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    My New Bike!!!

    Just picked it up today. It's my first road bike and I'm really excited to get out there and start shedding some pounds. It's a 2010 Raleigh Sport. 62cm. I went looking last weekend, and I'm glad I waited because I got the 2010 model for $50 less than they wanted to sell me the 2009 model last week. Guess maybe I was talking with someone with a little more control over prices today. Plus they threw in a free inner tube and $10 off of a pump. I need to get out there and wear out the tires, because I think it would look pretty sweet with some orange ones (if I can even get orange tires?).



    Now I need some padded shorts and a helmet I suppose. I just took it on short ride around my neighborhood since it's 49 degrees out, and my rear started bothering me. I think I need to angle the seat down just a hair. Anywhere to get some shorts cheap? And maybe a cool helmet? The shop wanted $50 for a pair of shorts. I was confident you guys could point me to a cheaper pair. Also on the list is a water bottle, and eventually a computer, but I need those shorts ASAP.

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    old steel Specialized Hardrock

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    Nice looking ride. Congratulations! Forget shorts and go for bibs. Much more comfortable IMHO and can be picked up at reasonable prices if you shop.

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    Cool looking bike! Congratulations!

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    Looks great. I like the color scheme.

    I have 2 cheapie pairs of performance brand shorts. The are fine for now, but I can see that you get what you pay for. Funds were tight and I picked up something similar to this.
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...00_20000_67504
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    Really nice looking bike! Best of luck with it.

    But, get the helmet ASAP--everything else should be 2nd on the list.

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    Nice Bike, Beautiful.
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    Don't get cheap shorts, get the best bibs that you can afford. This isn't the place to cut corners.

    Nice bike, congrats.
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    nice looking bike...I like the orange.

    definitely buy the helmet now, even if you have to spend ,more than you originally planned. I ended up having to try on at least 5 or 6 different helmets before I found one that fit...and it ended up being 60 bucks...seemed like a lot at the time, but then i saw some of the pricier helmets and realized I got off cheap
    Last edited by Wylde06; 02-12-10 at 05:39 AM.

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    Before i even got my bike I made sure I had a helmet

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    Snazzy bike!

    I don't reccomed you buy the cheapest shorts you can find. However, if you are looking for inexpensive shorts check out www.nashbar.com.

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    Anybody have any opinions on the Cannondale Classic shorts?

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    have you looked at love2pedal.com? decent prices

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    Try this company for shorts, etc. http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/ Made in the USA and very reasonable....That is a great looking bike. You did good.

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    Congratulations X 1000000!!!!

    A few extra $$ spent on shorts or bib shorts will mean a few extra miles you can ride without discomfort.

    And with helmets, you get what you pay for (in terms of lightness and ventalation), and it makes a big difference when you are riding for long distances in warm weather. But any modern bike helmet will protect your head about the same if you wear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    Don't get cheap shorts, get the best bibs that you can afford. This isn't the place to cut corners.

    Nice bike, congrats.

    +1 get good bibs.

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    Got a pair of shorts and a helmet today at Sports Authority. Nothing fancy, but good enough for now until my wife gives me permission to drop some $$$ on some better stuff. Next weekend is supposed to get into the upper 60s and I'm planning to hit the Suncoast Trail with some friends.

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    Academy has some Canari shorts and jerseys. They are about 25 bucks for the shorts.
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    I got a nice pair of Canari gel shorts today. Haven't had a chance to try them out on the bike yet, but the fit is comfortable.

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    Canari are nice. I have a couple pair that are basically tights but with an outer shell that looks like regular shorts. Love them.

    Nice bike, BTW. Ride the hell out of it.
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    Also, consider something like this:



    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._20000_1500504
    Last edited by gitarzan; 02-13-10 at 11:35 PM.
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