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Old 06-12-12, 03:28 PM
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Bike selection question

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I'm thinking about a new bike, let me explain why and what I am currently riding. My primaty ride is an older Cannondale H300 hybrid, I also have a Cannondale T700 touring (bought last year, just cant get acclimated to it) but in any event, I currently ride aprox. 30 miles, three times a week, sometimes its a pretty flat loop, other times it a very hilly ride. When I and decending steep grades, I worry about brake failure (momentem is a *****) I really like the disc brakes on my mountain bike (also Cannondale) I want to expand my scope a little and start riding further. I have been looking at the Salsa Vaya 3 to meet my needs, I like the disc brakes, I dont think the steel frame will be an issue, any thoughts?

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Old 06-12-12, 03:36 PM
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Are you specifically looking for another touring bike or do you want more of a regular road bike? Is this to augment or replace your T700? If you can't acclimate to it, what's the reason? Fit? Size? Layout?
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Not sure why the T700 dosnt feel quite right, I have replaced the stem with an adjustable one to raise the bars up some, maybe i'm just used to the hybrid, im not sure a dedicated road bike is the right choice (although 95% of my rides are on pavement) i worried the riding position is too aggressive and wont be compfortable. I wish i could rent different bikes, ride one of my usual loops and get a better feel for the bike, i would hate to buy somthing i end up not riding. I recently saw a Trek Lane (cyclocross bike) for sale locally at what seems like a good price, i thought cyclocross might be a good choice as i can run a wider tire (32C) to support my weight (currently 270) altthough I hace 28cs on the T700 and they seem ok.
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I highly recommend renting a bike... find a shop that does demo rides near you. Some of them near me do that, and typically it's $50 a day or so, which they will happily apply to your purchase price.

Another option is to find a shop that will fit you to your existing bike or tell you why they can't - I don't think there's much point in buying a new bike that's similar to a bike you don't like if you can't identify what you should improve to fix your situation.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
I highly recommend renting a bike... find a shop that does demo rides near you. Some of them near me do that, and typically it's $50 a day or so, which they will happily apply to your purchase price.

Another option is to find a shop that will fit you to your existing bike or tell you why they can't - I don't think there's much point in buying a new bike that's similar to a bike you don't like if you can't identify what you should improve to fix your situation.
Great advice
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