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My First Road Bike - Very Excited to Ride!!!(14 posts)

My First Road Bike - Very Excited to Ride!!!lendog
Apr 29, 2003 8:58 PM
Just received from Excel Sports in Boulder (great experience with order placement, customer service, shipping and the build).

Look KG-461 with a mix of Dura Ace and Ultegra. Open Pro wheels and a slick silver Thompson stem to round it out. It's been rainy here in the Bay Area and I'm waiting to get it on it's first ride. Mountain biker for many years making the jump to road too. Very excited!!!

BTW - any good resourses or sites to learn a little about proper road technique, positioning on the bike etc..?

Thanks!
Lenny
Sources.Juanmoretime
Apr 30, 2003 12:58 AM
First, get some miles in to get a feel for the bike. Second, find a group that is going to ride at the pace you want to be going. This group will probably have a few individuals that will be a great source of information. Last, post lots of questions right here.

BTW, nice bike and welcome to the road.
And you're going to love it...asphalt assault
Apr 30, 2003 4:10 AM
...Road riding is a great way to train for dirt. Before you know it you'l be spinning smoother, climbing faster in taller gears and generally having more fun in the dirt (our ultimate goal!).

Another nice thing is that rodieism will save some wear and tear on your MTB and in addition it is a great cure for occasional "dirt related burnout". Road riding will also save erosion on your trails...you'l find yourself staying out of the dirt on muddy days and doing the spin thing.

There's nothing but advantages to roadieism...enjoy them all!

BTW...Sweet new ride!
shweet!tarwheel
Apr 30, 2003 4:33 AM
Welcome to the road. Before you know it, your mountain bike will be gathering dust. I bought a bike from Excel a couple years ago and had nothing but positive experiences. Would not hesitate to buy from them again, and I like those Looks.
Death to Dust!...asphalt assault
Apr 30, 2003 5:56 AM
LOL...Granted, I ride my ATB less now that I have a roadie to play on but dirt will always be my first choice. If I had to part with one or the other, the roadie most certainly would be the one to go.
re: My First Road Bike - Very Excited to Ride!!!pitt83
Apr 30, 2003 7:40 AM
Way to go Lenny! Were you considering the 5200 and this 461 earlier in an earlier thread? Black looks cool! I have blue, which is more steel than blue. Fun bike; she goes like thunder!
re: My First Road Bike - Very Excited to Ride!!!lendog
Apr 30, 2003 8:45 AM
Yes,

I'm the one that posted that message about the Trek 5200 vs. the 461. I also asked you a few follow up questions in that thread if you recall. As you can see, I went with the Look. I just could not see myself spending a lot on a bike and having it say "Trek", although it is a very nice ride too. i also got a great deal on the Look as my brother in law bought one too (he got the blue one!!)

I got the 59" frame, I believe yours is also 59". I have not ridden it yet, but was wondering what you think about the lateral stiffness. I can flex it a little when sitting in the saddle, but I'm sure that's a lot different than when I am riding it. I recall you saying that you found it plenty stiff for your height and weight.

I am looking forward to riding it.
I spend more time on here now than on mtbr.comfliparagon
Apr 30, 2003 9:34 AM
Like you, I purchased a road bike to "improve" my mtb'ing. That was three years ago and my MTB has more dust on it than I like to admit.

Have fun!
whoa! 59" frame?? you must be one tall guy! nmreklar
Apr 30, 2003 11:52 AM
6'2", 35 1/4 inseam - nm.lendog
Apr 30, 2003 1:02 PM
clarificationlaffeaux
Apr 30, 2003 1:45 PM
He was just being funny. The frame is 59cm, not 59".
opps! didn't see that, my bad!!! - nmlendog
Apr 30, 2003 3:06 PM
re: My First Road Bike - Very Excited to Ride!!!pitt83
Apr 30, 2003 11:52 AM
Starting a new thread next; I tink that should answer the "How do you like it" question. No flex. I have been climbing recently and notice nothing. I have the Easton EC90 bar with the 31.8mm head and it is slightly flex in the lowest portion of the drops, but I hardly ride there and never to climb.

Enjoy the bike; Warning: NOTHING will wipe that silly smile off your face after a ride :=)
Very sweet, but then, I'm biased!KG 361
Apr 30, 2003 3:59 PM
Glad you went w/ the Look. You won't regret it. As for riding info, hang out here and also check http://www.roadbikerider.com and subscribe to their e-mailing list. They also have a downloadable e-book with a lot of info in it. Good stuff. Most of all, ride that baby! Have fun!