other bike, I was pretty much set on buying it. But I wanted a long test ride to make sure of the fit.

I passed by one of my favorite parks, and decided to slow down for a moment and enjoy the view. An older lady yelled out "That's a gorgeous bike! I love Cervelos." Sounded like she was a roadie, so I went back and asked her opinion about the deal, which was about the same as mine, plus "From a woman's perspective, it's a very beautiful bike."

So there you have it. I need a comfortable, mechanically sound metal bike and want a good sprinter. And chicks dig it.
That would be enough for me.







(Full disclosure: I own an '08 Soloist. It's a great bike.)
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Originally Posted by ColinL
SF's age is highly relevant here. 'Older lady' could be 30-60 if we just assume he means 'at least 10 years older than me'.
I'm 33. She was over 50.

It's a nice bonus, even if it's only a small one, to be on a nice enough (looking) bike that it draws complements from strangers. And it shouldn't influence an opinion from a test ride, because I'm mainly looking at whether it fits, and how it sprints ... but people are social animals, and it's hard not to let it have some impact.
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Old hot chicks aside, it sounds like you enjoyed the bike and should strongly consider purchasing it.
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Cougar or GILF?
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It sprints like a scalded cat.
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Buy it...the Cervélo...I mean
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Originally Posted by ColinL
Old hot chicks aside, it sounds like you enjoyed the bike and should strongly consider purchasing it.
I wanted a two hour test ride, to make sure it fit well. Sometimes a bike can feel good for 20 minutes, but start to hurt after an hour. ( I wasn't able to get out of work early, and they close early, so they told me to keep it 'til Saturday. ) That wasn't the case. So I'm going to buy it. It's only $500, plus my CX bike, which is a death trap.

Since I've had some time with it, I brought it to a Cervelo dealer, who did a pretty thorough inspection, in exchange for a six pack. Apart from normal stuff (new housing, new derailleur cables, new chain) it's in excellent shape. The big chain ring is a little worn down and might only have a couple more years in it. That will give me an excuse to move my 6700 crankset from my R3 to this bike, and get a lighter BBright one (and lose the adapter) for my other bike.

After a while, I realized I just don't want to bring it back and relinquish it to the shop. That's when I realized it had become my bike.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
I wanted a two hour test ride, to make sure it fit well.
That's what she said.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
Not bad when you've only been on the bike for about 45 minutes.
If you extrapolate based on this, you're going to be meeting a lot of new women.
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The bike shop planted the old broad. They pull that crap all the time...
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The bike shop planted the old broad. They pull that crap all the time...
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Which shop in the Seattle area let you keep the bike for 24 hours?
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
After a while, I realized I just don't want to bring it back and relinquish it to the shop. That's when I realized it had become my bike.
That's cool! I hope you enjoy the bike.
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I just got a used Soloist this week as well. Went for a 4hr ride on it today and am very pleased with how it goes.
Didn't get any favorable comments from any girls though.
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