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Same old sad story...(6 posts)

Same old sad story...tblack
Jul 21, 2002 2:11 PM
I know this is the same old sad story, but it's new to me as I am to this board. I am approaching 50, away from road cycling for 15 years, going through a divorce, overweight and out of shape, but committed to reattaining the fighting trim I was once so proud of. With my diminished means dictating policy, two bikes appeal: the Colnago Classic w/ Veloce and the Tommasini Sintesi w/ Ultegra. Both are lugged steel frames (flexy and forgiving for my 6'3", 240 lb. frame) with decent componenents. I've had a Serotta bike kit fit so I'm fairly confident about the size frame I'll need. Any opinions out there among the cognesceti about these or similar systems? Many thank in advance for any advice.
re: Same old sad story...Dave Hickey
Jul 21, 2002 4:14 PM
Welcome back to the peloton.

Both are good choices. Assuming prices are the same, the Tommasini has higher end components. I don't want to start a Campy vs Shimano war, but Ultegra is higher end than Veloce.

Have you ridden both? Campy and Shimano have different shift levers and it really boils down to a personal preference.

What are the wheelsets with each bike?
With your size, you really don't want to go with less than 32 spoke wheels.

I don't know what price range your looking in but I'd suggest checking out GVHbikes.com. Gary carriers a lot of steel frames and offers great prices on build bikes.
re: Same old sad story...koala
Jul 21, 2002 4:36 PM
I lost 25 lbs and got in shape after 13 years off the bike. If I can do it so can you. Stay with it, it takes a long time but its worth it. Welcome back. I concur with the above poster, if you can make it fit the Tommasini is outfitted with 2 steps up in equipment(even though I am an old campy fan). Welcome back, ride safe.
re: Same old sad story...Diamondback
Jul 21, 2002 10:33 PM
I myself (43 years young) just returned to the Peloton and I'm luvin' it. I had back surgery 4 years ago (rods and screws installed) and since then I balooned up to 210 lbs. from 165. I started riding again 2 months ago and have lost 15 lbs. It is tough coming back, but the old muscle memory is still there. I am also looking to replace my Diamondback "Master" with a TI frame. Heard that TI is easier on the ol' back. Keep up your spirits and jump into some group rides. It is much more fun than slogging it out on your own.
re: Same old sad story...MXL02
Jul 22, 2002 5:02 AM
I am 47, and quit jogging because my back was hurting so bad. Started cycling a year ago and have lost 30 lbs. Now I ride to work. I would go with the Tommasini. Although I am a campy fan, I think the Ultegra is a better gruppo, and yes I am biased. My brother who introduced my to cycling told me to buy a Tommasini as my first bike, and I didn't listen..have regreted it ever since. Good luck and welcome to the OFGWC club.*

*Old fat guys who cycle.
re: Same old sad story...zray61
Jul 22, 2002 4:36 PM
Welcome back!

Just a word of caution. Serotta measures c to c while
Tommasini measures c to t. There is about a 1.5cm difference
in frame size.