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Old 09-07-07, 09:40 AM
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bike upgrade?

I have a couple of bikes that I have used recreationally...

I have a Dawes Lightning Sport, 56 cm steel frame that I got off of ebay and
a used 60 cm Trek 1220 that I bought used.

The trek is a bit too big but I have enjoyed riding it as it is light and has STI shifters.
The Dawes is also a great bike and I have enjoyed riding it as well (though it is heavier than
my trek...).

my dilemma... I have been riding for over a year and have been bit by the cycling bug, I have been
thinking about getting an entry level road bike from my LBS. I was looking at the Trek 1.2 (kind of like the
Trek 1000 I think) but I want to know what to expect from getting the bike...

will I go faster? (I currently go about 14.6 mph pace now with the dawes...)
will I be more comfortable to go longer distances? (I have gone a max of 35 miles but I do have to shift a bit to keep comfortable... )

my bike shop says that both would happen because the bike will be a better fit than the trek and the components will be better as well as fitting the bike to me so that it will be more comfortable than the bikes I currently have...

anyone have info from moving from a low end mail order bike to a higher level LBS bike?
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Old 09-07-07, 11:20 AM
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In 1999 I went from a 10 year old, steel, entry-level Bianchi to an aluminum, full-Ultegra Specialized Allez and there was a world of difference. The Specialized was lighter, stiffer, shifted better, had better wheels. The first couple of times I sprinted it was almost scary at how quickly the Specialized accelerated and I easily picked up three or four mph in max speed.

Did I ride a faster average over a 20+ mile ride? I don't remember but maybe. But I do know I was more comfortable even though the full aluminum frame/fork isn't as forgiving as the steel of the Bianchi.

I have no idea what your Dawes is like (never heard of the brand) but if all you want is to go faster, then you could probably train up to higher speeds on the Dawes. 14.6 isn't that fast (this coming from someone who averages low 16s and is happy when I do a 17 average over any reasonable length -- so I'm not that fast compared to a lot of riders).

My suggestion on upgrading is to be sure that you upgrade high enough to keep yourself happy for a while. A quick look at the Trek 1.2 specs (2007 model) shows a mix of 105 & Tiagra components with the brakes' brand not even listed. Trek makes good bikes so I don't doubt the general quality of the 1.2, and you will more than likely feel the difference over the Dawes. But, just be sure that next year you don't post a message about what's a good upgrade over the 1.2. Maybe consider riding the Dawes through the winter and save money to get a step or two up from the Trek next spring. (Of course, it's always easier for me to help somebody else spend their money than for me to spend my own.)
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Originally Posted by e0richt View Post
...I was looking at the Trek 1.2 (kind of like the
Trek 1000 I think) but I want to know what to expect from getting the bike...

will I go faster? (I currently go about 14.6 mph pace now with the dawes...)
will I be more comfortable to go longer distances? (I have gone a max of 35 miles but I do have to shift a bit to keep comfortable... )
Faster? Probably not.
More comfortable, possibly a minor difference, but possibly not.

Originally Posted by e0richt View Post
...my bike shop says that both would happen because the bike will be a better fit than the trek and the components will be better as well as fitting the bike to me so that it will be more comfortable than the bikes I currently have...
Ummm, nope.
The main limit of speed is aerodynamic drag, and most of the drag of a bicycle is the rider. If your riding position is nearly the same, then you're not going to be riding much (if any) faster.

They're about twice the Trek 1.2's $750 price, but two bikes that would be more comfortable and faster:
Giro 26
RANS F26

The riding position does take some getting used to, but overall you would be faster for the same effort. The UCI didn't ban recumbents for being too slow.

The Giro 26's handling is rather twitchy for my tastes, if I come into the cash the F26 would be the bike I'd buy next.
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