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    From Texas

    new to this forum, new to roadbikes came here for some help.

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    Welcome Mickey to Bike Forums.
    Road rider here. Average 940 miles a month.
    What help do you need.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    ok-here it goes

    ive been a pretty avid biker, have only owned mountain bikes, i ride off light trails mostley,but it got stolen a few weeks back, and i inherited a 1995 cannondale r400 with about 400 miles on it, and it has been garaged for the past 14 years.
    what i would love to do is to sell it to get a trek gary fisher bodega, or now that i have been riding it for a few weeks, i have started to enjoy the speed of it and less force needed to ride, so back to the original question-
    i want to put on bigger tires so i can hit rough pavement and crushed granite with very light off road use, dirt but smooth.
    i want to uprade the tires to something more beefy, with a little tread.
    i kinda know where to start.
    i need a new fork
    do i need new brakes?
    new rims? or do they make a bigger tire for the 700c rims?
    any help is greatly appreciated.

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    introductions... and upgrades....?

    I just bought a 2011 C-dale Quick CX 4 - check it out here:
    (http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/recr...011-quick-cx-4)

    Its an entry level hybrid, mainly for urban use. I chose the bike because it had some key features that I wanted, namely disc brakes, upright riding very similar to mtb geometry, and wicked good looks, like me. Not to mention C-dale's light weight, all aluminum frame and lifetime warranty.
    Because its been several years since I've done any serious riding, I wanted a bike that would just be fun to ride and ease me back into the sport. This bike certainly has done that! It's light, nimble and fast. But being an entry level bike, it came with some low-end components. So after searching through seeming endless components online, i booked it down to the local cycle shop and got to be friends with some of the guys. They suggested I use the bike as is to relearn riding/shifting and that when I'm ready to upgrade, to focus on the parts not seen, like the headset and BB. Their emphasis was quality where the manufacturer cuts corners. I'm learning as I go and would appreciate any suggestions not only for these components, but also for a crankset upgrade.

    I've already decided to upgrade the tires to pick up a little speed as the stock set (Continental Double Fighter 700x37c) tends to be more of an all terrain tire. I don't know of a single gravel or cobble stone road around me! So I'm thinking about Michelin Pilot Sport, Continental Contact, Continental City Ride, Schwalbe Marathon Plus. Any thoughts?

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    [QUOTE=mickeysfortay;12585111]ok-here it goes
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    I think you need another bike.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mightythree View Post
    I just bought a 2011 C-dale Quick CX 4 - check it out here:
    (http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/recr...011-quick-cx-4)

    Its an entry level hybrid, mainly for urban use. I chose the bike because it had some key features that I wanted, namely disc brakes, upright riding very similar to mtb geometry, and wicked good looks, like me. Not to mention C-dale's light weight, all aluminum frame and lifetime warranty.
    Because its been several years since I've done any serious riding, I wanted a bike that would just be fun to ride and ease me back into the sport. This bike certainly has done that! It's light, nimble and fast. But being an entry level bike, it came with some low-end components. So after searching through seeming endless components online, i booked it down to the local cycle shop and got to be friends with some of the guys. They suggested I use the bike as is to relearn riding/shifting and that when I'm ready to upgrade, to focus on the parts not seen, like the headset and BB. Their emphasis was quality where the manufacturer cuts corners. I'm learning as I go and would appreciate any suggestions not only for these components, but also for a crankset upgrade.

    I've already decided to upgrade the tires to pick up a little speed as the stock set (Continental Double Fighter 700x37c) tends to be more of an all terrain tire. I don't know of a single gravel or cobble stone road around me! So I'm thinking about Michelin Pilot Sport, Continental Contact, Continental City Ride, Schwalbe Marathon Plus. Any thoughts?
    I ride with 700 X 28's Continental Contacts on my Cannondale T-1 touring bike. (32's would be good for your bike.)
    You have to go to Alvin for dirt roads.
    The guys at Webster Bicycle are very good to deal with.
    Let me know if you want to ride some Sunday?
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Welcome..good luck with your bike

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    @ 10 wheels-im aiming at that gary fisher, if someone buys my cannondale
    im in austin, but im down to ride.
    that cx4 is another example of what i want in a bike.
    so a 700 x 32 would fit with no mods?

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    I'm considering this CX4 too. Can you tell me how it handles bumps and sidewalk hopping? Do the brakes work fine? And have you had any problems with gears (rubbing or other?)

    Im very interested in how it handles bumps because most of the bikes I've tried with those triangular aluminum tubes(especially the thin top one) haven't provided such of a smooth test drive as a bike such as the Giant SEEK 2 for example

    Thanks and congrats on the bike!
    Last edited by AlexMG; 05-18-11 at 08:55 PM.

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