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Racing bike problem?flyinbowlofmilk
Apr 6, 2002 5:56 PM
I have a Raleigh R500 with mixed components(Shimano Sora & Tiagra). I have only had this Road bike for 1yr so far,and I was wondering when should I get a better road bike to race with. Should I save my money up and get a Shimano 105 or Ultegra by the begining of 2003 racing season? Although I will have to do road races on the mixed components this year (2002). New Cat 5 need advice. thanks in advance.
I'd leave the Raleigh the way it isshirt
Apr 6, 2002 7:03 PM
and save up for another few months (or year?) then buy a no-name AL or TI bike like the Douglas' in the Colorado Cyclist mag. They come with Ultegra and will almost certainly give you a better ride than the Raleigh. For around $1500 they seem like a steal to me.

Then you'll have an 'A' bike and a 'B' bike. Always convenient on rainy days. You can also avoid putting tons of miles on your 'A' bike. Finally, I think it's good for your body to have two bikes that fit slightly different; it works the tendons/joints/muscles slightly differently and helps keep you flexible. My experience, anyway.

Go Fly!

/shirt
re: avoiding tons of miles...SteveO
Apr 8, 2002 4:23 AM
seems silly to me to spend 1500 on a bike to NOT use it often.
i do agree though that two difft bikes increases flexibility.
A, B, C & D!LC
Apr 8, 2002 9:53 AM
I have 4 road bikes and I would miss having even 1 gone. Excessive? Hell yes, but I do use all of them!

A. Full on Race bike, light weight stiff aluminum, light weight wheels, non-sealed dura ace BB, 12-23 cassette and often 50-39 chainrings so chain is shorter

B. Carbon Fiber bike for nice weather training and long distance events. Bike is has me sit slightly more upright than race bike and this is the bike that gets the most miles by far. Durable open pro wheels, 12-27 cassette.

C. Rain bike. Living in the NW means lots of rain and lots of rainy training rides. Steel frame with brase on mount holes so fenders fit properly. 36-46 chainrings to make sure I spin plenty.

D. Touring bike with panniers so a trip to the store can still mean some exercise. Maybe a short tour after race season in Sept
What!!! No BEach Cruiser?James Curry
Apr 8, 2002 10:09 AM
I can't tell you the enjoyment of riding back from a party Sh__canned on my old Beach cruiser. Ya' know the ones you see with the handle-bar-mounted beer holder. Makes for an intense "in the saddle effort".
What problem?allervite
Apr 8, 2002 11:39 AM
Nothing wrong with mixing up component groups. As long as they are compatable, I would say that mixing groups is the smart thing to do, especially if you are on a budget or have a Nazi wife that has a problem with you cashing your paycheck at the LBL.

You may even get away with just upgrading some components. New wheels would make a significant difference on that 500.