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Old 08-27-20, 01:53 PM
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Sorg67 Bicycle Shopping Blog

Thanks to many of you, I am considerably more educated about bicycles than I was a few weeks ago. I am sharing my on-going bike shopping process here. I hope you will all continue to be generous with your knowledge and experience.

I started out thinking that I wanted a gravel bike with two sets of wheels. One with fat tires and one with skinny tires. Got some good perspectives in the following thread:
Gravel Bike

Then I wondered if I wanted a carbon frame for a gravel bike and got some good comments in the following thread:

Carbon Frame for Gravel Bike

Then I wondered if I wanted a fast bike and got some good comments in the following thread:

Do I Want a Fast Bike?

Having learned that a fast bike is not going to be as much faster as I might have thought, I wondered what would a new bike do for me. And the following thread ensued:

What will a new bike do for me?

Got some good sizing advice in the following thread:

Frame Size

I started to zero in on what I wanted and found a good deal on a bike I could not test ride so I wondered about buying a bike without a test ride.

Buy Without a Test Ride?



I have been riding 70 to 100 miles a week on my hybrid. I have increased the tire pressure and maxed out the pre-load on the front shocks. I have adjusted the seat and the handlebar position. The bike rides really well. I went on a group ride and had no difficulty keeping up. The bike is perfect for the around town daily rides. And has been fine for my relaxed pace longer rides on the weekend.

My current thinking is that I will get a new bike less because I think it will have any meaningful performance characteristics and more because I will like riding it.

Still, I want to make an informed choice. So, I am going to continue my education and take a bunch of test rides when inventories recover and pandemic mitigation protocols lighten up a bit. Hopefully that will be this fall.

Thanks for all the guidance. Please chime in with thoughts.
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Don't rule out Ti. Lynskey has a variety of frames/bikes with current features and the added value of a proper threaded bottom bracket, not always available with carbon. They usually have a sale later in the year. https://lynskeyperformance.com/road-bikes/
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@shelbyfy I am interested in understanding Ti better. I have also read that steel technology has progressed and has some benefits.

I am currently riding a 30 lb bike. I am not convinced that I need an 18 lb bike. 22 or even 24 will seem light to me.

I still ride an early 1990s chromoly Diamondback Apex MTB.
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I am also casually shopping for a used road bike. It would be nice to find one I could log some miles on to get some first hand experience with that style of bike. The last drop handlebar road bike I had was in my teens and early 20s. That bike was purchased in in 1972 when we lived in Belgium. It was my principle mode of transportation for many years.
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Got clipless pedals and shoes set up on my hybrid. Trying to get that bike set up as efficient as I can.

Also fixed up my old MTB a bit. That has a much more aggressive riding position. Plan to do some rides on that bike and see how the aggressive riding position feels.

I think when bike shops open up for test rides again, I will be very well prepared to know what to look for.

Might get some bar ends to give myself some different hand positions.
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