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General Bike Thread (Desiderata, questions, porn)

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

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    and some ATACs :slayer:
     
  2. oldandslow

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    I do need to get those brake lines shortened!
     
  3. HOT Sriracha

    HOT Sriracha Senior member

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    I'm transitioning from riding fixed gear and single speed for 6 years and looking into my first road bike. I set my budget around $1,500ish.

    I've test rode some Cannondales (CAAD10, CAAD12) and Trek so far and like Cannondale's more. I have yet to try Specialized, Fuji, Felt, etc.

    My local shops have 2015 CAAD10 105 for closeout around $1,200 and I'm also considering the CAAD12 105 or Ultegra groups.

    Some questions:

    Is there a huge difference in 105 and Ultegra?
    Should I go with the closeout CAAD10 or splurge on the CAAD12?

    Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
     
  4. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    I am so out of shape. 1st ride of the season (read: 1st ride in 2 years or so) and I was huffing and puffing like a 2 pack a day smoker. Average speed was slow, max speed was slow, average mile was slow and I was at the back almost the entire time. I kept pushing though and 25 miles later day 1 was over.
     
  5. whiteslashasian

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    Can only go up from there!

    I haven't ridden my road bike in 6 months. I'm almost scared to get on it for how out of cardiovascular shape I am in right now.
     
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  6. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    I think you should save your money and get the cheapest CAAD bike with 105 you can find, new or used as long as it's an 8 or better. The 10 speed stuff is more than fine. You're not going to be missing anything. That money will be better spent on other stuff that comes up. I have a CAAD9 which I bought with 105 and it would be as good today as it was then. It's really not a big deal as long as the bike fits!

    If you can find a used one in good condition with 10 speed ultegra, then even better, but you have to know how to look things over and evaluate condition.

    This is why I'm terrified of even going for a ride lol. I gotta suck it up and go soon. I'm looking forward to getting into what would even be remotely considered to be good cardio shape.
     
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  7. 89826

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    The longest journey begins with a single step. Doing it is a victory.
     
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  8. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Been raining since Wednesday and rain forecasted everyday until early next week so my next ride will be painful


    sidenote:  I decided to go with Look pedals with 0° float and I am happy with them

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I use the cheapo Nashbar Izoard pedals and cleats, which are Look Keo compatible and really like the platform a lot. Great power transfer.
     
  10. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    I agree plus no hotspots, even on my ancient riding shoes. On my mountain bike however I use eggbeater mallets.
     
  11. whiteslashasian

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    I took a ride in central park Saturday morning and holy crap am I out of shape. My better of two laps took 24 minutes. I did have to slow down in a few spots because of congestion since I got out later than I wanted, at 8:30 AM. Will need to work on it!
     
  12. ridethecliche

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    I think that it has sadly been long enough now... I have two 1984 trek's that I need to sell.

    I can't decide if I should take everything apart and sell it that way or just try to get rid of them as is, though I'd be totally unlikely to get a great price since they're pretty purpose designed bikes and the demographics wouldn't mesh... Maybe.
     
  13. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Decided to stop borrowing my buddy's spare bike and pick up an el cheapo for myself. Here are the leading CL candidates for the week and their asking prices. I'm leaning towards the Ganna and the Trek 5220 OCLV with the Specialized coming in at 3rd



    Giant OCR3 - $300

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    Ganna road bike. 7005 frame, 9 sp Campy Mirage brakes/shifters and derailleur, Veloce crank - $250 firm

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    Trek 1500 Discover Channel (2007?). Ultegra crank,105 shifters/derailleurs, bontrager front wheel, rolf rear wheel - $400 (previously advertised for $500)

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    Specialized A1 MAX. 105 derailleurs/shifters, specialized crank - $300 obo

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    Trek 5220 OCLV carbon frame/fork. Ultegra, mavic wheels $225


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  14. JohnnyMarr

    JohnnyMarr Well-Known Member

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    CAAD12 is a terrific bike.

    In the UK there's a £400 difference between Ultegra and 105 versions, I wouldn't spend the extra money personally
     
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  16. Rumpelstiltskin

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    No one gives a damn but I picked up the Ganna (named for Luigi Ganna, first winner of the Giro d' Italia and only sold in Europe) this afternoon. 7005 frame, Dura Ace headset, 9 sp Campy Mirage brakes/shifters and derailleurs, Veloce crank, Selle Italia XO saddle and Alex DR15 wheels



    [​IMG]

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  17. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I'd appreciate any recommendations on aero wheels for around 1k GBP.

    I was looking at FFWD F4 240s and Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbons.

    Any thoughts on those or something else I should consider?

    Thanks.
     
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  18. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    Should mention, also looking at the Cosmic Pro Carbons, little heavier / not real carbon but at least I wouldn't have to swap over brake pads.
     
  19. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    If you are talking about these https://www.merlincycles.com/mavic-...s&ucpo=22705&gclid=CPqMjLPd3c0CFQaXvQodHEEJMg then I run those on my bike. Like you said not real carbon and not exactly light, but stiff as hell and I haven't had to touch them in 3 years as far as trueing goes. I'm pretty big as far as cyclists go, 6"2 and 86kg and only just recently got the bearings re-greased when swapping the freehub changing from SRAM to Campy

    [​IMG].

    Still, I must admit I'm dreaming of a pair of full carbon clinchers at the moment but having just built a new house it'll stay a dream for a while yet.
     
  20. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    Nice ride, HC.

    Frame looks sorta like a Trek Domane with a thicker toptube. Where's the frame from?
     

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