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Old 03-25-16, 12:30 AM
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I'm an older guy, and retired too, 57. Basically never take my bikes to a shop, I'm a DIY guy. I've been riding since I was 5 and have never stopped. Rides on my own, up to 100 miles when I was 14 on a Schwinn Varsity, rode without maps, or gps, wow! Commuted to work for 10 years on a Nishiki International Touring bike, and then 20 years on a Trek 850 SHX. I've done thousands of miles of Mountain bike riding in forested settings on the Trek (new when I started), and now I'm back to road riding. I have a beginner road bike - Scatante with 105, and Tiagra (ugh) components. Riding on a $18 bare carbon saddle at 110g just as good or better than my former padded saddle (it's all about fit). I am preparing to build a sub 15 pound bike for under $3400 with Di2, maybe Dura Ace and a WBC-R-066 Frameset. I love the idea of not having to mess around with uncertainty in shifting afforded by the Di2.

My riding is about 100 miles per week or 161 Km for you wonderful metric folks. I ride solo (that might change). My Heart rate range is 42 to 170 or so (gimme a break) pretty good for an old guy. Once I put together my new bike, it will be the first time I've had more than two bikes in my stable. I'm really looking forward to climbing a little more easily with a light bike and having a customized, unique look. I use Mapmyride right now where for the course competitions I'm a big fish in a small pond. I'm sure that would change if I moved over to Strava. The young dudes should be able to keep ahead of me, maybe. Oh Yeh, I make lots of beer too, so I always have some good nutrients when I roll back home . . . . German Pils, American Pale Ale, IPA, English Mild, Ordinary Bitter, Dry Stout, even Belgian Biers, Barleywine and Dopplebock. Lots of great riding routes where I'm located.
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Hello and welcome to the forums.

The di2 set will eat up a significant amount of that budget. What wheels are you thinking about? The wheels are just as important as the frameset for a climber and will cost a bit too (800 USD for Fulcrum racing zero's).

I'm not sure about those frames. They seem to not have a bad reputation... Looking at the price of one, I think it would be worth a go. It would be cool if I could put one through the ringer for a few weeks.

I don't drink any more but used to be a huge beer fan. If you can get your hands on some Walkabout brewery Jabberwocky Ale, do it! That stuff was downright amazing.
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Welcome to Bike Forums young man. Stop by the 50+ forum say hello to the other old timers. I hang out there. I'm 71 and there are many others on here older than me.
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Yes the Dura Ace Di2 is a huge portion of the budget $1992. The difference between Dura Ace and Ultegra is 264g (9.3oz.)and $834 - ouch. I have everything in a spreadsheet. The advertised weights of various other parts are normally on the low side. So I have to compensate for that.
For wheels I'm looking at Free shipping 24mm front,38mm rear tubular carbon bicycle road wheelset - Carbon Wheels & Wheelset | Carbon Bicycle Wheels - Carbonspeedcycle.com
or Free shipping SAT Only 1320g Ultra light 38mm clincher carbon bicycle wheelset - Carbon Wheels & Wheelset | Carbon Bicycle Wheels - Carbonspeedcycle.com
And these Wheels might be too fragile at $400 and only 1220g Free shipping 23mm width Ultra light 38mm tubular carbon bicycle wheelset - Carbon Wheels & Wheelset | Carbon Bicycle Wheels - Carbonspeedcycle.com
Dang, I just remembered I didn't factor in the weight of rim strips or brake pads. Jeeze, I really need to talk to a friend of mine who put together a bike under 13 pounds - I just don't understand how a person can get the parts to do that - his frame is a little smaller though.

The only thing I'm concerned about considering the frame is fit. Those frames have been proven quality product by other riders. But . . . I might opt for the newer WCB-R-085 endurance? frame although it might be a tad heavier, I think, but still quite light. WCB-R-085-workswellbikes
Still aiming for under 15 Lbs (6.8 Kilos). Present bike is 20.9 lbs 9.48 Kilos. All my calculations & measurements include bottle cages, bike computer, pedals - w/o saddle bag & water bottles.
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Hmmm. Maybe there is hope for me yet, So long as I keep pedaling - hard. I should set a goal for being the strongest 70 plus rider in Thurston County.
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I think going with a carbon frame will yield the firmest bike for climbing. But you may want to back off of the DA Di2 for the Ultegra so that you can afford some higher grade wheels, which will make just as much difference as the frame when it comes to up-hill. As for a little extra weight, it won't matter as much as good stiff frame and wheels. My Giant is 6.4kG with good ole' regular DA group and Fulcrum Racing Zero's which are known for being great climbers.
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Hmmm. Maybe there is hope for me yet, So long as I keep pedaling - hard. I should set a goal for being the strongest 70 plus rider in Thurston County.
Thurston County?? I went to high school in Olympia.
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