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    First road bike and first ride impressions

    2012 S30

    (I know it's facing the wrong way, but I didn't take it off the rack just for a quick pic).

    Bought my first road bike and then went out of town on business for a week before getting to ride. Finally took it for a short ride on Sat and Sun.

    Here are some initial impressions:
    1. Wow, road bikes are fast.
    2. My endurance level sucks.
    3. I'm hooked.

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    I bought a 08 Specialized Allez Elite off a guy on craigslist and holy s*** the bike is quick! It was my first road bike and i have ridden my parents Specialized 10 sirrus and thought that was pretty light and fast but nothing compared to my new road bike.

    i will post a pic when i can

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    here she is...
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    How far have you gone in one trip?
    2012 CAAD 8 105

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    Just tried out a Spez Allez 2012 last weekend, and it feels so quick to get off the mark ... compared to my MTB with road wheels and tyres ... hence why I am on this forum now ... I think I will do the inevitable ... as I have done more miles on the road as opposed to off-road ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switchblade906 View Post
    How far have you gone in one trip?
    longest to date has been a 47 miler. I am planning on doing a century ride in early May... hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_h_i_n_a_m_a_n View Post
    Just tried out a Spez Allez 2012 last weekend, and it feels so quick to get off the mark ... compared to my MTB with road wheels and tyres ... hence why I am on this forum now ... I think I will do the inevitable ... as I have done more miles on the road as opposed to off-road ...
    road bikes are great, so are mountain bikes. Just be careful because it becomes addicting FAST! I started with a mountain bike then bought a road bike then a single speed then a fixie, now an upgraded mountain bike and now looking to make a fat tire bike... it all starts with one bike... hahaha

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    Wow, i can't wait till i can go that far at once. I just started cycling about 3 weeks ago.
    2012 CAAD 8 105

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switchblade906 View Post
    Wow, i can't wait till i can go that far at once. I just started cycling about 3 weeks ago.
    o you will get there. especially on a road bike. thats just a good ol' ride on a saturday soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRock24 View Post
    I bought a 08 Specialized Allez Elite off a guy on craigslist and holy s*** the bike is quick! It was my first road bike and i have ridden my parents Specialized 10 sirrus and thought that was pretty light and fast but nothing compared to my new road bike.

    i will post a pic when i can
    I just started riding last year and I currently have the Specialized Sirrus Sport. I am enjoying it but am eager to get myself a real road bike but too bad I still can't afford it. I find the prices on Craigslist not to appealing. Did you get a really good deal or was it just a little less then the shops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheepherder View Post
    I just started riding last year and I currently have the Specialized Sirrus Sport. I am enjoying it but am eager to get myself a real road bike but too bad I still can't afford it. I find the prices on Craigslist not to appealing. Did you get a really good deal or was it just a little less then the shops?
    i bought it off craigslist. a word of warning... be careful when you buy it. if they seem at all fishy or not really willing to tell you about anything about or on the bike i would not do so. the guy i bought it from was really cool and wasn't there trying to sell it or rip me off. i bought it for $650. I did have to adjust the front derailleur and put a new chain on but that is minor. If you have a friend who is really into bikes (if you dont, i would try and find one... they can save you alot of money ;) ) and take them there with you to check it out. Make sure the bike hasn't been crashed and if it has, find out what he did after (replacement parts, shifters, brakes, etc). they should be honest and i know it is kind of hard to tell but if your gut says no... WALK AWAY. there are plenty of fish in the sea.

    try out road bikes at your local shops. try all brands or as many as you can. I didn't like the Trek road bikes but my buddy (knowledgeable bike buddy) absolutely loves them. Vise versa with Specialized. Its all about what feels the best.

    hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRock24 View Post
    i bought it off craigslist. a word of warning... be careful when you buy it. if they seem at all fishy or not really willing to tell you about anything about or on the bike i would not do so. the guy i bought it from was really cool and wasn't there trying to sell it or rip me off. i bought it for $650. I did have to adjust the front derailleur and put a new chain on but that is minor. If you have a friend who is really into bikes (if you dont, i would try and find one... they can save you alot of money ;) ) and take them there with you to check it out. Make sure the bike hasn't been crashed and if it has, find out what he did after (replacement parts, shifters, brakes, etc). they should be honest and i know it is kind of hard to tell but if your gut says no... WALK AWAY. there are plenty of fish in the sea.

    try out road bikes at your local shops. try all brands or as many as you can. I didn't like the Trek road bikes but my buddy (knowledgeable bike buddy) absolutely loves them. Vise versa with Specialized. Its all about what feels the best.

    hope this helps
    I think you're offering solid advice here, but if you're implying that someone should essentially 'use' a LBS's inventory to try out bikes with the intention to buy elsewhere, then sorry, but that's just not cool.

    If we expect a level of respect from LBS's to call them reputable, then we have to operate under the same 'rules'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ352 View Post
    I think you're offering solid advice here, but if you're implying that someone should essentially 'use' a LBS's inventory to try out bikes with the intention to buy elsewhere, then sorry, but that's just not cool.

    If we expect a level of respect from LBS's to call them reputable, then we have to operate under the same 'rules'.
    sorry. that came off wrong. I have bought 3 of 4 bikes I own from LBS. I get my road bike serviced at my LBS. I understand the business and retail side of things (I work in retail). It seems like the person is on a tight budget and if or i should say when he needs parts (and when I need parts) the LBS is the first place I go. why? because they are helpful and they give me honest advice. They know i am on a tight budget and enjoy riding and they enjoy helping me out (they know me by name). Sorry if that came off cheap a** and arrogant, I had no intention of doing so. My apologies PJ352.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRock24 View Post
    sorry. that came off wrong. I have bought 3 of 4 bikes I own from LBS. I get my road bike serviced at my LBS. I understand the business and retail side of things (I work in retail). It seems like the person is on a tight budget and if or i should say when he needs parts (and when I need parts) the LBS is the first place I go. why? because they are helpful and they give me honest advice. They know i am on a tight budget and enjoy riding and they enjoy helping me out (they know me by name). Sorry if that came off cheap a** and arrogant, I had no intention of doing so. My apologies PJ352.
    No worries, and need to apologize. You clarified and set the record straight. All's well that ends well.

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    Yep It's addictive alright, so much that I wish I was out doing some cycling right now instead of seating on my ass driving a truck across country..

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    right now instead of seating on my ass driving a truck across country..
    I hope you are not literally driving while sending this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_h_i_n_a_m_a_n View Post
    Just tried out a Spez Allez 2012 last weekend, and it feels so quick to get off the mark ... compared to my MTB with road wheels and tyres ... hence why I am on this forum now ...
    that's what i did last year, moved from a MTB with road tires...
    Good enough never is.
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    Very nice. I did the mountain bike thing for a bit, then a hybrid for a few years and just bought an Orbea Road bike. So many nice bikes out there, I just went with what felt good under me.

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    I am in a similar position to others on this thread. I bought an MTB a year ago and have ridden it on the road more than off. Since that is the case, I am planning on buying something more road worthy this year. The bikes that I've tried have been so fast off the mark compared with my MTB that I find it a little hard to believe.

    What was incredible was how quickly I reached 20mph on a Bianchi Sempre. It is addicting alright...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoRacers View Post
    2012 S30

    Here are some initial impressions:
    1. Wow, road bikes are fast.
    2. My endurance level sucks.
    3. I'm hooked.
    What were you riding before the new bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmpski_1 View Post
    What were you riding before the new bike?
    Mountain bike and mtb-converted-to-grocery-getter.

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    Quote GoRacers
    "Here are some initial impressions:
    1. Wow, road bikes are fast.
    2. My endurance level sucks.
    3. I'm hooked. "

    I feel the same way. Well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy2302 View Post
    Quote GoRacers
    "Here are some initial impressions:
    1. Wow, road bikes are fast.
    2. My endurance level sucks.
    3. I'm hooked. "

    I feel the same way. Well said.
    Ditto!! This is my first season riding a road bike and it is amazing! That said, I have a LONG way to go before I can match up to some of the guys here. BTW the two bikes above are pretty nice looking

    Here is a quick picture (iPhone...) taken today during my ride:
    2009 Specialized Allez that I purchased from a co-worker
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    Coming Storm by Jay F D
    Last edited by Silvercall; 03-30-2012 at 03:29 PM. Reason: grammar...

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    My first ride

    Well, I took out my first ever road bike on the road. Needless to say, I got nowhere. Have been using a mountain bike thus far, and when I got on the road bike, i was frozen in fear. The seating position is totally different. I couldn't get myself to even start pedalling. Feel like a total failure. Has this happened to anyone else? I have a BMC RoadRacer SL01 with a Shimano 105 groupset.

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    My first impressions.......I gotta get in shape..... Where is all this mucas coming from?...... Man, this is a blast even thought my heart is jumping out of my chest. My first ride was 7 miles of huffing and puffing. I qucikyl jumped up to a 30 miler of shear agony. My ride this weekend (started about month ago) was 40 miles. I felt like I could go more. I added aero bars on my last ride and find them to put me in a much more powerful, efficent position when riding. I picked up 1.5 mph average and went further than ever. I have only ridden alone. Tomorrow, I am riding with a neighbor who is going to show me how to draft properly and teach me group riding rules.

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