Novara Randonee, just got it home half an hour back.
From the REI site:
I'll post pics sometime in the next few days when I have time.
not only a roadie.... a tourer. you and your silly stages now where is that map ... I see my destination now Here there be dragons
You will be absolutely floored by the difference between your old faithful steed and your new one. :D
Congrats on the new ride!:thumb:
Nice ride! Especially with the standard 12 pack rack. Drop some panniers on the front and you'll be ready for that N.O.W. East coast camping trip tour ;)
Nice touring & commuting ride
Nice ride Neil, enjoy the difference :)
Very nice Neil, enjoy that new steed of yours. You'll have to fill us in on a ride report once you have a chance to tool around a bit on it.
Whoa, NICE RIDE NEIL!!! Those things are very sweet, were there a REI within hundreds of miles, it would have been on my short list.
Also... I'll be making a similar post in a matter of hours. My LBS opens at 10... and I'm told a blue LHT is waiting for me to pick it up!
Scwheet. Good luck on the trip!
Nice ride! I can't wait to see it in person when youcome through Frostburg and Cumberland here in ~2 weeks.
Waiting for the real pix with rider on it :D Nice bike!
Thanks, everybody. More pics and/or first ride report soon. (I woke up with a nasty cold this AM, but that won't keep me away for very long.)
I bought a Randonee last spring myself. I'm sure you will enjoy the ride.
Congrats on the new wheels Neil!
I hope yoou get nice and comfortable on it before your tour.
I rode my new bike to my LBS to replace the stock saddle, and here are my first impressions of The Randonee. No pics yet (I can't find my camera). Overall, a very good bike so far.
Handling: Very smooth. I can lean into turns a lot more than I could on the MTB with slicks on. It feels like a very different bike than what I'm used to, of course, and I'll have a lot to get used to before I can ride it smoothly. Such as:
Drop bars: Coming from flat bars, the transition is smoother than I thought it would be. The body remembers, even though it's 20 years since I rode a Raleigh road bike as a kid.
Shifting: The grifters will take getting used to more than anything else on the bike. I can see why they're the shifter of choice with drop bars. The rear deraileur skips, one against REI.
Brakes: The rear brake was adjusted badly, the pads lower than the rims. The store mechanic was showing me how to adjust the brakes and I may have dome this, but they shoudln't have let it out of the store like that. No biggie, 5 minutes wuth and allen wrench will take care of it, but it's still another demerit for REI.
Saddle: The stock saddle sucks, no surprise, I replaced it with a Progel. Time will tell, of course.
In summary, it feels great and I'm looking forward to loading it down and riding the C&O in two weeks with it. Yippee!
Oh, yeah, I forgot about the rack. A good, solid rack, but I'll probably replace it with another tubus. Anyone want to buy some touring racks for a mountain bike?
I did change out the stem to a shorter one.
BTW, I'm riding the Randonee in my avatar. Can't you tell?;)