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First Bike - Considering 2000 Specialized Allez w/ Upgrades

Old 05-07-20, 06:15 AM
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You got a good deal. That bike is well maintained. Nice.
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Old 05-07-20, 08:06 AM
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Nice score. Enjoy the ride. Start looking at youtube videos for basic maintenance.
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Old 05-11-20, 09:02 PM
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Thanks for all the advice! I'm pretty pleased with the purchase. Just finished putting my first hundred miles on the bike without any issues. Have purchased all of the safety and maintenance items that everyone has mentioned and I'll start looking at maintenance videos tonight.

Thanks again for the help and please let me know if anyone else has any tips for someone just getting into the sport.

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Old 05-11-20, 10:39 PM
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Everybody who's new to cycling always makes the same mistake, not shifting enough. Gears are your friends. If you're concerned about your knees, you want to make the bike go by using a light touch on the pedals, and turning them over quickly instead. Usual advice is to aim for a cadence of 90, if you're a runner that shouldn't be hard.

Do you know how to deal with a flat tire? If not, you'll do yourself a big favor practicing at home so you're not doing it the first time in crappy weather when you're late for something.

You need bottle cages and water bottles. You can get cheap cages. Red ones to match the frame.

Strava is real popular. The mileage tracking feature is useful long term for staying on top of maintenance.
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Old 05-12-20, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for all the advice! I'm pretty pleased with the purchase. Just finished putting my first hundred miles on the bike without any issues. Have purchased all of the safety and maintenance items that everyone has mentioned and I'll start looking at maintenance videos tonight.
1/ As SF said, high cadence. Your pedaling should be light and easy, and not be using a lot of muscular force.

2/ Carry a spare tube, tire levers and a pump with you on every ride (even if you us CO2).

3/ Pump your tires every 2-3 days (I do so before every ride)

4/ Get a good pair of padded shorts

5/ If you get hooked into the sport, get a proper bike fit done. Even if you think you are doing ok on the bike, you will be amazed by what a difference a fit will make. I got my first fit after 2 years of riding a road bike without any issues and whoa...

Have fun and NEVER wave to people on hybrids and MTBers - at most, the slightest of nods, Pai Mei style, to other roadies And when you overtake other people, make sure you do it as nonchalantly as possible, even if you are dying inside.
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Old 05-12-20, 06:37 PM
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Thanks for all of the help everyone! Got the bike! The seller was a bike mechanic and walked me though the updates and how to operate the bike. Got it for $300, which I thought was a fair price since I didn't think I'd needed to take it in for repairs. Please let me know what you think!

Don't lay the bike down on that side! You risk bending the rear derailleur hanger and getting chain grease/dirt all over everything.
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