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Anyone own an IF Club Racer?(4 posts)

Anyone own an IF Club Racer?nova
Aug 10, 2001 11:37 AM
If so, what do you think of the bike? Has anyone test-ridden an IF CR?
I almost own onesearcher
Aug 10, 2001 1:02 PM
IF is supposed to be done building my frame next week.

I wasn't able to test a Club Racer but did ride an older Crown Jewel, which is supposed to be more similar to the CR than the newer CJ's, and was really impressed. I don't have a lot of road experience coming from MTB and I was surprised to find how smooth a really nice bike is. Is it the steel? I don't know but, all the clichés applied; smooth, lively, eats up the bumps, etc.

I selected the IF CR over Steelman, Strong, Serotta and all the other really great steel frames out there for a few reasons. First, my local and trusted bike shop is a dealer and I couldn't find anyone I trusted nearby to deal with any of the other builders I was interested in. Because of my inexperience on the road, I felt I needed the support and experience of the shop. Second, it is a bit more relaxed than most bikes and comes with all the braze-ons for racks and fenders. Finally, I just like the idea of IF as a company and am happy to support them.

I can't wait for my first ride. I bought this bike as a reward for myself after I passed the Architect Registration Examination and received my License.
I almost own onenova
Aug 11, 2001 9:15 AM
Congratulations on both the license and the bike! Thanks for the feedback. The Club Racer has been at the top of my list for several months now.

I've been in touch with someone who bought a Club Racer for a loaded expedition through Asia and Europe, and he said that he wasn't entirely happy with the way the bike handled when fully loaded. If I get the bike, I don't expect that to be a factor for me since I plan to do light touring at the most. Other than that, I've only heard good things about the bike and IF in general. (It is difficult to get feedback since so few people own the bike.) I'm more interested in the bike sharing the Crown Jewel's geometry than I am with loaded touring.

I'm basically looking for an all-around bike that will handle the local fast group rides, as well as allow me to ride over some relatively smooth unpaved roads with the right tires. It has been difficult to decide between the CF, or two (lesser quality) bikes. In the end, I suspect that I would LOVE the IF and merely Like the two bikes. I'm still not decided though.

What paint scheme did you decide upon? How did you spec the bike? Double or Triple? The thing is, I ride a Double now, and I haven't completely warmed up to the idea of a triple. But it seems that in order to do the Club Racer justice (as a go-anywhere bike), a Triple is the best choice. Suggestions?

Thanks again!
I almost own onesearcher
Aug 13, 2001 5:58 AM
The fully loaded handling of the bike is understandable, as it was not designed for that use.

I also was looking for an all-around bike that would be comfortable on long rides that would also inevitably take me over some unpaved roads. For now, I plan to start with 700x25 road tires and just take it easy on the dirt/gravel. I was thinking of using a more touring specific tire but I figure the unpaved roads will probably only make up 1% of the road and why set the bike up specifically for that purpose. In the future I would like to do some light touring and when the time comes I will revisit my tire selection.

Double or triple? I went with a triple. I'm no great rider and need all the help I can get. I would have liked to have specified a double but was nervous about having a hard time on the hills. I didn't want my dream bike to cause me to avoid a particular road because of hills. The slightly longer chain stays of the CR should help the shifting of a triple setup and is one of the reasons I went with the bike.

The spec on the bike is pretty standard. Ultegra Triple, Open Pro Rims (36hole), Thompson post, Chris King Headset, etc. I did go with a threaded headset and TTT Motus Stem for more adjustability.

The bike will be white with silver components.