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how many bikes before you found the perfect one?

Old 03-05-07, 10:03 PM
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Let me tell you... doing a 200k brevet on my backup bike, I definitely was longing for my primary bike during the last 40 or so miles. Not because of any performance difference (primary: Cervelo R3; backup: Specialized Allez Sport, overkill for a backup bike) but because my primary bike is a far more comfortable ride. (Not that I wouldn't have liked a roughly 7% increase in climbing speed.) That said, it was still a great day. Any day with a long ride is a great day.
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Old 03-05-07, 10:49 PM
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For all the comments about never finding the perfect bike, while that's true, it's not a linear progression. The truth is that your first bike is a shot in the dark, unless you got a proper fitting, which most people don't realize the importance of until they have already purchased an ill-fitting bike. But the second bike--you can get awfully close to perfect on that second bike if you learn from your mistakes on the first one and get a proper fitting. There is a big jump from first to second, but after that it is just marginal improvements (in my experience anyway), unless of course you start buying bikes for more specialized purposes--for instance, your first time-trial bike is a lot better than your second road bike when time-trialing.
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