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There are so many bikes! What should i buy?????(14 posts)

There are so many bikes! What should i buy?????NewRacerLI
Jul 31, 2002 1:51 PM
Iv looked at the Cadd5 and the Cadd7 also the litespeed aluminum atlas for 1575 which sounds like a good price but iv herd the cannondale cadd5 custom built at at 1350 also sounds pretty good but i dont know much about the components but id also like to stay in the 1500 range so i think having a better frame with good components would be the way to go because i can always upgrade components.

Any suggestions

Better bike for the buck is very important. I was fitted on the cadd5 for a 54 how does this compare to the other bikes out there if i buy on the internet.
Try one of these suggestions!!! AWESOME BIKES!!0_Kewl
Jul 31, 2002 2:52 PM
Go to your local discount store ie.. Walmart, K-Mart, Target etc.. Look for the flashiest frames, gadgets,etc..; the more plastic gadgets on the bike the better etc.. Make sure the frame and welded parts say stuff like recycled can grade aluminum, or junkyard grade remelted alloy mixture.

Then look for place it was built. Components, parts, etc,, built in Road Bike countries like Papua New Guinea, Antartica, Vietnam, Samoa, Easter Island, Madagascar, Congo, Mazambiq, Survivor Island, and Vatican City are truly hand made one at a time with very tradition tools. Any frame, component, parts etc; made from these Road Bike traditional powerhouses should suit you well.

Glad I can help :-), good luck on your "dream" bike!!
Try one of these suggestions!!! AWESOME BIKES!!NewRacerLI
Jul 31, 2002 3:41 PM
0_Kewl your soooo funny
Hey spell "Mazambiq" (Mozambique) As an African I am .....african
Jul 31, 2002 3:53 PM
offended, by your spelling, go take Geography lessons.
doh, lol.0_Kewl
Jul 31, 2002 4:01 PM
Don't you mean spelling lessons?, not geography.
spelling and geography...........more....african
Jul 31, 2002 6:22 PM
Spelling to spell right, but the geograhpy would have taught you where the hell the place is so you can spell it right.

This is all in jest by the way.
re: CAAD What? Are you crazy. All the new racers are getting....I_See_Fred_People
Jul 31, 2002 4:13 PM
..Colnagos. C40, Carbonismo, whatever, it doesnt matter. Dont even THINK about a Canondale. Ugh...

ERNESTO COLNAGO...thats the neame you want on your ride.
re: CAAD What? Are you crazy. All the new racers are getting....rob45
Jul 31, 2002 5:08 PM
I have to disagree re the colnago preference. I just switched from a look carbon fibre to a caad 5 frame. Was thinking Dream Plus or even Bianchi ev2, but objectively I don't think anything comes close to the value/performance of the cannondale. But, I wouldn't buy it online, as that would invalidate the warranty--a lifetime warranty is a big attraction and requres getting it from an authorized dealer. You can find good prices on the caad5. With the carbon steerer, it's about as light as you want to go without making tradeoffs in terms of durability--I don't want to be worrying if my frame is going to crack coming out of a final turn in a crit...

One other advantage of a cannondale over a colnago--the cannondales are actually aligned!
Go CAAD5...fracisco
Jul 31, 2002 5:38 PM
Go CAAD5, ride the wheels off it, and when you eventually want another bike, you'll have a great spare.

I have a CAAD3 with 105, it's not holding me back, I'm the weak link. Over the winter I'll be looking at a CAAD5 or CAAD7 upgrade, and then I'll have a bike to ride the crap out of and to ride in the rain, and a nicer looking bike for the long training rides and group rides.

Realistically, you're not going to be upgrading the component some point you're going to go all the way with a new bike. A CAAD5 with Ultegra is not going to impede your progression. It's what I see a lot of racers on (if they're not on their team issue CAAD6).
Go CAAD5..., I agreerengaracchi
Jul 31, 2002 6:26 PM
I cannot agree more with your advice. I have a Cannondale with 105 over ten years, and I literally rode "the wheels off it". The bike taught me almost everything about bicycling as a sport.

I bought Pinarello Opera this year mainly because (1) upgrading the bike wouldn't be cost effective, and (2) I found out that the Cannondale frame does not fit my geometry well. The fit concerns were more important factors than the cost.

How does the Opera ride? Fantastic! The bike made me a better cyclist over all. Get a decent bike that fits you, then ride it. Cannondale makes fine bikes, IMHO.
Thanks for these two informative posts! (nm)jtferraro
Aug 1, 2002 5:14 AM
10 years on a 'dale? I couldn't do it . . .morrison
Aug 1, 2002 6:39 AM
I rode a CAAD 5 for a little over a year and it beat the crap out of me. Great on climbs and sprints, but one of the most uncomfortable frames I've ever ridden. (Then again, it was my first (and only) aluminum frame.) Before that, I was on steel, now on ti.

But, since you're talking about racing, I'd recommend it. Just don't roll it out for your next double century.
10 years on a 'dale? I couldn't do it . . .JimP
Aug 1, 2002 11:16 AM
I agree - I had a 'dale for over 10 years before I switched to a CF frame 3 years ago. My legs would get numb on a century ride from the vibration comming through the aluminum. It was a fast bike but I was a slow learner to ride it that long.
CAAD 5mmaggi
Aug 1, 2002 8:48 AM
Ask Gary Hobbs (at GVH bikes) if you get a lifetime warranty with the Cannondale purchase. IF not, go to an authorized dealer. The CAAD 5 should be in the same ballpark at your local bike shop as GVH. Tell your LBS the price GVH is selling it at (approx $650 for the frame & fork). Then take it from there.

For the price, you really can't beat it. If you purchase the Team Saeco frame, the paint job is pretty nice too.

It's pro racing frame with a lifetime warranty. You can't beat that.