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getting back after 15 yr vacation - TCR2 or F50 or F65(4 posts)

getting back after 15 yr vacation - TCR2 or F50 or F65dtufts
Mar 3, 2003 2:47 PM
I was into road bikes in my twenties. Got up to where I could do a century. Also, I loved the hard pushing hill climb. That was a long time ago. School, family, and career have since gotten in the way and I haven't ridden in years. Now I'm 35 and I am going to get back into shape. I'm 6'4" and 185 lbs. I have a longer torso and shorter legs.

What bike do you recommend? I've been to the lbs and seen a few. I've trolled these boards a little, too. I like last year's Giant TCR2 or this years Felt F50 or F65. I'll spend between $1000 and $1500 on the bike. What would you buy? Is it worth an upgrade from 105 to Ultegra?

I am very concerned about fit. Are there any 6-4 guys out there who can tell me what size frame/brand you like in my price range? It seems once one has a frame, everything else can be adjusted. But miss your optimal frame size, and you'll have flushed away some big $$$. How can I know if the local shop is sizing me right? Is it actually necessary to be measured with a tape? A test ride is not going to reveal much because I am in no shape for a pounding ride. Also, I'll need some time to get my balance back. I've never ridden with cleats! My old bike was a clunker with straps. I am excited because anything new is going to feel like the space shuttle to me.

Thanks!
re: getting back after 15 yr vacation - TCR2 or F50 or F65rogue_CT1
Mar 3, 2003 7:14 PM
Hey welcome back! I left for 12 years before coming back to riding in 2000. It has been tough but well worth it. First of all, I'm 6'4" too. I ride a 61 cm Colnago CT-1. A real easy system to determine your frame size is to take your inseam measurement in inches minus 10 then convert to centimeters. My LBS did a lot of fancy measurements which ended up with the same result as the above formula. It's not the end all be all system but it is a pretty good and simple method. As far as bikes go you will be in heaven when you experience how far technology has advanced. Hopefully others can give you some good input on a bike but you might want to look at Supergo.com and Colorado Cyclist.com they seem to have some excellent bikes in that price range. I would recommend looking at the Raleigh line of bicycles. For $1750 my buddy go their outstanding "Team" model complete with Campy Record components, including a Campy Proton wheelset. The frame is Columbus Airplane aluminum tubing with a Columbus Carve carbon fiber fork and a carbon seatstay. That's a lot of bang for the buck. Have fun searching for that new bike and don't worry, clipless pedals are easy to use and way better than those toe straps we used to use.
re: getting back after 15 yr vacation - TCR2 or F50 or F65scottfromcali
Mar 3, 2003 7:31 PM
I recommend the TCR2, I had a 2002 model and loved it (read the reviews on this site). There is a 1/4lb difference between 105 and Ultegra, that's not going to help those of us who don't ride for a living. Some would say that Ultegra shifts smoother; I have ridden bikes with Ult. and 105 and honestly can't tell much of a difference. I opened the 2003 Giant catalog and it says a rider at 6.4" would ride an XL frame (if you dont already know Giants are sized S,M,L,XL). The Giant catalog also lists the top tube at 61cm and the seat tube at 58.5cm that will give you a place to start. When you go to any LBS insist that you are sized right, some shops are most concerned with making a sale. Test rides are okay just to get a general feeling of bike charactorists, but go back and have adjustments made here and there, turn the stem down/up, raise/lower the seat, most the saddle fore/aft. If you are really concerned about fit go and have a sizing or fitting done, that can tell you exactly what size frame, stem, stem angle, and seat hieght you will need. This last option may cost 50-200, however in the long run it could save you some money. Good luck
re: getting back after 15 yr vacation - TCR2 or F50 or F65porslap
Mar 16, 2003 5:28 AM
I'm a good eight inches shorter, but I know there's a dearth of info on Felts out there, so I'll give you my two cents. I bought an F65 during the long cold winter and have been itching to get on. Finally, over the last few weeks, I've taken it out and it's truly an amazing machine. The 2003 105s are smooth (and look pretty cool in black), the bike handles precisely on descents (such as they are in Brooklyn), the carbon fork soaks up the bumps. Main difference for me is on the climbs. I road a hybrid I dubbed the "Urban Assault Vehicle of Buddhist Luv" for six years (a Trek 820 with shocks) and that thing's like a tank, so maybe my impressions are skewed, but I'm really pleased with the F65 so far. I swapped out the SPDs for Looks, and might change the seat, but other than that I have no complaints. The F50 might be worth the extra money, but for the kinesium frame, not the gruppo IMHO. Good luck.