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Woo Hoo, Just purchased my first road bike!(16 posts)

Woo Hoo, Just purchased my first road bike!006_007
Nov 27, 2003 2:10 PM
After close to a year of hmmming and hawing I finally purchased my first road bike. Thanks to the people here that responded to my questions, your guidance was appreciated.

I decided to get the 2003 Oryx 2300. It has Carbon fork and seatstays, full ultegra, Mavic cosmic something or another wheelset, and the best part is the bike/board shop wanted to get rid of it to create more room on the floor for snowboards!

I will be picking it up on Sat. and then it will be sitting in my garage until spring I guess :-(

Will post pics next week!

TJ
Why let it sit in the garage?KG 361
Nov 27, 2003 2:20 PM
Get out there and take it for a ride. =) At very least, get a trainer and ride it on that.
Good Question....006_007
Nov 27, 2003 3:00 PM
The weather here in Vancouver is not always appropriate for riding in the winter. The idea of skinny road tires and black ice kinda scares me. I do not want to have to wear my MTB armor while riding the new bike!

When there is a warm day (not neccesarily a dry day) I will throw a leg over it and learn what road riding is all about!

TJ
Good answer =) Hope you get to ride it soon. nmKG 361
Nov 27, 2003 4:00 PM
Vancouver weather is a cakewalk...The The
Nov 27, 2003 5:55 PM
The weather in Vancouver is almost as good as it gets for riding in Canada's winter. You don't get any better until you get to southern Vancouver Island, where I live. So far I've only had one morning ride where there was ice on the road. Pffft, nothing I couldn't handle. rain might be the only annoying part of this area, though it is seldom so bad that it stops me from riding. I don't worry about snow, since we get so little. Ice is the only big danger, but salted roads usually prevent this from becoming a major issue.

Get out there and ride. You have almost no excuse. There are people all across the rest of Canada and the USA who would give up one of their kidneys to have the winter riding conditions you are enjoying right now.
An interesting argument,,,,006_007
Nov 28, 2003 12:06 AM
however as I have NEVER riden a road bike yet the idea of learning the basics with ice and other hidden variables spooks me just a little. Rain I can deal with, should not be that slippery for the speeds I will be starting with, Ice is a whole new ball game as far as I am concerned!

With a little luck (and a pair of pedals/shoes) I should be out there touring around on Sunday seeing what it is all about.

BTW anyone wanting to give me advice on my first road ride (will be a solo one) is welcome to chime in!

Thanks,

TJ
I'm on your side...4bykn
Nov 28, 2003 5:33 AM
I've got a bit of riding experience and I will not ride in anything resembling ice. Road bikes go down very fast in icy conditions. Rain even requires extra care, painted lines on the road, metal grates, manhole covers,etc can be slippery.

Your first ride: 20-25 miles (depending upon your fitness, of course) on low-trafficked roads. You may want to haul the bike out of town to avoid city traffic this first time. Give your self plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the controls, and pedals. Everything you do needs to be second nature in case an emergency situation arises (and it eventually will).
Head up to the Seymour demo forest...CraigH
Nov 28, 2003 1:26 PM
Gated road, a few hills, no crowds, should be good.
Only a few hills?006_007
Nov 28, 2003 1:47 PM
I guess that would be a great place to start. Especially the no vehicles. Eventually I want to turn this bike (or myself) into a climbing monster.....
Fair enoughThe The
Nov 28, 2003 11:18 AM
I suppose if one is unsure it's not a good idea to go out in winter conditions. When I got my first road bike it was in September, so I enjoyed summer-like conditions for the first while.

With time you will know your limits and from that you will be able to judge which conditions are safe and which are not.

Just make sure you have fun and enjoy the ride!
Vancouver weather is a cakewalk...today you like your cake wet!Eric_H
Nov 28, 2003 4:00 PM
Hey Island boy, did you ride today?? :) Looking at the radar maps, it seems like Victoria got pelted with as much rain as we did in the Vancouver area (I'm in White Rock).

There are days when even *I* won't consider riding and today was one of them! Too dark, too wet, very poor visibility. But the weekend looks nice!
I DID ride into work today.....006_007
Nov 28, 2003 6:21 PM
on my mountain bike, but I did indeed ride in. Man was it ever wet.
Fellow Victorian?BCtriguy1
Nov 28, 2003 10:31 PM
Does this bring the total number of RBR folks in Victoria to 2? I never thought I would see this day!
Bike details here....CraigH
Nov 28, 2003 1:29 PM
http://www.oryx.ca/2003/en/collection_racing.asp
I will be posting real photos once I pick up the bike...006_007
Nov 28, 2003 1:46 PM
I did not feel like posting photos from the oryx website (although I have a pick of it set as my wallpaper....)

TJ
Geez you guystoomanybikes
Nov 28, 2003 7:40 PM
I went out today for the first time in four weeks - a combination of a killer dose of the flu - travel and the rest of the family getting sick has kept me off the bike - unitl this afternoon.

I went out hill climbing for an hour - in the Okanagan - we have actual snow, and a little ice. Took my cross bike out - bliss.

What's a little rain ( actually I just watched Global news - you guys got more than a little rain!) - but what the heck - get out there and ride!

Toomanybikes