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    Eternal NooB threeflys's Avatar
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    New Randonee tonight....

    Well,
    I've made up my mind finally in what I want. I was against the Randonee for a while because I rode a
    52cm a couple of times and it just didn't feel right. I finally went back and rode the 55cm, I can't explain what a difference it made! It was like a totally different bike! I can attest that you really do need to get a real good idea of what size you need. I always knew a bike that was too big would be pretty much unridable, but I had no idea just one size down would make that much of a difference (Randonees go from 52 to 55cm)! So, tonight after work I'm going by REI and picking up my new 55cm Randonee! I looked around for a used mount, but found that people keep their touring bikes for a LONG time and finding one substantially cheaper than a new Randonee meant getting very old technology in parts and since I'm a tech geek.... Besides, I'll get my %10 back, so I'm really getting $95 off.

    Now I have to decide which Brooks I want and which pedals. I'm thinking the B68 and Crank Bros. Smarty or Candy pedals. Any comments?

    Thanks for all the help and am looking forward to learning more,
    Chris
    Last edited by threeflys; 09-25-07 at 09:40 AM.
    If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

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    *Crank Bros. And I've heard good things about the Brooks Champion Flyer.
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    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el twe View Post
    *Crank Bros. And I've heard good things about the Brooks Champion Flyer.

    Fixed, brain fart.
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    If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

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    It's all good!

    I'm a Brooks B17 fan and Crank Brothers candy petals are also great.

    Enoy your bike threeflys.

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    Eternal NooB threeflys's Avatar
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    Thanks, I just got it home in time for it to be dark...so I guess I'll have my inaugeral ride tomorrow.
    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeflys View Post
    Well,
    I've made up my mind finally in what I want. I was against the Randonee for a while because I rode a
    52cm a couple of times and it just didn't feel right. I finally went back and rode the 55cm, I can't explain what a difference it made! It was like a totally different bike! I can attest that you really do need to get a real good idea of what size you need. I always knew a bike that was too big would be pretty much unridable, but I had no idea just one size down would make that much of a difference (Randonees go from 52 to 55cm)! So, tonight after work I'm going by REI and picking up my new 55cm Randonee! I looked around for a used mount, but found that people keep their touring bikes for a LONG time and finding one substantially cheaper than a new Randonee meant getting very old technology in parts and since I'm a tech geek.... Besides, I'll get my %10 back, so I'm really getting $95 off.

    Now I have to decide which Brooks I want and which pedals. I'm thinking the B68 and Crank Bros. Smarty or Candy pedals. Any comments?

    Thanks for all the help and am looking forward to learning more,
    Chris
    I would go with the Flyer, if you are heavy, if not I would take the B17. I bought the B68 for my girlfriend which has wider sitting bones then us. Most of the people that ride on touring Brooks saddles use B17, so its kind of bulletproof formula. The B68 is for people that put the bar higher then the saddle, which on the Randonee I doubt you will do. I think the B68 on this position will be wide then is comfortable.
    jcm has B68 and Flyer, so he can tell you the differences. Just pm him.
    On the bike I feel like a conqueror ;)
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    yeah, look at your saddle hight before buying a Brooks-- the general rules are......

    B17-- if the bars and saddle or close to the same hight

    B17 narrow-- if the bars are lower than the saddle

    B68-- if the bars are above the saddle.

    And the Flyer if you like suspention.....

    But people break these rules all the time, so they are not set in stone or anything. Good luck!

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    I just bought a Randonee too. You get an extra 5% off if you use the REI credit card.

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    I put those ugly BMX style platform pedals on my Randonee, but they work great for me. I love the bike, it handles my BOB trailer well, and next I'm going to put some fenders on it.

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    Sorry I'm late to the thread. I bought the Randonee on Feb 29th. I dumped the drop bars and put a set of Kalloy trekking bars with trigger shifters and mtb style brake levers. Sweet! I cannot believe how comfortable this bike is and how dialed in all the components are. It is by far my favorite ride of all time.

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