Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    I live in the Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin. Thousands of miles of trails to ride.
    My Bikes
    1999 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Hello from Northeast Wisconsin. God's country.

    Hi Guys (& Gals)

    I just had to share my excitement !

    I just purchased my first road bike today (8-2-11), and I wasn't even looking to buy a road bike. I went in to purchase some padded riding shorts for my girl friend. I let her use mine once and she really liked the added comfort. I'm 65 and my girl friend is 66. While in the bike shop I started looking at their road bikes. $1000, $2000, $3000. But then I spotted one for (get this) $399.99. It was a left-over 2010 Specialized Secteur Sport Compact, size 56 cm. It retails for over $800. It fit me just right. I've had a Gary Fischer Hoo Koo E Koo mountain bike for over 10 years and use it pretty regular. I even bought an extra set of rims and and put on street tires so I could do some road work with it. Did some 40 mile rides. But in the back of my mind I always wanted a "road bike" for the road. The Secteur's ride seemed extremely bumpy compared to my Hoo Koo E Koo and will take some getting use to. But it sure is light (21.5 pounds) compared to my Hoo Koo E Koo. I figured I was getting a "bottom of the line bike". But the owner of the bike shop I frequent said "No, you got a decent starter bike at a rock bottom price". In fairness to him, before I bought this bike I asked him if he had anything that came close to the Specteur's price and components. He said no, and advised me to jump on this deal, so I did. That's why I like him. He's always honest. I buy from him when ever I can. I bought my girl friends bike from him. My girl friend is blind in one eye, a cancer survivor, and lost her husband of 35 years just 10 years ago. Since I got her her very first bicycle, she says I took her from lipstick to crayons. I taught her how to ride, and now she just absolutely loves it. Try riding with one eye closed for 10 minutes. It ain't easy. When we ride together, it's not a work-out as we average 7 MPH. It's just a nice leisurely ride as I don't wanna stress the poor woman to much (yet). She's truly a woman with "True Grit" and an inspiration. When I ride alone on my Hoo Koo E Koo, I have to hump pretty darn hard to average 13 MPH on my 40 mile road course. I'm hoping that average will go up some with this new road bike. So here I sit, with my new bike right next to me (in the living room), and it's pouring rain outside. I'm just itching to ride, but will have to wait until tomorrow. Well I can do a work out on my Weider Total Body Works 5000. Another recent purchase from Walmart for $150.00, and worth every penny. Just read an inspiring and humorous book titled "Get'n Old Ain't For Wimps". So while I'll never ride in the Tour de France, I do wanna complete some century rides.

    Here's a link to my 2010 bike: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...45854&eid=4352

    One quick question from a road rookie. I live on a gravel road. It's 1/2 mile to the paved road. Can I ride this 1/2 mile, or should I walk the bike. I just don't want any flats.

    Thanks Guys,

    Don <><
    Last edited by genesis5521; 08-02-11 at 05:18 PM.

  2. #2
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    24,319
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Very nice bike...I would walk to avoid a crash.
    [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

  3. #3
    DEK
    DEK is offline
    Senior Member DEK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Tampa, FL.
    My Bikes
    '11 Felt Z85, '72 Motobecane Grand Record
    Posts
    1,590
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Sectuer is a nice ride. I second 10 Wheels opinion that you should probably walk thru the gravel section. Skinny tires and gravel aren't the best of playmates.

  4. #4
    Cactus Hobbit GeoBigJon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Sonora, Texas
    My Bikes
    Trek Fuel EX6, Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc, Specialized Roubaix Expert
    Posts
    1,619
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Howdy and welcome to the forums! Great intro, congrats on the new bike.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •