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Old 07-01-2011, 11:16 AM   #20896
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I'm looking for some advice on a new bike.I currently ride a 15yr. old Schwinn Frontier.I bought it new and used it regularly the first couple years(.Nothing wrong with my bike I keep it maintained and it works for what I do now but I got the hots to upgrade) Then it sat for a while and about 2yrs. ago I started riding it again.I put steet tires on it.I ride 2-3 times a week 12-15 miles at a time maybe a 20-30 mile ride 2 times a month.I'm 61 retired and 6"1" 210 (lost 25 reecently do to biking and diet).I'm looking increase my road riding and up the milage but I also want to still ride the gravel rail trails and drop off of curbs now and then when riding in town.The bike I'm looking at is the Specialized Sirrus Sport.Any comments if this would work for the type of riding I want to do.Also I'd like to be able to haul some gear and do some overnighters on the C&O canal.Any suggestions apreciated.
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Is the Sirrus sport the price range you a looking for ($550 or so)?
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:22 PM   #20897
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[QUOTE=Mr Head;16297475]My riding buddy built a Surely just for that type of riding. He has hauled tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear and a Kermit chair 20 miles to a campsite twice this year. He regularly commutes using the surely and the train. And riding that thing he has ridden himself into enough shape I can't keep up with him when he is on the commute loaded Surely and I on my Training Roubaix.
Hence my recent re-commitment to working out.
He is running street tires on 26" mtb rims with a 3x10 spd set up I think. V-brakes,

Crappy image, I'll get another someday.[/QUOTE

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The surly looks nice but I think the price point is a little more than my budget.Also I think it is a heavy bike .I would only be hauling gear 1 or 2 times a year.I'm a minimilist and think I can get away with 20-25 pounds for overnighters.If i was doing long extended touring I definatley wolud consider it.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:44 PM   #20898
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Is the Sirrus sport the price range you a looking for ($550 or so)?

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Yeah around $550-650 is what I'm thinking.I want something that isn't junk but I don't need the high end stuff either.The next sirrus up the Elite I think has carbon fork and upgraded shifters for $720 .I'd have to be convinced I needed that to spring.Is it just marketing??Any other brands to consider my dealer who seems to be willing to work with me to find the right bike handles Giant,Cannondale,Specialized among others.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:04 PM   #20899
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spokes? bueller, bueller?

I need some help sourcing (2) 305 mm straight pull, double-butted spokes. I have called every shop in the tri-county area and have come up empty handed. no one is willing to bring in the box either since they are so obscure and they wouldn't be able to sell them. I've checked a bunch of websites, (cambria, chain reaction, colorado cyclist, performance, jenson) and the best deal I can come up with is $10 a copy. Not to willing to throw down $20 for two spokes. Any suggestions? (FYI dealer cost on a box of 60 is roughly $57 bucks + s/h, so I am thinking they should retail for about $3-$4 ea + shipping means I am trying to get them for under $10. They are for a Sun Ringle Charger Pro wheelset... anyone?

Problem solved.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:57 PM   #20900
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Yeah around $550-650 is what I'm thinking.I want something that isn't junk but I don't need the high end stuff either.The next sirrus up the Elite I think has carbon fork and upgraded shifters for $720 .I'd have to be convinced I needed that to spring.Is it just marketing??Any other brands to consider my dealer who seems to be willing to work with me to find the right bike handles Giant,Cannondale,Specialized among others.
Thanks Pat
The only others I can think of would be Raleigh and REI. They may give you a couple more options that will be a little different than the big guys.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:05 PM   #20901
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Yeah around $550-650 is what I'm thinking.I want something that isn't junk but I don't need the high end stuff either.The next sirrus up the Elite I think has carbon fork and upgraded shifters for $720 .I'd have to be convinced I needed that to spring.Is it just marketing??Any other brands to consider my dealer who seems to be willing to work with me to find the right bike handles Giant,Cannondale,Specialized among others.
Thanks Pat
Try bikesdirect.com - they don't have the brand name like Specialized but if you can get past that the specs on the bikes are very good.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:51 PM   #20902
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OK, I missed the price point thing. I sort of ignore prices. The accounting department doesn't and they tend to trump things in my world.

I think Paul dropped about your price point on the new wheels he had built.
He had a lot of parts laying around and got a deal on the frame I seem to recall.
So, it wasn't a huge hit.
The bike really doesn't feel that heavy riding it or pushing it around, but then I mostly ride a big Adventure so most things feel light.

Have you thought about used? Craigslist is where he found an Allez that worked until he bought the Roubaix.
Which coupled with the train and train-battering a bike takes lead to the Surely.


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My riding buddy built a Surely just for that type of riding. He has hauled tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear and a Kermit chair 20 miles to a campsite twice this year. He regularly commutes using the surely and the train. And riding that thing he has ridden himself into enough shape I can't keep up with him when he is on the commute loaded Surely and I on my Training Roubaix.
Hence my recent re-commitment to working out.
He is running street tires on 26" mtb rims with a 3x10 spd set up I think. V-brakes,

Crappy image, I'll get another someday.[/QUOTE

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The surly looks nice but I think the price point is a little more than my budget.Also I think it is a heavy bike .I would only be hauling gear 1 or 2 times a year.I'm a minimilist and think I can get away with 20-25 pounds for overnighters.If i was doing long extended touring I definatley wolud consider it.
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:24 PM   #20903
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Quote by Mr Head."The bike really doesn't feel that heavy riding it or pushing it around, but then I mostly ride a big Adventure so most things feel light. " Until....ya load it down like this. Heavy but stable. I also comute on it, 45 mi round trip. it's gonna hold up to heavy riding on streets( bad roads) gravel and MUT's like the C&O canal. With out a lot of flats ,broken spokes, etc.





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Old 07-01-2011, 08:01 PM   #20904
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Yes and no, there are quite a few 27" wheel bikes that have hook beads. Plus there is only one 27" diameter, unlike the 3 or 4 different 26x 1 3/8 diameters. We have the benefit of having another bike shop near by that specializes in old bikes.

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Old 07-01-2011, 10:29 PM   #20905
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Hi cyclists,
I'm looking for some advice on a new bike.I currently ride a 15yr. old Schwinn Frontier.I bought it new and used it regularly the first couple years(.Nothing wrong with my bike I keep it maintained and it works for what I do now but I got the hots to upgrade) Then it sat for a while and about 2yrs. ago I started riding it again.I put steet tires on it.I ride 2-3 times a week 12-15 miles at a time maybe a 20-30 mile ride 2 times a month.I'm 61 retired and 6"1" 210 (lost 25 reecently do to biking and diet).I'm looking increase my road riding and up the milage but I also want to still ride the gravel rail trails and drop off of curbs now and then when riding in town.The bike I'm looking at is the Specialized Sirrus Sport.Any comments if this would work for the type of riding I want to do.Also I'd like to be able to haul some gear and do some overnighters on the C&O canal.Any suggestions apreciated.
Thanks Pat
Looks like the Fezzari Speedster R1 would fit the bill perfectly. Good people. Good bikes.
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:34 PM   #20906
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Rode the Cannondale aka Tait buster to work tonight was keeping up pretty decent avg speed until.... I heard a pop in the rear wheel broke a spoke on the Ksyriums. Sad very sad. So.. no riding the Tait buster this week. The Surly will have to do.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:46 PM   #20907
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Lost my Dad yesterday in a bicycle accident

Got that call no one wants yesterday. Mom & Dad were up doing their annual bike club ride 4th of July wknd in Vermont.

Their 2nd day; Dad was riding ahead of his club on a descent 10 deg. No one was with him- but when they came upon him he was lying on the side of the road unconscious bleeding profusely from the head, he was wearing his helmet. He had done this ride 20 times.

I'm up in Vt now w my siblings working out the details- just thought I'd vent. Still not clear how it happened. 65 yrs old planning his retirement and a 3 week trip to Alaska...

Accidental deaths are freaky.


I just know he'd be so pissed off and embarrassed to die this way, he was a seasoned/veteran cyclist. I can picture him saying "Oh Shit" as he went down, lost control. From all evidence it looks as though he was descending a place called "Terrible Mountain" (route 100 VT.) which is a steep 5 mile climb, followed by a 3 mile descent. Around mile 2 of the descent he lost control, either by hitting a frost heave (the road is actually in poor condition with large gaps and cracks/splits) at approximately 45mph. The fall was so violent he had severe head/face injury and literally must have bounced 3 times a distance of 40 to 50'. When we went back today there was still large blood stains even though it was pouring rain (it was dry yesterday).


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Old 07-03-2011, 04:02 PM   #20908
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Terrible.

My condolences to you and your family.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:08 PM   #20909
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Very very sorry to hear that. What a shock.

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Old 07-03-2011, 05:28 PM   #20910
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Dood! That wasn't the ending I was expecting. Sorry to hear about the whole thing.

Not that its any consolation, but he died w/ his cycling shoes on.

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