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Just got my first "real" roadie!

Old 08-10-05, 10:59 AM
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Just got my first "real" roadie!

Hello everyone!

A couple years ago, I purchased a used early 1980's model Schwinn 4130 steel road bike for $20. I was looking for a cheap road bike that I could use for excersize. I was a mountain-biker at the time, but it wasn't practical to drive up to the hills every day just for excersize, and I didn't want to ride my mountain bike on the road.

The daily excersize on my vintage Schwinn slowly turned into an appreciation for road cycling. I ended up logging a little over 2500 miles on that bike. Eventually, I grew to enjoy it so much that about a year ago I started toying with the idea of getting a new, much nicer road bike. I visited my LBS's getting a feel for what modern road bikes were like, trying to figure out how much I wanted to spend. At the time, I didn't have much to spend, so I decided to save my money up for a while.

Now, a year and $2000-in-savings later, I finally bought my first "real" road bike! Last Friday, I picked up a 2005 Giant OCR Composite Limited from my LBS (SpinCity in Roseville). It has a carbon fiber frame with mostly Ultegra 10-speed components. I've put about 100 miles on it in the last 5 days, and I'm absolutely loving it!

In live in Rocklin, California (northern Cal, suburb of Sacramento area), which is a great area for riding. Lots of hills, and cool scenery. I just found out from a local roadie that one of the hills I ride every morning is a 14% grade for nearly a mile! I try to ride about 20-miles a day. I can honestly say that I now have a true passion for road cycling!

After a couple months of getting my "engine" tuned up, I'd like to start looking into entry level racing and charity rides (a century ride sounds awesome.)

Anyway, I just wanted to say "Hi" to you all, and share my excitement!

Here's the specs on my bike. Do you guys see anything I should think about upgrading?

size XL
color Composite/Yellow
frame fomulaOne Composite, Compact Road Design
fork fomulaOne Composite, 1 1/8" w/Alloy steerer
shifters Shimano Ultegra STI, 10 speed
front derailleur Shimano Ultegra Triple
rear derailleur Shimano Ultegra Long cage
brakes Tektro 521 AG Long Reach
brake levers Shimano Ultegra
cassette Ultegra 10 speed 12/25T
chain Shimano Ultegra 10
cranks TruVativ Elita Triple, 30/39/52T
BB TruVative ISIS
rims Xero - XSR-3
hubs Xero XSR-3
spokes Xero XSR-3
tires Michelin Dynamic 700x25c
handlebar 6061 Aluminum
stem Easton EA50
headset FSA Orbit ACB, 1 1/8"
seatpost Giant Composite w/ micro adjust, 27.2
saddle OCR - Selle Royal Viper
pedals Wellgo SPD-SL (originally Shimano PD-M505)

Here's pics of the old and new bikes:
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Old 08-10-05, 11:11 AM
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Very nice ride!!! I'd ride it until you find something you want to upgrade. The wheels are usually a good place to start, as that will affect the ride of the bike more than just about any other parts. Enjoy the ride though!!!!
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Nice bike! It's spec'd pretty nicely. One thing you might want to consider upgrading is the brake calipers to ultegra 6600. I have tektros on my bike, and they're adequate to say the least, I'm just waiting until I get some more money to upgrade those. But if you're happy with the brakes, then roll with them.
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I'd guess that upgrades will become aparent to you. Meaning, ride it until something strikes you as needing an upgrade. Personally, I'd have to ride that bike a very long time before I felt the need for an upgrade of anything . . .

BTW, I like the side-by-side comparison shot you have with the giant and the schwinn. It was a nice touch.
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very nice, sharp bike

congrats
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My Cannondale came with that same seat. It was OK for 20 mile rides, but became quite painful on any longer rides. That is the only thing I would change. Nice bike.
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I just got my first 'real' roadie yesterday! I got an '01 trek 5200 for $550. (!) Most of the Shimano 600 gear is in need of replacement, and so are the wheels, but it's so light. It's amazing. I can't wait to get off work and hit the pavement.
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Nice bike. How about a couple of CF bottle cages. When you wear out the 25c tires, get the 23c.
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You must feel like you're free and flying on the OCR as opposed to hauling the ol' Schwinn.
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Originally Posted by SaddleBags
Nice bike. How about a couple of CF bottle cages. When you wear out the 25c tires, get the 23c.
I use a camelback, but I might spring for a CF bottle cage so I can take gatorade on longer rides. What's the advantage of 23c tires over 25c? Are they just thinner?


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BTW, I like the side-by-side comparison shot you have with the giant and the schwinn. It was a nice touch.
Thanks... it's like night and day, isn't it? =)


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You must feel like you're free and flying on the OCR as opposed to hauling the ol' Schwinn.
Totally, this new bike is so much lighter, smoother, and just makes me feel more powerful. I'm loving it! However, I almost feel like I have a lot more "bike" than "rider", if you get my drift.
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Originally Posted by Ben Cousins
Nice to see a race-designed bike going to be raced.

Yeah, I wouldn't have bought a bike this expensive and high-end without the intention of racing it at some point. I'm told there aren't many races left in my area this season, so I might have to wait until next season. I'm looking forward to it, but I have A LOT to learn.
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Very Sweet Bike (as I am wiping the saliva from my mouth), enjoy the heck out of it.
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Originally Posted by jeffsw
I use a camelback, but I might spring for a CF bottle cage so I can take gatorade on longer rides.
If you're looking at longer rides and centuries, those 40oz of liquid strapped to your back may get a little heavy down the road.

Originally Posted by jeffsw
What's the advantage of 23c tires over 25c? Are they just thinner?.
https://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-37883

Again, nice bike - I'm looking at picking up a used TCR ONCE frame that has the same color scheme.
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Beautiful Bike!! I have the same frame with slightly different components. I love it and I am sure you will too. If you are looking to race it, I would do a couple of things. Get aclimated to it and then flip flop your stem. (free), upgrade the brakes--this made a huge difference in stopping power for me (you will need to get the "ultegra level" long reach BR-R600, you can't get straight Ultegra b/c Shimano doesn't make them in Long) and then get some new wheels (expensive). That was the one thing thta made a HUGE difference on my OCR COMP. The XSR 3's are okay, but kinda heavy and not very aero. I picked up a pair of Velomax (now Easton) Circuits put some Michelin Carbon 23's on there for training and the bike just flies now. Very noticeable difference, I picked up time on hills, decents, and the bike is a lot better handling through turns. Give us some updates as you ride it! Congrats!

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