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Old 07-11-2006, 04:36 PM   #76
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There are lots of options out there, everybody has their favorite. I ride a single speed 'cross bike for virtually all my solo road rides. Here is a link to a very cool bike shop in Brooklyn that sells great affordable bikes of all flavors: http://www.nycbikes.com/ . Give them a call and see what they suggest, good luck.

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Old 07-11-2006, 05:19 PM   #77
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I've got the farkle, but not the bling. I just could not spend for the Rivendell. Surly, the KLR of bicycles (well a littler nicer than that).

It has worked very well for me so far.



more photos of it here for those that are interested.
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Old skool kewl. I like my pair!

(or a set of Paul's Neo-Retros and Touring cantis )

Please, please tell my that you didn't Grant Peterson's kool aide!

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Old 07-11-2006, 05:23 PM   #78
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fooker!

i had to leave for work with 20 or so miles to go.
I was late (again!) watching the end.





I cannot STAND the evening broadcasts , so I hafta watch in the AM. Phil and Paul beat Al and Bob every day and twice on Sunday!

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Old 07-11-2006, 05:25 PM   #79
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There's a bunch of cycling manufacturers in the NYC area. I do believe IRO is around there somewhere too.

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Old 07-11-2006, 05:29 PM   #80
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I don't get your gearing problem. I regularly ride my Trek mtn bike (hardtail, with slicks) in DC. When I'm in the top gear, I'm hitting close to 30 mph, which needless to say, is rare. This is with the stock Shimano 27 speed drivetrain.


Anyway, I find the mountain bike to be much mo' betta for the riding I do in the city than my road bike. The front fork sucks up the curbs, potholes, and tourists. Compared to my road bike, the upright position of the mountain bike is more comfy and gives me a great view and a lot of control when splitting traffic, etc.

All for what it's worth, of course...
Amen brother.... Same here.
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:53 PM   #81
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A mountain bike is just plain frustrating to ride on the road. I race mountain bikes and use my road bike for training (ride the road bike MUCH more than the MTBs). Even with slicks, the mtb is not nearly as efficient as the road bike. It weighs 26lbs compared to 18lb road bike, the crank is huge (long) for torque compared to the 170mm crank on the road bike. The seating position sucks for windy days and efficient pedaling on the road....AND THE TIRES are heavy and WAY too inefficient. If you are a recreational (out of shape) rider and just want to break a sweat, the mtb will suffice. If you want to get serious and cover some miles, spend some time in the saddle, and turn your body into a machine, get a nice road bike and RIDE IT
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:23 PM   #82
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Please, please tell my that you didn't Grant Peterson's kool aide!

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Wachu talkin' bout Willis? Wool Good. Steel Good. Leather Good. Kool Aid Good. Grant Good.
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Old 07-12-2006, 02:08 AM   #83
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Anyone have any experience with a fixed gear track bike...?

They seem like a whole new animal, no brakes except to slow pedaling?

I like a challenge, but will I kill myself on one?

been there, done that... on a Schwinn Paramount with no toeclip clearance when the crank's at 2:00 to 4:00 and a frame too tight to fit brakes on.

used to ride it around town back in Kali, but that was a small town of about 25,000 or so, with mild traffic.

NOT what i'd want for city traffic.
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Old 07-12-2006, 04:55 AM   #84
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Old skool kewl. I like my pair!

(or a set of Paul's Neo-Retros and Touring cantis )

Please, please tell my that you didn't Grant Peterson's kool aide!

M

I have looked at Paul's brakes and will probably get the touring canti's one day, but so far mine work ok.
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Old 07-12-2006, 05:17 AM   #85
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Any opinions on the K2 Enemy cross bike?
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Old 07-12-2006, 05:20 AM   #86
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*GASP*

Is that STEEL?

*faints dead away*
can you hear it?



We're all coming out of the woodworks chanting "steel is for real!"

I might drag the Colnago out of the shed this afternoon and shoot a pic or two. I've already posted a million pics of my Bridgestones.

Damn thing is so smooth it feels like a hovercraft.

Kickass Torelli wheelset on it, too.

My go-to bike for rehab is gonna be my FS MTB, though....I'll be in granny gear for a while.
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Old 07-12-2006, 05:45 AM   #87
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can you hear it?



We're all coming out of the woodworks chanting "steel is for real!"

I might drag the Colnago out of the shed this afternoon and shoot a pic or two. I've already posted a million pics of my Bridgestones.

Damn thing is so smooth it feels like a hovercraft.

Kickass Torelli wheelset on it, too.

My go-to bike for rehab is gonna be my FS MTB, though....I'll be in granny gear for a while.
I hear the sound of every steel bottom bracket I've ever had creaking like hell under my 60 RPM grind.

I've coveted an aluminum bike for so damn long I don't think I could seriously consider steel for my next bike. Maybe the one after that, but I'm 90% certain the next one is gonna be Al.
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Old 07-12-2006, 05:50 AM   #88
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I hear the sound of every steel bottom bracket I've ever had creaking like hell under my 60 RPM grind.
I had a chainring bolt get loose one day. Damn near went INSANE...creak CREAK creak CREAK creak CREAK...coast......CREAK creak CREAK...coast... Sounded like bottom bracket but not quite. I thought I had torqued them all but apparently not. Ever pedalled funny to minimize creak?

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I've coveted an aluminum bike for so damn long I don't think I could seriously consider steel for my next bike. Maybe the one after that, but I'm 90% certain the next one is gonna be Al.
I've got a Marin Tiburon that's my century and Monday-night-ride bike. Not too harsh, not particularly efficient (long chainstays) but one of those ride-and-forget low-maintenance everyday bikes. I'm gonna rehab on my FS bike but I'm gonna try to move to that one pretty quickly. I've got a shot of me getting my ass rained on during the Bridge-to-Bridge up Grandfather mountain. That bike was great.

My favorite bike has been, oddly enough, my muttbike singlespeed, an old Schwinn Mesa GS that's been turned into a grocery-getter and all-around beater. When me and SWMBO have those discussions about "which bike would you grab if the house was on fire?" (yes, we do have those kind of discussions) the Schwingle tends to find its way to the top of the list.
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Old 07-12-2006, 05:58 AM   #89
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flat bar conversion on one of my old Bridgestones.

downtube shifters

Had useable workable gears due to alignment issues and really crappy chainrings. Rode my first century on it.
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Old 07-12-2006, 06:02 AM   #90
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Perry,

The verdict is in...

Get a mountain bike with a stiff rear hub, aero bars and sew ups made in taiwan by Lemond.

You'll be psyched.

Flaco

Like I said I already have a Klein MTN bike, when you say stif rear hub do you mean fixd??

BTW - THANKS FOR ALL THE ADVICE, I'm gonna get thiN/hybrid tires for my MTN bike for now, and in a few weeks consider a road racer (geared of course), but stay away from a TT bike (too expensive anyways, and I won't be wearing any spandex, at least without a baggy over short... )
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