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I did it! I bought my first road bike!!!(10 posts)

I did it! I bought my first road bike!!!empacher6seat
Apr 23, 2002 12:16 AM
It's 1:12am... and I can't wait to ride it tomorrow! LOL.
I took it out for a bit today before work, and it felt good.
Anyways:
it's a steel, mid 90's Cyclops frame, 105 components, except shifters which are RSX (and pretty much brand new). Profile aero bars, Mavic rims... tires aren't so hot, but I wont be racing on them, so it's not that big a deal. $500 Canadian. Everything functions well, and there's the odd scratch on the frame... besides it being half super-bright yellow, half purple, I'm completely satisfied!

Now I don't want to make this part sound like an Oscar acceptance speech... but I would like to thank you guys and gals for answering all my questions and giving me many different opinions and perspectives on different components, materials, yadda yadda... I got way more information from this board then from any bike shop in town!
re: I did it! I bought my first road bike!!!xxl
Apr 23, 2002 1:55 AM
Congrats! BTW, I think Performance is having a sale on tires.
Speaking of tires...Lone Gunman
Apr 23, 2002 5:20 AM
I saw something that caught my eye at Performance. A Continental wire bead, non folding Ultra 2000 tire for $22? I was looking at those as I have a backup bike that I have absolutely zero reason to need a folding tire for and they are $8 cheaper than the folding models.
Tire question...for value oriented folksNessism
Apr 23, 2002 6:44 AM
Performance sells some Michelin tires that I think are similar to the old models - much cheaper than the new stuff. In particular I'm looking at the Michelin Hi-Lite Prestige 2001.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.html?SKU=11968

I have used the Synergic, Bi-Synergic, and Supercomp for years with fine results. How do these Performance Michelins compare?

Thanks.

Ed the cheap one.
Tire question...for value oriented folksSnowBlind
Apr 23, 2002 7:09 AM
They work as well as the more expensive ones.
I have been running them all this year and they hold up just fine.
Sacramento's favorite Trailer Trash Olympic event is Roadside Bottle Smashing, so cheap is good. Most tires are shreaded before they wear out.
i'm a tire tightwadbianchi boy
Apr 23, 2002 5:06 PM
I've bought several pairs of the Michi HiLite Prestiges and I can't tell the difference between them and Axial Pros, except they seem to wear longer. I don't race or do a lot of heavy cornering, though. The only problem with the HiLites is they only come in black and red, which is just a matter of preference. If color is important, I would order Contis GP 3000s from sdeals, totalcycling or labicicletta.
I'm not a hard core retro grouch but...Nessism
Apr 23, 2002 5:48 PM
...what's the deal with the colored tires these days? My understanding is that the Euro guys love their splashy colors...thus the colored tires. Basic black is more my style. I can put up with a splash of color but you won't find any orange tires on one of my rigs. From what I've heard, you won't find and Euro types using plain black shorts either. To each their own.

And sdeals DOES have some killer tire prices. I'm going to see if some of my friends want to place a group order. $20 Conti GP 3000's are hard to pass up.

Ed
It all depends on the color combinationsbianchi boy
Apr 23, 2002 6:10 PM
I put some blue Contis on my blue Gios and it was just too much blue. So I swapped them to my celeste Bianchi and they looked fantastic. Same thing with the green Michis. Didn't like them on the Bianchi, but they look real sharp on the Gios. The red & black HiLites look OK on the Gios --kind of the red, white & blue theme -- but the color really seems to clash with celeste green. One tire color I would recommend against is yellow -- it gets all grey and grungy looking within a few miles. The color on the Contis is on the sidewalls, so it doesn't seem to discolor much as long as you don't scuff them with the brake pads when taking wheels on and off. The tires with color in the tread, however, seem to discolor pretty quickly. I agree with you, though, all black is pretty hard to beat.
these are good BUT...ColnagoFE
Apr 23, 2002 7:44 AM
you can get Grand Prix 3000s through places like Sdeals.com for less than $20...so why would you want a lesser tire for more $? Sure you have to buy a few to make it worth the $10-12 shipping, but it's a no-brainer for me. For what it's worth the Ultra 2000s are great tires and wear like iron. They aren't the stickiest tire though as a result. Not as confidence inspiring on fast twisty descents for me. I prefer the folding variety myself. Seem easier to mount and unmount.
Have fun; you are required to take the day off work.Crankist
Apr 23, 2002 5:22 AM
As I did today (new tires). An old roadie rite- when you buy your first road bike or a new set of tires. Replacement spokes count too, as do computer batteries and cable adjustments.
M.