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YES! I did it, I bought my first Road bike(Lemond) Any tips?(7 posts)

YES! I did it, I bought my first Road bike(Lemond) Any tips?ADKBiker
Apr 29, 2002 9:25 AM
I finally decided on a great bike. I bought a 2001 Lemond Zurich. Ahh Blue and yellow!!! I bought it at a LBS. They had some of last year's bikes at great deals. I payed $1500 no tax! 853 Pro Reynolds Steel!!! It's a sweet ride.
Fitting wasn't too hard. I am 5' 11.5" with a 32.5" inseam. I went with a 55cm. I tried a 57cm it would have worked but I would have had to do some shorter stem changing and seat post. The 55cm felt like a custom fit. The stand over height is not too high or too low. Lemonds have a long top tube and the 55cm was a good length. The 55cm also is more versatile in size. I have the option of setting it up in a relax long riding position and also a more aggressive racing position. In other bike manufacturers I fit a 57cm bike. Lemonds measure for C-to-C. 55cm Lemond Zurich is like a 57cm in other bikes. I would recommend anyone this bike. Its a great bike for whatever you want to do with it (race, tour, century etc.) Make sure you get fitted correctly first. If you have any tips in upgrading or riding please let me know.
I also would like to thank everyone who gave there opinions and tips on the questions that I had on choosing a bike. You really helped out!!! ;-)
Apr 29, 2002 9:53 AM
You've got a great bike at a great price! This bike will serve you well for many types of riding. You will appreciate it's ride as the miles begin to pile up.

As far as any upgrade tips, the stock Zurich is spec'ed out quite well. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it is possible to build it up fairly light (17 lbs, for steel), but it will cost you. Glad I bought mine used and that work was already done!

Enjoy your new ride, and welcome to the joys of the road!

Get out there and ride it (nm)Mike Prince
Apr 29, 2002 10:11 AM
I have been riding the Zuirch for 2 years now...OwenMeany
Apr 29, 2002 12:12 PM
it is a great bike, enjoy!!
re: YES! I did it, I bought my first Road bike(Lemond) Any tips?GeekRoadie
Apr 29, 2002 2:44 PM
Congrats. I'm glad the fitting went smoothly. Don't forget to use some Framesaver or Boeshield inside the frame if you have any worries about rust. Your children will thank you for it.

Welcome to my world...Crankist
Apr 29, 2002 3:25 PM
...-that insidious upgrade disease for which I have found no
innoculation, but only feverish well-researched purchase after purchase. I can say though, in defense of my pitifully
short list of achievements, that at least I WAITED A WEEK!
(A decent waiting period I'm sure-but 36 hours ain't too bad either). But for the group there ain't nothin' stock left on my 2001 Zurich; far and away the most expensive approach to a better-equipped bike.
Oh Well,
P.S.Flight Deck is a good place to start and Nashbar's still open...
and puhleeze:have your credit card ready.
re:Give yourself some time for shopping detox!dzrider
Apr 30, 2002 4:36 AM
Try to substitute riding for purchasing in the next few weeks. The only upgrade I'd even consider in the immediate future is a saddle if the one you have hurts. Otherwise, beware of the lure of the upgrade. It will leave your bank account empty and your basement full of bike junk!