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My new Cdale CAAD7(12 posts)

My new Cdale CAAD7werdna
May 4, 2003 12:47 PM
Well, since everyone else is doing it, why shouldn't I? Here is a pic of my new bike. CAAD7 frame. D-A. Easton Cockpit. Bontrager PowerTap Wheels. The spacers and flipped stem are only temporary. The Easton stem that I bought was backordered so I had to use a C'dale stem.
The pic isn't great (inside a college dorm). Maybe I will get a nicer pic another time.
re: My new Cdale CAAD7AFrizzledFry
May 4, 2003 12:58 PM
nice rig. how do you plan on locking it up inside the dorm?

i'm going to be going to UT at Austin next year, and haven't figured out how i'll lock up my bike (Specialized Allez Comp) inside when i'm at class. any hints would be great! kryptonite locks are definitely going to be used, i know that much!
re: My new Cdale CAAD7werdna
May 4, 2003 1:29 PM
When I was a freshman there was a bike room in the basement of the dorm. That was ideal. If there isn't one, you are going to have to make room in your double.

I'm a sophomore now, and I live in an apt. (i.e. I don't live in the dorm where I took the pic). I have lots of room now so I just store my bikes in my room.

re: My new Cdale CAAD7AFrizzledFry
May 4, 2003 1:34 PM
i'll be a sophomore too(community college right now), so, hopefully they'll have something for us. i'll use at least two locks to secure the bike- maybe three. theifs will *not* be able to steal my Allez, damnit!
May 5, 2003 7:18 AM
The Kryptonite New York chain and mini Ulock are a good functioning combo, with the added benifits of visual deterence (they look strong, even from a distance) and a theft guarantee. They are expensive, but an EE discount will help a lot. Only other thing is that the lock does not travel, it has to stay put since it weighs a lot. Of course you could throw that thing in a backpack and go do some hill repaeats to build character.
... ditto on securing it in the dorm...Akirasho
May 4, 2003 1:26 PM
... nice rig... nice specs... and you're a college student???

Looks like you also spec'd a couple of ZIPP bottle cages?

Yepper, college campuses can be ripe pickin's for thieves (high traffic, relatively easy access (and egress), a high volume of similar swag and relatively lax security (sorry younguns... but most at college age are a bit naive when it comes to said security... you may trust your dorm mates... but can you trust all your dorm mate's friends (especially when they start mouthing off about such a bike)).

Now, ride the hell outta that sucker.

Be the bike.
... ditto on securing it in the dorm...werdna
May 4, 2003 1:32 PM
Ahh... the benefits of working at a shop! I certainly could not afford the Easton stuff or the Zipp cages without E.P. The frame was also given to me by my team. The cages seem to work well so far. I hope they last.

You do have to be diligent with nice bikes on college campuses. I keep two bikes in my room now. My commuter bike is a fixed-gear, so, honestly, I'd like to see someone try to steal that.

Nice bike, butelviento
May 5, 2003 7:37 AM
don't you just hate it when one year the CAAD7 is sold for $4500 with Ram bars and Record 10 throughout and next year it will be called a R600 with Tiagra parts when the CAAD9 comes out? In fact, I'd be surprised if anyone can actually tell the difference between CAAD4 and CAAD7 (Despite the 1:3 price ratio?)

Just a rant about C'dale's creating artificial sense of supriority in their lines which change from year to year... CAAD3 was touted as bought by Indurain with his own cash back in 1997, but now CAAD3 is probably too "low end" to even be on a soccer mom hybrid bike.
Nice bike, butgeeker
May 5, 2003 8:13 AM
"In fact, I'd be surprised if anyone can actually tell the difference between CAAD4 and CAAD7 (Despite the 1:3 price ratio?)"

All CAADs through CAAD6 used 6061 aluminum alloy. CAAD7 is the first to use a different alloy; C'dale calls it "Optimo aluminum," but I have no idea what that means :-(. That's a formal difference, but could *I* tell the diffence by riding? Probably not.
And that's exactly the "artificial difference"elviento
May 5, 2003 9:18 AM
I was talking about. Whatever alloy you call it, it's aluminum, with small amounts of other elements. Metal matrix, technium, scandium, whateveryoumaycallit...
Can you explain your bike build?fracisco
May 5, 2003 8:55 AM
Where did you pickup the frame? It has R1000 on the top tube, but is built with custom part selection. I didn't expect to see 'stock color' CAAD7 frames trickling out already.
Can you explain your bike build?werdna
May 5, 2003 8:02 PM
The frame is a team frame. I work at a shop so I bought all the parts myself.