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I finally made up my mind!!!(9 posts)

I finally made up my mind!!!hycobob
Aug 29, 2002 9:18 AM
Usually I'm very decisive, but not this time. It took me a while but I did it. I am getting a 55cm Sampson Silverton w/Dura Ace, 53-42t X 23-12t chainrings and cassette, Flite Ti Gel, Velomax Circuit Comp wheelset, Reynolds Ouzo Comp fork, and a couple of stainless cages as an afterthought. It should be at my front door in 10 days...I can't wait!!! All of the pre-purchase stress is gone. Now to convince the wife that I need a new mountainbike too. Maybe I'll wait a year or so on that one...
You will like the 53/42 combo...Gregory Taylor
Aug 29, 2002 11:38 AM
Very smooth changes up front, and I find that I use the little ring more than I do with a 39 tooth set up.

Good luck with the bike, even though you should have bought the Dean.

Aug 30, 2002 6:53 AM
Slightly related to this thread. But since
Dean and Sampson were both mentioned I thought
I'd jump in.

I've decided that I want to support a local frame
builder and since I live on the Colorado frontrange,
I'm considering a Dean or Sampson.
Actually, I live 15 minutes from the Dean facility
in Boulder.
Both have bikes that I'm sure I would be very happy with.
Does anyone have any experiences dealing with Dean or
Sampson they'd share? Not the bikes per se, but the folks
there. Would you buy from either again? Easy to deal with? etc.
Dean has been great to deal with....Gregory Taylor
Aug 30, 2002 7:52 AM
Dean is a small shop (7 or so hardy souls), and I've dealt mainly with John or Dusty. Both are top notch. I worked with both over the phone, and they talked with me about what I was looking for in a bike, my riding style, etc. They did a couple of tweaks regarding tube selection to tune the ride to my liking (no charge). Easy to deal with, treated me with respect, and the bike was beautiful.

It did take a little longer than promised to get my first Dean - I've actually bought two Deans (the first was destroyed in a car accident -- on its first outing), but nothing outrageous. I'm waiting to take delivery of my new frameset.

Yes, I would buy another bike from Dean.
re: I finally made up my mind!!!aliensporebomb
Aug 29, 2002 12:00 PM
Cool choice because it's unlikely every guy on the street
will be riding one - you'll be seen as more of an individualist or the like.

Now, that being said, didn't you say your wife was going to
KILL you if you kept bringing bikes up? Be real careful
about the MTB thing - wait at least a year.
Zero Sum Gamegrzy
Aug 29, 2002 12:49 PM
If I want a new one I have to agree to get rid of an old one, *sigh*, but thems the rules.

You must live where it's sorta flat - a 42/23 would be kinda heinous in the SF Bay Area and Sierras.
i want a 39 x 26 !colker
Aug 29, 2002 2:06 PM
39x23 is killing me..
Aug 29, 2002 3:51 PM
Run a 39 x 27 and sometimes I covet thy wife's triple (I think there's some sort of rule against this somewhere). Usually on the third or fourth 2,000'+ climb of the day in excess of 10% sustained grade. Of course I *could* always stay home and watch golf on TV.....nah.
you stud ... I couldn't ride a 42-23 in our hills/mtns nmPdxMark
Aug 29, 2002 2:23 PM