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General Bike Thread (Desiderata, Questions, Pics)

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by kronik, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    nothing fancy. something without fixed gears. wouldn;t ride enough to justify something expensive.

    You ain't going to get much for $400; I just paid that much for a fork alone.
     


  2. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    If I have money, it'd be a Ruegamer with Sram Red. My neighbor has one built last year with super record 11. Unfortunately, his "bespoke" geometry is not quite right so he may get another one for better fit. Some people have no problems burning cash. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    And how much exactly does that run - moreover, how many races has he won?
     


  3. Aperipan

    Aperipan Senior member

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    And how much exactly does that run - moreover, how many races has he won?

    I don't know the exact cost as the pictured bike is a one of a kind time trial bike, build for the industry demo. My neighbor had a frame built for him by the same maker, but with road geometry. The components that went on it are basically all carbon imported from Germany. For seatpost, saddle, and brakes, and many tiny bolts, he used all AX-Lightness stuff with Lew's lightest wheels from 2008. Ruegamer frames are all handbuilt carbon, and is reputedly the lightest in the world. I don't know the exact cost but it's probably over $20K. I also have no question about his riding skill; he coached a professional cycling team and was a former pro himself. In fact, I started cycling because of him. You'd like to think that most people with very nice bikes can't ride for shit. In my opinion, that is rarely true, and what they have are probably "nice" only to the noobs.
     


  4. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    From my voracious reading of BF over the past month, I'd say.. there are a lot of "noobs" with very nice bikes. Bikes that would be nice to anyone who cared about bikes at all. As is the case here, if you have enough money, you'll buy whatever the best is that you can afford regardless of need/skill level. The same can be said of me by the way, as a CAAD has more racing pedigree than I have any business being on yet I purchased one.

    Here's a question - I've never owned an inside riding tool - is it worth my effort to buy a Cycleops.. or Kurt.. or Minoura.. or Blackburn trainer or should I just save (suck it up on rainy days) and get some e-Motion rollers?
     


  5. mcs5280

    mcs5280 Well-Known Member

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    If I have money, it'd be a Ruegamer with Sram Red. My neighbor has one built last year with super record 11. Unfortunately, his "bespoke" geometry is not quite right so he may get another one for better fit. Some people have no problems burning cash. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    They call that thing a bike?

    I would love to see him run that in a crosswind. Any decent gust would probably blow him over.
     


  6. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Here's a question - I've never owned an inside riding tool - is it worth my effort to buy a Cycleops.. or Kurt.. or Minoura.. or Blackburn trainer or should I just save (suck it up on rainy days) and get some e-Motion rollers?

    My bike gets more trainer hours than road hours. I have a minoura and a stack of Spinervals DVDs.

    I haven't tried any other trainer brand, though. I wish the minoura wasn't so noisy.
     


  7. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    thanks for ignoring my requests for recos, you cocknoblers.
     


  8. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    thanks for ignoring my requests for recos, you cocknoblers.

    Have a look in this thread for style of bike, then see what's available from your local bike shop in that style and your budget.

    You really need to pick a general style first before you can get any recommendations.
     


  9. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    thx. on ly bike i ever rode was a multi-speed touring bike. i know shit mind you, but looked like a cross between a trad 10-speed and a mountain bike.
     


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    thanks for ignoring my requests for recos, you cocknoblers.

    That's because $400 doesn't buy shit if you're actually looking for a quality bike.
    You might get a bottom of the line hardtail mtn bike from one of the big companies (Trek, Specialized, etc).

    I can tell you what not to do though. Don't get anything from Target, Walmart, Sears, etc.
    Go to a real bike shop or maybe REI.
     


  11. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    yeah, looked into some bottom feeder Treks. really, would just use it for 10 mile trail once a year when we go to cape cod and the boardwalk on long island. don;t need anything fancy.
     


  12. triathlete

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    Speedplays are great. Plenty of knee-saving float, easy to maintain, and they last forever. For a specific recommendation: you'll be fine with the chromoly zeros. The smaller pedal surface is really a non-issue, as the cleat is quite ample. Thwy're light, sturdy, well-made, and popular for the reason that they work. I have tens of thousands of miles on mine and have never had stability issues or hotspots.

    As for shoes, whichever fit you best. Have this fitting done at a good bike store by a knowledgeabile fitter. Like bike shorts, generally you get what you pay for here. That said, adidas cycling shoes punch well above their weight and seem to be perpetually on sale at Nashbar / Performancebike.

    Ultegra is more than good enough. Actually, 105 is more than good enough up to and including recreational racing. The supergroups are simply way more than most people who own them need or can justify. Roll up to a group ride some time ... it's comical to see plenty of dudes who are 10 to 30 lbs overweight, and have spent the extra megabucks to save 90 g with a duraace, record or Sram Red group.

    Last, get a good helmet and never ride without it.




    Not specifically for BMX but any type of bikes. Not to mention, I figure people could ask for recommendations for bikes and such in one thread. This is also my selfish way of asking a few questions and posting pictures of my recent purchases.. [​IMG]

    Pedal recommendation for a newb? Shoe recommendation for a newb? I was looking at Sidi Ergo 2's because I found them at around half off with some Speedplay Zeros and then I thought to myself, I do not need to take the StyleForum approach to cycling and could probably get away with something nice but cheaper. It seems there are advocates for each pedal system so hearing some feedback from you guys would be great.

    Why would anyone spend money on Campy Super Record 11 vs. your Shimano Ultegra? It shaves off some weight and is Italian which.. at the end of the day, I doubt the 2 pounds are really what makes anyone into a world-class cyclist but I digress. I've wondered this because I've seen in a number of cases people say you wouldn't upgrade until your current parts are one with the fishes and even then, I don't see why me going with SRAM Red (cool as it looks) would ever be a good idea.

    I can ask these questions here without getting lambasted by the BF'ers. Porn to come later.
     


  13. triathlete

    triathlete Senior member

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    Your neighbor has one? I thought this was a 'Concept Bike' that was only built for display at Eurobike last year. I would love to see one in person (though I would never trust that fork configuration for a rider over 50lbs!)





    If I have money, it'd be a Ruegamer with Sram Red. My neighbor has one built last year with super record 11. Unfortunately, his "bespoke" geometry is not quite right so he may get another one for better fit. Some people have no problems burning cash. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     


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    yeah, looked into some bottom feeder Treks. really, would just use it for 10 mile trail once a year when we go to cape cod and the boardwalk on long island. don;t need anything fancy.


    Kunk, look into the company Surly. You said you were looking for a fixed gear bike?
     


  15. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    yeah, looked into some bottom feeder Treks. really, would just use it for 10 mile trail once a year when we go to cape cod and the boardwalk on long island. don;t need anything fancy.

    This is in your budget and if you can spend a few bucks more, they have some that are a little bit nicer.

    A sport touring model (just make sure it has wide enough tires for the trail) or commuter sounds perfect.
     


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