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Self-congratulatory new bike post....aliensporebomb
Jul 12, 2002 12:03 PM
Yep, my new ride. So far 45 miles on it. It's got
an unexpectedly good ride for aluminum, but I suspect
the carbon fork, seatpost, stem and steerer has a lot
to do with it. Oh and the seatframe is carbon too.

I think I'm in love.

Oh, and did I mention it's FAST? My average speed is way up. And holding higher speeds is almost effortless.

(For those curious, that's my wife's recumbent to the left in the picture. Our dining room is now the bicycle storage facility).

We return you to your regularly scheduled bike porn, now
in progress.
re: Self-congratulatory new bike post....flying
Jul 12, 2002 12:08 PM
Nice !
Lots of folks seem to like that frame too.
That looks like a small right?
What size non compact frame do/did you ride?
just curious.
Thanks
my guess is 48-49 c-c, or 50-51 c-t. nmelviento
Jul 12, 2002 12:16 PM
What is the effective c-t size of that bike?Eug
Jul 12, 2002 2:52 PM
What is the effective c-t size of that bike? ie. if you measured to the top of an imaginary top tube that was parallel to the ground.

Not the same geometry, but when they were fitting me for a bike, the store guys seemed to suggest that the Devinci small (43 cm) was roughly equivalent to approximately a 51-53 cm c-t frame.

http://www.devinci.com/eng/frame/rr1f.htm
What is the effective c-t size of that bike?elviento
Jul 12, 2002 7:08 PM
That's about a 51-53 as well. Incidentally the small Giant is 44cm. Pretty similar to your 43cm Davinci.
What is the effective c-t size of that bike?Eug
Jul 12, 2002 8:45 PM
Hmmmm... yeah, pretty similar.

Actually I ended up just getting a stock 54 cm Trek. They measure to the top of the seat collar so actually it's more like a 52 cm (c-t) bike.

Gotta love it. 43 cm, 50 cm, 52 cm, 54 cm: all can mean about the same size.
re: Self-congratulatory new bike post....aliensporebomb
Jul 12, 2002 12:20 PM
Yes, it's a small.
I have short legs and a taller torso.
It actually fits very well considering what I was riding.

I used to ride a road bike a friend abandoned at my place
that was far too large for me, a 24" Schwinn World sport.

Totally WRONG size, dismounting was asking for an accident.

And it was almost 30 lbs and ten years old.

But it is what got me into the road bike thing.

I also have a 16" frame mountain bike and I'd put about
1350 miles on that prior to me getting into the abandoned
roadie.
Oh my god...elviento
Jul 12, 2002 1:05 PM
Do you know 24" is like a 61cm? Folks around 6'2" ride that size! I am sure your Giant bike must be a huge improvement in terms of fit.
Oh my god...aliensporebomb
Jul 12, 2002 3:16 PM
Yeah. My wife saw me dismount the thing by riding up to a curb and leaning down.
And nearly killing myself in the process.

I did almost 375 miles on that thing too.

She goes: "you need a new bike." I'm like "Yep."

So we both got new ones.
U probably faked a little when getting off that thing, didn't U?elviento
Jul 12, 2002 7:05 PM
LOL, good way to get your boss to approve a bike purchase, eh?
U probably faked a little when getting off that thing, didn't U?aliensporebomb
Jul 13, 2002 8:35 AM
Usually I was okay, but once I did a totally dramatic dismount when I wasn't paying
attention where I could have done the Pee Wee Herman "I meant to do that." She was
horrified, eyes like banjos.
re: Self-congratulatory new bike post....flying
Jul 12, 2002 12:20 PM
Hey if that is a small.Would you please measure the distance from BB center to top of seat tube? ( where seat post starts) I have always been curious if I were to buy a small how much seat post I would be showing. If I get that measurement I will know.
Thanks!
re: Self-congratulatory new bike post....aliensporebomb
Jul 12, 2002 3:20 PM
Sure. I need to get a tape measure (1 second...)

It looks to be exactly 17 inches. Hope that helps....
re: Self-congratulatory new bike post....flying
Jul 12, 2002 10:02 PM
Thanks it helps ;-)
Nice ... that's the one I wanted ...Ransak
Jul 12, 2002 12:21 PM
... but all I could afford was the OCR line (OCR II).

If you can, please continue to post your fitting experience as you get comfortable with this bike. Those of us (or at least me 'cause I'm new to this) with the Compact frame might benefit from your experience ... I'm still strugling to get my fit just right.

Nice ride. Maybe I can convince my wife that my elbow/wrist pain is the result of having an aluminum frame WITHOUT the carbon fibre gadgetry!!!
Nice ... that's the one I wanted ...aliensporebomb
Jul 12, 2002 3:33 PM
I tried an OCR I and it wasn't a bad bike, but it was amazing what a
$300 price difference will do for you. And the feel was totally
different on the road.

The fitting experience was really strange. I asked to try it out and
stood over the top tube and there was clearance. Amazing. It was
during a thunderstorm so I didn't get to ride it that day.

I got a bunch of catalogs from Bianchi, KHS, Cannondale and thought about it.
I'll spare you my weeding out process since I agonized over it.

Back to the TCR2 - The way it fit under me was encouraging so I came back on
a day off to give it a test ride.

I sat on the seat and it was amazing - the height was perfect just the
way it was. The bike store guy was like - "you didn't come in earlier
and get this fitted for you did you?" I was like, "no sir!". It was like
someone set it up just for me. Weird.

So I went out for a test ride that was going to be just in the general area.
But I had so much fun I probably went on a two mile excursion. I came
back and they were like "you were gone a while - how'd that work?" I
was grinning from ear to ear.

The only problem was the stem was a little on the low side. Since it has
a convertible carbon stem they flipped it and it was like "that's the ticket."

Then I went home to sleep on it. Came back the next day, rode it around the
area again just to make sure and bought it and took it home.
Nice ... that's the one I wanted ...Ransak
Jul 17, 2002 9:33 PM
Good for you ... at least you slept on it a few times ... my wife and I bought two OCR II's at the same time about an hour after we first saw them!!!

Oh well ... for a first bike, I'm really happy and probably won't even consider upgrading for a while. When the time comes (and it will I'm sure), I'll use the OCR as a bad weather ride and, by then, have a much better idea what I am shopping for ... perhaps a TCR !!!

Happy riding!
re: Self-congratulatory new bike post....tronracer
Jul 12, 2002 12:22 PM
You left the reflectors on you nerd...Just kidding. That's the first thing I do to a new bike...well besides ride it.
re: Self-congratulatory new bike post....aliensporebomb
Jul 12, 2002 3:34 PM
Heh. The first pictures here were literally taken maybe 30 seconds after I got
the bike inside off the bike rack after taking it home from the bike shop.

Although, until I get some lights and the way the drivers are around here they
may prove useful if nerdy.