quote:That's a very expensive way to do it. The MSRP on a bike will be about half the MSRP of all the parts. Usually best to start with a bike that's close to what you want and modify from there, unless you're really picky!
Originally posted by moribundman: Just buy a good frame and the components you want. There's no good reason to not assemble your dream bike yourself.
quote:That might be overstated, since I was "fitted" for my first bike, and couldn't ride over 30 miles without much discomfort. Then I decided that the bike was too big for me and then bought a bike based on what I wanted. I was on a 58, now I'm on a 56. Based on standover height I could easily clear the 58 but I think I have a short torso and longer legs than the average man. So I got the smaller bike, and put a longer seat tube on it. Now my bike Rocks, it handles better than the 58 and is very comfortable even after 60 miles. I'm working on doing 100 later this summer.
Originally posted by Crashbox: IMO, if you plan on getting a new bike make sure you are "fitted" as it makes a world of difference in comfort and efficiency.
quote:I have a compact crank on mine. The front is a 36/50, the rear is a 12-27. The bike came with a 12-23 in the back, but that was worse (for climbing) than my last bike. So I wanted to wussy gears for the hills around TN. I'm about 10% easier now than my last bike in the 36/27. As far as comparison, I've never had a triple, but I do like the compact becuase I can stay in the big ring most of the rides I do. Only on the big hills I have to take it to the smaller ring. If you want to compare gearing check out this chart: http://home.i1.net/~dwolfe/gerz/ You can imput your current gearing then compare what a compact would give you. Bear in mind that most compact gears have a 34/50 whereas mine is a 36/50 so you can see that 34 upfront would be pretty close to the low end of your triple. Also the new 10 speed rear gears really help compared to the older 9spd's. All my gears are really close from 12/24 then it makes a big jump to 27. I call it my bail out gear. Hahaha. As far as changing over. I thing you have to change dereailer and that is it. But I would consult a bike shop to be sure. If you have any other questions let me know. So far (about 800 miles) I really like my compact compared to a standard double of 39/53 with a 12/25 rear. Also note that I'm a spinner, with an average cadence of about 94 rpms. I spin compared to grinding (except on hills) for the most part and even at 27 mph I'm not out of gears. If you can run faster than 30 mph or so, you might want to look at an 11 rear gear.
Originally posted by wantin150: Has anyone here ridden a compact crank and if so, how does the gearing compare to a triple? Also, does anyone know if it is possible to switch to a compact without changing derallieurs or shifters? I would swap the BB to an ISIS type but that's all the money I want to spend right now.
quote:Oh the 27 mph is on the flats with a good tail wind (or riding in a paceline) I can only hold that for a mile or so even in a pacline. They will usually slow down after a bit. Our Group average is 19-21, and when I ride alone it's 17.5-18.5 mph depending on the weather and the route.
Originally posted by wantin150: ^^^You get smoke from that compact! 27? I wish. I'm a lunch time rider (trainer or 15 miles) who does 30-80 on the weekends with a 100 or so once a summer. I do the 2 day MS 150 in Sept but that's it. Thanks again and stay safe.
quote:Of course, a fitting depends on the competence of the fitter as well, AND the input you give him/her about your preferred riding position.
That might be overstated, since I was "fitted" for my first bike, and couldn't ride over 30 miles without much discomfort.
quote:Very few people need an 11. My highest gear during my trip in Colorado was 48 in front and 13 in the back, I was good to spin that up to 35 mph. For that trip, I ran a mid-90s MTB triple, 48/36/26 and a 13-26 9 speed in the back. A mix of Shimano in front and Campy Chorus in the back. Front der was Campy Racing-T. That worked pretty well. I have since switched back to my 53/39 Campy Record double up front. But I am now thinking about a 48/34 compact double up front with a 13-29 10 speed in the back. I would need to switch out my shifters for ones that are 10 speed indexed, but since I run bar-ends that shouldn't be too much trouble.
Originally posted by msparks: If you can run faster than 30 mph or so, you might want to look at an 11 rear gear.
http://rodbikes.com/index.html I was looking over old post and saw your post...great bike shop, would love to visit,,,but Im in Tennessee...I was in Seattle for the 1st worlds fair there,,I think I was 14, lol....but at 74 Im still riding by bike...I would really like to see Seattle again,,I bought a new bicycle (road bike) about seven or so years ago with the mindset that it would be the last bike I would ever purchase for myself. It was about $1400 but worth every single penny. A stock frame but hand-built by R and E Cycles in Seattle FYI. IMO, if you plan on getting a new bike make sure you are "fitted" as it makes a world of difference in comfort and efficiency.
I was at the Seattle World's Fair too, as a pup of five. It was magical to me at that time. My wife had a conference there in 2007, and I was glad to go along. It is still a very impressive campus - the Space Needle is still spectacular, and the monorail still looks like the transportation of the future. Apparently when new, the Space Needle was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi; by 2007 it was only the 7th-tallest structure in Seattle.http://rodbikes.com/index.html I was looking over old post and saw your post...great bike shop, would love to visit,,,but Im in Tennessee...I was in Seattle for the 1st worlds fair there,,I think I was 14, lol....but at 74 Im still riding by bike...I would really like to see Seattle again,,