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Old 07-16-2013, 07:28 PM
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Well, fell in to my usual luck routine today.

I had totally stopped looking for a bike...and then ran in to a 2004 Specialized Allez Elite Double that a guy was selling for $400. Checked it out, it was my size, it fit, it had some upgrades, and it rode and felt great...

He took $270 for it. And it came with a set of shoes that are pretty new that don't fit but I can sell...has the cleats on them and they are new...to put on my own shoes when I get a pair.

My bike expert friend came with me and no way would I find a better deal.

wife is still a little irked...but she'll get over it



http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...ouble#features

Its the blue/white color
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:38 PM
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Congrats on the purchase. Sounds like an awesome deal.
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Wow, Awesome!

Glad you got one you like. Have you ridden with clip-less pedals yet? Makes such a difference (and a few bruises/scrapes probably)

I see one of these in your near future:
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by stogie1020 View Post
Wow, Awesome!

Glad you got one you like. Have you ridden with clip-less pedals yet? Makes such a difference (and a few bruises/scrapes probably)

I see one of these in your near future:
http://www.target.com/p/instep-sierr...Slot=large_1_3
Have no used clip ins before. My friend told me to practice around the parking a few times first.

Still need to get shoes. Busy the next couples days with a deadline from a client.
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Nice bike!
When is the maiden voyage scheduled?
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Originally Posted by cmschmie View Post
Nice bike!
When is the maiden voyage scheduled?
I was going to try for early tomorrow...just ride with shoes on the clips til I get a pair.

But I might have to get sucked in to waiting for a director who needs some footage.
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Nice pickup David.

Drop by a bike shop and see if they have some test ride pedals you can borrow -- maybe in exchange for buying shoes there later. Clipless pedals are terrible without cleats.
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Originally Posted by svtmike View Post
Nice pickup David.

Drop by a bike shop and see if they have some test ride pedals you can borrow -- maybe in exchange for buying shoes there later. Clipless pedals are terrible without cleats.
The shoes that the guy threw in with the bike have a set of brand new cleats on them. I just have to pick up a pair of shoes this week. I'm just going to switch over the cleats and then put the free shoes on CL, way too small for my feet. There a lot of sales going on right now at places where I should be able to pick up a pair for well under $100 that offer good support and breathability.

So, If I have to suffer riding with no cleats for one quick ride, I think I can manage. I did for a few minutes while testing the bike, and then some more when I got home.

We got back to my friends...went to pump up the tires...damn head of the presta valve ripped off in the pump when he went to take it off and psssssssh ...thankfully, he had a spare tube and I got to learn how to change a tire on a bike. He said he had never seen that before
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:16 AM
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Can you just pull the pedals off of your other bike until you make the switch?

We got back to my friends...went to pump up the tires...damn head of the presta valve ripped off in the pump when he went to take it off and psssssssh ...thankfully, he had a spare tube and I got to learn how to change a tire on a bike. He said he had never seen that before
Something very similar happened to me the first time I went to ride my old bike.
Everything seemed normal until I got on it, clipped in and started. pssssshhhh and I fell in a ditch. Less than 1/2 mile into the ride

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Old 07-17-2013, 01:07 PM
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Took a quick ride with my friend this morning. The usual short MB pier and back (18 miles)

The clipless pedals on their are Look brand...It was plenty easy to pedal without cleats, big enough pedal, no discomfort or worries...actually felt better than regular flat pedals.

The bike...had to stop twice to make some seat and handlebar adjustments. I will schedule a proper fitting. But WOW....it's like going from driving my jeep, to driving my challenger...what a huge difference in bike feel. Going uphill is less cumbersome (still taxing) and bike just feels more nimble and quick...even if I wasn't actually going faster.

Now, I just have to get my body used to this new riding position...feel it in my tris and my hip flexors right now.

Going to a free clinic tonight at Cynergy Cycles in santa monica for a lecture on riding for health/weight loss via a company called phase IV. Hoping to get some good info out of that.
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Your tri muscles will probably take the longest to adjust. I know mine do every spring.
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Also, Look are by far my fav clipless pedals, nice score!
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Originally Posted by astro View Post
Also, Look are by far my fav clipless pedals, nice score!
I've got Look Keo Classics on my current bike & had Speedplay Zeros on my old bike.
Both have their merits, but I think I like the Zeros a little more.

From what I've seen Keo, SPD & Zeros are the most popular 3 around here.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:04 PM
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Your tri muscles will probably take the longest to adjust. I know mine do every spring.
And I use my tri's a lot in yoga...its gonna some blissful pain for a bit...

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Also, Look are by far my fav clipless pedals, nice score!
thanks dude!
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Man...my legs are burning just looking at that.
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I'd be tired doing that in a car let alone a bike.

Great updates. Must be an awesome trip for a hardcore cyclist.
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Awesome pics. Looks like an amazing trip.
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Bike is in for a tune up right now. Have a fitting tomorrow.

I bought some shoes, switched the cleats over...was practicing clipping in and out for a minute.

Question:

When I'm clipped in should there be play in the binding, or should my foot be unmoveable aside from being able to twist and unclip?
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Originally Posted by Sarlacc View Post
Bike is in for a tune up right now. Have a fitting tomorrow.

I bought some shoes, switched the cleats over...was practicing clipping in and out for a minute.

Question:

When I'm clipped in should there be play in the binding, or should my foot be unmoveable aside from being able to twist and unclip?
I believe Look has different colored cleats with varying amounts of "float".

From their site: "red cleats 9, the grey cleats 4.5, and the black fixed cleats"

Float helps relieve strain on your knees by not locking you into a position that is not correct for your alignment but if it's too much I could understand the desire to have less.

My first pedals were the speedplay zeros and the float was a little unsettling (they are known for having it).
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You guys ever have a case of old spokes? My bikes are stored in my garage so it's not out in the elements...just humidity. My Specialized Crossroads bike though...has a 27" wheel on 700CC tires...the rear spokes have snapped on me twice now...just a couple at a time, but enough to throw the true out badly enough to need to unhook rear pad to get home.

I paid to have 3 restrung and trued, but then 2 rides later another one snapped and made it wobble again. Is there a sure fire way to snap the weak ones to have them do it once and for all? I trued just pushing with my fingers...but none others broke.
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Originally Posted by stogie1020 View Post
I believe Look has different colored cleats with varying amounts of "float".

From their site: "red cleats 9, the grey cleats 4.5, and the black fixed cleats"

Float helps relieve strain on your knees by not locking you into a position that is not correct for your alignment but if it's too much I could understand the desire to have less.

My first pedals were the speedplay zeros and the float was a little unsettling (they are known for having it).
Ah, cool...yeah these are red. Thanks dude!
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Awesome pic Beelzebub!
Like the one with Quintana looking back at you. Did you yell something at him?



Also,
How was the ride up the Alpe?
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totally jealous but awesome pics and experience for you!
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Awesome pic Beelzebub!
Like the one with Quintana looking back at you. Did you yell something at him?



Also,
How was the ride up the Alpe?
Nope, he was just looking back to see where every one else was.
And it isn't that bad, 10% for the first couple of k then it drops to around 8%


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totally jealous but awesome pics and experience for you!
Thanks, I do love this trip

Tomorrow we are going to do what they did. go over the top and back up a second time

Also did you see the idiot getting run over by the motorcycle.
That was one of my friends. for the second pass they went down to dutch corner and got completely trashed.
Which brought on the comment "Watch this!"
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Tomorrow we are going to do what they did. go over the top and back up a second time
Awesome! If I ever obtain the ability to climb I would love to try one of these tours.

Also did you see the idiot getting run over by the motorcycle.
That was one of my friends. for the second pass they went down to dutch corner and got completely trashed.
Which brought on the comment "Watch this!"

I didn't see that. I did see a dude mooning the camera and one guy dressed as a giant penis.
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Originally Posted by stogie1020 View Post
I believe Look has different colored cleats with varying amounts of "float".

From their site: "red cleats 9, the grey cleats 4.5, and the black fixed cleats"

Float helps relieve strain on your knees by not locking you into a position that is not correct for your alignment but if it's too much I could understand the desire to have less.

My first pedals were the speedplay zeros and the float was a little unsettling (they are known for having it).
I've got red Look cleats on mine as well. I'd prefer the gray, as I don't like as much float as these have.

Loved my SpeedPlay Zeros for the adjustable float.
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I am running the red as well, as and I also prefer the grey.
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such sick pics mark!

red cleats all the way.
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Today's ride

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We first rode down the alpe to Bourg to watch the start of today's stage then rode out to La Bararde which is a beautiful National Park



Contador's bike


Froome's bike on Jaguar team cars








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My legs hurt just looking at the last few pics...

So cool you can get so up close to the team cars, etc...
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More awesome pics. Specialized's facebook has some awesome photos as well.

Got my bike tuned, picked it up, just got home from getting fitted. Also swapped out the old slicks for some continental gatorskins...got home and changed those myself for practice.

Oh...exchanged a seat I bought a couple weeks ago for a better seat, which actually came out cheaper because of a sale going on.



I cant wait to get out for a ride...but sadly that probably wont be until Tuesday at the soonest
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Nice David. Enjoy the bike.
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My last day in the Alpes was killer

I did Alpe D'Huez twice and then went over the Col de Sarenne and then La Freney which is about a 2 mile climb at 14%

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This is going down the back side of Col de Sarenne, it was very treacherous. One of the guys on the trip carbon rim exploded and he went down breaking his collar bone.






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