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Old 07-15-2009, 08:46 AM   #201
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anyone else have problems loading this thread? Its the only thread on AZ that looks like this so far...
yeah, but it only seems to be this last page.
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awesome, not sure how i've missed this thread, love all the bikes!

here's my only bike i've bothered to take a pic of after I finished it:


also have a '07 stumpy fsr expert and an '06 scattante R660
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Is the stumpy the anodized bluish color? God i miss mine...
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lol a lot of good that tube will do w/o a pump or co2 robb.
thats what I was thinking
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Is the stumpy the anodized bluish color? God i miss mine...
yeah, i love the matte color.
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4.5W/kg.
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yeah, i love the matte color.
and the fact that it doesn't scratch...
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Tattooed Swedish devil girls sexually molest cyclist<o:p></o:p>

'Downright unusual' attack, cop admits<o:p></o:p>
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Posted in Bootnotes, 16th July 2009 12:51 GMT<o:p></o:p>
Swedish cops are on the look-out for a quintet of tattooed girls who dragged a 50-year-old man off his bicycle, pulled down his trousers and smalls and "sexually molested" the poor bloke.<o:p></o:p>
The incident happened on 8 July in Írebro, central Sweden, the Aftonbladet newspaper reports. One of the gang - described as 5' 7" tall and with "tattoos on her forearms" - grabbed his bike's rack and brought the victim to the ground.<o:p></o:p>
Having had their evil way, the five assailants made good their escape. The man was "not otherwise beaten or physically assaulted".<o:p></o:p>
Police spokeswoman Annika Haaster rightly described the attack as "downright unusual". In the hope that members of the public might help identify the tattooed ambush vixens, she concluded: "Perhaps there are others who’ve had the same thing happen to them." <o:p></o:p>
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Swedish chicks?

How come this never happens to me? Were they hot? Are they sure he wasn't dreaming?
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Guess a mod deleted my post. I assumed not everyone that posts in here also mountain bikes, but what do I know.

But nonetheless, some of you may like what this has to offer:

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I'd like your opinions/suggestions on a new road bike.
I've been wanting one for a couple years now and I think it's time.

The bikes I'm looking at are ~$1300 - 1500 and I'm curious what you think of my list. If you have other suggestions, please add them.
2009 CAAD9 5
2009 Specialized Allez Elite
2009 Giant TCR Alliance 1

I'm looking to buy in early September and hope to get a decent deal before the '10s come out. I haven't test ridden any of these, but did ride a Cannondale CAAD and Specialized Allez a couple years ago and was leaning towards the Specialized a little more back then.
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I'd like your opinions/suggestions on a new road bike.
I've been wanting one for a couple years now and I think it's time.

The bikes I'm looking at are ~$1300 - 1500 and I'm curious what you think of my list. If you have other suggestions, please add them.
2009 CAAD9 5
2009 Specialized Allez Elite
2009 Giant TCR Alliance 1

I'm looking to buy in early September and hope to get a decent deal before the '10s come out. I haven't test ridden any of these, but did ride a Cannondale CAAD and Specialized Allez a couple years ago and was leaning towards the Specialized a little more back then.
Not a real good comparision, but I have an '01 Giant TCR 2 and love it. Frame fits me perfectly. I just need to get in better shape for the gears!
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I just bought a bike rack, Only 40 bucks at Wallyworld and it works great!

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I'd like your opinions/suggestions on a new road bike.
I've been wanting one for a couple years now and I think it's time.

The bikes I'm looking at are ~$1300 - 1500 and I'm curious what you think of my list. If you have other suggestions, please add them.
2009 CAAD9 5
2009 Specialized Allez Elite
2009 Giant TCR Alliance 1

I'm looking to buy in early September and hope to get a decent deal before the '10s come out. I haven't test ridden any of these, but did ride a Cannondale CAAD and Specialized Allez a couple years ago and was leaning towards the Specialized a little more back then.
The bikes are very similarly spec'ed. You would have to ride them to see which one you like best.
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I just bought a bike rack, Only 40 bucks at Wallyworld and it works great!

I used to have a similar rack and the same car. Here are a few tips. Get some sort of soft rag or something between the contact of the rack and the trunk. I never did this and my trunk was full of scratches. Also, you need to do a really good job securing the front wheel otherwise it will bounce all around and the fork/brake will scratch up your spoiler.
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I used to have a similar rack and the same car. Here are a few tips. Get some sort of soft rag or something between the contact of the rack and the trunk. I never did this and my trunk was full of scratches. Also, you need to do a really good job securing the front wheel otherwise it will bounce all around and the fork/brake will scratch up your spoiler.
Thanks for the . I mainly bought it because my gf and I are heading out to the Wahington and Oregon Coast on a road trip in a couple weeks and wanted to bring our bikes with us.

It has pads where it comes in contact with the paint and so far it hasn't left any scratches, so It seems ok that way.

It also has ties built in to secure the front fork and I also secure the crank so the pedal won't come in contact with the car.

I'm a little apprehensive of taking it on a 1000 mile trip but I'm sure it will be allright, just gotta stop occasionally and check that the straps are tight. I would have liked to get a roof rack but didn't want to shell out $700.
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Zertz gel inserts

Has anyone else heard of the "air bubble" inserts that are on some Specialized components? Looks quite interesting, is it all marketing? I would imagine the combined effect of having them on your seat stays, seat post and fork would have a noticeable effect.

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I've put together a Google map of the Provincial Road Race course, with some good viewpoints & crash areas marked. I've also included a link to an HD Video I made, riding a lap of the course. Check it out!
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Has anyone else heard of the "air bubble" inserts that are on some Specialized components? Looks quite interesting, is it all marketing? I would imagine the combined effect of having them on your seat stays, seat post and fork would have a noticeable effect.

http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/tech....ialized_tarmac



My Tricross has them in the fork, seatstays, and seat post. It rides noticably plusher than my two bikes that don't have them.
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I've put together a Google map of the Provincial Road Race course, with some good viewpoints & crash areas marked. I've also included a link to an HD Video I made, riding a lap of the course. Check it out!
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Cool -- couldn't find the link to the video though...
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^^ the video link is on the left, under the map's title.
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Nice work astro, very cool.



Soooooooooooo, I was at the bike shop today picking up a few things (bottle cage, bottle, shorts, and gloves for my MB).

I have been eying some road bikes lately,...and decided to look at them a bit.
Two I was looking at today,..

Specialized Allez Sport Compact double($1450) matches my MB
Giant TCR Alliance 1 (discounted to $1650 - still in box and my size, incl 90 dollar pedals)

I could find some Trek bikes for the same money that would be comparable too I suppose.

I was thinking that if I did get something,...I would want to spend about 1k, but the jump up in components to Shim 105 stuff and better wheels etc makes sense for the higher priced bikes.

I'm struggling and on the fence about getting a road bike period. I'm scared I wont use my MB much (got it this year for 2.5k) if I get a road bike. Also, I dunno if I am ready to shell out all kinds of money on another bike. I am a TOTAL noob to road stuff,...so if feels like I am throwing away money on too much bike,...but I really do not know what I am talking about.

The TCR seems like an descent deal,..since reg prices is just under 2k, but I dont really need something like that do I ?

AZ WISDOM NEEDED.


Edit: I am def leaning away from getting anything. But then I watch the tour every night and yearn for a bike,...and think of the roads around my place in Waterloo that are ideal riding roads,.....

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^^^

You are suffering from plus-1 syndrome. Either that, or you bought the wrong bike to begin with if you think the road bike will see more use than the mountain bike.

In either case, you will buy a road bike despite what anyone here advises.
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I picked up a 2009 Specialized Allez Elite today!! Well actually will be picking it up on Monday or Tuesday (They were slammed and I wasn't sure I would be able to get a "total fit" today).
MSRP $1550...got it for $1350 + 10% off all accessories + 6 months same as cash.

I'll post actual pics when I get it home

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West6MT, when i got a road bike (my wife decided to stop mtn biking) all it did was make me a much better mtn biker. Road biking is just training for mtn biking.
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West6MT, when i got a road bike (my wife decided to stop mtn biking) all it did was make me a much better mtn biker. Road biking is just training for mtn biking.
I am pretty much looking at a road bike as a fun way to train in place of running, and to help with my MBing.





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Nice pick up cms!!!!

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I am pretty much looking at a road bike as a fun way to train in place of running, and to help with my MBing.





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Nice pick up cms!!!!
Specs are a wash. Ride them and decide.

Road biking is a great way to improve your fitness for MTBing. Typically 80% of my mileage is on the road. I prefer to MTBing but road riding is very convenient - right out your front door.
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Nice pick up cms!!!!
Thanks
I test rode both the Allez and the Alliance today. Both are very nice bikes, but for some reason the Alliance, when I got out of the saddle and "got on it", the bike felt unstable. I'm not sure why, but it was all I could do to keep it straight. The Allez was just better, to me, than the Alliance.

like herb said, go and test ride them. If the LBS is not willing to put the Giant together for you to test ride then the LBS doesn't need your business.
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Thanks for the info and comments guys.

I'm going to go into a local shop in Waterloo on Monday and check it out.

herb - exactly, right out the front door. I just found out I am about 6.5 kms from Hydrocut up in Waterloo, which is supposed to be pretty good. I will be checking it out a few times this week if it stops raining.

cms - maybe it is just the frame design??? The Giant has a carbon upper, alum lower,...maybe it makes it a bit unstable or something (dont really know what I am talking about). I think the Allez frame is very similar/based on the Roubaix, and is just a better design/geometry maybe???

In any event, I will keep you posted.
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I haven't had the opportunity to ride Hydrocut but I have heard good things. My favorite places to ride are Buckwallow, The Don, Hardwood, Albion, and Kelso.
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I haven't had the opportunity to ride Hydrocut but I have heard good things. My favorite places to ride are Buckwallow, The Don, Hardwood, Albion, and Kelso.
Sweet!!!

Ya I heard good things about Hydrocut too. I'm thinking about stopping at Kelso on the way back to Toronto next weekend. I might as well,...since I drive past it twice a week lol.
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I picked up a 2009 Specialized Allez Elite today!! Well actually will be picking it up on Monday or Tuesday (They were slammed and I wasn't sure I would be able to get a "total fit" today).
MSRP $1550...got it for $1350 + 10% off all accessories + 6 months same as cash.

I'll post actual pics when I get it home

Nice!
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Sweet!!!

Ya I heard good things about Hydrocut too. I'm thinking about stopping at Kelso on the way back to Toronto next weekend. I might as well,...since I drive past it twice a week lol.
For me, the allure of Kelso is the ski hill climb. Other than that all the trails are at all at the top. If you don't want to do the hill climb you can park at the summit and start your ride there. Take Steeles Rd. to get to the summit. Kelso will also hosting the Provincial XC Championships in late August.
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Well I get the bike home, get it ready for a ride. Take my Dad's advice to test the mini pump out just in case I get a flat while out.
It works, use my floor pump to make sure tire is properly inflated, something doesn't seem right, but it worked...eventually.
Hop on in, clip in and out a couple times for some practice. Hit the road, *hiss*, yep, less than 1/10 of a mile and I have a flat . To top it all off, I freak out, clip out my left shoe, stop, try to put down my right foot (still clipped)...fall. At least I fell in the ditch.

Turns out I fucked up the valve/tube interface. Shop replaced it for me for free (I watched so now I know what to do next time)
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Well I get the bike home, get it ready for a ride. Take my Dad's advice to test the mini pump out just in case I get a flat while out.
It works, use my floor pump to make sure tire is properly inflated, something doesn't seem right, but it worked...eventually.
Hop on in, clip in and out a couple times for some practice. Hit the road, *hiss*, yep, less than 1/10 of a mile and I have a flat . To top it all off, I freak out, clip out my left shoe, stop, try to put down my right foot (still clipped)...fall. At least I fell in the ditch.

Turns out I fucked up the valve/tube interface. Shop replaced it for me for free (I watched so now I know what to do next time)
Do you have a vid?
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^^You're not alone, I've been having terrible luck lately. Well, this most recent one is probably my fault. I was sprinting full force down the home stretch on the road to my house in the bike lane, and all of a sudden this teal POS-looking Avalon passes by me, and pulls over halfway. I freak out for a bit cause he's partly in the bike lane and partly next to the curb and I don't wanna risk anything by squeezing between traffic or the curb, so I look to my right and head up onto the sidewalk. I'm going too fast and can't turn quickly enough and I barely make it onto the sidewalk and my front dips into a flowerbed and jars the whole bike, and I cuss loudly. The time between the guy pulling over and me swerving was maybe only 2-3 seconds but it seemed like forever now that I think about it and what I could have done differently...

I'm gonna sell this front wheel which by now is probably out of true, then I'm gonna quit being a hipster and buy a front brake just need a matching front machined wheel.... ugh. I just got a set of Vredestein Fortezza TriComps ($45 each) last week, and they handle so much better than my old CSTs..... however, now the front one has a few gashes in the sidewall, and another chunk of it is peeled off. Thankfully the tube didn't pinch flat.... anyone have any creative uses for a gashed-up folding bike tire? Maybe I'll carry it with me and I can strangle the next person that cuts me off....

FML. None of this shit happened when I was on my mountain bike!!!! knock on wood
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Ok all. Looking for some suggestions. My GF and I are getting back into exercising and running is a lil harsh on her knees so we figure biking is the next best bet as far as excercise we can do together. We're both looking for primarily a bike that will be rode through neighborhood roads, a few paved back roads and the slight possibility of trails. Best place to buy? Any particular brands? Is around the $150 area reasonable for something good and reliable?
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