Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Bought my first road bike. Thoughts?

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

Bought my first road bike. Thoughts?

Old 08-27-08, 08:36 PM
  #1  
ConradNaff
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bought my first road bike. Thoughts?

A month ago I was driving around when I stumbled upon a yard sale. I haven't stopped at one in a decade, but I had time to kill. I purchased a 10 speed Shogun for $50 on a whim. Anyways, it got me interested in the hobby, even though it was junk.

I've been shopping for an upgrade for about a week and a half, and bought my first real road bike yesterday.

It's a used 24 speed Giant OCR-1 with 105 components. The saddle and handlebars have been upgraded from the stock model. The only things that haven't been upgraded are the walmart-esque pedals and the frame. According to the bike shop employee, it has been "professionally tuned," and "very, very lightly ridden."

I got it for $500. The bike shop owner told me it was a great deal because it was hardly used, and it would cost approx $1500 if I bought it new. I'm sure he was trying to make a sale, but it was in excellent shape. There isn't a scratch on the frame, and everything is shiny as hell. You could slap on new tires and convince anyone it's a new bike.

So, how was my first purchase? I wanted to get a decent entry-level road bike, and I think this is what I was looking for.

So far I have put just under 50 miles on it, it fits great, and it is definitely better than the 35 pound 10 speed I was using.

Also, excuse any bike-related mistakes in my post. Up until a month ago, I had never used a road bike.
ConradNaff is offline  
Old 08-27-08, 09:09 PM
  #2  
ShadowGray
I like my car
 
ShadowGray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 1,747
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For $500, that is a great price for a 105 bike. If it fits, it's great.
ShadowGray is offline  
Old 08-27-08, 09:12 PM
  #3  
yellowjeep
Senior Member
 
yellowjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Lawrence
Posts: 3,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Do you know what year the bike is?
yellowjeep is offline  
Old 08-27-08, 09:13 PM
  #4  
ShadowGray
I like my car
 
ShadowGray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 1,747
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by yellowjeep View Post
Do you know what year the bike is?
Actually, that's a good point.. 8-speed 105?
ShadowGray is offline  
Old 08-27-08, 10:02 PM
  #5  
lbear
just going for a ride...
 
lbear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 584

Bikes: LeMond Sarthe, OCR A1, OCR 2, Cypress DX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thats a good deal for a OCR1, 2008 new is more like $1100. The 2009s are no longer called OCR's and are going up about $150. A older 105 is most likely a 9-speed. Please post a brag pic.
lbear is offline  
Old 08-27-08, 10:17 PM
  #6  
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Posts: 9,553

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount, 84 Nishiki Medalist

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Uhh, you might find the C&V types drooling over that Shogun. I'll bet it weighs in much less than 35lbs.
I'd like to see pics of that OCR-1. If it's a 9 speed rear, 105 brifters for $500, that's a really good deal.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 06:07 AM
  #7  
thehammerdog
Senior Member
 
thehammerdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: NWNJ
Posts: 2,616

Bikes: Road bike is a Carbon Bianchi C2C & Grandis (1980's), Gary Fisher Mt Bike, Trek Tandem & Mongoose SS MTB circa 1992.

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 205 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
well done holmes, Enjoy it.
My super costly full carbon beast is in th eshop getting a frame swap out....so I wished I had a garage sale bike....going on week 3 now......
thehammerdog is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 09:26 AM
  #8  
ConradNaff
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pics, as requested.





Couldn't tell the chain was rusted until I used the flash.




Apart from my greasy hand prints, it's nice.
ConradNaff is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 09:39 AM
  #9  
ShadowGray
I like my car
 
ShadowGray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 1,747
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
From that picture it looks to be a 27-speed OCR...

when was the last 9-speed 105 group out?
ShadowGray is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 09:40 AM
  #10  
ridethecliche
Village Idiot
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Bahstaaaaan
Posts: 20,247
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Holy stem angle batman!
ridethecliche is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 09:42 AM
  #11  
sd790
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 382
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Relax, you got a good deal. That being said, what the heck is going on with that stem?! I'd get a new stem with normal angles then adjust the bike to fit you. That looks really uncomfortable the way it's set up now.
sd790 is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 09:43 AM
  #12  
ShadowGray
I like my car
 
ShadowGray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 1,747
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Holy stem angle batman!
flipit?
ShadowGray is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 10:06 AM
  #13  
dcvelo
Pretend Racer
 
dcvelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Northern Neck
Posts: 1,281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by ShadowGray View Post
flipit?
I think we're beyond "flip it" here....


"Pain is only skin deep." ...guess you never had a broken clavicle?
dcvelo is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 10:07 AM
  #14  
Pharmr
Home, home again
 
Pharmr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: West Texas
Posts: 2,543

Bikes: Scott S10, Ultegra

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
great buy!...now get out and ride!
Pharmr is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 10:12 AM
  #15  
Jancouver
Senior Member
 
Jancouver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,104
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
when I saw the stem I just couldn't stop laughing. this picture just made my day
Jancouver is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 10:25 AM
  #16  
ripperj 
Captain-Fred Militia
 
ripperj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Central Ct
Posts: 338

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix Expert 2007,Stumpjumper 2007,Enduro 2006

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you flip it the bars will hit the wheel!
ripperj is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 10:37 AM
  #17  
bitterspeak
Cat 7 Pro
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 448

Bikes: Fuji Roubaix Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You got a good deal. Did they fit you on the bike? If they did, they did a crappy job on your stem.
bitterspeak is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 11:19 AM
  #18  
ggg300
Burnin' and Lootin'
 
ggg300's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: SoCA
Posts: 2,713
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1) It was an ok buy
2) The Stem is ok...If you are new....having your bars lvl w/ the seat will help you get into the sport w/ less pain...but do drop it down as you go...(but note that the bars will move away from you as you move it down so this stem will have to go at some point)

welcome

Side note: the bike may by a bit small for ya based on seat post
ggg300 is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 11:56 AM
  #19  
lbear
just going for a ride...
 
lbear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 584

Bikes: LeMond Sarthe, OCR A1, OCR 2, Cypress DX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think the stem is an adjustable. My cl 2006 OCR 2 came with an adjustable. If so trade it out it they feel real mushy. Also 2006 was the last year for the 105 9-speed on the OCR. Great looking bike enjoy!
lbear is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 12:29 PM
  #20  
lbear
just going for a ride...
 
lbear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 584

Bikes: LeMond Sarthe, OCR A1, OCR 2, Cypress DX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That top tube seemed a little over sized and the paint pattern did not seem right for a OCR in the last few years. Then I noticed the STEM, its adjustable Quill type. The bike is a 2002 OCR with team replica paint.


That bike is in beautiful shape.
http://archive.giant-bicycles.com/au...002&model=9612
lbear is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 01:51 PM
  #21  
ConradNaff
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks lbear! The bike shop employees said it was "a few years old," but were unable to specify the exact year.

As for the stem, it is an adjustable quill. It, and the seat post have been adjusted since the pictures were taken. It isn't nearly as silly looking now, I promise.

On the recommendation of the people at the bike shop, I will be buying a replacement.
ConradNaff is offline  
Old 08-28-08, 01:59 PM
  #22  
dallasmike
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 140

Bikes: 2005 Trek 1000

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I personally think it is a great deal for 9spd 105 and basic carbon add ons. Stem is for a 65 year old man. Easy fix. Good find!
dallasmike is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
notenoughdaylig
Road Bike Marketplace
1
09-16-17 01:40 PM
InReverse
"The 33"-Road Bike Racing
3
02-07-11 02:20 PM
crucialklint
Classic & Vintage
7
11-16-09 12:28 AM
Philatio
Classic & Vintage
2
05-02-07 07:31 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.