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06-30-18, 10:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By Roasted

My original ETA for my bar tape was hysterically...

My original ETA for my bar tape was hysterically incorrect (in a good way). Instead of it coming in another week (?!) it came today, so I wrapped the bullhorn bars and installed them. Based on...
06-29-18, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By Roasted

Don't try a trike. Believe me you'll get sunk in...

Don't try a trike. Believe me you'll get sunk in and leave with one. ;) I don't have anything against fixed bikes, but having ridden one before it's pretty clear that it's not for me. I need to coast...
06-28-18, 10:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By Roasted

Returning to the SS scene with the addition of the Nashbar SS Road Bike

Hello friends. Given the honeymoon phase is in full swing regarding a recent addition to my tiny bike stable I felt compelled to write up my recent experiences. First off, I've gone through a number...
Forum: Recumbent
10-07-13, 08:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,789
Posted By Roasted

Thanks for the responses. I took a test ride on a...

Thanks for the responses. I took a test ride on a LWB re***bent at a bike shop a ways up the highway. It was a nice ride, but I tell ya the 1,200 price tag was scary given the level of components on...
Forum: Recumbent
10-04-13, 02:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,789
Posted By Roasted

Thanks for your responses. I have not even ridden...

Thanks for your responses. I have not even ridden a re***bent bike yet. It's just been a thought in my mind that I've been chasing around for a while now. I only decided to consider it after I began...
Forum: Recumbent
10-04-13, 10:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,789
Posted By Roasted

New rider - what are some things to look out for?

Hello friends. I've been a big time rider for quite a few years. Mountain biking is my passion, and that'll never change, but sometimes I just like to get out on the road bike and do my thing since I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-10, 05:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,683
Posted By Roasted

I have a KHS full suspension frame on my mountain...

I have a KHS full suspension frame on my mountain bike. Definitely the most solid mountain bike I've had.

I actually considered a KHS road bike just prior to getting my Giant Defy, but there were...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-10, 01:12 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,436
Posted By Roasted

I wasn't comparing BikesDirect to Wal-Mart......

I wasn't comparing BikesDirect to Wal-Mart... UCIMBZ was speaking about how frames aren't all that different. That's why I dropped the Wal-Mart bomb as a reminder of what kind of junk is out there. ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-10, 12:40 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,436
Posted By Roasted

Ever ridden a wal mart bike?

Ever ridden a wal mart bike?
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-10, 12:38 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,436
Posted By Roasted

Customer support does not necessarily = repairs....

Customer support does not necessarily = repairs. I do all of my own wrenching. I can't even think of the last time I took a bike to the bike shop for any mechanical work. That's not the point I tried...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-10, 12:13 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,436
Posted By Roasted

I could have gone for the Gravity Liberty on...

I could have gone for the Gravity Liberty on BikesDirect, which appears to be a semi decent road bike that clearly copies the Giant Defy.

Instead, I got the Giant Defy. I have support from the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-10, 12:09 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 3,808
Posted By Roasted

If you are not a smoker, put yourself on a...

If you are not a smoker, put yourself on a pack-a-day smoker's budget. Find 5 dollars a day (or just get the slow pain over-with and drop 35 every Sunday into a jar) and forget about it.
If you are...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-10, 12:06 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,359
Posted By Roasted

I typically listen to music or watch live...

I typically listen to music or watch live concerts when I'm on the trainer. What helps me is I'll listen to one song with a soft pedal cadence, then next song I ramp it up 2 or 3 gears and really...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-10, 10:08 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,359
Posted By Roasted

When I ride, whether it's on the trainer or on...

When I ride, whether it's on the trainer or on the road, I tend to ride very hard. I like getting off the bike and having my legs feel like jello. I live in a hilly area, but between softer pedaling...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 10:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 911
Posted By Roasted

I don't recognize it offhand... which Giant in...

I don't recognize it offhand... which Giant in particular is that?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 10:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 756
Posted By Roasted

No. I went as far as to take my digital camera in...

No. I went as far as to take my digital camera in video recorder mode and put it on a stool right next to the bike in view of the top tube/seat tube/seat stays in the shot with the stationary garage...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 10:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 756
Posted By Roasted

I figured the trainer would have added to it...

I figured the trainer would have added to it since otherwise the wheel to some degree (I would think) would absorb some movement.

But hey, thanks for the answers guys. I guess I was mostly...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 756
Posted By Roasted

I took that into account, but from the best I can...

I took that into account, but from the best I can tell it looks like the seat tube itself. But hey, whatever. Just wanted to make sure users here wouldn't be like OMG BAD!
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 08:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 756
Posted By Roasted

Ha, yeah. I figured to a degree it might give a...

Ha, yeah. I figured to a degree it might give a little bit. When I'm on the trainer and watching my crank as I pedal, there's far more movement in the crank area than there is with the seat tube/top...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 08:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 756
Posted By Roasted

Should I be alarmed if I can sense frame flex by sitting on the bike?

What's your opinion on this? I only ask because when I sat on my bike tonight which was mounted to the trainer, I thought I noticed movement. Of course I called BS on this and stood up and slowly sat...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-10, 07:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,023
Posted By Roasted

Depends what I'm doing. I often like to wake up...

Depends what I'm doing. I often like to wake up Saturday mornings and say, hmm, let's ride to Maryland (I'm in PA). So when I do that, I simply head south without any idea where I'm going. Likewise,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-10, 07:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By Roasted

You didn't read all of my threads then. ;) ...

You didn't read all of my threads then. ;)

Some opinions I heard were a mixture of in person vs forum, but I do remember a few users mentioning that to me here.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-10, 02:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By Roasted

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Little story about my recent bike riding adventures.

I bought a 54cm 2010 GT GTR Series 3. I liked it a lot. It was everything I wanted in a road bike....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-10, 09:25 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,643
Posted By Roasted

Would have been a heckuva swing to the car door...

Would have been a heckuva swing to the car door to actually accomplish that dent, I would think. I've had that happen with absent minded people getting out of my car in the garage and flinging the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 11:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,091
Posted By Roasted

I hear ya man. I had test ridden the Defy 1...

I hear ya man. I had test ridden the Defy 1 tonight in the 53.5cm size. It came stock with a 100mm stem. The stem was at the top of the spacer stack and flipped up. I rode it for about 20 minutes on...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 11:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,091
Posted By Roasted

Thanks for the link bro. Yeah that makes a little...

Thanks for the link bro. Yeah that makes a little more sense looking over this chart. It looks like Giant's suggestions for frame sizes go along the lines of indicating that these frame sizes indeed...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 10:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,091
Posted By Roasted

Yeah - I was just looking at the Defy 1 vs Trek...

Yeah - I was just looking at the Defy 1 vs Trek 2.1 spec sheets.

Defy 53.5 TT - 560
Trek 56 H2 TT - 560

Defy 53.5 HT - 185
Trek 56 H2 HT - 170

Defy 53.5 Standover - 78.7
Trek 56 H2...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 10:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,091
Posted By Roasted

marn - SWEET photo man. I love that action shot....

marn - SWEET photo man. I love that action shot. What size bike is that? Did you by chance find that the Giant bikes run a bit larger in size? The 53.5 I tried out felt bigger to me than the 56cm...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 06:47 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Just got back from test riding the 2011 Defy 1......

Just got back from test riding the 2011 Defy 1... I won't lie, I was a big fan of that bike. For comparisons, I also test rode one of their carbon race bikes. I wanted to directly compare an...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 06:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,091
Posted By Roasted

Just going by what I was told. Logically (to be...

Just going by what I was told. Logically (to be honest) it makes sense, because it's not transferring vibration directly to where your seat post is located. I test rode the Defy tonight and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 03:49 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

lol... At least Ramen has a variety of flavors,...

lol... At least Ramen has a variety of flavors, so I wouldn't necessarily be eating the SAME thing all of the time... right? :P

Don't hate me guys, but I just found out there's a Giant dealer in...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 03:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,091
Posted By Roasted

I called a bike shop this afternoon which is a...

I called a bike shop this afternoon which is a Giant dealer to discuss what they had in stock and what kind of road bike I'm looking for and that I wanted to test ride a Giant before I pulled the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 12:00 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Guys, guys... I like ramen... But not THAT much...

Guys, guys... I like ramen... But not THAT much that I'd opt to live off of it for the next 5 years of my life! :P
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 11:07 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Hmm, some valid points here. I'm beginning to...

Hmm, some valid points here. I'm beginning to re-think the whole H3 thing, and I'm also growing more curious to check out a 54cm H2. I've been reading about some users opinions of longer stems,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 01:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Well, I DID ride the 56 H2, and it felt good. The...

Well, I DID ride the 56 H2, and it felt good. The only concern I had was it felt great in the drops (compared to the 54), but a hair stretched out on the hoods (whereas the hoods on the 54 felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 12:30 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Gosh. I need to stop hanging around here... :P ...

Gosh. I need to stop hanging around here... :P

Naw I'm definitely set on the 2.1 if I stick with Trek. The only question I have now is the whole H2 and H3 thing. I've been doing some reading...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-10, 10:52 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

You're killing me bro. :P Maybe I'll just...

You're killing me bro. :P

Maybe I'll just take a PEAK...................
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-10, 09:25 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Yeah, I hear ya man. I gotta admit, I heard some...

Yeah, I hear ya man. I gotta admit, I heard some people not really into Trek here... there's a few haters out there. But I just wanted to be unbiased and give every brand a chance. But to be honest,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-10, 08:42 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Hey bro. Gotta consider my options. While I'm...

Hey bro. Gotta consider my options. While I'm waiting, I can't help but to look. Naa-meeen? :P
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-10, 08:32 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Call me crazy, but I take that as disapproval...

Call me crazy, but I take that as disapproval over the Jamis? :P
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-10, 06:47 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Just caught wind there was a Jamis dealer in the...

Just caught wind there was a Jamis dealer in the area. Figured I'd check their site to see if there were any bikes in my alley annnnnd I think I found one. Still betting on the Trek pretty hardcore,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-10, 01:27 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Good deal man. Well maybe you'll get that lucky...

Good deal man. Well maybe you'll get that lucky lottery ticket or something and the bonus wait won't have to take place after all. :P Either way it sounds like you're comparing some pretty solid...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-10, 04:00 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 40,918
Posted By Roasted

There's a lot of Hyundai's out there, but I still...

There's a lot of Hyundai's out there, but I still bought one. Who gives a damn? It's a bike. Ride it. Enjoy it. No reason to be judgmental towards any certain brand "just because."
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-10, 12:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By Roasted

Cycling Shoes - How does sizing run?

In some shoes, I'm a 12. Others, a 12.5. Because of this, shopping for cycling shoes has me in a fog. I tried on some in the bike shop that were 12's and they felt good, but they were Shimano brand...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-10, 11:58 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Good to hear somebody else had similar feelings...

Good to hear somebody else had similar feelings of the 56. Yeah in my case I was also going from 54 90mm stem to 56 100mm stem, so I think that factored in a higher gap than I realized. If i put a 90...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-10, 10:48 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

lol - but I gotta wait anyway. Remember, I test...

lol - but I gotta wait anyway. Remember, I test rode the 56 H2 and I want to compare the 56 H3, but they have to get one in first...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-10, 10:38 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Wow. The 08 2.1 Pilot had a headtube of 153mm for...

Wow. The 08 2.1 Pilot had a headtube of 153mm for the 56, whereas the '11 2.1 H3 has a headtube of 185mm for the 56.

I thought I read somewhere that:

H1 = Comparable to Former Pro Fit
H2 =...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-10, 09:35 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

I'd only be sweating the numbers if I were...

I'd only be sweating the numbers if I were actually considering a pilot. But I'm not. I'm just curious geometry wise how the current Trek's compare to the previous ones. I don't really know anything...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-10, 04:08 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

hmm, I see. Such a bummer because I cannot find...

hmm, I see. Such a bummer because I cannot find any geometry specs on that Pilot. I'm curious to compare. Any ideas? Trek's archives don't carry geometry specs...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-10, 11:04 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,348
Posted By Roasted

Now when you compare the Pilot to the 2.X series,...

Now when you compare the Pilot to the 2.X series, are you taking the H3 2.X into reference or are you speaking of the standard H2 2.X?
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