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Old 05-09-07, 06:10 PM   #1
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Who has a bought a bike in the last year?

It is raining new bikes around here!! I can't keep up with all the new purchases lately thought it would be great to have them all in one place. It might also help some others who are shopping for a new or different ride.

This is a thread for anyone who has taken possession of different bike over the last 12 months or so. Please share with us what you have acquired and your "review" of the pros and cons of the new bike. Pictures are always encouraged!!
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Trek520 bought late last year. Mods include a 26 tooth granny, brifters and 30 degree neck from BBB to put the bars up near seat level. A full report on the bike and the soap opera that buying it became can be found on my website here - http://www.users.bigpond.com/richard...ng/cycling.htm



Also new, very late last year, is a tag-along for my daughter - also on my website. She loves it (but it gets towed behind my horrible hybrid called the Sow's Ear)

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Old 05-09-07, 06:32 PM   #3
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I have bought 3 bikes in the past year. (actually 7 months). In November I bought my first road bike a Lemond Tourmalet. A very nice all aluminum frame with carbon fork and seat post. All shimano 105 components. I was amazed how much easier it was to go farther, faster, easier than on my mountain bike. I was especially impressed with the shifting smoothness of the 105 10 speed components. What I didn't like was the stiffness of the all aluminum frame. After riding it about 900 miles since the end of November I bought an old (89 or 90) Specialized Sirrus with a steel lugged frame and shifters on the down tubes and 105 7 speed cassette. What I like about it is the steel frame rides like a dream, it is cool looking with the lugged frame and nice paint job and it was not too much money. What I don't like is that it weighs 23 lbs and is not as fast as I like to go sometimes and I don't like reaching down to shift, especially going up hills. I have ridden it about 110 miles in a little less than a month. Bike #3 and my final bike for a while is a used 2000 Litespeed Tuscany with all 2006 Ultegra components except for a carbon compact crank and dura-ace brakes. What I like about it is it rides almost as good as the steel bike (95%), shifts like a dream, goes fast if I want to, and you can just look at the frame and see the quality of craftsmanship. I have only had the Litespeed 1 week and have ridden it about 90 miles and can tell it is a keeper. I sold the Lemond on e-bay this week as I just did'nt see me needing it or riding it much anymore. My father used to tell me that when you buy tools you should buy good quality and they will last a long time and I think the same holds true for bikes.
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Did I mention that I bought a bike today???
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Old 05-09-07, 06:40 PM   #5
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My Cannondale T800 in January. My first for real touring bike. Bought new for it:
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Last fall my trusty Jamis Coda Comp was stolen and to prevent sever depression, my wife insisted I buy a new bike.....hence a Cannondale Road Warrior 1000....one sweet aluminum hybrid



Then last month I went over to the dark side by falling in love with a LeMond Buenos Aires.

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Old 05-09-07, 06:50 PM   #7
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I bought my early retirement road bike last October. It's a Trek Madone 5.0 WSD. It took a little time to get this thing dialed in but once I had the 170mm cranks changed to 175mm I've loved each and every mile on it.

This past weekend I bought a Trek 4300 WSD mountain bike. I just returned from taking it on a short 6 mile ride around town and I have to admit it felt great. I stopped a couple times to adjust the height of the seat but everything else seems fine.
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Um, I bought a bike too. A white one: Specialized Roubaix.

But I also bought The Diego this year as well. The Diego was my gateway drug to the dark side.
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Remember going through the "Monkey Ward's" catalog "buying" stuff as a kid? Well, not ladies underwear. (Not speaking for Beverly here). Well, if you count hanging out at various bike sites deciding which $4K bike I'll get tonight......then I have bought several bikes. Otherwise, I just keep switching components and call that a new bike. If those kids ever get out of school...............................
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Old 05-09-07, 07:26 PM   #10
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I have purchased three bikes in the past 6 months.

1) Used 2000 Trek 7600 hybrid with about 800 miles on it.

2) Used 2001 Trek 820 mountain bike to be used for lunchtime rides at work.

3) Almost new 2006 Sun EZ-Rider AX recumbent that had 15 miles on it.

My 4th child graduates from college next week. As of June it will be the first time since 1997 that I have not been making college payments, and for most of those years, I was supporting two children in college.

If I bought a new $1500 bike every month, it would be cheaper than what I've been paying for most of the past 10 years.
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I wanted a steel Italian road bike to replace my beloved 1973 Campy Bottechia that I paid $500 for in '73.

In December, I bought a slightly used Mondonico frame and had it built up with Campy Chorus, Phil BB, Chris King headset, Velocity Aerohead. Due to arthritis in my neck vertebrae, I had to compromise with a longer, nitto technotico stem. It is a dream come true.
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Remember going through the "Monkey Ward's" catalog "buying" stuff as a kid? Well, not ladies underwear. (Not speaking for Beverly here). Well, if you count hanging out at various bike sites deciding which $4K bike I'll get tonight......then I have bought several bikes. Otherwise, I just keep switching components and call that a new bike. If those kids ever get out of school...............................
Yea, but when those kids get out of school they get married and start having kids. I've found that the grandkids can be expensive, too At least their parents have to pay for their college but there are toys, clothes they don't really need, trips to Disney, biking trips with them, etc.....

Those catalogs are still fun but now it's Performance instead of Monkey Ward's
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I bought a Specialized Roubaix Pro last August. I went back to cycling the year before on a Sequoia Elite, which I still own in the hope that my wife will fall in love with it. It proved too small for me. Then I bought a Bianchi Campione on eBay, on an impulse. I loved that bike, but like RoMad didn't like downtube shifting, and it was heavy.

So I wandered into the LBS with a specific budget in mind, and they put me on the Roubaix, and that was that. Screw the budget. Most expensive impulse purchase I've ever made, and I've never regretted it. The balance it strikes between nimbleness, stability, and comfort never fails to delight me. And I like its stealth black looks (it's a 2006), too.
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Um, I bought a bike too. A white one: Specialized Roubaix.

But I also bought The Diego this year as well. The Diego was my gateway drug to the dark side.

I wish Gary would stop showing that picture of his new bike.

I bought 4 bikes and I really like my steel bike, Jamis Coda ELITE.
I've had a Trek Navigator, 3 weeks and a Trek 7300 6 weeks
I still have a Trek FX 7300 and the Jamis. I think I'm going to give the Trek to my son and buy a road bike in the near future. I really like the looks of DGs, but I sure like the feel of steel.
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Gee! How could I forget the other bike I bought last weekend

I bought an Electra Townie for my daughter to ride. She has the ladies model of this bike. Now I just need to get her out on it.
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I'm starting to get crank envy.
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Old 05-09-07, 08:42 PM   #18
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It was just about a year ago that I picked up a 1980-ish Fuji S12-S from eBay. I stripped it down, cleaned and repacked everything and gave it a rattle can paint job. I replaced tires, chain and freewheel. I added a Dirt Drop stem, Moustache handlebars, bar end shifters, Brooks B17 saddle, rack fenders and bags. It turned out to be a very comfortable and reliable bike, heavy but a good ride.

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In December I bought my first new bike in over 10 years, a Specialized Rockhopper Comp MTB. I use it only for offroad riding and XC racing. It has been a nice reintroduction to fast singletrack riding.

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I bought the 1960 Capo just over a year ago. I like the all-original paint and components, including the Campag. high-flange hubs and Gran Sport derailleurs and Ambrosio adjustable-reach stem, and it complements my repainted (red-with-white) and updated 1959 Capo.
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My newest bike frame is a 2000 model. The guys at the shop where I work keep trying to talk me into acquiring a carbon bike but it just doesn't seem right to me at this point in time.

My most recent bike aquisition started life as a 198? Raleigh Technium mountainbike. Last summer I cut off the canty posts, repainted it, and built it up as a fixed gear with 700c wheels. It's a fun bike but I don't ride it enough. Since it's been less than a year in this newest form, does that count?
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Bought a Fuji Newest 3.0 in March of this year. No mods yet, but I'm contemplating a little more granny in the granny gear. May replace the 12-24 casette with an 11-28. Haven't decided yet. 325 miles on the bike so far, and I really like it.
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My week-old black & silver '07 Trek Pilot 1.2
Look at those nice, high hood positions!

This combined with a shorter than normal effective top tube length, made the Pilot the most comfortable road bike I've ever ridden. Mostly because it resulted in the most upright riding position I've ever experienced on a road bike.
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One of the riders in our group has a BMC Pro Machine, Floyd's bike. Makes you drool. Always dropping hints to the wife about the bike which is $8,000. Last Sunday she said if you sell some of your bikes you could afford one. Yes!!!!!

Anyway does buying a frame for a buildup count?
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I bought a Coda Elite in April. I like it a lot after a few changes. George inspired me to look into the Coda line. They're a great bike for someone who does not care for a full on road bike, but still wants something nice, comfortable, good handling and with reasonable speed.

1. B-17
2. Carbon seat post to replace suspension seatpost
3. Raised stem angle
4. Changed bars to add some rise and sweep
5. Bar ends inside the grips

This picture does not do it justice, I really like the colors and have had several comments on it.

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