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neilfein 05-14-08 09:22 PM

New bike!
 
Novara Randonee, just got it home half an hour back.

From the REI site:

http://media.rei.com/media/z/1427026.jpg

I'll post pics sometime in the next few days when I have time.

Neil_B 05-14-08 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neilfein (Post 6696777)
Novara Randonee, just got it home half an hour back.

From the REI site:

http://media.rei.com/media/z/1427026.jpg

I'll post pics sometime in the next few days when I have time.

OMG! DROP BARS! Neil F. is a roadie! :)

st0ut 05-14-08 10:05 PM

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

Tom Stormcrowe 05-14-08 10:29 PM

You will be absolutely floored by the difference between your old faithful steed and your new one. :D

Neil_B 05-14-08 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe (Post 6697180)
You will be absolutely floored by the difference between your old faithful steed and your new one. :D

Yeah, it means he can drop me. :(

kenseth03 05-14-08 10:48 PM

Congrats on the new ride!:thumb:

Tom Stormcrowe 05-14-08 10:49 PM

Get stronger and faster, then ;) Think about where you started and where you are now.....

Your progress was nothing short of incredible, but you ain't done yet. ;)

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Historian (Post 6697239)
Yeah, it means he can drop me. :(


Mazama 05-15-08 01:15 AM

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 ;)

AirBeagle1 05-15-08 04:13 AM

Sweet!

epcolt 05-15-08 04:32 AM

Nice touring & commuting ride

vXhanz 05-15-08 05:21 AM

Nice ride Neil, enjoy the difference :)

bautieri 05-15-08 06:14 AM

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.

Neil_B 05-15-08 06:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bautieri (Post 6698227)
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.

He'll be tooling around a lot on it - the Pittsburgh trip is in two weeks!

Unless Neil F.'s butt is made of sterner stuff, he may want to put his old MTB saddle on his new bike. Also, while his 32 cm tires are OK, 35s or 38 will be better for the gravel trails.

Wogster 05-15-08 06:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neilfein (Post 6696777)
Novara Randonee, just got it home half an hour back.

From the REI site:

http://media.rei.com/media/z/1427026.jpg

I'll post pics sometime in the next few days when I have time.

Nice lookin' bike, I think that's what I need to do, but without the crash first.....

bdinger 05-15-08 07:30 AM

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!

BikEthan 05-15-08 07:33 AM

Scwheet. Good luck on the trip!

natbla 05-15-08 09:05 AM

Nice ride! I can't wait to see it in person when youcome through Frostburg and Cumberland here in ~2 weeks.

Scummer 05-15-08 09:13 AM

Waiting for the real pix with rider on it :D Nice bike!

neilfein 05-15-08 09:33 AM

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.)

ajk03 05-15-08 09:43 AM

Congratulations!

I bought a Randonee last spring myself. I'm sure you will enjoy the ride.

Al

Little Darwin 05-15-08 10:27 AM

Congrats on the new wheels Neil!

I hope yoou get nice and comfortable on it before your tour.

neilfein 05-15-08 11:24 AM

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!

neilfein 05-15-08 11:25 AM

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?

bdinger 05-16-08 07:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neilfein (Post 6700205)
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?

You sure your existing Tubus won't fit? If so, that's too bad :(.

ajk03 05-16-08 09:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neilfein (Post 6700197)

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!

Of course, all tail ends are different, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the stock saddle fit my tail end well. I originally thought I would replace the stock saddle with a Terry Fly to match my older bike. But I've put a 1000 miles on the stock saddle with no issues.

I did change out the stem to a shorter one.

BTW, I'm riding the Randonee in my avatar. Can't you tell?;)

Al


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