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Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-11, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By marksru16

Getting ready for spring

I rode a bit through the winter. Bike is definately a bit dirty and grimy, nothing too bad. I'd like to take it to my LBS for a tuneup within next few weeks. I think they charge around $60. I also...
Forum: Northeast
03-01-11, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 557
Posted By marksru16

Storage in NYC

Hi everyone --

I'm looking for suggestions on where to keep my bike. My building has a bike room but crammed full of junkers, so worried my expensive carbon bike will get beat up there. Keeping it...
Forum: Northeast
03-01-11, 11:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By marksru16

Storage in NYC

Hi everyone --

I'm looking for suggestions on where to keep my bike. My building has a bike room but crammed full of junkers, so worried my expensive carbon bike will get beat up there. Keeping it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-10, 11:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 426
Posted By marksru16

40s is probably the lowest I would realistically...

40s is probably the lowest I would realistically ride in. So your view is that its better to get some serious winter clothing as opposed to trying to layer on warm stuff?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-10, 10:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 426
Posted By marksru16

Cold weather

Hi all.

I'm looking to continue riding through sholder seasons in NY area (so through November, prob take a break Dec - Feb, and start up again in March). Should I be investing in a pair of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-10, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By marksru16

Does the 09 have the new Ultegra?

Does the 09 have the new Ultegra?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-10, 12:53 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,233
Posted By marksru16

(1) Bike leasing, and, along the same lines,...

(1) Bike leasing, and, along the same lines, selling used bikes but providing support and service for them

(2) Transportation, pick up and drop off service, etc. -- I don't own a car, live in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-10, 10:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,581
Posted By marksru16

Strictly Bikes in Fort Lee NJ also uses the high...

Strictly Bikes in Fort Lee NJ also uses the high tech system and charges $350 or so for it. I spoke to a local bike shop that is considering getting the machines and said they are a fortune and so it...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-10, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 464
Posted By marksru16

I did a good deal of research on this also, spoke...

I did a good deal of research on this also, spoke to a number of people. I ended up buying Specialized MTB Pro shoes (I paid just under $200) and Shimano pedals. Road purists insist that road shoes...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-10, 09:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By marksru16

I just bought a bike and bike shops I went to...

I just bought a bike and bike shops I went to permitted a 10-15 min ride. My problem with those rides was that the bike was totally not set up for me - they just eyeballed the seat height and gave it...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-10, 10:19 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,808
Posted By marksru16

I agree, assuming the difference in price isn't...

I agree, assuming the difference in price isn't huge (the tip analogy you use is a decent one). Unfortunately, yours is an experience I've never received from an LBS. I've found many of them to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-10, 10:13 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,808
Posted By marksru16

For many years the small local retailers ripped...

For many years the small local retailers ripped people off. Right now, they are suffering and its largely a bad thing, I agree, and so they have become a popular group. But people very quickly forget...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-10, 08:30 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,808
Posted By marksru16

One thing that gets missed is that many internet...

One thing that gets missed is that many internet retailers are bike shops themselves, just in different areas. Do a quick google search on a bike and you'll find shops in CA, WA and NM that are a few...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-10, 07:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

The $70 is for a full tune up of everything....

The $70 is for a full tune up of everything. Maybe it is too much, I don't know. But I'm not going to stress about it. I'm happy to have them do it as long as they do a good job, and I think they...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-10, 10:49 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Did a good amount of riding this weekend (for me,...

Did a good amount of riding this weekend (for me, that is). Love the bike, although don't have a lot to compare it to. Very happy with the purchase, it was pretty comfortable for 2-3 hours of first...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-10, 09:47 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,808
Posted By marksru16

Asking for a discount doesn't have to be...

Asking for a discount doesn't have to be obnoxious. I've done it with some success. Just said - "hey, I love this product but it's above what I can pay. My budget is $X, can you work with me?" This...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-10, 01:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,379
Posted By marksru16

I almost bought that bike in carbon and was going...

I almost bought that bike in carbon and was going to get the ultegra version. Great bike. I would pay another 250 and get it with 105. But if budget is an issue, wouldn't sweat it.

There are...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-10, 10:26 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,809
Posted By marksru16

Rudy Project. I just got one for $70 online. Its...

Rudy Project. I just got one for $70 online. Its light, looks cool, great reviews, etc.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-10, 11:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,469
Posted By marksru16

I'm in a similar position. Bought a CF bike from...

I'm in a similar position. Bought a CF bike from JensonUSA.com at a very good price and assembled the remaining 10% on my own, which was very simple. I told a LBS that I would like to have them fit...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-10, 08:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

JensonUSA.com Is it really weird? nayr497...

JensonUSA.com

Is it really weird? nayr497 is 5"7.5 and rides a small and those 2.5 inches are not insignificant, I think. I really couldn't ride the S, it was just too tall for me. I think the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-10, 04:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Well, I got my Look 566 in S (53cm TT) and it was...

Well, I got my Look 566 in S (53cm TT) and it was too big! Took it to my LBS and after tinkering a bit we all agreed I need a smaller size. So I packed it up and sent it back to the place I ordered...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-10, 02:47 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,980
Posted By marksru16

Rival is better bang for buck and ligher. 105 is...

Rival is better bang for buck and ligher. 105 is a workhorse and super reliable. With the Shimano name behind it, you know its going to perform well. Shifting is a matter of preference. I debated...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-10, 07:32 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 34,851
Posted By marksru16

I don't have myspace so can't. But happy to see...

I don't have myspace so can't. But happy to see that no posts on that site since 1/21/10.

And to an earlier poster, I don't feel at all bad for the family of the driver. If you read some of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-10, 03:29 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 34,851
Posted By marksru16

http://cbs4.com/local/rickenbacker.causeway.christ...

http://cbs4.com/local/rickenbacker.causeway.christophe.2.1530422.html

"The 29-year-old Bertonatti has a history of 42 previous traffic citations, including speeding for reckless driving, running...
Forum: Northeast
03-16-10, 07:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 841
Posted By marksru16

Stowflake Inn is supposed to be very nice. Never...

Stowflake Inn is supposed to be very nice. Never stayed there.

Equinox is also very nice, but I'd rather be near Stowe than by Manchester, which is full of shopping outlets.

Three Mountain...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-10, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By marksru16

You can probably pick up a Caad9 5 for around...

You can probably pick up a Caad9 5 for around 1000-1200 with 105 components.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-10, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By marksru16

I'm in awe. I set a goal of riding a century in...

I'm in awe. I set a goal of riding a century in Sept, and nervous about that!

Outside Mag is doing a feature on how to train for 24 hour ride. It should be coming out in next issue, and will...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-10, 01:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By marksru16

$60 for basic fitting, setting up height of seat,...

$60 for basic fitting, setting up height of seat, handbars, making sure knees are in right positition, etc. To me this sounds reasonable and worth it. They are not going to be using any of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-10, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By marksru16

Bike Fitting

I'm getting my new bike fitted by LBS on Sunday. I have some lingering reservations about whether I got the right size frame (debated btw S and XS and went with S). I would appreciate if anyone could...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-10, 08:26 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,739
Posted By marksru16

Standover is a weird thing. I'm 5"5 and have an...

Standover is a weird thing. I'm 5"5 and have an inseam of about 28.5-29. I ordered a Look 566 and had a very hard time deciding whether to order a S or XS. The small has a standover of 29.6 and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-10, 10:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 933
Posted By marksru16

There is a lot of trickle down tech, but the DA...

There is a lot of trickle down tech, but the DA will still be made with better quality parts, as a general rule, and 6 years is really not that old. Ultegra just came out with new gruppo, and a new...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-10, 05:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,323
Posted By marksru16

I just got a Rudy Slinger for $70. Only used once...

I just got a Rudy Slinger for $70. Only used once so far, but its very light, comfortable and looks nice. Outside Mag had a very positive review of it, as have other publications.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-10, 03:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 920
Posted By marksru16

I agree with everyone else here. Way to good to...

I agree with everyone else here. Way to good to be true. But if for some reason is it - someone has no clue and just wants to dump their bike, then as soon as you finish this post, RUN to that person...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-10, 09:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Interesting. Seems that there is pretty good...

Interesting. Seems that there is pretty good variation on "what fits" properly.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-10, 09:02 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Color is listed as Carbon/White.

Color is listed as Carbon/White.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-10, 09:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

I think I figured out what the confusion was for...

I think I figured out what the confusion was for me. The small (which is a size 51cm) has a 53cm head tube. The website I ordered from just listed the head tube size, not the actual size of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-10, 04:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Hey, just ordered a 2009 Look w Ultegra. ...

Hey, just ordered a 2009 Look w Ultegra.

Question: I tested a size small that was 51cm and it fit great. LBS wouldn't negotiate on price so I ordered from an online store. I ordered a size small....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-10, 02:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Yea, I actually saw that. I think I need a small....

Yea, I actually saw that. I think I need a small. There is one bike shop near me that sells Look, and I'm going to test ride it Sunday. I'd love to buy from them, even if it costs a bit more, for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-10, 12:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Wow, those are some sick deals. Haven't seen...

Wow, those are some sick deals. Haven't seen anything that good. Online I've seen the SRAM version for 2300 and the Ultegra for a little less (but the website doesn't have in my size). Assume in LBS...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-10, 10:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Thanks for the reply Francisco. I've tested the...

Thanks for the reply Francisco. I've tested the Synapse a few times and like the ride, but haven't fallen in love with the look of it. Better than 50% chance I will still get it though.

I also...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-10, 11:13 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,182
Posted By marksru16

Bike looks gorgeous. I'm close to buying a...

Bike looks gorgeous. I'm close to buying a Cannondale Synapse, but this is making me pause! Any feedback you can offer on this bike, particularly how it compares to Cannondale Synapse and Giant Defy...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-10, 11:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,010
Posted By marksru16

Have you considered Look 566? Reviews are very...

Have you considered Look 566? Reviews are very positive. I've been having a hard time locating a place to test it. Curious what others think -- seems to be in the same market as Cannondale Synapse,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-10, 11:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,920
Posted By marksru16

Very helpful everyone, thanks. Obviously getting...

Very helpful everyone, thanks. Obviously getting out on the road is best, but glad to hear from people that spinning can be a good training tool.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-10, 09:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,920
Posted By marksru16

Spinning v. riding

I'm curious to hear from those that both spin and do regular road riding, how it compares from a purely physical standpoint. I'm new to biking, and given the cold weather in northeast, have been...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-10, 10:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,010
Posted By marksru16

If that is true, why would anyone ever get an...

If that is true, why would anyone ever get an endurance bike? Just raise the head tube a little on a race bike? I always thought that physically the endurance bike would be more comfortable (like on...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-10, 04:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,010
Posted By marksru16

I thought that the bigger difference was that the...

I thought that the bigger difference was that the Synapse was more stretch out, so that you don't have to contort yourself as much? Head tubes are easy to make the same either by risers on the race...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-10, 06:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By marksru16

Yea, I know Apex is coming out. But I'd be...

Yea, I know Apex is coming out. But I'd be getting Rival, and Apex looks like a downgrade from that anyway. If the choice is between 105 and Rival, seems to me that Rival is the better value. If I...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-10, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By marksru16

You're probably right about having to wait for...

You're probably right about having to wait for 2011 models, since there is no information out there yet. I can't wait that long and so need to now decide between getting a bike with 105s or with SRAM...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-10, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By marksru16

New 105s

I've seen the few articles describing them. Seems like prices will drop and gets lots of trickle down technology from DA and Ultegra.

Does anyone know when stock bikes with the new 105s will hit...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-10, 09:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 873
Posted By marksru16

That's an interesting point. I tested the Six...

That's an interesting point. I tested the Six Carbon 3 and it feels fast (and looked damn good) but certainly is a little more contorted and not sure I would be comfortable riding a century on it....
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