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road bike(9 posts)

road bikeafrican
Jul 1, 2002 12:50 PM
I have a Litespeed catalyst, I made it into a tri bike with aero bars and forward seat post. I now want a road bike for my longer rides and training, and to put the roadies to shame.
I really like the FONDRIEST titan level or Madonna Di Campiglio not sure which one though??? I have not seen these bikes in person, I could get a good deal on another litespeed. Are there some other bikes I should seriously consider??? When is the best time to buy to get the best deal??? I am in no rush and have a budget of $4000 (I really hate spending that much though). Heck I am not married, have no kids or girlfriend to blow the money on, er I might have a girlfriend after Saturdays party though!!
if thats a timetrial your too closeishmael
Jul 1, 2002 2:27 PM
you really are an african
dude that's a draft-legal triathlonlonefrontranger
Jul 1, 2002 2:49 PM
Nowhere in ANY USCF (or any other cycling federation) is it legal to race *any* event in a Speedo. Hell most still won't let you race in sleeveless jerseys. Check your rule book.

Triathlons are switching over to draft-legal format. Scary as heck considering they won't ban aerobar use...
speedo crash! one slip and youre nude nmishmael
Jul 1, 2002 3:37 PM
speedo crash! one slip and youre nude nmafrican
Jul 1, 2002 3:59 PM
Yeah I dred that happening, so I have the padded bike shorts that are a bit shorter than normal bike shorts.

So should I get the Fondreist??
there are a million brands out there, its all up to youishmael
Jul 1, 2002 4:47 PM
I'll say what everyone says- make sure it fits. And dont get sucked in by shiny sparkily things.
Re: if thats a timetrial your too closeafrican
Jul 1, 2002 3:56 PM
I thought the pic would get some comments, but alas I am in front so who cares what goes on behind you besides we had just come through a corner and it got a bit bunched up. Yes, they are too close, and it is a triathlon and if you read the rules the person behind can sit there for up to 15 seconds thats the time they have to fall back after being past. Besides when I blew by they had to try and hang on.
RE: if thats a timetrial your too closeafrican
Jul 1, 2002 3:58 PM
Yeah born and bred African. I am not too close they are. I think I had just past some of them and they have 15 seconds to drop back 3 bike lengths.
Some legalities and a bike recommendationbrider
Jul 2, 2002 7:42 AM
First, as you said, the riders behind you are in an illegal position and had best vacate that area pronto or risk "sin-bin" time. Or this is a draft-legal (ITU elite-level) triathlon and your bike is illegal (rules concerning which types of aero-clip-ons you can use, bike geometry regulations and such).

As for the recommendations on the road bike, I'd say that you can make virtually any bike fit you (assuming the frame size is within reason). If the Fondriest suits your particular physical make-up, then you probably won't go wrong. But my question would be this: Why in the he!! would you buy a bike sight-unseen based on the recommendations of people you've never met? Go out and ride some bikes, find the one you like best, and buy it.