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Old 09-19-06, 09:28 AM   #1
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Hybrid to Road Bike

Need some help... u may recall recently i got a Sirrus Sport 07 (hybrid) ($710) as a road bike seemed uncomfortable to me.
Well after 3-4 weeks or riding i find myself wishing i had got a road bike and tested out a 2006 Specialized Allez Sport ($850) yesterday and well it felt pretty good.

Here's the question.

My LBS has told me they will allow me to actually trade that Sirrus back in and they will deduct $30 for the wheels and $60 for a full cleaning (chains,sprockets etc) and i get the rest on trade in and pay the difference. I may get a few credits even cuz i have a $50 specialized stem on there.

Now the question is, should i do this? Yes it seems comfortable on a quick test ride... im assuming when i take it 20-30 miles as my rides usually go, it should be nice and comfy.

If i take a road bike off a 4 inch curb at a low speed at 200 lbs am i asking for trouble?

My hybrid has wheels that are a bit wider than a typical road bike while the allez is all road bike... at 200lbs should upgrade those wheels or get slightly wider wheels or am i ok?

I guess i am trying to figure out if i am asking for trouble switching out a bike i am realtively comfortable but thing is.. after 20-30 mile rides my triceps are screaming because i tend to try to get into a more down position than is allowed on a typical hybrid and this is wreaking havoc on my arms.

I was thinking about keeping it as a separate city bike etc but its just so close to a road bike (not like a trek 7.5 which is more mtn).

also, i am quite certain that by the time warm weather rolls around in ny again, i will be in the 170 range.... and the hybrid was really bought more as a comfort bike because i was closer to 215 or so when i got it and off a bike for 12 years or so. ive put 150 miles on this thing in the last 3 weeks and heck next summer i wanna be doing centuries and i cant be doing that on a hybrid can i?

thats about it. any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 09-19-06, 10:39 AM   #2
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YES - Do it! If a road bike is what you want, the less-than-a-hundred-dollar hit for the trade is a fair deal. If you sold your Sirrus used, you'd lose more than the price you're giving up on trade in. Just make sure the Allez is what you really want before you do this.
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I've had a Sirrus for several years now. At first I used it for a short commute in Manhattan. When I moved out of the city, and got into doing longer faster rides, I quickly realized that I need a road bike. Flat bars are just not suitable for long and/or fast rides. I eventually converted mine to a road bike by adding drops and switching out the brake levers, brakes, and shifters ($300). I say go for the trade.
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Your LBS sound like a decent enough bunch. It also sounds like you will be getting what you really want. There will probably be an adjustmet period for your ass and a couple of muscles, but on the whole I think this will give you that extra motivation to get to 170 by Christmas
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Allez! Allez! Allez! no seriously, I test-rode the basic allez (sora components/etc) and fell in love with it before my SO hijacked my credit card.

The trade-in option sounds like an offer you can't refuse.
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