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13 things a DeBernardi can teach you in under 1 hour(18 posts)

13 things a DeBernardi can teach you in under 1 hourKristin
Apr 23, 2001 7:59 AM
* Clip in – Clip out
* Its an inevitable fact—you will fall
* There are always witnesses
* Might as well fall in your first 5 minutes--takes the pressure off
* I am decidedly right handed and right footed
* Clip out early
* There are many potholes in and around Chicago
* When clipping out, remember to also watch for potholes
* Potholes that look small from your car are in reality quite large
* The handling skills I had on my hybrid are apparently not transferable to a road bike (I demonstrated this by riding like a 6 yr old just out of training wheels)
* Murphy's Law: The purchase of a new road bike will be immediately followed by inclimate weather
* Riding in drops into a 20 mph headwind requires LOTS of handling skills
* Curbs are evil, small lips and uneven seams even more so

So I did it! The music stopped on Saturday morning. My final choices: DeBernardi Alle or C-Dale R600. I had an extensive test ride on the Alle unlike the C-Dale. The C-Dale shop wanted to upcharge me for swapping out a stem and made me ride the R600 on the sidewalk—-In Chicago! Can you say illegal?

Ben assured me that the Alle wouldn't kill me and I have to admit, the speed it produced was intoxicating. This bike begs to be pedaled--unlike my Trek. However, there was a cost; I practically crawled to work today!

So I have a DeBernardi Alle with Veloce (I like!), Campy Montreal's and Ultegra pedals. $1300 ET, thanks for the recommend on this bike, by the way!!!

Unfortunately, after reading the posts on how wonderful the CAAD4 is, I have a knot in my stomach. Buyers remose has set in. Did I choose wrong??? I guess this would be a good time to apply the priciple, "never look back"!

Do you guys mind if I ask you some more questions??

Kristin :-)
Apr 23, 2001 8:07 AM
Sounds like a good choice.

As for buyers remorse, don't sweat it. If the one you bought fits correctly (and it BETTER after all the time you spent getting it ;-) )
you chose correctly.

Enjoy it!
Thar she blows!!!!!shmoo
Apr 23, 2001 8:09 AM

Don't second guess now. Just enjoy. Don't you just love that noodly leg feeling on Monday morning?
'Bout high time! Good on ya.boy nigel
Apr 23, 2001 8:13 AM

Congrats on your new baby. You're spot on with the bad weather thing following a new bike purchase; happened to me in a bad bleeping way.

Sounds like you're having a problem with handling. Sounds like your new bike doesn't fit you properly. KIDDING!!!! I'm sure it fits you better than any bike's fit anyone. I'm happy for you, actually, and now you can ride, ride, ride, and enjoy.

Take care, and speedy riding.
Apr 23, 2001 8:32 AM
Kristin, only you would be thinking about another bike one minute after you finally bought yours. :-) I'm almost going to miss the weekly laugh-in. :-)

Don't look back now; just ride. If, after riding for quite a while, you feel the ride remains harsh, there are things you can do short of another frame: change the seat (inexpensive), change to a carbon seatpost (more expensive), or change to a carbon fork (even more expensive). Please let us know a year from now how you feel about the fit. In the meantime, enjoy the riding!
Apr 23, 2001 8:51 AM
Don't fret about other bikes. Now worry about costs of upgrades and accessories like the rest of us.
heh heh!junebride
Apr 23, 2001 9:17 AM
how very true. i've actually "fallen in" to those little road seams and have had to bunny-hop the bike to detach myself.

many congrats on your new bike! speaking for myself, ask away, it's v cool to hear from other women on the board. are you by any chance in seattle? i can't remember if you've said where you're based. if you are i'm game to get together for some rides. :)

Apr 23, 2001 9:51 AM
Thats funny... I figured the best method was to fall directly over onto ones side.

Thanks for the invite! I'm way over here in Chicago (flatland). I'm chuckling as I sit here and imagine attempting to do those hills with a seasoned rider! :-) I have family near there, and if I bring my bike the next time, I'll give a shout.
good to hear!4bykn
Apr 23, 2001 10:48 AM
Glad you got your bike (and like it!). Chicago area, hmmmm. You must be really hating the weather today (Mon.). I am about 130 miles south, in Normal and am not enjoying the 30 mph winds. If you ever want to ride where the roads are flat and lightly traveled, give me a shout. The local club is holding a metric century (60+ miles) on Saturday, May 19th I think. Also for other rides in Illinois, check out the LIB website, they have a page with many different rides in the state. URL is:
Enjoy the new bike!
Don't u like the wind?? :-)Kristin
Apr 23, 2001 1:43 PM
It was about the same on Saturday when I took my first ride. Today I'm resting sore muscles.

60+ miles? *gulp* After taking 4 months off, could I be ready for that in just 4 weeks? At the risk of sounding like a complete wus, on I rode 7 miles on Sat. and 8 on Sun. I wanted to go further, but my back, shoulders, hands and other unmentionable areas were complaining too loudly. I'd love to try though!
I like the breeze....4bykn
Apr 24, 2001 5:59 AM
...but not the wind. There is a 30 mile option also. If interested, email me.
re: 13 things a DeBernardi can teach you in under 1 hourbdd
Apr 23, 2001 11:12 AM
I wouldn't worry one bit about A DeBernardi vs Cannonwhale one iota. The DeBert's have a much 'higher' zoot factor.....
Way to go, Kristin! (nm)Hap
Apr 23, 2001 12:24 PM
re: 13 things a DeBernardi can teach you in under 1 hourTeach
Apr 23, 2001 4:28 PM
I absolutely LOVED your post! When I went from my mountain bike to my road bike last January, it was a whole new experience. I just hadn't expected that. Of course, your bike is WAY better than mine - that $450 (new)Diamondback Interval has over 2500 miles on it and still going strong. Congrats on your new purchase; hope to be making those same decisions a year from now if I can put together the cash. You might be surprised about that 60 mile ride another poster mentioned - bet you can do 25-30 this weekend and that puts you pretty close.

Thanks for the laughs! (I fell twice because of my clips on the MS 150 this weekend. Well, because twice people stopped in front of me with absolutely no warning - ahhhh!)
Finally! Congrats!look271
Apr 23, 2001 4:58 PM
Isn't the feeling of riding your new bike intoxicating? Way to go!
How about a picture?Brian C.
Apr 24, 2001 6:25 AM
Maybe you can get your friend or companion to get a shot of you on that lakefront bike path near that grand old, stone museum (I forget its name - the one where Sue the dinosaur appeared); or maybe the photographer can turn around and get you proudly displaying your new wheels with the Chicago skyline in the background; or maybe further up that path at Navy Pier; or, hey what the hell, maybe a shot of you and the bike in front of Buddy Guy's Blues Legends.
Just a thought.
Have a great summer!
Yes, how about a photoconfusion
Apr 24, 2001 8:07 PM
Well, it seems there are a lot of relieved people now that you finally picked out a bike.

I am from IL also...we might not be the hilliest state but our wind makes up for it.

Enjoy the ride and don't look back on what others say about another bike...notice how very few reviews ever say bad things about a bike??? Everyone loves the bike they got - make it personal.
re: 13 things a DeBernardi can teach you in under 1 hourviking24
May 21, 2001 6:29 PM
I was tortured in angst as I sought my first road bike.Campy/Shimano, new/used,Bianchi/raleigh/Specialized/Cannondale blah, blah, blah...The LBSs were beginning to know me too well. I had several posts here for info. What prompted me to reply to you is that I have just ordered a DeBernardi Thron with Mirage components. I got through a real small shop that deals mostly with used bikes and repairs, but seemed knowledgeable and all the guys were like me--clydesdales.

Anyway let us know how the DeBernardi works out.