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For months I would read, with great jealousy, threads where folks had gotten new bikes. Well, it is finally my turn. So, here we go.<br><br>
About a week ago, I bought a Motobecane Sprint road bike. It has Ultegra front and rear derailleurs, Ultegra 10 speed, triple front crank, carbon fork, carbon stays, Ultegra shifters, Ritchey handlebars and seatpost, and Dura Ace pedals.<br><br>
Say what you will about it not being a Trek or Specialized, but the frame has a lifetime warranty, the components are what they are, and I only paid $895 for it with free lifetime labor and adjustments. I figure that I saved at least $500.<br><br>
With the rigors of parenting, work, being the world's best husband, and what not, I didn't get to ride until today. I took it out for a quick 6 miles or so. This is my first road bike so I had to get used to clipping in and out. And I'd never had a bike that had STI shifters. But, needless to say, I loved it. It friggin flew. I didn't have a lick of trouble shifting. I'm still not the best at clipping in or out, but I didn't fall over or even get wobbly.<br><br>
With all that being said, on to the pics:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb115/txdave13/P1090001.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Pretty good looking bike. I shouldn't have too much problem finding it in transition.<br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb115/txdave13/P1090002.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
That groovy rainbow at the lower right has got to be some sort of sign. Not that there's anything wrong with that.<br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb115/txdave13/P1090004.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Quiet, smooth shifting power.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb115/txdave13/P1090005.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Bump in the road? What bump?<br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb115/txdave13/P1090006.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I'm an alum of the University of Tennessee (go VOLS) and, although I didn't choose the bike solely on color, I do dig the color.<br><br>
My plans for the bike? Well, I plan to ride it as much as possible (especially as it gets warmer), get better at it, compete in several tris, and finish with a 70.3 in September.<br><br>
Well, thanks for taking time to read.
 

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Mr TIthers insists your bike is REALLY REALLY fast b/c it's orange!
 

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Purty. I's all kinds of jealous <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Ella <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Spaved. Spaved is what you did. You spaved $500.<br><br>
You save money when you choose not to buy something you 'd been buying (like <i>saving</i> money on your oil bill by lowering your heat) or you find a less expensive alternative for something you were buying (like maybe at the grocery store you buy the $2 generic cereal instead of the $3 name brand and <i>save</i> $1).<br><br>
When you go shopping for a cool new toy and you think you get a value that's greater than what you spend, that's spaving because you had to spend $895 to <i>spave</i> that $500!!!!<br><br>
If I could just get my wife to understand this!!<br><br>
On the other hand... Cool bike! Congrats!!
 

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LOL, LRR!!<br><br>
I think this needs to be explained to my mum, too!! She will buy something on sale because it's a great "saving". Doesn't matter that she will never use it - it was a bargain!!<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><br><br>
Must stop visiting threads with pretty bike pics. It's very testing on my will power. (I'm sure there's a way to carry a boat and paddle on a bike - who needs a car anyway!!)<br><br>
Ella <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Nice ride! What's his/her name?
 

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Orange Julius has a nice ring.<br><br>
My hubby named his OJ bike Clementine...so that's taken<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Tangerine Dream?<br><br>
OJ?<br><br>
Ok...I'm outta name Ideas. WHo has the prOn name generator?
 

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Very nice, but <i>someone</i> has to be the big meanie here, so I'll step up:<br><br>
- The reflectors have got to go. Wear a reflective vest if necessary, just get rid of those things on each end of your fancy new machine.<br><br>
With full Ultegra components, I'm surprised it has a triple chainring. Especially with 10 gears in the back, I doubt you'll need the granny gear unless you go touring.<br><br>
Okay, enough criticism, it really is a nice bike. And a good deal, no matter what LRR says (rants) about it. Congrats, and be sure to post a picture of you riding it as soon as the weather improves. You're going to LOVE that bike once Spring rolls around!!
 

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Really HOT!! Good luck with it and may you have a mild winter so you get to ride it lots.
 

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sweet! but yeah, reflectors got to go!
 

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Looks nice, those are a great deal. Couple things to consider--the nose of your seat is pointed down, try placing a broomstick or level on it and making it flat, you will use the whole seat to change your hip angle for different circumstances, plus it throws weight on your hands. Second, over time you may wish to ride with the bars lower, yours are set pretty high between the spacers under the stem and the positive rise of the stem. After a few weeks if you want to drop some of the spacers as an experiment, post here and someoen will walk you through how to do it, I sometimes will stop during a ride and drop or add spacers, it takes about a minute.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. Regarding the reflectors; when the guy at the bike shop was doing the final assembly, he was muttering something about Ralph Nader when he put them on. I thought that it needed to come off, but just haven't gotten around to it. I've got a blinking red light for the rear and a headlight that goes on the bars. And I'll check the seat when I get home tonight.<br><br>
MB, dude, you've gotta take meanie lessons. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> I was thinking the same thing about the triple. I dropped it into granny gear to check it out and, you're right, there's no way I'll need it. Future upgrade! Plus, living in North Texas, the hills are laughable (for the most part).<br><br>
Another benefit to living in TX is the short and mild winter. Heck, it was close to 80 here on Sunday. True, that was unusually warm, but not unheard of. Full time warmer temps will be here 'round mid-March.<br><br>
Again, thanks guys.
 

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LOVE the color!!! Don't know enough about bikes to comment on anything else.<br><br>
But what's wrong with the safety measure of a reflector? I know I took mine off but I don't know why. Does it really slow you down? Can't imagine it making that much of a difference.
 

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My understanding is that bike shops are only required by law to install reflectors if they are selling you the bike, not if you bring them a bike you bought elsewhere for assembly.
 

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Sweet looking ride, probably has new bike smell too!<br><br><img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif"> mikey
 

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Makes sense. I bought it from them, although I had better pedals to put on. Otherwise, it would have had reflectors on the pedals as well.
 

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Nice ride Dave<br><br>
I love the color - dont worry about Matt being a meanie - its just because he is getting into Tax season - But I do have to agree with him ditch the reflectors<br><br>
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Nah...you just lose roadie cred. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 
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