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I decided to go the BD route.

Old 08-29-14, 12:37 PM
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I decided to go the BD route.

Why? Well, although I saw and tried to purchase a few nice road bikes from Craiglist either I wouldn't get a reply from the seller, even though his/her ad still is posted. Most frames are way too big for average height. Getting out to see a bike is difficult for me due to my work schedule. And then there's the too good to be true ads. so I just gave up on CL.
So I got to thinking that I just deserve to get a new bike. The last time I bought a new bike was back in 97'.
So I sold a old nishiki that was too small for me and restored a friends old three speed. Okay now I got 400 bucks in my pocket. Off to the LBS!

Well that didn't pan out. The only thing I could afford was hybrids and fixie single speeds. Even the used bikes they had were out of my range!
Now I always rooted for the LBS folks. But the price of a good road bike....all bikes actually have sky rocketed.
I read mostly good things about Bikes direct here on the forum so I ordered a Dawes and I'm patiently waiting for its delivery sometime today. I expect the wheeels will need to be Trued and the gears will need to be adjusted. The wheels I know I can do myself but I'll need to read up ont the break/shift levers for I never had them before. So exciting!
I have a nice old centurion to compare it to and I will give a honest review on the Dawes Lightning after awhile. I'm already shopping for a Shimano Claris front derailleur to match the rear. Or maybe I just pickup a rear Tourney to match the front and shift break levers.
Oh yeah. The folks at BD were very helpful at choosing the correct size...for what it's worth. Stay tuned.
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Old 08-29-14, 12:49 PM
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Sounds like you are in the sweet spot for BD...not afraid to do some of the wrenching yourself to get it tuned perfectly. Hope you enjoy the bike.
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Originally Posted by Cyclosaurus View Post
Sounds like you are in the sweet spot for BD...not afraid to do some of the wrenching yourself to get it tuned perfectly. Hope you enjoy the bike.
We shall see...
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Old 08-29-14, 02:59 PM
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OMG, what are you thinking? BD bikes turn into dust when exposed to sunlight!!



Have a bike from BD. Planning to pick up another soon.
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Ships with a coffin.
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*eagerly awaits the report*
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Old 08-30-14, 02:43 AM
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The Dawes arrived via ups a half hour after I left for work. I got off at eleven thirty and took about a hour to unbox and assemble it. Unwrapping the foam and paper took up most of the time. It's absolutely georgous. Here's a link to BD so you can see it. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...000-gry-21.jpg
But in real life it's a much darker grey. Very dark and I'm very pleases. And it seems to fit me just fine. I'm hitting the sack now. Too sleepy to fine tune it now. I'm just gonna sit here and admire it for awhile
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Good deal. I bought my MTB through BD some years back . Full set of SRAM X7 when that was 3x9 gearing. It was well adjusted right out of the box and still works well. No complaints, hope you enjoy yours.
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Awesome bike! Minor adjustments on the gears and breaks. Would like some skinnier tires in the future. But those shift/break levers.....What a marvelous invention!
Guy walking down the street sees me riding..."nice bike" he says.
I'll pick up a new cable lock Monday at my LBS along with a new pump and a new cage. High profit items, thank you Mr LBS.
anyway I'm very happy with the bike so far and the service from bikedirect.com. The only downside is I misplaced my multi tool during the assembly.
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Motobecane Fantom 29"

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Good deal. I bought my MTB through BD some years back . Full set of SRAM X7 when that was 3x9 gearing. It was well adjusted right out of the box and still works well. No complaints, hope you enjoy yours.
Motobecane 29" fantom, $ 423.oo w/ tax, Ordered on Wed night, order processed, dleivered Friday 4:00 pm to South Florida.
spent 7 hrs. assembling it. Greased w/ 5th wheel grease : both axles, adjusted bearings for play , grease pedals, spent over 1 hr. grinding down 15 mm wrench to make it thin (after R + D with 9/16 "), drilled hole for schraders (original came with presta), installed armadillos and thick "Made in India" tubes, got rotaion wrong on disc and tire, installed rear deraieuller - 1 hr. by the time i figured out how it works, deflated and reflated tires 3 times, installed handlebar - the positioning marking is very helpful, installed seat, susp fork works perfect, still need to put lights, etc, ride and adjust shifting,
need to get adjustable position handlebar.
Seem good so far.
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Motobecane 29" fantom, $ 423.oo w/ tax, Ordered on Wed night, order processed, dleivered Friday 4:00 pm to South Florida.
spent 7 hrs. assembling it. Greased w/ 5th wheel grease : both axles, adjusted bearings for play , grease pedals, spent over 1 hr. grinding down 15 mm wrench to make it thin (after R + D with 9/16 "), drilled hole for schraders (original came with presta), installed armadillos and thick "Made in India" tubes, got rotaion wrong on disc and tire, installed rear deraieuller - 1 hr. by the time i figured out how it works, deflated and reflated tires 3 times, installed handlebar - the positioning marking is very helpful, installed seat, susp fork works perfect, still need to put lights, etc, ride and adjust shifting,
need to get adjustable position handlebar.
Seem good so far.
Wow...busy guy arnt you.
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We have a LBS here that will assemble and tune a bike purchased off the internet for $50. He will even let you ship it directly to his shop, so no worrying about being home when it arrives. He's a small shop, and does very good work. My next new bike will probably come from BD and go directly to him.
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We have a LBS here that will assemble and tune a bike purchased off the internet for $50. He will even let you ship it directly to his shop, so no worrying about being home when it arrives. He's a small shop, and does very good work. My next new bike will probably come from BD and go directly to him.
That a pretty good deal. Espicially if you don't own a stand. Does that include even trueing the wheels?
And speaking of trueing the wheels I got a good look at the dawes tires while trueing mine I decided I'm definitely gonna donate them to my bicycle kitchen pile. Their pretty thin and seem to be out of round. Can't get that bead to set like its should on the rear. Really a cheap tire.
My wife is so cute. She just told me " don't forget to put on your reflectors!" Ha ha ha...so sweet.
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That a pretty good deal. Espicially if you don't own a stand. Does that include even trueing the wheels?
And speaking of trueing the wheels I got a good look at the dawes tires while trueing mine I decided I'm definitely gonna donate them to my bicycle kitchen pile. Their pretty thin and seem to be out of round. Can't get that bead to set like its should on the rear. Really a cheap tire.
My wife is so cute. She just told me " don't forget to put on your reflectors!" Ha ha ha...so sweet.
Yep, he does a full tune including truing the wheels and putting Slime in the tires (customer's option). He spun off from one of the big shops in town about a year ago, and is aggressively pursing business. He will work on anything that rolls in the door, an encourages customers with bikes bought online to come in. Zero snobbery,....very friendly shop.

Yeah....Mz Friz does the same sort of thing...."don't forget sunscreen" LOL
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That is one sweet little ride. Beside a great road bike would be good for rails to trails gravel burner too
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