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    2014 Novara Randonee

    Just finished my first short ride on my new Randonee beyond the test ride I did at REI. Granted it was only 7 miles, but this thing rode better than I could have imagined it would. I haven't ridden on the road in over 20 years, so I was a little nervous, but this bike handled wonderfully. Responsive, stable, comfortable... The saddle was even perfect. I was expecting to have to put a Brooks on it and I still may once I get more mileage under my belt, but for now I'm extremely pleased with everything just the way it is.

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    Lover of ALL things Bike Singlespeed92's Avatar
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    Nice bike,my friend,welcome back to riding (and welcome to here )
    Surly Troll,Origin 8 CX'er,enough parts to build a few

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    I just picked one of these up a couple weeks ago (yay, REI 20% off coupon!). Because of bad weather and excessive business travel, I've only managed to get one short 15-mile ride in (besides the test drive behind the REI store) but I was very happy with how the bike felt. I did swap out the stock saddle (felt like a steel wedge) for a Selle Anatomica from another bike, added a spare set of Candy pedals, and off I went. The ride was very comfortable. I was looking for a touring-capable bike that I could easily ride long distances without feeling beat up, and I think this may be it. The bar-end shifters do take some getting used to after STIs, though...

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    I have been touring on a Randonee since 2008. It's a great bike.
    Bike riding New England gentleman.

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    I just purchased a randonee for my daily commute, I REALLY like this bike. Like the OP the seat looked like a no go, but it is actually very comfortable.

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    I have a 2013 Randonee that is great. I swapped out the stock saddle as well for a Fizik. Very comfortable for a tall rider (XL frame). we should post some pics of our randonees in the thread!

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    How do you get 20% off ? We are members , but never hear of any deals . Thanks , Frisky

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    Quote Originally Posted by frisky99 View Post
    How do you get 20% off ? We are members , but never hear of any deals . Thanks , Frisky
    Go into a store and talk with them. They send out e-mail and written catalogue notices by s-mail. Have you moved and or changed your e-mail since you signed up? Maybe they just need an update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frisky99 View Post
    How do you get 20% off ? We are members , but never hear of any deals . Thanks , Frisky
    Yeah, about this time every year they send members a 20% off coupon for one item of your choice. You have about a month to use it then it expires.

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    Nice Bike!!! Congratulations!

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    Congrats man! I got one of these myself for my cross country tour coming up. It's a wonderful machine and very attractive:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwmckee View Post
    Yeah, about this time every year they send members a 20% off coupon for one item of your choice. You have about a month to use it then it expires.
    They also post all over the website about it. I think they have them two or three times a year, and you can get %20 off one full price item and %20 off one outlet item.

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    To date I know 3 people with these. Each has changed something on the bike. The seat, the tape brake pads but everyone of them love the bike. For the money you can't beat the bike. At 20% off it's an even better deal. REI is really a coop that tries to listen to their membership. Hell you can return anything if your a member. They don't carry everything but they do ok in the spring. Staff at my local REI tell me they sell every Novara Rando they get.
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