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Old 04-08-06, 12:16 PM   #1
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I got it!

So I went out today to the 'once a year, one day only anniversary sale' at my LBS and picked up the Norco VFR5 I've been looking at for the past 3 weeks. Got a great (I think) deal on it as well as some Shimano shoes to go with my new eggbeaters.

Here is the standard web pic:


I'll post another one once I actually buy a digicam (soon) and I have it all accessorized.

Now I can finally get off the couch and lose some of the winter flab

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Old 04-08-06, 01:57 PM   #2
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New bikes are so great! Congratulations, have fun!
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Old 04-08-06, 03:17 PM   #3
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Update... rider down nothing like going almost zero and tipping over... lucky for me and the bike... but mostly for me that we were on a softened community trail (crushed gravel) so the landing wasn't too bad. I actually burst out laughing while looking at the sky

Oh well, might as well get the spills over with as the serious riding begins tomorrow. I'm going to work as a practice run for the rest of next week.
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Old 04-08-06, 03:19 PM   #4
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As the other poster stated, there is nothing like a shiny new bike.....Get out there and enjoy it for all its worth!!

Be careful with those spills

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Old 04-08-06, 08:58 PM   #5
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Congrats! I love that new bike smell!
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I learned that the Crank Bros road cleat screws were too short for the shoes I bought. At the first stop I took a spill and lost a screw a mile from home, when i tried to unclip, the cleat spun and didn't unclip. I returned home and used the screws the shoes cames with and haven't had a problem since. I jacked up the rear skewer only during the fall. A nice person at Bontrager/Trek hooked me up with a free replacement, even though it was stupidity. I don't own a Trek, just the Trek parts on it. I was impressed by that. Makes up for the problems I had when I tried to buy a 7700fx last year. Spills suck.

Looks like a nice ride you got, they don't sell that bike across the border here.
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OOOOhhhhh! Pretty! May I borrow it? Please?
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That bike will look great parked next to my new trike... literally!

1ply is a coworker of mine.

Now, to "convert" the other 395 non-riders who work here.....
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Update... rider down nothing like going almost zero and tipping over... lucky for me and the bike... but mostly for me that we were on a softened community trail (crushed gravel) so the landing wasn't too bad. I actually burst out laughing while looking at the sky

Oh well, might as well get the spills over with as the serious riding begins tomorrow. I'm going to work as a practice run for the rest of next week.

It's called a Horizontal Trackstand and all clipless riders eventually do one. Usually in front of lots of witnesses.

Congratulations on the new bike.
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It's called a Horizontal Trackstand and all clipless riders eventually do one. Usually in front of lots of witnesses.

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Yeah, we've all done it at some point, I think. I've heard it referred to as the "Arte Johnson"
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Hey guys,

I'm new to this forum, I'm thinking about getting a VFR5, and was wondering what you guys think about this bike?

I just want to use it to commute on regular paved roads, I'll be traveling considerable distances (about 30km a day) I was just wondering if this was a good quality bike? if this is a bike to be proud of?

I've searched the web for VFR5 reviews and hardly found anything... I would love to hear what you, the experts, think of it...


Thank you for your time
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Update... rider down nothing like going almost zero and tipping over... lucky for me and the bike... but mostly for me that we were on a softened community trail (crushed gravel) so the landing wasn't too bad. I actually burst out laughing while looking at the sky

Oh well, might as well get the spills over with as the serious riding begins tomorrow. I'm going to work as a practice run for the rest of next week.

Congratulations on the new bike.

Oh ya. Was the bike injured during the fall?
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Well...you're going to HAVE to get it because you've picked it as your username. It'd be pretty silly for "norco VFR 5" to have a Giant...
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Hey guys,

I'm new to this forum, I'm thinking about getting a VFR5, and was wondering what you guys think about this bike?

I just want to use it to commute on regular paved roads, I'll be traveling considerable distances (about 30km a day) I was just wondering if this was a good quality bike? if this is a bike to be proud of?

I've searched the web for VFR5 reviews and hardly found anything... I would love to hear what you, the experts, think of it...


Thank you for your time
I don't know if it's the same company but Norco is a huge Chinese manufacturer of all sorts of things including, I guess, bikes. The specs look OK for an entry level hybrid bike and I suspect the quality is decent for the money, assuming you are getting the bike for $500 US or less. Since the VFR 5 is a 2006 model, it should definitely be discounted a good bit from list (which the info I found says was $700 Canadian). I'm sure it'll be a fine commuter, although it's hard to tell from the photo if it has rear eyelets for a rack. You'll definitely want a rack for commuting.
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