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  1. I third the suggestion that you try several...

    I third the suggestion that you try several different brands and models, as you need to find the right fit for your body. That said, I really do like the Dolce at that price point. I think...
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    You made a wise choice, Specialized knows how to...

    You made a wise choice, Specialized knows how to make a good bike! The Dolce is a very nice wsd road bike for its price point, and the frame is quite comfortable.

    I ride her carbon-framed sister,...
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    Lol, to me it's very important that my bottles...

    Lol, to me it's very important that my bottles don't clash with my bike, AND that both of them match. Silly, I know, but I'm a female - what can I say? I care about how things look, which is why I...
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    The Ruby is a great bike! Enjoy!

    The Ruby is a great bike! Enjoy!
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    Lovely jersey! And yes, those arms DO look snug...

    Lovely jersey! And yes, those arms DO look snug...
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    My advice is to always go with the best...

    My advice is to always go with the best components you can afford, even if it means financing some of the bike. Nice riding bike = one you will enjoy riding.

    Have you tried a Specialized Dolce or...
  7. Thread: My new ride

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    Lovely! Enjoy, and happy birthday! The benefits...

    Lovely! Enjoy, and happy birthday! The benefits to your overall health and well being is worth way more than what you paid. :)
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    Wow, I've DRIVEN the route from Bethel to Mount...

    Wow, I've DRIVEN the route from Bethel to Mount Washington. Beautiful country, but what a long ride! I'm impressed... :)
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    Enjoy! The Ruby is a great bike. :)

    Enjoy! The Ruby is a great bike. :)
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    Was that Portmouth, NH? Or RI? Did 25 miles on...

    Was that Portmouth, NH? Or RI?

    Did 25 miles on a charity ride in very pretty country in NJ. Turned out to be a lovely spring day!
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    I can understand him saying that, as 105...

    I can understand him saying that, as 105 components are quite decent, but I noticed a big difference in the Ruby Comp with Ultegra. Such a difference that that's what I ended up buying. I think the...
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    You say your bike fits great, but were you...

    You say your bike fits great, but were you properly fitted at the shop you bought it from? All of that and more should be evaluated/adjusted before you leave the shop, imo. Often they use...
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    Good going! I'm still striving for that. I'd be...

    Good going! I'm still striving for that. I'd be happy to do 10 mile back-to-back days right now. I get up for work at 4:00 am every morning, and most days my riding aspirations at lunch time are gone...
  14. Hmm, which Quick? I have the Quick 3 and I love...

    Hmm, which Quick? I have the Quick 3 and I love it, almost (but not quite) as much as my road bike. My Quick and I have had many adventures...
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    I took my BF road bike shopping, and after many...

    I took my BF road bike shopping, and after many bikes the one he liked the best was also the Roubaix. He ended up buying a Specialized Tarmac APEX because the clearance price was too good to pass up....
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    Though finding a good used bike might not be too...

    Though finding a good used bike might not be too difficult, I think that finding the RIGHT used bike, what you want and in your size, could be very difficult! In my case, not too many people (if any)...
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    Me too! at first I liked the idea and ease of the...

    Me too! at first I liked the idea and ease of the full zip, but it's less flattering when I'm riding, kinda bulges out. The partial zips look better on me.

    And yes, sometimes the zippers DO bother...
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    This ^^ is all-important! Felts are great...

    This ^^ is all-important!

    Felts are great bikes also, that was actually my second choice. They're a little cheaper than Specialized, so you get more bang for your buck. But in the end, you will be...
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    Agree with all the above. The Ruby is a great...

    Agree with all the above. The Ruby is a great bike! If you're looking for big upgrade from an old steel frame you will love the Ruby. Though there's nothing wrong with the Dolce, once you ride that...
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    I have no control either, I'm a cycling jersey...

    I have no control either, I'm a cycling jersey s-l-u-t. :p I think I've ordered at least 6 already this season. Sigh...

    But it's the same for me with ski jackets. Give me one pair of good fitting...
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    I'm an enabler too. :D But I do think there are...

    I'm an enabler too. :D But I do think there are lots of plusses to going with this bike -

    1. Cannondale makes very good frames, their geometry seems to suit me well. And the CAAD is a GREAT frame,...
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    Congrats on picking out a GREAT bike and happy...

    Congrats on picking out a GREAT bike and happy birthday to you! What a terrific gift to give yourself! I have a Ruby Comp and I absolutely love it. I tried many, many road bikes before deciding on...
  23. Thread: Introduction

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    If you want road shoes seriously look into...

    If you want road shoes seriously look into Speedplay Light Action pedals! Since these are so popular, I'm surprised no one has mentioned them yet. They're small, lightweight, double sided, and easy...
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    There's nothing more exciting than new bike day,...

    There's nothing more exciting than new bike day, congrats! :D

    I've been away, what bike did you pick?
  25. Thread: New to biking

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    It's a decent bike to start off on. The other...

    It's a decent bike to start off on. The other models mentioned are similar in quality, and you really should try a few out to see which one you're more comfortable on. The geometries of the frames...
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