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Just ordered a new Lemond Poprad.........(7 posts)

Just ordered a new Lemond Poprad.........smokey422
May 9, 2001 4:49 PM
from Walt's Bike Shop in Columbia, MO and can't wait for it to get here. Mark fitted me up for it on their Serotta Fit Bike(ended up with a 59cm) and also adjusted my Fisher hardtail mountain bike and made a huge difference in the way it rides. anyone know how well the bar end shifters work? i've ridden only mountain bikes with gripshift. tried one on rollers in the showroom, but the bike was too small and it was hard to tell much. one of the salesmen has one and said after a short adjustment period, he loves his. maybe because i'm a road rookie, it won't bother me. the frame was what really sold me on the bike; that and the great price. any input on the shifters or the Poprad in general?
re: Just ordered a new Lemond Poprad.........Craw
May 9, 2001 8:23 PM
Hey, the Poprad looks cool, I am debating between it and the Surly Crosscheck. For good input on the Poprad scroll down and check out my post "Cross bike, what to get? Help" A lot of people put in some good info about the Poprad.
re: Just ordered a new Lemond Poprad.........Ray Sachs
May 10, 2001 5:38 AM
I just picked up an end of season 57cm Poprad at a local shop and rode it yesterday for the first time. It feels like a really nice sport touring bike on the road (this is a GOOD thing!) and seems quite agile off-road as well. By far the lightest bike I've ever taken off-road - I'm looking forward to some long miles on this bike.

Bar end shifters (aka barcons) work very easily - push them down for a smaller cog or chainring, pull them up for a larger one. With indexing, they're very easy to work and probably the easiest shifters to use in friction too, with the possible exception of the old thumbshifters. If you ride in the drops, they're very accessible, on the hoods they're reasonably accessible, and from the tops are a little less so. If you ride on the tops a lot, they'll feel a lot less convenient than your MTB shifters, but you'll get used to it pretty quickly.

-Ray
re: Just ordered a new Lemond Poprad.........Pablo
May 10, 2001 2:03 PM
Walt's is great, I just moved from Columbia. I was really interested in test riding a Poprad when they arrived at the shop. Now I'm in Madison, WI so I'll need to find a shop here.

I hear the Poprad's great but I think I'd also like to check out the Surly as well.
The only shop worth visiting in Madison...jw
May 15, 2001 2:31 PM
is Cronometro on Williamson St. It's a small shop but they have great service.
re: Just ordered a new Lemond Poprad.........smokey422
May 10, 2001 7:53 PM
thanks to everyone for their replies and you are right, Pablo, Walt's is GREAT!! they get all my business.
Between a Poprad and a Surlyernesto
May 11, 2001 12:02 PM
I had the choice between a Poprad and a Surly for a great price from my LBS. I chose the Poprad. I finished building it yesterday and it fits like a glove. The frame is lighter than the surly, but son't be deceived. The Poprad is a strong bike/frame. I have road cranks on front, and mtb gearing on rear. I use grip shift road shifters on the barends of my bars. Check out the picture. I will be using this for an all around bike, training on road, racing cross, and perhaps I will use it on mtb races. This thing ended up weighing at 23 lbs.