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What Bike Would You Call Bike Of The Year?(17 posts)

What Bike Would You Call Bike Of The Year?TSuprano
Mar 6, 2003 8:15 PM
So many different designs and philosophies in todays modern road bike, so which one would you nominate as bike of the year, and why?
...mine, because it's mine...Akirasho
Mar 6, 2003 8:22 PM
... there's so much variation on the theme... both the bike and the folks that ride 'em that if there's balance in the universe, we all end up like the lyrics of a Rolling Stones song...

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.

... sorry, feeling philosophical this evening...

Be the bike.
Don't you mean "they're" mine? nmKristin
Mar 6, 2003 8:39 PM
Which year?.....nmDjudd
Mar 6, 2003 8:33 PM
Surly Karate Monkeygtx
Mar 6, 2003 9:11 PM
best name of the year, anyway. Cool, versatile looking frame, too.

http://www.1x1speed.com/frames/karatemonkey.htm
Too hard to knowFunston
Mar 6, 2003 9:39 PM
Funny that nobody's yet tooted Trek's horn - it seems there are more and more Lance wanna-bes on the road lately as well as a core of good riders.

Choice of components (quality and specification) determines much of what makes a bike 'good' or not so good, so it's gonna take some real hard evidence to prove one's case
Too hard to knowstratslingr77
Mar 6, 2003 11:17 PM
ok, I'm still relatively new to cycling, but it seems to me that too much emphasis is placed on components. Isn't the heart and soul of a bicycle supposed to be its frame? With the wheelset being a close second?
TCR Carbon?lampshade
Mar 7, 2003 7:17 AM
FWIW, The bike I have heard the most about in the past year (from mags, other riders, etc.) is definitely the carbon Giant.
TCR Carbon?Live Steam
Mar 7, 2003 9:00 AM
Yeah! Just thought I'd post another pic of mine since I can't ride anything but a trainer in NYC today :O(
TCR Carbon?Thorman
Mar 7, 2003 9:41 AM
I'll second that. I've only been able to get my TCR out for a short one hour ride this past week, but maybe today after work I'll get another short ride in and with predicted temps in the 50's tomorrow she will definitely be out on the road. For what little riding outdoors I've done on her I've been very impressed with how smoothe the ride is.

Thorman
http://www.ScottThor.com
TCR Carbon?Live Steam
Mar 7, 2003 11:05 AM
Say Scott, what kind of tires are you running? And, how do you like those Coombe pedals? I took the Look pedals off and put my old Speedplays back on.
TCR Carbon?Thorman
Mar 8, 2003 5:40 AM
I'm using Michelin Axial Pro Race tires (20's). I can't really give a good review of them at this point since I've only ridden the TCR on the road twice.

The Coombe pedals are absolutely awesome! At first I wasn't sure how I would like a pedal that you have to twist into instead of clipping straight down into. It only took me a few tries on the trainer to get the feel for them and on the few rides I've down outside I've managed to lock into them fairly easily.

The only downside is that they are a bit pricey, but if they last longer than my previous Looks and SPD's they're worth it.

Thorman
http://www.ScottThor.com
TCR Carbon?Live Steam
Mar 8, 2003 7:04 AM
I have Pro Race on my Colnago - 23s - and must say they are fantastic. They really smooth out the ride. Much more supple than Axial Pros, which is what I presently have on the TCR, and also more cut resistant. They will get replaced with Pro Race once the bike is off the trainer. I am surprised that you are using the Pro Race on the trainer. They are expensive and the trainer just destroys the rear tire.
TCR Carbon?Thorman
Mar 8, 2003 3:22 PM
I ride my othe bike on the trainer just because these tires are so soft. The only riding I've done with the TCR indoors has been on the rollers.

I actually got out today and did 50 miles on the TCR. The weather here in NE Ohio finally felt somewhat like spring today so I got out with the team for some easy miles. Too bad it's supposed to be in the 20's tomorrow. Spring can't be too far away now.

Thorman
http://www.ScottThor.com
Coombe pro'sfbg111
Mar 8, 2003 2:37 PM
I've been considering those too, and you're first person I've seen on this board who has them. I like their simplicity. What are the kleats like? Are they walkable at all? I currently use Speedplay Zero's, and I'm curious how they compare.
Coombe pro'sThorman
Mar 8, 2003 3:19 PM
The cleats aren't bad. They are much more "walkable" than SPD's since their profile is so low. You can see them on the Coombe website. There isn't much to them. I have the SPD version, which has two phillips head screws to hold them to the shoe. They also have two little studs that you can change out for more or less float.

http://www.coombe.com/shoe_cleat_design.html

Thorman
http://www.ScottThor.com
My new one, don't care about the rest! :) nmnoveread
Mar 7, 2003 10:08 AM