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1st year of cycling goal completed! feels great!

Old 11-05-12, 09:05 PM
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1st year of cycling goal completed! feels great!

1. 4000 miles in 1st year - i went for a night ride tonight since it was annoyingly hot earlier today. when i got back, i got 4000 miles with 1 more month to spare.

2. century ride - i already did this last february. i might do one again before the year ends since the weather should be good for daytime riding again.

not part of the goal but i was hit by a car too but luckily no debilitating injuries on both me and the bike.

i don't really need to lose weight. im still 3 lbs under my lower weight range limit. i should be 135lbs.

i feel accomplished! ^_^

now for a REWARD!

wheels - i already upgraded my wheels last june.

new bike? i want one but don't need one. i narrowed it down to these...

which do you guys think is better?

https://www.bmc-racing.com/int-en/bik.../ultegra_.html
- the white/black color.

https://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/sst_21
- and yeah, i already stopped caring about how much seat post is gonna show if im gonna get this SST.


also if this how i looked on a 54.5 cm effective top tube, 110 mm stem, 25 mm setback seatpost.

do you think i can fit on a 53cm effective top tube while still using 110mm stem?

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Old 11-06-12, 03:32 PM
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No comments on which bike seems better and wheter i might fit on 53cm ETT frame???
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Congrats on the mileage and Century! I just started doing centuries this
year and I'm hooked In regards to the bikes and sizing, go on some
test rides and to see which one you like.
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Too hot to ride...want to trade? It's around -1 C (30F) where I am.
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
Congrats on the mileage and Century! I just started doing centuries this
year and I'm hooked In regards to the bikes and sizing, go on some
test rides and to see which one you like.
thanks. hopefully the local PB will later on have that bike in size medium and small.

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Too hot to ride...want to trade? It's around -1 C (30F) where I am.
lolz.

if i had a choice, i would live north during spring and summer then move back here when it's fall and winter.
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Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
if i had a choice, i would live north during spring and summer then move back here when it's fall and winter.
Wouldn't we all man, wouldn't we all. good on ya for making your goal.
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Old 11-06-12, 04:26 PM
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Are those cargo shorts?

Reward = bibs (FTW!)
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maybe MTB shorts with chamois?
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You could probably fit on a 53cm ett if you wanted to move your seat back 1.5cm, but if you can be comfortable and aero on 54.5cm why change it? A test ride is always the best answer. FWIW I ride 54cm with a 90mm stem.

Of those 2 bikes I think the BMC is better looking and head-turning, and probably has better re-sale. And I like the stock wheels better too. The new Fujis all look like they're trying too hard (e.g.: https://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/altamira_cx_13 ). But both are above what I'd buy anyway.
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I don't think many have responded to the bike choice question because there really is no choice between BMC and Fuji...none at all.
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Congrats--you doubled my 2012 mileage.

Over the summer, I gave up on wearing the MTB shorts over my cycling shorts. The aero difference is ridiculous. Now I just accept that I'm a roadie geek like every other roadie out there. No f's are given by me or other riders.

Continued good luck.
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Originally Posted by gamby View Post
Over the summer, I gave up on wearing the MTB shorts over my cycling shorts. The aero difference is ridiculous. Now I just accept that I'm a roadie geek like every other roadie out there. No f's are given by me or other riders.
I often still wear my MTB shorts over cycling shorts if I'm commuting, especially if it's cold. I don't really like being on an elevator with random office people in spandex and a helmet.
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Originally Posted by Lexi01 View Post
I don't think many have responded to the bike choice question because there really is no choice between BMC and Fuji...none at all.
lolz, im actually a fan of fuji and not only bec i own 1 right now. don't have anything against owning another 1.

now that i think about it more, both the BMC roadracer and the fuji SST 2.3 are entry level carbon but the BMC is still more expnsive it looks like.

maybe i should just wait until i can get either the SST 1.3 or the BMC race machine. so i get a intermediate level carbon.

i already have an entry level carbon bike right now anyway.

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Congrats--you doubled my 2012 mileage.

Over the summer, I gave up on wearing the MTB shorts over my cycling shorts. The aero difference is ridiculous. Now I just accept that I'm a roadie geek like every other roadie out there. No f's are given by me or other riders.

Continued good luck.
thanks. i do have a lycra shorts that i still wear under light shorts or track pants.

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I often still wear my MTB shorts over cycling shorts if I'm commuting, especially if it's cold. I don't really like being on an elevator with random office people in spandex and a helmet.
yeah, i commute with the bike and often meet friends for a restaurant. i like to look normal off the bike.

also, i like the many pockets that the cargo shorts has.

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BMC.

And congrats!
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Ah stop worrying about how you look off the bike, jerseys have pockets. As for which bike, either one would work. As for fit, it just looks like that bike is too small but I'm no expert. If you get a new bike it should come with a proper fit and if its a good shop they will sell you the right size for you not what stock they need to get rid of.
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Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
yeah, i commute with the bike and often meet friends for a restaurant. i like to look normal off the bike.

also, i like the many pockets that the cargo shorts has.
I don't think cargo shorts would be too comfortable when spinning though. Esp if you use the pockets while on the bike.
I'll just put shorts in my back jersey pocket if I'm going to a restaurant or something with non-cycling friends, and put them on when I get there.

If you're still looking for some reward - what wheels are those? At <135lbs you could probably get a new wheelset with less spokes for road rides (or a more aero rim set) and switch it out for your tougher set when commuting. A new set could be moved along with a new bike in the future too.
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I don't think cargo shorts would be too comfortable when spinning though. Esp if you use the pockets while on the bike.
I'll just put shorts in my back jersey pocket if I'm going to a restaurant or something with non-cycling friends, and put them on when I get there.

If you're still looking for some reward - what wheels are those? At <135lbs you could probably get a new wheelset with less spokes for road rides (or a more aero rim set) and switch it out for your tougher set when commuting. A new set could be moved along with a new bike in the future too.
yeah, but these shorts are more stylish than what i could fit in back jersey pocket. lolz
but yeah, i know what you mean since i had to put some stuff in those cargo pockets a while back and you feel them as you spin.

the wheels are velocity A23s. weigh about 1470 grams. the velocity hubs i got only has 24/28 config. i couldn't justify spending so much on a hub w/ lower spoke count. my aim to be below 1500g and i did get it with this config.

thought about getting super deep CF wheels... 60mm front, 88mm rear. but it can get windy here and there's several hills, roads aren't in the best shape either.

plus, i feel i have to be averaging >20mph to use wheels like that.

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Congrats on your goals. My goal this year was also 4000 miles and my first century.

I'll hit 4000 Friday, and did my century in July. Good stuff.
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Good for you on your goal. BMC+, Buy the same size you are riding.
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just noticed that the bmc has a 12-30 cassette.

i dunno about that. i'll lose even more top end speed.

i have 11-25 right now. good enough for all the hills around here.
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Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
just noticed that the bmc has a 12-30 cassette.

i dunno about that. i'll lose even more top end speed.

i have 11-25 right now. good enough for all the hills around here.
Since you're already spending so much money on the bike, what's another hundred+ to get the cassette you want?
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Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
just noticed that the bmc has a 12-30 cassette.

i dunno about that. i'll lose even more top end speed.

i have 11-25 right now. good enough for all the hills around here.
Why are you worried about losing "top end speed"? You'll be able to spin a 50/12 combination (the "tallest" gear on the BMC) to 32 mph at 100rpm. You aren't racing, so you'll never see that kind of speed except when descending a steep downhill, which it sounds like you don't have anyway, and if you did, just tuck and coast. What you should be concerned about is having closer ratios so you're always in the sweet spot of your cadence, and this may be easier to achieve with an 11-25, but that has nothing to do with your top speed. Also, at least try riding in some bibs instead of cargo shorts. Trust me, you won't care about how other people perceive you when you feel how nice it is to not have those heavy and awkward shorts flopping around on you when you pedal.
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I just concluded that OP is either a troll or a guy with more money than sense. Thoughts?
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Why are you worried about losing "top end speed"? You'll be able to spin a 50/12 combination (the "tallest" gear on the BMC) to 32 mph at 100rpm. You aren't racing, so you'll never see that kind of speed except when descending a steep downhill, which it sounds like you don't have anyway, and if you did, just tuck and coast. What you should be concerned about is having closer ratios so you're always in the sweet spot of your cadence, and this may be easier to achieve with an 11-25, but that has nothing to do with your top speed. Also, at least try riding in some bibs instead of cargo shorts. Trust me, you won't care about how other people perceive you when you feel how nice it is to not have those heavy and awkward shorts flopping around on you when you pedal.
yeah for downhill... i was only able to reach 42 mph on my bike on a short 12% grade hill near me. the highest gear had no resistance anymore. i wanna be able to hit 50mph on that hill.

re bibs... i don't want that. it seems to annoying when i have to pee. esp now in colder weather, i tend pee more since i don't sweat as much.

i do have a lycra shorts but so far, only worn them under my thermal track pants/jacket combo when it's chilly outside.

if i do end joining a club... i will start wearing lycra and jerseys. ^_^
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Originally Posted by L.L. Zamenhof View Post
I just concluded that OP is either a troll or a guy with more money than sense. Thoughts?
no, not a troll.

no, not too much money. otherwise, i wouldn't even blink to buy any of those 2 bikes or the 1 step up versions of them right now.

yes on the not much sense though. lolz
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