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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

First Road Bike on the Way!

Old 07-29-05, 08:24 PM
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Well, went to my LBS today and picked up an 06' Specialized Allez. I test rode the Allez sport as well, the Tiagra shifters were nice, but the sora thumb shifter wasn't drastically worse or anything. The bike fit well and seemed to ride very nice(not that I would have anything to compare it to). I'm picking it up Thursday afternoon and am exicted to get it on the road; I'm sure it'll be a good first bike for a few years.

Here's a link to it:Allez Triple

Are there any short/long-term upgrades I should think about?

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Old 07-29-05, 08:37 PM
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Congrats. Don't upgrade too much on Allez. Just ride it alot.
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maybe some clipless pedals... outside of that, if this is your first road bike the components on it will be perfectly fine for you. Work on the engine first, then upgrade the bike
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Congrats. You getting it in red?

I have an '05, upgrades/accesories:

Got a sweet deal on a new Ultegra crankset, so I bought it
SPD-SL pedals
Vetta V100A computer (wanted the altimeter, love the computer)
Good lights (I ride at night a lot)
Michelin Eurilium tires...I was constantly flatting the Mondos

I have 999 miles on it as of tonight. Rides sweet, I doubt I will change anything else until I drop the weight I want and enter into negotiations for a Tarmac.
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RIPPED calves & quads are always good upgrades.


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Old 07-30-05, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by twahl
Congrats. You getting it in red?
Yup, didn't see what it will look like until I came home and checked it out online. The one they showed me was an '05, but when they went to order it for me they found out they could only get an '06. They split the difference in cost with me(wasn't that much, but I took it). I like the matte black finish on the 04' Allez(I think it's the '04), but I'm happy with the red.

5 more days til I pick it up! Wooooo!
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Old 07-30-05, 04:15 PM
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i second the pedal upgrade idea...
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Maybe the saddle? But, not after riding for a few weeks to break it in.

Also, see if the bike shop will do a fitting to get you dialed in properly so you're comfortable out the door.
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