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Old 08-22-11, 02:11 PM
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Good site to buy bike gear/ need recommendations

Hey Guys pretty new to biking. Are there any good websites to buy bike shorts/ jerseys for a decent price.

Also do any of you guys have a recommendation for a good bike seat for my bike.
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Old 08-22-11, 02:17 PM
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aerotechdesigns.com and love2pedal.com both come to mind for the budget conscious. Bonktown will have them every few minutes on sale. Just be patient.

Probikekit and Chain Reaction Cycles have great prices.

Plenty more as others will chime in...
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Nashbar, Bonktown, Competitive Cyclist, Pro Bike Kit are all good.
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probikekit.com and specialized toupe saddle from eBay or your LBS. later.
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Originally Posted by LeopoldStotch View Post
Also do any of you guys have a recommendation for a good bike seat for my bike.
What's your budget? Which seat do you have now? what's wrong with it?
Too wide/narrow, too soft/hard/, too long/short,etc.
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Wiggle are good as well. Probikekit are too often out of stock on too many things to get much of my business these days, and they aren't as competitive on price as they used to be.
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I bought a bunch from Performance. Shorts and jerseys. Their lower priced shorts seem to run a tad small.
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I have 3 pairs of shorts, 1 pair bibs, and 6 jerseys. Everything except 1 jersey is from Performance bike. The only thing I've found is their sizes can be hit-or-miss. But they're very good about returns/exchanges and have had no issues with swapping out an item if the size was wrong.
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For jerseys, at least, I go with Voler.com. They offer reasonable prices on excellent jerseys and -- just as important to me -- they offer a variety of designs (and even custom designs) instead of the usual budget-jersey solid colors.
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Sierra Trading Post has decent prices and if you sign up for email notifications they will send you additional % off coupon each day. These can really add up where you can get up to 80% off retail sometimes. The only downside if they won't have much of a selection on these deeply discounted items. Also be aware they sell closeout and seconds, but I've never had to return a second and they are clearly labeled.
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Performance is good if you want a good value. If you want to buy some nicer ones but don't want to pay top dollar then keep an eye on Bonktown every half hour until you see a jersey or shorts you like and grab 'em. They often have Castelli, Capo, and Louis Garneau jerseys and Castelli Nero Classic shorts on there.

Oh and if you know you want to buy both jersey and shorts then use their 'hold order' option and combine shipping once you've got whatever you wanted.
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Thanks guys, I think I am gonna check out performance for some jerseys. Seat wise I am using a san marco stock seat now, it gets really stiff and hard after like 20 miles and it kills me. I used to have a selle SMP extra that i liked, just wondering if there are any seat that are good for long rides. my budget is 100-150
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Originally Posted by LeopoldStotch View Post
Thanks guys, I think I am gonna check out performance for some jerseys. Seat wise I am using a san marco stock seat now, it gets really stiff and hard after like 20 miles and it kills me. I used to have a selle SMP extra that i liked, just wondering if there are any seat that are good for long rides. my budget is 100-150
I'm also in the market, similar budget and needs. I'm looking at SMP Extra, Hybrid and TRK (Strike). Starting to rule out TRK for the 160mm width. Also looking at Terry Fly Ti Gel / Ti Fly Tri Gel, Falcon Y, Liberator Race. I am 6'1 and 180 lbs, medium build.

Fly and LR have 147mm widths which I'm thinking might be just right for me, but I like the long slot on the SMPs and the downward nose. I sometimes catch my cheaper shorts on my current stock Fuji (Velo) hatchet.

What did you think of your SMP for long rides (~40-60 miles)?

FWIW, all of these have been noted in numerous user reviews as being great for long rides (40m-century). I couldn't find a whole lot of comments on Liberator Race, but it's nearly same spec as the Fly. Also keep in mind they each have a few detractors...to be expected.

The major structural difference between these that I can see online (haven't seen any in person) is the Terrys are traditonal flat surfaced with very slightly dropped noses; the SMPs are obviously that dramatically dropped shape. And some key measurement differences. All are between 140mm and 147mm width. And all have the nice space for parts and no pressure.

I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on a 2011 SMP Hybrid, found one via Google from a Korean site (very easy to find and has a coupon on retailmenot). Also at ChainReaction, 2010 model I think there. Performance and other domestic mail-order shops have the rest of the saddles. Post back what you end up getting and whether you're happy with it. I'll be interested to find out.
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I can vouch for these 2 sellers here:

http://myworld.ebay.ca/oldpa_cycling...84.m1439.l2754

and

http://stores.ebay.ca/Tenn-Outdoors?_trksid=p4340.l2563

While they don't have the fancy logos and gaudy designs, they get the job done. Both sellers were able to deliver within 5-10 business days.

I give you those 2 choices if you're penny-pinching and not care about brands or logos. Huge gaudy logos aren't for me.
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