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My First Road Bike...Did I make the right Choice ?(15 posts)

My First Road Bike...Did I make the right Choice ?SquidFishus
Jul 23, 2001 7:41 PM
I am awaiting delivery of my first road bike, a 2001 black-on-black Cannondale R600 Double. I finally decided on the Cannondale after an agonizing few weeks of test rides, internet research and high-pressure salesmen, and as I sit here waiting...I'm pretty sure I bought the right bike.

I'm 6'0", 210 lbs...I bought a mountain bike last year, but found myself putting more on-road miles on it than off-road. I usually go out 3 or 4 times a week on that 35 pound monstrosity and try to do a 12 to 15 mile ride, mostly on-road. I knew I was working twice as hard and going about half as far as I'd like so I started shopping around for a road bike.

The final decision to buy the the R600 came down to the lightweight feel of the bike, the nimble performance, and the downright coolness of the black caad4 frame...

With the Shimano 105 components I feel fairly confident I'm buying a quality bike within my price range, I just hope after 500 miles I still believe it's the RIGHT bike for me.

Any opinions ?
If you think you did, you did !Crash
Jul 23, 2001 8:24 PM
Squid, I have an R2000si (got it around 6 weeks ago, just went past 500 miles) and like you I used to ride MB. I just love my Canny, and it gets better with each ride. The only thing your LBS should have told you (if you don't already know) Cannondale already has alot of their 2002 models out. From what I could see they're not much different, but you usually can get a better deal because of this. If you got a great deal at a bike shop you like, there's not much not to like about the R600. The only thing I have heard bad about Canny's is that if you are really light (140 or under) the ride can be kinda harsh. Not much of a problem for either of us ! Good luck, you'll love your bike !
Just love it!!dinky
Jul 23, 2001 8:37 PM
Squid,
I don't know a damn thing about the bike that you are waiting on BUT I do know that when I bought my first road bike it was the best bike in the world. I went from a hybrid Univega to my mack-daddy Schwinn Peloton Pro(the last of the Schwinn steal beauties, I might add..) and maybe with research and more test rides I could have found a better fit for me, but when I rolled that baby out on the road for the first ride it was sheer heaven! Those first rides on your very first road bike are wonderful and although you may upgrade in the years to come you will never love a bike as much as that first one. Love it and pedal on!!!!
re: My First Road Bike...Did I make the right Choice ?GregJ
Jul 23, 2001 9:03 PM
I have never been on a Cannondale, but I will tell you for sure that this bike is lightyears better than my first road bike 20 years ago. I had a sport-tourer Sekai 10 speed that weighed 28 lbs and was a bit large for me. You know I rode that bike for years and loved it. That R600 is well above an entry level bike and one you could progress on for years to come.
Ahh, my first ride memoryLC
Jul 23, 2001 9:31 PM
I still remember the first time I rode my first road bike. I bought as a impuse because it was on sale. I threw it in my car and rushed home to ride it. I was nervous, excited, and I had a huge smile on my face...wow this thing feels like a jet fighter compaired to my MTB. I headed to the park to show it off, srinting down the smooth bike path. Man is this thing fast!

Oh no, there is a dork with roller blades that can't stop, and a women tangled with her dog on a 20 ft leash. Instinct takes over and I point my jet fighter toward the grass like I would with my MTB. So far so good, roll over the grass staying upright, but I brake and steer at the same time. Boom I'm down, sliding along thinking I will never stop. People come over and ask if I am alright, but my pride is deeply wounded. I look and see grass stuck in various parts of the bike. I hurry and get back on and pedal home in shame.

Probally the best thing that could have happened to me. I just had some grass stains as well as my bike, but I found out that a road bike is very different then a MTB.

Grass, gravel, sand, pot holes, man hole covers, painted lines, railroad tracks, sewer grates, dogs and even squirels must be treated with great respect.
Oooohhh...the dreaded "Did I make the right choice?"Mabero
Jul 24, 2001 4:32 AM
First of all beautiful bike...I love the black on black and it makes the bike just look sharp and fast. I just bought a R2000si and love it. But of course after I bought I had the dreaded, "I just spent a lot of money...was it the right one?" I kept thinking this the whole time before my bike finally arrived...I kept wondering "what if". Hell I could have bought the R1000si or the Trek 5200 which were the other main contenders on my list of bikes...

Safe to say since getting my bike three weeks ago I haven't even thought about what if. It fits me so well and rides so smooth I just want to ride and ride. You'll feel the same...that's why you bought it.

Mabero
Thanks Guys...SquidFishus
Jul 24, 2001 5:29 AM
I was expecting a bunch of "CannonWhale", "Crack-n-fail" crap about the bike here, but you've gotten me through my brief period of cold feet.

BTW...Cannondale's 2002 models are out for many of their bikes, but they (the LBS and Cannondale when I called to doublecheck) tell me the 2002 R600 won't be out until the fall. I simply can't wait that long...I want my bike now !!!!
I just bought the same bike and love it!Shelley
Jul 24, 2001 5:40 AM
Yes I too was sucked in by that matte black frame. I went to the shop looking to spend a little less, but loved the bike. I have had it for about 6 months now and love it. It suits my needs just fine. I ride less than 100 miles a week and do not race, so I did not need anything extremely expensive. The only upgrade I would like to make at some point would be lighter wheels. The stock are fine, they have stayed true and seem extremely strong, but I am about 5'5" and 110lbs so going a bit lighter will not hurt.

Enjoy the bike!!
Did the same thingKristin
Jul 24, 2001 5:48 AM
Buying a bike is like getting married. First you go through the excitement of dating different people. (The shopping phase.) Then you narrow it down to just a few options. Finally you make a selection. (The commitment.) This is inevitably followed buy pre & post alter gitters. (Buyers remorse). But finally, you arrive home with a shiney new bike that you can get to know for years to come...spend time with...care for...spend money on...lots of money... Soon enough, you'll forget about all those other bikes! (Ah, the honeymoon!)

I shopped for 2 months. Ironically, my final two were the R600 and the DeBernardi. The reasons you sited for choosing the bike are the same reasons you'll fall in love with it at home.
Happy Riding!! :-)
Very well said....nm4bykn
Jul 24, 2001 6:36 AM
re: My First Road Bike...Did I make the right Choice ?RandyMH
Jul 24, 2001 6:37 AM
Man I envy you. My budget caused for me to settle for the R400, but I eye that black beauty every time I'm in the store. If you didn't already know this Cycling Mag rated that bike as the best for under $1,500.00. You will get out and see other bikes and still wonder if you made the right choice. It seems you made an educated choice, so ride it and love it.
Bike lust.........Len J
Jul 24, 2001 6:46 AM
nevr goes away. I agree with other posters who said it better than I could, it's prnup jitters. Just remember that as long as you ride you will admire other bikes, its part of the fun of riding. And someday you will most likely get another bike. As Breck might say if he were still poting, in the words of Stephen Stills "Love the one you're with".
Freudian Slip?Kristin
Jul 24, 2001 6:55 AM
"...As Breck might say if he were still poting..."

Exactly, I think, where Mr. Leathe gets some of that creativity. :)

just kidding!
LOL Thanks I needed that(nm)Len J
Jul 24, 2001 6:57 AM
Bike lust.........jtolleson
Jul 24, 2001 5:37 PM
When I bought my Litespeed, I thought it was my "forever" bike... two years later I'm eyeing the Colnago and Serotta ti options with the cool paint and the Italian style and going heeeyyyy....

So yes, bike lust never goes away. Be happy and if you become an obsessed roadie you can always spend another grand ... or two ... or three ... and then still have bike lust...