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Old 08-27-06, 09:23 PM   #1
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Update: Century on a MTB thread.. new road bike!

A link to a previous thread of mine that several of you folks replied to:

Century on a Mtn Bike?

And now say hello to my new bike. A Giant OCR Composite 3. It came in Friday with our shipment we were expecting, and I took it for a first ride this morning. Did a hair over 50 miles. I thought I would be a bit sore because I am used to only my mtn bike. I have never owned nor ridden a road bike. But I feel fine. I feel GREAT actually. I am so happy with it. Such a comfortable bike, and oh wow... to have that added speed without the effort.. heaven. And I guess it's the female in me, but I think it's gorgeous. My boyfriend surprised me on Friday with a new seat for it. A Selle Italia. LOVE IT. I'm enclosing a couple photos and a link to the bike's info.




http://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/030...06&model=11263

I do admit that I am still rather ignorant on so many things when it comes to bikes, and so I am still learning. I do hope this will be a good first road bike for me. I am lucky to have a guy that lives and breathes them and helped me choose this. We had our grand opening for the bike shop yesterday, it went over wonderfully, and we are hopeful that it will flourish.

I do plan on getting in that century in September. My last goal of the season.
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Old 08-27-06, 09:33 PM   #2
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Very nice bike. I also just bought a roadie for the first time, a Specialized Sequoia Elite. Love it, althought I'm planning on tweaking the bar setup some. It's a real kick to go farther, faster, with less fatique, ain't it!!
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Old 08-28-06, 06:45 AM   #3
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Great bike, but you're spoiled now. The old MTB will seem like a "tank" from now on.........
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Nice bike, I almost got one of those myself when I was looking for a new bike. Ended up with a Trek Pilot 5.0 instead. This will be much easier on you than the mountain bike, but I would still suggest putting in quite a lot of miles on this bike before you do the century. Just because it's a road bike doesn't mean that it's going to be a piece of cake. It'll still be hard or impossible if you don't plan for it. It'll for sure be much, much easier though.
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Old 08-28-06, 07:52 AM   #5
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Richard.... yah I can see that coming. I'll still ride the trails I'm sure. I enjoy that too much.

And knobster, yes I will. I'll be getting in several long rides. Started with 50 yesterday that did not bother me in the least.. no soreness, no feeling tired, no nothing. I felt awesome and confident that I could have done plenty more without issue. Will do other rides that are a little longer, little longer, until I'm reasonably certain that I can complete 100.
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Sure sounds like you'll complete it with no problems. Funny how things work though. I rode 57 miles yesterday and had a hard time completing it. I've done this route many times with no problems. The day before I did 38 miles at 18 mph average. Didn't think it'd hurt me, but it did...
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Nice bike. But here is one negative. If you continue to ride the same distances on that bike vs a mountain bike, you'll get less of a workout.

I'm sure you'll ride much longer distances though on a nice new road bike.

Just curious, how much of a MPH increase did you get with this bike vs the old MTB? I ride a Walmart MTB and frankly, I love the bike but hate the MPH at times.
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Nice bike. But here is one negative. If you continue to ride the same distances on that bike vs a mountain bike, you'll get less of a workout.

I'm sure you'll ride much longer distances though on a nice new road bike.

Just curious, how much of a MPH increase did you get with this bike vs the old MTB? I ride a Walmart MTB and frankly, I love the bike but hate the MPH at times.
I plan on continuing to lengthen the distances actually. My goal is to improve speed and endurance. We have a couple of nice climbs around here that I plan on doing regularly. And I do plan on continuing to do the trails on the bike for a different sort of workout, I want to be well rounded with the best of both worlds. Having to do longer distances to get a good workout is fine by me, I'm happy to spend hours out on the road.

On the mtb, on the road I seemed to be stuck averaging 12-13 mph. On the road bike, the computer said my average for that 50 mile ride was 16.5 mph. I was not pushing it, I didn't want to do too much and regret it later. I did a climb last night up a local summit, normally has taken me right around 40 minutes on the mtb... I shaved 10 minutes off. That was nice.
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I plan on continuing to lengthen the distances actually. My goal is to improve speed and endurance. We have a couple of nice climbs around here that I plan on doing regularly. And I do plan on continuing to do the trails on the bike for a different sort of workout, I want to be well rounded with the best of both worlds. Having to do longer distances to get a good workout is fine by me, I'm happy to spend hours out on the road.

On the mtb, on the road I seemed to be stuck averaging 12-13 mph. On the road bike, the computer said my average for that 50 mile ride was 16.5 mph. I was not pushing it, I didn't want to do too much and regret it later. I did a climb last night up a local summit, normally has taken me right around 40 minutes on the mtb... I shaved 10 minutes off. That was nice.
And did it barefooted to! Wow, you are an animal So are your feet clipless?
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And did it barefooted to! Wow, you are an animal So are your feet clipless?
ROFL yah I'm one tough broad. That was after my ride.. those shoes and cycling clothes had to come off. LOL
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Nice bicycle. . .

I've also just purchased a new 2006 Giant TCR C3; which is similar to your bicycle and nearly identical components.

I have some concerns about the wheelset as I am not familar with XERO but they remain true(straight) since two rides and a few bumps in the road.

A friends newish 2006 Jamis Ventura Sport and my new 2006 Giant TCR C3

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/030...sp?model=11256


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We have a couple of those TCR C3s at the shop. A friend's husband purchased one a couple days ago, not sure how things are going yet, but I'm sure I'll be hearing back soon, she's my mtbing partner. I've taken my OCR out oh half a dozen times now, the last time I wound on a rather rough road I had not intended on being on, and all is well, the wheels remain true. So far so good!
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Great bike, but you're spoiled now. The old MTB will seem like a "tank" from now on.........
Yeah, but it will ride like a cadillac.
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