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Old 07-05-06, 06:59 PM   #1
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Can't wait to get my bike!!!

Well guys I took the plunge and finally ordered a bike. I found one of the bikes I wanted on e-bay. It is slightly used only about 206 miles on it. It is a 2006 Gary Fisher Nirvana. I got it for $289 with shipping. This will be my first bike in a long time and will be my commuter. Do you think this would be adequate for Pittsburgh's hilly terrain?

Next question what would be the best inexpensive rack and bag system for this? The tires are 700x35c so what would be a good set of fenders?

God I can't wait to get it!!!!
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Old 07-06-06, 12:59 AM   #2
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Nice, I hope you get much enjoyment from your new bike. As for a rack/bag that depends on what your needs are. I'd stay away from seat post racks as they have a low carrying capacity.

Many people including myself use fenders from Planetbike. Others like SKS fenders as well.
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Planetbike makes touring and roadbike fenders. The touring bike fenders are a little wider and may suit the 35's. As for a rack, I vote for the clearance bin rack at your LBS. Most racks are good up to 50 lbs or so, but to get the most use out of them, you need bungees and panniers. Milk crates zip tied to the rack also work well. And if you want to keep the cost low, do a search on homemade, DIY panniers/baskets.
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Do you think I can change the 700x35c wheels to say 32?
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Grats on the new bike. I have the bike bug bad again, and am already planning my new road bike. Sadly, due to this thing called reality, it is going to be a while (years) until I get it, but hey, twitching is fun!
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Thanks for the help I will probably do that then.
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I'd steer clear of Zefal fenders. I found some fairly cheap and you know what they say (you get what you pay for) The mounting hardware leaves a lot to be desired and all the reviews I read (after I had already bought them, duh!) said the same.

For racks, I went with a Bor Yueh Excursion for the rear and a Nashbar for the front that mounts to the canti brake bosses.

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Do you think I can change the 700x35c wheels to say 32?
Wear those 35's out first! I've run everything from 28's to 38's on my bike. Right now I'm running some seriouisly treaded 38's on my 9 mile commute, as well as some longer rides. If my commute were to go up to say, 30 miles, I might consider 32's. But the big meats are so nice on less than ideal urban roads - potholes, frost heaves, cracked pavement. Frankly, as long as you keep them pumped up to near max pressure I don't think you'd notice a difference in speed, but you might notice a difference in comfort.

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SOB the bike still has not arrived!!!!! He said he mailed it last Friday (07-07-2006) from the USPS insured mail. But for some reason on the USPS website can't track insured mail? I am getting really frustrated I just want my bike. Has anyone ever had this problem with USPS before? God I am so aggravated!!!!
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In my experience, USPS can be really crappy when it comes to tracking. How far was it going?
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