Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-16-08, 09:29 PM   #1
croy
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
looking for some advice

Trying to get back in the saddle and looking to replace my centuries old cannondale to do some riding in the hills around home...moderate mileage...mostly for conditioning..can anyone lend advise on the pros and cons of the various models that I have listed here: specialized-tarmac and roubaix.....and cannodale-synapse and caad9 5

thanks
croy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-08, 07:13 AM   #2
Beverly
Senior Member ??
 
Beverly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Englewood,Ohio
Bikes: 2007 Trek Madone 5.0 WSD - 2007 Trek 4300 WSD - 2008 Trek 520 - 2014 Catrike Trail
Posts: 5,094
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by croy View Post
Trying to get back in the saddle and looking to replace my centuries old cannondale to do some riding in the hills around home...moderate mileage...mostly for conditioning..can anyone lend advise on the pros and cons of the various models that I have listed here: specialized-tarmac and roubaix.....and cannodale-synapse and caad9 5

thanks
I can't offer any advice since all my bikes are Treks but I do want to say "Welcome".

I'm sure others will have experience with these bikes.
__________________
=============================================================

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
-- Antonio Smith
Beverly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-08, 08:29 AM   #3
Road Fan
Senior Member
 
Road Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Bikes:
Posts: 12,423
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 71 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by croy View Post
Trying to get back in the saddle and looking to replace my centuries old cannondale to do some riding in the hills around home...moderate mileage...mostly for conditioning..can anyone lend advise on the pros and cons of the various models that I have listed here: specialized-tarmac and roubaix.....and cannodale-synapse and caad9 5

thanks
First let me say "welcome" as well!

I don't know much about those Cannondales, but I have been researching the Specialized road bikes.

Probably the first question is, what's wrong with your ancient Cannondale? Many people in 50+ and elsewhere on the site are using -70's thru present day bikes as primary riding. Bicycles of all ages respond well to light or heavy maintainance. Basically there's nothing "wrong" about getting your old bike checked over and overhauled, and riding it. It would cost $200 to $300, should have it working as when it was new, and then you could see how it suits your new older body.

Between the two Specs you mention, I would pick the Roubaix for my 55 year old body. I don't want to be forced to lean down low, and the Roubaix has a taller head tube, allowing the handlebars to be placed higher. It also has a less-responsive more-stable steering that I think I'd want for longer rides. I think I'd like not to have to be quite so attentive to steering after 40 miles in the saddle. I also know from my favorite steel bike that I want better shock and vibration isolation, and that's what the Roubaix is designed for. They're also said to be nearly as fast as the racy bikes like the Tarmac.

I am a little put off by the high China-made content in the Specs and in their proprietary parts.

Road Fan
Road Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-08, 10:47 PM   #4
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,908
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Hang on to that centuries (??) old C'dale; its as good a bike as what is out there now.
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-08, 12:07 PM   #5
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Many will have tried back to back testing on different manufacturers by testing bikes at the LBS. But for us to suggest that you would be better on a Spec. or Dale is impossible for us. That is down to you- and your body.

About 2 years ago and I test rode several makes and models. Finished up buying an aluminium frame and forks that very few people have heard of. It was the best Bike I had tried.

So get out- find the shops- test the bikes and don't take your wallet with you till you have tried them all.

And as zonatandem says- The old Dale may still be your best bet.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:48 AM.