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Your input would be appreciated.(4 posts)

Your input would be appreciated.steve1244
Apr 8, 2002 10:11 AM
Uncle Sam wasn't as brutally greedy this year as he has in the past and my wife and I actually are going to be seeing some dough back in the next couple months. My mission -- to convince my wife that there would be no better way to spend a portion of that money (less than 3 grand) on a new road bike. I need input on what to buy.

For the past three years, I've been riding a 57 cm LS Classic, Ultegra gruppo, King threadless headset, Easton C70 fork, 36 hole Open Pros. I'm 6'1", 215-220 pounds. I ride in a hilly area in Southern Cal and actually like climbing hills. I'm a mileage guy, not a racer. I generally do 2-4 centuries a year. I love how my current bike rides, but I'd love to get something a bit lighter and a bit stiffer.

My current thinking is to focus on steel and ti. I've check out Sampson's website and the C7 seems like a great bike at a very reasonable price. I'm also interested in Steelman's Stage Race. Both of these makers offer custom fitting, which is a definite plus.

Anyway, any suggestions? I really appreciate your input.
re: Your input would be appreciated.gtx
Apr 8, 2002 11:01 AM
at 220 pounds I'd consider a stock Steelman SR 525--that or a full custom Steelman. Ask Brent and see what he says. Weight will probably be a few ounces more than your LS Classic but you should come in lighter overall with new DA.
re: Your input would be appreciated.elviento
Apr 8, 2002 12:32 PM
If you now have a LS Classic, then you are probably not getting a lighter AND stiffer bike if you go steel. But if you stick with ti, you are looking at a very high price tag (I believe Serotta is already coming out with $4500+ ti frames). Vortex might work, but ain't cheap either. If I were you, I'd bite the bullet and get a Pina Prince and be done with it, so I won't ever drool over anyone else's bike again. Basically sell your LS, and add two grand from your tax money.
re: Your input would be appreciated.xxl
Apr 8, 2002 12:24 PM
SOUNDS like somebody's jonesin' for a chance to spend some dough! I'm not sure how your wife is, but mine would certainly be a tough sell. She'd likely as not point out that: I (you) just got a bike that "would last a lifetime" three years ago; I'm not racing, with my laughable sprint, so what's the big deal about frame flex anyway; and after that I'd tune her out, since whatever she said, her answer would still come out "no."

But that's my cross to bear. However, it seems to me that, unless you're going to get rid of your Litespeed, that you've already got pretty much the equal of a Sampson (which I hear is a fine bike), and would you really want two ti bikes? It sounds to me like you want variety, and for three large, you could buy all the steel bike you could want (BTW, Bob Jacksons are top-notch steel customs), plus have money left over.

Or, go the retro route, and buy something technologically obsolete, but with a coolness factor that'd be off the charts; think '57 Chevy, only bikes. This'd have the added bonus of keeping your wife happier, as you wouldn't have to spend anywere near all your refund. Plus, you could go to group rides and say things like "Yes, titanium is pretty nice, I have one myself, but there's something about the old steel," while cocking an eyebrow knowingly.

Whatever you do, please let us know.