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Old 03-03-08, 09:55 PM
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New Bike for me! :)

So I bought a Novarra Randonee a few months back and went with what I thought was maybe a little too big (55cm) because the next smaller size was too small (52cm). After riding this for a while, I just feel way too streached out. I keep having to remind myself to scoot back on my saddle because I keep ending up on the nose. I have the saddle all the way forward on the rails and the stem (adj) is the shortest it can be. SO, I decided to order a Novara Element 'cross bike in 54cm! I know it's only 1 cm smaller size, but the top tube length is shorter so it should be good (I hope, none in the stores). If not, at least Ic an return it also. I love REI! Now I just have to wait until it gets here on the 14th........
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Old 03-03-08, 09:59 PM
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First off, Welcome Chris! Nice to have you join.

And congrats on your new bike! You'll have to post pics when you have it. I hope it fits perfectly, and maybe you can come out to ride with us in the near future.
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Old 03-03-08, 10:07 PM
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I'm a recent convert to the school of cyclocross bikes; congratulations. It's like having two bikes for the price of one and a set of road slicks.

*looks up Novara Element on rei.com*

Hey, wow, nice ride. Disc brakes and everything. Good on 'ya. If it's still a bit too long, you can also swap out the stem for a shorter one; I don't know REI's policy on that kind of swap, but if they don't allow it stems aren't that expensive and any FLBS should be able to help you out.
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Old 03-03-08, 10:18 PM
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Nice! welcome to the party. I might need a cross bike if I still have to commute from Pasadena to my new work location in September. Some pretty crappy roads. The wife will probably veto it though... at least until I get a few tickets for riding on the sidewalk.
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Old 03-03-08, 10:27 PM
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thanks all, I've been hanging around for a while, I've just been quiet. I'm down in San Diego area and loving it! I'm just starting to build my milage...I can keep a pretty good pace (around 12.5) on a kinda hilly 10 mile ride. I know I have a long way to go, but it's a start! And yes, I'm logging my miles in bikejournal!
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Welcome! I bought my road bike from REI as well. The only thing I don't like as much about them is they don't do much bike fitting for a bike purchase.
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Old 03-04-08, 10:18 AM
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At least I can always return it if I need to!
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All I could I post right now is the REI pics as I won't get the bike until the 14th and I HATE factory pics.... I will post some as soon as I can!
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