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Who road cycles here? What do you ride? Looking to get my ass in some shape for next year’s racing season doing some 20 lapers. I went to the local shop and the bike where around $2,000 is there a cheaper way to go? I don’t need a CF frame.

Thanks for any info:thumb:
 

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I was into it a few years ago at a much deeper level than I am now, but I still get out every now and then. I have a Bianchi Giro that works great. Aluminum frame with CF forks and Shimano groupo. I think retail on the recent Giro's is around $1500 - $1800?

Test ride a few and get the one that fits and feels right. Cost is no option as long as you are comfortable. You'll be kicking yourself if you buy strictly based on brand or lowest pricepoint.
 

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coderedcbr said:
Who road cycles here? What do you ride? Looking to get my ass in some shape for next year’s racing season doing some 20 lapers. I went to the local shop and the bike where around $2,000 is there a cheaper way to go? I don’t need a CF frame.

Thanks for any info:thumb:
Me. Four bicycles in the garage, plus a few more that belong to my wife and children.

I commute each day, only five miles, on a converted Peugeot hard tail (and hard front end!) MTB. Slick tyres, road cassette, compact double etc etc. Perfect for the job. Pic attached.

For Sunday best I ride a Colnago C40, Campagnolo Record 10sp, Ksyrium SSCs, etc etc. A lovely bike. More than a bicycle, a thing of beauty. However I've been offered a new Look 585 frame/fork at a ridiculously low price and I think I'm going to take it, which means the Colnago will go. I will miss it. :crying:

For a bit of fun and for training I've got a Fuji trackbike. Pretty basic machine, steel frame and forks but I've upgraded it with a TA chainset, Campag Record headset and seatpost, Cinelli bars and stem. Fixies are a good laugh.

Last but not least si my old road bike, a Vitus 992 bonded alum bike,
Campagnolo C-record 8sp. nie touch is theh rare Cobolto brake calipers.

I'vea lso got a 1960s Moulton restortaion project waiting behind the shed. Might be a while .......... :O

I love bicycles, always have. Did a bit of schoolboy racing, with spectacular lack of success. some Time Trialing through my thirties. A big motorcycle smash put paid to that, but my back was pretty well fixed eighteen months ago with another operation and it encouraged me to get back on my cycle. Lost 18lbs weight in 12 months. seriously thinking of doing some Alpine pass storming next year. :eek:

Trying to combine business with pleasure, a friend and I have started a mail order bike part business. Look here www.dotbike.com (this is where the cheopo 585 comes in - one of our suppliers has offered it to me at close to cost.

Regarding your bike and budget, I'd strongly recommend buying second hand stuff. some real bargains out there. Ebay is as good a place to look as any. $2000 will buy a lot on the used bike market. Everyone I know who has bough a Trek has been very pleased with it. Heard less good things about Giants, too harsh a ride. A Specialised would also but worth looking at.
 

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Proto said:
(For this reason I've never bothered trying to buy a bike in Utah)
:rotfl: :rotfl: :clap:

I don't think he'd see the message.
 

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I'm in the same boat as codered...but,

Bummer. Was at the track helping some friends yesterday and was outbid.

Thanks for the link anyways Proto. :)
 

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First time in clip ins eh? They're the shiz. :)

How you likin' the bike?
 

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First time in clip ins eh? They're the shiz. :)

How you likin' the bike?
Yep first time:O Love the bike 05 trek 1500:thumb: It feels so light and just makes you want to go longer. I plan to get up at 7am and get in a few miles. I found some socks in the bike shop that said BLING on the side:clap: so you know I had to get them


OK I have on question do I have to shave my legs?:idunno:
 

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OK I have on question do I have to shave my legs?:idunno:
Oh hell no, and you don't have to wear spandex either. :)

I have socks with bling on them, beer mugs, flaming woody's all sorts of funny stuff. I used to think cycling socks were a waste of money, but after getting a couple of pair I will never go back to riding without them. :thumb:
 

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Oh hell no, and you don't have to wear spandex either. :)

I have socks with bling on them, beer mugs, flaming woody's all sorts of funny stuff. I used to think cycling socks were a waste of money, but after getting a couple of pair I will never go back to riding without them. :thumb:
I did get a jersery and bib.:thumb:

Do you where anything under the bib?

These are some gay questions:O :eek: :shocked:
 

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:idunno:

I wear t-shirts and shorts. Not a roadie here (yet), mt biker. :)
 

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Congrats. looks like a nice bike. Enjoy. And don't worry everbody falls over at least once using SPD/Look/Time pedals. (I use Look Keos onmt road bike :thumb: )

If I'm out for a decent ride then it's bib shorts and a cycling top. And no, nothing underneath, if that's your question.
Best advice I can give you is get a decent saddle. Literally dozens to choose from but find one you like, don't be mean either, cus after a few hors sitting on it, you'll find out if you've invested wisely. I rather like Selle Italia Flites, but the SLR and SLR XP are surprisingly comfortable.
 

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Nemisis said:
I do stationary machine bike hard for 30 minutes. If there is a benefit to actual cycling let me know.
Go ride a bike for 30 minutes and report back. The number of benefits could fill the internet.

1) in the beautiful outdoors
2) balance practice, slide practice, 2 wheel balance
3) Much more difficult workout
4) almost constantly varying conditions give a better workout.

on and on and on...

BTW, I'm on a stationary bike almost daily too. But that doesn't keep them from sucking.
 
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