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My first/new to me road bike...I think I did OK???

Old 04-29-12, 09:05 PM
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My first/new to me road bike...I think I did OK???

So I am entering the world road cycling and I am very excited! I spent the day yesterday test riding many different new road bikes in the +/- $2,000 range. The folks at the LBS are very knowledgeable...I am fortune to have many good ones very close. One that I test rode, and was the most comfortable, was a 2012 felt Z6. Not my favorite, but seemed to fit me best. Anyways after deciding to sleep on the decision I discovered a used 2010 Felt z6...so I went to look at it and it was pretty beat up. Mostly just never cleaned and some scratches on the crank from what looked to be a chain derailment? Looked every inch over and over...test rode...offered $800 due to condition and after much talk they agreed. So I brought it home and spent 6 hours taking it all apart and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning... Came out OK...not new but for $800 bucks I'm happy. I plan to just ride the heck out of it this season/summer, work on my conditioning, confirm I like road cycling and upgrade next year...we'll see. I do not like the looks of the bike so much, especially the red tires....those will go very very soon.
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Old 04-29-12, 09:19 PM
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Nice bike. A carbon frame for 800$ seems like a nice deal. Change those pedals for clipless!
Scratches on a crankset won't slow you! And the bike looks pretty clean, you did a great job cleaning it.
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Old 04-29-12, 09:22 PM
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Should I? Ahm...oh...

SLAM THE STEM!
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Old 04-29-12, 09:26 PM
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nice ride! flip it...
you don't like the red tires? blasphemy!
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Enjoy it! Felt makes good bikes and like mentioned before $800 for a carbon bike is a pretty good deal.
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Does that bike fit you? IT seems like the seat is pretty low for the handlebar position, and no, I don't just mean the classic 41 response of "slam that stem"
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OK...I'm new to the road game and slang...what is "slam the stem" and "flip it"?? I am assuming they are referring pulling the "stem" and reinstalling with it angling down and lowering the handle bars...??

The size is 54, I am 5' 7". I have not spent anytime adjusting anything other than the seat height. I haven't even rode it yet due to spending the day cleaning and making sure everything is proper and safe.

Whats the general opinion in getting professionally fit, is it worth it? Not sure I want to go back to any of the LBS where I was sized/test rode with my used bike since I didn't purchase from them.

Also, one thing that keeps bothering me is the handle bars almost look too large proportionally to the frame? Is that just me?? They are the stock bars the come from Felt.

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Old 04-30-12, 05:15 AM
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Sounds like you just took a ton of the LBS' time and knowledge and took your $ elsewhere.
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Old 04-30-12, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by kiloRH View Post
Sounds like you just took a ton of the LBS' time and knowledge and took your $ elsewhere.
Do you buy every car you take for a test drive? It's the LBS job to close the sale when they have the chance - i.e.- when the customer is still in the shop. From what I've seen, most LBS have no idea how to close the deal.
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^Most LBS do not hire "Sales people" beyond the Owner and maybe the Sales Manager. That's my experience in Toronto.
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Is this flipped/slammed??...
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Do you buy every car you take for a test drive? It's the LBS job to close the sale when they have the chance - i.e.- when the customer is still in the shop. From what I've seen, most LBS have no idea how to close the deal.
Considering how many people own bikes, I would say that shops have some idea how to close the deal.
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Originally Posted by cannonjoe View Post


Is this flipped/slammed??...
That is flipped, not slammed. To have it "slammed" the spacers need to be on top of the stem.
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Don't be shy to go to a LBS you did shop without buying them a bike. After all, even if you bought from somewhere else, you're a customer, and you bring money to the shop. Go to the one you got the best service, and show em you new bike, get fitted, buy some shoes and pedals.
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that bike is tiny...how little are you?
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Old 04-30-12, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by kiloRH View Post
Sounds like you just took a ton of the LBS' time and knowledge and took your $ elsewhere.
Yes, but not intentionally...I do feel bad...but the situation just presented itself and I re-acted.

On the flip side, I have purchased at least 8 bikes over the last 10 years between myself, my wife, and my children. All from the LBS...do you think even one of them remembers me...greets me with "hello Mr. Cannonjoe" we really appreciate your continued business...NO! I always pay full retail, never use the "free tune-up" that they use to sell you something additional. I am guilty of using the 15% discount on additional accessories...wow 15%, I am sure the mark up is way more than that! Every year there is a fresh crop of sales folks walking the floor..its retail, they dont know me or care!

Also, I am in sales and have tried many many times to sell the LBS's my "product" and it's purely a low bid situation that I never win...zero loyalty!
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good starter bike. slamming the stem and flipping it might not be the best start for a new road bike, you might experience extreme pain/discomfort and abandon the whole cycling idea.

I recommend bike fitting, but it is good only as a starting point. The reason is that the bike is on a stationary trainer, the fitter looks at your position and asks how you feel, where the pain is and make adjustments or replace parts.

after enough miles on the saddle, the real fitting happens, you will feel you need to tweak the "fit" by tiny increments. You alone will know what is comfortable and what is not.

So bring that bike in for a fit at any reputable fitter.
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Originally Posted by generalkdi View Post
Don't be shy to go to a LBS you did shop without buying them a bike. After all, even if you bought from somewhere else, you're a customer, and you bring money to the shop. Go to the one you got the best service, and show em you new bike, get fitted, buy some shoes and pedals.
+1 on this, the reality is you got a great deal on a bike, the LBS couldn't sell you a new one at that price, now go spend a bunch of money with them
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+1 on the fitting

same thing happened to me. went shopping at a LBS, found the bike i wanted, but with better components at 1/3 the price (used) and bought that instead

went back to the bike shop and got my fitting there. tho they were disappointed i didn't buy a bike from them, they were dually impressed that i got such a good deal and that i still came back to them to get my fitting. a win-win.

just go to that bike shop (if they do fittings) and get your fittings there
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Not sure about the z series Felt's, but I had a 54 F75 and am 5' 8" and the top tube was way too long. Had to put a 80 or 90 mm stem on it to get it to feel comfortable and then it was very twitchy.

OP, nice bike and good deal. I liked my Felt and would have gotten another, but then I saw the BMC's and that was it for me. Where are you in upstate? I am just south of Albany. Lot's of good riding either to the north or south of me here.
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