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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

Introduction to the Road Cycling Forum: References and Newbie Questions Answered Here

Old 07-16-11, 11:58 AM
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New to biking

Hi, I recently just got into biking.I I just bought a mountain bike (Canondale) used. I've been riding the trace that we have, and I love riding. I wanna get a Road bike and eventually Race. What road bike should i get I dont wanna spend much more than $2000, something thats a little better than a entry level and enough to race in. Is that possible? I was checking out a Felt ZW5, but didn't really see any reviews. Would that fall into that category? Also, I'm very short, 5'3, so I'm assuming it would have to be a small bike. Thanks for any suggestions!!!
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Old 07-16-11, 06:09 PM
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Shimano Ultegra 6700, 20 Speed Carbon Fiber Kestrel Road Evoke 2.0 $1,999
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New biker.

Hello,

I was just wondering what kind of road bike would you guys recommend to me for a first time rider, I'm not looking to spend too much at first, I'd just like to get the hang of it. Thanks a lot!
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I am a 6’ 4” student living in London looking for an entry-level road bike between £200-£300. I give my height because I have read that frame sizes vary and suit cyclists of different heights.

Over the past year I have ridden a fairly battered mountain bike, which I recently fitted with slick tyres. These have been fine, but the gears simply do not go high enough for going fast on straight, flat roads (the reason why I am beaten by my female flatmate on her road bike!) and their frames are too heavy to accelerate fast and quickly build momentum.



Now that my daily commute to university will be 22km minimum, 37km if you include the days I cycle to the river and back to train for rowing, I need something faster!

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old 09-11-11, 11:46 AM
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Hi all, also a new guy looking to get my first road bike. I've found a 2010 CAAD9 6 in my size for 950$ with Tiagra everything except Sora rear derailleur. Is this a good deal, good entry level road bike?

The only that makes me hesitate in buying it is the LBS seems a little sketchy compared to others I've looked at (pushy, not as friendly, no mention of any free service/fit/ect with the bike like other stores).
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Old 09-14-11, 05:04 AM
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How crucial are bike shorts for a comfortable ride?

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I just recently purchased a road bike and am looking to go on my first "major" ride tomorrow. It will be approx 30km. This may not seem very far to others, but i'm only beginning and looking to get in shape from my soccer days . Anyways, what do you reckon is a good speed/cadence for this route? Its very moderate with a couple of hills. I will be going 10 km into the wind and 20 km with tail/crosswinds. I already researched .
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Old 10-14-11, 10:47 AM
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Don't leave home without them. Bib shorts may be more comfortable though.
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Old 10-23-11, 08:21 PM
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Cycling Terminology

A reference for the newbies here ... some sources for cycling-related terms ...


Cycling Terminology ... especially for the plethora of newbies

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ora-of-newbies

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Old 11-13-11, 06:14 PM
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Just for fun - Photo Threads

This is a link to a collection of various photo threads in this forum. Most of them are along the lines of ... your bicycle and ... water/mountains/grunge/etc.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Photo-Threads

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Old 11-21-11, 11:56 PM
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How many posts (forum experience) do you need to post in the FS thread?

Thanks!
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Old 12-12-11, 01:14 AM
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It doesn't look like many questions are being answered here.

Why do the most popular threads in this forum get locked?

That seems like a weird way to grow website traffic.
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Old 12-12-11, 10:36 AM
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Just wondering, what's the advantage of clipless pedals as opposed to platform pedals?
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Old 01-02-12, 01:30 PM
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What does it mean when somebody uses numbers like : 53x14. What does this actually look like on the bike?
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Old 01-02-12, 02:15 PM
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What does it mean when somebody uses numbers like : 53x14. What does this actually look like on the bike?
53x14 means to be on a 53 tooth ring on the front and a 14 tooth cog on the back.
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Old 01-19-12, 12:09 PM
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Going modern

Hello!
I've been riding on a beautiful steel Bottecchia with a downtube friction campy group for the past few years; to commute as well as fun rides (typically 40 to 60mi) a few times a week. A good friend practically gave me a 2010 dura ace group and I have no clue where to start in the building process. As far as new frames (carbon or aluminum), wheelsets, etc. My main concern is switching from a steel frame. I love a stiff ride and have my eye on a cannondale 2.8 until I can spend more cash on something made in the past decade . Any tips or recommendations on some frames? I am soooo excited to be able to shift without moving my hands from the handle bars.. climbing will never be the same!
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Stiff frame? Go for the Cannondale CAAD line. CAAD9 or CAAD10. But it all depends on how much you want to spend. If you have money you could get a carbon frame.
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Old 01-22-12, 02:33 PM
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Thanks, I did some research on those and they look like great frames.
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For the sake of not creating a new thread, does anyone know what cycling gear is and isn't allowed on carry-ons in airplanes? I'm going home for Spring Break and I plan on bringing my helmet back and maybe the stock toeclips/pedals that came off my commuter (hoping to pick up a set of clipless pedals and shoes when I'm at home). I'm assuming tools aren't allowed, and neither are fluids, so that rules out my allen wrenches and chain lube.
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thanks this is great stuff what i was looking for
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For the sake of not creating a new thread, does anyone know what cycling gear is and isn't allowed on carry-ons in airplanes? I'm going home for Spring Break and I plan on bringing my helmet back and maybe the stock toeclips/pedals that came off my commuter (hoping to pick up a set of clipless pedals and shoes when I'm at home). I'm assuming tools aren't allowed, and neither are fluids, so that rules out my allen wrenches and chain lube.
I think the shoes and helmet will be ok to take on. Tools must be less than 7 inches in length.
Here is a full list of what is and isn't allowed.

https://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm
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Thanks for your response.
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Hello everyone, first post here. No specific questions yet, just a basic introduction (moderators -- please don't be shy about moving this post to the proper forum if this is in the wrong spot!)

I am a mid-30s father of two young boys (age 4 and 1.5.) I am a "suit" with a moderate-stress desk job and have ate, slept, and breathed golf for most of the last 20 years.

All that said, I am also a 30+ year Type 1 diabetic. Never had a problem with weight, but my cardio fitness sucks. I don't like to swim and I absolutely HATE running. Did a lot of fitness cycling as a teenager, since I was a decent high school and junior tennis player, and I've decided it's time to start again. I know this is an activity that I enjoy and that it will "take" as a long-term commitment to staying in shape.

Just picked up a decent road bike (KHS Flite 320) on Craigs last week that fits me very well, and I am drawing up an introductory training program.

Good to find the forum. More to come.

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