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Old 04-21-07, 07:11 PM   #1
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Got a steel at a yard sale

My wife found a performance indoor trainer at a yard sale and asked me if I was interested in looking at it. I told her not really, since we live in Florida, if I want to ride I usually just go. She said she might use it and the guy also had a bike and some biking shoes. I went to look for her and ended up buying the whole works from the guy. The bike looked like it hadn't been used much at all. It is an older Specialized Sirrus with a chromoly lugged steel frame. It has all 105 components including the crank, and a nice set of 700 x 23 continental tires. It has the shifters on the down tubes and a 7 speed cassette. I have read about steel supposedly having a smoother ride than aluminum. When I took it for a test ride it did seem smoother than my aluminum Tourmalet. Well, this morning I put 120 psi of air in the tires and rode it 13 miles and I was impressed with the ride. This afternoon I rode it 27 more miles on the same roads I normally ride on and it definitely rides better than my aluminum bike. Using the shifters on the down tubes is a little different, but it is indexed and shifts very smoothly. My wife has already asked me which one I am going to keep. I think a lot more riding and comparing is in order first. I am not sure I will be able to keep up with her on the Sirrus, but will find out tomorrow. After much testing, studying and comparing I may decide that I need a titanium bike
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Old 04-21-07, 07:16 PM   #2
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Which one to keep?
I hope you don't miss your wife too much.
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Old 04-21-07, 07:23 PM   #3
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H'mmmm, now you have really got me thinking....................................... .........................................................not really, she's put up with me for 29 years, I better keep her
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Once you've ridden carbon fiber, you won't look back (except to see who you've dropped).
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Once you've ridden carbon fiber, you won't look back (except to see who you've dropped).
Until you've dropped your carbon fiber bike

Gimme steel! (or Ti)
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Steel is real is no joke. Just explain to you wife the N+1 bike ownership theory. With N being the number of bikes you presently own and +1 being the number you need to own.
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I'm still riding my '87 Specialized Sirrus (my first serious bike). I've acquired other bikes, but could never sell my baby. Can't begin to figure out how many total miles on it. Expect to be buried with it. (Riding in the afterlife!)
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I have a mid 80's steel road bike that had down tube shifters. The conversion to brifters didn't cost much. It isn't as nice a ride as my carbon Trek but I still enjoy it a lot. Congrats on the find.
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Ahhhhhhhhh, the sweet single life. 2 steel bikes, one aluminum and one ti------------and I have heard not one word of dissent.
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You might like switching to bar end shifters, as I did. Everything is easily reached without further bending.
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Old 04-22-07, 12:44 AM   #11
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OK. Wheres the pics and how much???

Some of these old bikes were good. I still have a 12 year old Kona Explosif that rides a dream so why I do not use it more often, I cannot understand.

Pity about the wife going though.
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Since when is a 12 y/o bike old? This 15 y/o is just getting broken in good.

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My wife has already asked me which one I am going to keep.
Why that's easy. You are going to keep both of them because you've caught BAD. Check digital's thread on selling a bike. It's all your wife's fault for telling you about the yard sale so don't let her emasculate you over this. Be the man!
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Why that's easy. You are going to keep both of them because you've caught BAD. Check digital's thread on selling a bike. It's all your wife's fault for telling you about the yard sale so don't let her emasculate you over this. Be the man!
Exactly - think of what else you have two of - and use them to preserve your stable.

p.s. - you have a great find & I'm not talking about steel bikes
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I've got an 86 Sirrus I keep on the trainer, and I just recently rebuilt a 90's Sirrus frame I got off of e-bay. I also have an S-Works Roubaix that is full carbon. I rode both for a total of 68 miles yesterday and today. I really like both rides. They are different, but both are high quality rides. No way I'd get rid of either bike.... at least not for now. Enjoy your find, and let me know how the "ti" bike rides when you get one.
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Here is a photo of the sirrus and other stuff from the yard sale.
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Old 04-22-07, 07:43 PM   #17
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Under no circumstances should you part with that cool RED bike. It's RED for crying out loud!! I finished putting together an early '80's Trek 400 for my wife recently--105 shifters, deraileurs, and new wheels so's I could put a 9sp cassette on it. Didn't cost too much and it rides DEVINELY!! Steel is pretty darn cool.

Besides, don't you need a backup bike for accidental cataclysmic upheavals and other unforseen circumstances?????

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RoMad: Does that frame have a single set of eyelets on the rear seat stays and is it the "Direct Dirve" Tubing? If so, this is the same frame I just built up with Ultegra nine speed brifters. Works like a charm.
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Yes it has the eyelets and on each chain stay near the rear it says "Direct Drive CR-MO". Do you know what those eyelets are for? Maybe a rear rack?
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Old 04-23-07, 05:17 AM   #20
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If you don't mind seven speed, pick up some Sora seven speed brifters. They are cheap! But very reliable. I replaced my bar-ends on my eight speed commuter with Soras and love them!
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Yes it has the eyelets and on each chain stay near the rear it says "Direct Drive CR-MO". Do you know what those eyelets are for? Maybe a rear rack?

Yeah, they put them there for the installation of a rear rack. I don't believe there is enough clearance for a mud guard. This frame, IMHO, is much better than the same model from the early 80s. In comparing my two versions of the bike, I note that the chain stays are a little larger. Additionally, the seat stays are attached to the downtube in a stronger way. You've got yourself a very sweet steel ride!

If you follow Sheldon Brown's instructions found here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html you should be able to put in a 9 or 10 speed. I used a nine speed that I had laying around and it works perfectly.
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