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Discussion in 'Cycling' started by Dead Fingers, Oct 9, 2008.
How's this bike working out for you so far?
I'm riding nothing this weekend (not a big loss, the weather is lackluster to put it nicely.) My Cervelo is in the shop getting its preseason tune-up, and my cheapo Nashbar cyclocross/commuter ride is right next to it there: turns out cheapo bikes get cheapo powder-coating jobs, a fact I discovered when I went to put my new Topeak rack on and couldn't get the 5x15mm bolt into one of the holes, because the threads were all crapped up. So those have gotta be tapped out.
I've liked it. The components are nicer than my road bike (better upgrade that soon ) Put about 300 miles on it over the winter. It is heavy, not like I didn't expect it, but it is quite comfortable for a 30-40 mile ride. Just put my rack on the back for the summer commuting/towner use. My bolts when in just fine, but did scratch the paint a little in one spot.
Friend of mine gave me a Giant Kronos (circa 97 build) that needed some work. I love it, but I am so temtped to upgrade.
Hey everyone, I figured I'd come here and inquire about bikes with those who clearly know more about them than I do. More specifically, I am trying to decide what size of bike to order from an online retailer. The options are 50CM, 52CM, 54CM, 56CM, 58CM, and 60CM. Being a novice, I am not sure what size would best fit me. If it is based off of one's height, I am between 5'9" and 5'10". Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
A quick guess would be either the 54 or 56. I am 5'10" and ride a 56 road bike and 54 cyclecross bike. I would also consider your body shape. Long arms? Long legs? This could effect your comfort on the bike.
Thanks, cleansheet. I do have long arms and legs; I'm pretty lanky. Perhaps the 56 would be the best bet. I think what I'll do is go by a bike store and see if they can measure me.
That would be my advice.
Just bought my first decent bike...Giant Revel 1. Had it for a few weeks now, taken it out for a ride several times. Going to take it on our only "serious" trails here in town this Sunday. Only thing that kills me is the saddle feels like I am constantly being raped because I'm a pretty big guy
I recommend you spend a little money and get yourself a nice comfortable saddle. Don't wait for your body to adjust to the saddle. Getting ass rash is a great way to kill your cycling experience, imo.
I'm planning on it next week when I get paid. Any tips? I'm like 6'1" 230 lbs, so I have a relatively wide ass for a bike seat.
There are other guys on this forum that are more gear-aware than I am, but my advice would be to get the most comfortable saddle possible, even if it doesn't look as sleek. Maybe not one of those super wide saddles that you see on touring bikes or townies, but something that will keep you on your bike.
Perhaps something like this: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/saddles/recreationalsaddles/expeditiongel
Talking of new bikes, I got this a couple of weeks back
My first non-big box bike. Nothing special but I love it so far.
I bought this Electra Cruiser 7d for my wife a few weeks back.
Well I road it home for her and pretty much decided I was getting me one of these suckers. Feels like I'm driving a Cadillac compared to my old Walmart mountainbike junker.
A couple buddies of mine have been riding for as long as I can remember, are always talking about it, and always asking me to come along. Problem is, no wheels. Until last night ... just put a deposit down on this little entry-level mountain/trail bike, the Trek 820, and should be here in time for some Labor Day breaking-in. Was leaning towards the 3500, but needed to stay within my meager budgetary limits.
My new ride is ready and assembled as of yesterday evening, and I'm picking her up this afternoon.
With the holiday season upon us, I hope all of you get the bike gear you want.
Remember all the deals!!
Yes, I am going to link to Road bike forum, the hot deals sub forum
In other news, I have been volunteering for Free Bikes for Kids, cleaning and learning a bit more about repair.
Hope all of you and your families have a non hectic, safe holiday season.
Hey, man. Good for you. Get those kiddos riding.
Thanks...seemed like a nice org..and yes, good cause.
*back to brewing beer
A foot of snow last Friday, some slushy mess this morning, and another 3-6" possible later this week. Anyone else on TrainerRoad.com like yours truly?
Not that scientific. Just got the cadence counter for my Garmin. I now get a true ride on the trainer. Haven't been cleared to go into the big ring yet. 60 minutes averaging 90 cadence is all I am going for right now. Not too much power.
Got one of these rented for next week for some A1A spinning:
Happily, this is the second winter that I've not had to use my trainer. I'd so much rather ride outside that I've commuted when the air temp was 5°.
Still, spring can't get here too soon.
May have made the worst mistake of my cycling career. Purchased my wife a road bike today. Jamis Ventura Sport Ladies. Saved an extra $100+ by getting last year's model.
On the other hand, picked up my road bike from a tune up and put new tires on it. I'm ready to go. Did you hear me Mother Nature? I'm ready to go.
Running my first ever triathlon this weekend. It's a short one: 300m swim, 3k bike, 3k run. I'm a former competitive swimmer but haven't swam seriously in about 10 years, so I've been hitting the pool a little bit to make sure I don't wheeze my way through the swim. I'm in decent running shape, so hopefully that will translate to cycling.
Oh, and I'm going to be cycling on a cheap borrowed rig that I've never ridden before.
Really I'm hoping that I don't finish last.
So what happened?