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Old 07-07-21, 05:51 AM
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Still getting it set up. this is basically right out of the box... will get it on the (gravel) road this weekend! I will get a better picture after it is set up, but for now I will have to live with the jaunty seat angle in this picture!
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Great looking bike! Love the color and accents.
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Great looking bike! Love the color and accents.
Yeah, I have always been a sucker for baby blue bikes, and the accents are the Belgian flag colors. when I showed a picture to the spousal unit she was MEH, but I think it looks awesome! The amazing thing to me, is it was 8 calendar days from order to receipt! In stock might be more important than any cool factor!
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Oh yeah, that is a nice looking bike. Congrats!
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Never mind the saddle angle, what about the height? Do you actually need it that high?

Great colors, and the gum walls rock too.
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That's an awful lot of drop from the saddle to the handlebar; almost makes me wonder if the bike is a little too small, or do you normally run that much drop?

And yeah, that saddle is nowhere close to level.

Nice looking bike, overall. Great paint scheme, and GRX is a great groupset.
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Originally Posted by mgopack42 View Post
Yeah, I have always been a sucker for baby blue bikes, and the accents are the Belgian flag colors. when I showed a picture to the spousal unit she was MEH, but I think it looks awesome! The amazing thing to me, is it was 8 calendar days from order to receipt! In stock might be more important than any cool factor!
Now you need to get the Belgian national champion kit that nearly every real Belgian (not just the Freds) wears every time they ride their bike.
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That bike is not set up yet. I dragged it out of the box, slapped the bars, seat, and wheels on it, and took a picture. it is too hot in the afternoons here to "work" in the garage. seat height is just so I had a lot of clamp space in the stand. I didn't really notice until I looked at the picture! the bike is a bit on the small size, and I am a little anxious about that. I went with a reach that I was comfortable with, in comparison to my newish road bike, and the stack for that frame was a little low. I will hit it on Saturday morning and get it on its maiden ride.
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Now you need to get the Belgian national champion kit that nearly every real Belgian (not just the Freds) wears every time they ride their bike.
I love that jersey and would wear it, Fred or not
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You'd be in good company in this land...and I agree it looks good.
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I love that jersey and would wear it, Fred or not
I agree, it looks awesome!! I could be a total Fred, what with my beer gut and all!
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
That's an awful lot of drop from the saddle to the handlebar; almost makes me wonder if the bike is a little too small, or do you normally run that much drop?

And yeah, that saddle is nowhere close to level.

Nice looking bike, overall. Great paint scheme, and GRX is a great groupset.
I will find out tomorrow before it gets hot out. I was going to buy the small, but the advisor stated Ridley's run "HUGE" and steered me towards the XS. here is my research: Comparison to my road bike to give me a warm feeling of where I was looking . I thought if a little too small, better than a little too big when not on tarmac. so I went with a XS with the max spacers under the stem...fingers crossed.

small

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i agree, it looks awesome!! I could be a total fred, what with my beer gut and all!
do it!
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Originally Posted by mgopack42 View Post
I will find out tomorrow before it gets hot out. I was going to buy the small, but the advisor stated Ridley's run "HUGE" and steered me towards the XS. here is my research: Comparison to my road bike to give me a warm feeling of where I was looking . I thought if a little too small, better than a little too big when not on tarmac. so I went with a XS with the max spacers under the stem...fingers crossed.

small

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I also used Bikeinsights. I’m 5’8” with 30” inseam and probably would’ve gone with an extra small as well. I’ve had bikes too big for me in the past and hated riding them. I owed it to myself to be honest and bought a size down and it makes such a difference in fit and resulting longer miles.
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