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Bike purchase in spring...(11 posts)

Bike purchase in spring...MrDan
Feb 3, 2003 12:48 PM
Hi, I recently have gotten back into cycling this past year and decided it's time to finally buy a new bike which fits.
My current bike is a 20 yr/old taiwanese bike (18spd).(Lotus) I'm not into all the component hype, but I'm looking at either a Klein or Lemond Zurich. I've pretty much ruled out Cannondale since I don't like the fact that they ofen use custom components. I have yet to ride either since I'm waiting for the spring thaw (Central Mass.) Does anyone think I should give anything else serious consideration - and no, I'm not particularly looking for a Ti bike/exotic... I'll be using the bike for serious fitness, centuries, Sprint/Olympic Triathalons, some long-distance fundraisers and the occasional time-trial. Any suggestions?
The Merak w/Record 10 good for fitness, centuries, Tri's, dist..onespeed
Feb 3, 2003 1:34 PM
and most LBS overstock those so you may get a good deal. nmBruno S
Feb 3, 2003 4:14 PM
Central Mass biking.zooog
Feb 3, 2003 1:44 PM
check out Sampson bikes on his web site. Eric will help with sizing and all components questions. Just get a bike that fits. I also live in nearby Northern CT and have found really poor LBS even into Cental Mass. Anyways, good luck.
zoog -> Central Mass biking / SampsonsMrDan
Feb 3, 2003 6:09 PM
zoog, thanks for the tips. Would love to hear
which LBS's in Central MA you've had experience with,
though if need be I'll go closer into Boston - International
or Belmont. Write me at packer44@hotmail.com
Anyone else want to chime in on Sampsons? nmMrDan
Feb 3, 2003 6:10 PM
re: Bike purchase in spring...MR_GRUMPY
Feb 3, 2003 5:14 PM
You can't go wrong with a steel Lemond with 105 or ultegra.
You really don't have to spend $4500 to get a nice bike. I always get a laugh when I see people on $4000 bikes who don't have a clue. On the other hand, one of our Cat 2 riders on our elite team, uses a steel Lemond as his everyday bike.
Mr. Grumpy - I know - "It's not about the bike"MrDan
Feb 3, 2003 6:06 PM
I am however doing a major upgrade on my body!
Both the Klein and the Lemond seem to be
"plenty" bike for most. My main concerns are
endurance/comfort, good handling, and superb
lateral stifness for climbing. My old bike
is rather er ... "swishy" in climbing.
Don't wait till springMR_GRUMPY
Feb 3, 2003 6:40 PM
Throw your Lotus on a $125 mag trainer and start training now. Ride 4 or 5 hours a week until March and then try for 8 hours.
Don't wait till spring---MrDan
Feb 3, 2003 6:45 PM
Buying the trainer cuts into the bike budget...!
But I am in spin class 3x a week, plus 90 minutes
on computer bike a couple times a week. The 40
degree temperatures are making it look like spring
is coming soon, but alas, old man winter has more up his
sleeve I think! I will think more about a trainer!
My reason for not waiting til spring....asphalt assault
Feb 4, 2003 6:26 AM
...You might have a better chance at getting a discount on a bike when everybody and their brother isn't buying one...like in the spring.

In January 02 I was in the market for a certain high end Ellsworth full suspension (MTB)frame. I was advised by everyone that there were NO deals on these things, you pay list or you don't ride one. After calling several on-line dealers who wouldn't discount from list I found one that gave me 10% off.

Even if you can't ride it because there's snow everywhere you can lean it against the wall in your living room and look at it...Cycle Art!!!