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    New Road Bike..

    I just upgraded from a 14 year old Bianchi mountain bike that weighed about 40 lbs, and I mostly rode on the road anyway, to a Trek 1.2 road bike. Wow, am I impressed! It had been a long, long time since I was even on a road bike. They have come a long way since I last rode them. My wife bought a new Cannondale Synapse a few weeks back. I realized there was no way I could stay with her over long distances anymore. With all of the rides we want to do this summer, I had to make a change. We aren't bike-crazy so I just went entry level but I'm really excited to have a bike that weighs in the low 20s with all the great gearing features, rims, derailers, brakes, etc. I need to get some pedals and toe clips. Not sure what I'm going to do about that yet.

    The Fat Tire ride from El Bait is in April. That ought to be a good time. It will be riding down to Cumming and back. Now I'm not worried about keeping up.


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    Re: New Road Bike..

    I think i need to upgrade from my Razor Scooter


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    Re: New Road Bike..

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones21 View Post
    I think i need to upgrade from my Razor Scooter
    Maybe a Vespa or a Razz?


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    Re: New Road Bike..

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Maybe a Vespa or a Razz?
    What about a Skeeter?


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    Re: New Road Bike..

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    I just upgraded from a 14 year old Bianchi mountain bike that weighed about 40 lbs, and I mostly rode on the road anyway, to a Trek 1.2 road bike. Wow, am I impressed! It had been a long, long time since I was even on a road bike. They have come a long way since I last rode them. My wife bought a new Cannondale Synapse a few weeks back. I realized there was no way I could stay with her over long distances anymore. With all of the rides we want to do this summer, I had to make a change. We aren't bike-crazy so I just went entry level but I'm really excited to have a bike that weighs in the low 20s with all the great gearing features, rims, derailers, brakes, etc. I need to get some pedals and toe clips. Not sure what I'm going to do about that yet.

    The Fat Tire ride from El Bait is in April. That ought to be a good time. It will be riding down to Cumming and back. Now I'm not worried about keeping up.

    I've had the Trek 1.2 for the last 2 years. Love the bike. Would like to upgrade but they are expensive. I probably won't stray from Trek though.

    They usually have several Fat Tire rides over the summer. Best place to check is www.bikeiowa.com .

    As for pedals check out this link. I'm about to finally order clips and pedals and my brother suggested a regular pedal on 1 side and clips on the other. That way you don't always have to clip in on those little leasure rides where your not going far..

    Plus they are cheap...

    Shimano PD-M324 MTB Pedal @ Performance Bicycle



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    Re: New Road Bike..

    I rode a recumbent for years while my wife rode a custom Seven... We'd start and finish the ride together but never matched up. FInally fed up, so I had a custom-fit Gunnar built and had the same experience as you... Feel like I'm flying.



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    Re: New Road Bike..

    Quote Originally Posted by bellzisu View Post
    I've had the Trek 1.2 for the last 2 years. Love the bike. Would like to upgrade but they are expensive. I probably won't stray from Trek though.

    They usually have several Fat Tire rides over the summer. Best place to check is www.bikeiowa.com .

    As for pedals check out this link. I'm about to finally order clips and pedals and my brother suggested a regular pedal on 1 side and clips on the other. That way you don't always have to clip in on those little leasure rides where your not going far..

    Plus they are cheap...

    Shimano PD-M324 MTB Pedal @ Performance Bicycle
    Thanks for the info.

    For the time being, I'm going to take my toe clips off my Bianchi and put them on my Trek. After that, I might look at a shoe and pedal system. I just don't think I'm all that serious about it so the shoes seems a little much for what I'm looking for.


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    Re: New Road Bike..

    Here's my road bike

    I've been very happy with it. Best feature is the dura-ace tubeless wheels.

    P.S. I would definitely recommend clip in pedals-well worth it.



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    Re: New Road Bike..

    My Trek mountain bike has two flat tires, I prefer a motor between my wheels.




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    Re: New Road Bike..

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    For the time being, I'm going to take my toe clips off my Bianchi and put them on my Trek. After that, I might look at a shoe and pedal system. I just don't think I'm all that serious about it so the shoes seems a little much for what I'm looking for.
    Congrats on your new purchase!

    My 2 cents: shoes and pedals are definitely worth it, but I'd go with an 'SPD' or mountain-type pedal and shoe rather than the road-type. That way you can get a cheaper pair of shoes that look just like normal casual shoes, and walk around on them. Road shoes aren't meant to be walked in, and doing so will wear out the cleats quickly.



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    Re: New Road Bike..

    Quote Originally Posted by clonechemist View Post
    Congrats on your new purchase!

    My 2 cents: shoes and pedals are definitely worth it, but I'd go with an 'SPD' or mountain-type pedal and shoe rather than the road-type. That way you can get a cheaper pair of shoes that look just like normal casual shoes, and walk around on them. Road shoes aren't meant to be walked in, and doing so will wear out the cleats quickly.
    Yeah, I guess that is my biggest beef with the clip in shoes. We do a lot of "party rides" and "fun rides" so we are off and on our bikes between towns and in bars and restaurants. I'd rather have regular shoes. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check into it.


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    Re: New Road Bike..

    I have an additional question for experienced road bikers: Are the seats that come with the bike supposed to be comfortable? I just took my first real ride (~12 miles) and I don't think I could sit on that seat at least for another week. I need to heal. It might as well been a 2"x4" attached to the seat post. You would think with the price of these bikes that SOME technology and cost would go into the saddle. If I am actually going to ride this thing a lot this summer, I think I need a new seat.

    Any recommendations? Is the stock seat supposed to be a good seat?


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    I second the clip in pedals. May seem like a hassle. But they become second nature very quickly. I'd go with the more common MTB and not Look or any other brand. (Been a long time since I've shopped for those, I think that's right). I've just found it easier to have common equipment with most other riders.

    First thing I did is lose my stock seat. Alot of times, the variations from model to model will be things like derailurs, brakes, gears and seats. So it's hard to say if the stock seat is a good one or not.

    I got a Specialized Allez a number of years ago and that seat was pretty much a plastic form with a piece of leather wrapped around it. Got a replacement for about $50 that had a gel cushion and really wasn't much bulkier.

    But first ride of the season - no matter what I think you can count on a sore tail.



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    Re: New Road Bike..

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I second the clip in pedals. May seem like a hassle. But they become second nature very quickly. I'd go with the more common MTB and not Look or any other brand. (Been a long time since I've shopped for those, I think that's right). I've just found it easier to have common equipment with most other riders.

    First thing I did is lose my stock seat. Alot of times, the variations from model to model will be things like derailurs, brakes, gears and seats. So it's hard to say if the stock seat is a good one or not.

    I got a Specialized Allez a number of years ago and that seat was pretty much a plastic form with a piece of leather wrapped around it. Got a replacement for about $50 that had a gel cushion and really wasn't much bulkier.

    But first ride of the season - no matter what I think you can count on a sore tail.
    I wasn't on the bike more than 10 minutes when I was already thinking "ouch". I think I need a better seat.

    My Trek Stock seat is exactly as you describe: a plastic form with leather wrapped on it. It is hard as a rock. My wifes stock Cannondale seat is pretty soft with a gel like material for cushioning.


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    Re: New Road Bike..

    If the seat on the mtn bike fits your buttocks, swap them out. Once you find a comfortable seat, buy extras. I wouldn't expect the stock seat to fit well. If you're willing to try and make it work, ride it 5-6 times in a couple weeks. If you're still sore, move on.



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