hey im in the market for a cheap single/fixed but dont know anything about road bikes and need some help ,good deal?? http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/1318972942.html
I'm 64 years old. I've had a pretty nice Gary Fisher Mountain bike (Hoo Koo E Koo) for over 10 years. I really like it. Most years I just played around on the fire roads with it. This year I started riding it on the road (cause the deer flies were eating me alive on the trails). I just put 80 PSI mountain bike slicks on it.
Three weeks ago I started out with 10 mile road rides (averaging 13 MPH) and thought I was doing pretty good. So I went to 20 mile rides (still averaging 13 MPH). Now I'm up to 40 mile road rides every other day (still at 13 MPH average). I just can seem to get past that 13 MPH average. I go for 20 miles straight (no stops). Then I take a half hour (3 cigarette) break, and do the next 20 miles none stop. 40 miles takes me just over 3 hours, and I'm hump'n (and I mean hump'n) the whole time at the fastest rate I can sustain (13 MPH average). My body still isn't use to this "abuse". This is all on flat level roads. No hills. No ups or downs. I'm 64 years old, 5'10, 200 pounds, 38 waist. One chart I found said that I'm burning 885 calories an hour. That's 2655 calories burned over 3 hours. That's gotta be a good thing ~ right. I'd like to do a century 100 mile ride, but I think my average MPH would drop to about 12 MPH over 100 miles. I was checking out some road bikes. One store told me that if I'm averaging 13 MPH with a mountain bike, I should be able to average 16 to 18 MPH with a road bike. I just don't think that's possible given my age and level of physical condition. On a physical condition scale from 1 (lowest) to 10 I'd rate myself a 6 (maybe just slightly above average for my age) only because I do 40 mile, 3 hour, sustained work-outs. And much of that is just by sheer determination, and not because I'm in such great shape. If I'm averaging 13 MPH on my mountain bike on a 40 mile (3 hour) workout, what's a realistic average MPH if I got a road bike. Lets be realistic. Given the same level of effort, I don't think it would go up at all. What do you guys think.
PS: Hey I just noticed that I'm a Junior Member now. I joined this forum just 2 weeks ago as a "Newbie". Thanks for the "promotion".
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The Defy 3 is a nice bike. My local dealer has a 2008 model for $594. It was rated as a "Buyers Guide Thumbs Up" for 2009 here: http://www.bicycling.com/gear/detail...2137-0,00.html
To me, all of these entry level bikes in this price range seem about the same. Everybody talks about "components". I for one, am not a sophisticated enough rider to notice the difference. It doesn't matter that much which entry level bike you get. Find a good shop where they treat you really well, buy a bike, then ride the heck out of it. (Wave to me as you pass me by!)
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Bikeforums 'Group Buy': Kinlin Rims, Sapim/DT Spokes, Formula/Bitex Hubs
"The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die."
Question. why arn't there deep dish aluminum wheels? the deepest i have seen is soul 4.0. 41mm. the only thing above 50mm is carbon. what is the reason for this? is it the extra weight or is aluminum just not as strong in a deep rim wheel.
real cyclist can bunny hop potholes on a recumbent.
So i have just recently started to ride a bike again ever since I got my License to drive, I bought an older schwinn world road bike just to see how I like it. So far I have been enjoying it, I go out for 8-10 mile rides at a time about 4 times a week. I would really like to get better at riding and maybe in a month or so get an entry level road bike. What would you recommend to a person just starting out to do as far as training and purchases?
Just bought my first road bike a week ago! It's a early 90's Cannondale 3.0. I don't know the exact model as the frame was repainted (in the Black/White/Blue of the Centerium). I have a feeling it's a R400 or Centerium as it has the RX100 component set, but it's 14 speed so I dunno!
I've already got the "mod bug" so to speak. I'm looking to lighten it some more.. already pretty light. Plus I like to upgrade stuff! A friend gave me his old Shimano 600 component set when he upgraded to Dura Ace. Including the 8 speed rear sprocket (sorry don't know real term ). I'm getting the bottom bracket changed out tomorrow to accept the 600 cranks because the stock RX100 crank sheered off on my first ride.
Anyways.. I'm looking to upgrade the seat post and fork/headset. But don't know what kind of fork to get.. I'm SUPER noob to biking at this "level" (even if it's super noob ).
Hello, I am 19 years old and I live in California, my father was an avid road cyclist, toured France, Portugal, Austria and Germany, Belgium etc in the 70's. Raced in the "Rund am den Bodensee". He rode a 70's motobecane 9spd. I eventually used that bike to start road cycling. The shifters were on the down tube, so I wanted something more modern.
A couple years ago I got my own bike, Cannondale Caad 8, 9 spd, 60 cm for $800. Everything ultegra except for the brakes. I upgraded those to ultegra sl a little while ago. I thought I was the next lance and within 6 months put 1,000 miles on it. I joined a team "Team Velosport". Really loved cycling.
Unfortunately I got quadriceps-tendinitis in my knee that wouldn't go away. We thought one cause might be my lbs fitted my seat too high and I was hyper extending my knee. Took a year off from cycling but continued to have knee problems. I had PRP done (Platelet Rich Plasma) and now my knee is healing. Slowly getting it back into shape.
Hopefully once my knee is completely healed I want to race in a collegiate cycling team.
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Please read my new thread (Help me decide what bike to buy) and give me any advice if you can! Thanks!
I want to buy a 2008 Felt-85, used preferably. The only problem is I can't find them anywhere on the internet. Does anyone know where I can go to find a 2008? Or is it just luck at my LBS?
You should all consider Rowing.
I wasn't sure if I should make a new thread for a bike suggestion, so I just posted here.
I have been cycling for a good amount of time on my dads old bike, but am looking to upgrade. I have roughly $ 1100 +/- , but do not know cycling brands very well.
Could anyone point me in the right direction?
Morning all, I recently picked up a 2005 Scattante CFR Team off of CL. Full Ultegra grouping (6600) including the triple crankset (for less than $600!!) , but some really crappy control surfaces (saddle, wheels, pedals, stem, handlebar) all made by some company called Supergo (Okay the saddle was made by Selle, but man that thing was uncomfortable. I swapped it out for a Specialized Alias.) I don't know much about them , except that they're heavy, uncomfortable, and I keep thinking I'm going to taco the wheel at any moment (which is not a reassuring feeling when you're flying down the mountains of Julian)
Now, here's the thing . I want to upgrade, but not so much that the frame becomes the weakpoint in the chain. (I've already got a Kestrel SL 900 /SRAM red (maybe Campy if the performance increases and weight decreases outweigh the cost increase) setup I'm building up, and that'll get high class CF wheels and a full CF headset and pedals.) so I don't need to really strip weight , I just want something that will ride smoothly, and get me good bang for my buck so I can ride with my wife. The Kestrel will be for races and group rides.
So here's what I'm considering - and I don't know enough about the alternatives to get outside of the mainstream manufacturers
Headset: Easton EC90 TKO round handlebars with Easton EC90 stem (total package less than $150 online!!)
Pedals: Time RXS
Seat Post: Easton EC70 CNT
And I MIGHT change the forks out for a set of Easton EC90s.
Wheels: (Here's the dilemma) Mavic Krysium Equipes, Fulcrum racings 5s, or Easton EA70 Sls. All of these can be had for around $500 and change. (I also have pro I know who's willing to part with a pair of EA90 Aeros for 500 with a dura-ace cassette that he used for training last season, but I'm not so sure about buying second hand wheels)
So what do you think ? What would you recommend ? Also , does anyone know what the 2005 CFR BB is ? I would think it's Shimano , but without removing the crankset, I wouldn't know for sure.
Hi I am new to biking, I recently bought a Shwinn Le Tour GSX and am interested in getting shoes/pedals. I don't really have a ton of money to spend and would like a setup that will allow for some adjustment in order to help with my comfort on the bike. Any suggestions for a good entry level setup? Thanks
Where did you buy the Schwinn? What is currently wrong with it and have you gotten a proper fit on the bike?
Wilier Izoard XP (Campagnolo Record)
Cinelli Xperience (SRAM Force)
Specialized Allez (SRAM Rival)
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (Campagnolo Centaur)
I bought the bike at a reputable shop and it was sized correctly for me. However I moved about 6 to 7 hours away from that shop within 2 weeks of buying the bike. I have very wide size 12 feet and riding with sneakers isn't doing me any favors as my shoes bump when I ride.
I would suggest shimano 105 level pedals and shoes. They are not the cheapest out there but these are practically bomb proof and will last for years. Th shoes should be relatively good value too. Make sure you try the shoes on. The pedals can be found online or ebay.
Thanks for the info. What would be a good set of shoes to use with these pedals? I don't see 105 shoes. The pedals look to be a good price fit for me.