Any bicyclists? New cycle time I think.

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Any bicyclists? New cycle time I think.

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Well, I used to ride quite a bit when I lived in minneapolis area, about 120 miles a week or more. But that was a year ago and I want a bike again now that I live in florida and can ride year round. I was thinking one of these these:
Sram apex $600
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gra ... erty_x.htm
Sram rival with better rims $750
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/comp_x.htm
Shimano tiagra/sora with better wheelset $600
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mot ... cord_x.htm

Any thoughts? I'm okay with the lack of a third crank ring on the first two, not needed in florida. The place is flat where I live.
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Ya, tell you what I think

get one with an engine, you biscuit
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Do you have a drivetrain preference? I prefer SRAM's DoubleTap to Shimano's STI, and triple chainrings look a bit wussy (especially if, as you said, you don't need the 3rd ring in Fla), so that would take out the Motobecane. Although personally, I like the traditional look of a horizontal top tube.
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sapaul wrote:Ya, tell you what I think

get one with an engine, you biscuit
That's on the list... I have some other big decisions I need to deal with first. Life and all that jazz.
Grey Thumper wrote:Do you have a drivetrain preference? I prefer SRAM's DoubleTap to Shimano's STI, and triple chainrings look a bit wussy (especially if, as you said, you don't need the 3rd ring in Fla), so that would take out the Motobecane. Although personally, I like the traditional look of a horizontal top tube.
I seem to read on the internet that people tend to prefer the double tap, though I've tried neither. I'm more of a deore xt trigger kind of guy (have a trek fuel 98 that I currently ride/neglect). I like the flat top look, too, though I think I'm going to prefer the relaxed geometry of one of the gravity bikes.
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Better rims. Probably lighter weight but stronger....and less likely to become untrued....
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I'd steer clear of bikes direct. I've known a good dozen guys that bought from them and none of the bikes came in right. I'm pretty sure the parts on these bikes are factory rejects. There's no other way he could offer these prices.

Two of the guys in my tri club picked up a kestrel tri bike because they enjoyed mine from bikes direct. We all have our own stands, tools and expertise so putting together a bike is not generally an issue. One came with stripped threads, sent it back and got another one with a broken stay weld. Third one finally came in "right". However, no one in our group or the two shops he dropped it off at could get the drive line adjusted right and have it stay for just one ride (small 20 miler). The second one didn't fair much better.

I'd stick with a local bike shop. While it'll cost a little more, a good shop will throw in a helmet, set the bike up right and give you a lifetime of adjustments (often while you wait).

Whatever bike you get- don't go below 105 or Rival in components. I like SRAM a little better on their components, but I can't complain about my Ultegra with bar end shifters.

Also- for the record- granny rings are for sissies :)
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sapaul wrote:Ya, tell you what I think

get one with an engine, you biscuit
:exactly: :exactly:
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storysunfolding wrote:

Also- for the record- granny rings are for sissies :)

Where I live granny rings are a necessity. :mrgreen:
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Sorry blues- excuses don't count :)
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blues2cruise wrote:
storysunfolding wrote:

Also- for the record- granny rings are for sissies :)

Where I live granny rings are a necessity. :mrgreen:

You're not even a granny , at least not that I know of... LOL
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