I noticed the 'Knee pain' article has moved, perhaps it was this one:
I noticed the 'Knee pain' article has moved, perhaps it was this one:
First post here, so hopefully this is the best place to ask this question. I purchased a Kona Dew Deluxe about 2 months ago, and I've been using it as my daily commuter ever since. I really like the bike, but I'm wanting to switch out the stock handlebars for a set of drop handlebars.
However, I have absolutely no idea how I go about accomplishing that, and I'm not exactly knowledgable when it comes to bikes in general. Anyway, any help at all would be great!
Does anyone have a link for the "photos of your bike near elevation signs" (or something like that) thread? I can't seem to find it but I swear I saw it one day.
Here is my newbie question - first my background - started riding 7 years ago after skiing accident. I ride in a coastal section of southern California which has some Cat 2 and plenty of Cat 3&4 climbs. I average around 60 miles per week, usually in two 30 mile rides. For every 10 miles ridden around here one usually climbs 1,000 feet. In 2005 I bought a Specialized Allez Elite new (105 shifters, 105-fd, Ultegra-rd, FSA Gossamer crank, ALX295 wheels) and have put approx. 20,000 miles on it, no upgrades, just routine maintenance. I've never weighed it on a bike scale but my guess is it's easily over 20lbs.
What I'd like to accomplish is to have a bike that helps me climb faster (on the cheap). The people I ride with can afford much better machines and I'd like to try to level the playing field a bit.
I'm trying to decide if I should buy a new or slightly used bike (I like the CAAD 10) or upgrade the Allez, and... I'm on a budget (two kids in college). I know where I could buy a new CAAD 10 5 for around $1,200 (seems like a good price) and think I could sell the Allez for around $400. That said I'm not sure they'll be that different.
Here are some of my questions:
- How important is the frame to climbing performance - is the 2012 CAAD 10 frame significantly better than the 2005 Allez?
- Would lighter wheels on the Allez have a significant effect on climbing performance?
- Would a lighter/stiffer crankset be a factor?
- Anything else I should think about?
- Is this the right Forum to ask this?
I appreciate that this is subject to opinion and also appreciate any opinions or advice I get - thanks!
I bought 2 new bikes this year.
They are more responsive and nimble , but I have not gained any speed.
60 miles a week is Low Miles.
180 to 240 would help you much if you had the time.
Finding the time as daylight dwindles will be the challenge.
I've been told that wheels are the best bang for the $$.
I'm looking at some Neuvation wheels for $250. They're much lighter than what I have.
im just getting into cycling very new, total noob, my friend has this bike for sale, its a 1200 trek aluminum with spinergy carbon fiber 4 spoke aero wheels, does anyone know the year, and a good price to pay for this?
I recently got a new frame and the bottom bracket shell said it was drilled for a 68 by 107mm (recommended) , but I was looking into a 68 by 110 crankset combo. Would that be fine to put on it? Thank you.
Also I have been really interested in this fork, is there any way it would fit in a 1 1/8 headtube. Thank you. I know this is probably a stupid question, but I didnt know if there was that much of a difference.
I'm a recreational cyclist and commuter and I am using a Gary Fisher Marlin that worked great because I could run slicks or knobbies for the trails but I moved to a urban area so I am now looking for a road bike. I originally wanted one in the $1400 range (Giant Defy, Scott Speedster S20, Trek Madone 2.1) but I decided to set my budget to a more reasonable $700-800 range so I have been looking at the following:
$800 sette vitale 2.0 (9 speed tiagra)
$750 diamondback podium sport 2012 (10 speeds 105)
$850? scott speedster s40 (9 speed sora)
$750 Ridley Icarus (9 speed tiagra)
Which one would be the better buy? I'm not only looking at the componentry because most of them are the same, but also the frame/ride quality because the only one I can test is the Scott from my LBS and i don't want to buy a second rate frame that I would later regret.
I'm a pretty average biker in terms of speed/endurance (more of a bike nerd) so I can easily do the basic assembly required for bike in a box, if the front derailleur is in the general parameters...
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Hey folks. I'm not new to cycling but I don't know very much about road racing. I'm getting involved in an amateur racing group in my area and was wondering if the bike I have will limit me to a noticeable extent in crits or general road racing. It's a 2012 Giant Defy 1. I know that the geometry is more suited to long distance riding, but if I slam the stem for a more aggressive saddle-to-bar drop (not uncomfortable for me), will I have bike capable of standing up to racing frames like CAADs or the Giant TCR? This is with adequate training, etc. taken into account.
Last edited by IFPCL; 12-11-12 at 07:53 PM. Reason: spellinz
I usually hang out in SSFG, and this is my first time in my parts! Quick question, is there a "what bike should I buy" thread here? I did a quick search, but it didn't yield anything substantial, and I don't want to be that ******* who starts a new thread for every single question and clutters everything up.
City: Hamilton, Ontario
I've been bicycling a fair amount as my primary get around method before the winter here in Ontario. Have only ridden beater bikes, so I want to get something that would fit me (I'm 6'4"), and rides nice.
My needs is urban commuting in a medium sized city. There's a major elevation change that divides the city so being able to climb a hill is a huge plus.
I really don't know how to valuate a bike new or used. The tune-up package he said was worth $60. Do I take that into consideration?
Last edited by LesterOfPuppets; 04-09-13 at 10:54 AM.
1980ish Free Spirit Sunbird fixed * 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G * 1997 KHS Comp * 1990-ish Scapin * Lemond Buenos Aires Triple
Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and also completely new to biking on the road.
I'm 23 years old and the last time I actually road a bike was probably when I was in elementary school.
I have a couple questions about biking because I really want to get a good workout and also save money commuting to work/school.
Sorry if this is a lot of questions, I just want to be safe on the road and learn all I can about bicycling.
1) What's a decent road bike for under $250 for beginners. (Also how do I figure out the right size for my body? )
2) How safe is it to bike on the road? I'm pretty scared to go on the road with a bicycle because cars might hit me resulting in my death :O
3) What are some important gear I should be wearing if I were to bike on the road (helmet, etc)
4) What are some tips I should know before riding on the road as a beginner
5) How to deal with angry drivers who will honk and scare me because I am taking up too much of the road.
6) Should I get a camera to place in front of my bike just in case someone tries to ram me so I have evidence? (I watched youtube where cars purposely rammed bikers and they luckily had cameras to record the license plate)
7) Do you guys get your bikes stolen often? I heard people usually get their bikes stolen within 2 years or so. It also seems fairly easy to break bike locks.
8) Any other things you guys think I should know as a complete beginner to biking on the road
Thank you for your time everyone
Last edited by Abstractworld; 04-14-13 at 05:04 PM.
Pump, a nice one, too. Possibly a Zefal, that Bob Jackson is very nice as well. Someone had good taste in bikes.
I did the search, and I really could not make any sense of what I found. So just a newbie question here! I'm new to all this! Only recently got interested! Don't own a road bike as of yet! Been riding a Raleigh pioneer spirit! Which got me into wanting a road bike![added a picture, hope you dont mind.]
Which brings me to my question! What do I buy for my new bike!? What kind of bib/shorts should I buy? Helmet? Do I need the expensive racing shoes, or is there an alternative? I dont want to pay top prices for clothing! but I want something worth my Pound! Any help? Some kind of light shed on this would be a great help! Thanks....
I'm a n00b myself, but why do you need special clothing and shoes or a different helmet to enjoy riding a bike? BTW, love the look of your commuter!
Questions! A basic run down. Got first road bike Friday. Been on it twice. However, scared of all kinds of pot holes, grids a little down, and stones. However, avoiding these nearly gets me killed so I'm asking:
1 What can a double walled rim, with the highest pressure in the tires actually withstand without puncher?
Another one: How can I make the bike a little faster, without spending the earth!?