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First Road Bike!(19 posts)

First Road Bike!mtnbikernc1979
Jan 17, 2004 11:13 PM
I just bought a 1999 Cannondale R500 for $400. This bike is great. My very first REAL road bike,(not a wal-mart bike).I just rode Morrow Mtn NC today. It's all uphill. I plan on switching out that double for a triple very soon.
re: First Road Bike!Boise100
Jan 17, 2004 11:37 PM
Congrats! It looks like you got a lot of bike for your money.
re: First Road Bike!mtnbikernc1979
Jan 18, 2004 12:24 AM
Just wanted to say how much fun it was to ride up that mtn road. My friend and I usually ride our mtn bikes up the road but when we went I took my new road bike instead. I could'nt believe the difference it made. My partner is usually a stronger climber than I am but I left him way behind me on our previous trip. I kept laughing all the way to the top! When he finally came around the last turn I busted out laughing and could'nt stop. I told him it's about time he tried to ride a road bike. It's a whole other world. By the way, on the way back down, I've never gone that fast on a bike before. Way too cool!
Yes indeedy...they do jump, don't they (nm)il sogno
Jan 18, 2004 7:13 PM
re: First Road Bike!Juanmoretime
Jan 18, 2004 5:37 AM
Congratulations and welcome to the darkside. A couple of suggestions since getting a triple is going to raise the cost of your first bike since you will need to replace the crank, bottom bracket, front derailleur and possible the rear adding weight to your bike. What cassette are you running? Maybe a cassette change Would give you some easier climbing gears. What is your front small chainring, is it a 42 or 39? If it's a 42, get a 39. Another option is a compact crank, do a search on this website since there are many threads on compact cranks. You could also just leave everything and give yourself time to get stronger.
Yep, on't make hasty decisions that cost big $$KG 361
Jan 18, 2004 8:29 AM
Do what Juanmotretim says, wait a while. If in mid season you still feel that a triple is necessary, go for it. Otherwise, a cassette change and/or chainring swap won't cost a lot of $$ and could, depending on what is on the bike currently, make a huge difference.
re: First Road Bike!briburke
Jan 18, 2004 8:29 AM
I'm going to second this Juan's opinion - swap the cassette out before trying a triple. You'd be surprised how low a 12-27 rear cassette with a 39 front ring can be.

Absolutely good adviceBigFatSal
Jan 18, 2004 9:43 AM
These guys are so right. Replacing all these components to add the the triple is gonna cost some big money. You're better off saving that money to put towards some other roadie stuff, like road shoes, maybe some more riding clothes, or if you really want to put money into the bike, perhaps a new wheelset.... :>)

Congrats on the new bike! I too was stictly a mountain biker, then got a road bike to use for fitness and spin training for mountain bike races, and now my road bike gets about 80% of my rides. I really got addicted to the smooth rhythm, the aerodynamic nature of road riding, and the speed. It just feels good, doesn't it???!
re: First Road Bike!mtnbikernc1979
Jan 18, 2004 10:09 AM
Thanks to you all! I've learned some new things about my bike just from coming to this forum. I'll definatety consider all of your advice. It's good advice by the way. Thanks. I think I'll get more use out of my new road bike than my mtn bike just because it's easier to get out to the road rather than to a trail on a daily basis. This road riding is starting to get addictive now. By the way, I'm going to pick up a bike computer in a couple of weeks. I don't know much about them, but would like to have one that can tell me how many miles I have gone, my current speed, and my average speed. Any recomendations? Thanks!
Sigma computers. Cheap, reliable, easy to install. nmKG 361
Jan 18, 2004 11:09 AM
re: First Road Bike!Skooter
Jan 18, 2004 10:33 AM
That chipping paint in the background needs some attention asap.
re: First Road Bike!mtnbikernc1979
Jan 18, 2004 10:44 AM
Hello Skooter. What you see is actually the flash from the camera reflected by the bike. There are no chips in the paint on the bike. Thanks for your concern though.
re: First Road Bike!BigFatSal
Jan 18, 2004 11:19 AM
Dude, I think he's talking about the chipping white paint on that building behind you in the picture. Since you've been checking out this board for a while now, I'm sure you've noticed that people get scrutinized on EVERYTHING that appears in the photos, not just the bike!
No worries.... :-)
re: First Road Bike!Welshboy
Jan 18, 2004 10:55 AM
The guys are right. I rode MTB before seeing coming to the dark side and a double is fine, especially with a 39t inner (which I didn't get for a few years).
re: First Road Bike!cycleaddict
Jan 18, 2004 12:44 PM
Yup, forget the triple. If you really want some low gears, buy a 12-34 cassette,a Deore XT derailleur, and a new chain. All of my Shimano riding friends have adopted this set-up and it works great.
re: Dont need a triplejrm
Jan 18, 2004 4:00 PM
get a compact double 50/34T and change out the BB. Youve got a good platform for upgrades in that frame.

Just make sure that you ride in baggies, with unshaved legs, a visored helmet,and SPD MTB shoes.

PS: full fingered gloves are a must...
Triple may be good for you.bimini
Jan 19, 2004 8:07 AM
If you ride in the mountains a lot, I would consider the triple. To do it right you will need a new crankset, BB and front and possibly rear deraileur but it gives you plenty of options for the hills. If the current drive train already shows a lot of wear then you may be due for new wear parts anyway.

From your legs you may be a little heavy (at least compared to a hard core bike rider / racer type). The triple will allow you to keep your cadence up on the hills. I've found a high cadence helps when you weigh 20-30 pounds more than the guys you are trying to hang on to up the hills.

Hang on to the double parts. You may want to switch it back to a double as your power goes up and your weight goes down.

PS: You got a great deal on a good bike.
Triple may be good for you.mtnbikernc1979
Jan 19, 2004 8:38 AM
Thanks bimini. I thank you for your reply. This road riding is all new to me. I do a lot of mtn biking though. I am trying to shed a few more pounds. I am 6'4 228 lbs. I use to weigh 280 lbs when I use to compete in bodybuilding competitions. I decided since I was never going to be a pro to just train on a regular basis and not try to keep so much muscle on my frame. I want to get down to 215. I'll be more confident then. Thanks again.......Jay
Triple may be good for you.Welshboy
Jan 19, 2004 11:27 AM
You might also need a new LH STI unit.