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Old 01-17-05, 03:49 PM   #1
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If you could redo one bike purchase...

Knowing what you know now, if you could redo one bike purchase, what would it be? When I was a freshman in college at Appalachian State (NC), I bought a mtb w/ no suspension and suntour groupo. If I knew how much fun road bikes are, I think I would've opted for a cross bike to be able to have the best of both worlds while in school.
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Old 01-17-05, 03:51 PM   #2
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Knowing what you know now, if you could redo one bike purchase, what would it be? When I was a freshman in college at Appalachian State (NC), I bought a mtb w/ no suspension and suntour groupo. If I knew how much fun road bikes are, I think I would've opted for a cross bike to be able to have the best of both worlds while in school.
Maybe you mean "undo" instead of "redo"?
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Old 01-17-05, 03:59 PM   #3
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undo = return
redo = exchange
correct?

I'd redo my roadie... I had no idea I was going to enjoy it as much as I am and would've gotten a better ride.
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Old 01-17-05, 04:00 PM   #4
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Okay, Several years ago I bought a GT Cross hybrid. It could do anything but nothing well. I felt released when I got my Gary Fisher mtb and then a Cannondale SR800 for the road. Now I can do anything well. (or at least my bikes can...)
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Old 01-17-05, 05:02 PM   #5
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i wish my first real bike (non walmart) i wish was some type of road bike, so i would love it from the beggining, never really knew what road riding would be like till the 04 TDF, then everything changed.
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There's a lot of things I wish I could redo in cycling. I think the one that sticks out in my mind today is that I should have gone with Campy instead of Shimano when I built up my road bike. My mechanic actually suggested it but I insisted on Shimano because that's what I was used to on my MTB and I was just breaking into more serious road biking at the time.
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A huge mistake was selling my Urago (1975). It was sweet but had been abused by me as a kid. It was finally sold in a garage sale about 12 years ago. I would love to be building up that frame right now. Damn!
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I wouldn't have bought a Dyno XR, and I would have gotten something with a longer top tube and a full 4130 frame.
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Old 01-17-05, 05:35 PM   #9
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A huge mistake was selling my Urago (1975). It was sweet but had been abused by me as a kid. It was finally sold in a garage sale about 12 years ago. I would love to be building up that frame right now. Damn!
That remind sme of my big cycling mistake which I distinguish from something I want to redo. If I could turn back time, I never ever would have parted with my old steel Nishiki Ariel hardtail/hardnose MTB.
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I had a great bike 20 years ago... A Suntour Superbe... that thing was a "sportscar" bicycle... short stays and fast response...

Heck I don't even think I have the legs to enjoy it today.

Some ahole driver took it from me in a left hand collision.
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Old 01-17-05, 05:55 PM   #11
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I would have bought a road bike instead of my hybrid. I won't make that mistake again though.
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Instead of the Long Haul Trucker, I would have gotten a CrossCheck. I don't need the extra braze-ons (if I popped a spoke, I couldn't even begin to tention it right, anyway, and who needs three waterbottles to go to work?), and the bottom bracket is far too low for my 2 meter frame. The long stays are nice on crappy Hawaii roads, and my size 15 would probably hit the deralier pretty often otherwise.
Aside from that, I would have gone with a company that makes a 66 cm frame instead of a 62, but aside from Soma Fab, I don't know of any.
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Old 01-17-05, 07:40 PM   #13
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1. Would have bought a Cinelli Supercorsa in 1972 instead of the Lejeune that I did. The Lejeune was great and wish I still had it--the Cinelli would have been better.
2. Living in Vancouver, WA, now, wish I could find a Harding. It'd be a great "local color" conversation piece, even with no connection at all between the bike and the ice skater.
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Old 01-17-05, 07:46 PM   #14
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I used to have a wonderful Univega Gran Turismo touring bike with the works--cantilever brakes, racks, triple cranks...I left a bad relationship and the f**king @$$*+% wouldn't give me my bike.

But I got outta there. Man, it would make a great commuter now.
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Old 01-17-05, 09:30 PM   #15
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I wish I still had my 1990 Bianchi Grizzly. I don't have room for it, though, and my younger brother now owns it, so it's not like it no longer exists.
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Old 01-17-05, 09:38 PM   #16
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I would redo my mtb. My super v isn't suited for the more light dh/urban style im getting into. I still like it for XC though
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I would have bought a cyclocross bike instead of a higher end mountain bike. However I might do that soon anyways, that is selling off my beloved mtb to defray the cost of a nice cyclocross bike, that will be converted to a quasi-commuter bike.
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Old 01-17-05, 11:37 PM   #18
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Way back in 1974 I had a Masi, the third or forth frame he made after moving here to California from Italy, I didn't ride or appreciate it enough and sold it. Don't remember how much, but it was a lot of money at the time.
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I would actually not have gotten the jekyll and went with a traditional front fork bike. *I can still change it but it will cost much bucks to do*.
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Had I known then (13+years ago) what I know now I would have purchased a recumbent instead of the Trek1000 road bike.

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I would not have purchased a hybrid, but perhaps a MTB, instead. And I would not have waited until I was 50 y/o to start cycling.
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I bought a silly grey rain poncho that flies all over the place in the slightest breeze. Unfortunately, riding itself causes a breeze too, which makes the thing useless. I now have a super thin fluorescent yellow, velcro-closing, long tail rain jacket to keep the rain off and keep me visible.
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