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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 02-26-11, 08:12 PM   #201
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Looking for my first road bike. I'm 23. 6'1", 210lbs. I weight train regularly and ride a stationary bike about 4x per week. The reason why I'm pretty heavy is because of weight lifting and bulking. I'll switch up my training and diet for a leaner and smaller build if I really enjoy cycling. I'll spend 3-4k on my first bike. I want to take this seriously and get into racing once I'm ready for it. I'm also close to a velodrome and track racing really intrigues me so I'd like to train for that as well. I'm looking for a group of bikes that would be good for me. I'm assuming I need a stronger/stiffer bike because of my size. I like the Scott Addict R2, Felt F4, and Jamis Xenith Pro. I don't know if I should go with a more relaxed geometry bike though for training and then have a race bike, or if having an aggressive racing bike is best for training. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-06-11, 01:14 PM   #203
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Old 03-06-11, 01:23 PM   #205
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I'm 5'7", I believe my inseam is about 29".

Edit: Just realized the Fuji isn't in stock in my size. If that is the better option however, I'll go look at a performance bike in my area.
The CL bike may be too tall for you. This chart works for me.
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Old 03-30-11, 09:26 AM   #208
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most shops will come down AT LEAST $100 dollars off that.
I'm about to buy a new road bike (still deciding between several different bikes). I've been wondering about this. Most of the local shops have the bikes listed ~$100 less than MSRP. Are they still negotiable beyond that? I don't want to insult by haggling when haggling isn't appropriate, but I'm not familiar with the territory. I'll need pedals as well, so I was really only hoping to get them to throw in a pair Looks for free rather than trying to get the price down.
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Old 04-02-11, 08:48 AM   #210
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Hey everyone,

Purchasing a CAAD10 next week, hopefully, and just when I thought I had it figured out, I'm confused once more.. The issue: triple or compact crank? Is there a rule of thumb regarding which is preferable and when?? Up until recently, I figured a compact is better for riding in my area (Virginia Beach - flat) because I could save weight by not carrying around all the extra gears... but then I heard a LBS employee mention to another something about compacts being good for climbing, since your climbing in your low and descending in your high. He also mentioned that a triple is better for flat land "..if you wish to maintain any speed in teens to 20's," referring to middle ring I assume, which would hold your mid-level hence mid-speed gears. Now I'm all confused... again.

Could anyone clear this up for me, and maybe, if there are any riders out there in a flat geography, recommend which would suit me better? FWIW, I plan on riding 10-15 mile rides a few times a week at first and gradually working my way up to my goal of completing a century next year. I'll most likely be participating in LBS weekend rides as well. Not really competitive here, as of yet. But could foresee myself doing some crits in a couple years.

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Old 04-03-11, 12:25 PM   #211
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I have ridden both triples and compacts in areas with rolling, but not seriously hilly terrain. Previous bike has a triple - it was my "insurance" because I did long solo rides and needed to get home even if I bonked. Don't know if I ever actually used the granny gear on the triple. Current bike has a compact and I really like it.

I would go with the compact in your situation. That will give you plenty of gear range for anything you should encounter. Lighter and usually easier to keep the derailleur in adjustment with the compact IMHO.

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Old 04-15-11, 07:35 AM   #212
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Hello everyone - hope I'm posting in the right forum.

I would appreciate suggestions for purchasing a new bike for my nephew. He needs something faster than his current 24” mtn bike which has a pair of smoother tires & clipless pedals, but is still not ideal for our 30-mi rides on smooth road. I’d like a versatile bike for around $900. There are local mountain beginner to advanced bike trails that we’d like to try out, but I anticipate the bike will be mostly for light off-roading, smooth roads and hills.

Is there such a thing as a “do it all” bike? Do we need two bikes, each one specifically designed for one application or are there all-around cross or mountain bikes that can perform in all our riding conditions? Is a cyclocross better than a road or mountain bike for bike tricks, and riding off-road and on-road? Or should I get a lighter, better quality 24” mountain bike with a pair of slicks and possibly a rigid fork?

Because he’s a 9.5 yo, 53” with a 23” inseam, the LBS recommended a women's Specialized Dolce or Vita road bike with 650c wheels and keeping his mountain bike for off-road. I don’t think either comes with 650c tires. They also said they can put fatter tires on the road bike. Since he’s not racing cyclocross, should I just get a road bike and invest in an extra set of wheels?

I don’t think there are as many options for fast 24” tires as there are for 650c tires. Also, which tire is better to avoid pinch flats from the bike tricks?

The brands my LBS offers are Specialized, Cannondale, Jamis & Raleigh. I would prefer to purchase from them if it’s not too much of a compromise to limit ourselves to said brands.

Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Old 04-15-11, 01:23 PM   #213
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Hi everyone!

I'm looking to get some help with purchasing a road bike. I am 5'5.5" tall 125lbs, 17yo(about to be 18) female, with an inseam of 31.5". From the sites I've looked at I would need a 53cm or so bike.

I've never ridden a road bike, and haven't ridden any bike at all for around 4-5 years. I used to have a mountain bike from wal-mart, and before that a kids bmx, but thats as far as I got with riding.

I basically have no idea of what I should be looking at in terms of brands, etc., and don't know what most of the terms used or specs mean. I am looking to spend $800 or less. I am a bit confused when it comes to purchasing, because I see plenty of people purchase an inexpensive bike from say craigslist, and add parts, but I am unable to do this since I don't know anything, and am looking to buy something good stock.

I want to get a bike so that I will have a way to get around at college, which, GOD-Willing, I will start Spring 2012, so in the mean-time, I plan to learn as much as I can about riding. I also want to use a bike to get some exercise.

I'm aware that there are fixed-gear, single-speed, and geared bikes, and I think I might need single-speed, but then again, I really have no idea which will meet my needs better.

What other measurements should I take into consideration when purchasing a bike other than inseam, and how do I measure for them? Most likely I'll have to buy my bike online, so I want to get as close a good fit as I can. I am also looking for something light, that I could carry into a dorm if needed, so what materials should I be looking at?

Do you have any brands, sizes, websites, links to how to fix issues(flats, parts, etc.), threads, helpful information, or guides for totalcompleteandutter newbs you recommend?

Thanks and I really appreciate your help.

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Old 04-18-11, 08:24 AM   #214
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StreetStrider

I have been into road bicycles for some time as well as weight training. Recently I purchased a StreetStrider Summit with 8 gears. Without exaggeration this machine is probably the best all around workout I have ever had. I am not an affiliate or have anything to do with the company. As a candid consumer I can attest to the fact this machine will challenge your conditioning since it works all of your muscles simultaneously.
There are other models available, I recommend this new HPV for one hell of a workout.
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Old 04-19-11, 12:54 PM   #215
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Hi everyone! I'm looking to get some help with purchasing a road bike.
I am sure you will receive a lot of excellent advise. However, as a newbie road cyclists myself (if I can call myself that), I highly recommend visiting a reputable bike shop in your town. My past riding experience was similar -- bike as a kid, recent purchase from Wally World that involved finding a bike I could afford that was in stock with no more thought into the process.

I just recently made the plunge into a nice Trek Lexi road bike (that I'm still waiting to pick up due to fitting). The associate asked me a lot of questions about what kind of riding I had done, what kind of I was looking to do, goals, etc., then walked me through several suitable bikes pointing out the features, pricing etc. He didn't just steer me toward the most expensive bikes either. After answer my seemingly endless questions, we selected three bikes that seemed suitable and I test road each of them. After selecting the bike I wanted, I ended up having to wait because the correct sized one is in another store. But I'll return today or tomorrow and be fitted for the bike (takes about 30 to 45 minutes) and home I go. I also ended up purchasing bike shoes, cleats and pedals and I got a good 15 minutes or so in being shown the proper way to clip and unclip with some time to practice with someone who could offer tips and suggestions.

I think the reality is at a local bike shop you are not going to find the $200 bikes but in the end, do you really want a $200 bike? What you do get is assistance from a place that does one thing and that generally hires the people who are riders themselves. They have knowledge and experience and are going to treat you right because they want you to return for accessories, service and your next new bike purchase. I do believe your local bike shop is your best friend especially when you lack the knowledge and experience yourself.
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Hello everyone - hope I'm posting in the right forum.

I would appreciate suggestions for purchasing a new bike for my nephew. He needs something faster than his current 24 mtn bike which has a pair of smoother tires & clipless pedals, but is still not ideal for our 30-mi rides on smooth road. Id like a versatile bike for around $900. There are local mountain beginner to advanced bike trails that wed like to try out, but I anticipate the bike will be mostly for light off-roading, smooth roads and hills.

Is there such a thing as a do it all bike? Do we need two bikes, each one specifically designed for one application or are there all-around cross or mountain bikes that can perform in all our riding conditions? Is a cyclocross better than a road or mountain bike for bike tricks, and riding off-road and on-road? Or should I get a lighter, better quality 24 mountain bike with a pair of slicks and possibly a rigid fork?

Because hes a 9.5 yo, 53 with a 23 inseam, the LBS recommended a women's Specialized Dolce or Vita road bike with 650c wheels and keeping his mountain bike for off-road. I dont think either comes with 650c tires. They also said they can put fatter tires on the road bike. Since hes not racing cyclocross, should I just get a road bike and invest in an extra set of wheels?

I dont think there are as many options for fast 24 tires as there are for 650c tires. Also, which tire is better to avoid pinch flats from the bike tricks?

The brands my LBS offers are Specialized, Cannondale, Jamis & Raleigh. I would prefer to purchase from them if its not too much of a compromise to limit ourselves to said brands.

Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/comfort_bikes.htm
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CAN YOU USE AN ULTEGRA "10 SPEED" DERAILLEUR ON AN 8-SPEED CASSETTE?


just curious....using friction shifting now, but who knows, might change to indexed. i dunno. dunno if that matters. basically have a bottom barrel shimano rear derailleur on bike now, thinking of buying a cheapo used ultegra derailleur off ebay, but allot of them are labelled as 10 speed.

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Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/comfort_bikes.htm
Many thanks for your suggestion for my 9.5 YO rider, but I'd rather buy from my LBS. I'm now leaning towards the Specialized Vita Step Thru Hybrid, which I believe is the female version of the Specialized Sirrus Elite.

The Specialized Vita Step Thru has a lower stand-over height than the Jamis Ventura Comp 650c, which we also considered but may be too big. Incidentally, how can the 41cm Jamis Ventura have specs/geometry similar to the larger 44cm Specialized Dolce?

Is a step thru less structurally stable? He has not graduated beyond the curb-hopping, pothole-aiming phase but promises not to attempt tricks with the new bike.

Do you think the Vita hybrid is a fragile bike to be treated with kid gloves, or a solid bike that will stand up to most of the usual use younger kids can dish out? He only weighs 70lbs.

Thanks again.
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Noobie here, even though I've been riding for roughly 2 months. I started about two years ago, but had to get off until recently due to an injury and procrastination and overall loss of interest in the sport. I know the ropes around the tech of a bike pretty well (my father taught me since he's been cycling for 30 years), but I have no idea how to train to become at least a decent cyclist. I'd really like to ride amateur, and maybe even pro some day, but I really want to just get into the techniques and training for riding road bikes.

I'm in pretty great shape since I've been running hurdles and middle distance in track and field for the past 3 years, but when I get on the bike I'll die in the hills and am unable to hold a sprint for not even a half mile. Rides even just 30 miles out kill me, and I keep getting blown away by my old man, despite him being 48 and me being 16. I'm really diving into cycling, and I really want to become a decent rider capable of competing in local events. I've tried reading books, training guides, articles online, but they're all french to me. Help me?
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Hi im new to road bikes and i just recently got a road bike but i dont know what its worth i dont want to sell it i just want to know what im riding but its a

Cannondale 2.8 90s frame
Cinelli Criteruim track sweep bars
Old Chris King
Mavic gl330 tub laced to Phil wood 7 speed freewheel DT Swiss spokes never been riding or tire glued on but theres a Mavic OP Wheel set DT Swiss to phil wood wheelset clincher
Sugino 75 Road cranks
Phil wood Ti Bottom bracket
Suntour Superbe Front and Rear and downtube shifters
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Thats all i can think off top of my head i will post pics
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I think the first thing you should tell these newbies is to stop by and kiss the Pcad BF Papal Ring.
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...and once they are no longer newbies, they can come and kiss Pcad's a$$
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I have a super newbie question. Is Tiagra REALLY that bad? I sacrificed better components for a better frame on my recent purchase. I could have easily gotten 105 had I not gotten more carbon onto the frame. I thought shifting was shifting. Frames last for a long time, and components wear out. At least, that was my mentality. After reading through a few of these pages, I feel like I made the wrong choice. Someone please tell me there wasn't a complete failure on my part.
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