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

How important is feeling confident in choosing a new bike...?

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

How important is feeling confident in choosing a new bike...?

Old 08-02-11, 11:55 AM
  #1  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 19,075
Mentioned: 43 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7993 Post(s)
Liked 197 Times in 129 Posts
How important is feeling confident in choosing a new bike...?

I'm upgrading my frame, and have it narrowed down to two of them. You can't really go wrong with either, but it's still an important choice for me. So I'd like a second opinion.

One of them is very aero, and I can sprint a couple mph faster on it, which feels like magic. I was very impressed. But I'm not crazy about the handling; it felt good, but not great. ( For what it's worth, I usually ride a 58 and this feels very twitchy; a 61 cm feels more stable, so I'd wind up in a larger frame than I need with this bike. Felt like my weight was too far forward when climbing. )

The other has much faster/tighter handling. That should make it feel twitchier, but I felt like I could navigate curves blindfolded. I loved the handling. My favorite thing to do on a bike is to take hairpin turns going down steep hills, so I'm leaning heavily toward this bike. I have this feeling that the aero frame is a smarter choice, since I do most of my riding alone. The better handling bike is half a pound lighter, but I could stand to lose 10 lbs ... and my girlfriend likes to cook.

Anyway, people do fast mountain descents on both frames. And I think I'd get used to the aero frame. The hills bike feels great now ( confident, sure footed like a mountain goat ). I'd really like to have the extra speed, and to cross the flats with less effort, but I don't race, I just love to ride and enjoy being on a nice bike. So ... am I crazy not to get the aero frame? I'll be getting one or the other this week.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 08-02-11, 12:11 PM
  #2  
mazdaspeed
Senior Member
 
mazdaspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: WA state
Posts: 4,823
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Get the better handling bike, hands down.
mazdaspeed is offline  
Old 08-02-11, 12:19 PM
  #3  
StanSeven
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Delaware shore
Posts: 13,084

Bikes: Cervelo C5, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 584 Post(s)
Liked 32 Times in 29 Posts
I have one of them and test rode the other and I don't really feel much difference between them in handling. The second has a 0.5 degree difference in the seatube angle and a lower headtube but that's about it. Were the wheels different or how about the setup (saddle position, stem, amount of spacers)? Also the headset on one could be loose. I would do back to the store, explain what you feel, and ask them for the reason.

Edit: The first bike has two seat positions - check to be sure it's not in the more aero position. The second bike has the steeper angle so if anything, that should feel like your weight is more forward
StanSeven is offline  
Old 08-02-11, 12:25 PM
  #4  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 19,075
Mentioned: 43 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7993 Post(s)
Liked 197 Times in 129 Posts
Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
I would do back to the store, explain what you feel, and ask them for the reason.
Most of the people I know at the shop have the aero bike as their personal ride. None of them have any complaints about it. They speculated that the wheel base being longer could make it a little more sluggish than I'm used to ( I like the R3 and have an RS now ), and the head tube being 1 cm lower could make it feel a little less stable.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
2cam16
Classic & Vintage
27
12-18-17 10:03 PM
keithsm2
Bicycle Mechanics
25
04-06-12 03:31 PM
RFC
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
3
04-21-11 08:15 AM
bumknees
Bicycle Mechanics
3
04-05-07 11:23 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.