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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Exactly what I do - in general, if my clothes fit better, I know I'm heading in the right direction.
  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm just about at the point where I need to buy all new jeans.
    Problem is... my thighs. They're bigger than the next waist size down's legs. :eek1 So I live with the bunching, etc.

    M
  3. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    At present I do not have this problem. Once upon a time that was the case. Now, I have been gaining weight as I have trained and change my eating habits.
    I'm hoping this trip home begins a real reduction. Smaller meals of lighter and lighter foods, and seriously work at not eating chips and cheese. Nuke TV, and get back to my three R's, (reading riding and running):lol3.
    Probably be forced to cut way down on the wine and song too. OK, maybe just the wine. :cry


  4. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I have decided to treat myself to a new bike. I bought a 500 buck Motobecane from bikesdirect about 3 years ago - very basic (Sora groupset etc.) but it really has done me well and I have done 1,000's of miles on it but I really fancy a new bike if for no other reason than I can leave my current bike on the trainer/rollers and not have to keep swapping over.

    I have decided I'd like a steel bike mainly because I'm a fat git and I want the strength of steel and I don't need to shave grams, I'll just skip breakfast if needs be. I'd also like the best groupset I can reasonably afford and that, to my understanding and budget, means Ultegra.

    I have also decided to give bikesdirect another go - it seems you can't beat their prices and I could give a crap about the actual name on a bike, just that's it's a decent bike.

    So....with that in mind I have boiled it down to 2 choices:

    Motobecane Gran Premio PRO Road Bike


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    Or

    Mercier Serpens

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    I prefer the Motobecanse, and they are close in price but I have a couple questions:

    1. Why no CF forks on the Motobecane ?
    2. I have CF forks on my current bike, if I get the Motobecane can I transfer the forks to the new bike and if so how hard is that to do ?
    3. Should I be concerned the Motobecane has only 20 gears - again, if I get this bike and I decide to change it, how easy would it be ?
    4. I upgraded the rear wheel on my current bike, can I fit that to either of these bikes with no modification ?
    5. What color should I get :D

    Any and all opinion welcomed.

    Cheers
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  5. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    The Motobecane is lugged, the steel fork will be fine. Carbon forks from a discount company put under stress would freak me out. The Motobecane also has what I believe are welded Mavic rims, if I remember correctly, the Ritcheys are pinned and glued.

    And last but not least, the Motobecane would look sweet with KTM stickers!!
  6. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    The CF forks on my current bike seem to be fine after about 7k miles, I was just more curious as to why one bike had steel and one had CF - what does CF actually give you that steel does not ? I did like the wheels on the Motobecane also - they did seem a little chunkier than the other bike.

    As an avowed Husky fan, that just 'aint happening :lol3 That said, I do like the orange one but the blue is pretty sweet also.
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    See if you can't hunt down something steel with SRAM on it. Mo bettah.

    AFA the # of gears: I like compact doubles better than triples. Coupla reasons: 1. easier to set up and keep that way 2. lighter 3. you get roughly the same gear ratios with the advantages of 1 & 2

    AFA the 2 specific bikes you've listed: go with the Mercier and find someone that wants to trade triple for double. The frame's nicer. 853 is the shiznit. I've got a Gunnar made outta the stuff.

    M
  8. jocflier

    jocflier Dammit, that hurt...

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    Before I brought my current bike, I really took a hard look at the Scott Speedster S10. I know you like steel, but if you can find a dealer near you, you might want to take one out for a ride first.

    In your price range there are a lot of really good bikes out there.

    Joc
  9. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    This dork was the moto ref! Saabs eh? In our neck of the woods it used to be the bike doubled or tripled the value of the car it was mounted to, now, I feel like a welfare redneck client pulling up in my truck and parking between a whole line of $40k to $60k cars and suv's.

    Sounds like you had some very interesting "incidents" happening around you. I have had to ward off would be passers in cars, usually those heading to church that aren't very Christian about us hogging up their roads. One old man attempted to run me down. I warned the pack there was a rogue car trying to get through. Then he threatened to call the police and was too stupid to realize there was a State Highway Patrol at the head of the pack! I told him the was a Patrol in front of the riders so go ahead and call He cooled down a little then took a side road.



    Tried to ride this evening but just wasn't feeling it, only lasted 10 miles before the toe were froze
  10. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    Just sold my TE410 last Thanksgiving, Nice bike, a nice tractor, but I needed the money to help with a down payment, being the least ridden, only a couple times a year.

    I'm sure the Mercier is nice, Its just I'm a big fan of lugged steel and steel forks. That and my Ritchey wheels on my MTB lasted about 1.5 laps of a race before the front collapsed at the seam, then after a switch, the rear collapsed on the next lap. Our Tandem is spec'd with Ritchey bars and stems and they seem pretty good.
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Now contrast that Ritchey story with my Ritchey Pro wheels on the road bike that've been going round in circles since 2003 or so.

    M
  12. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Personally I have some pretty bad experiences with the "El-Cheppo" Ritchey wheels working at bike shops, Yeah The expensive ones are okay but most of the lower end ones (90% of their wheels, MTB and/or road) don't hold tension well, The nipples tend to pop out of the rims (If they last that long, Read Not hold tension well) they taco under any side load, They are difficult to true, The cassette paws suck too and more than anything the seams come undone far to easily.

    If you ask me is kind of a shame, since the Ritchey name use to be a Benchmark of quality and good design even if everything was made by Sugino and/or diacompe
  13. elchulopadre

    elchulopadre Hairodynamic

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    1. I think CF forks came into 'vogue' just around the same time aluminum frames did (although I'm sure I'm wrong and shall be summarily corrected). Steel forks and frames have been around for centuries and seem to work quite well.

    2. Probably not too hard to do (the Park Tool has all sorts of useful instructions), but see how the bike rides before you attempt such a thing.

    3. Not sure if you have the option of specifying a compact crank - but I find that the gears are a lot closer together, and I end up using more of them. No way I can push a 53/11, for example, but a 48/11 sees use every now and then (tailwinds or downhills).

    4. Probably, yes - just make sure the cassettes are reasonably similar, lest ye have to change your chain length.

    5. Orange. Hands down. End of discussion. Why? Because it's orange - that's why.

    :D
  14. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    Gummee! - Glad to hear yours are rolling great. Everyone tell me how bad Bontrager wheels are but I have a pair that are 10 years old and still rolling well, although not very straight (mis-judged railroad bunny hop). They split life between a cross bike and my training wheels.

    Bomb proof for me also has been a welded Mavic rim like a CXP or Open Pro 32 hole laced to Shimano or Campy hubs. I like sticking with J-spokes due their availability at sometimes even the smallest bikes shops

    Don't know when carbon forks came out but I had an old 90's Trek 2300 3-tube carbon that I bought used and it had a Profile "Julie" carbon fork that lasted years. About 3 years ago I sold the fork with a different frame to a team mate as a beater without a heater and told him to beware and buy a new fork asap because it was old and I didn't trust it. 2 weeks later he called and said the drop out pulled loose from the fork leg. I'm glad he didn't go down. The bonded drop out also come out of our tandems wound-up fork. I noticed it when I was tightening down the quick release.

    The carbon fork on my 6/13 has held up to my antics. 2009 Rubber City Meltdown, Akron, Ohio

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    If anyone ever wants, check out www.roadbikereview.com or www.mtbreview.com and remember to think about tossing out the most flamboyant bad review and review that give a 5 star after only one ride.
  15. ducnut

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    For what it's worth: Comparing my Specialized Tricross' carbon fork (32mm tire) ride to that of my '63 BSA (28mm tire), I much prefer the steel BSA fork. On the same road, I can visibly see more flex and bump absorption going on with the steel fork. It, also, seems that most steel forks have more leading curve to them, whereas carbon forks tend to be straighter. So, I'm sure there's more going on than just material makeup. The real negative of this realization is that the BSA has me wanting a modern steel bike for my everyday ride.

    This pic shows how much curve the steel fork has.
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  16. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    Do note, its somewhat deceptive. on the carbon fork, draw a line through the headset centerline down to the height of the axle, and measure the trail. now do that on the steel fork.

    truthfully, too, your 63 BSA 3-speed frame is not really representive of anything remotely modern.

    this is much closer to classic steel road bike geometry, albeit a rather tall frame
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    (my son's 1976 Trek TX300)
  17. Zodiac

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    1. If you're going with a steel (feel) bike, I'd stick w a steel fork. Steel is lovely to ride, and since the weight isn't an issue for you, you'll get the whole steel experience. CF forks are nice on aluminum frames because it tames the buzzy-ness a bit - but on steel, go real.

    2. If it's the same size frame (length of fork tube up) and steerer tube diameter yes - but you'll need to change out the headset too, which unless you have a headset press and all the removal and installation tools for the cups/crowns/races for the changeover - just let a shop do it (or come visit me in Brooklyn....:lol3).

    3. If you like the granny gear, it's not so hard to change that, but it is easier to just buy a new cassette for the rear, one with a larger easy ring. This way you don't need to also change your front derailleur (from a double to triple), and likewise on your brifter if it's not able to do triple duty...

    4. Unless you're going to change out both wheels, why not just leave the matching set on the new bike? You can most likely use the odd one on the new bike with just a changeout of the cassette, and some spacers. Unless the frames chainstays/seatstays are radically different.

    5. Orange is always hot.
  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Thanks for your reply :thumb

    Any thoughts/comments on my logic in getting a steel bike with Ultegra ? Thoughts on the spec of the Motobecane ?
  19. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Great feedback, many thanks :thumb

    Any thoughts/comments on my thinking (is steel the way to go if weight is no so much of an issue), is Ultegra overkill, how is the spec of the Motobecane ?

    Thanks again...
  20. Zodiac

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    My Surly is all steel, and rides smooth as a cadillac, if you're going to go for steel, go all the way.

    My rule for components is this = buy the best you can afford:deal... The new Ultegra is supposedly incredible stuff, and the better the gruppo, the less adjusting, repairing, cleaning, tightening, and wear and tear. A clean click shift and all things like a swiss clock feels great when tuned. You'll be in awe after riding Sora..