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Deployed Soldier In Need Of Advice

Old 05-21-09, 01:46 AM
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Deployed Soldier In Need Of Advice

I am a deployed Soldier serving in Iraq and I am in the market for a new road bike. This will be my 1st road bike. There are several questions i have. Thougth research i found that i will need a 56cm/Large bike. I am 5'10, 175 LBS. My budget is $500-$800. I know this will only get me a enrty level bike. However I am planning on riding 100-150mi a week.

Here are my concerns.

1. Alot of sellers wont ship to an APO address
- my question is do any you know a seller that ship via USPS or DHL

2. I found a bike that i really like. Just one question. As i stated I am 5'10" and i think i will need a Large size bike. This bike is a Medium/54cm. Will this bike be too uncomfortable or too small.
https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Bike+2007.aspx

3. I also like the following bike. Is this a fairly good starter bike.
https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Bike+2008.aspx

Also if there are any other recommendations for bikes, please let me know.
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Also if I do indeed go with one of these two bikes, what size pedal thread will i need, 9/16 or 1/2?
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First off, it's always an honor to meet a soldier fighting for our country.

Second, regarding your bike, I believe most people here will steer you towards the higher end of your price range and recommend a CAAD9-7 which has a street price in the $800-$850 range. It uses Shimano Sora parts though.

As far as who will ship to an APO, it's tough because Cannondale dealers aren't allowed to ship at all so you probably won't find a dealer who will ship anywhere let alone to an APO. You may need to have someone here in the US (e.g. a friend) buy one and ship it to you via USPS.

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The other option is to search through craigslist and see if they will ship via USPS to your APO. Since you're buying used, it's a little tough since you would be much better off actually seeing and riding the bike since it's used. But you may be able to stretch your dollar a bit by going that route.

And contrary to what most people here will probably say, the bikes you chose aren't that bad. Enjoy and stay safe out there.

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Thank you for your support. We need all the support that we can get.
I am willing to spend a little more for a good bike. However, right before deployment i spent over 1100$ on a awesome MTB. So I dont really want to break the bank for a road bike.
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With respect tp the correct size: it isn't just your height that counts. It's your leg length, your trunk length, and your arm length. Those can vary widely for folks of the same height.

For your height you probably need a bike with a seat tube between 54-58cm...then there's the top tube length.
The best way to find the right size for you is to try a few bikes in each size, or go to a good LBS who can measure you correctly; not exactly the most convenient option for you right now.

BTW: Thanks for your service. Be careful over there, and come home safe.

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Originally Posted by BG2482 View Post
Thank you for your support. We need all the support that we can get.
I am willing to spend a little more for a good bike. However, right before deployment i spent over 1100$ on a awesome MTB. So I dont really want to break the bank for a road bike.
What branch of service? If it's Army, I might have some good shopping info for you...

I've also learned to ask every single shop/company you're buying from whether there's a military discount. Competitive Cyclist, Zipp, Rudy Project, etc etc all have some good military deals. Always worth asking.

Feel free to drop a line and we'll go for a ride in DC sometime. Being a surgeon who takes care of some of the worst OIF/OEF casualties I hope not to ever meet you professionally. Keep your head down out there.

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Originally Posted by Cfd View Post
With respect tp the correct size: it isn't just your height that counts. It's your leg length, your trunk length, and your arm length. Those can vary widely for folks of the same height.

For your height you probably need a bike with a seat tube between 54-58cm...then there's the top tube length.
The best way to find the right size for you is to try a few bikes in each size, or go to a good LBS who can measure you correctly; not exactly the most convenient option for you right now.

BTW: Thanks for your service. Be careful over there, and come home safe.


Thank you also for the support,
However, i want to purchase the bike, and have it shipped to me Oversees. That said i wouldnt be able to go to a LBS. Wish i could, but none over here.
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Competitive Cyclist has a pretty decent online fit calculator: Link. Have a buddy help you get accurate measurements & it'll give you a general idea of what to look for in a road frame.

Regarding shipping, you may have to do what I did when I was deployed: ship the item to a stateside friend / relative and have them re-ship it for you. I had lots of stuff sent over that way.

Stay safe,
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What's the road cycling scene like in Iraq, anyway?
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Old 05-21-09, 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by scirocco View Post
What's the road cycling scene like in Iraq, anyway?
If you think steel bikes are heavy, try body armor.
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Dude, if you are not sure about sizing, I highly recommend that you wait and purchase a bike that you can see, test ride and have fitted.
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Originally Posted by scirocco View Post
What's the road cycling scene like in Iraq, anyway?
Well I am located at one of the biggest, if not the biggest Bases In Iraq. There are miles and miles of blacktop to ride on. Actually there is a All Army Cycling Group here. From what i hear they ride about 4X a week. There are plenty of MTB's here. There arent a large number of road bikes here because of the amount of sand and pebbles. But the roads are clear enough to RB on

I had a MTB here on my previous deployment (7months) and i lost over 20lbs. With frequent trips to the gym also. Only issue is you MUST stay hydrated. It get up to 140 degrees. So you have to be careful, not to become a heat casualty.
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Well throught the "Fit Calculator" from competitivecyclist.com my fit factor are as follows
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Inseam: 33
Trunk: 24.5
Forearm: 14
Arm: 26
Thigh: 23
Lower Leg: 22
Sternal Notch: 59.5
Total Body Height: 69


The Competitive Fit (cm)
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Seat tube range c-c: 54.3 - 54.8
Seat tube range c-t: 56.0 - 56.5
Top tube length: 55.5 - 55.9
Stem Length: 11.2 - 11.8
BB-Saddle Position: 78.4 - 80.4
Saddle-Handlebar: 53.3 - 53.9
Saddle Setback: 3.9 - 4.3

I hope this is accurate.
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Originally Posted by BG2482 View Post
The Competitive Fit (cm)
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Seat tube range c-c: 54.3 - 54.8
Seat tube range c-t: 56.0 - 56.5
Top tube length: 55.5 - 55.9
Stem Length: 11.2 - 11.8
BB-Saddle Position: 78.4 - 80.4
Saddle-Handlebar: 53.3 - 53.9
Saddle Setback: 3.9 - 4.3

I hope this is accurate.
I would absolutely not use the Competitive Fit for your first road bike--its goal is a racing oriented position that, if you're not used to it, will just cause neck, shoulder, and back pain. I'd go for the Eddy if you're going to use the CC calculator...

Incidentally, Competitive Cyclist also has a military discount.
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There is a poster on here selling an 08 CAAD 9 for $500. Might be the best deal going. I'll get you his details.

Just wanted to thank you for your service. I was hoping to buy this bike myself, but I think you need it more and I don't have a job yet - so no extras for me just yet. Good luck and stay safe.

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Originally Posted by BG2482 View Post
Well I am located at one of the biggest, if not the biggest Bases In Iraq. There are miles and miles of blacktop to ride on. Actually there is a All Army Cycling Group here. From what i hear they ride about 4X a week. There are plenty of MTB's here. There arent a large number of road bikes here because of the amount of sand and pebbles. But the roads are clear enough to RB on

I had a MTB here on my previous deployment (7months) and i lost over 20lbs. With frequent trips to the gym also. Only issue is you MUST stay hydrated. It get up to 140 degrees. So you have to be careful, not to become a heat casualty.
Ask the All Army Cycling Group for advice. They've probably got members that went through the same thing.

I've never been to Iraq, but I served in Saudi and it was REALLY sandy. Grit got onto and into everything. If your world sounds similar, I might go used knowing you're going to destroy whatever you buy.

Thanks for your service.
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I was stationed in Tikrit for a year in 04-05 with the Army, we always had to wear Kevlars and carry weapons not to mention the incoming rounds several times a day so biking was pretty much off limits. I''m sure things have changed, isn't there anyone willing to sell you their bike when they redeploy? Maybe the MWR people can help you. Another thing is what are you going to do with it when you leave? I don't think I'd want to spend much on something that may get lost in shipping.
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I'm not qualified to answer your question OP but I truly appreciate your service. You can't possibly hear that enough.

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I have thought about the sand issue, I wont be riding on sandy(aka sandstorms). this will only be a sunny dry day bike. Oh course there will be sand/dust, however i think i will be ok. The Bike will be kept inside.
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Originally Posted by Panic View Post
There is a poster on here selling an 08 CAAD 9 for $500. Might be the best deal going. I'll get you his details.

Just wanted to thank you for your service. I was hoping to buy this bike myself, but I think you need it more and I don't have a job yet - so no extras for me just yet. Good luck and stay safe.

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Sweet bike.
I appreciate the advertising, but the FRAMESET is $500, not the complete bike...
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I appreciate the advertising, but the FRAMESET is $500, not the complete bike...

woops!

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I have thought about the sand issue, I wont be riding on sandy(aka sandstorms). this will only be a sunny dry day bike. Oh course there will be sand/dust, however i think i will be ok. The Bike will be kept inside.
Does your rifle stay clean on sunny dry days? If not, neither will your drivetrain.

I realize Iraq and Saudi have very different deserts, so I may not know what I'm talking about...just sharing my personal experience.

Stay safe.
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I don't have any advice to add but I just wanted to thank you for your service.

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