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DAZFSR



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: Specialized Tarmac. Newbie Page 2 Updates. Reply with quote

Picked it up after it had been on order for a few weeks. Very happy with it so far.
Its my first road bike, so hoping to get on well with it all, have a few different things to think about when out as its totally different to the mtb side.

Hope you enjoy my pics:





Chosen pedals, again first time being clipped in Shocked


Plus new roadie helmet, and shoes, they fit and feel better than I ever thought:



To finish off, my matching pair:





Thanks for looking Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very, very nice. Very Happy

We await a full report of how it feels and handles. Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking bike... Enjoy😊😊
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a very sweet bike
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two stunning bikes,

Love the personalized decals , aswell as them shoes. Very nice Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet choice mate!

Don't know how you've managed to wait this long. I was going up the wall waiting 2 days for my frame to turn up. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Full report on first ride:

Ok then, so this is my first venture out as a road rider. I must say I was in some ways a little nervous, couple of things I had no experience of, 1:skinny tyres, 2: clippless pedals 3: how hard the ride will be.

So from my house I took a turn into a nice quiet road, where I could practice rolling up to a junction and un-clipping, stop, and then set off again.
I had practiced in the door way at house clipping in and out, trying each leg, seeing what one felt more comfortable.

Set off with a heading for the seafront, due to it long long road I could have time to see what's what.

I was very surprised to feel how easy the bike rolled, built up speed, and was so quiet. The clippless pedals were another surprise, shoes felt so comfie.
I guess I cant review too much about the bike due to it being the first one, but its a very speedy, very responsive in steering, generally a very impressive bike, yes it hard over the bumps for the ones I had to run over, but that's to be expected I feel.

Too much dam wind today, but once I had the wind behind me I thought I'd see how fast I could go......got to 31.8mph....god it felts fast Shocked
Was keeping up with a car along the seafront doing a measly 27mph, car behind didn't bother to over take, probably thought he was gong fast enough.

I feel I did push a bit too hard, as needed a stop break due to my asthma coming on...nothing back, just needed a puff on the old inhaler....I'll never learn lol.

Very much looking forward to another ride asap.
My ride today was a 45min, 12miler, average speed 15mph.....something to work on slowly. Have to get myself up my lbs for a group ride, be good to get some tips from the experienced guys, they also run in formation, different again.

All in all a good introduction to road riding.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks Gunner, Lin and Naffa for your nice comments.

jgmu97 wrote:
Two stunning bikes,

Love the personalized decals , aswell as them shoes. Very nice Very Happy

Nice little finishing touch I thought. The shoes were a BIG purchase, probably more shoe than I need...but hey...buy then once, buy them right.


Ness wrote:
Sweet choice mate!

Don't know how you've managed to wait this long. I was going up the wall waiting 2 days for my frame to turn up. Laughing


It helped being busy at work, getting home late...the days flew by lol.

How long have you been road riding Ness?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only a couple of months mate. I've hardly been out on it though and I'm selling it already. Need to recoup some money on my full sus build.

Might get another roadie next spring when funds allow.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ness wrote:
Only a couple of months mate. I've hardly been out on it though and I'm selling it already. Need to recoup some money on my full sus build.

Might get another roadie next spring when funds allow.


Aww short and sweet then, needs must and all that I guess.
Know you know what its all about, you can soon get another when it suits you.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunner wrote:
Very, very nice. Very Happy

We await a full report of how it feels and handles. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAZFSR wrote:
Ness wrote:
Only a couple of months mate. I've hardly been out on it though and I'm selling it already. Need to recoup some money on my full sus build.

Might get another roadie next spring when funds allow.


Aww short and sweet then, needs must and all that I guess.
Know you know what its all about, you can soon get another when it suits you.


Having said that though, if I can't get what I want for it, it'll be staying. I'm not going to give it away.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ness wrote:
DAZFSR wrote:
Ness wrote:
Only a couple of months mate. I've hardly been out on it though and I'm selling it already. Need to recoup some money on my full sus build.

Might get another roadie next spring when funds allow.


Aww short and sweet then, needs must and all that I guess.
Know you know what its all about, you can soon get another when it suits you.


Having said that though, if I can't get what I want for it, it'll be staying. I'm not going to give it away.


Dam right mate, your not a charity. Sure make it appealing enough over the price of a new one, all you can do is highlight the fact it 99% new still.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The roadie looks like it wants gold rims too Smile

Nice bike and I love the personalisation
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried for a longer run today, from my house to work place, to see if I could commute....turns out its do-able, but I wont now we approaching winter and all the rain of a night, finishing at 7pm....I just wont enjoy the ride.

It was a great ride though, the bike is awesome, its just so fast compared to the mtb.

Getting use to the spd's now, on the odd occasion it takes me a few seconds to re-clip in, have to keep looking down.
Arms were feeling a bit sore, not sure if that's my riding position?, legs were so so, aching definitely lol, not much in saddle sore though, which I was pleased about, but I did wear pants under the padded tights, which I think added a slight bit of soreness you know where Embarassed .....from what I understand is a no no...you wear nowt under them right?

An improvement in my average speed from 15mph to 16.4mph.
total time 1hr 30 mins, distance 25.75 miles.

Still over the moon with the bike Very Happy

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