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Newbee needs advice(10 posts)

Newbee needs adviceCully
Oct 1, 2001 8:30 AM
New to the sport of road riding, bought a Bianchi 89 Sport SX, 12 speed with downtube shifters. The bike is superlight, comfy and was in good shape, paid 175. good deal? worth upgrading? what kind of upgrades? Want to keep up with the locals, please help.
re: Newbee needs advicedzrider
Oct 1, 2001 8:38 AM
It's a good deal if you ride it, enjoy it and don't spend a fortune upgrading it. Ride it a while before you decide to upgrade.

The upgrade that most effects speed is fitness, next best upgrades are lighter wheels and tires. While you get in better shape and adjust to road riding, find some slower locals.
re: Newbee needs adviceCully
Oct 1, 2001 8:50 AM
Well, the thing is I been riding since a kid, lift serious weight and am in good shape, put me on my mountain bike I tear it up but this thing kills me to keep up with these guys. I do have torn proof tubes and liners in my tires, the Washington desert destroys tires, do you think maybe this could be a problem, is my bike to heavy, geared wrong. I just can't go with the fitness thing quite yet some of these guys that pass me look like they do more drinking than riding.
Oct 1, 2001 8:54 AM
I don't know how to explain it but you can't underestimate the roll of good technique in riding speed. Also, is your seat high enough and are you in clipless pedals? All those relate to efficiency, which enables you to maintain a higher cadence in a bigger gear more comfortably... go faster. I think I am faster now that I was as a much-more-fit-overall young person, and it is an acquired skill (especially if you are doing any climbing).

As for gearing, count the number of teeth on your big cog in front. If it isn't at least 52, you may very well be at a disadvantage compared to your riding buddies.
re: sorry, didn't mean to insult or offend.dzrider
Oct 1, 2001 8:56 AM
re: Newbee needs adviceMe Dot Org
Oct 1, 2001 8:46 AM
Agreed, wheels and tires are the best upgrade and easiest to transfer to a new bike should you decide to go that route. Spend a little time riding before you do a major upgrade.
re: Newbee needs advicescottfree
Oct 1, 2001 8:56 AM
Fine bike, only upgrade wear items as needed (get lighter tires when these wear out, for example), don't get all 'upgrade ambitious' and try to make the bike something it isn't.
re: Newbee needs adviceCully
Oct 1, 2001 9:18 AM
Hey guys thanks for the advice, and no I'm not using clipless pedals yet, will count the teeth, thank you!

No offence taken.
re: Newbee needs adviceMikeC
Oct 1, 2001 9:47 AM
I used to own a Sport SX, which I put thousands of happy miles on. It's definitely worth the price you paid, but I wouldn't recommend upgrading it. It's a Taiwanese frame, not Italian, and it's not the quality or performance platform you'll want to build a new bike around.
The Shimano Exage group it has includes early Shimano indexed shifting, and the infamous Biopace chainrings. They're not as bad as some people like to make out, but they won't help you develop the best spin.
If you still have the original spec tires, I'd suggest changing them out from 20 to 23mm width. I also think it's a good idea to get some clipless pedals. They'll help you develop new skills, make your cadence smoother, develop your muscles a little differently, and transfer to whatever new bike you end up getting next.
re: Newbee needs adviceCully
Oct 1, 2001 10:02 AM
Maybe mine has been upgraded already, has sugino, sorry spelling, crank, and suntour rear derailer, I heard these bikes were Japanese made?

Im sure moving to clipless will help with technique and developing those secondarys I've never used. thanks.