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    My Economic Contribution

    WARNING: CONTAINS ROADY SUBJECT MATTER. THOSE THAT ARE SENSITIVE TO SUCH MATERIAL PLEASE REMAIN CALM AND CLICK THE FOLLOWING TO ESCAPE.

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    It wasn't the stimulus check from Uncle B. But, it was my contribution to the economy and more importantly, my bike quiver. I've put almost 200 miles on her so far and WOW! It's the first carbon bike I've owned and is she amazing! The second ride I did with a friend of mine that rides road he declared he didn't like my new bike because he was back to chasing me on the climbs.

    I got the bike fit done today so I can't wait for the warm weather that is coming so I can get back out and get some riding in. I know there are a few closet roadies out there, so I'll see you out there. I'm the one on the new Tarmac with permagrin stuck on my face and bugs in my teeth.
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    You consumer whore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    You consumer whore.
    Would you go drive your pop can bike into the garage so you can buy a new one already?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
    Would you go drive your pop can bike into the garage so you can buy a new one already?!


    It's carbon too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    It's carbon too.
    I don't know .... looks like it has too much travel and the seat post is WAY too low for you. You should ask to see if they have a 60mm fork for that.

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    ... and if we just ... un-carbonated

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    0 carbon road bike
    And not much of an economic stimulator

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
    I don't know .... looks like it has too much travel and the seat post is WAY too low for you. You should ask to see if they have a 60mm fork for that.


    I'll probably go for the 5" alu version:



    Although by the time I'm in the market for a new bike there'll probably something newer and shiny than the Trance X.

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    (whistle)
    That's purdy. I'm a jealous closet road whore.

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    Are those...cough, cough...compact cranks? On a tarmac?

    Beautiful bike...you need to make some further contribution to the economy in the form of some lighter wheels.

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    Meh....

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    my stimulus check

    Nice bikes. I like that Specialized road bike. Should be fun.

    I'm donating my stimulus check to either

    http://www.frogfriends.com/

    or

    http://www.sealfund.org/seal_philosophy.jsp

    or

    http://www.semperfifund.org/

    Marc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    Are those...cough, cough...compact cranks? On a tarmac?

    Beautiful bike...you need to make some further contribution to the economy in the form of some lighter wheels.
    Yep - compact cranks and I love them! I was pushing a 53/39 on my last bike and just didn't like it as much. I want to get a set of Ultegra SL compact cranks. New wheels will probably get added to the list at some point but 105 wheels will take the day to day abuse very well.

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    My economic contribution and first post
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertH
    My economic contribution and first post
    Ooooo...I hate to say it, but I like yours better.

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    Thank you. It'll be fun.

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    I don't

    even know what compact cranks are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mateomtb
    even know what compact cranks are?
    Don't sweat it... it's some roadie nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    Ooooo...I hate to say it, but I like yours better.
    x2

    except I LOVE to say it.

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    I got a new stove and dishwasher. How do you convince the wife that we can still work with a stove that only has 2 working burners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intenserider2
    I got a new stove and dishwasher. How do you convince the wife that we can still work with a stove that only has 2 working burners?
    Electric or gas stove?

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    What is an Economic stimulus check ?
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    Is that the Tarmac Elite? I almost bought that rig a couple months ago, but ended up with the Allez Expert (silver bullet) below with a triple Ultegra crank. It was on closeout. Friends tried to talk me out of the triple, but i've already justified my decision on some steep climbs. I thought it felt a little livelier than the Tarmac as well . These things are like rockets. Enjoy your new ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SinglePowderTrack
    Is that the Tarmac Elite?

    It's the Tarmac Comp. I was looking at the Elite originally but got a killer deal on a demo bike from Special Ed and so I got the comp instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mateomtb
    even know what compact cranks are?
    A term someone in the Road industry coined for smaller chainrings. A "traditional" double has a 52 or 53 tooth big ring and a small ring somewhere between 39 at 42 or so. The compact has a 50/34 typically. With 10 speed on the rear there's plenty of gear range to cover most situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mateomtb
    even know what compact cranks are?
    Chances are that your MTB cranks are "compact". They came out in the mid 90's. I think Ritchey was the first (that I can remember). Used to be that your big ring was 48 tooth give or take a couple, I don't remember the other rings that well.

    The actual way to identify a compact crank (at least for road) is by the bolt spacing (110mm vs 130 (or 135 if you're a campy fan) not the number of teeth on a ring. I think MTB's are 110 for standard and like 94 for compact (or somewhere in that ballpark).

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    That's a really nice bike. You'll love it. I ride the road more and more during the week.
    saving the weekends for longer mtb rides.
    I JUST WANT A BICYCLE!!!!! " Why-why are you yelling at me?"
    WHATEVER, MAKE ME A BICYCLE CLOWN!!!!!!!!!

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    Hold on one damn minute.

    Isn't that thing made in Taiwan and Japan for the most part?

    YOUR STIMULATING THE WRONG ECONOMIES!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Hold on one damn minute.

    Isn't that thing made in Taiwan and Japan for the most part?

    YOUR STIMULATING THE WRONG ECONOMIES!!

    I believe Taiwan is where all the good Carbon manufacturers are. Does it count that the name on the bike is U.S. based?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
    Does it count that the name on the bike is U.S. based?
    Thats where the profits go!
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
    I believe Taiwan is where all the good Carbon manufacturers are. Does it count that the name on the bike is U.S. based?
    Sure. I suppose the design guys are making a little something...

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    I gets a bit stimulated every time I see this in my garage....

    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    I gets a bit stimulated every time I see this in my garage....

    Dude... go wank in the garage then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Sure. I suppose the design guys are making a little something...
    When it comes down to it. I have a new bike in my quiver!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
    When it comes down to it. I have a new bike in my quiver!!!!
    What you really need are a new pair of fat skis, skins, and a beacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Dude... go wank in the garage then.
    I will, after I set my bike in front of my huge Moab poster...

    Wanker...
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    I will, after I set my bike in front of my huge Moab poster...
    Let me guess - took your first trip to the land of Milk and Honey?

    Wanker...
    There are two types of people in the world: those that admit to wanking... and those that lie about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Let me guess - took your first trip to the land of Milk and Honey?
    No, I go to Cosco all the time.
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    No, I go to Cosco all the time.
    It's Costco, n00B!

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    President Bush loves consumers.

    MorryJG,
    You should've posted on roadbikereview... You could've stimulated the mountain bike market more so companies like Giant can further their mass production and make things cheaper for people like Skaredshtles so he can finally stop making us repair his old bike.

    Shheeeezzzz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
    When it comes down to it. I have a new bike in my quiver!!!!
    do road bikes count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    President Bush loves consumers.

    MorryJG,
    You should've posted on roadbikereview... You could've stimulated the mountain bike market more so companies like Giant can further their mass production and make things cheaper for people like Skaredshtles so he can finally stop making us repair his old bike.

    Shheeeezzzz.
    You're a goddam genius, man!!

    That reminds me... I REALLY need to take my bike in and get the brakes bled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    do road bikes count?
    Let's not go there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    President Bush loves consumers.

    MorryJG,
    You should've posted on roadbikereview... You could've stimulated the mountain bike market more so companies like Giant can further their mass production and make things cheaper for people like Skaredshtles so he can finally stop making us repair his old bike.

    Shheeeezzzz.

    Doesn't Giant make the Specialized carbon frames? If so, then mission accomplished!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    It's Costco, n00B!
    Cosco is my nickname for Moab, I especially like thier Fruita section.

    Get with the program Sh!tles
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    Cosco is my nickname for Moab, I especially like thier Fruita section.

    Get with the program Sh!tles
    AHhhhahahhaha. Carry on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    That reminds me... I REALLY need to take my bike in and get the brakes bled.
    Whatever....You've been saying that for 2 years now. Just drag your feet a little harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
    Whatever....You've been saying that for 2 years now. Just drag your feet a little harder.
    I've noticed that the brakes only get REALLY mushy when I'm going uphill. They come right back to life when I'm going downhill.

    You think that means something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
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    For the love of gawd, flip that frickin stem over...and take the pic from the proper side!

    That said, congrats on the new ride. White tape might be a bit more pleasing to the eye...

    I went out on my roadie with my fiancee two days ago...been off it for a while with all the M-effin wind...miss it a little...still, having more fun now on the dirt...and the wind isn't as annoying when you're going slower.
    Citius. Altius. Fortius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morryjg
    Doesn't Giant make the Specialized carbon frames? If so, then mission accomplished!
    I'm pretty sure they do.

    I'll see if the Trance's are any cheaper today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by livinlite
    For the love of gawd, flip that frickin stem over...and take the pic from the proper side!

    That said, congrats on the new ride. White tape might be a bit more pleasing to the eye...
    I've been thinking about flipping the stem but I'm working on getting the shoes & cleats adjusted out completely first. One thing at a time. I'll take a pic from the 'proper' side once I get Ultegra SL cranks on her.

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