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Old 04-27-05, 12:27 AM
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Novara Randonee or BadBoy or....

Here is the deal: I'm looking for a "do all" type of bike; in May 6 I can get 20% of REI stuff (their sale)and their Randonee will be aprox. $750. A BadBoy is still $900 but I can switch the wheels with 700s.... The Randonee has a drop bar...... I want a flat one! Expences with the brake handles, shifters, cables. I like that frame (Reynolds 853 would be better) and the places to install fenders and racks, I like the crank sets but I hate the 2005 colour. What should I do? Can I put some fat wheels on Novara? Is it worth the expense? Can I get something else? Other kind of Novara (Safari, Express), Kona Dew? Specialized Crossroad XC? I think I got a bad case of info overload..........
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Old 04-27-05, 03:23 AM
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REI sells Cannondale too ya know. As well as lightspeed, marin, electra, K2, and yetti.(REI is not allowed by some of the bike makers to sell online, like C'dale and Lightspeed)

The Randonee will take some beefy tires, you can try the drops long enough to really get used to them and then if you don't like them sell the shifters and bar and get a flat bar and shifters of your choice(trigger or grip).
The other option would be to try the Randonee for a month or two and if you don't like it return it and get a Badboy, if you don't like that, return it and try something else. Try not to trash the stuff, if your thinking about returning it, just to be a good person, but even if you do get a few dings in it they will take it back with no hassle.

I like the old school copper color BTW.
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Old 04-27-05, 09:27 AM
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I like the crank set in the Randonear but 2005 colour....ouhhh. That is not root beer,.... that is poo!
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Ahh but you can only use the coupon on the Novara brand. For a real do anything bicycle I'd get the Novara Safari. I have one and have done rail trails, street riding, a mostly road based tour, metric century rides, fire trails ,even some single track on it. It really brought me back to the style of riding I used to do as a kid - follow any interesting path on or off road and not having to worry much about the bicycle. It's trekking bars give you all the advantage of flat bars with some of the advantages of drops (more hand positions and a more aero profile). It easily supports racks and can carry as full a load as you give it. It is mostly good with the stock componants (decent gearing, strong rear rack, etc) I posted a review of it after my last tour and it describes the few changes I made to it.

I have switched to riding a Rivendell Atlantis as my primary steed and am migrating the Safari to being a more off road tourer but I still think it is a great bicycle.
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"...riding I used to do as a kid" I really like that; this is exactly what I had in mind and I was unable to express! Thank you Kodama!
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Originally Posted by capsicum
REI sells Cannondale too ya know. As well as lightspeed, marin, electra, K2, and yetti.(REI is not allowed by some of the bike makers to sell online, like C'dale and Lightspeed)
Not here because we have other bike shops that sell those brands.
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They sell Kona too. I'm sure it's not that other bike shops in the area sell them (We have a gob of Cannondale dealers around here), but more that REI doesn't stock everything at all locations, ask them for a complete REI bicycle catalog (the paper kind not online), chat it up with the bike guy well before the sale, find out what they can get you, though they may or may not want to move what's on the floor. Even if you can't use the 20% coupon on non-Novara bikes you can get the standard dividend. Find out before the sale.
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Old 04-29-05, 10:51 PM
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Oh and Scott, I forgot REI sells Scott bikes.
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Just for giggles and grins, look at a Giant FCR series bike. Ya never know! Flat bars, attatch points, room for fenders!
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