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My bike.... with pic this time(12 posts)

My bike.... with pic this timerubendc19
Aug 20, 2003 6:46 AM
Hello all, here's my bike, now I am a beginner to the sport, and I am working on college student tight budget. I do plan on upgrading the drivetrain piece by piece, I have tiagra, and I think 105 will be better, oh and I'm definately going to get clipless pedals "VERY SOON"...
re: My bike.... with pic this timerubendc19
Aug 20, 2003 6:47 AM
another anglerubendc19
Aug 20, 2003 6:51 AM
Here's another angle
please critique my bike........nmrubendc19
Aug 20, 2003 7:01 AM
You had to buy a blue bike?fracisco
Aug 20, 2003 8:12 AM
And what's with that yellow lettering?

Hey, you asked....
Hmmmmm, let me see..........Wank Bike Critic
Aug 20, 2003 8:18 AM
Yep, that's wank.
please critique my bike........nmCRM
Aug 21, 2003 6:31 AM
Looks like a bike alright. Now make sure it fits and ride it and stop worrying what anybody else thinks of it. You may "want" the fanciest cycling gear, but you don't "need" anything more than you already have.
re: My bike.... with pic this timepmf1
Aug 20, 2003 6:55 AM
Defintely get some pedals and shoes. Next to shorts, its the best money spent. Look pedals are a pretty good value. The cheap ones are functional. Consider buying decent shoes because they last a long time and you'll spend many hours enjoying (or not enjoying) them.

The worst way to waste money is to replace perfectly good components. If the Taigra breaks, replace it. But don't do it for the sake of having better components -- that's a waste of money. Ride that bike into the ground while in college and buy your dream bike when you get out and have more money.
re: My bike.... with pic this timedcdre
Aug 20, 2003 8:44 AM
Another option is SPD pedals and shoes - mountain biking pedals. They can be bought for dirt cheap, and the cleat is recessed in the shoe itself so you can walk around on them normally.
Aug 20, 2003 10:13 AM
I have a road bike I commute on that has Time ATAC pedals on it. These are great pedals for around $90 -- I think better than the more expensive ATAC versions.

For longer rides, real road bike pedals are nicer IMO. They have a wider platform. I use Time Equipe Pro pedals on my other two bikes. Now that a new version has come out, the Equipe are being sold at pretty low prices and are worth consideration as well. I'm sticking with them mainly because I refuse to spend $500 on some new pedals when the ones I've got work fine.

The beauty of Look is that they are available everywhere, the cleats are available everywhere, the cheap ones are about the same as the expensive ones, they have nice platform size, and every road shoe on earth accepts Look cleats.
A suggestion.....Synchronicity
Aug 20, 2003 4:00 PM
I strongly suggest a DUAL sided road pedal, such as speedplay X3, for newbies. $99 now at nashbar. Some have said in the reviews section that it isn't as durable as the X2 - I don't know as I have the X2 and X1 pedals.

The reason I say this is:
If you are not used to riding, you will not be that good at balancing and flipping one pedal over with your foot so you can engage the cleat. IMO it is very dangerous for a beginner when attempting it in traffic. Leave that to the people with at least 6 months experience. You may have already noticed it with your toe-straps.

Better to be able to stomp down and go. With a few months practice, you'll be able to engage them without looking. Also makes for faster starts.
I've never understood why the other look/time/spd pedals are still so popular. They're heavier, and they're a pain. I think once you try speedplays, or even beebops, you'll be hooked. There are other dual sided pedals out there, but I think they're way too expensive for what you're looking for.
Enjoy riding.
I guess I need a wool jerseypmf1
Aug 21, 2003 6:34 AM
I tried speedplay pedals once and could not stand them because of the small platform. True, I've been using Time for 12 years now. Both Time and Look are weighted so that you can move your foot forward and clip in without looking down at them. Its not hard to do and becomes second nature pretty quick. I can get into my Time road pedals as fast, or probably faster, than I can get into my moutain bike pedals.

Look/Time/SPD pedals are still very popular with pro racers. There may be a few guys using speedplays, but by far and wide, its Look and Time. Yeah, some of them get paid to ride certian pedals, but in the end, they won't ride something they don't like (e.g., when spd road pedals first came out, no one would use them despite the money Shimano offered due to the small platform).

I still would tell anyone new to biking that Look pedals are a good value and worth consideration.