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4/10/10 11:42 A

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Welcome and good luck picking out the bike. My wife has the Specialized and she loves it. She tried out the same two bikes you are looking at. Not sure why she went the route she did, but she is happy. Good luck and let us know which one you choice.

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4/9/10 3:28 P

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emoticon emoticon Happy belated birthday. Why don't you just ride when you're on your break time @ work. I hope you got a gel seat. They make riding a little more easier on the rump.

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BIGRED721 Posts: 126
4/1/10 1:23 P

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LOL! Yeah, I have a pink jersey or two, but a pink bike always seems like a bit much.

I think you have to find a happy medium with price. Like someone said, if you are new to the sport, you want to make sure it is something you'll stick with before spending all this money. On the otherhand, if you don't spend enough up front for a comfortable bike, you probably won't ride much.

My first bike as an adult was a Trek 500. It was about $250. Once I found I was riding the thing enough that I wanted to do centuries, etc., I upgraded to a road bike. Eventually I sold the Trek. For $250. It all works out in the end.

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4/1/10 8:35 A

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just find one that you are comfortable on,. I grew up on MTB and BMX, but most of my riding right now is road based. I have 4 kids, and the job doesn't pay enough to support a high $$ bike, like i was accustomed to. I found a 5 year old GT streamline 700c bike with a tall frame that felt comfortable. i paid $20.00 from a college student, it needed Rubber, WD40, and TLC. it even has a cyclometer. I sunk about $100.00 into it, and changed out the cruising bars for MTB straight bars (my preference) complete with rams horns. I love this bike. granted I wrench my own stuff,. but even so, find one comfortable, even if a huffy,. and get pedaling!! i just hit 170 miles since mid January. That is the important part.

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STEPHP331's Photo STEPHP331 Posts: 74
4/1/10 12:59 A

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Also--thanks everyone for the welcome!
And to answer a few specific questions:
Stinky/David (don't know which you'd prefer?): want a good road bike on which I'm really going to enjoy getting back into riding & not want to upgrade for a while ('k, I'll want to, but I won't need to!)

55Drew: "wow" was more b/c I was considering paying $300 more just for color. I'm certainly willing to pay for what I want but since I'm just getting back into riding, I'm trying to just meet some minimum requirements w/o going overboard.

Like BPtrains said--make sure I stick with it. Then next year when I have some miles under me, I can w/ a clear conscious spend some extra $!!

Bigred: as long as it's not pink (sorry to anyone who likes pink!), I'll be happy!

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STEPHP331's Photo STEPHP331 Posts: 74
4/1/10 12:43 A

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No bike yet... (Since I'm a newbie, please excuse any awkward phrasing--still learning the lingo!)

Went to the bike shop again today & test rode a Trek 2.1 WSD & a Specialized Dolce Sport Compact (geometry identical to Comp Compact so should be similar positioning, feel for bike, control--if I'm wrong let me know.) Liked & didn't like some things about both.

Felt more in control on the Trek, not as hard to ride as the Dolce. But Trek was a triple crank, I liked the compact on the Dolce better. No more Trek 2.1 compacts coming in, no bike shop around has one.

Liked the frame of the Dolce better, Trek has some funky wide tubing. Noticed my legs rubbing against it--I know I need to lose a few pounds but I'm not THAT big! Also, Dolce not as easy to ride as the Trek, don't know how to explain really except that I felt more in control on the Trek w/o even trying to be in control.

Going back Friday for round 3. They're getting from another location '09 Trek 2.3 WSD compact(and yes this time they really do have a 54") and a Specialized Dolce Elite Compact (one step above the Sport I rode today, one step below the Comp I'd like--again, identical geometry). So, on Fri if I like the Trek, I'll have a new bike; if I like the Dolce and want the Comp, they can have it for me by the end of the month. (Price diff on the '09 Trek 2.3 and Dolce Comp--negligible.) Decisions, decisions...

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3/31/10 8:21 P

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Hello, Like I said in other posts I have made we all don't have all kinds of money for a top level bike..
You can always Upgrade, first you have to make sure you will stick with the sport of biking, and second buy what you can afford at this time.
Both are very good bikes..

Myself am not a professional bike rider or racer, I do it for fitness as probably 95% of the people on here are..

Most of us enjoy a good ride outside just keeping fit.

Take it one step at a time and buy what you can afford,. You don't want to be in debt over a bike when you are just starting out.

I'm not saying run out and buy a Target bike , but work with a couple of bike shops and see what they come up with.

I walked in two , one tried to sell me a bike way over my affordability and the second asked me what my budget was and went from there.
Good luck in whatever you decide to get.




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3/31/10 4:04 P

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...and welcome to the group...

I just didn't understand the "wow" implied on the sticker pricer shock - looked up both and the Trek 2.1 WSD was (MSRP): $1319, while the Dolce was MSRP: $1650 both for 2010 models. The $300 difference is where you have to listen to your body and see if it will perform equally well on either. I've gone with the cheap once in the past and will not do it again.

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55DREW's Photo 55DREW Posts: 156
3/31/10 3:58 P

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Good price is a relative thing - if you settle for a bike over a couple hundred dollar difference you may end up spending that much more on upgrades and extra "stuff" after you get it.

I'd have to suggest haggling with the shop that made the mistake and got you "jonesing" for that Dolce in the first place. They may come down a bit more or something else. Most bike shops know that it's all the stuff after the sale that make it profitable for them. It may be worth their investment if you point out to them that they've be getting a new customer and a serious amount of good will advertising that can be worth much more than what they cut you on that ride.

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STEPHP331's Photo STEPHP331 Posts: 74
3/31/10 11:56 A

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Thought I had it narrowed down to a Trek 2.1 (WSD) or an '09 Specialized Dolce Comp Compact. Hadn't originally considered the Dolce Comp b/c of price but when I explained to the guy at the shop what I was looking for and interested in he suggested it b/c he said they had some '09s at another location. He put me on a lower-end Dolce for size (on a trainer b/c cold and rainy the day I went) and though I liked the Trek, I really liked the Dolce! It just seemed to fit--don't know how else to explain it. Told me he'd get my size in from the other shop and I was planning to go back and test ride both today... til the VM last night apologizing that they don't have an '09 Dolce Comp Compact in my size. (They were very nice about it and said they'd work w/ me, but I really liked the Dolce Comp!)
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Dilemma: This year's Dolce Comp is even nicer--mainly just b/c I like this year's colors better than the '09, silly I know. But the price difference--wow! Might just stick w/ the Trek 2.1 (or try the '09 Trek 2.3, they had a few of those but can't remember if they were my size or not--probably not or I would've tried one I think).
So, headed off to the bike shop shortly to see...


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3/31/10 11:09 A

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Welcome to the team and Happy Birthday! You are going to love your new bike and it will make you a happier person. Which is good for everyone.


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BIGRED721 Posts: 126
3/31/10 10:50 A

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Happy Birthday and welcome to the group! So.... give us some bike porn - what did you end up getting? and more importantly, what color?

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3/31/10 9:56 A

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Happy Birthday! Enjoy shopping for that new bike.

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3/31/10 8:35 A

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Congratulations on the new bike and happiest of birthdays!

You're right, there are times you need to be ''selfish'', even as a mommy or daddy (that was a hard lesson for me to both learn and accept). So think of it this way: ''If you spend all your time taking care of everyone else, when will you ever have time to take care of you? And, if you ignore taking care of you, how can you be there to take care of everyone else?'' See? It's all circular or, rather, a balance.

Best of luck to you in your rides! By the way, what bike did you decide on and why that particular one?

Regards,

David

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Who knows, when DH and kids see how much fun you're having, they may join in.
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3/31/10 12:19 A

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Hello all!

I haven't ridden regularly for quite some time, but anytime I was riding regularly, I loved it! I started thinking about getting back into it last summer, but never took action. I knew I needed a new bike & wanted to get a "real" road bike, but w/ hubby & 2 kids, spending the money seemed selfish. And since I work full-time, any time spent away from the family riding seemed selfish (all in my head, I know!) But then I joined SP several weeks ago and have learned so much already--one important thing being that I need to & deserve to spend time on me! It will make me a better & happier person. So, today (3/31) is my birthday and I'm celebrating by getting a new bike! And I can't wait to start riding!

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