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Who's Completely Happy with Their Bike

Old 10-03-16, 01:48 PM
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If I get attached to a bike, I keep if for the long haul. I still have my GT Karakoram from 1992. I never ride it anymore as it is too small for me now but I can't get rid of it. My 9 yr old will ride that when he out grows his bike. I have a newish Giant mtb. It's ok. Not a longer term keeper.
My road bike is a Colnago CLX. I bought every part individually and love it. I do not see changing anything on it.
Campy Athena Full Groupset. Campy Scirocco wheels. Vittoria Rubino Pro tires, Pro Logo saddle. Ritchey WCS bars. Colgano headset and post. Fizik tape, shimano spd pedals and a white Giant stem. I had to change out my stem size when I was healing from an injury and I just bought the only white one my lbs had in stock. I will put the Ritchey one back on soon. I thought about upgrading the wheels when I first got the bike but honestly, I love the bike and won't change anything.
I am building a new Kona steel bike to take with me as I travel during the week. I don't want to ding up the Colnago. The Kona will be cool but the Colnago is going to be with me until I no longer ride, it gets stolen or wrecked. What can I say. When I get attached to bikes or cars I tend to keep them until the no longer run.
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I am completely happy with my Orbea Orca 2012, Campy Chorus, Boyd tubular carbon wheels.
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Old 10-03-16, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Shuffleman View Post
I am building a new Kona steel bike to take with me as I travel during the week. I don't want to ding up the Colnago. The Kona will be cool but the Colnago is going to be with me until I no longer ride, it gets stolen or wrecked. What can I say. When I get attached to bikes or cars I tend to keep them until the no longer run.
That's how I justify my other bikes. My Workswell is for riding ... not for errands, not for bad weather which will eat up the drive train, not for questionable roads ... not even for group rides where we would be stopping for breakfast and locking up outside in an entirely secure location. It is just for going out to ride, riding, and bringing home.

I have an old steel bike for comfort ... bars a little higher .... great fun to ride. I have a commuter roadbike .... can carry panniers if I want, good enough for group rides, cheap enough that if someone knocked it over I wouldn't get too upset, and still rides well enough that if it was my only bike, (and for a while it was,) I wouldn't feel like I was lacking.

The touring bike is for touring ... or actually, for getting groceries, lately. Front and rear racks and all that.

The Workswell wouldn't be appreciably better with 12 versus 11 cogs. Di2 might be an improvement, but it shifts almost intuitively already. It isn't as light as some bikes, but I am 50 lbs overweight and it is light enough that I can feel the difference on hills compared to my other bikes.

I understand the thrill of the hunt ... in fact, I addressed it in my last overly long post. I just don't see it as part of "Cycling" proper. it is indeed the Thrill of the Hunt---whether shopping for camera gear, bike gear, a new car, a new home, new tools, or just wandering through the hardware store and imagining new things I could build badly.

I have had to think about this some ... age and budget and varied interests and common sense have to be weighed against the thrill of the hunt (no amount of bike and camera gear will make me feel better if I need health care I cannot afford, or if my retirement income is not sufficient.) So, I have had to shut down the "Thrill of the Hunt" as it pertains to cycling.

This has not reduced the joy I find in cycling ... in fact right now I am disappointed because I have too much to do to get out on my bike ... my old, familiar, have-it-for-the-rest-of-my-life bike. Riding bikes came before buying bikes, before buying parts, before reading about upgrades .... the pure joy of riding a bicycle is where all this started and what it all rests on.

I am sure most of us had only one bicycle for most of our lives until we became irresponsible adults with enough cash to squander on a garage-full, with all the latest gear. And I am sure for most of us ... the Joy of Cycling is still what makes us ride.

The Joy of Shopping (or, for those who need a more masculine image, "The inborn and natural survival-based drive to hunt for to provide sustenance for the tribe" (which is pretty abstract when you hear a bunch of guys shopping for their second or third pair of cycling shoes)) is a different drive.

As I see things. Others' points of view may be wron ... ummm... may vary.

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Old 10-03-16, 04:48 PM
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I'm perfectly happy with my 43 year old Motobecane Grand Jubilee , 15 year old Colnago Dream , and recently acquired 2014 Defy 1 to which I immediately added a Brooks Cambium C15, 28mm tires, and eggbeaters so I can cross cruise highways and the gravel/logging roads . My constant work in progress is the 2015 Minnesota 3.0 fat-bike (which I rode in the Seattle-to-Portland pretending it was a road bike for 205 miles ).
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I'm very happy with my 2015 Felt Z85.
It's not the lightest bike - about 19-21 lbs. But I wanted a bike that feels a bit more stable on down hills, and this bike feels great.
The 105 is so dialed in - shifting is amazing.
The bike is all stock except for the seat. I really don't want to change anything.

...but that's not to say that I wouldn't want another bike. I like variety.
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Old 10-03-16, 04:52 PM
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I'm perfectly happy with my 43 year old Motobecane Grand Jubilee
Wait - has BikesDirect been around that long?
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Old 10-03-16, 04:53 PM
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I'm very happy, for now. CAAD10/Ultegra 6800/Cdale Si Crank with SRM/Williams 31 Wheels wearing 25mm GP4000's/3T Stem & Ergonova Bars/SMP Dynamic Seat on a Zipp service course post.

Funny thing is I picked up the frame cheap. Was just going to be a stand in. Something to hang components on till I found the right size & color SuperSix. Then I got distracted by a Tarmac for a while. Now I'm not sure I would trade it for either. Excellent ride and fit.
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I have a stock Diamondback Haanjo Comp. Fits like a glove and leaves me wanting for nothing. I plan to ride it forever.
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Wait - has BikesDirect been around that long?
I got in on the ground level
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I have a stock Diamondback Haanjo Comp. Fits like a glove and leaves me wanting for nothing. I plan to ride it forever.
I picked one up two days ago from REI for - wait for it - $550. I really like it so far, too - it seems like it'll do a little bit of everything fairly well, but I don't see it completely replacing my road bike.
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Old 10-03-16, 05:16 PM
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My first Fuji, a 2009 Team RC was absolutely perfect. I put SRAM Red group on it and SRAM S60 wheels. Couldn't have asked for a better bike. We'll, should say, I shouldn't have asked. I love the Altamira, it's close but the Team was perfect.
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I'm pretty happy with my Tarmac. Nothing I would change other than bartape.
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I was perfectly happy with both of my new Merckx Sallanches - and then I changed out the stem, seat, shifters, derailures, wheels and tires. I am again happy with my Sallanches so I bought a San Remo.
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It's a total hodgepodge of parts but I love it as-is.

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Completely happy with my '99 Trek 5200. Bought it new, never saw anything that looked like an upgrade.
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I'm very happy with my bikes.
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Actually the bike I've been riding for the last two years is my dream bike. I purchased it as a retirement gift to myself so I pulled out all the stops. Pinarello Dogma F8 with DA Di2, Zipp 303's, Selle SMP Carbon Rail Saddle and 3T Aeronova handlebars. Added a Stages PM and a Garmin 820 so I am good to go.
I still enjoy my TCR but I must say other than on the trainer it hasn't gotten many miles since the Doggie arrived.
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I currently have 4 bicycles. A Trek that fits so well.... it feels as comfortable as an easy chair. Pretty much stock... with my own saddle selection. It's my daily rider.

I have a vintage Trek as well... I don't ride it often but can't imagine parting with it. I enjoy my Cannondale R500 as well. It's fast, light, and climbs well. My Fuji is my rain bike.

I like all my bikes! And other than consumables I can't imagine changing anything.

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Do people really think they're going to be riding one bike for the rest of their lives? Unless you're in your 70s, I think that's wishful thinking. Plus getting new bikes is one of the great joys of cycling, why deprive yourself?
I am retired and... not young. I regularly look at the new bikes.... and I don't believe I can put off getting a disc braked road bike too much longer. You're right! Why would I deprive myself?
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Old 10-03-16, 09:27 PM
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as others have noted - when a bike gets just right, it stays with me...
I finally gave awy my '74 Fuji Ace to a C/V forum member a couple yrs back.
I still have/ride my '76 Pepi Limongi custom (ultra 7 spd)
Still have my '80 Colnago Super with NR and my '84 Colnago Master with C Rec.
They get ridden not as much as I should because of the newer bikes...

I ride my '99 Marin Treviso (Nemo steel) 3 wkdays, which was 9 spd Ultegra until this summer - now 10.

Luv my '09 Tarmac Expert and it's almost all stock except for the main wheelset - HED Ardennes (Ultegra wheels were great and now are on the Treviso).
I do have a embarressment of riches in wheelsets, and some other stuff.

The Tarmac will take me to the grave (unless it gives up the ghost before I do...), so just part replacement when needs, tahrs, chains, cassettes (of which I have plenty...) and bartape.
I ride the old bikes just because the 'ride' feel brings back great memories. Sadly most of those memories were made on the East Coast, so I really have to dredge up a lot of imagery...

So the active formula for me, starting this past August is to 'N-1', especially when it comes to parts/wheelsets on hand.

...anyone looking for a great set of Suntour Superbe Pro 126 hubs, Trois Etoile laced to Super Champ Record du Monde Tubular rims, 32x ???? LOL....

I was happy with all of them, for a time...
everything can now go, except the Tarmac...
will there be 'better' bikes? I guess, but will they be completely 'forgotten' when I'm aboard and riding?
it took 43 yrs of riding to get to the Tarmac, think I'll hang onto it, as it is, for a bunch more years

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I am completely happy with this bike:


It's my grail bike. From the time I acquired it in 1996, this is what I had imagined it becoming one day. It took a little longer than I had anticipated, but it was well worth the wait. It's been built for quite a while now, but it is finally "done".

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I'm not. I bought my bike thinking it would be my bike for the next five plus years, but it's too heavy. I want the lighter version. And I want Di2. And I want carbon wheels, two pairs, one for training and racing.

But I'm pretty sure if I got such a bike, I'd want a different one the next year. My lusts are fickle.
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I am totally satisfied....

I love (yes, strong word) my Bianchi Infinito CV. This is my first campy equipped bike. The ergonomics, and shifting are perfect.
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I am completely happy with this bike:


It's my grail bike. From the time I acquired it in 1996, this is what I had imagined it becoming one day. It took a little longer than I had anticipated, but it was well worth the wait. It's been built for quite a while now, but it is finally "done".
Beautiful. I wouldn't change a thing.
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Most of these threads are on people who are trying to improve an existing bike or buy a new bike.

But who is perfectly happy with their bike? Who is *not* looking to make any changes to their existing build and just ride it. What is the build?

I'll say with the addition of the compact 38cm bars my Breezer Venturi is now as good as it gets for a steel racing geometry bike (see http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...ike-850-a.html for build details). The tingling hand stuff I had was due to an unlevel saddle.

I don't intend to change it for a long time. Anyone else in that boat?
My commuter: Cannondale CAADX 105. perfect knoby tyres, perfect fit, 25 lbs, perfect fit, 3k miles in i have not wanted to add anything to the bike.
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I did give a Fuji to my former personal trainer - it was a low end road bike I bought with the intention of sticking it on the trainer and leaving it there. young guy still in college, money is tight for him and I never put it on the trainer anyway.
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