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What did you look for in your second road bike?

Old 02-26-11, 09:49 PM
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What did you look for in your second road bike?

I guess many of you bought your first road bike, then progressed to a better one the second time round.

What did you look for in your 2nd bike that was missing from your first one?
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I bought a bike 33 years ago and it is still sitting in my garage, but not in working condition.

My main bike I bought in 2006 and I will keep it forever. It does everything that I could ever ask for from a bike. However, I would like to have a back up back. I want it to be completely different from my main bike. So, different material, Ti instead of carbon. Probably a more relaxed geometry too so I could use it for more leisurely rides.
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Originally Posted by mustang1
I guess many of you bought your first road bike, then progressed to a better one the second time round.

What did you look for in your 2nd bike that was missing from your first one?
Went from Classic Steel (like 15 years ago, during adolescence) to high-end CF, to Classic Steel. Then more lugged steel. Then custom Ti.

Nothing was missing from the 1st one. What was missing from #2, in particular, was purity and simplicity. No electronics, no GPS, no power meters, no fancy doo-dads, just pedaling, like the old days but with more modern materials.
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I still rode fancy doo-dad bike #2 today. But I really long for bike #1. Someone probably threw it in a dumpster somewhere in Portland by now.
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Currently doing exactly that.

Have a 2008 Trek 1.2. It's got Shimano's bottom rung components and weighs a ton (21lbs).

I'm looking for two things to start off with.
1) Better components (Shimano 105 or better)
2) Lighter weight

I'm sure I'll find more things I'd like to have as I shop around and go on test rides.
I'll probably have my next bike by the end of the summer if the 'boss' doesn't stop me.
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Just posted about my second build here.

Lighter. Stiffer. Purpose built (for racing).
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the second time i actually cared about bike's fit
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Second time around = spend more money on the bike and then spend even more money on upgrading the wheels immediately.
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Originally Posted by mustang1
What did you look for in your 2nd bike that was missing from your first one?
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Originally Posted by mustang1
What did you look for in your 2nd bike that was missing from your first one?
That question could apply to a number of road bikes I've bought, but the most recent one was going from a unique, very special lugged steel frame to an off-the-rack Chinese-made aluminum Trek frameset. I couldn't stand to ride the "special" bike on wet roads, or let it get a paint chip, etc etc, because it was a borderline collector's item in very good condition. So the problem was in my head, but it was still a problem. The production bike can just be ridden, re-lubed and put away dirty, with a clean conscience.
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Carbon fiber
Higher-end brand
More agressive geometry
Lighter
More aerodynamic

Didn't really care much about components since I always found 105 to be just fine.
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I got my first road like 10 years ago for a charity ride. I just went along what the LBS recommended.

Then after that I wanted a Ti bike, made by anyone (I was ready to buy the BD Ti bike.) But I got lucky scanning Craigslist on a Friday night last winter and I found the the Merlin. So far so good.
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Went from a cheap aluminum 105 bike (Nashbar frame built with scrounged 9 spd parts) to a carbon Dura Ace bike (Madone 5.5).

Completely unnecessary upgrade at the time, but an opportunity presented itself. Ride is somewhat nicer. I notice the stiffer bottom bracket in a major reduction in chain rub from BB/crank flex as I'm a clyde (also went from triple to compact double).

The geometry is very similar to the previous bike. I had stubled upon a good fit with my first bike almost by accident, coming close when I first built it up from a frame, with minor tweaks and a stem swap.

Was the upgrade worth the $5k the bike would have been new? No way. Not to me. Worth what I paid for it? Absolutely. I was in no way looking to upgrade at the time.

The bikes I *had* been looking at were more modern, aluminum 105 equipped bikes, again because I could get a deal on them (work in a bike shop).
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I looked for steel, flat bars, no suspension, light weight, and it had to be maintainable by me.
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I looked for steel, flat bars
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Wanted it to be better than my first one
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Originally Posted by mustang1
I guess many of you bought your first road bike, then progressed to a better one the second time round.

What did you look for in your 2nd bike that was missing from your first one?
Needs to be LIGHTER!!!!
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going from an aluminum Cervelo S1 to a R3 currently. only thing i'm really looking for in this upgrade is comfort and bling.
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I went from a top-end Dura-Ace Cervelo P2 bike which was my first bike and then intentionally bought an intro-level bike a few years later after learning that it's nearly all rider and little bike once you're dealing with drop-bar road bikes over $500. Am still happily riding it, and loving it. It's definitely true - at amateur class, it's nearly all rider, like 98+%. Once you get over upgraditis and focus on training, it all becomes a lot simpler.

My Cervelo now sits on my trainer. I bust it out for race day, but I like riding the intro bike since if I crash or wipe out (have gone down 3 times in the past 2 years) I don't care

If folks paid as much attention to the finer points of training as compared to the bike itself, I'd bet they'd be much better riders! Imagine what $600 of coaching could do for you if you found a good one that you stuck to - far more than any aero or lightweight hardware.

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Lighter weight! Better frame material and design, components of course.
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and better Fit if the last one wasn't spot on.
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I'm basically a social club type rider. My needs were about as basic. Just wanted a bike that fit, and smoothed all the chipseal roads around here.
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Well, my first serious road bike had a failure that forced me to get a second bike. The first was a CF bike that's frame was shattered when the RD failed. So I looked for STEEL in my second and third bike.



Now a year into the obsessive hobby/sport and I'm concentrating on a really good comfortable fit that allows me to keep up the long rides I like to do. I've got another CF bike set up with concentration on getting it light and geared right for me to climb with. Then I setting up the one steel bike to be ultra comfortable on 100 mile plus rides. So, for me I'm concentrating more on comfort than speed.
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Big spread between purchase for me. I had a 198x Performance bike that flexed like crazy so I got a super stiff 1993 Klein Quantum II. Fast forward 26 years. I got back into biking and wanted modern components and I would have had to replace literally everything on my Klein so I bought a 2009 Synapse. Then I wanted a stiffer frame so I got the Supersix. Then I wanted a TT bike so I didn't have to switch cockpits so I got one of those. Then...you get the picture. GL
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I think some people are answering the question with the idea that 2nd means "back up bike", not replacement for their original entry level ride.

My first road bike I got new in 1990. It served me well, but about 5 years ago I wanted upgrade some stuff and after doing some research discovered upgrading a 7 sp. uniglide aluminum framed bike is more trouble that it's worth. So I got a new bike mainly to get into modern components.
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