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20 yrs of road riding. At last a modern bike...

Old 10-07-10, 07:38 PM
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20 yrs of road riding. At last a modern bike...

I've been riding 'seriously' since I was 12, when I was doing 30 mile solos, MS150's. Since I've toured Ireland and ridden a bunch in NYC while living there. I've been a pretty hardcore commuter for a few years now, and just about "won" a local century on my '81 Panasonic w/racks this June. The old rusty Panasonic is the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy and all that, but I've been ready to get a new bike for a very long time.

So my wife smoked a few cigarettes at a party last weekend despite my threats to buy a new bike or bass guitar, so by Sunday night I had driven into Jersey to grab this perfectly timed CL find. So on top of getting it uber cheap, she couldn't even complain!

The 62cm Jamis Satellite was the bike my LBS carried that I considered to be my primary choice, and there it was on craigslist!

This is my 1000th post on BF and just about my 33rd birthday. So here is the obligatory (and possibly lame) "yay I bought a new bike" thread.

















Inb addition to the upgraded bits on the bike, I got a box loaded with the stock handlebars, saddle and an extra avocet saddle, the stock ritchey stem and seat post, stock alex wheels, shoes, look 247 pedals, Vittoria Tires, Crazy assortment of tubes, including tan latex ones.

The bike is several orders of magnitude lighter than anything I've ever ridden. I had it in to my shop, which carries these, and they were surprised at the weight.

I think that this is the kind of find towards which BF tries to steer newbies in all those "what starter bike" threads.

At this point, I'm most psyched about the price, but I think in the long run, I've found a frame that will be comfortable and fast and worth adding more upgrades to once I ride the snot out of it as it is.
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Nice. Congrats on the new bike.
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Originally Posted by tuxbailey
Nice. Congrats on the new bike.
+1.
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Sweet Jamis. Congrats.
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great find. And it only cost you a couple of smokes.
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big score!
very nice! should be great fun to ride!

not your common plastic bike

and don;t take any crap about the triple...
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Happy riding.
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Nice to see a bike like that on here.
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Nice for sure.

Now get some bottle cages!
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Originally Posted by knobster
Nice to see a bike like that on here.
Thanks for saying so-- I know it's not standard road forum fare, but I think it will work for me.

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big score!
very nice! should be great fun to ride!

not your common plastic bike

and don;t take any crap about the triple...
I won't... but I plan on replacing it with a double as soon as I put enough wear on it to justify... I don't even like triples on my cargo and kid hauler bikes! All my youthful riding was done on 1973 campy bikes. My brain is wired for 2x5.

I'm convinced that at my level of riding, wider spacing in the gears makes me pay more attention to the terrain and to my body's feedback than to finding the "perfect" gear and cadence. In the meantime, I guess it's time to read up on how to use a triple on the road.
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Holy crap. I cannot believe how incredibly fast this thing is! It was raining when I bought and tested it, then raining for days after that, so haven't yet gotten a good ride in on it, even though I've put in 50 miles this week on my other bikes.

But tonight I put my Shimano 530 pedals on and rode around the block in my sandals after the boys were in bed.

I've never had a bike that I could feel stable sprinting in the drops. I've never had anything close to this.

The only thing I'm not into is the triple. Do people actually use the granny gear on a bike this light???
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Nice bike....Zoom Zoom.
Some riders use triples.
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So how much did you get it for!??!?!
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Looks like a sweet ride, congrats!!!
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Originally Posted by carlspeed
So how much did you get it for!??!?!
Ummm....


$340...
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Nice bike....Zoom Zoom.
Some riders use triples.
Thanks. Zoom is right. I'm so glad that I put off getting a nice bike until I found one that really suits my needs, style, and wallet.

And yeah, I shouldn't be snotty about the triple. I'm a tall guy, and I think that must give more leverage or something. Different strokes...
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Nice bike. As a fellow bass player, I thought your decision was a no brainer, until I saw the pics.
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Sweet deal. That bike is well worth that!
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Off to take it on its first real ride. I might head to the shop first to get a computer for it. I'd like to know - first time out - what the difference in speed is.

And now that I have a real bike, then comes actually getting a jersey, real sunglasses (I use saftey polarized glasses from lowe's, $19), &c.... uh oh!
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Maiden Voyage report: hit the bike shop for a computer and a bag, had them throw away the roadside trash find bag I had on it, and headed out to do part of the century loop and cut home along the Farmington Canal trail. Gorgeous weather, but there was a 15 mph headwind for the longest section of the ride, all of it a gradual uphill to boot.

Did about 100km by the time I got home. Was out of the house for about 5 hours, but only 3 or so on the bike. I managed to reset my new Cateye Strada right before getting home, so I have no idea what my average speed was. At one point, it was 15, which is pretty weak compared to my 18mph average on a century on much of the same route this June. As a teacher and a commuter, though, I don't really get to ride in the summer, so my peak form happens at a very different time from most folks.

The FD isn't right-- I wasn't really happy with it at all, even after a stop or two to work on the limiter screws. Sucks to really only have knowlege of friction shifting, but I'll learn. A double is in the future for this bike, no doubt.

I sped up quite a bit after I raised the SP another cm or so to min insert. I put the seat at its furthest back position the other night, but I think I'll move it forward. Wish I had one more spacer worth of length to raise the handlebars, as I like to have it about even and spend my time in the drops instead of on the hoods.

This is minor stuff-- the bike is such a night and day difference from what I've had. Cruising up a false flat with a quartering headwind at 22mph --- even 50 miles into the ride -- feels like it takes about as much effort as 17 or 18 mph on my old bike.
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Originally Posted by Standalone
Holy crap. Do people actually use the granny gear on a bike this light???
ah... you suck!

but thinkin back some 30 yrs to your age and ridin back east...
ok, 53x44 & 13-21 pretty much got me up anything back there...
course movin out here, where it ain;t but a few miles away to having from 4 to 11 miles of unrelenting uphill, a triple occasionally helps the old chicken legs...

on 2nd thought, you should be EMBARRASSED to be ridin a triple!
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The wife isn't complaining about you spending more time with your Jamis than with her?

You must have married well!

Congratulations on a nice bike! I hope it will serve you well for many years to come!
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Well deserved and the bike is smokin´hot! Classic triangle frame in classic Reynolds material. You´ve paid this bike long ago, I´m sure your better half understands that!!!
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Originally Posted by Standalone
The only thing I'm not into is the triple. Do people actually use the granny gear on a bike this light???
The weight of the bike is virtually irrelevant. The steepness of the hill is what is relevant. Having the low gears available can be pretty kind to your knees on long, steep climbs.

Nice clean-looking bike.
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