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Old 05-21-02, 01:58 PM
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I'm not sure what it goes for either. If I decide to upgrade (and do research), I'll let you know.
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I am not sure I want to mess with it either. My mountain bike has Alivio components which are not to bad. I guess they are about the middle of the road and my Sirrus shifts great.

So I will probably spend the money on other things.

Hope your enjoying your new ride. To be honest with you I don't know if you would notice a thing going from Deore to Deore LX anyway.
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Cadd,

I forgot to mention that Specialized suggest not to upgrade the front rd. If you notice all Sirrus's have deore fronts and just about nothing else will work for some reason. He did say that the 105 will work but it is to much trouble to adjust and you don't get any better performance.
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I agree with you....why mess with something you're happy with. Until I outgrow it, I won't mess with the components.
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Originally posted by Cadd
Thanks for the guideline guys....I'm excited to announce that I got the bike today!!! (jumping with joy!). But I do have my doubts and would like to measure it myself and see if it's good fit for me. The LBS was very honest with me...he had the 2001 Sirrus base model (silver) for $450 and the Sirrus Comp (blue) for $500 (this price is only for me....the price tag was much higher...i guess he liked me ). Anyway, he had the Comp in a MEDIUM and the base model in SMALL. He said the SMALL fits me better. But I think I like the DEORE LX on the Comp better (the base model has DEORE). But I trusted him when he said the SMALL is better for me....as for numbers, I don't know....I'm not sure where to look to see how big the frame is. I don't see any numbers with inches or any numbers with centimeters

OK now the bike:

A 2001 Specialized Sirrus: (remember, I'm new to this but I'll try to get all the specs.....sorry I didn't get an instructions manual...should I get one? I was just too excited )

-Frame size: Small (not sure what the numbers are....can someone point me to a website that shows me how to measure it which a tapemeasure?)

-Wheels: Mavic XP 21 (32 spokes)

-Tires: Specialized Armadillo Turbo 700x26c

-Front derailleur: Deore (has 3 gears up front)

-Rear derailleur: Deore (has 9 gears in the back)

-Frame: A1 XXX butted aluminum

-Front fork: no clue...sorry

-headset (this is the piece between the handlebar stem & the fork right? if so): Ritchey Logic

-front/rear brakes: (it doesn't have a name), but some type of V-brakes

-Brake lever: Deore V-brake

-Shift lever: (it's a one piece with the brakes) the name is Mega Drive Train.

-Pedal: Shimano...no model (it has a clip thing.....like a snowboard binding with black plastic surrounding it with reflectors on both ends)

-Seat: Specialized body Geometry

-Seat post: USE SX (<-----that's the name of it)

-front/rear hub: (is this the piece next to the quick release on the rims? if so) it's a Ritchey...no model

That's all the info I can give now....

Again the main difference the LBS told me about my bike and the Comp is just the derailleurs....the Comp (for $50 more) has the DEORE LX.

Is it worth the $50? :confused:

And how do I measure my bike to see if it fits me right?

Thanks for all the help, support and advice each and everyone one of you contributed! You guys are a great bunch
CORRECTION: The bike is a "2001 SPECIALIZED SIRRUS SPORT"

And I still cannot find the specs for it.

Gabiker, I'm not sure what's the same and what the differences are between my bike and your bike.

I'm dying to find out!!!
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The couple of thing I know of for sure is rd, mine is Deore Lx and the sport is Deore. The hubs are Ritchey Comp on mine and I think Ritchey Sport on yours. Not sure about the tires but I have 700C x 26C armadillo tire and I think the seat might be different. Other than that it is the color and I think that is it.
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Cadd try this site it will give some of the spec's. http://www.molehillbikes.com/products.html
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Originally posted by gabiker
The couple of thing I know of for sure is rd, mine is Deore Lx and the sport is Deore. The hubs are Ritchey Comp on mine and I think Ritchey Sport on yours. Not sure about the tires but I have 700C x 26C armadillo tire and I think the seat might be different. Other than that it is the color and I think that is it.
Yes I have Deore & Ritchey Sport

Tire: I have 700 x 26 armadillo also.

Seat: I have USE seat post and the body geometry seat (which gave me a beating today after 25 miles.....i'm not sure if it's the seat position or what, but my butt is soooooooo sore!) When I get on my bike again I feel it....but when I'm off it I really don't feel it.
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Gabiker, I saw that site....but thanks...i guess i gotta go to all the LBS around here asking for the '01 Specialized catalog.

Another thing....i think your crankset is different...i think cranksets are expensive...that may be it! I have a specialized crankset, i think you might have a ritchey.
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Old 05-22-02, 03:25 AM
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I took about 200 miles for me to get comfortable with the seat. I rode 62 miles on Saturday and the seat didn't bother me until the last 10 miles or so. At that point a lounge chair probably would have hurt.
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Old 05-22-02, 11:09 PM
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My butt is still sore from the seat! I'm not sure if this seat isn't made for my body or it's just that I need to get used to it. But the pain comes from the contact points.....inner butt (sorry to be so nasty & descriptive, but it's sore between my A-hole & my scrotum...to the left and right of the center). Again, sorry for being so descriptive

Is this normal?
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Old 05-23-02, 04:21 AM
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Very normal. It will take awhile for the pain to stop but it will.
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Old 06-02-02, 09:20 AM
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Ok, my GF just got her bike yesterday. I haven't done much research on the bike she brought....but it was a last minute decision. She looked at several bikes and of course, being a woman, picked the most expensive one. Well she got the Bianchi Broadwalk. I'm not familiar with the components, but the LBS says that they are good quality.

F Derailleur is Shimano Nexave
R Derailleur is SRAM 7.0
Shift levers are SRAM 7.0 Shorty

Are SRAM good components?

BTW, her bike cost her $450.
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Old 06-02-02, 02:07 PM
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OH thats funny, I almost got the Bianchi Boardwalk for my girlfriend. It is a nice bike.
She ended up with the K2 Newport-which is also a great bike.

Cadd, I HATE the body geometry saddles. I had one on a S-works bike and I threw it away after one ride. It is NOT comfortable for me. It might be normal but it might be your butt is not compatible with that saddle.

If you don't normally ride a bike, there will be initial soreness because your body isn't used to having pressure put there. After that, there should be no soreness. Pain--you should never feel pain. Terry and Selle Italia make some really good saddles

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Cadd,

One of the guys I ride with let me borrow a Terry Liberator which I put 40 miles on today. When I got home I odered one. I had a little discomfort, but when I repositioned myself it would go away. Anytime I stopped and got back on it was like the saddle wasn't even there. I rode 55 miles last Monday on the BG saddle that came with my bike and the last 20 where pure toture. See if your LBS will let you try a few different saddles or someone you know.

Good luck...

If the saddle hurts that bad then it is time to.
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do you have the good old padded shorts?? that helps alot with the butt comfort.. but yea it took me a while to get use to the seat when i just started riding a couple months ago.
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I have several pairs of the shorts and they do help a lot. Finding the right seat is important as well, because we all have a little different butt you know.
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I'm completely addicted to riding...I rode on Sat., Sun & tonight after work. Oh boy oh boy...I don't know what I got myself into. They're all fairly short rides. On the weekend, we went 25 miles and tonight, my friend and I went 15 miles (slowly....avg speed was 10mph).

My butt is getting more used to the saddle. I don't want to spend more $$$ on the bike....I just got the computer and a little pak right under the seat (what's the correct name for it???)

Now, I need a tire gauge and an extra tube and a patch kit.

How much do these normally run? I have 700x26 tires (presta valve). The LBS told me the tire gauge will run $20....that seems a little high :confused:

I hope you guys are enjoying the ride as much as I am! And if you have time, try to take my quizzes here
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what do you need a gauge for? just pump up the tire (floor pump usually has a gauge) to feel firm.
A better thing to buy is a little schraeder to presta adaptor ($2) so you can use a gas station pump in an emergency-just keep it in your new pack.

700c or 27" tubes (same) fit. Presta is the skinny metal valve, schraeder is the fat, black valve (same as your car tire). They are not interchangable. they should run $3-$5 at a shop.
Patch kits should be free or really cheap-maybe the shop you got your bike will give you one for next to nothing.

Also, always use plastic tire irons. I'm surprised but people still sell metal ones--they will tear up your alloy rims.

Glad you're having fun!
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Actually, I have the Presta adaptor. But my problem is that I can't get an accurate tire pressure reading. The gas station pump (with the gauge) is inaccurate. My automobile schraeder gauge only goes up to 50psi. I know everyone keeps telling me how important it is to maintain the recommended pressure....but I can't check.

BTW, how much is one of those small pumps that you can attach to the frame? And how much are gloves? My hands got a little numb after a while today....I had to stop and shake them off.

RACERX, what are plastic/metal tire irons? Are they used to pop the tire out of the rim?
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If you have a Galyans in your area you can pick up a nice gauge for about $15. Check www.nashbar.com and www.performance.com you can find one there probably for about $12 but then you'll $4 or $5 shipping. It is not a really good idea to use gas station pumps because you could pop the tube or pop the tire of the rim. Get a good pump with a guage on it but make sure the gauge goes high enough. The tires on a Sirrus should be between 115 and 125psi and if you want the best ride keep it about in that range.

Have fun...
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bike stuff (surprize!) and they had Topeak Joe Blow
floor pumps for $10. Yeah I bought one, can't have too many
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Hi! To buy your first bike you should go to a bike store and look at a bike then make sure you have enough money for it and if you like it buy it. Then ride it and learn. Good luck.
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That was good advice but he bought it along time ago and he is riding the heck out of it.:confused:
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That was good advice but he bought it along time ago and he is riding the heck out of it.:confused:
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