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Old 02-27-2012, 05:07 PM
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Here's one of mine- c. 1980 Masi Prestige.
Sweet. Wasn't that the bike from Breaking Away?
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:14 PM
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My friend just received his Dogma2 EPS with Lightweight Tubulars. The bike looks awesome! He says the Campy electronic shifting is amazing. Best of luck with your bike, hope you get it soon.

Thanks, Jon. I'll let you know. I think that only a couple of companies have frames ready for the group (pinarello was obviously the first). Ill get it whenever. I only just put my sr11 group on a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:19 AM
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Here's my custom steel road bike by Carl Strong from Montana.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:41 AM
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I have a Coppi KT2, it's about 10 years old and I was thinking of upgrading components vs. New bike (Fondriest, Pinnarello, Olmo, or ??)
Has frame technology progressed so much that I would be better off with a new bike? I haven't ridden in a while or followed the bike industry.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:16 AM
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I have a Coppi KT2, it's about 10 years old and I was thinking of upgrading components vs. New bike (Fondriest, Pinnarello, Olmo, or ??)
Has frame technology progressed so much that I would be better off with a new bike? I haven't ridden in a while or followed the bike industry.
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I was in the same boat as you. My newest bike was a Colnago C50 and it was 10 years old. I was afraid that I wouldn't notice the difference in the new technology and would be wasting my money. Well I was sure wrong. I purchased a Pinarello Dogma2 and a BMC Team Machine. The bikes are amazing and so different and for me so much better. Go to your local shop and test ride a few bikes. I think if you ride a lot you'll notice the difference immediately. Best of luck.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:40 PM
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I'm looking to buy my first road bike. I just took a new job 5 miles from my house, that can turn into a nice 10 mile back road ride. Last summer I used to ride my mtn bike to the train station ~3 miles. I loved the exercise in the morning, and made me feel greatnthrough out the day.

So I'm thinking of getting a road bike to commute to my new job. What should I be looking at. Budget <1200 max
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:46 PM
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I'm looking to buy my first road bike. I just took a new job 5 miles from my house, that can turn into a nice 10 mile back road ride. Last summer I used to ride my mtn bike to the train station ~3 miles. I loved the exercise in the morning, and made me feel greatnthrough out the day.

So I'm thinking of getting a road bike to commute to my new job. What should I be looking at. Budget <1200 max

The 'brand' of bike is almost irrelevant - any bike will do. I'd suggest a relationship with your local bike shop is important - so you can get it fixed when stuff breaks, and have someone available to buy supplies (brakes, tires, bottles, whatever). and getting a bike that fits you is important, much more so than on a MTB.

for impact on your ride, I'd prioritize #1 as fit, and way down the list after that is tires, wheels, grouppo, and frame. yes - the name on the frame is cool but not nearly as relevant, imvho.

enjoy, it's a great sport, and a great way to meet people as well.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:09 PM
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Thanks for advice.

There a few local shops I found. To be quite honest, I'm a bit intimidated to go to th shop, because this is completely new to me and don't want to be sold anything I don't need. I definitely will be doing some heavy reading in the upcoming weeks.
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Thanks for advice.

There a few local shops I found. To be quite honest, I'm a bit intimidated to go to th shop, because this is completely new to me and don't want to be sold anything I don't need. I definitely will be doing some heavy reading in the upcoming weeks.
if you're talked down at, run! Any shop will bend over backwards to work with you, let you take their stock out for spins to see what works and what doesn't (very tough to do online), and ensure you get the correct fit. Don't buy anything without trying it first, and run from any shop that tries to compromise the fit in any way. I tend to start with the tires, and work my way out for a rider's requirements. if you want to be able to ride on gravel walking trails you'll need some better traction and stability than a narrow racing tire, for instance. do you want a sturdier tire that almost never flats, or more of a racing tire that gives great performance but may flat, say once a month?

for a comparison, I'm 6' and take a 58cm frame.

do you live in a flat, hilly, or mountainous area? will you ride in only perfect weather or, like an addict, be out there in the rain and sleet? disc brakes work much better in lousy conditions than the 'classical' rim brakes.

Are you willing to adapt to the bike for more performance, (road bars with a dropped position, for instance) or always prefer a more MTB type upright riding style with straight bars? Are you willing to use cleats on your shoes for improved efficiency, despite the fact you will fall a few times, likely with only pride injured, or stick with flat pedals?

Can you see yourself doing long rides, such as a Cancer fund raiser or a local Grand Fondo?

are you > 220lbs? some carbon frames and some wheels have weight limits.

Lots of people are comfortable with a hybrid bike, I'm a hardcore roadie, so full on racing tires and all the gear that goes with it, works for me, and I do ride some gravel with it.
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Finally took a couple of pics of my new bikes. Got one in January and one in February.
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Finally took a couple of pics of my new bikes. Got one in January and one in February.
OMG that Pinarello is so awesomeeee!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:14 AM
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OMG that Pinarello is so awesomeeee!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks! The Pinarello is the bike of choice if it's not windy or wet.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:45 PM
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Beautiful!
Thanks! Haha my first ride on it was a century, and it was amazing. I raced it this morning and it was great. It's just sooooo stiff. If I had some lighter wheels I'm sure It'd be around 14.5 pounds. Not too bad for 61cm frame.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:24 AM
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:39 PM
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Finally took a couple of pics of my new bikes. Got one in January and one in February.
Great looking Pinarello.

Anyone know of a good fitter in the Los Angeles area for a Pinarello?
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:11 PM
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wow - these are some very nice bikes!

had to replace my Solis, after maybe 60,000 km's the frame was separating from the inside. She had a good life.

Trek Project 1 : Madone 6.5 frame, DA wheels/pedals, full Bontrager XXX, and Ultegra Di2. Charity event last weekend, first overall 180 riders, solo'd 112km at 47 yo.

Pictures taken on my training ride today - some of the Twilight series was filmed at this park (I've got a teenage daughter!).
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:07 PM
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A little retro technology...

Picked up my first vintage bike at a garage sale. It's a 1984 Raleigh USA Olympic replica. It's a medium-low quality bike of the era, made in Taiwan with Suntour components, lugged chromed steel frame. It's actually fairly light, all original. It obviously needs all new consumables and some clean up.

Now to decide whether to keep or flip
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:13 PM
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A little retro technology...

Picked up my first vintage bike at a garage sale. It's a 1984 Raleigh USA Olympic replica. It's a medium-low quality bike of the era, made in Taiwan with Suntour components, lugged chromed steel frame. It's actually fairly light, all original. It obviously needs all new consumables and some clean up.

Now to decide whether to keep or flip
Very cool! My first road bike was in junior high and it was a Raleigh.
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