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    My Economic Contribution

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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

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    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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