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Old 09-08-07, 04:37 PM
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New Bike

Just bought a Specialized Sirrus. Looked and rode the Trek 7.3FX. The Sirrus just seemed faster/smoother. Hope I made a good decision. Will be mainly riding to and from work/gym 3-5 miles.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:57 PM
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24 looks and no comments?? Is it that bad of bike??
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You didn't ask a question. For example: what does everyone think of the Sirrus?

And I would respond, personally I like the Sirrus more than the Trek and I think you made a good purchase.

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Congrats on the new bike...but I'll tell you that it's traditional to post pics of your new ride when you post about it. We wanna see it, man!
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Old 09-09-07, 07:55 AM
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My bad.... Guess I was excited/worried I made the wrong purchase. You know buyers remorse. So I posted more about buying the bike and not asking about it.

I'll try getting a pic soon.. Thx
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Originally Posted by DodgeRam View Post
My bad.... Guess I was excited/worried I made the wrong purchase. You know buyers remorse. So I posted more about buying the bike and not asking about it.

I'll try getting a pic soon.. Thx
The most important thing is whether you like the bike or not. If you like it, and it does what you want, then it's the 'right' buy! Don't worry too much about what other forum users think...you'll never make us all happy!

Congrats again, and good luck commuting.
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Old 09-09-07, 09:34 AM
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Agreed, and thx... Now to buy a new lock... Last bike was stolen...
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Old 09-15-07, 07:24 AM
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So far LOVE the new bike... Have logged 44 miles in one week. I know that's not alot of miles for most.. But I only use it to work, gym etc.. Even talked the wife to ride hers with me to a local resturant last night.

Added a few mods so far.. rear light(Cat Eye TL-LD1100 )(had a car pull up besides me and say .. "hey man I barely saw you"). Bar-end rearview mirror, U-bolt lock, and new peddles.

Am I the only idiot that did not know you had to unscrew the left peddle backwards? Man I worked on that peddle for hours (sore hands) until I realized it had to unscrew clockwise.

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Old 09-15-07, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by DodgeRam View Post
mMn I worked on that peddle for hours (sore hands) until I realized it had to unscrew clockwise.
Glad you're liking the new bike. And no, you're not the only one. I've seen guys who work in bike shops that don't know that...
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Old 09-15-07, 07:34 AM
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I tried out a Trek 7.5 FX recently and was a bit underwhelmed by it. You did good with the Specialized.
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Originally Posted by ilmooz View Post
I tried out a Trek 7.5 FX recently and was a bit underwhelmed by it. You did good with the Specialized.
Yea, The Trek seemed ... hard to explain but it felt solid... But also felt slow, compared to the sirrus.
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Now looking for a decent front light... Anyone use the Cat Eye HL-EL530 Front Bike Light?? I know it's NOT as good as the Fenix L2D 100 Premium LED flashlights. But it's cheaper.. Only need it for 10-15 mins. for the rides to work in the morning.

Or should i just bite the bullet and get the Fenix L2D 100 Premium LED flashlights system..

btw.. $60 vs about $160..
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Old 09-15-07, 08:32 AM
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Are you riding on lit streets or dark paths/streets? I just spent $150 on a super bright spotlight, but only because I ride on paths that have NO lights on them at all and I really needed to be able to see where I was going.
If you're only going to be riding where things are lit, then your main concern is that cars are able to see you. You can spend a lot less to ensure that.
So, I really use two lights. I point my spotlight down at the road in front of the bike and I point my $20 Cateye light straight ahead for the other bikers/cars/stupid-runners-on-the-bike-path-in-the-dark-wearing-no-lights-and-nothing-reflective.
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Old 09-15-07, 08:37 AM
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Well.. Sorta both... The street lights are turned off about 40min. before I leave for work. But there are some lights from stores, homes, ambient lights, etc.
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Congrats on the bike. I am very partial to Specialized bikes. I think they make good stuff for the money.
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The sirrus is a well made bike. I bought one for my little brother to use for a short commute to college and work. He loves it.
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If you are planning on commuting a lot. I would suggest a front light that you can recharge. Buying batteries all the time isn't very fun. I use a Light and Motion Solo and it works great. It costs a little more, but a bright/Made in the USA light is well worth it. BTW Don't worry, The Sirrus is a machine. Be careful and have fun.
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Thx guys... Seems like several of ya like the Sirrus.. I've been very happy with it so far. Think I'm getting addicted..lol..

Yes I plan to commute as often as the weather allows. My rear light and mirror have really calmed my nerves so far.
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Originally Posted by DodgeRam View Post
I've been very happy with it so far. Think I'm getting addicted..lol..
It's the best addiction you'll ever have. Awesome to hear that you're enjoying it!

You've probably looked around, but there are several threads on how to ride safely, etc. Something you might want to look into is the 3m reflective tape. Putting tape all over your bike can feel kind of weird, but the stuff'll make your rig light up like a flashbulb when headlights hit it.
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