My 2007 Bianchi Virata after being mended.
Built this up on a budget, finally making my return to time trialling 3 years after breaking my back.
Mainly sourced on ebay/classifieds with brand new groupset. Cost me under £1000 (under $1700) -
Swiss frame and forks £200
Hed H3 Tubular front wheel £200
3T Aura Pro bars £100
Ultegra 6800 groupset £250 (brand new)
custom carbon fibre rear wheel disc cover for a powertap wheel I already had. £140
Saddle, bottle, stem, cables etc £80
Had the tyres and Zero Gravity Ti brakes lying about unused. I move the pedals between this and my track bike.
Swiss TT bike Hed 3 Raltech Disc Cover Powertap by NapD, on Flickr
In action in my first '25'
Swiss TT bike by NapD, on Flickr
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2006 Giant OCR Composite, hardly ridden by a very sweet elderly lady that claims 300 miles a year since '07, but I have a hard time believing it. Went from sora/105 to all 105, 8spd to 10spd, alu to carbon, threw in a set bag and pump that I'm not sure about. Also, not sure I want this adjustable stem. I have a bontrager that will work fine, likely swap that. Has mbt pedals, need to get some road pedals and shoes.
Took it up the local reservoir two days after I bought it: 22.4 mi, 1:41 hr, 1477 elev gain, avg 13.28 mph. Not huge for some but way harder road biking than I've ever done. Bike was sweet.
The OCR is billed as a bit more enduro than aero, and I'd agree, but with the bars slammed I didn't feel like I was losing anything, and Strava claims I broke 61 mph on a downhill. Felt like 100, was probably 50.
An "elderly" woman rode that?
I usually average 12-14 MPH in my area with lots of rolling hills, and the fastest I've ever hit on a downhill was something like 36 or 37 MPH in my highest 50-11 gear.
2011 Felt Z85 105 | Ultegra | KMC | Selle Italia | Vuelta | Topeak
2006 Marin Pine Mountain custom build Utility hauler
Yeah, I'm sure the gps was not telling the whole truth but I can say I was so way beyond spunout, I try and pedal and it was simply laughable. No purchase.
Yeah, no kidding. Just haven't gotten to putting mine on it.
New build, RITTE Bosberg (whiteout)
Im new to the site and i just picked up my first road bike. I went an got a new 2014 Trek 1.2 the bike fits me great and im able to ride right along people that have been in the sport for sometime now. Coming from a distance running background I think its helped. I have had the bike since Tuesday and have put on 126 miles since. I absolutely love this sport. Its really really big here where I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This may be the wrong section for this but im not familiar on how this board works. so pardon me if i post in the wrong area.
Anyways, I have been looking into new wheels as I fell the rotating mass of the bontrager "approved" wheels are a little heavy.I am doing a 58 miler in Eureka springs in august and im wanting to have as much advantage in the cimbs as possible. Eveyone has said wheels wheels wheels with a low restance tire will be all i need for qiuite a while. Its a 9 spd cassete and im having issues figuring out what i can actually use.
any onfo would be much much appreciated! thanks in advance!
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Congrats on the new bike and good luck on your wheel search!
Just bought a Giant Defy 3. This is my first bike and im really enjoying it so far. Ive put about 170miles so far. My longest ride was 52miles yesterday.
I would have to say I'm a little better than amateur status, but I am a bicycle enthusiast. I have three road bikes.
Allez-1.jpg A 2005 Specialized Allez Sport - really a fun and quick ride for those days I feel like Speed Racer.
A 2011 Specialized Sirrus Sport Hybrid - a frame similar to the Roubaix (but different enough) with flat bar handlebars.
Great, comfortable cruiser and still a road bike. Sirrus-01.jpg
SL3.jpg A 2011 Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert (newly purchased) - it's like owning a Mercedes Sport Coupe.
I've lost 63 lbs bicycling - it's for health and recreation. I average 17mi-day @avg 15-18mph 7 days a week (weather permitting). Lots of wind in Reno. Not bad for an old geezer (68).
A day without riding is like a day without...
"I tried being reasonable, I didn‘t like it."
"I understand. I just don't care"
"I don't give a f*ck" if they remember me at all" (F. Zappa)
Not sure about that. I've only had the Roubaix a few days. The Allez is more compact, but heavier (aluminum vs carbon fiber), and I'm more used to it (triple vs double). Still getting the feel of the Roubaix (and trying to figure out this complicated Cateye computer that only works when it wants to ). In the long run the Roubaix is more comfortable and will be quicker.
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