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Old 08-29-2010, 06:21 PM   #16486
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Bravo to the "Ultra-lite touring Duo"! You two rock!
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:28 PM   #16487
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Looking for bags for the Fargo - something that will carry enough gear for a couple of days unsupported.

Revelate Designs - Eric Parsons - anyone used his stuff before?
Jannd bags seem very nicely made and well thought out.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:36 PM   #16488
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Today I wandered off and well, got a bit lost. But, I did find my way to the LBS up here by bicycle, and then I knew where I was and that lead me to as far south as I have been on the INterurban Trail,


My ugliness in all it's splendor,


30 miles on the day I managed to average about 14mph. Took about 2 hours. The weather cooled quite a bit.



All my muscles hurt along with the ribs I broke more than a year ago. But, my knees are OK. Good workout for the day. Met a retired racer on the way back to the hotel. Wayne. Good ride.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:32 PM   #16489
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Lemme see, we already have Javarilla as King of the Clydes. So I nominate Askel as the Minister of Pain and Gravel.

Y'all are makin' the rest of us look bad.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:01 PM   #16490
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Ok. After a month of riding on my comfort bike, I've come to the realization that I need a road bike if I'm going to continue to ride.

I want a POS entry level bike that will get me started, but I have no money and all I can offer to trade is my nearly new Schwinn GS comfort bike with less than 200 miles on it.

I've looked on Craigslist, but I have NO idea what's a good bike, what I need, blah blah blah.

Tell me what I need and how to get what I want with my limitations. Please.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:04 PM   #16491
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Ok. After a month of riding on my comfort bike, I've come to the realization that I need a road bike.

I need a POS entry level bike that will get me started, but I have no money and all I can offer to trade is my nearly new Schwinn GS comfort bike with less than 200 miles on it.

I've looked on Craigslist, but I have NO idea what's a good bike, what I need, blah blah blah.

Tell me what I need and how to get what I want with my limitations. Please.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:15 PM   #16492
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Ok. After a month of riding on my comfort bike, I've come to the realization that I need a road bike if I'm going to continue to ride.

I want a POS entry level bike that will get me started, but I have no money and all I can offer to trade is my nearly new Schwinn GS comfort bike with less than 200 miles on it.

I've looked on Craigslist, but I have NO idea what's a good bike, what I need, blah blah blah.

Tell me what I need and how to get what I want with my limitations. Please.
Fit is very important. Makes it kind of difficult to buy online if you don't know what size you need. This weekend might be a great time to visit the LBS and at least test ride a few bikes and see if they have some models on closeout. I'm guessing your going to want a model that is a little more upright than a race bike. Its not a comfort bike, but its a little more comfortable than a pure race bike. Be prepared to discuss what sort of riding you see yourself wanting to do. 20-30 mile rides or centuries.

Good used bikes can be had, but for the inexperienced cyclists, well, you could end up buying someone else's problems.

BTW, I think this was predictable - anyone who has "Ninja Skillz", such as yourself, wasn't going to be happy with comfort bike for long...
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:19 PM   #16493
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Fit is very important. Makes it kind of difficult to buy online if you don't know what size you need. This weekend might be a great time to visit the LBS and at least test ride a few bikes and see if they have some models on closeout. I'm guessing your going to want a model that is a little more upright than a race bike. Its not a comfort bike, but its a little more comfortable than a pure race bike. Be prepared to discuss what sort of riding you see yourself wanting to do. 20-30 mile rides or centuries.

Good used bikes can be had, but for the inexperienced cyclists, well, you could end up buying someone else's problems.

BTW, I think this was predictable - anyone who has "Ninja Skillz", such as yourself, wasn't going to be happy with comfort bike for long...


Thanks for the info. I should also mention that my father is a century rider with a few road bikes in his possession. He's got some good advice for me, but I want an unbiased opinion, too. He's letting me take out his Le Monde, 20 speed, 55cm bike out to test ride tomorrow. If I like it, I'm fucked cuz then that's all I'm gonna want and I won't wanna settle for anything less.

Thanks, Dad.... right?




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Old 08-29-2010, 10:20 PM   #16494
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Thanks for the info. I should also mention that my father is a century rider with a few road bikes in his possession. He's got some good advice for me, but I want an unbiased opinion, too. He's letting me take out his Le Monde, 20 speed, 55cm bike out to test ride tomorrow. If I like it, I'm fucked cuz then that's all I'm gonna want and I won't wanna settle for anything less.

Thanks, Dad.... right?




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You're his daughter, just bat your eyelashes or some shit.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:21 PM   #16495
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Ok. After a month of riding on my comfort bike, I've come to the realization that I need a road bike if I'm going to continue to ride.

I want a POS entry level bike that will get me started, but I have no money and all I can offer to trade is my nearly new Schwinn GS comfort bike with less than 200 miles on it.

I've looked on Craigslist, but I have NO idea what's a good bike, what I need, blah blah blah.

Tell me what I need and how to get what I want with my limitations. Please.
the problem is, when you're shopping used, you have to work with what you can find. its not like we can say, "Oh! You should get a 1976 Trek TX500 in 48cm", as the odds of finding one of those in good shape (a superb underrated bike, that might well sell for just a couple $100 in decent riding condition) AND having it be the right size is between slim and none.

An older bike thats been ridden a lot will likely need some TLC, which can range from cables-n-brakepads-n-new-seat to needing to clean and regrease all the bearings (wheels, bottom bracket, headset) to needing new wheels (which can cost more than a used bike). An older bike thats been neglected will likely need a lot of this stuff, too. If someone has done all this, the price will be higher.

The SFBA Craigslist bikes site gets a ton of bikes on it, but they range from nearly new high(!) end yuppie-racebikes that are $$$$$s to a lot of real junk.

btw, there is another choice, which is a lightweight hybrid, essentially a low end road bike with flat bars, and less exotic bits than you typically find on a 'real' road bike. For instance, a Specialized Sirrus,


instead of an Allez.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:27 PM   #16496
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Thanks for the info. I should also mention that my father is a century rider with a few road bikes in his possession. He's got some good advice for me, but I want an unbiased opinion, too. He's letting me take out his Le Monde, 20 speed, 55cm bike out to test ride tomorrow. If I like it, I'm fucked cuz then that's all I'm gonna want and I won't wanna settle for anything less.

Thanks, Dad.... right?

Somebody shoot me now.
Naw, it sounds like its a spare bike to me. Tell him you'd be glad to store it in your garage for a while so he has some more room in his garage. If he doesn't need the space, ask if you can store some of your shit in there so he does...

Then around Christmas time he can just make it official and give it to you.

Honestly, you've got the right guy there to give you advice. There is nothing wrong with any of the top bikes. Le Monde is made by Trek. Both Lance and Alberto have managed to use those Treks to kick some ass.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:28 PM   #16497
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You're his daughter, just bat your eyelashes or some shit.
He's not one of those dads. Makes his kids work for their shit.



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Old 08-29-2010, 10:32 PM   #16498
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Naw, it sounds like its a spare bike to me. Tell him you'd be glad to store it in your garage for a while so he has some more room in his garage. If he doesn't need the space, ask if you can store some of your shit in there so he does...

Then around Christmas time he can just make it official and give it to you.

Honestly, you've got the right guy there to give you advice. There is nothing wrong with any of the top bikes. Le Monde is made by Trek. Both Lance and Alberto have managed to use those Treks to kick some ass.
See my post above.

That bike is his baby. He has 3: one recumbent that he wants to sell, another Le Monde that's a 14 speed that's a bit larger than the one he's letting me use. I know he'd be ecstatic for me to have a road bike so we can ride together as he's mentioned that a number of times, but not enough to just give me one that he's paid through the nose for.

Thanks pierce - I'll keep a lookout. I appreciate the name drop and differences explained.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:59 PM   #16499
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See my post above.

That bike is his baby. He has 3: one recumbent that he wants to sell, another Le Monde that's a 14 speed that's a bit larger than the one he's letting me use. I know he'd be ecstatic for me to have a road bike so we can ride together as he's mentioned that a number of times, but not enough to just give me one that he's paid through the nose for.

Thanks pierce - I'll keep a lookout. I appreciate the name drop and differences explained.

but, it sounds like you're heading into serious road bike territory, so don't let my love of hybrids drag you back. a hybrid is, IMHO, more of a utility bike. somewhere halfway inbetween your inexpensive schwinn comfort bike, and a proper road bike.

to go with a proper road bike, you'll need bike shoes, shorts, and a jersey or two. you can skimp on the jersey initially, but the shoes are a must to ride with clip-on pedals, and riding shorts are a must on anything over 20 or so miles.


proper road bikes can be loosely split into two categories, competition/race bikes, and endurance/century bikes. there's also touring bikes, which are like endurance bikes only more so (racks, fenders, heavy duty wheels, usually steel frames).

companies like Specialized also make women-specific geometry road bikes, these are generally oriented around longer legs and shorter torsos than many men. Specialized has the Dolce and Ruby as an alternative to the Roubaix and Secteur endurance road bikes, and the Amira as an alternative to the men's Tarmac race bikes. now, you may not be of the body form they are targetting, and would be better off with the men's frames, I can't say, only a good bike fitter could.

these sorts of bikes very quickly climb over $1000, and don't stop until you break $10K at the extreme end. I'd figure I'd have to expect to spend about $2000 to $3000 on a good basic modern roadie before I'd be happy (I'd want a compact double with 105 or Ultegra gearing, and fairly classic geometry...)
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Ok. After a month of riding on my comfort bike, I've come to the realization that I need a road bike if I'm going to continue to ride.

I want a POS entry level bike that will get me started, but I have no money and all I can offer to trade is my nearly new Schwinn GS comfort bike with less than 200 miles on it.

I've looked on Craigslist, but I have NO idea what's a good bike, what I need, blah blah blah.

Tell me what I need and how to get what I want with my limitations. Please.
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