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Old 10-18-07, 02:54 PM
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so i just came across this forum while wasting some time in the labs at good ole sdsu. i spent the last few years riding motocross but i wanted to change it up and get into cycling. i spent my summer mountain biking on a lower end bike, and now i want to try out the road. i went on a 25 mile ride on a friends old steel bianchi and it was a complete blast. there were about 8 of us and it was a ton of fun ridign in a big pack. since i'm new to it i imagine i'll be on here a lot looking for advice and other funny comments to mix things up. right now i've been looking at gettin a giant tcr a1 on a pretty good deal from my lbs, which is helpful because college is somewhat expensive, but thats no reason not to buy a bike. any giant riders out there that have some tips or insight would be much appreciated. just wanted to drop in and say hi.
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Old 10-18-07, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by smitty22 View Post
so i just came across this forum while wasting some time in the labs at good ole sdsu. i spent the last few years riding motocross but i wanted to change it up and get into cycling. i spent my summer mountain biking on a lower end bike, and now i want to try out the road. i went on a 25 mile ride on a friends old steel bianchi and it was a complete blast. there were about 8 of us and it was a ton of fun ridign in a big pack. since i'm new to it i imagine i'll be on here a lot looking for advice and other funny comments to mix things up. right now i've been looking at gettin a giant tcr a1 on a pretty good deal from my lbs, which is helpful because college is somewhat expensive, but thats no reason not to buy a bike. any giant riders out there that have some tips or insight would be much appreciated. just wanted to drop in and say hi.
cheers
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Welcome to Road biking. I do both MTB and road biking. While I say welcome, I also pity your bank account .
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Old 10-18-07, 06:29 PM
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I see you're a big fan of teh suck.
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Old 10-18-07, 06:33 PM
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smitty are you matt? or you just got the same name as a guy i know down there?
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Old 10-18-07, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by koine2002 View Post
Welcome to Road biking. I do both MTB and road biking. While I say welcome, I also pity your bank account .
As a fellow college student who also does mountain and road....

Its worth it though... I think
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Buy the Giant

I have a Giant TCR C1. Great performing bike. Not as great as the S-Works Roubaix I just ordered. Should receive it next week. I'll still always have a soft spot in my heart for my first "real" bike!
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Originally Posted by smitty22 View Post
so i just came across this forum while wasting some time in the labs at good ole sdsu. i spent the last few years riding motocross but i wanted to change it up and get into cycling. i spent my summer mountain biking on a lower end bike, and now i want to try out the road. i went on a 25 mile ride on a friends old steel bianchi and it was a complete blast. there were about 8 of us and it was a ton of fun ridign in a big pack. since i'm new to it i imagine i'll be on here a lot looking for advice and other funny comments to mix things up. right now i've been looking at gettin a giant tcr a1 on a pretty good deal from my lbs, which is helpful because college is somewhat expensive, but thats no reason not to buy a bike. any giant riders out there that have some tips or insight would be much appreciated. just wanted to drop in and say hi.
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Old 10-19-07, 10:56 AM
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Old 10-19-07, 10:57 AM
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yea don't worry, my grammar is fine. good burn though. the day i worry about typing and punctuation on a message board will never come. i appreciate the link. (this would be a good opportunity for something like "send that link to your mom" or any other mom joke would be cool)
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smitty are you matt? or you just got the same name as a guy i know down there?
i am matt. then again, my name isn't the most unique. where would i know you from?
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i am matt. then again, my name isn't the most unique. where would i know you from?
I know two Matt Smiths... But one is from Twickenham and the other from Cardiff. Lets guess you're not either.
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Giant??? The last newbie had a Saeco C'dale with Campy Record. You suck. And welcome to BF.
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well thanks. i'm neither of those two matt smiths by the way. and i don't have a giant yet, so therefore i don't suck yet. cheers. i'm goin out drinking.
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I think the TCR A1 is a great bike, but it seemed a little on the heavy side.
What's your budget?

I'm also a college student (sophomore) who rides road and mountain (as of yesterday). My road bike's worth a lot more than my mtb, but I've enjoyed my taste of both.
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Been riding a Giant OCR 2 for 2 years

2 years ago I sold my Concept 2 rower and got a good entry level roadbike with the proceeds. I bought an inexpensive bike to test how much I like the sport and how committed I'd be. I am a full fledged roadie now. Dropped 15 lbs. and am pretty much obsessed. The Giant OCR 2 is an alum frame bike. It is responsive but obviously heavier than a CF bike. I upgraded here and there with carbon seat post, fork and crank. It definitely made the ride snappier and less jarring. What you probably want to hear is how the Giant fits. The compact geometry is a matter of preference. I like it. But.... there are so many options. What kind of riding will you be doing? If you are too new to answer this, perhaps a bike that is an all around kind of bike will be best. Read road****************, this forum and any others a search will bring up to get an idea of what's out there and at what price range. Once you narrow it down, go to your LBS or a couple of them, ask questions, get fitted and try some bikes out. Be aware, however, that unless you are spending some serious coin, $4K +, a ride around the block is the most test ride you'll get. Try to get some things constant. i.e. Bring your own pedals and shoes. Good luck. But be forewarned, that first ride just may be the smallest tip of an iceberg.
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yea basically i'm just finding a way to get a competitive racing/riding fix without having to fork over 40-70 bucks everytime i want to go riding, as is the usual case in motocross. the initial investment and other things can be expensive, but motocross is just too much. i think the type of riding i'll be doing would be group rides and probably races in cat 4 and 5 since i'd be new, most likely criteriums because its similar in duration to a motocross race (20-40 minutes). not worried about weight for my first bike. my budget is around 1500 tops because the semester is almost over, but i have to look ahead for books for next semester, so i can't spend too much. i've been riding mountain all summer but want to start road now too.
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Used or Performance

Performance Bicycles has decently equipped CF '07 closeouts in the Fuji, GT or Scatttante brand that may fit the bill. Just remember to factor in the helmet, clothes, nutrition products, lights, water bottles, tubes, a better set of racing tires at $40 a tire, etc. that can really add up. You can also try Ebay or Craigslist once you are sized and know what works for you. You can get a hell of a secondhand bike in that price range that may be gently used. Being in SD you will have a lot of options in this regard. Happy shopping and buena suerte.
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