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Thanks for all the useful advice(5 posts)

Thanks for all the useful adviceBrianNYC
Oct 13, 2002 7:22 AM
I picked up my new bike yesterday and took it for its first spin this morning - it is my first road bike in over ten years and the bike was awesome. The ride is fantastic, very smooth and comfortable. The bike = Look KG361, Shimano 105 groupset double (12-27), CK Nothreadset headset, ITM stem and bar, Selle San Marco ASPide seat, and Mavic Open-Pro wheels. The CK headset put me above my goal of spending @ $1900, but my LBS recommended it, and if it lasts 10 years as supposed to it seems like a good buy, otherwise I was right on budget...except for the additions. The additions, Look 396 pedals and a pair of Sidi shoes (got a great deal on both the pedals and the shoes), and I also sprung for the Flightdeck (although there have been mixed reviews on RBR, if it is wireless and integrated then, IMHO, there is no other option).

Being a newbie to road bikes, hopefully I will in a year or so know a lot more about what the foregoing means, other then having learned all the lingo - walking the walk rather then simply talking the talk if you will.

That being said, I want to thank all who gave me direct advice in response to my posts (particularly on how to choose a bike shop - no offense to any other opinions, but Conrad's in NYC is awesome and they sold me a "custom" bike for the price of floor model), as well as thank all of the other Derailleur Heads who simply share your knowledge/opinions on all aspects of road bike esoterica with those of us who are less learned. I don't think I could have gotten such a great bike without your help.

PS - Don't let this go to your heads :)
re: Thanks for all the useful advicezmarke
Oct 13, 2002 9:07 AM
I would like to know why you chose Conrad's over Sid's.

I am considering a new road bike purchase with 105 and have visited both shops and think my experience may be different from your earlier postings.

Please let me know if you are willing to discuss further via email and/or phone.
re: Thanks for all the useful adviceBrianNYC
Oct 13, 2002 9:23 AM
You can email me at

As to why. The advice I got was to go check out as many LBS's as you can, and shop at the one you are most comfortable with. I did check out Sid's; I did not dislike it, I just liked Conrad's more - felt more comfortable there. I tested carbon, aluminum and steel, and decided on carbon. Sid's did not seem to have a big selection, and really pushed the Cannondale R1000 and the benefits of aluminum - the person I spoke to there rode one, so I think the recommendation was genuine, but Conrad's sold me exactly what I wanted (better if you ask me based on all components), for approximately the same price. I guess if I had to pick one difference, at Conrad's the service seems/is more personal and I guess I like that.

If you do a search of my username, you will pull up the responses I got, and they are recent posts plus links to older posts from people asking the same question.

At the end of the day, it is where YOU are the most comfortable, I can only pass on my opinions.
re: Thanks for all the useful adviceBrianNYC
Oct 13, 2002 9:32 AM
slight typo - email =
re: Thanks for all the useful advicealiensporebomb
Oct 13, 2002 11:55 AM
Enjoy your new bike - ride the heck out of it!