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First bike-Bought a Specialized Allez Triple

Old 08-12-05, 06:29 AM
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First bike-Bought a Specialized Allez Triple

So far so good. The sora isn't wonderful, but I am OK with it. It just seems silly to upgrade the Soras now, or anytime soon. I only have about 25 miles into this thing, but it is handling very well. Shifting isn't always exact, or smooth but it has been good enough. I have lost my chain once on a hill, which is a little worrying, but only once. I am really actually quite happy with this thing so far. For a first road bike, it seems like it was more than worth the 499. Even more so given that I was riding 30-40 miles a day on a mountain bike (Hell, in case none of you knew). I sadly enough have RA training esentially for the next 2 weeks at school, so I will not be able to ride much.
I am probably going to be looking at upgrading the pedals to clipless, although probably in the spring when I will be using it more. I am also thinking of upgrading the tires. Any suggestions. I added the following when I bought it-
Cat Eye Mity 8
Under-seat bag
Tire levers
2 spare tubes
patch kit
pump
helmet
Bottle cage/bottle
Came out total to about 620. I might be forgetting something though.

I had such a difficult time finding a bike in my size in MN, but I finally found this one at Williamson bikes in Madison, WI. For comparison, I tried out the Giant OCR3 (I liked it a lot, but they wanted 650 at Budget bikes, and didn't seem to want to budge) Felt F90 (None in my size) Schwinn Fastback (Felt awful) and a couple others.
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Old 08-12-05, 06:36 AM
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Cnograts and welcome. I have about 150 miles on my Sora bike and haven't had any problems...Not sure what kind you could be having in the first 25...
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Old 08-12-05, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by af2nr
Cnograts and welcome. I have about 150 miles on my Sora bike and haven't had any problems...Not sure what kind you could be having in the first 25...
Not problems persay, just seems like the derailer needs some adjustement. It has slipped once or twice, doing that chunck-chunk thing, makes a little noise sometimes like it isn't completely in gear.
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Old 08-12-05, 06:49 AM
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They're going to make you do RA training for two weeks? So severe that you can't get bike rides in? Where are you planning to work, Animal House?

RA training was a day when I did it, and most of it was useless.
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It takes a while to get any new bike fine tuned. If you can, take it by the shop where you bought it for a free tune up. Otherwise find someone who knows how to tune it, or try it yourself. It's not that hard.

Enjoy the bike, and ride the heck out of it. Sora will last forever, and when you are ready, you can do what I did -- get an upgrade kit from Performancebike.com or Nashbar.com and upgrade the components yourself. I got my upgrade kit for about $300, and did the work myself. A LBS would probably do the work for you for not too much.
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Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
They're going to make you do RA training for two weeks? So severe that you can't get bike rides in? Where are you planning to work, Animal House?

RA training was a day when I did it, and most of it was useless.

RA training is useless, and it pretty much is from 9am to 9pm, hence I went riding this morning at 5:45!

Point of all this is, road bikes are phenomenal. I need to work back into shape, I am only averaging 15.1 mph.
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