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tardman91 02-11-10 06:58 PM

My New Bike!!!
Just picked it up today. It's my first road bike and I'm really excited to get out there and start shedding some pounds. It's a 2010 Raleigh Sport. 62cm. I went looking last weekend, and I'm glad I waited because I got the 2010 model for $50 less than they wanted to sell me the 2009 model last week. Guess maybe I was talking with someone with a little more control over prices today. Plus they threw in a free inner tube and $10 off of a pump. I need to get out there and wear out the tires, because I think it would look pretty sweet with some orange ones (if I can even get orange tires?).

Now I need some padded shorts and a helmet I suppose. I just took it on short ride around my neighborhood since it's 49 degrees out, and my rear started bothering me. I think I need to angle the seat down just a hair. Anywhere to get some shorts cheap? And maybe a cool helmet? The shop wanted $50 for a pair of shorts. I was confident you guys could point me to a cheaper pair. Also on the list is a water bottle, and eventually a computer, but I need those shorts ASAP.

cod.peace 02-11-10 07:13 PM
Michelin Pro3, in orange.

CACycling 02-11-10 07:39 PM

Nice looking ride. Congratulations! Forget shorts and go for bibs. Much more comfortable IMHO and can be picked up at reasonable prices if you shop.

Nola_Gal 02-11-10 07:39 PM

Cool looking bike! Congratulations!

2Klose 02-11-10 07:45 PM

Looks great. I like the color scheme.

I have 2 cheapie pairs of performance brand shorts. The are fine for now, but I can see that you get what you pay for. Funds were tight and I picked up something similar to this.

alan21631 02-11-10 07:51 PM

Really nice looking bike! Best of luck with it.

But, get the helmet ASAP--everything else should be 2nd on the list.

Beerslinger 02-11-10 09:59 PM

Nice Bike, Beautiful.

cyclist2000 02-11-10 11:42 PM

Don't get cheap shorts, get the best bibs that you can afford. This isn't the place to cut corners.

Nice bike, congrats.

Wylde06 02-12-10 05:35 AM

nice looking bike...I like the orange.

definitely buy the helmet now, even if you have to spend ,more than you originally planned. I ended up having to try on at least 5 or 6 different helmets before I found one that fit...and it ended up being 60 bucks...seemed like a lot at the time, but then i saw some of the pricier helmets and realized I got off cheap :D

Jamesw2 02-12-10 05:50 AM

Before i even got my bike I made sure I had a helmet

bautieri 02-12-10 08:25 AM

Snazzy bike!

I don't reccomed you buy the cheapest shorts you can find. However, if you are looking for inexpensive shorts check out

tardman91 02-12-10 09:31 AM

Anybody have any opinions on the Cannondale Classic shorts?

Wylde06 02-12-10 07:08 PM

have you looked at decent prices

mojopt 02-12-10 08:36 PM

Try this company for shorts, etc. Made in the USA and very reasonable....That is a great looking bike. You did good.

Best regards,


LarDasse74 02-13-10 06:47 AM

Congratulations X 1000000!!!!

A few extra $$ spent on shorts or bib shorts will mean a few extra miles you can ride without discomfort.

And with helmets, you get what you pay for (in terms of lightness and ventalation), and it makes a big difference when you are riding for long distances in warm weather. But any modern bike helmet will protect your head about the same if you wear it.

bbeck 02-13-10 09:43 AM


Originally Posted by cyclist2000 (Post 10393593)
Don't get cheap shorts, get the best bibs that you can afford. This isn't the place to cut corners.

Nice bike, congrats.

+1 get good bibs.

great bike

tardman91 02-13-10 04:13 PM

Got a pair of shorts and a helmet today at Sports Authority. Nothing fancy, but good enough for now until my wife gives me permission to drop some $$$ on some better stuff. Next weekend is supposed to get into the upper 60s and I'm planning to hit the Suncoast Trail with some friends.

mthayer 02-13-10 08:29 PM

Academy has some Canari shorts and jerseys. They are about 25 bucks for the shorts.

tardman91 02-13-10 09:12 PM

I got a nice pair of Canari gel shorts today. Haven't had a chance to try them out on the bike yet, but the fit is comfortable.

gitarzan 02-13-10 09:38 PM

Canari are nice. I have a couple pair that are basically tights but with an outer shell that looks like regular shorts. Love them.

Nice bike, BTW. Ride the hell out of it.

gitarzan 02-13-10 09:58 PM

Also, consider something like this:

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