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Some neighbors checking out my new bike after UPS left.(30 posts)

Some neighbors checking out my new bike after UPS left.Mike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:27 PM
I just happened to look up. . .Mike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:30 PM
This is way cool pic, UPS goes everywhere, eh?...nmrwbadley
Sep 21, 2003 6:36 PM
Later that evening. Some friends came over to see it.Mike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:34 PM
I reached for the box, feeling excited.Mike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:38 PM
At night I used to have these dreamsMike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:41 PM
Nobody here has seen that movie (nm)Kerry Irons
Sep 21, 2003 5:15 PM
You guys are missing out if you really haven't seenrubendc19
Sep 21, 2003 7:14 PM
Stanley Kubricks (R.I.P) A Space Odyssey 2001.
Maybe Eddy needs a hand in his Ad Departmentbimini
Sep 22, 2003 5:20 AM
Good job capturing the joy & awe of a new bike.
PS: Did you name the Bike HAL? Let's hope not! nmbimini
Sep 22, 2003 5:23 AM
Another one of the dreamsMike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:44 PM
Another one of the dreamsaliensporebomb
Sep 22, 2003 2:38 AM
Long distance shipping indeed - moons of jupiter!
Enough of that. . . here's the bike.Mike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:51 PM
2003 Eddy Merckx Team SC. Picked it up from GVH Bikes. Gary is great to work with. Built it with Dura-Ace, American Classic wheels and Deda bar and stem.
I could hear the music. Very, very nice bike. (nm)TFerguson
Sep 22, 2003 4:20 AM
Another. . .Mike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:55 PM
The frame is stiff but not harsh. I can't believe how it rides. The paint is not what I was expecting but I can handle it. (The rear triangle clear coat is a little rippled).
Last one.Mike P
Sep 21, 2003 4:58 PM
nice intro....and beautiful bike (nm)stephenb
Sep 21, 2003 5:09 PM
Very Niceflying
Sep 21, 2003 5:14 PM
Not much seat post showing? Not that it matters ;-)
I have always thought those were beautiful bikes enjoy!
Fun post - enjoy the bike nmpedalAZ
Sep 21, 2003 8:22 PM
Last one.aliensporebomb
Sep 22, 2003 2:40 AM
Gorgeous bike - I love the color. Have fun on that thing!
Love the intro - even if no one else got it. nmSenorPedro
Sep 21, 2003 7:54 PM
Awesome intro, Coool bike!! n/mGiant_Tom
Sep 21, 2003 11:53 PM
wow, BIG step up!JS Haiku Shop
Sep 22, 2003 5:37 AM
how much lighter than the raleigh?

you already climbed like a monkey chasing a banana. i'm afraid of the improvement this bike will offer.

congrats! beauty!

wow, BIG step up!Mike P
Sep 22, 2003 8:17 AM
Big step. . . yes, it took a some time to work up the nerve to get it out for the first ride. It's not much lighter than the raleigh; I'd say it is less than 1lb. lighter. Around 16 lbs on a non-accurate, pounds only, scale. The biggest difference, other than the name and paint, is how stiff the thing is. There is a difference; I have not been able to get that flex feel on any of the steep hills here.

Last week I told my raleigh not to worry, it would be going with me for the 6-Gap. After riding the merckx though I do not see how a can't ride the merckx. So how should I break the news to the raleigh? Don't tell?

wow, BIG step up!JS Haiku Shop
Sep 22, 2003 8:27 AM
how to keep the Raleigh happy:

Raleigh and Rain both start with R.

fill in the blanks.

It took me a second but I got it...biknben
Sep 22, 2003 8:01 AM
To be honest, I think I saw 2010 before I saw 2001. 2001 was a bit slow for me. Like watching Star Trek in slow motion.

I did a book report on 2001 when I was in the 7th grade. Ahh...memories!!!
excellent post, but wheremarcoxxx
Sep 22, 2003 8:11 AM
are you located...i think i recognize your porch, i may have passed out there in my former life...anyway enjoy

excellent post, but whereMike P
Sep 22, 2003 8:20 AM
Chatt. TN. Near Stringers Ridge trailhead if you have ridden MTB in the area.

What a great new bike announcement!JFR
Sep 22, 2003 2:58 PM
That was very creative and fun!

I love the blue! Too bad you're not totally sure about it. Give it time. Expectations are funny, and can (obviously) effect first impressions... apparently you were expecting something a little different.

I think your Merckx looks MARVELOUS! The blue is absolutely GORGEOUS! I know you'll come around.
Thanks, JFR! The color is what I was expecting. It's just theMike P
Sep 22, 2003 5:37 PM
clearcoat is actually rippled a bit on the rear triangle; perhaps sprayed a bit thick. I don't look back there much anyway so I am fine with it. I guess the only reason I mentioned it was I have seen many other frames built by others and the paint is flawless.

I still can't stop looking at it; the blues change as the light conditions change. I can't stop wanting to go ride it; somehow I ended up with nearly 100 extra miles last week.